Brooklyn Made Vodka, available at Industry City Distillery, plus gift certificate for Brooklyn Banya
There’s no better way to help your pal beat the freeze than to send them off to a Russian banya packing a bottle of local beet vodka with the instructions to sauna, ice bath, birch whip, rinse, and repeat.
Vodka: $43.99, drinkicd.com; Banya: $35, brooklynbanya.com
John Waters Earrings
Leroy’s Place makes shrinky dink-style portraits of pop culture icons integrated into statement jewelry. This set of earrings, one of drag queen legend Divine and one of “pope of filth” John Waters, is perfect for your kitsch-obsessed BFF.
Warrior Scarf, Julie Thevenot
Stylish and seasonal, this sand-washed silk scarf by Brooklyn designer Julie Thevenot is a great wardrobe addition.
American Museum of Natural History Sleepover
Do you know a science obsessive who’s been extra-good this year? Give them the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler treatment with an adults-only sleepover in the American Museum of Natural History.
Island Creek Oysters’ Essential Food Groups Holiday Party
Celebrate a friends holiday get-together with this gift basket from Island Creek Oysters, which includes treats from Stumptown Coffee, Mast Brothers chocolate, and Empire Mayonnaise. Oh, and oysters. Did we mention oysters?
$175 including shipping; islandcreekoysters.com
Father John Misty “Album Cover” Sweatshirt
For your normcore friend, a crew neck patterned with the vaguely Nativity-themed artwork of Father John Misty’s I Love You, Honeybear, which promises to be one of the standout albums of 2015; it’s so ugly it’s cool.
$50; available for pre-order at fatherjohnmisty.com
Meow Meow Tweet Birds of a Feather Gift Set
This adorable little boxed trio includes a lavender lemon bar soap, moisturizing lavender lemongrass body oil, and relaxing lavender rosemary candle, perfect for the pal obsessed with always smelling exquisite. .
A Dinner for Two Through Feastly
Like Airbnb for meal sharing, this online marketplace sells tickets to a variety of dinners held at private homes or pop-up locations—current options include a grilled cheese social in Williamsburg, a refined French feast in DUMBO, and a bagel brunch in Boerum Hill.
Gift Certificate to Mary Meyer Clothing
Simply put, this Bushwick boutique has one of the best selections of clothing and accessories in Brooklyn. We’re particularly partial to Meyer’s house brand, and think a gift certificate allowing your friend to purchase the Safari pants in Galaxy or the Rae tunic will go a long way to securing BFF status.
Prices vary; Mary Meyer Clothing, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick
Big Mouth Dish
Because this is the kind of cool home item that people rarely buy for themselves, but always want to own. So treat your friend with this reminder that he’s the one you always turn to for conversation and laughs..
La Selva Oversized Pocket T-Shirt
We love this perfectly cut pocket T (it has a wide neck and boxy fit, so it can be worn off the shoulder too), not least because the pocket is made from an authentic Guatemalan textile, making each shirt one of a kind.