Park Slope Heaven Gift Guide 2020

It’s officially the most magical time of the year and along with Christmas trees on every corner and mulled wine in every mug comes the art (and science) of gifting. I thought it may be fun to pull together a Park Slope Heaven Gift Guide, with an emphasis on brownstones, local businesses, NYC / Brooklyn themed gifts, and general 2020 survival. Here it is, if you’d like to see it!

In true Park Slope Heaven fashion, first on the list is the cutest brownstone ornament. (I have this and can confirm it is the cutest.)

Blown Glass Brownstone Ornament from West Elm | Shop it here.

Next up are all things cozy for the long, cold nights of a quarantined winter. Think scented candles and books from local bookshops (like Community Bookstore in Park Slope or Books are Magic in Cobble Hill). Better yet, how about a book that takes place in Brooklyn, this one or this one? (PS – Books are Magic has a monthly book subscription!)

New York City Candle from homesick | Shop it here.
Brooklyn Escapist Candle from Brooklyn Candle Studio | Shop it here.
A Good Marriage by Kimberly McCreight (it takes place in Park Slope and is a very fun read.) | Shop it here.
Cobble Hill by Cecily von Ziegesar | Shop it here.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Such a classic! | Shop it here.

How about something nice for their desk, like a cozy mug or a new plant? Tarzian Hardware and Planted Park Slope both have great options locally, and The Sill is perfect for someone out of town! (For fresh flowers, check out ZuZu’s Petals, Wild Union Florals, and Brownstone Botanical.)

“you are loved” Mug from Pink Olive | Shop it here.
Hand Lettered Brooklyn Mug | Shop it here.
Tarzian Hardware has a great selection of plants. | Shop it here.
Planted has awesome plants, too! | Shop it here.

The 2020 holiday season means even more time indoors. Here are a few activities that would make great gifts!

Faux Stained Glass Kit from Private Picassos Art Studio | Shop it here.
Pearlescent Watercolor Pan Set from Private Picassos Art Studio | Shop it here.
City of Dreamers Puzzle from New York Puzzle | Shop it here.
A Crochet Kit from Argyle Yarn Shop | Shop it here.
Louise’s Gift Basket from Pasta Louise | Shop it here.

For most of us, more time at home means more cooking. This is a great year to surprise your list with a few fun things for the kitchen, like this New York City Apron from Gift-Man or this Cookbook / Tablet Stand from Lucky Rubber Ducky.

Let’s not forget our local artists! Here are a few cute prints from NYC-based artists.

Brooklyn Brownstone Watercolor by Gwen Meyerson | Shop it here.
Favorite Things in the Catskills by Lindsey Frances | Shop it here.
A Tree Blooms in Brooklyn by Charlotte Noruzi | Shop it here.

And an ode to public transportation for the busiest New Yorkers on your list…

MetroCard Ornament | Shop it here.
Fun subway socks from the NY Transit Museum | Shop them here.

We can’t forget about the pandemic puppies of Park Slope Heaven…

Welcome to the Family Dog Kit from Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store | Shop it here.
MetroCard Dog Toy | Shop it here.
NYC Taxi Dog Toy | Shop it here.

(Or this pigeon, lol.)

You can’t go wrong with a gift card to their favorite restaurant (how about Stone Park Cafe, al di la Trattoria or Convivium Osteria?) or holiday treats from a local bakery, like Butterly Bakeshop or Ladybird Bakery.

And last but certainly not least, how about a 2020 survival trophy? We made it!

2020 Dumpster Fire Wood Ornament from Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store | Shop it here.

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