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The holiday season is stressful enough just planning the gifts you're getting for family, close friends, and your favorite Fido (ugly Christmas sweaters look totally adorbs on dogs, FYI). But what about your new mother-in-law, whose good side you're still trying to get on? Or your boss, who never seems satisfied? Or your office Secret Santa pool with a $25 spending limit?

Fear not: We've rounded up 25 awesome stores where you can knock out shopping for these finicky folks all at once. That includes simple home goods, flattering accessories, locally crafted wares, and more, all within a reasonable budget that will still allow you to pick up some stocking stuffers for yourself. Check out the map of stores after the jump.


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1. Book Culture

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536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025
(212) 865-1588
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It's been one of Racked's favorite indie bookstores since it opened this location in 2009, and it's a great spot to pick up a present for anyone on your list, no matter their interest—especially for smarty-pants, as it attracts a lot of Columbia students. [Photo]

2. HomeGoods

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795 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025
(212) 280-6303
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This sister store of TJ Maxx and Marshall's is a great place to pick up accents like candles, decorative plates, and glasses on a budget. Totally clueless as to what your Secret Santa selection wants? Can't go wrong with a gift card... [Photo]

3. Henri Bendel

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712 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
(212) 247-1100
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While some of these high-end department stores can be a bit intimidating to those of us not making six figures, take comfort in the fact that Bendel's small goods and accessories are a great touch of luxe that won't hurt your wallet. Much of their house jewelry is under $100, and there's a good selection of their signature brown and white-striped makeup cases and more. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

4. Delphinium

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353 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 333-7732
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Delphinium promises to deliver "unique gifts for every occasion," and they don't fall short on that. They've got everything from whimsical Alice in Wonderland pop-up books to playful mugs to clever salt and pepper shakers, all of which will put a smile on your giftee's face. [Photo]

5. MUJI Times Square

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620 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 382-2300
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This holiday season, give the gift of Japanese sleek. Stop by the Times Square flagship for everything from apparel to travel gear to fragrances to origami sets—all at prices that still allow you to pick out something for yourself. [Photo]

6. THE BAR at BaubleBar

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230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10001
(646) 664-4827
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With their massive variety of rings, bracelets, and necklaces, there's a style to match every taste on your gift list. Make an appointment at the Flatiron showroom and have a personal assistant help you select the best. [Photo: BaubleBar]

7. STORY

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144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 242-4853
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The innovative Chelsea shop that "curates like a magazine" is now offering gifts for everyone—like, seriously, everyone—in their "Home for the Holidays" iteration. Featuring many local artisans, the store is usefully organized into categories: dudes, foodies, kids, etc. [Photo: Laura Gurfein]

8. Chelsea Market

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 243-6005
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A lot of food, yes, but truly a little bit of everything. Among the giftable edibles you'll find the nuts from the Nutbox, artful olive oils from The Filling Station, and flavorful blends from Spices and Tease. Shops with non-perishables include Anthropologie and Posman books, and usually a good sample sale as well. [Photo]

9. Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit

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5 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 929-2323
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Head straight to the gift section in this spirits store that's broken down by category. From here, subcategories run the gamut from "someone you barely know" to "the boss" and everyone in between, taking the stress out of selecting the perfect bottle of red. [Photo]

10. Paper Presentation

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23 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
(212) 463-7035
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Add a personal touch, even if it's just for that coworker you've never talked to but still drew her name in the office Secret Santa pool, with monogrammed notepads and stationary here. [Photo]

11. Jonathan Adler

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37 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 488-2803
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If Jonathan Adler is the king of whimsical home goods, consider the West Village shop his palace. Find candles, picture frames, and desk accessories in colors so bright that anyone will be glad to have through the dreary winter. [Photo]

12. Bookmarc

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400 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 620-4021
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For anyone on your list with just a hint of interest in fashion, Marc Jacob's specialty store has them covered. Expect to find a collection of new and classic fashion books, writing accessories, and even a poster of Kate Moss from the most recent issue of Playboy.

13. Random Accessories

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77 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 358-0650
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The store name itself assures that everyone's tastes can be met here. Go for playful kitchen accessories like oddly-shaped ice cube trays or a New York guidebook that's sure to teach residents both old and new a thing or two. [Photo]

14. Kate Spade Saturday

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152 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 431-3123
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The playful sister brand to the classic Kate Spade has finally opened where one of their giant touch-screens once stood. Check out their great selection of accessories, clutches, and home goods for the colorful ones on your list. [Photo]

15. Kiosk

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95 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8601
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You'll find a constant turnover of goods carefully cherry-picked from around the world. Go for function with a large wooden bowl made in Vermont or a leather coin purse, or play it up with a Finnish dart set. [Photo: Driely S]

16. C. Wonder

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72 Spring St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219-3500
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Expect to find a huge selection of jewelry, bags, and home goods from this cheery Soho flagship. Is your boss obsessed with her dog? Check out the doggy Fair Isle sweater or studded collar. Or stick to the season and pick up a sled—that's right, a C. Wonder saucer sled exists. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

17. Warm

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181 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 925-1200
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One of Racked's 38 favorite independent boutiques, Warm offers a wide range of goods for the "urban hippie." Steer clear of the clothes this time around (that's a personal matter) and check out accessories from brands like Eugenia Kim and Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield, and home goods that include the store's own fragrance and body oils. [Photo: Anna Fischer]

18. Pearl River Mart

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477 Broadway
New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-4770
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Find every tchotchke your giftee's heart could desire at this massive Soho store. We promise that classic tea sets, colorful sauce dishes, and paper lamps are just the tip of the iceberg. [Photo]

19. Dalaga

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150 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 389-4049
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Another one of our favorite indies is notable for its cuh-razy affordable picks. Women aren't the only ones you can shop for here, with items like roll-on oils and Made by Dalaga jewelry—check a guy gift off your list with a bow tie or beard oil. [Photo]

20. Life:Curated

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186 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 689-9143
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Along with their awesome apparel selection (save that shopping for yourself), there's a eclectic mix of gifts for both guys and girls at easy-on-the-wallet price points. Think phone cases, dopp kits, and cat playing cards. [Photo]

21. Layla

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86 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 222-1933
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Layla describes its Hoyt Street shop as its "candy store of towels," which sounds deliciously clean enough to gift. They're also available in every. single. color. And honestly, who couldn't use an extra towel or two around the apartment? [Photo]

22. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

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232 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 522-9848
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Well, this is basically as Brooklyn as it gets. Annie's provides the charm of an old-school general store with convenient and modern offerings. Some office-friendly gifts include a peel-and-stick chalkboard, a Pendleton mug, and creative New York City and United States posters. [Photo]

23. By Brooklyn

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261 Smith St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 643-0606
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"There’s nothing else like it anywhere in the city, much less in this part of Brooklyn," By Brooklyn owner Gaia DiLoreto told us recently. Solely featuring goods made in the borough, the shop carries products from Brooklyn Hard Candies, Granola Lab, Found My Animal, and more that would all make unique presents. [Photo]

24. Urban Alchemist

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343 5th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-0758
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"Part store, part gallery, and part artisan salon" is how Urban Alchemist describes its South Slope shop. Stop by to find handcrafted goods from artisans both local and national who create jewelry, stuffed animals, ceramics and more, any of which are certain to be the coveted item at your "white elephant" gift exchange. [Photo]

25. Lockwood Shop

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3215 33rd St
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 626-6030
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Queens-bound? Consider Lockwood your gift-giving headquarters. You've got your desk calendars, your animal-shaped soap dispensers, your Astoria tote bags, and so much more that won't fit in this text box. [Photo]

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1. Book Culture

536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025
It's been one of Racked's favorite indie bookstores since it opened this location in 2009, and it's a great spot to pick up a present for anyone on your list, no matter their interest—especially for smarty-pants, as it attracts a lot of Columbia students. [Photo]
536 W 112th St
New York, NY 10025

2. HomeGoods

795 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10025
This sister store of TJ Maxx and Marshall's is a great place to pick up accents like candles, decorative plates, and glasses on a budget. Totally clueless as to what your Secret Santa selection wants? Can't go wrong with a gift card... [Photo]
795 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10025

3. Henri Bendel

712 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
While some of these high-end department stores can be a bit intimidating to those of us not making six figures, take comfort in the fact that Bendel's small goods and accessories are a great touch of luxe that won't hurt your wallet. Much of their house jewelry is under $100, and there's a good selection of their signature brown and white-striped makeup cases and more. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
712 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

4. Delphinium

353 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
Delphinium promises to deliver "unique gifts for every occasion," and they don't fall short on that. They've got everything from whimsical Alice in Wonderland pop-up books to playful mugs to clever salt and pepper shakers, all of which will put a smile on your giftee's face. [Photo]
353 W 47th St
New York, NY 10036

5. MUJI Times Square

620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018
This holiday season, give the gift of Japanese sleek. Stop by the Times Square flagship for everything from apparel to travel gear to fragrances to origami sets—all at prices that still allow you to pick out something for yourself. [Photo]
620 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018

6. THE BAR at BaubleBar

230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001
With their massive variety of rings, bracelets, and necklaces, there's a style to match every taste on your gift list. Make an appointment at the Flatiron showroom and have a personal assistant help you select the best. [Photo: BaubleBar]
230 5th Ave
New York, NY 10001

7. STORY

144 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
The innovative Chelsea shop that "curates like a magazine" is now offering gifts for everyone—like, seriously, everyone—in their "Home for the Holidays" iteration. Featuring many local artisans, the store is usefully organized into categories: dudes, foodies, kids, etc. [Photo: Laura Gurfein]
144 10th Ave
New York, NY 10011

8. Chelsea Market

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
A lot of food, yes, but truly a little bit of everything. Among the giftable edibles you'll find the nuts from the Nutbox, artful olive oils from The Filling Station, and flavorful blends from Spices and Tease. Shops with non-perishables include Anthropologie and Posman books, and usually a good sample sale as well. [Photo]
75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

9. Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit

5 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Head straight to the gift section in this spirits store that's broken down by category. From here, subcategories run the gamut from "someone you barely know" to "the boss" and everyone in between, taking the stress out of selecting the perfect bottle of red. [Photo]
5 W 19th St
New York, NY 10011

10. Paper Presentation

23 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011
Add a personal touch, even if it's just for that coworker you've never talked to but still drew her name in the office Secret Santa pool, with monogrammed notepads and stationary here. [Photo]
23 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011

11. Jonathan Adler

37 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
If Jonathan Adler is the king of whimsical home goods, consider the West Village shop his palace. Find candles, picture frames, and desk accessories in colors so bright that anyone will be glad to have through the dreary winter. [Photo]
37 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

12. Bookmarc

400 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
For anyone on your list with just a hint of interest in fashion, Marc Jacob's specialty store has them covered. Expect to find a collection of new and classic fashion books, writing accessories, and even a poster of Kate Moss from the most recent issue of Playboy.
400 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

13. Random Accessories

77 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
The store name itself assures that everyone's tastes can be met here. Go for playful kitchen accessories like oddly-shaped ice cube trays or a New York guidebook that's sure to teach residents both old and new a thing or two. [Photo]
77 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

14. Kate Spade Saturday

152 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
The playful sister brand to the classic Kate Spade has finally opened where one of their giant touch-screens once stood. Check out their great selection of accessories, clutches, and home goods for the colorful ones on your list. [Photo]
152 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

15. Kiosk

95 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
You'll find a constant turnover of goods carefully cherry-picked from around the world. Go for function with a large wooden bowl made in Vermont or a leather coin purse, or play it up with a Finnish dart set. [Photo: Driely S]
95 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

16. C. Wonder

72 Spring St, New York, NY 10012
Expect to find a huge selection of jewelry, bags, and home goods from this cheery Soho flagship. Is your boss obsessed with her dog? Check out the doggy Fair Isle sweater or studded collar. Or stick to the season and pick up a sled—that's right, a C. Wonder saucer sled exists. [Photo: Brian Harkin]
72 Spring St
New York, NY 10012

17. Warm

181 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012
One of Racked's 38 favorite independent boutiques, Warm offers a wide range of goods for the "urban hippie." Steer clear of the clothes this time around (that's a personal matter) and check out accessories from brands like Eugenia Kim and Bing Bang by Anna Sheffield, and home goods that include the store's own fragrance and body oils. [Photo: Anna Fischer]
181 Mott Street
New York, NY 10012

18. Pearl River Mart

477 Broadway, New York, NY 10013
Find every tchotchke your giftee's heart could desire at this massive Soho store. We promise that classic tea sets, colorful sauce dishes, and paper lamps are just the tip of the iceberg. [Photo]
477 Broadway
New York, NY 10013

19. Dalaga

150 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Another one of our favorite indies is notable for its cuh-razy affordable picks. Women aren't the only ones you can shop for here, with items like roll-on oils and Made by Dalaga jewelry—check a guy gift off your list with a bow tie or beard oil. [Photo]
150 Franklin St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

20. Life:Curated

186 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Along with their awesome apparel selection (save that shopping for yourself), there's a eclectic mix of gifts for both guys and girls at easy-on-the-wallet price points. Think phone cases, dopp kits, and cat playing cards. [Photo]
186 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

21. Layla

86 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Layla describes its Hoyt Street shop as its "candy store of towels," which sounds deliciously clean enough to gift. They're also available in every. single. color. And honestly, who couldn't use an extra towel or two around the apartment? [Photo]
86 Hoyt St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

22. Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store

232 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Well, this is basically as Brooklyn as it gets. Annie's provides the charm of an old-school general store with convenient and modern offerings. Some office-friendly gifts include a peel-and-stick chalkboard, a Pendleton mug, and creative New York City and United States posters. [Photo]
232 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11215

23. By Brooklyn

261 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231