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Best of New York 2014 • Shopping

Best Gift Shop

  • Kikkerland

    493 Sixth Ave., nr. 12th St.; 212-262-5000

    When Kevin Brynan’s specialty gift shop Mxyplyzyk closed its West Village location in January, it left a quirky-wall-clock-size hole in its place. Luckily, Kikkerland Design, Jan van der Lande’s catalogue–cum–­online kitsch supplier, filled the void with its first storefront. Gag gifts such as solar-powered Queen Elizabeths ($20) wave from their perch on pegboard walls alongside stocking stuffers like rubberized luchador bottle openers ($8), whose arms bend in a series of Mexican-wrestling lock-hold positions. The numerous Euro imports—think Davy Grosemans watering cans ($50)—have been at the heart of van der Lande’s business since it was founded on an Upper West Side houseboat in 1992.

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