Best gift shops: Greenpoint

Find out where to shop for gifts in this Brooklyn neighborhood.

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Old Hollywood

Old Hollywood

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Old Hollywood

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Since 2008, this Greenpoint jewelry boutique has been providing glamour gals with gems. It offers a wide selection of baubles from the 30-plus indie brands that owner Tiffany Porter showcases. Nab Miss KK girly crystal ostrich-feather necklaces ($78) and Old Hollywood’s own romantic vintage-watch necklaces ($64–$120).

  1. 99 Franklin St , (between Greenpoint Ave and Milton St)
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More shops for gifts in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Beacon's Closet

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Carrie Peterson’s buy/sell/trade store has become a household name in the city since establishing outposts in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, but the original Williamsburg store wass still a prime spot to scope preworn treasures. It has since moved to Greenpoint because the store's landlord didn't renew its lease. "The neighborhood has grown at astronomical rates," Peterson says. Luckily the rent rates are friendlier—for now—in Greenpoint, which is nice considering this new outpost is only six-and-a-half blocks away from its old spot. Expect the same vibe and budget-friendly prices on vintage goods that Beacon's is known for. Sifting through the many racks of gently used clothing for true finds can require a heck of a lot of patience, but the effort is well worth it for fashionistas on a budget. On a recent visit, we spotted a pair of Manolo Blahnik peep-toe pumps ($22) and a Patrizia Pepe china silk tunic ($50); dudes’ duds included a Club Monaco denim jacket ($17) and Sperry Top-Siders ($19). Looking to sell your own cast-offs? Clean, gently-used duds are inspected on the spot for their resale value (which is determined by seasons or what the store needs stocked). You’ll receive either a percentage of the resale value in cash (35 percent) or store credit (55 percent) to put toward your next purchase.

  1. 64 Guernsey St, at Nassau Ave
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Fred Flare (CLOSED)

  • Price band: 2/4

Though not technically a kids' boutique, the shop's humorous selection of goods will appeal to young shoppers. Choose from adhesive bandages that look like slices of bacon and iPod earbuds in the form of flies.

  1. 131 Meserole Ave , at Leonard St
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The Perfect Nothing Catalog

  • Price band: 2/4

Artist and sailor Frank Traynor spotted an abandoned icehouse in upstate New York, and knew it had to become his so-called “junk shop.” He repurposed it and brought it to the Domestic Construction Community Art Garden in Greenpoint, adding signage crafted by his nephew and a watermelon patch growing on the roof. Inside the shack, Traynor hawks treasures that are anything but junk: Marija ceramic housewares ($30–$90) and Georgia Staples fruit-ripening pyramids ($50) make great housewarming gifts, while vintage roller skates ($75) and a 1970s nightclub party light ($225) are humorous finds. A pair of Mayakara kyanite necklaces ($75) and vintage swim trunks ($30) are surprisingly chic extras.

  1. 216 India St, between McGuinness Blvd and Provost St
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Julia James

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Julia Young spent her early career years training to be a marine biologist before giving up science labs for clothes and bags. Her girly shop on Greenpoint’s boutique row is filled with sweet clothes, stationary and accessories as delicate as the floral wallpaper lining the space. Finds fit for an urban princess include Threads for Thought organic cotton printed bubble dresses ($52), Korean label Thursday Island’s dresses and cardigans ($82–$145), and Rag Market tees ($36), which come with Guatemalan-made good-luck charms.

  1. 200 Franklin St, between India and Huron Sts
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The Little Glass Slipper

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Former psychologist Cary Pereyra honed her skills in floral and herb arrangements at the Flower School of New York (flowerschoolny.com) before opening this 1,000-square-foot space—her first-ever store. Her knack for crafts and eye for beauty are evident in the shop’s decor, featuring birch shelves and antique furniture with wood drawer pulls used as hangers. A tree-shaped chandelier floats above Pereyra’s bouquets, made from sage leaves, poppies, roses, peonies, lilacs and other eye-catching buds. Pick up tropical-plant bromeliads ($45), moss-and-pearl succulents ($40) and fern terrariums ($35–$85). You can also shop decorative vintage goods, including rustic vases ($12–$55), mercury votives ($9) and apothecary bottles ($12–$55).

  1. 200 Franklin St, between Huron and India Sts
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Open Air Modern

  • Price band: 2/4

Forget sneezing your way through a dusty old shop in the hopes of unearthing special books and home decor; instead head to Greenpoint for a collection of out-of-print books, midcentury furniture and more. “You can always search for something online,” owner Matt Singer says, “but in our store you actually discover things.” Propped along thin metal shelving lie vintage books such as Rebel Rock ($40), a photographic record of the Sex Pistols, and Allure ($200), a compilation of fashion and photography by former Vogue editor Diana Vreeland that features works by Irving Penn and Richard Avedon. Furniture highlights include a brown wooden credenza ($775) and early 1970s speakers resembling black Styrofoam balls ($375 for the pair). Before you leave, browse the collection of vinyl records ($5–$10) or the carts outside that display classic books.

  1. 606 Manhattan Ave, between Driggs and Nassau Aves
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