Best gift shops: Midtown West

Find out where to shop for gifts in this midtown Manhattan neighborhood.

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Grast

  • Price band: 2/4
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It doesn’t get any more underground than the New York City subways, so it’s somehow fitting that this streetwise outfitter is located inside the Port Authority subway station. You’ll find an array of unisex $20 silk-screened tees and $40 hoodies, made exclusively by the store’s namesake label. Most designs are refreshingly minimalist; to wit, one simply says “42nd & Feeling Fine” in cursive, while another features a pair of boxing gloves and the phrase “Local Champion.” Solid zip-up hoodies are adorned with yellow strings and original Grast pin buttons on the chest. There’s also a heavy focus on toys and accessories, with a line of G-Shock watches designed in collaboration with Alife ($150) and Krink ($140); plastic character figurines by Kidrobot ($8); and GoodWood NYC intricate, hand-painted wooden pendants on beaded chains ($60). Before you hop on the train, ditch your tired Apple earbuds and cop a pair of tricked-out DJ-style headphones from Coloud ($40) or Urbanears ($60), available in every solid color of the pastel rainbow.

  1. Subway concourse, 625 Eighth Ave, unit 17, (between 41st and 42nd Sts), 10036
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Some of the most interesting treats and gifts come from museum shops and the Met is no slouch in its class. Get wall hangings, desk trinkets, home decor and arty jewlery at locations throughout the city. Seasonal and exhibit related items are constantly rotating through the stock.

  1. Macy's Herald Square, 151 W 34th St , (between Broadway and Seventh Ave)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Some of the most interesting treats and gifts come from museum shops and the Met is no slouch in its class. Get wall hangings, desk trinkets, home decor and arty jewlery at locations throughout the city. Seasonal and exhibit related items are constantly rotating through the stock.

  1. Rockefeller Center, 15 W 49th Street, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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MoMA Design Store

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A must for design fans, the museum’s stand-alone retail arm assembles an impressive array of contemporary furnishings and gifts, including sculptural vases, clocks, kitchenware and gadgets.

  1. 44 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Smythson of Bond Street

  • Price band: 3/4

With Bergdorf Goodman and Louis Vuitton across the street, the flagship of this English leather-goods house keeps up with its posh neighbors via newly revamped digs for culty hand-engraved stationery (starting at $55) and their haute crocodile-embossed diaries ($120–$395). Class up your fave straphanger’s commute with pocket-sized leather planners equipped with an NYC subway map ($50). What’s more, Smythson books and most leather goods can be personalized with names, initials and dates using real gold or silver leaf ($12 per letter), and they’ll expertly gift wrap any item at no extra charge.

  1. 4 W 57th St at Fifth Ave
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Hell's Kitchen Flea Market

  • Price band: 2/4
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Tucked between the Lincoln Tunnel and Port Authority bus ramps, this unlikely slice of city street is closed to traffic every weekend when dozens of vendors unfold their tables full of goods. Vendors tend to compensate for the out-of-the-way location by offering lower prices than found in the Chelsea lots, which makes it worth the trek.

  1. W 39th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
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Macy's Herald Square

  • Price band: 4/4

RECOMMENDED: 50 best New York attractions It may not be as glamorous as New York’s other famous stores, but for sheer breadth of stock, the 34th Street behemoth is hard to beat. You won’t find exalted labels here, though—midpriced fashion and designers’ diffusion lines for all ages are its bread and butter, along with all the big beauty names. Fun fact: Herein lies the largest shoe department in the world (63,000 square feet, to be exact) so chances of leaving empty handed are slim. Brave the constant crowd to shop suede and lyrca over-the-knee boots by Kenneth Cole ($159) and equestrian-like rain wellies from Dirty Laundry ($59). While there’s no shortage of trendy options—given tables dedicated to Jessica Simpson, Charles David and Dolce Vita—eternally popular styles, like men’s Timberland roll tops ($120), are just as nice.

  1. 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
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The Shops at Columbus Circle

  • Price band: 4/4

Classier than your average mall, the retail contingent of the 2.8 million sq ft Time Warner Center features upscale stores such as Coach and Cole Haan for accessories and shoes, Bose home entertainment, the fancy kitchenware purveyor Williams-Sonoma and True Religion jeans, as well as national shopping center staples J.Crew, Crabtree & Evelyn and Borders. Some of the city’s top restaurants, including Per Se and a branch of Landmarc, have made it a dining destination that transcends the stigma of eating at the mall.

  1. 10 Columbus Circle, at 59th St
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Delphinium Home

  • Price band: 2/4
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This popular neighborhood boutique is a treasure trove for kitschy housewares like Design Ideas skyline bookends ($43), Jonathan Adler ceramic animals ($47–$200) and high-end beauty goods such as Archipelago Botanicals travel sets ($28). There’s also a small but well-curated selection of cookbooks, including Janet Fletcher’s Eating Local ($35) and Ruth Reichl’s Gourmet Today ($40).

  1. 353 W 47th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, 10036
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JCPenney

  • Price band: 2/4

We've heard old Penney's called both a "dirty little secret" and a "diamond in the rough." We see it as a stash for breeders on a budget, as it's chock-full of well-constructed cribs, changing tables and chests, pee-proof mattresses, washable window covers, can't-ruin-it rugs, lamps, warmers, wrappers, boxes, bins and more. One of our favorite finds: multipatterned microfiber rooms-in-a-bag for girls from Little MissMatched (from $100 for sheets, shams, bedskirt, comforter, throw pillow and wall decals).

  1. Manhattan Mall, 100 W 33rd St, at Sixth Ave
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The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

  • Price band: 3/4

This annual outdoor marketplace provides a place for New Yorkers (as well as their visiting families) to buy gifts in a beautifully lit, festive location. Sip hot chocolate and peruse the wares from more than 125 artists and brands (among our favorites are Diana Warner New York rose gold necklaces, SOVL NYC recycled messenger bags and Brazilian Home Collection hand-painted lamps). Though it can get crowded, shopping in the park beats squishing into an indoor mall any day.

  1. Bryant Park, 42nd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Grast

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

t doesn’t get any more underground than the New York City subways, so it’s somehow fitting that this streetwise outfitter is located inside the Port Authority subway station. You’ll find an array of unisex $20 silk-screened tees and $40 hoodies, made exclusively by the store’s namesake label. Most designs are refreshingly minimalist; to wit, one simply says “42nd & Feeling Fine” in cursive, while another features a pair of boxing gloves and the phrase “Local Champion.” Solid zip-up hoodies are adorned with yellow strings and original Grast pin buttons on the chest. There’s also a heavy focus on toys and accessories, with a line of G-Shock watches designed in collaboration with Alife ($150) and Krink ($140); plastic character figurines by Kidrobot ($8); and GoodWood NYC intricate, hand-painted wooden pendants on beaded chains ($60). Before you hop on the train, ditch your tired Apple earbuds and cop a pair of tricked-out DJ-style headphones from Coloud ($40) or Urbanears ($60), available in every solid color of the pastel rainbow.

  1. Subway concourse, 625 Eighth Ave, between 41st and 42nd Sts, unit 17, 10036
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Toys “R” Us

  • Price band: 1/4

With a 60-foot indoor Ferris wheel and a 20-foot-high animatronic T. rex, this store has become just as much a part of the delirious Times Square spectacle as the iconic neon lights outside. Other attractions include a Willy Wonka candy shop, a make-your-own robot lab and a Babies "R" Us department.

  1. 1514 Broadway, at W 44th
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MoMA Design Store

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

A must for design fans, the museum’s stand-alone retail arm assembles an impressive array of contemporary furnishings and gifts, including sculptural vases, clocks, kitchenware and gadgets.

  1. 44 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Soiffer Haskin showroom

This is a private showroom that is open to the public only for special events.

  1. 317 W 33rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
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T.J. Maxx 

  • Price band: 1/4

Penny-pinchers can loosen their grip on their wallets a bit, now that the off-price chain has sprouted this Midtown West locale to join its recently opened location in Midtown East. It takes some patience to rifle through the overwhelming—albeit neatly organized—racks, but the discounted scores will likely be worth it. The merchandise is ever-evolving, but on any given day you’ll find bargains on accessories (Jessica Simpson leather hobo bags, $40), men’s clothing (Michael Kors button-downs for $30 and Rock & Republic dark-wash jeans for $120), women’s threads ($50 Calvin Klein peacoats and $60 Tahari blazers) and shoes (Steve Madden suede stiletto platforms, $50). We especially love scouring the solid selection of home merchandise, such as Tommy Hilfiger plaid cotton flannel queen-size sheets ($35) and Kathy Van Zeeland leopard-print rolling carry-on suitcases ($50).

  1. 250 W 57th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
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NBC Experience Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Most people (okay, tourists) come here for the behind-the-scenes studio tours or to catch a glimpse of their favorite prime-time actor, but the gift shop ain't half bad either—if you're in the market for NBC fan gear (travel mugs, baseball caps, magnets, umbrellas, DVDs, etc.).

  1. 30 Rockefeller Plaza, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Domus

  • Price band: 1/4

Scouring the globe for unusual design products is nothing new, but owners Luisa Cerutti and Nicki Lindheimer take the concept of overseas buying trips a step further; each year they visit a far-flung part of the world to forge links with and support cooperatives and individual craftspeople. The beautiful results reflect a fine attention to detail and a sense of place. With their vivid colors and swirling abstract patterns, baskets woven from telephone wire by South African Zulu tribespeople would look fantastic in a modern apartment. They come in a variety of sizes, priced from $29 to $335, and still exude a faint scent of smoke from the huts in which they took shape. Exquisite stone boxes made by a family in Vietnam are carved with remarkably convincing “weave” patterns, decorative leaves or an intricate dragon ($29–$220). Some items are sourced closer to home, such as Hell’s Kitchen cabinetmaker Beau Van Donkelaar’s one-of-a-kind cheese boards composed of different-colored wood offcuts ($199). This is a great place to find reasonably priced gifts, from handmade Afghan soaps ($8.25) to Italian throws (from $69), plus cushions, glassware, toys and much more.

  1. 413 W 44th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
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Manhattan Mall

  • Price band: 2/4

After a trip to Macy's on 34th Street, stop by midtown's Manhattan Mall. Stores include a Toys "R" Us, Game Stop and a two-level JCPenney.

  1. 100 W 33rd St, at Sixth Ave
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Smythson of Bond Street

  • Price band: 3/4

With Bergdorf Goodman and Louis Vuitton across the street, the flagship of this English leather-goods house keeps up with its posh neighbors via newly revamped digs for culty hand-engraved stationery (starting at $55) and their haute crocodile-embossed diaries ($120–$395). Class up your fave straphanger’s commute with pocket-sized leather planners equipped with an NYC subway map ($50). What’s more, Smythson books and most leather goods can be personalized with names, initials and dates using real gold or silver leaf ($12 per letter), and they’ll expertly gift wrap any item at no extra charge.

  1. 4 W 57th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Some of the most interesting treats and gifts come from museum shops and the Met is no slouch in its class. Get wall hangings, desk trinkets, home decor and arty jewlery at locations throughout the city. Seasonal and exhibit related items are constantly rotating through the stock.

  1. Macy's Herald Square, 151 W 34th St , between Broadway and Seventh Ave
More info

Swarovski

  • Price band: 2/4

Be sure to pack sunglasses on your next trek through Times Square: The sparkliest of sparkle palaces has taken root. The design concept, which first debuted in 2008 at the brand’s Tokyo flagship, uses textured walls with light-reflecting white prisms, stainless-steel- mirror finishes, LED lighting and two eight-foot-high crystal panels to create the illusion of wandering through a blingy forest. Once your eyes adjust, treat yourself to gold-plated, crystal-embedded bangles ($59 and up), a crystal-and-black-diamond cocktail ring ($300), or a pair of rhodium-plated pavé starfish earrings ($59). Dapper dons needn’t feel left out: The shop also shills stylish cufflinks ($70 to $90) and toastworthy stemware glasses ($390 for two).

  1. 1540 Broadway , between 45th and 46th Sts
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Disney Store

  • Price band: 2/4

The House of Mouse has opened its largest store ever in Times Square, where you'll find tons of Disney goodies, a theater and an interactive princess castle.

  1. 1540 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Sts
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Store

  • Price band: 2/4

Some of the most interesting treats and gifts come from museum shops and the Met is no slouch in its class. Get wall hangings, desk trinkets, home decor and arty jewlery at locations throughout the city. Seasonal and exhibit related items are constantly rotating through the stock.

  1. Rockefeller Center, 15 W 49th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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Bergdorf Goodman

  • Price band: 4/4

The mothership for ladies-who-lunch (particularly those who love to lunch at the Kelly Wearstler–designed BG), this venerable institution—housed in the former Vanderbilt mansion—is the Neiman Marcus of New York (they're part of the same company, so you can use your Neiman's card here). Though they play host to extremely established and elegant lines like Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren, they up their edge factor with design stars such as Proenza Schouler and Doo.Ri. The much-trafficked fifth floor is packed with more-affordable, on-trend iterations from See by Chloe, Catherine Malandrino and Anna Sui while the shoe department—a series of small, boutique-like rooms—features tried and true classics like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik along with upstarts such as Loeffler Randall. And like all good department stores, they have a plethora of upscale beauty products, including Slatkin candles, Laura Mercier lipglosses and Frederic Fekkai hairbrushes. The men’s store is across the street at 745 Fifth Ave.

  1. 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St
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Free & the Brave

  • Price band: 3/4

Owner Bethany Mayer brings patriotic pieces to the Paramount Hotel with this nature-inspired boutique, featuring a wall of windows and big green plants scattered throughout. Mayer is the owner of Montauk’s Surf Bazaar (thesurfbazaar.com), and her success in the Hamptons led her to open this hotel shop. Look for American-designed men’s ($59–$450) and women’s ($58–$898) clothing, accessories ($24–$700) and home goods ($28–$500). Highlights include Suno floral dresses ($696), men’s vintage Levi’s embroidered jackets ($310), Frends rose-gold earbuds ($99) and Lostine oak cutting boards ($135).

  1. 235 W 46th St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
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Macy's

  • Price band: 2/4

It may not be as glamorous as New York’s other famous stores, but for sheer breadth of stock, the 34th Street behemoth is hard to beat. You won’t find exalted labels here, though—mid-priced fashion and designers’ diffusion lines for all ages are its bread and butter, along with all the big beauty names.

  1. 151 W 34th St, at Seventh Ave
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Sonic Yoga

  • Price band: 2/4

At first glance, the huge studio and large number of students can seem intimidating, but once the lights dim, the music starts and the room settles, a truly intimate setting emerges. The personal attention and inspiring presence of the instructors are definitely among the most appealing features of this studio, which offers four donation-based classes each week.

  1. 754 Ninth Ave, at 51st St
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Swarovski

  • Price band: 2/4

One of eight Swarovski locales in the city and situated near tourist hot spot Herald Square, this shiny white palace is packed with oversize cocktail rings in a spread of summery colors ($170), square-cut crystal earrings ($59) and funky, robotesque Minnie Mouse pendants ($230).

  1. 200 W 34th St, at Seventh Ave
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Crane & Co.

  • Price band: 2/4

Cubicle dwellers and traditionalists depend on this posh stationer for its genteel, high-quality papers, but it also offers more casual options when you’re not R.S.V.P.-ing for a luncheon. Invest in Kate Spade letterpressed cards ($214 and up), which can be personalized with your contact info or name, along with Montblanc rollerball pens ($20-$500), leather photo albums (from $40) and desk blotters ($100).

  1. 59 W 49th St, at Rockefeller Plaza
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