This year, I once again triumphed in my quest to “shop small” for the holidays. And I have quite an eclectic brood to shop for. In case you’re looking for a few special last-minute items, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite finds. I shopped local for these but many of the vendors (linked to below) do mail order.
For the nieces and nephews:
I absolutely love Area Kids on Fifth Ave in Park Slope. It’s filled with unusual finds, creative games, and even a shirt I desperately wanted to get that said “My crazy aunt lives in Brooklyn.” I snagged these impressive beasts:
Plus some really adorbs apparel:
For my sisters
My sisters are two really creative gals, so I loved this tote bag:
And beautifully knit hair band (below). Both were finds at the Brooklyn Flea.
For family faraway
I have part of my family living in France for the year, and for them, I wanted to send some of the comforts of home, so here’s a goodie bag from Bklyn Larder:
For the moms
For my mom and Josh’s mom, I got these absolutely gorgeous handmade cutting boards, from Gowanus Furniture, a new vendor at the Brooklyn Flea. If you want, you can get boards “monogramed” with a pattern made in Morse code. He also makes a super-cool space-saving bike rack.
For the Brothers-in-Law
I hit Bergen Street Comics with a bit of trepidation. I don’t know much from comic books. But I found a lot of interesting stuff, including these two titles from Nobrow Publishing. The book on the left–“People”–seemed like it would be one of those presents that’s good for kids and adults.
Do you have any great small finds this year? I hope you’ll leave a comment if you do.