My how the time flies when you’re scrambling for gift money. In case you missed it or still haven’t done your shopping yet (C’MON!), review our entire guide to great local gifts for less than $25. From ninja bread men and fancy simple syrups to bubble wrap calendars and chocolate bacon pancake mix, there’s something for everyone here. We’ll see you a bit next week and will be back in full after the New Year. So be good to each other and have a happy holidays from all of us here at Brokelyn and, of course, your new favorite Brooklynites, the 2 Broke Girls!
OK, you’ve waited this long and what did you really expect? Spend the next 11 months thinking about how you should plan ahead next holiday so you’re not left short on Christmas eve. For that one last person on your list, here’s what you do: grab ‘em after brunch, throw on your preferred blues or greens and head over to Brooklyn Bowl to watch the high-stakes Giants/Jets matchup at 1pm (what the
Post Daily News! called “EVE OF DESTRUCTION.”) Your $25 will get you each a two beers (maybe bring a few extra bucks for tip) or an eight piece pack of that famous fried chicken. And you can also bowl for free from 12-2 (with free shoes too)! Drinking + football + throwing a heavy ball at things = a great pre-holiday stress reliever.
Scented soap may not seem like the very height of gift-giving originality, but it’s really nice to have a stack on hand as a hostess present or to give out to the ladies when you’re on the hook for a crowd. And the fragrances from the Red Hook soap and flower shop Saipua are just delish: beautifully packaged, bright, fresh, vibrant, yum. The $10 bars come in Lavender Oatmeal, Peppermint Pumice, Winter Citrus, Salt Water, Mango Butter, Coffee Mint and more. Saipua is open today until 6 and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to noon at 147 Van Dyke St., conveniently located for that last-minute Fairway Run. The squares are also on sale for $12 at A. Cheng at 152 Fifth Ave. in Park Slope, which is open until at least 5 on Christmas Eve.
Pop Chart Lab’s mission is simple: to render all of human experience in chart form. Don’t know why we haven’t heard of, or partied with, this book editor and graphic designer in DUMBO before, (or maybe we have) but their posters are smart, goodlooking and still able to be delivered to Brooklyn tomorrow. Choose from the Titanic Taxonomy of Wrestler Names, the Insanely Great History of Apple or the Periodic Table of Heavy Metals, (from AC/DC to Zyklon), all $25. Or go for “Very Many Varieties of Beer” because it comes with a chance to win 200 beers — one of every brew featured on the poster if you order by Dec. 31. Your only dilemma then will be to give them to the poster recipient or bogart them for yourself. (Your secret is safe with Brokelyn, as long as you invite us.) Order here. Beer giveaway details after the jump. (more…)
If you’ve been ogling our famous Brokelyn logo t-shirts but haven’t made your move, here’s a little extra motivation: order by 2 p.m. EST today, (Wednesday, Dec. 21) and your Brokelyn t-shirt will be on its way to a stylish loved one by Christmas Day.* Plus you get 20 percent off, today only, so shirts are only $16 (normally $20.) Loads of colors and styles for both men and women. Check ‘em out in our Brokelyn Apparel online boutique and order yours today. Right now even.
* While we’re not swearing to this in blood, the USPS says today is the last day to send Priority Mail for Christmas Day arrival. And when have they ever been wrong?
The final Scott Pilgrim volume was released last year, ripping a manga-shaped hole in the heart of many comic fans, especially those who love self-aware, irreverently twee action/adventure. But the smart folks at Bergen Street Comics turned us on to something that will help fill the void for the comic fan on your list: Johnny Wander, a collection of one-page strips featuring the adventures of a group of friends entering the post-college world, from the point of view of comic-obsessed reluctant adults (who are fully aware of the Scott Pilgrim comparisons, btw). The just-released second volume will ring familiar: it’s a journey through the odds and odder ends of living in Brooklyn (where creators Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota now live), taking on cat care, fanboy shows at Trash Bar, the joys of the street furniture and the horors of the dreaded “Subway Fingers” (pictured left). Told through the overly dramatic emoji of manga comics, it’s instant chicken soup for anyone feeling the urban blues.
$15, Bergen Street Comics.
You’ve been reading lots of gift guides here, from gifts for foodies, gifts from Pinterest and gifts under $25. What about when you don’t have $25 to spend? Like, when you’re down to pocket change? Our friends at Brooklyn Based did some comprehensive scouring of 99 cents stores to find things you can actually give. The cool finds include painted carafes, cheap pots, margarita glasses, some “flesh colored, squishy boobies with hard pink nipples, as fun to hold and squeeze as the real things,” and much more. Put the right bow on it and no one will even know you shopped at a store with the price in the name.
‘Tis the season, to drink and eat. This nifty gifty can help you do both, deliciously, for only $11. Brooklyn-based company Royal Rose makes some pretty incredible infused simple syrups. With flavors ranging from Cardamon-Clove and Three Chiles to Rose and Lemon-Lavendar, your gift can make anyone a master mixologist in no time. Or just encourage them to make you more drinks. A bonus cocktail recipe from Royal Rose Syrups below!
Brooklyn has a well-documented pro-mustache bias, with all our grooming competitions, events where mustaches are the party favor and, of course, our own one-and-only mustache ride. But this holiday, even the facial folliclely challenged can get in on the instant maturity status that comes with a mustache — even if you’re just using it to drink your chocolate milk. This set of six GammaGo Stache Straws clip on to your drinking device and are dishwasher safe and reusable, so you can add some panache with your stache over and over again. Then it can be Movember all year long!
In today’s edition of under-$25 holiday gifts: a pretty vintage-inspired frame necklace from Cog & Pearl. Why did this pendant make our rigorous present-review process? It’s a whole lot of necklace for $22, Brooklyn gals of all ages and style persuasions will dig it and it’s romantic without going overboard. Plus it’s made by Brooklyn Rehab, one of our local Etsy favorites for a few years running now. Buy it online or at Cog & Pearl, Park Slope’s whimsically curated gift shop, 190 Fifth Ave. at Berkeley Pl. Park Slope, 718-623-8200.
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