Best gift shops: West Village/Greenwich Village

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AC Gears

  • Price band: 2/4

This shop is like Toys “R” Us for adults. The futuristic space offers the newest electronics, cool gadgets and fun tchotchkes from around the world. Explore the headphones selection by trying on one of the high-end brands, like the popular Zumreeds that come in a range of punchy colors ($40–$60). Check out the best-selling Bandai Gun o’Clock ($90), an alarm clock with a pop-up target and toy gun—so when that dreaded sound goes off in the wee hours of the morning, just reach for the gun and shoot the damn thing. More playful items include limited-edition Mimobot Star Wars–themed memory drives ($46), Kikkerland robot pencil sharpeners ($13) and disappearing glow-in-the-dark graffiti paint from Suck UK ($66).

  1. 69 E 8th St, (at Broadway)
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Accessorize

  • Price band: 1/4

Watch your back, Claire’s: A new dirt-cheap costume-jewelry shop has surfaced. U.K. retailer Accessorize is finally bringing its trendy, affordable designs across the pond to a West Village storefront (with a Union Square location opening November 18). We’re talking chunky, jewel-covered cuffs ($25), cluster cocktail rings ($20) and sequined clutches with British flag designs ($58). Sound sparkly? The store itself is as glittery as it gets, with vintage-inspired dressing tables and classic armoires covered in antique gems. Expect to see more from Accessorize in the future; this is the first of 100 planned stores set to open in the U.S. throughout the next four years.

  1. 329 Bleecker St at Christopher St
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Bookmarc

  • Price band: 2/4

Designer Marc Jacobs’s West Village empire continues to expand with the opening of this high-fashion bookstore, which has replaced the beloved Biography Book Shop. Though Biography’s blond-wood shelving remains, its memoirs have been replaced with coffee-table tomes, such as House of Versace ($26), artist Dawn Mellor’s namesake book depicting nightmarish renditions of pop icons ($35), and shutterbug Mario Testino’s photographic ode to muse Kate Moss ($700). It’s not all glossy photos, though: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ($25) leans against a dishy book about Hollywood scandals ($25). There’s also Marc Jacobs–branded souvenirs galore, including condoms packaged in matchbooks ($2), broken-heart compacts ($5), USB cassette tapes ($15), lipstick-shaped pens ($4) and canvas Bookmarc totes emblazoned with a pixelated lightbulb ($20)—perhaps the only MJ handbag that falls within your budget.

  1. 400 Bleecker St at 11th St
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Considerosity

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Gift-giving is a whole lot easier with this cozy West Village boutique, whose selection of pretty, tasteful items—ranging from handmade jewelry ($30–$150) to artisanal home goods ($15–$50)—offers something for every hostess, birthday girl and bride-to-be in your life. Reclaimed-wood shelving showcases Julie Nolan’s brass-disc pendants featuring astrological constellations ($45) and Coatt’s Morse-code necklaces that spell out love, peace and friend in gold-filled dots and dashes ($36). Considerosity also specializes in items that are practical (S’well colorful stainless-steel water bottles, $35), thoughtful (West Third Brand daily affirmation wish candles, $16) and just plain delicious (Macaron Café macaron gift boxes, $14–$49).

  1. 191 W 4th St, (between Barrow and Jones Sts )
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Diptyque

  • Price band: 2/4

This Parisian perfumer, known for its high-end handmade candles, lights up Bleecker Street with its first NYC store. Reminiscent of a modern-day boudoir, the cozy space is decked out in white-feathered crystal chandeliers, Lucite furniture and fabric-covered walls. Lining the modular shelves is the brand’s full collection of sweet-smelling home and body-care products, as well as limited-edition holiday items.

  1. 377 Bleecker St between Charles and Perry Sts
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Greenwich Letter Press

  • Price band: 2/4

This stationery store—with exposed brick, cheerful floral wallpaper and a pink overhanging lamp—exudes West Village charm. It’s owned by sisters Amy Swanson and Beth Salvini, whose family has been in the printing biz for three generations, and nearly everything is designed in-house and produced on an old Gutenberg-style press. Aside from note cards and stationery, GLP also offers notebooks, rubber stamps, labels, gift tags and striking wrapping paper ($3–$5 a sheet).

  1. 39 Christopher St, (between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl)
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OHWOW Book Club

  • Price band: 4/4

Underground in more ways than one (the shop is below street level, and it’s as indie as they come), this Laundromat turned reading room is the latest project to come from Aaron “A-Ron the Downtown Don” Bondaroff. Since getting his start as the face of streetwear brand Supreme in the early ’90s, the native New Yorker has become a fixture in the international art scene, having curated shows for the Guggenheim and Colette. OHWOW, the publishing company that he co-founded two years ago with Al Moran, prints books displaying work by his artist friends, including Scott Campbell, Phil Frost, Neckface and Terence Koh. The bookstore-showroom is the first spot to carry all of OHWOW’s publications under a single roof, and those craving color, inspiration or simply a place to talk art can do so sans snobbery. The art lies not solely in the books but also in the decor itself. Designed by Bondaroff’s longtime friend Rafael de Cárdenas, the 150-square-foot interior has black-and-white stacked shelving units, fluorescent lighting and turquoise walls with Navajo patterns. Some titles we’re digging are Maneater by Aurel Schmidt ($40), New York Minute by Kathy Grayson ($75) and Bondaroff’s autobiography My Life in T-Shirts ($30).

  1. 227 Waverly Pl, (between W 11th and Perry Sts)
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Considerosity

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Gift-giving is a whole lot easier with this cozy West Village boutique, whose selection of pretty, tasteful items—ranging from handmade jewelry ($30–$150) to artisanal home goods ($15–$50)—offers something for every hostess, birthday girl and bride-to-be in your life. Reclaimed-wood shelving showcases Julie Nolan’s brass-disc pendants featuring astrological constellations ($45) and Coatt’s Morse-code necklaces that spell out love, peace and friend in gold-filled dots and dashes ($36). Considerosity also specializes in items that are practical (S’well colorful stainless-steel water bottles, $35), thoughtful (West Third Brand daily affirmation wish candles, $16) and just plain delicious (Macaron Café macaron gift boxes, $14–$49).

  1. 191 W 4th St, between Barrow and Jones Sts
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Greenwich Letterpress

  • Price band: 2/4

This stationery store—with exposed brick, cheerful floral wallpaper and a pink overhanging lamp—exudes West Village charm. It’s owned by sisters Amy Swanson and Beth Salvini, whose family has been in the printing biz for three generations, and nearly everything is designed in-house and produced on an old Gutenberg-style press. Aside from note cards and stationery, GLP also offers notebooks, rubber stamps, labels, gift tags and striking wrapping paper ($3–$5 a sheet).

  1. 39 Christopher St, between Seventh Ave South and Waverly Pl
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NYC Consignment

  • Price band: 3/4

For luxe designer duds and inexpensive knickknacks, head to this chic resale haven from Sabina Palterman. The West Village native grew up shopping with her friends at vintage stores; after a music career under the name Lady Saba, she was inspired to start her own retail business. Gents will find classic necessities such as crisp Brooks Brothers button-downs ($30), colorful J.Crew blazers ($40), Theory dark-wash jeans ($35) and even a Prada tux ($375). Fashionistas will love a Roberto Cavalli peasant top ($220), a Balenciaga printed dress ($525) and a Chloé silk skirt ($175). Men can accessorize with Pucci silk ties ($50) and leather John Varvatos boots ($100), while ladies can don Prada polka-dot peep-toed pumps ($250) and a Coach vintage leather satchel ($125). Random extras include Hello Kitty iPhone cases ($12) and JellyBath foot soaks ($15). If you have garb you want to sell, drop by anytime, and Palterman will take a look at it—if she likes what she sees, you’ll get half of the price when it sells.

  1. 22 Jones St, between Bleecker and W 4th Sts, 10014
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Flight 001

  • Price band: 2/4

During an Air France flight in 1998, business travelers John Sencion and Brad John came up with the idea for this streamlined shop, which carries everything a frequent flyer could need under one roof. That of course includes a sturdy bag, and you’ll find plenty of fashion-forward options toward the back of the modern white space, including Lipault lightweight nylon duffels ($190), Herschel Supply Co. color-blocked duffel bags with built-in shoe compartments ($100) and Hideo Wakamatsu trolleys ($190) made of tarpaulin fabric, a flexible, water-resistant material. Fill your new luggage with functional travel accessories, such as Maptote denim Dopp kits ($30) emblazoned with drawings of essential toiletries and house-line SpacePak three-piece nylon bag sets ($98) that organize and compress items to conserve valuable suitcase space. Mention TONY for 15 percent off all purchases (excluding gift cards) through June 7.

  1. 96 Greenwich Ave, between Jane and W 12th Sts
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Burlington Coat Factory

  • Price band: 2/4

Bargain shoppers can head back to Union Square—which used to be home to Filene’s Basement—with the opening of this discount giant’s second Manhattan location (the first is in Chelsea). The tri-level, 92,000-square-foot space is filled with current-season designer duds marked up to 65 percent off department-store prices. Gentlemen looking to stock up on basics can nab Ben Sherman trench coats ($100) and Original Penguin V-neck sweaters ($25), while ladies looking for a steal can pick up Free People chiffon dresses ($70) and Elizabeth and James leather booties ($180). For the home, we spotted seven-piece cookware sets ($20) and Vera Wang Home coverlets ($100). There’s even a beauty section, featuring OPI nail polish and CoverGirl foundations ($7 each).

  1. 4 Union Sq South, between Broadway and University Pl
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Jo Malone

  • Price band: 3/4

Founded by London tastemaker and former facialist Jo Malone in 1994, this eponymous beauty brand has evolved into a global fragrance empire. The label’s third NYC store (it joins boutiques in Grand Central Terminal and on the Upper East Side) provides New Yorkers with exquisite, straight-from-an-English-garden aromas, and encourages customers to blend colognes to create a bespoke scent. Woodsy Wild Fig & Cassis, spicy Vanilla & Anise and floral Vintage Gardenia ($55 for 30ml, $110 for 100ml) lead the pack of classics, but it’s not all about the perfumes. Also look for gift-perfect Roasted Chestnut Deluxe candles ($130) and nourishing, avocado-laden vitamin E face and body products ($25–$90). Dominated by Jo Malone’s signature shades of white, black and cream, the apartment-like space mixes design elements both modern (coal-black corbeled walls and chandeliers, midcentury-style seating) and classic (heritage cabinetry, elaborately carved sconce shelving). A so-called tasting bar offers complimentary services, such as relaxing hand and arm massages using the brand’s luxurious skin smoothers.

  1. 330 Bleecker St, at Christopher St
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Village Party Store

  • Price band: 1/4

Although the original Greenwich Avenue location of this beloved party-supply store burned down in 2010, the Wong family quietly reopened a 7,000-square-foot space just six months later. The relaunched digs carry the same massive collection of prepackaged costumes ($20–$150) and decorative goods ($1–$100) for all holidays and occasions. In addition to a diverse selection of more than 2,000 getups, including gorilla suits ($120) and Gatsby-esque flapper frocks ($80), there are also quirky add-ons such as multicolored Afro wigs ($7–$30) and sparkling butterfly wings ($6–$50). Also look for decor that will make your All Hallows’ Eve fete truly festive, such as ghost and pumpkin piñatas ($13), bone candles ($8) and edible skull or knife cake decorations ($6).

  1. 13 E 8th St, between Fifth Ave and University Pl
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Kikkerland

  • Price band: 2/4

Founder Jan Van der Lande collaborated with Kevin Brynan, owner of now-closed gift shop Mxyplyzyk, in creating the first store for the design company, which has been churning out must-have utilitarian gadgets for the past 20 years. NYC designer Jan Habraken and his team at FormNation (formnation.com) created the Peg-Board walls displaying goods ($2–$500) from Kikkerland and local brands such as Confetti System and Tattly. Look for Chris Collicott calendar boxes ($20) and Casey Schneider glass stones ($13) that water your plants over the course of three to four days, as well as Kikkerland rechargeable lanterns ($35) and fish-shaped flasks ($30).

  1. 493 Sixth Ave, between 12th and 13th Sts
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Albertine

  • Price band: 3/4

Thanks to a ceramic birdbath in the window and pink Louis XIV–style chairs and birdcages adorning the shop, Albertine is a fitting setting for a tea party—and carries what you could wear to one. Owner Kyung Lee designs the house line, Delphine, which covers both bespoke and off-the-rack clothing. Shoes and dresses by Rachel Comey, Bodkin, Apiece Apart and CFDA nominee Gary Graham also fill the slim shop. Right next door is sister store Abertine General, the jewelry outpost that carries a mix of new and antique baubles, including items from Iosselliani, Kathryn Bentley and custom charm bracelets by Madame Fortuna. A generous fireplace, gilded frames displaying necklaces and a glass cabinet housing a typewriter and stuffed bird lend the store an antique feel.

  1. 13 Christopher St, between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl
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OHWOW Book Club

  • Price band: 4/4

Underground in more ways than one (the shop is below street level, and it’s as indie as they come), this Laundromat turned reading room is the latest project to come from Aaron “A-Ron the Downtown Don” Bondaroff. Since getting his start as the face of streetwear brand Supreme in the early ’90s, the native New Yorker has become a fixture in the international art scene, having curated shows for the Guggenheim and Colette. OHWOW, the publishing company that he co-founded two years ago with Al Moran, prints books displaying work by his artist friends, including Scott Campbell, Phil Frost, Neckface and Terence Koh. The bookstore-showroom is the first spot to carry all of OHWOW’s publications under a single roof, and those craving color, inspiration or simply a place to talk art can do so sans snobbery. The art lies not solely in the books but also in the decor itself. Designed by Bondaroff’s longtime friend Rafael de Cárdenas, the 150-square-foot interior has black-and-white stacked shelving units, fluorescent lighting and turquoise walls with Navajo patterns. Some titles we’re digging are Maneater by Aurel Schmidt ($40), New York Minute by Kathy Grayson ($75) and Bondaroff’s autobiography My Life in T-Shirts ($30).

  1. 227 Waverly Pl , between W 11th and Perry Sts
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The Ink Pad

  • Price band: 2/4

Perhaps Manhattan’s only store dedicated to rubber stamps, this oddball nook—founded by a retired NYC high-school teacher—offers thousands of themed and artsy designs for adorning papers and cards. To further embellish your stationery, check out their range of punches, stencils, embossing powder, glitter and tassels as well as publications like Brit magazine Craft Stamper.

  1. 37 Seventh Ave, between 12th and 13th Sts
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KADOnyc

  • Price band: 2/4

A New Yorker by way of Miami, owner Rick Hanley brings his curated South Beach gift shop, Pink Palm, to NYC with this northern rebrand. You’ll find something for everyone on your shopping list among the imported wrapping paper ($5), clever cards ($2–$13) and thoughtful tchotchkes ($10–$35). Stop in to pick up artsy Kikkerland Mona Lisa clocks ($40), Natural Life embroidered wallets ($40) and GamaGo guitar-shaped spatulas ($13).

  1. 192 Bleecker St, between MacDougal St and Sixth Ave
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Annick Goutal

In 1981, piantist turned model Annick Goutal opened her first perfume shop in Paris. Flash-forward to present-day, and her daughter Camille brings the eponymous label to NYC for the first time. The charming West Village outpost features a variety of women's and men's scents ($70–$250), such as florally infused eaux de parfum ($170) and strong-enough-for-a-man cinnamon-and-amber eaux de toilette ($140). Bath and body products ($48–$70) and home scents ($50–$295) round out the offerings.

  1. 397 Bleecker St, between Perry and W 11th Sts, 10014
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Bookmarc

  • Price band: 2/4

Designer Marc Jacobs’s West Village empire continues to expand with the opening of this high-fashion bookstore, which has replaced the beloved Biography Book Shop. Though Biography’s blond-wood shelving remains, its memoirs have been replaced with coffee-table tomes, such as House of Versace ($26), artist Dawn Mellor’s namesake book depicting nightmarish renditions of pop icons ($35) and shutterbug Mario Testino’s photographic ode to muse Kate Moss ($700). It’s not all glossy photos, though: Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl ($25) leans against a dishy book about Hollywood scandals ($25). There are also Marc Jacobs–branded souvenirs galore, including condoms packaged in matchbooks ($2), broken-heart compacts ($5), USB cassette tapes ($15), lipstick-shaped pens ($4) and canvas Bookmarc totes emblazoned with a pixelated lightbulb ($20)—perhaps the only MJ handbag that falls within your budget.

  1. 400 Bleecker St , at 11th St , 10014
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Personnel of New York

  • Price band: 3/4

Fashion vet Kristi Paras has intermittently worked as a buyer for Divine and Canal Jean Company since 1991, while her boyfriend, Emilio Ramirez, spent most of his career on a film set in production framework. After years of toiling in their respective fields, the couple have joined forces to open this eclectic store selling clothing ($75–$400), footwear ($109–$375), jewelry ($80–$425) and home goods ($20–$350) from largely domestic labels. Ramirez conceptualized the 1,000-square-foot space and built the raw-pine fixtures with aged-brass details, while Paras recruited her designer friends to hawk their collections. Standouts include Creatures of Comfort peplum dresses ($335), Black Crane printed jumpers ($185) and Dream Collective enamel cuffs ($165). Guys can stay hip in Owner Operator nylon pocket tees ($60), La Paz cotton pullovers ($120) and the same Industry of All Nations batik shirts ($65) worn at Coachella by indie-rock band Yeasayer. Decorate your abode with Tadanori bird-shaped bottle openers ($30), Claustrom tape dispensers ($100) and Izola laundry bags ($39).

  1. 9 Greenwich Ave, between Christopher and W 10th Sts, 10014
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Freemans Sporting Club

  • Price band: 4/4

East Side staple since 2004, FSC has opened a second location in a former West Village bodega. The rustic-chic men’s shop is decorated with handsome Southwestern rugs, antique furniture, and wooden shelves built by owner Taavo Somer. Expect steeply priced slim-fitting wool suits ($2,000 and up), casual button-down shirts ($148–$198), Winchester trousers ($268), Quoddy boat shoes ($286) and leather belts ($120). In addition to an in-house tailor, there’s a collection of outdoorsy lifestyle books and survival gear, including canteens, portable grills and compasses (you know, in case you can’t navigate your apartment building after too many PBRs). And coming soon: An in-store coffee bar.

  1. 343 Bleecker St, between Christopher and 10th Sts
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Mxyplyzyk CLOSED

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

New York apartments are notoriously small, so finding home goods that do double duty is a necessity. At this shop (whose impossible-to-pronounce name refers to an old Superman comic-book character), almost every practical item also functions just as well decoratively. Every inch of this 1,500-square-foot shop is lined with giftable utilitarian items packaged in hyperstylish exteriors. Come here for quirky housewares like a porcelain molar-shaped toothbrush holder ($22), a dish scrubber that looks like a porcupine ($13) and a mug set that stacks up to resemble a totem pole ($65). Though playfulness is certainly a theme, there are also organically influenced pieces, including reclaimed-wood nesting tables (three for $315) and grasscloth-covered lamps ($65). Stumped on what to get that person who has everything? We’re pretty sure he doesn’t already own a neon birdhouse, wiener-dog-print pajamas or a cat-shaped flashlight. Random and zany, the fun toys and gadgets here are sure to bring out your inner kid.

  1. 125 Greenwich Ave, at 13th St, 10018
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L’Aristote 

  • Price band: 2/4

Moroccan painter Hanan Zdeg’s carefully curated stock of international imports offers something for every budget. Zdeg scouts markets in North Africa, Asia and the Middle East to handpick beautiful, well-made pieces to display in her Greenwich Village shop. The result is an eclectic, but eye-catching, assortment of handcrafted housewares ($35–$150), jewelry ($25–$2,000), furniture ($350–$6,000) and antiques ($35–$3,000) that make shoppers feel as if they are browsing an upscale souk. Wooden doors with detailed carvings at the rear of the store coupled with the scent of aromatic oils adds to the space’s bohemian ambience. Visitors will be taken by L’Aristote handmade soaps infused with rose and lavender ($5–$12), copper-and-glass decorative bottles ($25–$45), silk napkin rings (eight for $65) and silver curtain tassels ($55–$125).  We’re also eager to frame our windows with handwoven silk curtains ($125–$450) and stock our linen closets with handmade cotton Turkish towels ($70).

  1. 90 W Houston St, between La Guardia Pl and Thompson St
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Party City

  • Price band: 1/4

A favorite with soccer moms, this massive chainlet stocks an insanely expansive variety of plastic trays, napkins and paper plates in more than 200 patterns. Well-organized aisles present everything party-related, from balloons to cups to candy and invitations. Bonus: They also have Halloween costumes.

  1. 38 W 14th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
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LEO Design

  • Price band: 4/4

After 15 years of doing business on Bleecker Street, LEO Design has relocated to a mom-and-pop-filled stretch of the West Village just a few blocks away. This seems like an apt move for the cozy shop, which has garnered a loyal clientele for its handsome vintage gifts that owner Kino Jung collects during his buying trips to England, Italy and France. Buttery-yellow walls and a reinstated tin ceiling contrast the dark wood and metal antiques, which date back to the 1900s. Jung always makes sure to offer a nice selection of bejeweled cufflinks ($75–$175) and leather picture frames ($75–$175). Also look for home-furnishing treasures, such as a desk organizer from the Edwardian era ($195–$295) and brass animal bookends from the ’20s ($145–$350).

  1. 543 Hudson St, between Charles and Perry Sts
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Barnes & Noble Greenwich Village (CLOSED)

  • Price band: 2/4

Many an author touches down at Barnes & Noble's citywide branches, which are fairly uniform in their size and wide selection of new books. In addition to author readings, the behemoth book chain hosts panel discussions and actor readings spotlighting new and lesser-known works.

  1. 396 Sixth Ave, at 8th St
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The Bathroom

  • Price band: 2/4

Unlike your loo, this place carries upscale goop and an impressive collection of designer bath linens and accessories. Featured brands: Molton Brown, Yves Delorme and the all-natural Dr. Hauschka line, whose Cleansing Cream ($27) works wonders for all skin types.

  1. 94 Charles St, at Bleecker St
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Bond No. 9

  • Price band: 4/4

The collection of scents here pays olfactory homage to New York City. Choose from 34 “neighborhoods” and “sensibilities,” including Wall Street, Park Avenue, Eau de Noho, even Chinatown (but don’t worry, it smells of peach blossoms, gardenia and patchouli, not fish stands). The arty bottles and neat, colorful packaging are particularly gift-friendly.

  1. 399 Bleecker St, at 11th St
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Flat 128

  • Price band: 2/4

Owner Liz DuBois fell so in love with London while living there in her twenties that she opened a store devoted to U.K.-made products. The cozy shop features light blue walls and a vintage-marble fireplace, and is stocked with stationery ($5–$105), jewelry ($40–$1,300) and leather goods ($72–$895) from brands such as Smith/Grey and Yunus & Eliza. Shop unique finds, including Alona gold-studded cuffs ($252), Comfort Station silver ampersand-shaped earrings ($82) and Lost Property of London leather clutches ($90).

  1. 15 Christopher St, between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl
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