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The true gems in your life deserve something stunning, and Lady J +1 is filled with bold, beautiful gifts. The trendiest indie fashion and accessories boutique in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights is also home to the design studio of Lady J Jewelry Designs. Inside the intimate storefront on Classon Ave. you’ll find a huge selection of award-winning jewelry that is known for its use of striking gemstones like Rutilated Quartz and Super Seven Stone, all designed to look as good as they make you feel.

You can also shop other indie designers and artisans including:

Apparel by Mary Meyer, Eve Gravel, Emilime, Family Affairs and Samantha Pleet
Handbags & clutches from Saint Catello
Ceramics by Jonathan Castro and SKT, palo santo
Candles from Morphologically and LoveNature, and much, much more!

Lady J +1 is located in Prospect Heights/Crown Heights right near Berg’N, and everything in store is shoppable online at ladyjjewelry.com. (This season, you can even select in-store pickup and they will have it gift-packed and ready to go for you!)

Get all your gifts and stuff your stockings, too, at Lady +1, open every day 12pm-7pm, except Mondays. Just don’t wait too long to pick out the perfect gift because they procure limited quantities for the holidays, and it all goes fast.

A few things you’ll find in store and online:

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This style of Lady J’s signature Super Seven necklaces is already sold out, but there are more available online. The Super Seven stone is so-named because it contains seven different minerals, including amethyst and smokey quartz, and is known to exhibit the phenomenon of St. Elmo’s Fire, an etheric auric light reminiscent of the “holy light” around church towers and treetops visible due to atmospheric electricity. It produces electromagnetic waves, providing a self-luminous quality, and assists one in “seeing” auras. Plus, it’s gorgeous.

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Rutilated Quartz is one of the few gemstones desirable because of its inclusions. This gives it a special allure and desirability as a unique gemstone. This one-of-a kind piece features a fine-silver bevel setting and hangs on a 20” silver chain with a lobster-claw style clasp. Fierce and beautiful at the same time.

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Inspired by the constellations, this Snake’s Tail top by Eve Gravel is full of geometric connectivity. The button-down top features a loose fit, side front pocket and rolled sleeves. Can be tucked or worn loose, depending on the stars.

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If you were planning on waiting till the last minute to get your Valentine a sweet token of your love, you’re in luck, because Jimena Rose Jewelry will be bringing beautifully handcrafted jewelry to Owl & Thistle in Crown Heights for a Valentine’s Trunk Sale this Saturday, Feb. 13, from noon to 6 pm. Owl & Thistle will also have special store hours on Valentine’s Day itself, Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10am-6 pm, to make sure everyone gets a little love! Here are a few gift ideas: (more…)

Expand your skill set in the kitchen--and have a little fun.

Expand your skill set in the kitchen–and have a little fun.

Foodie friends who love culinary experimentation. An experience you’ll remember long after the dishes have dried. New techniques to bring home to your own kitchen. A night with By-Hand Culinary combines all of these elements into one memorable party.

Chef Michelle Warner of By-Hand Culinary specializes in teaching cooking skills to food-lovers of all abilities, and she wants to help you spend a night with friends preparing a tasty home-cooked meal while learning something new.

Chef Michelle Warner can help you develop a wicked biscuit hand.

Chef Michelle Warner can help you develop a wicked biscuit hand.

Here’s how it works: The gift of an in-home cooking class means you’ll collaborate with Chef Michelle on the menu. She brings the ingredients, then guides everyone through a lesson in the kitchen. Then you all end the night by savoring the meal together.

A lesson from By-Hand Culinary is a creative, and refreshing option for bachelorette party, wedding shower or team-building exercise. Michelle will create a memorable evening in your home, office or anywhere that has a kitchen.

Michelle’s in-home packages:

–Cooking lesson and dinner
Two to six people, $85/student.
Includes ingredients, menu consultation, lesson, meal and recipe packet to recreate meal.

–Skills class for one kitchen household, $200 total
One-time cooking consultation and action plan for kitchen essentials.
Finish it off with tips to speed up your cooking. This service is best for one person but a couple can learn together for $50 more.

–Gift certificates
Let your favorite home cook pick their own experience. Or, use toward a farm dinner in the Hudson Valley come summer.

Don’t want a lesson at home? By-Hand Culinary works with venues like Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City and Humboldt & Jackson in Williamsburg to create:

–Cooking lesson or party for six to 40 people
Starts at $125/student
Includes venue, ingredients, menu consultation, lesson, meal and recipe packet.

By-Hand Culinary is expanding the idea of the home-cooked meal. Now you can too!

Smallhome makes custom animal diorama lamps that deliver whimsy and warmth year round. Photo: smallhome

Smallhome makes custom animal diorama lamps that deliver whimsy and warmth year round. Photo: Smallhome

Smallhome’s original housewares have the ability to turn ordinary corners into artful, intentional spaces. The combination of vintage furnishings and hand-made items—from this 1920s U.S. map and corkboard to these zodiac embroideries—invites anyone to rethink their own space and make it as good as it can be. 

The Williamsburg store splits its square-footage with a workshop in the back, where owner Julia Small and a couple of friends work on their signature line of custom lamps. While some pieces have a modernity and sleek industrial charm, like the ‘Cage Pendants‘ (made from stripped vintage lamp shades), the magic lies within the warmth and whimsy of the animal diorama lamps, still Small’s best seller.

Hundreds of these one-of-a-kind little lamps have been bought and given, sold and sent. Each takes about two weeks to create (order by Dec. 15 in time for Christmas) and can be customized for a truly personal, curated gift. For inspiration, Small pores through dozens and dozens of vintage images from old National Geographics, nature, and children’s books and includes a figurine and other assorted, tiny details to make it unique and special. Requests have ranged from a Shiba Inu wearing a Napoleon hat based on a customer’s willful dog, to a cityscape with pigeons for parents expecting a baby they had nicknamed Pidge.

They encapsulate a piece of nature no matter where they’re lit. In a world that has plenty of stuff, it’s nice to see work that deserves that place on the mantel and a shop that keeps it personal. 

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When Gaia DiLoreto opened the first By Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens 2011—the only shop that exclusively stocks its shelves with borough-made goods—she expected a few things to sell well, namely food, from chocolates to gift boxes to the always popular local hot sauces.

But there was one item that was an unexpected hit. “I didn’t know what a tea towel was before I opened my shop, then I started getting requests for them ALL the time,” she said. “Now that I have a variety, Three Legged DogBrooklyn Bell Tower and our custom one from Maptote, it’s hard to keep them in stock!”

The fun of perusing the gifts in her two stores (the newest outpost opened on Grand St. in Williamsburg this fall), lies in discovering the breadth of things are made here, from this speckled ceramic pour over cup  to these suede baby booties.

Both locations are offering an array of deals for in-store and online shoppers all pegged to different days of their “Advent” calendar. (This week alone you can expect half off ornaments, 15% off gift boxes and a sale on holiday items.) And if you want to try your hand at winning a gift this season, just tag your favorite place in Brooklyn with the hashtag #ByBrooklynDoesTheHolidays on Instagram for a chance to win a $50 Foodie Gift Box by this Sunday, Dec. 13.

Here are a few more ways to send your love from Brooklyn this season:  (more…)

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Bake blogger Molly Yeh’s recipe for Hazelnut Mini Cakes at home. Photo: Cake in a Crate

Yes, your holiday baking projects can be delicious, creative crowd-pleasers that are also vegan, gluten-free, and made from healthy ingredients without refined sugar. How? Thank Cake in a Crate, a new Bushwick-based delivery service that collaborates with distinguished food bloggers to develop amazingly good recipes using high-quality ingredients. Cake in a Crate ships their entire menu of cakes, cookies, tarts and more to 48 states and everything comes pre-measured, and can be completed in six steps or fewer.

Everything comes pre-measured and the entire dessert can be made in six steps or fewer. Photo: Cake in a Crate

Everything comes pre-measured and the entire dessert can be made in six steps or fewer. Photo: Cake in a Crate

Hazelnut Mini Cakes are the newest addition to the Cake in a Crate roster. The recipe comes from My Name is Yeh, which Saveur named its blog of the year for 2015. Other selections include a coconut cream and cashew-based cheesecake that will win over even the biggest dairy devotee, chocolate peppermint cakelets and sugar cookies. Whether you order a Cake in a Crate so that there’s a healthier sweet on offer at your annual office party or as a gift for a friend who loves to bake, your holiday season is about to get so much more scrumptious.

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Lighting a Good Candle is excellent protection against winter dreariness.

When we head outside in the winter we bundle on the layers–hats, coats, scarves, gloves and sweaters–to keep the cold bite at bay. Think of the illumination and warms scents from Good Candle as a way to bundle up inside. For those months when it’s dark when you wake up and dark when you come home, lighting one of their hand-poured, Brooklyn-made candles to fill your apartment with the memory of a summer campfire, the tang of a Sunday morning mimosa, or thrill crisp thrill of spruce needles, may just transform winter into a cozy delight.

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Would you care for a quarter pound of Campfire?

Good Candles are made in Crown Heights, using American-grown soy wax and high-quality essential and fragrance oils, and they come in three sizes–quarter pound ($16), half pound ($25) and pound ($30). Their gorgeously evocative fragrances include holiday appropriate options like Fig, Spruce and Campfire, as well as Basil, Lavender and Rose, which may jog your memory to a warmer time of year. They’re offering flat-rate shipping for the holidays, so you can send a little bit of Brooklyn warmth to friends and family far away with ease. Or, smell for yourself at their Dec. 15 pop-up at Madewell in SoHo from 6-8pm.

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For that urban explorer in your life, the one who is drawn to places like the Gowanus Canal for its ability to spawn three-eyed catfish, there is now the Gowanus Souvenir Shop. Many of the artworks and wares in this shop/exhibition space are inspired by the neighborhood’s toxic past and the canal’s natural rebirth, with the kind of tongue-in-cheek humor you would expect from a place that glorifies a Superfund site. But you’ll also find Brooklyn-made home and beauty goods that simply make eye-catching gifts.

Inside the shop. Photo: Gowanus Souvenir Shop

Inside the shop. Photo: Gowanus Souvenir Shop

They do have a knack, though, for finding charm in the most unusual of places. This Sunday, Dec. 6, for instance, there is a book launch party for Some Signs by Michael Levin, a limited edition monograph featuring his photographs of “metaphorically sequenced signs of 33 Gowanus businesses,” published by Gowanus Souvenir Shop. And on Thursday, Dec. 10, the space is hosting a release party for these faux horror movie posters inspired by the comic book, “It Came from the Gowanus Canal,” part of the Tales of the Nightwatchman series by Dave Kelly and Lara Antal. While you ponder your purchases, you can enjoy beer, wine and screenings of campy, deep sea monster movies.

Both events are excellent excuses to check out the shop in person and peruse its eclectic, original gifts. Here are a few to keep your eye out for, all of which are available online. (more…)

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Brooklyn ARTery offers one-of-a kind, affordable and fine quality handmade merchandise from local artists and fair trade artisans worldwide.

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Shopping for family members can be hard. Who knows what to get your grandparents, or your teenaged niece? Luckily for you, Brooklyn ARTery—”the place to find a gift for the person who has everything”—sells fine handmade goods from artisans worldwide. In their Cortelyou Road shop you’ll find jewelry, home decor, bath & body products, artisanal foods, cards, toys, games, scarves, accessories, and more.  (more…)

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Your kick-ass lady friend could use some new arm candy, and Lady J+1 has bold bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings destined to become her 2016 statement pieces. (Or yours!) All are made in Crown Heights by award-winning designer Jessica D’Amico, who exclusively carries Lady J Jewelry Designs at her indie artisan boutique and online at ladyjjewelry.com. Pictured here is a selection of her newest and hottest pieces for the holidays, including the Globus Cruciger necklace, a powerful design resurrected from the Middle Ages; a bold Moss Agate ring; the perfect pair of onyx studs; and the eye-catching Diaconicon Midi ring

Lady J+1 offers more than just D’Amico’s adornments–it also stocks Brooklyn’s best independent fashion designers like Apparel by Mary Meyer, Samantha Pleet, Family Affairs, Alex Creates and more; indie bath and body products by Cirque Nail Color, Morphologically, Apotheke and Goldie’s; art and home goods from Jonathan Castro Ceramics, SKT Ceramics and Owen & Fred; along with Tay Teas, Screech Owl prints/stationary, and bags and teas sets by Love Wild Designs for all the other wee gifties you need. Swing by the 679 Classon Avenue shop (their extended holiday hours are 11am-8pm from Dec. 19-23 and 10am-4pm on Dec. 24) or buy online at ladyjjewelry.com—there’s a 20% off sale on clothing right now.