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Where to Buy Host and Hostess Gifts in New York City

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Holiday shopping is stressful enough without having to think about all the extras that this season brings—like what to bring to an office potluck or how much to tip your bikini waxer. Figuring out where to find a suitable offering for friends and family gracious enough to open their homes for Thanksgiving or holiday parties shouldn't be added to this list.

In anticipation of the season's packed social calendar to come, we've mapped out 32 places where you can pick up gifts for hosts and hostesses this holiday season, from a strong selection of liquor stores, flower shops, and yummy treat stores like Papabubble and Milk Bar to places that are a little more out of the box—because if everyone else is bringing wine, then you should bring some extra cork stoppers.


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1. Monograms Off Madison

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Give your gifts a personalized touch at this Upper East Side store. The husband-and-wife-run business offers dozens of lettering styles and thread colors to be placed on notecards, aprons, towels, and more. [Photo]

2. The Secret Garden

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It's classic to express your gratitude to the host with a bouquet. Choose your arrangement by season or event, and they can deliver anywhere in Manhattan (sorry, outer boroughs). [Photo]

3. Vosges Haut Chocolat

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Add a little something to the dessert selection with Vosges' specialty bacon chocolate, especially their truffles. You can even pick out a gift set that's paired with champagne or wine. [Photo]

4. Diptyque

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Candles are a no-brainer to bring as a guest, so you might as well go for the best. Stop by the Madison atelier for the broadest selection from the French candle and scents brand. [Photo]

5. Grace's Marketplace

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We chose this for their exceptional selection of flowers available right outside year-round. It's a quick and easy stop at this florist, which is actually not affiliated with the marketplace. [Photo]

6. Crush Wine & Spirits

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This award-winning wine store prides itself on properly shelving their bottles—sideways. The knowledgable staff can help you pick out delicious, affordable selections, and there's free delivery to all five boroughs if you're feeling generous enough to get your host a case. [Photo]

7. Delphinium

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This unique home gifts and accessories store was founded by three former musical theater performers who saw a need in the market. It's the perfect place to pick up candles, salt and pepper shakers, and any other tchotchkes your hostess might enjoy. [Photo]

8. Jung Lee

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This home goods and gifts store opened earlier this year right by the Ace Hotel. Event producer Jung Lee offers a great selection of throws, pillows, trays, and vases that will brighten anyone's home. [Photo]

9. STORY

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The constantly-turning-over concept shop always has gifting on the brain. Its latest iteration, Home for the Holidays, includes dozens of products from Target mixed in with the store's varied offerings, from local artisans to Diptyque. [Photo: Drew Innis]

10. Fishs Eddy

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This legendary kitchenware store in Flatiron is a classic spot to pick up a clever party gift. Some great selections from their gift section include a glass dog treats jar, an artists' palette cheese tray, and Empire State Building salt and pepper shakers.

11. Le Du's Wines

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If rankings are your thing, Zagat's named this shop—run by the former Daniel sommelier—the number one wine store in the city. And the rest of the staff is just as knowledgable as the owner, assuring you'll find the perfect bottle to bring over. [Photo]

12. Astor Wines & Spirits

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Noho's mecca of booze is staffed with friendly experts who can swiftly recommend a wine or spirit for the party you're probably running late to. [Photo]

13. Alessi

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If everyone else at the party is going to bring a bottle of wine, go a step further and select a clever bottle opener or corkscrew from the Italian brand's Soho flagship. There's also a great selection of stoppers and even a "cork presenter" case. [Photo]

14. Exit 9 Gift Emporium

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Go for something quirky from this East Village gift spot, whether it's a popsicle maker, 3-D cookie cutters, or colorful neighborhood maps. [Photo]

15. Ladurée

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Little French pastries couldn't cease to delight a hostess or her nibbling crowd. Bonus points if you match the colors of the macarons to a dinner or holiday party's color scheme. [Photo]

16. Red Flower

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Fill your hostess's home with wonderful scents in the form of bath products, candles, or diffusers from this botanically-based shop. On their website, you can shop by product or scent to find the best gift.

17. Papabubble

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Get really for some seriously crazy candy from this Soho store. Watch them mold sugar into anything from ducks to dentures, and you can even pre-order customized candies for your hostess. [Photo]

18. Elan Flowers

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Spruce up a host's coffee table with an arrangement from this Tribeca shop, which start at $60 and are old by color, like "lush greens" and "vintage pinks" Holiday arrangements are also available and priced individually. [Photo]

19. Fulton Stall Market

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If you prefer your gifts to be of the edible variety, stop into the recently revamped South Street Seaport marketplace to check out their selection of rotating vendors. As of press time, giftable offers include Rooftop Salt and Gluten Free Dessert Kitchen. [Photo]

20. The Little Glass Slipper

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Pick from seasonal blooms, local selections, or even a bouquet with herbs—there really isn't a wrong option here. Seasonal specials include arrangements literally labeled for hostesses, complete with Ovenly cookies. [Photo: Mark Sperry]

21. Home of the Brave

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The husband-and-wife owners behind Wolves Within recently turned this side-project home goods pop-up into a permanent store. Head here for a local take on kitchenware, ceramics, and decorative home elements that anyone who supports local business would appreciate. [Courtesy Photo]

22. Greenpoint Floral Co.

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Pick up a simple bouquet on your way to the party or offer to bring a Thanksgiving or holiday-themed centerpiece. The family-owned business can help you pick out the best selection by theme or price range. [Photo]

23. The Natural Wine Company

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For the all-natural hostess, pick up a bottle of wine made from organically grown grapes. It's a bit pricier than your average wine shop, but you can buy bottles based on price range, region, or how the grapes were farmed. [Photo]

24. Sprout Home

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The little plant shop by the water prides itself on finding greenery that can survive in any urban home. For your host or hostess, pick up a flower arrangement from its dedicated shop two doors down, or go with a terrarium that is nearly impossible to kill. [Photo: Driely S. for Racked]

25. Whisk

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The owners of this Brooklyn store wanted to bring their love for the kitchen to the public. Check out their handy gift guide online to shop by price, or stop by the store and ask the friendly staff what they think will be best. [Photo]

26. Fuego 718

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Spanish-born owner Alex Aldama stocks tchotchkes from all over the world—Peru, Italy, Cambodia, you name it. Pick up a vase or stuffed toy, and each item comes with a fun description of where and how it was made. [Photo]

27. Fine & Raw

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Pick up a gift set filled with organically-made chocolates wrapped in sustainable packaging from this Brooklyn shop that your hostess will likely refuse to share with the rest of her guests. [Photo]

28. GRDN

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In addition to customized bouquets, pick up a Saipua soap or a jar of honey from this Boerum Hill shop. There's even a clever book called "The Drunken Botanist" that any gung-ho gardening hostess would love. [Photo]

29. Momofuku Milk Bar

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Homemade treats are nice and all, but your best efforts probably don't come close to what co-owner and chef Christina Tosi is whipping up. Besides, what host doesn't appreciate a good dose of crack (pie)? [Photo]

30. Owl and Thistle General Store

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This Crown Heights store specializes in locally made crafts at an affordable price point. They carry everything from clothing to home goods to snacks. If you're not sure what to get, pick up the "Best of Brooklyn" gift box in small or large. [Photo]

31. Sycamore Flower Shop + Bar

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Flower shop and bar means that this place is both the best-smelling watering hole in New York City and the ultimate one-stop shop to hit up before heading to a gathering. Pick out simple stems or get a custom arrangement, then reward yourself for being so thoughtful with one of their daily drink specials. [Photo]

32. The Little Soap Shop

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This Astoria shop is certainly little, but it's big on using all-natural ingredients. Your hostess will love anything from the soaps to the hand whipped shea body butters in stock. [Photo]

1. Monograms Off Madison

29 East 93rd Street New York, NY 10128
Give your gifts a personalized touch at this Upper East Side store. The husband-and-wife-run business offers dozens of lettering styles and thread colors to be placed on notecards, aprons, towels, and more. [Photo]

2. The Secret Garden

574 Columbus Avenue New York, NY 10024
It's classic to express your gratitude to the host with a bouquet. Choose your arrangement by season or event, and they can deliver anywhere in Manhattan (sorry, outer boroughs). [Photo]

3. Vosges Haut Chocolat

1100 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10028
Add a little something to the dessert selection with Vosges' specialty bacon chocolate, especially their truffles. You can even pick out a gift set that's paired with champagne or wine. [Photo]

4. Diptyque

971 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10021
Candles are a no-brainer to bring as a guest, so you might as well go for the best. Stop by the Madison atelier for the broadest selection from the French candle and scents brand. [Photo]

5. Grace's Marketplace

1299 Second Avenue New York, NY 10021
We chose this for their exceptional selection of flowers available right outside year-round. It's a quick and easy stop at this florist, which is actually not affiliated with the marketplace. [Photo]

6. Crush Wine & Spirits

153 East 57th Street New York, NY 10022
This award-winning wine store prides itself on properly shelving their bottles—sideways. The knowledgable staff can help you pick out delicious, affordable selections, and there's free delivery to all five boroughs if you're feeling generous enough to get your host a case. [Photo]

7. Delphinium

353 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036
This unique home gifts and accessories store was founded by three former musical theater performers who saw a need in the market. It's the perfect place to pick up candles, salt and pepper shakers, and any other tchotchkes your hostess might enjoy. [Photo]

8. Jung Lee

25 West 29th Street New York, NY 10001
This home goods and gifts store opened earlier this year right by the Ace Hotel. Event producer Jung Lee offers a great selection of throws, pillows, trays, and vases that will brighten anyone's home. [Photo]

9. STORY

144 Tenth Avenue New York, NY 10011
The constantly-turning-over concept shop always has gifting on the brain. Its latest iteration, Home for the Holidays, includes dozens of products from Target mixed in with the store's varied offerings, from local artisans to Diptyque. [Photo: Drew Innis]

10. Fishs Eddy

889 Broadway New York, NY 10003
This legendary kitchenware store in Flatiron is a classic spot to pick up a clever party gift. Some great selections from their gift section include a glass dog treats jar, an artists' palette cheese tray, and Empire State Building salt and pepper shakers.

11. Le Du's Wines

600 Washington Street New York, NY 10014
If rankings are your thing, Zagat's named this shop—run by the former Daniel sommelier—the number one wine store in the city. And the rest of the staff is just as knowledgable as the owner, assuring you'll find the perfect bottle to bring over. [Photo]

12. Astor Wines & Spirits

399 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10003
Noho's mecca of booze is staffed with friendly experts who can swiftly recommend a wine or spirit for the party you're probably running late to. [Photo]

13. Alessi

130 Greene Street New York, NY 10012
If everyone else at the party is going to bring a bottle of wine, go a step further and select a clever bottle opener or corkscrew from the Italian brand's Soho flagship. There's also a great selection of stoppers and even a "cork presenter" case. [Photo]

14. Exit 9 Gift Emporium

51 Avenue A New York, NY 10009
Go for something quirky from this East Village gift spot, whether it's a popsicle maker, 3-D cookie cutters, or colorful neighborhood maps. [Photo]

15. Ladurée

398 West Broadway New York, NY 10012
Little French pastries couldn't cease to delight a hostess or her nibbling crowd. Bonus points if you match the colors of the macarons to a dinner or holiday party's color scheme. [Photo]

16. Red Flower

13 Prince Street New York, NY 10012