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Best gift shops: Upper East Side

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

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Blue Tree

Shopping Boutiques Upper East Side

Actress and neighborhood mom Phoebe Cates (of Fast Times at Ridgemont High fame) owns this general store, which offers unusual toys as well as fashion and accessories for babies, tweens and parents.

E.A.T. Gifts

Shopping Specialist food and drink Upper East Side

Good luck leaving this gift shop empty-handed. The store is filled with toys, books, cards, holiday-themed items, stationery and more. Adorably retro items like the Candy Dot wallet are fashioned to look exactly like the classic strip of sugared dots, and an entire shelf of novelty bandages (cowboys, Pac-Man and Hello Kitty) and rings (adorned with cameo lockets, miniclocks, peace signs, tiaras and oversize gems) start at just $5. Much of the store is geared toward the prepubescent set, but there are plenty of kitschy notepads, mugs and kitchen accessories to satisfy grown-ups, too.

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Kiitos Marimekko

Shopping Womenswear Lenox Hill

You don’t have to be a flower child to appreciate the mod, blossom-heavy designs of the seminal Finnish fabric company, which is extremely well-represented at this airy UES spot. Marimekko’s bright, bold prints bedeck clothes and accessories lean towards the psychedelic without sacrificing their staunch modernity.

Roberta Freymann

Shopping Boutiques Lenox Hill

For three months a year, Freymann frequents bazaars all around the world to handpick the exotic textiles and accessories that line her bi-level townhouse shop’s shelves. Benefit from her globe-trotting ways with vivid, boho caftans ($50–$250), metallic resin bangles ($60–$100) and paisley-print silk scarves ($85–$200) that look much fancier than something you would find at your average street fair.

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