NEW YORK CITY — As one of the shopping capitals of the world, New York City is home to hundreds of international brands and boutiques, but what makes gift-hunting fun for locals here are the mom-and-pop shops that offer unique items that aren't available anywhere else.
We've combed through the offerings of many stores in the city to bring you selections targeted to every person in your life and the kinds of interests they have. From your office Secret Santa to your tween-age niece to your landlord, manicurist or personal trainer, we have you covered.
Take our quiz to find out what to get for whom and scroll down to see a few of our favorite selections.
A few of DNAinfo's gift selections:
Learn the Ropes Course
575 Degraw St., Boerum Hill
Learn the Ropes is an introductory course to rock-climbing. It includes two hours of instruction, a day pass including gear rental and an extra day to come in and take a belay test.
Metrocard or Taxi Pillow
Pink Olive: 439 E. 9th St. in the East Village, Babesta: 66 W. Broadway in Tribeca
Tots can get acquainted with city transit early by cuddling up to these super-soft, hand-knitted cotton pillows from Estella.
139 Ave. A in the East VIllage
The Water Clock from Bedol requires no batteries and only a few ounces of water every two months or so depending upon sunlight and apartment temperature.
Instant Disguise Beanie
Booth C34 at Union Square Holiday Market
Pull the fleece-lined beanie down over your face for an instant disguise. It also comes in Bill Murray, Biggie Smalls, Abe Lincoln and Karl Lagerfeld.
Artists & Fleas, 70 N. 7th St. in Williamsburg
What teenager doesn't love pizza? This laser cut acrylic charm comes in a tiny delivery box, and is even vegetarian-friendly.