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With the holiday season rapidly approaching, you've probably been busy figuring out what to get your drunk aunt or persnickety boss. But have you thought about spending Thanksgiving at your boyfriend's mom's house, or attending the holiday party at your friend's apartment? You just can't show up empty-handed when someone is graciously throwing a holiday get-together.

So here, we've rounded up 30 of NYC's best stores to find gifts for the host or hostess. We've got you covered with the traditional wine and flower spots, but there's also great stores featuring home goods, candles, candies, and more that will make you look like the most thoughtful guest ever. Check out our map after the jump to see where you can purchase these gifts. Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments section below.


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1. Monograms Off Madison

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29 E 93rd St
New York, NY 10128
(646) 546-5993
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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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574 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-8188
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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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1100 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028
(212) 717-2929
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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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971 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 879-3330
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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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1237 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021
(212) 737-0600
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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. Gracious Home

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1992 Broadway
New York, NY 10023
(212) 231-7800
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Stop by the Upper West Side location to pick up any item that might add to your hostess's home, like coasters, placemats, and decorative towels. Kids in the home? They also have a stuffed animal selection. [Photo]

7. Sur La Table

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306 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 574-8334
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Come to this one-stop kitchen shop to pick up the fun cooking accessory your hostess never knew she needed. They've got a microwave omelet maker, a quesadilla grilling basket, and, if you're in the holiday spirit, beer koozies that look like ugly Christmas sweaters. [Photo]

8. Crush Wine & Spirits

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153 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-9463
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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]

9. Rain

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59 W 49th St
New York, NY 10112
(212) 239-3070
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This African-inspired shop uses naturally sourced ingredients and materials whenever possible in its soaps, spa products, and incense. The shopping experience here will be both a present for yourself and your hostess.[Photo]

10. Delphinium

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358 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-7732
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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]

11. Jung Lee

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25 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001
(212) 257-5655
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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]

12. Fishs Eddy

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889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
(212) 420-9020
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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.

13. The Ink Pad

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37 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 463-9876
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Is your hostess crafty? She'd love anything from NYC's only store dedicated to rubber stamping and paper crafts. Personalized stamps can be ordered with a 3-5 day turnaround. [Photo]

14. The London Candy Co

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267 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 427-2129
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Is your hostess obsessed with the royal family? She'd love a treat from their homeland—and so will others who don't care what Will and Kate are up to. This shop specializing in British candy just moved to Bleecker Street from its Carnegie Hill location earlier this year. [Photo]

15. Le Du's Wines

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600 Washington St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 924-6999
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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]

16. Exit 9 Gift Emporium

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51 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-0145
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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]

17. John Derian Dry Goods

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10 East 2nd Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 677-8408
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Get your hostess in the holiday spirit with John Derian's great selection of wrapping paper gift tags, and Christmas tree ornaments. We also love their vast selection of hand-painted plates, mugs, and bowls. [Photo]

18. Alessi

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130 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 941-7300
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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]

19. Red Flower

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13 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-5301
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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.

20. Papabubble

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380 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-2599
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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]

21. Greenpoint Floral Co.

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703 Manhattan ave
New York, NY 11222
(718) 389-1717
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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]

22. The Natural Wine Company

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211 N 11th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(646) 397-9463
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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]

23. A&G Merch

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111 N. 6th St.
New York, NY 11211
(718) 388-1779
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The Williamsburg shop has been providing locals with quality furniture and home goods since 2006. Check out their "small merch" section for good hostess gifts, like bottle openers, coasters, and wooden games. [Photo]

24. Whisk

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231 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 218-7230
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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]

25. Fuego 718

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249 Grand St
New York, NY 11211
(718) 302-2913
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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]

26. Fine & Raw

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288 Seigel St
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 366-3633
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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]

27. Atelier Cologne

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357 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 260-8008
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The collection of colognes, perfumes, candles, and soaps are luxurious on their own, but take it one step further by adding a monogrammed leather case with your hosts' names or initials. [Photo]

28. GRDN

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103 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 797-3628
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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. Owl and Thistle General Store

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720 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 469-0432
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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]

30. The Little Soap Shop

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22-07 36th St
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 626-1241
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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]

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1. Monograms Off Madison

29 E 93rd St, 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]
29 E 93rd St
New York, NY 10128

2. The Secret Garden

574 Columbus Ave, 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]
574 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10024

3. Vosges Haut Chocolat

1100 Madison Ave, 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]
1100 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10028

4. Diptyque

971 Madison Ave, 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]
971 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021

5. Grace's Marketplace

1237 3rd Ave, 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]
1237 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10021

6. Gracious Home

1992 Broadway, New York, NY 10023
Stop by the Upper West Side location to pick up any item that might add to your hostess's home, like coasters, placemats, and decorative towels. Kids in the home? They also have a stuffed animal selection. [Photo]
1992 Broadway
New York, NY 10023

7. Sur La Table

306 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
Come to this one-stop kitchen shop to pick up the fun cooking accessory your hostess never knew she needed. They've got a microwave omelet maker, a quesadilla grilling basket, and, if you're in the holiday spirit, beer koozies that look like ugly Christmas sweaters. [Photo]
306 W 57th St
New York, NY 10019

8. Crush Wine & Spirits

153 E 57th St, 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]
153 E 57th St
New York, NY 10022

9. Rain

59 W 49th St, New York, NY 10112
This African-inspired shop uses naturally sourced ingredients and materials whenever possible in its soaps, spa products, and incense. The shopping experience here will be both a present for yourself and your hostess.[Photo]
59 W 49th St
New York, NY 10112

10. Delphinium

358 W 47th St, 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]
358 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

11. 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]
25 West 29th Street
New York, NY 10001

12. 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.
889 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

13. The Ink Pad

37 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Is your hostess crafty? She'd love anything from NYC's only store dedicated to rubber stamping and paper crafts. Personalized stamps can be ordered with a 3-5 day turnaround. [Photo]
37 7th Ave
New York, NY 10011

14. The London Candy Co

267 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014
Is your hostess obsessed with the royal family? She'd love a treat from their homeland—and so will others who don't care what Will and Kate are up to. This shop specializing in British candy just moved to Bleecker Street from its Carnegie Hill location earlier this year. [Photo]
267 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10014

15. Le Du's Wines

600 Washington St, 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]
600 Washington St
New York, NY 10014

16. 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]
51 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009

17. John Derian Dry Goods

10 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003