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


Uh oh, everyone. It’s that time again…. holiday shopping season!

Are you buying gifts on a budget? Do you know a history lover, a die-hard New Yorker, or someone who seems to just have everything? We’ve got ideas–thirty of them, to be precise. Check out the first installment of the Tenement Museum’s list of the 30 Best Holiday Gifts for 2013, available right here on Orchard Street, online, and on our Pinterest page! The best part? Your purchases support the Tenement Museum’s tours and programs!

Mova Globe: $140 – $360

The world’s most advanced globe, the MOVA globe rotates silently and is inspired by the Earth itself.  It requires no power cords or batteries, only the light of your home or office.  Available in four sizes and numerous striking finishes, you can select the perfect MOVA globe for the globe-trotter on your list.

Banned Book Matches: $9.99

Got a radical reader on your list? These matches are perfect to illuminate even the most incendiary literature. The set features Slaughterhouse-FiveThe Adventures of Tom SawyerBlack BeautyFahrenheit 451 and Song of Solomon.

Chicken Bag: $32.00


It’s mathematically impossible that you don’t know someone who would love this Chicken Bag. This vinyl bag won’t get damaged in the rain and is sure to start some clucking among the recipients’ friends.

2014 Rifle Cities Desk Calendar: $16.99

Skip the hot air balloon and take a trip around the world without ever leaving your desk. Every month will be a new adventure for your travelling friend with this beautifully illustrated calendar.

Dear New York I Love You Tote Bag: $24.99

 Does someone on your list carry their love of New York with them at all times? Then this bag is just right for them! This canvas tote is perfect for taking lunch to work or a book to Central Park.

Hanukcats: $9.95

Hanukcats is a book of traditional Jewish songs made specifically for cats. It’s purrfect for the cat-lovin’ ladies and gents on your list.

Cubebots, (Natural wood or Multicolored) $8.00 each

Kids today have transformers; kids in 97 Orchard had wooden toys. Cubebot is a beautiful mix of the present and the past. His wooden body and elastic skeleton allow him to take many shapes, and then fold up into a cube when he’s ready to be put away. He’s sure to be a hit with all the kids on your list.

Personal Library Kit: $16.99

Do you have a friend or relative with an impressive book collection, but when it comes to loaning out the books, they can be a bit miserly? The Personal Library Kit can help them to spread the knowledge with a fun, vintage look! The kit includes good old-fashioned library circulation techniques so you can borrow as many books as you like. Just watch out for those late fees!

 Brownstone Tea Towels (Red and Blue): $16.95 each

New York City kitchens are small, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be fashionable! Brooklyn artist  Claudia Pearson’s designs will add a little charm to your favorite foodie’s cooking space. The 21″ x 32″ towels are 100% cotton.

Salt & Peper New York Landmarks: $27.95

Is your foodie friend more into skyscrapers than brownstones? Don’t worry, we’ve got those too! These silver plated salt and pepper shakers are in the shape of iconic New York City landmarks – the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. You could say they’re like the salt and pepper of the skyline, essential to adding flavor to the city.

These ten fantastic gifts should have jump-started your holiday spirit and gift giving imagination. We’ve got these and countless other gift ideas at our museum shop at 103 Orchard Street and at our website. Check them out, and stay tuned for part two of our Holiday Gift List for 2013!

– Posted by Lib Tietjen