One of the most satisfying feelings is scoring a gift for someone that you just know is going to be a winner. While Tel Aviv is rife with awesome indie fashion designers hawking stellar gift options, if clothes are not exactly what you're after, be sure to check out the local bounty of Israeli jewelry designers and, of course, Israel's markets, where you'll find flea market treasures and regional delicacies from olive oil to tehina and silan (date honey). Our ultimate guide to Neve Tzedek or a stroll down Shenkin Street will undoubtedly unleash a multitude of options as well. But for those seeking extra-thoughtful presents (think the latest Israeli cookbook for your foodie friends or Japanese cotton socks for your boyfriend's safta) these beautiful shops have something for all tastes, styles and homes.
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Find unique designs while sipping on a fresh cup of coffee at Edition, a stylish housewares shop that provides customers with a personalized and unique ‘edition’ of everyday items crafted from high quality materials with utmost detail and function. The modern shop has bright,white walls and an inviting atmosphere that draws art and design lovers in. Located in the historic Neve Tzedek quarter of Tel Aviv, this distinctive shopping experience is like none other. Find European-designed items such as linens, bedding, resort style fashions, swimwear, accessories, sunglasses, jewelry, art, lifestyle books, decorations and housewares.
There is something so whimsical about looking at old photographs; the colors, (or lack thereof), the fashions and trends, the expressions of people you will never meet, but who may be connected to your ancestry somehow. Thankfully, Israel's impressive progression has been well documented - and The Photohouse's archives are here to prove it. First opened on Allenby Street in 1936, the Photohouse has a massive collection of negatives numbering close to a million images, and today, the shop houses one of the country’s most monumental private archives of historical photographs, recounting the story of Israel's past, and bursting with nostalgia. For those searching for a unique gift, any of the images can be blown up into huge posters, magnets and more. Plus, framing is also available on-site. This store is a must-visit for anyone who loves photography and history.
For those looking for specialty gifts, Hibino is the place. Find monochromatic ceramics and innovative satchels are perfectly placed side-by-side with specialty paper products and quirky journals. Each item is an art piece in the making and the store itself is quietly spacious, yet making its mark with pops of color. Here, Japanese arts and tradition are a stand-out.
Comme il faut is comprised of a fashion house, women’s only spa, and chef's restaurant located at the Beit Banamal (Home in the Harbor) complex at Tel Aviv port, that offers a women's venue for culture and entertainment. Sybil Goldfiner founded the company together with Carole Godin 22 years ago, as a business by women for women. The company seeks to advance women in Israeli society by developing and cultivating feminist awareness. The approach that guides the company's activities is that a garment is not only a garment, but is also part of an entire gamut of political actions that are motivated by a cultural-critical worldview. The designers at comme Il faut believe that a piece of clothing truly resembles the way in which it was produced, the body image it carries, and the way we choose to advertise and display it. Moreover, the clothing article will always signify the values that inspired its creation.
In addition to a vast selection of books in English and Hebrew, Sipur Pashut has become a leading venue in Israel for literary, cultural and art-oriented events. Hosting monthly readings and discussions, book launches, children’s storybook theater, exhibitions dedicated to art and illustration, writing workshops, book clubs, and a blog, they are dedicated to keeping the literary spirit alive. The shelves house a range of titles including original and translated literature, feminist fiction and poetry, literary theory and criticism, art, music, photography, comics and graphic novels, design and architecture, and a special English language section including novels, children’s books, yoga guides, magazines and periodicals.
One Bedroom operates on a simple mission: to bring beauty and fashion into the world. They believe that these principles can help turn the world into a better place, with the mindset that outer beauty can inspire inner peace. Expect everything you need to personalize your space, including furniture, lighting fixtures, tapestries, candles, decorative pillows, bedding, kitchenware and other home accessories and gifts.
At Nook you will find a variety of specialty items from Japan and around the world, the perfect place to find a gift for someone who really deserves something special. With ceramic and porcelain, dolls, scarves, pillows, paintings, decorative candles, stationery supplies, perfumes, accessories, jewelry and more, it is a one stop shop for holiday shopping, or for finding a statement piece to update your own space. Among the shelves of charming items you’ll also find art kits, including origami, plastic block animal sets and watercolor sets.
At the end of a long residence in Los Angeles, designer Mai Morgenstern decided to spread a little design dust in the Levant and open a tiny design shop on a street running parallel to Shuk HaCarmel. Everything's based on Morgenstern's personal taste, where alongside imported items, the real pearls are a mix of textile products. Morgenstern isn't a fan of the monochromatic genre that's spread all over town, and instead insists on colorful, quality fabrics from Mexico, African graphics, and eclectic Shibori-dyed pillow cases. Essentially, you've arrived at the perfect place for items that will bring color and personality into your place after you've finished furnishing it at IKEA. You'll also find works by Tamara Morgenstern, Mai's mother, beginning with blocks of wood illustrated with precise handiwork to wonderful feminist posters. The price range is very wide, so that there's little chance of leaving empty-handed.