I've been meaning to do a feature like this for the last few years, but now it's more important than ever to shop locally! I spent a few hours last weekend browsing local shops in search of unique (and inexpensive) finds perfect for rounding out the gift list. The criteria? Inexpensive and purchased in the neighborhood. Here they are:
1. Owa African Market, 434 Myrtle Ave: Wooden Giraffe (made in Kenya), $10
Giraffes are a favorite animal of mine, and are one of several wood carved items available here. Great for a bookshelf or side table!
I've been looking for popsicle molds for months now and was pleasantly surprised to find these at Associated! Great for those with a do-it-yourself attitude and people excited to make a healthier alternative to store-bought pops. Take this gift to the next level by including some popsicle recipes. (NOTE: THESE ARE NOT DISHWASHER SAFE. Don't make the same mistake I did and end up with a dishwasher full of melted plastic sticks.)
Just place these in a glass vase filled with stones and water, and watch them sprout! A great gift for an apartment-dweller with limited space.
4. Green Planet, 969 Fulton St: Yogi Tea, $3.99
The boxes are lovely and the variety is large. Buy a few for a stressed-out friend and make a zen gift basket!
5. J. Love Gift Shop, 485 Myrtle Ave: Plastic Dinosaurs, $3.99
A fun idea for both kids and your hipster boyfriend alike. Small plastic replicas of Jurassic animals will liven up any corporate office workstation!
6. Tessan Boutique, 280 DeKalb Ave: Gold Chain Necklace w/ Red Beads, $22
There's a whole table of reasonable jewelry to choose from, but this one stuck out to me!
7. Kulcha Lion, 926 Fulton St: Clinton Hill Chill T-shirt, $20
You'll pay a 100% markup by getting one at this Fulton retail shop (as opposed to the guys selling them on the street), but they sell a few other cool BK t-shirts, too.
8. Karen's Body Beautiful, 436 Myrtle Ave: Homemade Soaps, 3 for $15
These chunky soaps come in a variety of yummy flavors (including milkshake and jasmine lily). Plus, they're all made on site in the store's open kitchen!
9. Pratt Store, 550 Myrtle Ave: I Love Pratt Mug, $7.99
Show your love for a local institution and let the recipient show off some creative cred.
10. bodega, 971 Fulton St: Botanica candles, $1.79
Yes, they're ubiquitous with bodegas and NYC, but that's part of their charm.
BONUS ITEM(S): Greene Grape Provisions, 753 Fulton St: Fort Greene Park Conservancy Greeting Cards, $3/ea
My plan was to keep the list exclusively to Clinton Hill proper, but the folks at Provisions in Fort Greene let me know that they're selling totes, paperweights and git cards with local historic scenes (BAM, the park, etc.) All proceeds from sales of these items go to support Fort Greene Park (yes, 100% of sales price!). Also check out their retro temporary tattoos, great for stocking stuffers, and gift baskets.
Finally, when you spend $15 and mention Clinton Hill Blog, receive a free holiday gift wine box: