I’ve covered the big items, but I can’t neglect the little things. You know, a few of my favorite things?
Even if you have no stocking to fill, you will probably have an office gift exchange. Plus, as a New Yorker, you probably prefer a gift that will fit in your purse to bring to the party. Finally, don’t nobody in New York City have room for big presents in their apartment.
So pick up these tiny treasures, from $7 to $450, for everyone on your list.
Reusable Hand Warmers
Filled with uncooked rice and stamped to form a heart when put together, these warmers go in the microwave for 15-20 seconds before you stuff them in your pockets or mittens for some much-needed warmth. These cozy finger warmers are reusable and eco-friendly. (Just don’t put them in the washing machine.)
Brass Reusable Fingernails
For the girl who really does have everything, an engraved set of brass nails (like, for your fingers). Honestly, it was hard to choose my favorite from this Brooklyn studio. But this surely stood out, even among all their tight, sharp jewelry pieces.
This hand-cast brass cage strung on a Japanese cord is assembled in Brooklyn.
Numi Organic Pu-erh Chocolate Tea
For your super healthy friend, delight her with chocolate tea. (Only five calories, yo!) Pu-erh (Poo-air) is an ancient healing tea picked from 500-year-old organic, wild tea trees in the mountains of Yunnan, China that are said to give forth “chi” or life energy. Numi’s Chocolate Pu-erh is an enticing blend of deep, dark pu-erh, plus organic cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Butter London Punk Rock Plaid Nail Polish Set
If you know someone who kind of wishes they were punk but in reality loves a sleek manicure, this is the (non-toxic) nail polish set for them.
Forager Natural Perfume Rollerball Collection
This set of scents includes one rollerball of each; Nectar, Bloom, Island Lei and Woodland. Forager uses all natural (organic when possible) botanical essential oils and their products are free from harmful synthetics, color, parabens, sulfates and preservatives. Plus, they are handmade in Brooklyn!
Wild Ophelia Peppermint Chocolate
With peppermint from the Cascade mountains, this chocolate bar makes a sweet and pretty addition to any stocking or gift basket.
Jane Iredale ‘Glamour’ Eye and Lip Palette
Non-toxic beauty doesn’t just mean green. Your gift recipient can tart herself up with a range of blues, purples, pinks and reds.
Spiked iPhone Case
Handmade in LA, this mean little case will beat up anyone who tries to step on or steal your phone.
T-Woods Sunglasses by SOLO
Classic style with a contemporary twist, these tortoise shell frames go well with everything. Take it from me, your giftee will get compliments on these.
80 Acres Verde Olive Oil Body Balm
This doesn’t make you smell like Italian food. Instead, this rich buttery lotion moisturizes your winter-chapped skin with a fresh, light scent of a garden. Of course, it’s phthalate and paraben free, made by a family olive tree farm in California.
OLO Fragrance Daphne
The smell of daphne blooming is the stamp of spring in Portland, OR. Bottle it up with this handmade fragrance.
Lite+Cycle Bergamot Pillar Candle
Cultivated in Italy without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, Lite+Cycle’s bergamot oil is cold-pressed for safe aromatherapy. The candle is 100% conceived from plants, with non-GMO vegetable wax, cotton wick, and essential oils. And you can’t beat the beautiful packaging on this–no wrapping necessary.
Krysos + Chandi Tassel Necklace
It’s not a cocktail, but the name of a brand out of Brooklyn producing wonderful artwork-come-jewelry. It’s made to order so give yourself an extra week for you or your recipient to get it.
Monogrammed iPhone Cases
These cases are made of PLA Filament, a sturdy, renewable bioplastic derived from corn. Each case is 3D printed to order with the two or three letter monogram or text of your choice. Or, if you have a 3D printer, print them yourself!
Ceramic and Recycled Glass Guitar Picks
Made of stoneware clay, these distinctive picks are individually shaped and hand-glazed to incorporate a pool of jewel-toned recycled glass. Every pick is entirely unique, and the sound is much brighter than a traditional plastic pick.
Fig+Yarrow Tooth Powder
This must be the most elegant tooth-cleaning substance I’ve ever seen. It blends traditional oral health ingredients—baking soda, aloe vera, neem, licorice root—with refreshing cornmint and lavender for a naturally great-tasting way to brush. It’s easy to use: simply tap a small amount of powder onto a wet toothbrush and brush as usual.
Brandy Pham Mini Cylinder Ring
This ring is made in NYC to the extreme, from the manufacturing in the Garment District or Diamond District of New York City to her raw materials from New York and Rhode Island.
Cat Eye Glasses
Ridiculously rad cat eye glasses in see through mirror. Dangle feather knives sit behind ears to hold the glasses on tightly. No earrings necessary. How blown is your mind right now?
Doves get all the glory at Christmas. Tell your friend you know she’s more exotic and interesting than that, with an ornament screen printed in NYC.