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Best of New York 2009 • Shopping

Best Place to Get a Cheap Last-Minute Gift

Annie's Blue Ribbon in Boerum Hill.  
  • Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store

    365 State St., at Bond St., Boerum Hill; 718-522-9848

    A birthday, a baby shower, a colleague’s going-away party? Annie’s Blue Ribbon will come through. Its stock runs from decorative cotton dish towels handwoven with the words eat at home; piggy banks in the shape of giant gummy bears; CDs with lullaby versions of Nirvana, U2, and Coldplay; or cult beauty products like Japanese Yu-Be skin cream. The best part: Most items are under $20.

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).