Christmas and Hanukkah are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve done zero shopping. It’s a super busy time of year as it is, and putting the task of shopping for friends, family, loved ones, dogs, landlords, bosses, teachers, the cute girl you see at the coffee shop on Tuesdays, your favorite bartender and, ugh, your step mom, can be daunting. We get it. Lucky for you, we’re taking the guesswork out of your holiday shopping with a number of fun and unique items for everyone on your list this year.
For Your Beyonce – Michelle Berlinger may be an LA-transplant, but her handcrafted jewelry made from ethically sourced stones and recycled materials scream Brooklyn. Whether your honey is into funky pieces like a sterling silver, twisted vine 2-finger ring ($65.00) or likes a more mystical look which can be achieved with the Crystal Ring Necklace ($95.00), Berlinger’s unique pieces are sure to please. Berlinger also offers a unique line of “Take Control” jewelry cast from real birth control pills. If things get hot and heavy after the gift exchange, you’ll welcome the reminder. You can purchase gifts from her website or at her pop-up market at Artists and Fleas. Michelle Berlinger Jewelry at Artists and Fleas, 70 N. 7th St., Williamsburg, NY, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM – 7 PM. Website: http://www.michelleberlinger.com/
For The Boss Man – You have a cool boss! Not many people can say that. You talk about real, not work shit over cigarettes during your lunch break, and your friends are jealous that lets you sneak out for auditions and band rehearsal. Hell, he even let it slide when he witnessed you falling asleep in that renewals meeting that one time. He respects that you’re a party animal after 5 PM because he knows you’ll get your shit finished. Applaud that tolerance with a badass gift from Northern Lighting Company, specializing in repurposed lamps and lighters. That Repurposed Bunsen Burner Lamp ($75.00) would look pretty cool in his office next to that unassuming Radiohead poster. Northern Lighting Company at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St., Brooklyn, NY 11222. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM – 1 AM. Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/NORTHERNELECTRIC.
For the Friend Who Grows Their Own – Head on down to Brooklyn Night Bazaar where you’ll find a wonderfully unique pop-up shop with nature-inspired crafts and goodies. Moss covered iPhone cases ($20), succulent plant necklaces ($30) and “Green Energy” bulbs are just a few of the finds these guys are hawking. You can follow them on instagram at @Pdaplanters to see their newest offerings, or swing by their booth tomorrow when you’re checking out the FREEwilliamsburg End of the Year Bash with Swearin’, Quarterbacks, Mean Creek and Bethlehem Steel. Personal Displays of Affection Planters at Brooklyn Night Bazaar, 165 Banker St., Brooklyn, NY 11222. Fridays and Saturdays, 7 PM – 1 AM. Website: www.pdaplanters.com.
For the Foodie With Fake Allergies – Look, we all saw you slam that cheeseburger when you were drunk at The Commodore last week, and you were fine (it’s cool – it’s a really good burger, and we get it). However since you tell everyone that you have a “sensitivity to gluten” we’ll appease you this holiday season by taking you out to dinner at Wild, where they’re serving up health conscious goodies like gluten-free pizza and vegan kale cupcakes. The waiter will welcome your allergy list, and we’ll try not to roll our eyes. Wild Brooklyn, 340 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11249. Website: http://eatdrinkwild.com/locations/williamsburg/.
For the Old Soul – Check out Artists and Fleas for a selection of unique and exciting vendors, including VincyVintage, offering clothing, accessories and more for a chic looks that still translate today. Keep it city centric with a 1970’s Saks Fifth Ave Printed Dress ($85.00) or a white beaded mini cocktail dress from the 1940s ($199.00) that will have your friend feeling her very best at that upcoming New Year’s Eve party. VincyVintage at Artists and Fleas, 70 N. 7th St., Williamsburg, NY. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM – 7 PM. Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vincyvintage.
For Mom – Look, just because mom is staying in your guest bedroom in Bushwick doesn’t mean she wants to hang in your hood the whole time. Sure, she liked Roberta’s, but taking her to The Johnson’s again tonight just isn’t going to cut it. Instead, go the more traditional route, and treat your mom to a night at the theatre. Head into Manhattan and snag tickets for If/Then ($50-$155) starring Broadway bombshell and Tony Award Winner, Idina Menzel (of RENT, and more recently Frozen, fame). This new musical explores the idea of choice vs. fate, following a split storyline with different outcomes for the heroine. Think of it as a modern Sliding Doors (yes, I just referenced a subpar Gwenyth Paltrow movie from the 90s. Yes, you knew the reference, so just shut up) which your mom, like, effin’ loved. She’ll totally forgive you for making her take that lengthy walk from the Morgan stop later that night. If/Then at Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 West 46th St., New York, NY. Website: http://www.ifthenthemusical.com/, Tickets: http://www.ifthenthemusical.com/tickets.php.
For Your Partner in Crime – If you’re reading this blog, I’m assuming you see a lot of shows. And how couldn’t you? Brooklyn and the rest of the city are teeming with amazing live music, pretty much every night of the week. You and your friends love hitting DIY venues and clubs, and you want to keep doing that for years to come. Enhance your enjoyment and save your ears some pain by snagging a custom made pair of earplugs from Earpeace ($185). Lucky for you, their design lab is located in Chelsea, not far from the 14th St. L Stop, so you’ll save a chunk of cash by getting your ear impressions made by licensed technicians right here in the city. Just do it, your friends’ ears will thank you for it. Maybe you’ll even adopt a new love for death metal? Website: www.earpeace.com.
For Rave Dad – Definition of “Rave Dad”:Biological father who finds newfound love for EDM during mid-life crisis; enjoys long periods of dancing, Red Bull mixers and glow sticks and can be seen wearing long socks with sneakers at summer festivals. Will accept weed from younger parties and finds pleasure appearing in photos with 21-year-old kandi kids. I have a Rave Dad. Appease his inner child by snagging him a ticket (starting at $299) to this year’s Mysteryland USA festival, taking place upstate in Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend. Think of it as the weirdest bonding time you’ll ever have. Pro tip: Ravers love old dudes, so you will inevitable see drinks and other perks offered as a result of his presence. Website: http://www.mysteryland.us, Tickets: http://www.mysteryland.us/en/tickets/.