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Best gift shops: West Village/Greenwich Village

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AC Gears
  • Shopping
  • Electronics
  • Greenwich Village
  • price 2 of 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).

Accessorize
  • Shopping
  • Accessories
  • West Village
  • price 1 of 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.

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Bookmarc
  • Shopping
  • Bookstores
  • West Village
  • price 1 of 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.

Considerosity
  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

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).

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  • Shopping
  • Cosmetics
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 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.

  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 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).

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Lomography Gallery Shop
  • Shopping
  • Electronics
  • Greenwich Village
  • price 2 of 4

What started with two Austrian students discovering a small Russian camera in the 1990s resulted in a company, community and movement based on experimental, color-saturated snapshots taken with Lomo cameras. This one-stop analog shop attracts everyone from amateur photogs to School of Visual Art professors with its diverse array of color-splash, instant and fish-eye point-and-shoots; instructive and historical photo books; and easy-to-use Diana, Action and 35mm cams. While the “Lomowall” covered in prints lends the store a distinct gallery vibe, the shop also offers weekly workshops, negative processing ($7–$20) and monthly DJ parties.

OHWOW Book Club
  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • West Village
  • price 4 of 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).

More shops for gifts

  • Shopping
  • Kitchen and bath
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 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).

  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

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).

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  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 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).

Dahesh Museum Gift Shop
  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 2 of 4

The institution devoted to 19th- and 20th-century European art has moved downtown, along with its chic gift shop. The eclectic space allows you to take a piece of art home via Charles Bargue lithograph prints ($180); books such as Nigel Spivey’s Greek Art ($30), which describes the extensive history of Grecian artistry; and intricately designed Syrian tables ($325–$550). The versatile store also sells handcrafted Parisian pillboxes ($48), multicolored recycled-glass bracelets ($20) and putti silk scarves ($65).

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  • Shopping
  • Gifts and stationery
  • West Village
  • price 4 of 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).

  • Shopping
  • Boutiques
  • West Village
  • price 3 of 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).

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