Office Gift Exchange
A super-soft cotton shirt depicting the venue’s original cotton-candy cloud installation is the preferred way to embalm the beloved Williamsburg hotspot after its final show on New Year’s Eve. It’ll be a downrighthoot at the VICE holiday party.
$16 (available in two designs); Glasslands, 289 Kent Avenue, Williamsburg
Better Off Spread Nut Butters
You like peanut butter, right? Then you’ll probably like it with organic dark chocolate and rosemary, or with white chocolate and cinnamon, or spiced up with jalapeno and honey crystals. Sounds crazy, maybe, but they are all delicious. Trust us.
Bee’s Knees Spicy Honey/Mike’s Hot Honey
Hot toddies are one of winter’s finest pleasures, and using spicy honey is the only way to improve upon them. These are two of the best. Both of these honeys are infused with chili peppers, and pair excellently with pie, biscuits, chicken, fruits, cheeses—the list goes on.
$14/10; mixedmade.com and mikeshothoney.com
Neighborwood Maps Brooklyn Coaster
Made from aromatic cedar, these rustic coasters will provide a permanent resting place for your officemate’s coffee mug, all while allowing them unabashedly to declare their undying allegiance to the borough.
Saint Vitus Pint Glass
While eulogizing dearly departed Brooklyn venues carries a certain melancholic romance, supporting the joints that still exist might be more important. This pint glass, bearing the Greenpoint venue’s handsome cyclops’ skull logo, gives any lager a tasteful hint of hellscape.
$8; Saint Vitus Bar, 1120 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint
Widow Basquiat, Jennifer Clement
Whether your colleague is an art lover or avid reader, he or she will be overjoyed to receive this completely absorbing paperback by Jennifer Clement, in which even the larger-than-life Basquiat is nearly outperformed by the outsize persona of the book’s protagonist and titular “widow,” Suzanne Mallouk.
$12.99; Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Fort Greene
2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas, Marie-Helene Bertino
This beautiful novel—Brooklyn College MFA alum Bertino’s debut—takes place over the course of one magical, snowy, Christmas Eve-eve in Philadelphia. It’s funny and sad and full of a lyricism that is as rare as it is appreciated. Make this year’s Secret Santa count. Buy this book.
$25; Book Court, 163 Court Street, Cobble Hill
Big Mociun Print Baggu Bag
Even if you think we’ve reached totebag overload, you’ll think otherwise once you see this collaboration by Baggu and Caitlin Mociun. Mociun’s black-and-white print is fresh and original, and the bag will come in super-handy for whomever receives it.
Whimsy & Spice S’Mores Kit
Whether made over a campfire or the most powerful burner of your stovetop, it’s a proven fact that s’mores are among the most delicious treats ever. This kit contains Valrhona chocolate squares, Whimsy & Spice’s famous homemade marshmallows, and graham cracker shortbread cookies. Skewers are included too!
“We Are Happy to Serve You” Espresso Cups
Seeing as how it’s next to impossible to find the classic Greek diner paper coffee cups out in the wild anymore, these espresso cups are an ideal way to keep old New York with you all the damned time.