There’s nothing quite like holiday gift giving to spark anxiety. What do you get the person who has it all? How do you find something that won’t get regifted or leave the recipient wondering why you hate them?

But fear not, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up our favorite suggestions from .nyc retailers to bring an original, local spin to your Secret Santa shopping.


For the over 21 beer lover:

Evil Twin Brewing

You’ve got two options for this nanobrewery creating delicious beers. Head to one of Evil Twin’s locations—you can find their main taproom in Ridgewood, Queens, or a satellite post in DUMBO—for a beer tasting. They collaborate with breweries throughout the city, so even the pickiest beer drinker will find something they like. Or you can skip the in-person time and instead send a special someone a beer or drinkware straight to their door.


For the young at heart:

The Seaport

If you want to spend quality time with someone during the holidays, there’s no better place than The Seaport. Not only are there tons of eateries and shops to choose from, but now until January 7, Disney’s The Santa Clauses’ Winter Wonderland has taken over The Rooftop at Pier 17.

From a rooftop skating rink to hot chocolate and seasonal drinks to dinner in a private cabin, there’s no better way to enjoy the season’s magic.


For the coffee enthusiasts and people who hate mornings:

Café Grumpy

We all have that one person who can’t get started in the mornings before they have a cup of coffee (it might even be you). Gift that person (or yourself!) a coffee subscription to help them get through 2024. You can choose the type of coffee and delivery frequency, and Café Grumpy’s expert roasters will send them a fresh blend. Plus, the first delivery comes with a Grumpy’s mug to enjoy the brew in.


For the guy who has it all:

The Perfect Jean

Out with the khakis, in with the perfect jeans! This label with tens of thousands of 5-star reviews boasts some of the most comfortable jeans in all different styles. The jeans come in all different washes and the company offers free shipping and free returns in case your sizing is off. Finish it off with one of the super soft tees or hoodies that even the most fashionable guy will love.


For the person who likes to stand out in a crowd:

East Village Hats

Hats are a bit of a lost art form, but modern millineries are bringing them back. East Village Hats is led by Julia Emily Knox, an expert in the trade. You can buy hats off the rack or, for something really special, have them custom-made. East Village Hats offers gift certificates so that the recipient can choose their own style—or gift them a hat class, where they can learn to make anything from a turban to a felt hat or headdress.  


For the person who prefers plants to people:


Give your green-thumbed loved ones the gift that keeps on giving with a fresh new plant from the folks at Rooted. They’ve made it easy to find the right one, letting you choose by plant type, occasion, space, or even subscription—or make it easy with a gift card. With plant accessories, resources, and planters, it’s a one-stop shop that’s sure to please even the fussiest plant lover.