Holiday gift guide 2012: Gifts you can give to anyone

Take the guesswork out of gift-giving and use this gift guide to find presents that are sure to please anyone on your list.

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Picking out unique gifts can be stressful, but this gift guide of universal presents makes the process easier. Picky parents, chatty coworkers and best friends alike will love mosaic-like journals from the New York Public Library, monogrammed stationery from Kate Spade, stylish scarves from Ann Taylor and more special gifts.


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  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Paperblanks Intricate Inlays Thai Gems journal, $15; and Intricate Inlays Mirror Vine journal, $13; both at the Library Shop at the New York Public Library, 42nd St at Fifth Ave (212-930-0641)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Click & Grow battery-operated plant (no watering or fertilizing needed), $60, at clickandgrow.com

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    Personalization Mall Hands Off oversize personalized beer mug (up to 12 characters), $25, at personalizationmall.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Wolf Designs Secret cognac set, six glasses, coasters and case for $120, available Tuesday November 20, 2012 at gentsupplyco.com

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    Turtle Shell wireless speakers, $140 each, at Urban Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit urbanoutfitters.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    The Hexi portable iPhone charger, $35, at uncommongoods.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Link Up crystal watch cufflinks, $59, at giltman.com

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    Holiday gift guide 2012

    Native Union Curve bluetooth wireless handset and iPhone dock, $65, at gilt.com/home

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  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Bella Dots 12-cup coffeemaker, $35, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

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    Kate Spade New York monogrammed note cards, ten cards and ten envelopes for $26, at Kate Spade New York, 454 Broome St at Mercer St (212-274-1991, katespade.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    CB2 Bar Games recycled paper coasters (30 games), $12, at CB2, 979 Third Ave at 58th St (212-355-7974, cb2.com)

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    Holiday gift guide 2012

    Target ceramic latke mug, melamine latke salad plate, ceramic dreidel platter, ceramic menorah and Star of David appetizer plates, $2–$13, at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

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    Cordon Blue espresso cups, set of six for $37, at overstock.com

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    Brooklyn Slate large chalkboard cheese board, $35, at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway at 19th St (212-473-3000, abchome.com)

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    Sinra iPhone folio case, $30, at givesimple.com

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    Ann Taylor Gator two-tone scarves, $58 each, at Ann Taylor, locations throughout the city; visit anntaylor.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Fred and Friends Sauced measuring wine glasses, $18 each, at Delphinium Home, 353 W 47th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves (212-333-7732, delphiniumhome.com)

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    Pizza Pi cutter, $19, at spoonsisters.com

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    Magenta Inc. Spice Craft measuring spoons, $25, at modcloth.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Acme Studio zipper pen, $73; and card case, $37; both at Art Brown International Pen Shop, 2 W 45th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-575-5555)

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    iPod 16GB Nano, $149, at Apple, locations throughout the city; visit apple.com

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    Altuzarra for Target double old-fashioned glasses, four for $50; shaker, $50; and tray, $80; all at Target, locations throughout the city; visit target.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Kikkerland Clap On alarm clock, $25 each, at Site NYC, 35-11 34th Ave at 35th St, Astoria, Queens (718-626-6030, sitenyc.com)

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    Kate Spade New York Say the Word mugs, $20 each, at Kate Spade New York, 454 Broome St at Mercer St (212-274-1991, katespade.com)

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    Personalized crystal wine cradle, $70, at personalizationmall.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Zara Home chunky throw, $100, at zarahome.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Maple Burl horizontal picture frame, $75, at ABC Carpet & Home, 888 Broadway at 19th St (212-473-3000, abchome.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Boskke recycled sky planter, $18, at greenergrassdesign.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Payless zigzag scarf, $15, at Payless, locations throughout the city; visit payless.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Urban Outfitters Mercury glass candlesticks, $12–$28 each, at Urban Outfitters, locations throughout the city; visit urbanoutfitters.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Unique Vintage mini suitcase-style bags, $30 each, at unique-vintage.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Pocket Posh Sudoku 13 pocket-sized book of 100 puzzles, $8; and Wonderword 2 pocket-sized book of 100 puzzles, $8; both at Posman Books, 75 Ninth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (212-627-0304)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Skullcandy Aviator Edit custom design-your-own over-ear headphones, $199, at skullcandy.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Hexa stacking wine rack, $25, at Crate & Barrel, 650 Madison Ave between 59th and 60th Sts (212-308-0011)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Click n Cook modular spatula system with five utensils, $35, at thinkgeek.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Mend denim tote, $95, at store.invisiblechildren.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Kate Spade New York composition notebook iPad folio, $85, at Kate Spade New York, 454 Broome St at Mercer St (212-274-1991, katespade.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Personalization Mall Heart Felt personalized keepsake pillow (up to 12 characters), $30, at personalizationmall.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Areaware Wake Up Call iPhone dock, $30, at modcloth.com

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    C. Wonder ikat print apron, $28, at C. Wonder, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle at 60th St (212-956-9760, cwonder.com)

  • Holiday gift guide 2012

    Nau foldable down scarf with pouch, $65, at REI, 303 Lafayette St at E Houston St (212-680-1938)

  • Photograph: Courtesy MoMA Store

    Holiday gift guide 2012

    Alain Chemama and Josselin Zaigouche silicone serving peppers, two for $35, at MoMA Design Store, 81 Spring St at Crosby St (646-613-1367)

Holiday gift guide 2012

Paperblanks Intricate Inlays Thai Gems journal, $15; and Intricate Inlays Mirror Vine journal, $13; both at the Library Shop at the New York Public Library, 42nd St at Fifth Ave (212-930-0641)


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Mandy
Mandy

How about language classes? Great for a roommate, a friend, a boyfriend, a sibling, really anyone with a desire to travel, boost a resume or learn! Check out language classes for adults at www.fluentcity.com. 10 languages are offered and classes are held in Manhattan and Brooklyn.