The best holiday gifts for 2016

Forget crowded department stores—your holiday shopping is already done, thanks to us. (You’re welcome, New York!)
The best holiday gifts for 2016
Illustration: Matt Murphy
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Attention, Santa’s little schleppers! Our cool-as-hell gift ideas for everyone on your “nice” list will make you so excited to shop, you’re going to need a bigger tote (or five) to carry it all. We’ve not only selected the perfect present for the very specific (and picky) New Yorkers in your life, but we managed to do the unthinkable: make holiday shopping fun. So whether you’re searching for a relaxing treatment at one of the city’s best spas for your brother that really, really needs to chill out or a special gift to cheer up your friend with the shittiest commute, we got you. If nothing here appeals to you (impossible), make sure to scope out New York’s excellent holiday markets as well as the killer clothing stores for unique gift ideas as well.

RECOMMENDED: See the full holiday gift guide

Your “just one more” drinking buddy

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You definitely owe this person (a.k.a. Old Reliable) a drink—or a dozen—for holding your hair back, making sure you get home safe and taking away your phone for even considering texting that good-for-nothing ex of yours.

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Photograph: Courtesy Carla Coria

Home-brewing class

$55, at bitterandesters.com

Photograph: Courtesy Carla Coria

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The pathological “like” seeker

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This self-appointed photojournalist lives for Instagram and is on an endless quest to gain more followers. But you love them for always tagging you and ensuring you look cool in your virtual life.

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Your favorite kween

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She’s the Abbi to your Ilana, and you’re not afraid to tell her how much you appreciate her assets.

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The Fresh Prince of Your Life

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The calendar might read 2016, but this friend is forever trapped in the neon-clad radness of 1992.

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Carlton poster by Leland Foster

$34–$110, at fab.com

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Your pal who really, really needs to relax

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After a ghastly presidential election and multiple creepy-clown sightings, it’s going to take a lot more than Xanax to calm down this friend.

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Photograph: Charlie Bennet

Hot-stone massage (60mins)

$150, at havenspa.nyc

Photograph: Charlie Bennet

The new agey human pretzel (a.k.a. your yoga instructor)

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This is who you aspire to be, but most of all, you need to suck up for all the times you showed up to class 10 minutes late.

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The self-proclaimed NYC expert

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Their know-it-all attitude makes hang sessions both fascinating and kind of annoying. (We don’t need to know the history of every friggin’ block, dude.)

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Photograph: Courtesy New York Adventure Club

New York Adventure Club gift card

Various prices, at nyadventureclub.com

Photograph: Courtesy New York Adventure Club

Your Pokémon Go–addicted niece

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This is to make up for the time you said “bless you” after she found Pikachu. These should get you back in her cool-kid good graces.

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Your crush who just happens to be in a relationship

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You’ll spend way too much time overanalyzing whether you should shop for this person at all, but we say YOLO! They’re going to love you, dammit!

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Bae ring by Nashelle

$52, at fab.com

The cubicle mate whose crap keeps creeping into your space

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Let’s be honest: This gift for your office frenemy is really for you. (We won’t tell.)

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Prisma geometric storage catchall

$14.95, at cb2.com

The friend who knew that spoiler about Barb before everyone else

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This plugged-in peep is like a walking, talking A.V. Club comments section and who you count on to know about the next Black Mirror–esque phenom.

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Your bud who has to take the F to the G to the 7 just to see you (and does)

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And then you make them walk all the way up to your sixth-floor pad. These should make their trek just a bit better.

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