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If a Fairway run is part of your weekly routine, then you can wrap up your gift buying at the same time on Van Brunt Street. Below are a few Red Hook shops we checked out recently, but there are other boutiques worth shopping on the same block, like Red Lipstick and Erie Basin. Many are only open toward the end of the week, Thursdays through Sundays, so plan accordingly.
Saipua, 147 Van Dyke Street, Red Hook, 718-624-2929
Beautifully wrapped and scented Saipua soaps are available at many fine shops around town (GRDN, Feliz Brooklyn), but at their tiny Red Hook store you can also find their brand-new soy wax candles in aromatherapeutic combinations like Wisteria & Lilac and handmade wreaths (above).
Everbrite Mercantile Co. 351 Van Brunt St., Red Hook, 718-522-6121
Owner and jewelry designer Mollie Dash calls this place a general store, but erase all notions of sacks of flour and pickle barrels. Instead, imagine a shop where you can find an original gift for everyone. Among the options, any Jao skincare product, from the all-natural hand sanitizer to their delicious smelling face cream, Serious Moisture (I've been using it and loving it); The Very Many Varieties of Beers Pop Chart poster mentioned in our Dude Gifts roundup; sleek British Playforever Toys for a discerning boy or girl; and jewelry and housewares by Design Glut. There is even a mini bowling lane and Atari set up for anyone in tow who can't stand to shop.
Tiburon, 392 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook
Designer Anne O'Neill's Archibald Leach shirt dresses--made from new and old men's shirts--are unique and pretty one-size-fits-all, so you don't have to know your girlfriend's exact size to find her one that's flattering. To dress up the dress, or gift a guy, Anne also embellishes vintage ties with initials and symbols. And if you have a niece in some sunnier locale, then the halter tops by Fang, made from old kids sheets, will bring those memories of E.T. and Kermie rushing back.
Foxy & Winston, 392 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, 718-928-4855
For original, cheeky holiday cards, stop in Jane Buck's shop. And if there is a newborn, toddler or expectant mom on your list, she offers a veritable zoo of cute, bold animals on prints and onesies. She's one of the local artists featured in our recent post on Art for Kid's Rooms.
Metal and Thread, 398 Van Brunt Street, Red Hook, 718-414-9651
Denise Carbonell's store is filled with handcrafted jewelry, housewares and oddities. She and her partner Derek Dominy collaborate on a line of mesh jewelry that would be perfect for a significant someone. The unisex rings ($65) look sexy on a man's hands, and the bracelets, lariats and earrings make a gorgeous gift for the woman who is usually too difficult to jewelry shop for.