The Brooklynite’s Guide To Holiday Shopping

11/20/2013 4:00 AM |


Though this is just one of the many local independent bookstores we love, there’s something about Greenlight that just feels especially calm and inviting, like stepping into a warm, bookish oasis regardless of whatever’s going on outside, be it loud construction or “wintry mix.” It’s also an incredibly well laid-out, easy-to-browse place where you can find exactly the right book for every single person you know, children included. 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene

Rough Trade

Though the iconic London label planned to open its first stateside retail store this spring, the official ribbon-cutting of the two-story warehouse-turned-CD-and-vinyl monolith couldn’t really have happened at a better time than Black Friday week. This place is huge and stocked with a wide enough scope of merchandise to cross multiple people off your shopping list. Plus, the much talked-about Bowery Presented ticketed shows, free in-store performances, and food and drink offerings will help relieve the stress of never knowing what to buy your Dad. (Revolver, maybe?) 64 N. 9th Street, Williamsburg

Green in BKLYN

The amount of odds and ends crammed—actually, tastefully laid out as not to overwhelm—into this Fort Greene spot would be a welcome sight for any one-stop shopper, but then you learn the quilts, water bottles, toys, stationery, nail polish, teas, chocolates and everything else being sold is biodegradable, energy efficient, solar-powered, fair-trade or in some other way helping to save the world, and it makes you want to buy even more. And that’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? Buying perfect gifts for eco-friendly moms and environmentally conscious friends. 432 Myrtle Avenue, Fort Greene