Wednesday, December 06, 2006

GL Brooklyn Holiday Gift Guide, Part III

Here is Part III of Gowanus Lounge's Brooklyn Holiday Gift Guide. You can check out Part I here, which focused on Brooklyn causes and organizations, and Part II here, which focused on Brooklyn products. Part III is a random and subjective grab bag of things as we have thought of them:

Dogs of the Run 2007 Calendars. These very cute calendars support the McCarren Dog Run in Williamsburg. They're $12 each and can be purchased online at via PayPal. For Christmas delivery order by December 15. They'll also be on sale at the Dog Run on Saturday (12/9) from 12-4 at the Dog Run or you can get them at PS9, which is on North 9th Street between Bedford and Driggs. In person, the calendars are only $10. You get a cool calendar with dogs and support the Dog Run, how can you go wrong?

718 Brooklyn. Kit Kaplan's Brooklyn photos and products are pretty cool. She's a regular at street fairs and offers tons of cool and original Brooklyn things. Check out her selection at Cafe Press. It rocks.

Sweet Charity. Check out this home goods and gift store in Park Slope whose sales support animal rescue charities. They've got just about any cool thing you would want to give someone for a home and you'll be helping out a very worthwhile cause in the process. This is a cool Seventh Avenue shop with a conscience. If you love animals, consider doing some of your holiday shopping here--buy a gift and improve a creature's life. They're located at 411 Seventh Avenue.

Artists & Fleas. This is a weekly Williamsburg marketplace is one cool place to get some great gifts and to support emerging designers, local artists, collectors, and local businesses. It's at 129 N. 6th, between Bedford and Berry and is open from Noon to 8PM on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, they had extended hours for the holidays, opening on weekdays too, so check out their website for any updates.

Love Shines. We really dig this shop at 249 Grand Street, between Driggs & Roebling. The store is heavy on incredible Mexican things, but has a little bit of everything from relgious symbols and cool jewelry to notebooks and some to-die-for messenger bags and handbags. Best of all, there is plenty of very affordable merchandise.

Mini Minimarket. You've never been to Williamsburg if you don't know this shop at 218 Bedford where irony rules. (It's right next to Ear Wax Records.) Score cool t-shirts, angel wing earrings, Leopard Boy Thongs and way more.

Art-O-Mat LIC. The Art-O-Mat is in Long Island City, which one could consider an honorary extension of Brooklyn when looking for Christmas gifts. In any case, they have a superb selection of locally-made items, plus tons of fascinating books and prints. The focus is own Queens, but Brooklyn sneaks into the mix. It's a wonderful place if you've never been, just the other side of Newtown Creek. They're at 46-46 Vernon Boulevard and open from 12-7 on Friday and Saturday, 12-5 on Sunday.

Proteus Gowanus Store. It's attached to the Proteus Gowanus Gallery, which is a gallery and performance space near the Gowanus. They have some very interesting books and items like Georgian Felt Slipper (the former Soviet Georgia, not the American one). They're at 543 Union at Nevins.

And, for those who wish to wait:

INDIE*LICIOUS Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Ladies Independent Design League, will be taking place at the Micromuseum at 123 Smith Street on Sunday, 12/17 from Noon-5PM. It will feature 25 "of NY's hottest emerging designers" including Mignonette, It's By Erin, Black Rabbit,NY Couture, Luka, Tider Design, Nolita Graffiti, Sylvia Holden, Rowboat, Reiter8, Daisyhead, Items of Anymore and Fofolle. With barely seven shopping days left, at that point, it could make Smith Street the perfect Brooklyn shopping destination.

Related Posts:
Brooklyn Gift Guide, Part I
Brooklyn Gift Guide, Part II


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