The Brick Underground gift guide for NYC apartment dwellers

By Mimi O'Connor | December 7, 2017 - 2:00PM 

Jump start your shopping with these NYC resident-friendly ideas. 


Gift giving in New York has its own set of special challenges, a primary one being that most people don't have a lot of space. Which means that a) your gift better be good if you want it to actually stick around for long and b) it should take up as little room as possible. We looked high and low for presents to please a wide variety of New York types, with special consideration for the needs and space constraints unique to city dwellers. 

(For even more inspiration, check out our Secret Santa gift guide from last year, featuring picks all under $30.)

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USB Lighter Company

For the entertainer

A sleek, USB rechargeable single ARC candlelighter in a variety of colors ($29.95)

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Cost Plus World Market 

For a festive but not over the top entryway

green trees holiday doormat ($6.49)

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For the wannabe gardener with a black thumb (or no light)

An IKEA FEJKA artificial plant panel ($4.99)

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For the beauty product junkie

FabFitFun subscription box delivered four times a year (starting at $49.99)

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For the clean freak with no space

collapsible bucket ($10)

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For the friend with wanderlust

three-month Rosetta Stone subscription ($49)

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Amazon/Performance Tool

For your handy friend

Performance Tool magnetic tray ($11.03)

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New York Transit Museum Store

For the die-hard New Yorker

subway sign for the home ($39.95)

For the art lover

MoMa membership ($85, Individual)

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The Bouqs Co.

For the bodega bouquet addict

The Bouqs Co. Farmer's Choice bouquet ($50 and up)

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For the snacker

Bourbon, or cookies, or indie snack foods, or chocolate. Or really anything you can eat or drink. One-time or recurring gift boxes at Mouth. ($25 and up)



Mimi O'Connor

Contributing Writer

Mimi O’Connor has written about New York City real estate for publications that include Brick Underground, Refinery29, and Thrillist. She is the recipient of two awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors for interior design and service journalism. Her writing on New York City, parenting, events, and culture has also appeared in Parents, Red Tricycle, BizBash, and Time Out New York.

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