Whether you're scrambling to buy last-minute gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life, or just want to spend a leisurely afternoon browsing for the perfect items for your loved ones, you can take care of all your shopping in one place: Catbird in Williamsburg. Catbird has long been one of our favorite places to step into and browse amid the countless beautiful things. It's one of those perfectly curated shops, staffed by some of the loveliest people in Brooklyn, where you want one of everything. With the help of Catbird, we've assembled a bunch of things that you can buy for everyone in your life, all while supporting one of Brooklyn's most special small shops.
For Your True Love:
A jewelry store is sort of the perfect place to shop for your true love. I mean—true love—that's forever, right? So it only makes sense to get something for your mate that's as non-disposable as they are. If your true love is a lady, the Cleopatra ring by Lauren Wolf is stunning and sexy and has a low-profile on the finger, but catches the light like a flash of fire.
Your true love does not have to be a woman to appreciate the Digby & Iona Switchblade necklace, which is kind of completely perfect because blades make me think of blood and blood makes me think of life and death and nothing makes me consider the big existential questions more than when I think I've found true love.
Some other suggestions include:
Catbird New Moon Necklace
For Your Mother:
Mothers can be hard to shop for, which is strange, really, because many of them are happy with anything. It's the thought that counts, or whatever. Although, I have heard, that some mothers are notoriously difficult to shop for, which must be hellish. But so anyway, whether you have an easy-to-please mother or a pain-in-the-ass mother, she will love this beautiful, round Antico frame. Hand-crafted in Florence, Italy since 1901, these frames are made of wood and carefully covered in gold leaf.
These Peter Hofmeister earrings are perfect for your mother or really for anyone. But fun to get for a mother because they are made out of mother-of-pearl, only it's this beautiful black mother-of-pearl that you almost never see anywhere and they will make your mother feel special. Which, of course, she is. She's your mother. Unless you hate your mother. Then get these for someone you do like, because they're lovely.
Some other suggestions include:
Fathers, brothers, uncles—always hard to shop for! Always! Well, not anymore. Although Catbird is mainly known for its more feminine-oriented products, there are tons of things in the store, and online, that are perfect for the men in your life. Not the least of which is this awesome pocket flask. All men love to drink. At least, all the men I know do. Some to excess, but I won't name names. This isn't the right forum for that.
A lot of women think that men shouldn't wear cologne. I used to think that, but then I went to high school at the end of the 90s, when boys sprayed themselves liberally with Drakar Noir. It is no wonder that a generation of women were scarred. This cologne is different—smoky and strong and lingers in just the right way.
Some other items of interest:
For the People In Your Life Who You Don't Want to Spend More Than $30 On:
While I feel like it would be pretty easy to blow a month's salary at Catbird, there's lots of amazing items that are perfectly budget-friendly while still being, you know, perfect. This calendar by the Wild Unknown has a different picture and quote from an iconic songwriter and buying it means that whoever receives it will get to end next year with the lovely face of Stevie Nicks gracing the wall. That is a really special gift to give someone. You might just want to keep this one for yourself.
This bottle opener is a great gift because people always lose bottle openers and no one will ever lose this because it's SO PRETTY.
Some other under $30 gifts include:
And, then, there's this. Which is impossible not to love. Like just about everything else at Catbird.
Catbird; catbirdnyc.com, 219 Bedford Ave, Williamsburg
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