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505 5th Ave., Midtown
It's nearly impossible to walk out of this shop empty-handed: For one, it's incredibly cheap and for two, we can't get enough of their minimal, modern clothing that subscribes to market trends without being a slave to them. Much like Zara and Cos, you can mix their clothing in pretty seamlessly with your higher-end splurges. There's also a Soho location.
A La Vieille Russie
781 5th Ave., Midtown
The owners of this elegant jewelry store in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel have been in the antiques and fine jewelry business since 1851 when the family opened their first shop in Kiev. They specialize in antique jewelry, with a focus on Fabergé and other European lines. You could get lost for an entire afternoon ogling the gorgeous pieces with no intention to buy, but it's a great destination when you're looking for an exceptionally special gift.
204 E. 58th St., Midtown
If you're renovating, this is the place to go for absolutely any style of tile. Their library is vast and they carry a variety of materials including stone, wood, leather, and porcelain. There's also a location in Chelsea.
Ariston Floral Boutique
425 Lexington Ave., Midtown
Ariston is a great go-to florist for Manhattan flower deliveries. They have two locations, one in Chelsea and one in Midtown, and the website has a wide array of flowers and plants to choose from: Green cymbidium orchids mixed with hydrangea, peonies and callas, Bird of Paradise plants, and much more. Their bread and butter, though, is the kind of compact glass-vase arrangements that are particularly brilliant for brightening an office desk.
754 5th Ave., Midtown
The beautiful art deco interiors come with top-notch service here, where you’ll find a classic buy of all the designer lines. We especially love the seventh floor for its inspired home goods section, which includes designers like Kelly Wearstler and John Derian. At holiday time, their ornament selection definitely stands out. (And their men's store down the block is wonderful.)
979 Third Ave., Midtown
Crate & Barrel's sister store is full of modern, really well-priced furniture items and home accents, making it a great stop when in need of a few practical pieces for a quick home upgrade. We always stock up on their glass and dishware—they're great, easily replenished, kitchen basics. There's also a location in Soho.
1073 6th Avenue , Times Square
If you have a stationery or sticker addict on your hands, they’re going to freak. This Japanese mega-store facing Bryant Park is one of our favorite midtown oases, and a solid option for a quick sushi cafeteria-style lunch. There’s an entire floor dedicated to Japanese manga comic books, a solid selection of design books and international fashion magazines, but the basement is the main draw. There, aisle after aisle is stuffed with an incredible array of Japanese stationery goods—adorable pens, pencils, notebooks, and erasers to last a lifetime.
MoMA Design & Book Store
11 W. 53 St., Midtown
The MoMA gift shop—which is really more of a full-fledged design store—is incredibly well-done, making it one of those rare spots that's a one-stop resource for everyone on your list come the holidays. Here you can purchase everything from Issey Miyake's architectural Lucent tote, to an Eames chair, to a Yoshitomo Nara doggy radio, to obscure titles you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
620 8th Ave., Midtown
This Japanese export has been quietly opening outposts all over LA and NYC (the tiny to-go kiosk inside JFK's international terminal is particularly genius), though Muji goods have been shoppable at MoMA for years. The stores are simple in both concept and aesthetic: After all the brand is predicated on the idea that the best design is the least design. Minimalist fixtures and neutral color palettes are used to display the most well-designed utilitarian goods—housewares, t-shirts, stationery, and more—that are as functional as they are generic, which allows them to fit in every home regardless of sensibility.
Olde Good Things
149 Madison Ave., Midtown
Olde Good Things is a fantastic resource for high-end architectural salvage, which is sold as-is to be re-installed in new locations or repurposed into furniture and other décor items. Their New York showrooms in Midtown, Bowery, Union Square, and Chelsea (they also have one in LA) are jam-packed with period lighting, original doors, fireplace mantels, colorful stained glass, decorative iron, antique furniture, and more. For the most comprehensive view of their offerings, their website has a repository of all of the items in those showrooms and in their enormous Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse.
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