Cool, designy (and practical) travel-related goods rule here, but the inventory goes beyond the usual suspects: arty cameras, colorful wallets, and portable iPod speakers.
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Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store
Truly a general store in every sense of the term, this tiny place packs in a great variety of offbeat but incredibly useful goods: mitten clips, vintagey candy (wax lips!), and adorable kitchen timers.
Pronounced Mix-ee-pliz-ik (the name comes from a character in early Superman comics), the store is just as fun and imaginative as the name suggests. Some standouts are cartoon character kitchen utensils and a candlestick that doubles as a flashlight.
It's easy to spend a few hours combing through the six floors at this interior design mecca, but if gifts are your mission, stick to the incredible array of goodies on the first floor where Buddha figurines mix with inventive ceramic dishware, delicate jewelry, and luxe pillows and fabrics.
Helmed by '80s teen star Phoebe Cates, this Upper East Side spot fills a whippet-thin, teetering townhouse, which feels like it is inhabited by a wacky-but-chic grande dame. The case of delicate jewelry near the front is particularly strong, while the upstairs is replete with Sophie D'Hoore ballet flats and Antipast cashmere dresses.