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A Very Merry Gift Guide for New Yorkers: What the offManhattan Staff Wants for the Holidays

December 1, 2010

The writers at offManhattan came up with one gift item from a local store in the outer boroughs (plus Philly!) that would make their season brighter. Whether you’re shopping for a photographer, vegan, guitarist, cheesehead, or greenie, these nine staff picks offer something for every New Yorker this holiday season.

Hand-crafted from used sailboat sails by Katherine Rasmussen out of her Brooklyn studio. Also check out the Christmas stockings for an especially nautical Noel. Got old sails lying around? Donate them and get a free bag or pillows made out of your sailcloth.Vince’s Pick | The Recycled Sail Messenger Bag | Reiter 8 | reiter8.com | $145

Hand-crafted from used sailboat sails by Katherine Rasmussen out of her Brooklyn studio. Also check out the Christmas stockings for an especially nautical Noel. Got old sails lying around? Donate them and get a free bag or pillows made out of your sailcloth.

For the New Yorker who can’t leave home without their nook or kindle in tow, this collection by Ann Beattie, spanning more than three decades of writing, is a reminder of how great literature was meant to be packaged. Not trapped under an electronic screen, but tucked inside a bright red book (perhaps made using 100% recycled post-consumer materials), velvety to the touch. When you finish one of Beattie's beautifully moving short stories, you want to begin flipping through the next 47. Enjoy fondling the pages, and getting lost in them this winter.Lauren’s Pick | Ann Beattie: The New Yorker Stories | Greenlight Bookstore | Fort Greene | greenlightbookstore.com | Scribner, $30

For the New Yorker who can’t leave home without their nook or kindle in tow, this collection by Ann Beattie, spanning more than three decades of writing, is a reminder of how great literature was meant to be packaged. Not trapped under an electronic screen, but tucked inside a bright red book (perhaps made using 100% recycled post-consumer materials), velvety to the touch. When you finish one of Beattie’s beautifully moving short stories, you want to begin flipping through the next 47. Enjoy fondling the pages, and getting lost in them this winter.

There isn't really anything I wouldn't want in this lovely artsy shop, Cog & Pearl. This beautifully curated store is so zen that even when it's crowded it takes the headache out of holiday shopping. Everything is handcrafted, a lot of it by NY artisans and more of it made sustainably. I adore their gorgeous wallets made from repurposed leather, but my heart belongs to the one-of-a-kind book journals, made from (shocker!) book covers, with a few pages of the actual book inside. Take the M or R to Union Street, the 2 or 3 to Bergen Street.Suzanne’s Pick | Book Journals | Cog & Pearl | cogandpearl.com | Park Slope | $13

There isn’t really anything I wouldn’t want in this lovely artsy shop, Cog & Pearl. This beautifully curated store is so zen that even when it’s crowded it takes the headache out of holiday shopping. Everything is handcrafted, a lot of it by NY artisans and more of it made sustainably. I adore their gorgeous wallets made from repurposed leather, but my heart belongs to the one-of-a-kind book journals, made from (shocker!) book covers, with a few pages of the actual book inside. Take the M or R to Union Street, the 2 or 3 to Bergen Street.

It's the holiday season. Time to get frisked at an airport to get back to your family so you can argue about each other's life choices. You can make the dinner table more palatable by buying this limited gift bottle of Baltic beer. The Mikkeller Holiday brew is a perfect serving gift for friends and family. The dark brown porter uncorks an aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and gingerbread, true to the season. A sip invites a crisp, roasted coffee taste that has some hop at the end. It's a perfect dad gift—a grown up call that implies maturity. Best of all it comes with its own gift label. All you have to do is fill in the names. Once at Bierkraft, you'll find this gourmet marketplace offers hundreds of specialty beers, arranged by region. There's a tasting room for the uninitiated, and a snack/sandwich menu to fully compliment ones taste buds. Take the M, R to Union St.Mikkeller Holiday Ale | Bierkraft | Park Slope | bierkraft.com | $19.95

It’s the holiday season. Time to get frisked at an airport to get back to your family so you can argue about each other’s life choices. You can make the dinner table more palatable by buying this limited gift bottle of Baltic beer. The Mikkeller Holiday brew is a perfect serving gift for friends and family. The dark brown porter uncorks an aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and gingerbread, true to the season. A sip invites a crisp, roasted coffee taste that has some hop at the end. It’s a perfect dad gift—a grown up call that implies maturity. Best of all it comes with its own gift label. All you have to do is fill in the names. Once at Bierkraft, you’ll find this gourmet marketplace offers hundreds of specialty beers, arranged by region. There’s a tasting room for the uninitiated, and a snack/sandwich menu to fully compliment ones taste buds. Take the M, R to Union St.

Stinky Brooklyn is one of the smallest stores on Smith Street, but it's the only one I could easily spend an entire afternoon in. At any given time, they have hundreds of varieties of cheese on offer, with an emphasis on local dairies from around the area, but of course some French and Italian stinkers, too. The smell of the store alone is worth the trip for any serious cheesehead, but even better is that they're loose with the samples and happy to let you stand there forever tasting the wide array of cheeses. I can't imagine a better gift for a foodie than Stinky's Cheese of the Month Club. Every month, you get three different half-pound chunks of some of the store's rarest finds delivered to your home (starting at $180). For those who want more of a give-me-it-all-right-now kind of gift, Stinky has an all-made-in-Brooklyn gift basket filled with goodies from local foodmongers like McClure's Pickles, Brooklyn Brining Company and Mast Brothers Chocolate. Take the F, G train to Carroll Street.Brendan’s Pick | Stinky’s Cheese of the Month Club | Stinky Brooklyn | Cobble Hill | stinkybklyn.com | $180

Stinky Brooklyn is one of the smallest stores on Smith Street, but it’s the only one I could easily spend an entire afternoon in. At any given time, they have hundreds of varieties of cheese on offer, with an emphasis on local dairies from around the area, but of course some French and Italian stinkers, too. The smell of the store alone is worth the trip for any serious cheesehead, but even better is that they’re loose with the samples and happy to let you stand there forever tasting the wide array of cheeses. I can’t imagine a better gift for a foodie than Stinky’s Cheese of the Month Club. Every month, you get three different half-pound chunks of some of the store’s rarest finds delivered to your home (starting at $180). For those who want more of a give-me-it-all-right-now kind of gift, Stinky has an all-made-in-Brooklyn gift basket filled with goodies from local foodmongers like McClure’s Pickles, Brooklyn Brining Company and Mast Brothers Chocolate. Take the F, G train to Carroll Street.

This sustainable basket woven from actual chopsticks looks like a Campana brothers design. The versatile, flexible shape makes it mighty enough to hold piles of fruit, vegetable, and bread, or stand alone as a chic centerpiece on a table. If you're feeling really crafty and happen to have a draw full of take-out chopsticks, you could make it yourself. Glue sticks together in two sections and interlace the edges to create a true DIY original.Kari’s Pick | Recycled Bamboo Chopstick Basket | The Big Green Earth Store | Philadelphia | biggreenearthstore.com | $24.99

This sustainable basket woven from actual chopsticks looks like a Campana brothers design. The versatile, flexible shape makes it mighty enough to hold piles of fruit, vegetable, and bread, or stand alone as a chic centerpiece on a table. If you’re feeling really crafty and happen to have a draw full of take-out chopsticks, you could make it yourself. Glue sticks together in two sections and interlace the edges to create a true DIY original.

What do you give the chocoholic on your gift list? Gnosis Chocolate not only tastes good, it’s good for you. It is an organic, refined sugar-free (sweetened with agave or palm nectar) vegan treat made by hand in Long island City, using ethically-sourced cacao from around the globe. The chocolate bars have a complex flavor profile that will keep even the most sophisticated taste buds happy. Try seasonal favorite Sugarplum Gingerbread for a potent combination of spices. The packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and printed with vegetable inks. They are available around town and on the web for under $10 for a two-ounce bar. Take the subway to Pacific Street, Atlantic Avenue, Bergen Street or 7th Avenue at the Flatbush stop. There is also a branch in Cobble Hill at 269 Court Street.Allison’s Pick | SugarPlum Gingerbread Chocolate Bar | The Chocolate Room | Park Slope | gnosischocolate.com | $9.25

What do you give the chocoholic on your gift list? Gnosis Chocolate not only tastes good, it’s good for you. It is an organic, refined sugar-free (sweetened with agave or palm nectar) vegan treat made by hand in Long island City, using ethically-sourced cacao from around the globe. The chocolate bars have a complex flavor profile that will keep even the most sophisticated taste buds happy. Try seasonal favorite Sugarplum Gingerbread for a potent combination of spices. The packaging is made from 100% recycled materials and printed with vegetable inks. They are available around town and on the web for under $10 for a two-ounce bar. Take the subway to Pacific Street, Atlantic Avenue, Bergen Street or 7th Avenue at the Flatbush stop. There is also a branch in Cobble Hill at 269 Court Street.

We, the green shoppers of the world, are always looking to think global and act local. In thinking global, I’m reminded of a great Radiohead lyric where Thom Yorke sings, “I wanna be in a band and when I get to heaven, anyone can play guitar.” Imagine an entire world of guitar players all jamming at the big gig in the sky. For us locals, Main Drag in the musical Mecca of Williamsburg can equip you with a whole slew of sweet guitars, drums, basses, amps, mics, and pedals to get your rock rolling. Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful folks staff Main Drag and carry no traces of any elitist snobbery or rocker attitude that can plague music stores. They carry the full line of Brooklyn’s own Death By Audio pedals. Death By Audio pedals offer an extreme sonic assault that will take your fuzz intensity to a whole new territory. They are designed and built just around the corner from Main Drag. Performers like Nine Inch Nails and A Place To Bury Strangers use DBA pedals to achieve their signature sonic domination. The Fuzz War pedal rips such thick distortion, the Big Muffs of the world cower in defeat. The pedals come in unique hand-silk-screened boxes. So personal, so local, so delicious, let there be rock! Take the L train to Bedford Avenue. Walk down Bedford to South 1st Street and take a right. Main drag is on the Corner of Wythe and South 1st Street.Chris’s Pick | Death By Audio’s Fuzz War Distortion Pedal | Main Drag Music | Williamsburg | maindragmusic.com | $150

We, the green shoppers of the world, are always looking to think global and act local. In thinking global, I’m reminded of a great Radiohead lyric where Thom Yorke sings, “I wanna be in a band and when I get to heaven, anyone can play guitar.” Imagine an entire world of guitar players all jamming at the big gig in the sky. For us locals, Main Drag in the musical Mecca of Williamsburg can equip you with a whole slew of sweet guitars, drums, basses, amps, mics, and pedals to get your rock rolling. Friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful folks staff Main Drag and carry no traces of any elitist snobbery or rocker attitude that can plague music stores. They carry the full line of Brooklyn’s own Death By Audio pedals. Death By Audio pedals offer an extreme sonic assault that will take your fuzz intensity to a whole new territory. They are designed and built just around the corner from Main Drag. Performers like Nine Inch Nails and A Place To Bury Strangers use DBA pedals to achieve their signature sonic domination. The Fuzz War pedal rips such thick distortion, the Big Muffs of the world cower in defeat. The pedals come in unique hand-silk-screened boxes. So personal, so local, so delicious, let there be rock! Take the L train to Bedford Avenue. Walk down Bedford to South 1st Street and take a right. Main drag is on the Corner of Wythe and South 1st Street.

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