Don’t have hours to spend finding the perfect gifts this season? Not looking to go bankrupt either? Let us scope out the local shopping for you! Check out these reasonably-priced options, all available right here on 7th Avenue.
1. Earrings at Glow, $6-10
Glow has a wall of earrings right as you walk into the store which are marked 50% off. This means that each of those dangly and sparkling pairs is under our $10 limit. The saleswomen are very helpful, so fear not if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the selection.
Also marked 50% off are these super precious giraffe hair clips, which are only $1 each after the discount.
Glow is located at 70 7th Avenue, between Lincoln & Berkeley Places
2. Loose leaf tea samplers at Leaf & Bean, $1.95
Tea and coffee shop Leaf & Bean offers sample bags of a variety of their teas: green pan-fired, vanilla black, apricot black, russian black, gunpowder green, and darjeeling, to name a few. Each bag ($1.95) makes about a pot and a half of tea, and can be complemented with one of their tea infusers ($4) while still staying within the $10 budget.
Leaf & Bean is located at 176 Lincoln Place, at 7th Avenue
3. Puzzles at Prospect Gardens Pharmacy, $7.99-8.99
The pharmacy might not be your first thought for gift shopping, but the neighborhood spot has a nice section for kids, stocked with Play-Doh, building blocks, and some top-notch puzzles. The 750-piece jigsaw featuring those majestic horses goes for $8.99. If you’re not into the horses, don’t worry– the 1000 piece cats-in-baskets puzzle is so delightfully strange, and only $7.99. Check out the little guy just creeping off on the side!
Your friends will love it.
Prospect Gardens Pharmacy is located at 89 7th Avenue, between Berkeley Place & Union Street
4. Old-Fashioned Toys at Loom, $5.95-8.95
In the back right corner of Loom, underneath a shelf of hand lotions, is a small section of old-fashioned toys. The company that makes them, Ridley’s House of Novelties, is really running with their aesthetic of nostalgia, referring to their products as “retro” and “classic” and playing with a circus magic theme. The gimmick works; while I was at Loom, one child ran up to his mom begging for the linking rings. The harmonica and yo-yo both go for $6.95, and the rings for $8.95.
I myself couldn’t say no to the Spitfire Girl Surprise Bag.
For $5.95, you get three toys and one fortune, all wrapped up in a stitched felt satchel. When I opened mine up (which was a surprisingly difficult task) I found a plastic pirate (I think?), a skull & bones eye patch, a puffy sticker of a skunk, and a fortune that read, “Dogs think you’re smart.” Not bad!
Loom is located at 115 7th Avenue, between President & Carroll Streets
5. Matchsticks at Kiwi, $10
For the fashionable ladies in your life, consider Matchsticks. The double sided fashion tape is a sartorial life-saver for gaping buttonholes, fallen hems, and wandering bra straps. Kiwi sells them for $10. Perfect for a stocking-stuffer.
Kiwi is located at 119 7th Avenue, between President & Carroll Streets
6. nanoblock at Little Things, $7.99-9.99
Little Things is selling a wide range of kits from nanoblock, a micro-sized building block system. The series is made up of teeny tiny versions of animals like pandas, frogs, pigs, rabbits, horses, dolphins, and ducks. The kits go for $9.99, except for the pig– apparently not a big seller– which is reduced to $7.99. Start up a new collection!
Little Things is located at 145 7th Avenue, between Carroll Street & Garfield Place
7. CUBEBOT at Norman & Jules, $8
Norman & Jules has a case of these Cubebots right by the register, and they are kind enough to let you play with an already-assembled one. The wood block robots come folded up in perfect cubes, and expand as you manipulate their elastic-band joints. They come in a whole spectrum of colors (as well as multi-colored, above) and the faces of the robots differ with each color. These guys go for $8 and they are definitely not just for kids. Watch a video of one of them dancing here.
Norman & Jules is located at 158 7th Avenue, between Garfield Place & 1st Street
8. Christmas Tree in a Can at The Clay Pot, $10
Maybe it’s a bit unorthodox to give a Christmas-themed gift for Christmas, but essentially this is just a plant. A really cool plant that comes in can. Just pop the top open, add a little water, put the can in natural light, and before you know it a “tree” is sprouting. Perfect for the little scientist (or anyone who wants to add some low-maintenance plant life to their place).
The Clay Pot is located at 162 7th Avenue, between Garfield Place & 1st Street
9. Assorted kitchen toys at Tarzian West, $1.99-10.99
Tarzian West is a veritable treasure trove of gifts which can be a bit daunting. One little girl stood near me at the door, looked into the crowded shop and said to her mom with a sigh, “We’re going to have to go deeper.” They did, and I followed suit. The colorful glasses pictured above were the first things that caught my eye. At $1.99 each, you can buy them as a set of little tumblers or tea candle votives.
Continuing in the glassware theme, check out this Irish Coffee-style mug with ornate gold design. These go for $6 each and with their smaller size are great for after-dinner drinks.
The Casabella Bar Boards ($6.59) are perfect for the entertainer. The non-skid prep boards come in sets of two, and feature cocktail recipes as well as conversion and measurement charts.
The robot tea infuser is technically just over budget at $10.99, but is so cute that it’s worth including.
Tarzian West is located at 194 7th Avenue, between 2nd & 3rd Streets
10. Reusable Stickers at Lion in the Sun, $6.95
These books of reusable stickers are all “inspired by nature” and grouped in themes of farm, ocean, seasons, and letters. The stickers are made to be swapped and shared, keeping their stickiness even after being used on windows, paper, books, etc. The ocean theme might be my favorite.
Lion in the Sun is located at 232 7th Avenue, at the corner of 4th St.