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Best Gifts

  • The Front Room

    Underline Gallery, 238 W. 14th. St., nr. Eighth Ave.; 212-242-2427

    Emerging artists dominate this contemporary gallery, but the real draw is the boutique up front, where you can shop a dazzling assortment of gift-worthy odds and ends. Sequin-embellished Moroccan textiles (from $700) give way to graphic Fredericks & Mae board games ($320) and studded sculptural vases in icy pastels (starting at $50). Peek into the alcove for a display case of Robin Mollicone’s neon-accented moonstone brooches ($275) and Abby Goodman’s animal-shaped sterling-silver rings ($95), or select a present from the gallery’s handful of limited-edition surrealist screenprints by artists like Inka Essenhigh ($350).

From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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