Mon and Thu, 11am-5pm; Tue, closed; Wed, 11am-7pm; Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-6pm
1 at 18th St.
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This gift shop for the Rubin’s fascinating museum of Himalayan art sources its spiritually tinged wares from Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, India, and Kashmir. It’s easy to linger among the colorful shop’s jumble of items, which spill over into the adjacent café. Though some goods rotate with the exhibitions, many are always on hand, such as the delicate dangling earrings and brooches hand selected from India and Nepal, CDs of Indian and Tibetan music, and books on Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan astrology. Many of the reasonably priced smaller items seem destined for gift-giving—think yoga magnets, handmade Tibetan paper, Indian teas, chocolate-covered goji berries, lacquer boxes, paper lanterns, colorful silk scarves, glitter henna tattoos, Andrea Soltis scented eye pillows, and Wild Earth soaps. For kids, there are old-fashioned toys like pick-up sticks and kaleidoscopes, stuffed leopards and elephants, travel games, and quirky books like Zabar’s Yoga for Elephants. In the back of the shop is a quiet nook with decorative pillows and occasional sale items. And of course, there are comprehensive catalogs of past and present exhibitions and postcards for museumgoers wishing for a souvenir.