Best gift shops: Nolita

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

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Condor

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shop owner Loriann Smoak has racked up a lot of stamps on her passport (she traveled to 19 countries last year alone!), and now she’s bringing her worldly finds to this Nolita boutique. The bright, white, marble-detailed space is decorated with plants and greenery, and it’s loaded with garb from local and international designers. Eco-friendly silk tanks by Amour Vert come from France ($72), Ghost Dancer beaded bib necklaces are inspired by Native American culture ($178), Juma bird-printed scarves are made in India ($175) and cult photographer Neil Krug’s Pulp Art Book of grainy Polaroid-film photos can decorate coffee tables ($50).

  1. 259 Elizabeth St, (between E Houston and Prince Sts)
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Erica Weiner

  • Price band: 2/4
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Seamstress-turned-jewelry-designer Erica Weiner sells her own bronze, brass, silver and gold creations alongside vintage and reworked baubles in her first-ever, eponymous boutique. With a painted tin ceiling and white-tiled floors accented by early-20th-century furnishings, the store resembles an old-fashioned dress shop. Weiner combs estate sales and New England auction houses to line the shelves of her cozy shop with antique engagement rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets, all of which have unique stories behind them. Her wares are often casts or modified versions of old objects, such as 1930s cocktail stirrers from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel that she fashioned into polished brass necklaces ($85). Even better, much of Weiner’s jewelry can be scooped up for less than $100. Browse winged cicada-insect dangling earrings ($30), mottled feather-and-mesh Chinese ginkgo-leaf charm necklaces ($35), brass floral-patterned reproduction Victorian wedding bracelets ($65) and 1930s vintage filigree diamond engagement rings ($625).

  1. 173 Elizabeth St, (between Kenmare and Spring Sts)
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Gas Bijoux

  • Price band: 2/4

The Bijoux family has been hand-making its fashionable accessories for 40 years at their atelier in Marseille, France. Each piece is assembled, polished and enameled by hand by their own master craftsmen. Producing only limited series and unique pieces ensure you won’t be seen with the same jewels as every one else. The shop stocks its signature gold-plated filigreed chandelier earrings ($165), silver-plated cobra bangles ($235), silver heart necklaces ($135) and charm bracelets in every color (from $55).

  1. 238 Mott St, (at Prince St)
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Artware Editions

  • Price band: 3/4
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Located across the street from the New Museum, this design-focused gallery quietly resides above a busy home-supply store with only a banner hanging outside its second-story window advertising its existence. Cofounders Rebecca Kong and Jon Tomlinson both worked as contemporary art dealers before they started Artware Editions in 2006 to challenge visual artists to produce limited-edition, functional design objects, such as Christopher Kurtz's circle-motif armchair and ottoman set ($1,500). The only criteria are that the pieces must have utility and a strong conceptual connection to the artists' previous work. You'll find items from nearly 150 artists (including Marina Abramovic and Damien Hirst) on display in the white-walled space. Highlights from the collaborative efforts include Markus Linnennbrink colorful paint-drip watches ($70), Ligorano/Reese fuck snow globes ($60) and Little M by Miyeon Lee drop-chain earrings ($120).

  1. 270 Bowery, between E Houston and Prince Sts, second floor, 10012
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Condor

  • Price band: 2/4
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Shop owner Loriann Smoak has racked up a lot of stamps on her passport (she traveled to 19 countries last year alone!), and now she’s bringing her worldly finds to this Nolita boutique. The bright, white, marble-detailed space is decorated with plants and greenery, and it’s loaded with garb from local and international designers. Eco-friendly silk tanks by Amour Vert come from France ($72), Ghost Dancer beaded bib necklaces are inspired by Native American culture ($178), Juma bird-printed scarves are made in India ($175) and cult photographer Neil Krug’s Pulp Art Book of grainy Polaroid-film photos can decorate coffee tables ($50).

  1. 259 Elizabeth St, between E Houston and Prince Sts
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Love, Adorned

  • Price band: 4/4
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Lori Leven, owner of sister tattoo parlors New York Adorned (one located in the LES and the other in Williamsburg), has expanded her brand to include a new jewelry haven: Love, Adorned. The third spin-off chainlet houses a treasure trove of baubles, home goods and trinkets. Stark white walls, glass and wood display cases, and a warehouselike lofted ceiling play backdrop to the store’s offbeat mix of goods. Tunes from the likes of Ray Charles bellow through the speakers as you peruse offerings such as Collina Strada tough-girl leather harnesses that resemble chic shrunken vests ($400) and Lou Zeldis sterling-silver mountain rings with Afghan lapis stones ($140). A kitschy selection of Santa Fe Stoneworks patterned pocketknives ($90) and rainbow vintage ashtrays ($40–$80) spruce up a bulky wooden table, while super-pricey Lindsay Thornburg billowy, handmade cloaks ($960–$1,300) hang from the walls. Though splurges such as Jeeyun Ha dainty gold-chain necklaces accented with feathers ($380) are scene-stealers, cheap thrills like Alyssa Ettinger porcelain milk bottles ($40–$70) make us equally giddy.

  1. 269 Elizabeth St , between E Houston and Prince Sts
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McNally Jackson Store

  • Price band: 4/4

The beloved bookstore opens a boutique around the corner, dedicated solely to work-space furnishings ($2–$4,000). The cozy 400-square-foot shop features walls lined with vintage and contemporary art prints ($15–$500). Discover European-made furniture, such as Discipline oak-and-leather chairs ($2,000) from Milan, or shop domestic goods such as a Reed La Plant walnut-and-maple desk ($1,900) from Portland, Oregon. Owner Sarah McNally believes in living with just the items we use and love, so she stocks uniquely crafted utilitarian items, including Craft Design Technology stainless-steel scissors ($64) from Tokyo, and Andrey and Shay handmade pencil cases ($90) from Tel Aviv. Top off your desk with British brand Another Country’s tape dispenser ($42), eraser pot ($28) and sharpener ($42).

  1. 234 Mulberry St, between Prince and Spring Sts
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Warm

  • Price band: 3/4
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Husband and wife Rob Magnotta and Winnie Beattie have opened their first boutique, filled with eclectic women’s threads ($97–$2,000), accessories ($41–$2,500) and vintage books ($13–$80) meant to imbue a cozy feeling. The space retains the original hardwood floors from its past life as an olive-oil factory and uses an antique post-office mail sorter for merchandise. Zebra-print rugs and tropical plants give it a nature-inspired vibe. Shoppers can also nab home goods such as Auntie Oti towels ($41) handwoven in India and beach-scented Apothia candles ($55). Embrace your inner romantic with Roseanna lace tops ($212) and Vanessa Bruno Athé chambray dresses ($306). Extra trimmings include Locals flip-flops ($18), which are native to Hawaiian drugstores; Jerome Dreyfuss linen-and-leather handbags ($288); and VK Lillie necklaces ($667) filled with healing crystals.

  1. 181 Mott St , between Broome and Kenmare Sts , 10012
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Inventory

  • Price band: 3/4

Following the success of locations in Vancouver and Dover Street Markets in London and Tokyo, this casual menswear store now has a U.S. outpost. The small but expertly curated selection includes international brands such as Margaret Howell, Orslow and Tricker’s that mimic the minimalist-cool aesthetic of Inventory magazine. Look for Needles floral-print button-up shirts ($225), Battenwear cotton shorts ($200), Workers polka-dot belts ($95) and Sassafras wool shirt-jackets ($585). Guys on a budget can pick up Ebbets Field Flannels cotton-twill baseball hats ($50), Japanese magazines ($25) and Falke merino-wool socks ($34).

  1. 12 Extra Pl, between Bowery and Second Ave
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Thomas Sires

  • Price band: 2/4

Former publicist Fiona Thomas and fashion designer Allison Sires combined their names and talents to create Thomas Sires, a women’s clothing and gift shop in Nolita. In addition to designing their own fashion line, the duo travels the world in search of inspiration and interesting knickknacks to fill their cozy, pale brick-walled shop. Peruse leopard-print, gathered tops ($250); reversible faux-fur vests ($400); Otto oversize Lucite necklaces ($325); Colombian canaflecha fiber spiral bracelets ($18); and Japanese fish-shaped soaps-on-a-rope ($40).

  1. 243 Elizabeth St, between E Houston and Prince Sts
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Georgia Product & Salon

  • Price band: 2/4

Owners Kiara Ellozy and Jodie Patterson offer hand-selected beauty products and by-appointment hair stylists at their Nolita fusion shop-salon, which boasts a hip-but-homey vibe, thanks to their wall-spanning inspiration board. The front half of the airy, art-decked space is stocked with a range of lesser-known bath and body goods, including all-natural products from New York’s Dolly & Mila Wildcrafted Skincare ($18–$68) and Georgia by G and Company, the store’s own collection of sumptuous, essential-oil-packed lotions and soaps ($8–$34). You’ll also find lively accessories such as Purple Pill Babies tribal fabric-wrapped glasses ($45–$58) and Huit Lingerie lace briefs ($45). Wander toward the back for goof-proof pencil-applicator makeup from new brand Color by Cynde Watson ($15–$30), or opt for one of Georgia’s pros to do it for you (makeup application starts at $150). The skilled stylists also man the full-service, two-seat salon, and pride themselves on being able to work with any hair type. To wit, there’s a wide range of services, from unisex haircuts ($100–$200) and color ($110 and up) to dreadlocks ($140). After having your mane coiffed, be sure to check out the shelves of hair products from high-performing favorites like Barex ($22–$70), Davines ($21–$46) and Oyin Handmade ($11–$15), whose all-natural line is a must for girls with curls.

  1. 89A E Houston St, between Bowery and Elizabeth St
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12 Lions Studio

  • Price band: 2/4

Founder and entrepreneur Steve Hernandez started his career as a handbag merchandiser and opened this shop to give emerging designers the opportunity to exhibit their creations. Fifteen local artisans hawk handmade jewelry, beauty products, accessories and clothing in this lively Noho bazaar. You’ll find soothing organic skin-care products, including Yamerra jasmine, sage and lemongrass body butters ($12), as well as Tanzanian retailer Maryman Moma’s colorful printed Kanga wraps ($30). Nab one-of-a-kind Pigeon Be Pigeon silk-screened tees printed with NYC street scenes ($25) and showstopping hand-painted Nike Air Max sneakers ($75–$800). Feel good about purchasing Eva Shaw Designs gold-filled and sterling-silver bracelets decorated with raw black diamonds ($45–$60)—100 percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund for Widows (windowsforwidows.com/w4w_golive), which educates and empowers widows in developing countries.

  1. 684 Broadway, at Great Jones St
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