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.
Best Gift Shop
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
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).