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Best Bets: December 14, 2015

Side by Side
Two new stores for giftable socks and watches.

510 Broadway
Buy: Some 500 socks, from pineapple prints to cushioning and sweat-wicking styles ($18).
Personalize: Choose from 12 patterns and 20 colors, plus monograms, done in 20 minutes in a downstairs room visible through the glass floor ($28).
Name-drop: Numerous styles co-designed by celebrities include one featuring basketball player James Harden’s face.

122 Prince St.
Buy: 72 watch styles including the Ultratide surfing smartwatch that detects tide and water temperature ($300).
Personalize: Choose from 16 faces, 20 leather and steel bands, and laser engraving, made right behind the counter within 45 minutes (from $125).
Name-drop: Keith Richards donated a leather jacket to be reappropriated as watchbands.

2x2: Festive Booze Buckets
For the host who wants to look serious.

For ice: Carmen pineapple ice bucket, $70 at CB2 (451 Broadway).
For champagne: Margiela Champagne bucket, $425 at

For ice: Tom Dixon plum ice bucket, $290 at
For champagne: Bottega del Rame grape-shaped bucket, $192 at

New York tribes reveal what’s at the top of their list.

Chorus Kids
Dress pants that actually fit me, because they make me feel professional onstage.” —Leo Hartley, 10, Brooklyn Youth Chorus ($88 at Brooks Brothers, 901 E. 20th St.)

Sound Bathers
“We’re all into kyanite, which is this really pretty blue crystal that opens channels of spirituality and has balancing properties.” —Erica Dunn, sound-bathing regular (From $14 at Maha Rose, 97 Green St., Greenpoint.)

Gardening-Club Ladies
“During the dead of winter, I’d most like an exquisite dahlia arrangement in an antique container from Vladimir Kanevsky.” —Nancy Sipp, Garden Club of Lawrence ($8,000 at

Golf-Club Guys
“Everyone wants the M1 from Taylor Made. It’s got new technology — basically, it moves weight around in the head, to change the spin rate and optimize the launch angle.” —Brad Worthington, director at Trump Golf Links ($500 at

Cheap Store, Nice Gift
The most-expensive-looking selections from the city’s more reasonably priced shops.

Flying Tiger: Polka-dot quilt ($15; 920 Broadway).
Lot-Less: Men’s plaid pajamas ($20; 97 Chambers St).
Kikkerland: Brown-cow bath mat ($15; 493 Sixth Ave.).

& Other Stories: Cutout two-tone leather gloves ($65; 505 Fifth Ave.).
Muji: Wool shawl with armholes ($70; 475 Fifth Ave.).
Sunrise Mart: Japanese soap made of moisturizing milk fat ($3; 494 Broome St.).

Ask a Shop Clerk
Nate Borne is the U.S. manager of Snow Peak, a Japanese outdoors brand that just opened in Soho (59 Crosby St.).

How is camping different in Japan?
“In America, people usually camp because they’re doing another outdoor activity like canoeing, so we’ll spend $1,000 on the canoe, but the tent is $150 from Walmart. In Japan, camping is the activity. They don’t actually do anything but cook and hang out, so they’ll spend all their money on gear — like our titanium sake bottle ($180) and cups ($35) — which has to look elegant while also being smart enough to pack small and fit in Tokyo’s limited spaces and small cars. We have a bamboo table (from $330) that folds in half and will slide underneath your futon in a single action, which actually does really well in New York apartments too.”

Last-Minute Gifts
Twenty-four-hour stores and craft-beer delivery for when it’s 7 p.m. and the Secret Santa swap is tomorrow morning.

From $10
A farm-fresh basket filled with berries, grapes, and melon from Sunset Park’s Rossman Farms, open 24/7 (770 Third Ave.).

A bouquet of silver brunia, succulents, or mums wrapped in chartreuse burlap, delivered in an hour via bike messenger (

From $260
A selection of domestic craft beers like Smuttynose Robust Porter; bottles can also arrive staggered throughout the year (

A pair of Sideshow Collectible Hot Toys of Chewbacca and Han Solo from Neergaard Pharmacies, open 24/7 (454 Fifth Ave.).

A Weber stainless- steel natural-gas grill from Nuthouse Hardware, open 24/7 (202 E. 29th St.).