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New York City has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around our fantastic city that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.

Image via Cooper-Hewitt

Blogger Elizabeth Monson lives in NYC and operates Move Slightly, a site dedicated to the intersection where fashion and technology meet. A veteran of both and StyleCaster, Monson writes about everything from how to infuse your nails with the aesthetic of Chanel's Spring 2012 runway to why convertible boots give you the most bang for your buck. When she isn't blogging, Monson hits up the The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt.

I guess it shouldn't be surprising that the gift shop at a design museum is so good, but The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum goes above and beyond what you would expect from any museum store. Since it could easily stand alone in Soho, the fact that it is tucked away in the beautiful Cooper-Hewitt is an added bonus. The Shop happens to be my favorite place to shop for gifts. From the amazing collection of books arranged like the best library you've ever seen to Kiosk mainstays (they have a shop-in-shop) like Japanese masking tape to a Maison Martin Margiela Champagne bucket, there is something for every occasion. Plus, it's in a museum so you feel smart while shopping.
· The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt [Official Site]
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The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt

2 East 91st Street New York NY 10128