Gift Shop Brooklyn Wrap Scarf
Annie Olean Bukhman’s Gift Shop Brooklyn line is replete with beautiful items, but it’s hard to beat this cozy wrap scarf for a thoughtful gift. Made of french terry cloth with a strop-fray stitch around the perimeter, it promises to keep your loved one warm this winter.
Tickets to This Is Our Youth
For any 20-, 30- or 40-something couple who find themselves longing for the untethered days of youth, the Broadway revival of Kenneth Lonergan’s tale of adolescent agony in 80s NYC—warmly and humorously propelled to life by Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson, and Kieran Culkin—will remind you how much better it is on the other side.
$35-$135; thisisouryouthbroadway.com (closes Jan. 4)
Carroll Gardens Treehouse Airbnb
The gift that says, “Hey, Honey, you know what we’ll never, ever be able to afford? A trip to one of those lavish treehouse hotels in an exotic locale pictured in Condé Nast Traveler. But I might’ve found a cheaper, more convenient option, thanks to Carroll Gardens resident Gennaro Brooks-Church, who’s considering renting his two-story, vine-covered, eco-friendly treehouse on Airbnb.” How’s that for whimsy and romance?
Price available upon request
Not your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, occasional hookup, not even the ex you’re forced to buy a gift for as an act of goodwill for the kids…no one deserves the plague of earbuds. A pair of locally handmade Grado headphones, available in a spread of styles and price points, rectifies years of discomfort and whacked-out frequencies from the cheap plastic atrocities.
Prices vary; 4ourears.net and various local brick-and-mortar locations
Nitehawk Gift Card
Nitehawk, which is always showing the best flicks old and new, offers a gift card that is good for food, beverages, and movie tickets, so it’s the perfect gift to guarantee an all-in-one date night for you and your babe after the insanity of the holidays is finally over.
$25-$100; Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg
Local CSA Membership
From Greenpoint to Brooklyn Heights, from East Williamsburg to Cobble Hill, there are CSAs everywhere in our fine borough, so pick one local to your loved one and gift her or him a six-month membership—and perhaps enjoy the delicious gift-backs of surplus greens, roots, tubers, and fruits.
Prices vary; for locations near you, check localharvest.org
Digby & Iona’s Raziel Ring
This gorgeous ring, centered around a black diamond spike, manages to be evocative of both Art Deco and some yet to be discovered sci-fi future. Get this for someone you really, really love. They’ll love you right back.
Isa’s Restoratives Love Potion
Who knows if aphrodisiacs like these really work? Who cares? A couple of drops of this wild rose hawthorne blend on your tongue will, at the very least, taste light and lovely as you go in for a kiss.
Carleen’s Utopia Sweatshirt
What is life in a great relationship other than utopia, right? Or should we say “utopia.” This soft gray sweatshirt comes emblazoned with a crocheted “utopia” on its front (or, really, it could be any up-to-seven-letter word), and is the perfect fit for lounging around with your perfect partner. Perfect!
Leisure Life NYC Rucksack
Who doesn’t love a good backpack? Well, this isn’t just a good backpack—it’s the best backpack. It’s the kind of backpack that, upon receiving it, will make your loved one pick you up and swing you around with abandon as an expression of pure joy. Don’t you want to experience that? We thought so.
$350; Leisure Life NYC, 559 Myrtle Avenue, Clinton Hill
Aesop Smoothed to Perfection
Beauty/skincare brand Aesop has many of our favorite products to combat winter weather skin malaise, and this kit—complete with a toner, hydrating cream, and face cleanser—promises to keep your loved one’s skin smooth and supple no matter how cold and dry it gets.
$135; Aesop, 51 Bergen Street, Cobble Hill
League of Kitchens Cooking Workshop
We love recommending activity gifts, and one of the most fun things we did with our boyfriend all year was take a Lebanese cooking workshop in the Bay Ridge home of chef Jeanette, where we spent the 5-hour immersion class learning how to make hummus, tabbouleh, and other Middle Eastern cuisine from scratch.
From $100; leagueofkitchens.com