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We’ve offered a few ideas on what to get the man in your life. Now it’s time to think about the ladies–your girlfriend, your BFF, your mom, and sis.
Along with great gifts for urban gardeners, Sprout Home (44 Grand St., Williamsburg, 718-388-4440) has accessories for the home, sustainably-built furniture and everything required to turn your thumb an exceptional shade of chartreuse. A cool stocking stuffer is the $6.75 crystal geode, dyed in fabulous shades of pink and purple. Or for your friend who could even kill a cactus, we recommend the natural-felted wool birds nests ($49/$58). They come in bright cheerful colors like coral, jade and ochre sure to draw attention away from the dead plant in the corner, and can be intertwined to form fabulous wall installations both the birds and bird watchers will enjoy.–Jordan Galloway
GRDN (103 Hoyt St., Boerum Hill, 718-797-3628) is another one-stop garden and home shop. Along with air plants, Saipua soaps, artisan food and beeswax candles, you can find $8 Sage smudge sticks for the woman who likes to do a little spiritual cleansing now and then, or a Mugwort smudge stick, good for burning before sleep to lull her into dreamland.–Leigh West
A super cute gift for the girl who would love one of those terrariums but doesn’t have the time to take a class on how to make one is the $25 Singularite Terrarium Kit, recycled glass jar and miniature human figurine included. It’s available online at Twig Terrariums (where you can find a number of styles, pictured above) at Cog and Pearl (90 Fifth Ave., Park Slope, 718-623-8200), where at least half of the products are from Brooklyn and almost all are hand-crafted. Ceramic robot statuettes and toned New York-centric photo collages are among the scores of accent pieces you’ll find here ranging from about $50 to $250.–Kelly Murphy
Home Goods for the Goddess
Take a trip to Boerum Hill to find a gift fit for the traveler on your list, or the friend who speaks of nothing but India since watching Eat, Pray, Love. Layla’s towel shop (86 Hoyt St., Boerum Hill, 718-222-1933, across the street from the original store) is a treasure trove of exotic textiles we’d all be so lucky to wrap up with out of the shower (or ocean for those flying south for the winter). A kaleidoscope of colors and patterns pop against the pale blue walls and dark wood furniture in this tiny towel shop, which is full of one-of-a-kind khadi, terry, waffle and pique cotton cloth towels ($6-$55) brought back to Brooklyn by store curator Alayne Patrick from her many trips to India.–J.G.
For a one stop mother-and-child shop, look no further than Feliz in Fort Greene (185 DeKalb Ave., 718-797-1211). The globally-minded store features home goods and gifts from around the world: Gold bangles and beaded hoops from Ethiopia, incense from India, Moroccan tea glasses, leather booties for babies up to 15 months from Argentina, and knitted animals from an African women’s collective.–L.W.
For the significant other in your life who’s been naughty in all the nicest ways this year, consider returning the favor by giving them something from Shag (108 Roebling St., Williamsburg, 347-721-3302). A sex-y shop and so much more, including an art gallery and event space, Shag has everything from books to bondage for that special someone with whom you could spend an exorbitant amount of time under the mistletoe. You’ll find an equal parts sexy and sweet gift in Shag’s set of custom nesting dolls ($120). Select five of your favorite photographs (clothing is optional of course), and local artist Hally McGehean will transfer your images on to a set of five handcrafted nesting dolls using decoupage.–J.G.
Haystack Home & Body (130 Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights, 718-246-2510) is the place to find a gift for the person in your life whose home is her calling card. But it behooves you to not forget the body element of Haystack. Treat the hostess with the most-est on your list to a natural item for her bathroom from store favorite bath and body line Rica Bath & Body. We recommend the Moroccan Fig Trio ($77), featuring bath salts harvested from the Caribbean Sea, body tonic, and kukui nut serum all in the exotic aromas of amber, fig and Tahitian vanilla.–J.G.
A stocking filled with bath and facial products from Goldie’s pretty much guarantees a winter’s worth of sweet smelling, glowing skin. Soapmaker extraordinaire Sarah Trogdon uses only the best all-natural ingredients in her soaps, scrubs and creams and her custom blended scents are deliciously uplifting–you can definitely smell, and feel, the love in every bar and jar. Available at the Brooklyn Kitchen (some soaps use beef tallow from The Meat Hook) and online. –Annaliese Griffin
Of all the handmade bath and body works in Brooklyn, skinnyskinny (129b Roebling St., Williamsburg, 718-366-2201) is unique in that it manages to be eco-conscious without being plain jane. Their completely organic soaps smell delicious and their recycled paper packaging is cute and festive, not boring. But this season, their new line of dry shampoos makes a totally original gift. If your friend is already familiar with the lazy fix to oily hair–baby powder–this is an even better solution for her, with incredible scents like Organic Rose and Black Pepper and Grapefruit and Cardamom. If that seems too out there, there are lip balms, body oils, butters and a suite of non-toxic nail polish.–L.W.
Bling with Character
For the woman with an eye for quality and custom-made pieces, hit up Urban Alchemist (343 5th St., South Slope 718-499-0758), a four-person artist co-op with a focus on jewelry. Every piece in the store is handmade, and designs range from classic circle pendants to steel two-finger rings shaped like buttons. On one rack, laser-cut bamboo pendants form the silhouettes of gymnasts, and prints of farm animals conversing in rap lyrics line the walls. Check out the Gold Teeth Brooklyn line for brass or sterling molars and pencils pictured here. Each is cast from a tiny version of the real object. There are even embroidered gift cards with messages like “You are my heroine” to accompany the trinkets.–K.M.
For a new twist on the perennial gift of jewelry, checking out Brooklyn Charm Shop (145 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-689-2492). Chains to charms and everything in between are at your disposal, if you are so artistically inclined to make a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, and if you don’t have time to hand-craft a holiday gift, the amiable staff are more than happy to custom create a piece of art on the spot for you to wrap and pass off as a creation of your own. (People do it with pies, why not pendants?) A third option is purchasing an item from one of the many finished, handmade jewelry collections of local artists the Brooklyn Charm Shop also sells. And because we understand picking out an item of jewelry for someone else isn’t easy, if your friend enjoys a little DIY, why not buy her a jewelry-making class ($40 in December), that way she’s sure to end up with something she’ll truly enjoy and not just something she wears when she’s around you.–J.G.