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Holiday Gift Giving, New York Style! Part Two of the Tenement Gift Guide


Welcome back! Have you gotten all your shopping done after our Holiday Gift Guide, Pt. 1? Of course you haven’t! Here are a few more great gift ideas, perfect for dads, doormen, domestics, and all your darlings. These gifts range in price and style, but they are all awesome, and all available at our bookstore and online!

Blue Q Socks (many types available): $9.99 each

Sometimes it can be difficult to tell our friends and relatives what they really mean to us. Thankfully, the Tenement Museum has you (and your friends’ feet) covered. We have many styles of Blue Q socks, with fun messages on them, so you can tell everyone on your list what you really think of them! Give the “You’re Not Obsessive, You’re Compulsively Awesome” socks to your best friend, or the “You’re Not the Boss of Me” to your boss (who is, in fact, the boss of you).

The Daily Mood: $9.95

Perhaps this is a gift that you should get for yourself. Yes, Facebook statuses, Tweets and Instagram selfies are great for telling your social media cloud how you’re feeling that day, but that doesn’t stop your pesky, perky co-worker from bouncing right up to you on the days that you’re feeling grumpy. Give her fair warning the Daily Mood; 47 moods to choose from, each with a snarky definition and smiley (or not-so-smiley) face.

Kosher Kards Spread Good Schmear: $12.95

‘Tis the season of good schmear, so check out these notecards shaped like everyone’s favorite Jewish foods! The cards are perfect to adorn Hanukkah gifts, wish someone mazel tov on the New Year, or just to say shalom.

Snow Day Puzzle: $17.95


Sometimes the best gift of the holidays is the time spent with family, trapped indoors by the frigid snowdrifts outside. This 500 piece jigsaw puzzle, featuring a 1984 New Yorker cover titled “Snow Day,” offers hours of  indoor fun.

Bashful Reindeer: $18.95

Bashful Reindeer can be a bit shy, but he’d love to meet the little ones on your list this season. Soft, warm, and cuddly, this guy will be a friend all year! And if you know kids who prefer stuffed friends of the avian persuasion, the Museum also offers a Bashful Penguin who is just as cute–and a better swimmer!

Deluxe Surprise Balls for Christmas or Hanukkah: $16.99

Unwrap these to discover over 11 different prizes that include vintage style toys, charms, gemstones, candies, quotes, good fortunes and more! Great for Hanukkah and as a stocking stuffer.

NanoBlocks NYC Chrysler BuildingEmpire State Building, and Statue of Liberty (not pictured): $29.99 – $44.95

Three of New York’s most recognizable landmarks are now small enough to fit on a desk… you just have the build them first! These NanoBlocks are great for engineers, historians, skyscraper lovers, kids who love playing King Kong, and everyone in between.

Tree Tops: $12.99

Tops are one of the oldest toys humans ever made – keep this tradition going with these whimsical treats. Both in the shape of and made of evergreen trees, these tops are designed by Karl Zah. They make great statement pieces and can help to distract hungry guests in the last few minutes before dinner.

Utility tools, Pen Knife and Multi-tool: $27.95- $35.95

New Yorkers need to be prepared for any situation at any time, and a good pocketknife or leatherman tool is absolutely necessary for those daily tasks like fixing IKEA furniture, hanging pictures, snipping loose threads, and opening wine. While the box says “Gentleman’s Hardware,” let’s not pretend that ladies don’t do their share of the heavy lifting around the house. And most of the bug-killing, but that’s another story.

We think these gifts will cover just about everyone on your list. And if you’re a last minute shopper, don’t worry – we’ll be back next week with another round of gifts!

Posted by Lib Tietjen