Gift Guide

Made in Manhattan Gift Guide

June 25,2015

New York
Made in Manhattan Gift Guide / The Team

Let's face it: Manhattan is a tough place for independent makers nowadays. Try finding a ceramist hand throwing mugs in midtown or a furniture maker assembling chairs uptown—it's not easy. But despite the limitations of this incredibly expensive island, some creatives are making it work, keeping their craft alive in unexpected places. So forget the "I <3 NY" shirts made in a sweatshop overseas and celebrate the Manhattan makers by shopping local. From salt farmed on a midtown rooftop to hats made in one of the Garment District's last hat factories, here's our Made in Manhattan gift guide.

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  1. 1. Crescent Moon Necklace and Tiny Baguette Necklace in blue grey crystal by Anna Sheffield's Bing Bang ($85 each)

    We love Bing Bang for delicate, affordable jewelry that has a little 'tude. Founder Anna Sheffield also has a namesake luxury collection that includes seriously stunning engagement rings, if that's in your NYC plans.

  2. 2. Rose & Cardamom Bathing Salts by Marble & Milkweed ($25)

    Marble & Milkweed is an all-organic botanical beauty brand handmade right in the Lower East Side. Each product is beautiful (and looks great on a dresser), so it's hard to pick just one, but we love how indulgent these bathing salts feel.

  3. 3. Thai Chili Sea Salt by Urban Sproule ($7)

    Manhattan rooftops host many happy hours and all-night ragers, but there's one that's home to something completely unexpected: a salt farm. Urban Sproule's salt is sun-and wind-dried on a Midtown roof overlooking Madison Square Garden. We love this Thai-chili-infused salt on omelettes, fish...anything really! (Psst...We love Urban Sproule's salt so much, we included some in our NY gift box.

  4. 4. August Planter and plant from The Sill ($48)

    Visit The Sill's Lower East Side studio to pick a plant and pot while asking the experts all your burning botanical questions. They ship nationwide, so don't worry about lugging succulents back home.

  5. 5. Tubereuse 40 perfume by Le Labo ($116 and up)

    Le Labo crafts high-end perfumes in its NYC lab, focusing on top-shelf ingredients and lasting notes. Tubereuse 40 is exclusive to the New York stores, making it a perfect souvenir to take home. Of course, quality comes at a price, so even the smallest bottle of the stuff will run you $116.

  6. 6. Pil Zipper Envelope pouch by The Common Knowledge ($270 and available at Pas De Deux and Concrete + Water)

    It's no secret we're big fans of the Common Knowledge's architectural bags. This pouch is the perfect size for keeping your travel necessities on hand and doubles as a clutch.

  7. 7. Jordan Men's Bowtie in floral navy and white by W.B. Thamm ($58)

    Handcrafted and individually cut in New York, W.B. Thamm's bowties are for all the dapper gentlemen.

  8. 8. Key tags by Various Keytags ($15 and available at Project No. 8)

    These pithy, of-the-moment key tags are way better than the cheesy Empire State Building keychains you'll find at souvenir shops. You can even get them custom printed on their website.

  9. 9. The latest issue of Gather Journal ($19.99)

    One of our favorite things to do is wander around and browse the many independent bookstores and magazine stands that dot the city. Gather Journal is based right out of New York and makes a beautiful gift for the culinarily inclined.

  10. 10. Eddie fedora by Makins Hats ($287)

    Makins Hats makes handsome head toppers out of one of Manhattan's last remaining hat factories. Facing closure, the 40-year-old factory was actually saved by a Kickstarter campaign (good job, internet!) in 2014. Get his and hers hats by pairing this straw classic with the lady hat below.

  11. 11. Gigi x Lizzie Evil Eye Cap, a collaboration between Gigi Burris and Lizzie Fortunato ($395)

    Lizzie Fortunato makes beautiful jewelry out of her Manhattan studio. This collaboration with NY milliner Gigi Burris caught our eye for its modern cap shape and evil eye accent.

Check out our Manhattan guide for more makers and recommendations.

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