For those who delight in trivia duels and urban esoterica, we present Alan Bisbort’s What Happened Here? New York City Knowledge Cards. On one side, a mini-map and a clue about an event at the spot on a certain date; on the other side, the answer ($9.95).
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
90 Orchard Street; 212-387-0341
Knitting classes cost a fortune. Why not take the needles into your own hands? Parcel by Loop’s kit includes needles, four skeins of yarn, a darning needle, and instructions. And it will set you back only $16.95.
653 Ninth Ave.; 212-333-3213
Not to be out-blinged, Gucci has introduced a watch with 86 full-cut diamonds. Sounds huge, but the stones are delicate (0.25-carat total weight) and set on an equally delicate bamboo-shaped bangle ($1,895).
685 Fifth Ave. 212-826-2600
Or, log on to gucci.com for more information.
Resin vases by Afton Grove give the effect of glass or crystal—they’re just as heavy and as gorgeous. The bonus? The price: from $84 to $104.
920 Broadway; 212-228-3600
Hide and Chic
Want to get away with wearing the same jeans several times a week? It’s all in the waist—cool belt gets noticed, grungy jeans don’t. Our latest favorite is this pony-print wonder ($49).
121 Prince St.; 888-580-5084
Gretchen Julius is a RISD-trained goldsmith who honed her skills at Reinstein Ross. Her own line of jewelry is modern yet delicate, like this necklace. It’s eighteen-karat gold with pink tourmalines ($620).
7 Bond St.; 212-677-8487
Charles Wilkin of Automatic Art and Design is a rock star in the graphic-design world, with international acclaim and a National Design Award nomination to his credit. On a more mundane note, we love this T-shirt bearing his budgie design ($30).
97 Third Ave.; 212-995-5888
The Light Stuff
Daniel Levy worked his way into our homes by making incredible porcelain table settings; now he’s lighting up our lives, too. His table and floor lamps, with porcelain bases and a choice of paper, linen, or silk shades, are $500 to $2,200.
Dennis Miller Associates
306 E. 61st St.; 212-684-0070
Finding the perfect gift is hard enough; finding the right wrap shouldn’t make it any tougher. You Send Me has come to the rescue with prepackaged sets of paper, tissue, seals, ribbon, a gift card, and a fun little accent (a bird trinket, a feather, a flower, a paper umbrella). They’re $14 at Flights of Fancy.
Flights of Fancy
1502 First Ave; 212-772-1302
Or, log on to yousendme.com for nationwide retailers.
Tonya Hudson’s baby books are the ultimate gift for new parents. Many parts can be customized—the paper on the cover, the fonts, and the page headings (which include “Inspiration for Your Name,” “Mom’s Cravings,” and “Your First Room”). Prices range from $125 to $175.
Hudson Design + Paperworks