This bath-and-body behemoth traces its beginnings to a New Englander who was struck by the 17th-century British tradition of utilizing fresh flowers for beauty rituals, so it’s no wonder that this subterranean location is a sweet-smelling oasis. Among the botanically fragranced offerings, look for rolls of scented-drawer papers ($24), gemlike solid-perfume compacts ($40) and rows of eau de toilette sprays ($30–$50), redolent of wisteria and iris. A range of curated body-care sets ($17) that include a travel-size hand lotion, body moisturizer and shower gel make foolproof presents, while a new nail-lacquer collection ($6 each) underscores the brand’s more contemporary face. 212-582-0190, crabtree-evelyn.com
The vast majority of New Yorkers ride the subway every day, but your commute doesn’t have to be strictly business. These underground stores inside subway stations allow you to shop for beauty products, stationery, accessories and clothing without deviating from your normal trajectory. Look for NYC-themed threads at Grast in Port Authority, grooming products at eShave in Rockefeller Plaza and giftable goods at Cursive inside Grand Central Terminal.