We've all been there: it's Christmas Eve and you haven't bought a present, much less wrapped one. Or maybe you can see the light at the end of the gift-giving tunnell, but there's that one person who you have yet to find the perfect present for.
Fear not! From one procrastinator to the next, here's a list of local places you can count on to pick-up your last-minute gifts. Stock-full of unique offerings, these shops are sure to not dissapoint. And no one will even suspect their gifts were wrapped ten minutes before they were given!
- 1 of a Find in Prospect Heights
1 of a Find has upscale vintage jewelry and designer clothing—you might find a pair of Vivienne Westwood platform mary janes on one day or a 1980s red Gucci handbag the next. Other items include dresses, sunglasses and jewelry.
- Norman & Jules in Park Slope
Norman & Jules is a unique toy store that sells handcrafted toys and imaginative décor that are supposed to, as co-owner Avi Kravitz said, “enable children to explore and develop through creative play.” Most of their products, which are from 70 different companies, are handmade with sustainable materials by artisans and small, local and international brands.
- The Brooklyn ARTery in Ditmas Park
The Brooklyn ARTery sells everything and anything one could want to purchase, but with a unique twist: most items sold are made by local artists. "The idea that you can get a card in a place other than Duane Read, and the idea that we can shop locally," said cowner Susan Siegel. "It's supporting Brooklyn artists and fair trade in a difficult economy."
- The Little Red Boutique in Bed-Stuy
The Little Red Boutique is a women’s clothing and accessories store that sells high-end items at affordable prices. If you prefer department store merchandise from places such as Macy's or Bloomingdale's but dread the trek into Manhattan, look no further: Little Red Boutique brings luxe local!
- Black Bear Vintage & Handmade in Windsor Terrace
Black Bear Vintage & Handmade is a small storefront off of Prospect Park West packed with hand-selected garments and locally-made bric-a-brac. The shop is a wonderland for grown-ups, pleasantly packed with artisanally-crafted curios and a seductive selection vintage clothing, hats and scarves.