12/21/15 9:56am
A hat that says "movies" on it will help your cinephile friend show the world she loves movies

A hat with “movies” written on it will help your cinephile friend show the world she loves movies

Chances are, you have at least one movie obsessive on your gift list. You know the type. Whenever you plan a movie outing, she’ll only go if it’s showing at Nitehawk. His cat’s name is Roger (after Ebert). When everyone on your Facebook feed was rooting for the Mets he declared “I’m #teambunzo.” (What does that even mean?) Don’t bother asking the cinephile on your list for clarification on The Gift they’d like the best. They’ll just think you’re asking them to choose between the Sam Raimi and the Joel Edgerton films by that name. Instead, simply rely on the recommendations from these local experts we have rounded up for you. And if you can’t find them on the 25th to give them their gift? Don’t worry, we know where they’ll be. Seeing the new Tarantino film at the closest theater showing it in 70mm. (more…)

12/16/15 1:31pm
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Run them yules fast/Run them run them yules fast

Oh to shop for the music nerd in your life. There’s so much music and music-related stuff out there, and if you choose the wrong thing for your friend, she’ll smile and thank you, but you’ll see the pain in her eyes for having to say that thanks for a boring mainstream thing. Avoid that problem by grabbing any one of these awesome gifts from the people who know music and call themselves your neighbors. You might not be able to thank them personally, but they don’t do this for the glory.
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12/14/15 12:11pm
A Roy Lichtenstein scarf will keep your fashionable friend both warm and popping with color all year

A Roy Lichtenstein scarf will keep your fashionable friend both warm and popping with color all year

Everyone’s got that friend who seems like she’d be more at home strutting down a runway than trudging to a 9 to 5. Without having a direct line to Anna Wintour’s brain, it might be hard for you to figure out what to buy this smarter Zoolander for the holidays. Fortunately for you, we reached out to some of the most stylish people in Brooklyn what they think you should get your pretty friend to keep him looking great next year.
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12/11/15 10:48am
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A Vaya bag is the kind of stylish and useful gift that a cyclist will go gaga for

Everyone’s got that friend, that one friend, who never takes the subway and never takes the bus and never takes a cab, because she’s got her bike. Maybe you even are that friend. That’s cool, we’re also that friend. If you’re shopping for someone like her or us, you should pick up a cool useful piece of bike hardware. What to get though? We went straight to the source and asked other Brooklyn bicyclists for the perfect gift to keep your cyclist friend rolling. Any of these might make him so happy he offers to ride you around on his handlebars for a week. (more…)

12/09/15 10:50am
Saga is an especially great gift to massage the egos of freelancers who love to read

Saga is an especially great gift to massage the egos of freelancers who love to read

Got yourself a friend who’d rather curl up with a good book than come out with you on a drunken adventure? Everyone’s got one, and while you might sometimes worry that their social tendencies lean more towards agoraphobia than a genuine love of literature, you shouldn’t just give them anti-axiety meds for Christmas. That’s rude. Instead, take the advice of these brilliant literati who were nice enough to suggest a few gifts that will make a book worm happy when you hand it to him. (more…)

12/08/15 12:57pm
A jazz album from a man who knows nothing about jazz is definitely funny. What else is though?

A jazz album from a man who knows nothing about jazz is definitely funny. What else is though?

It feels like we’re living in a golden age of comedy in the city, or rather, you’ve got a friend who keeps saying that to you. How could you make her happy this Christmas? Go beyond a simple gag gift and get her a gift that a comedy fan can study like the Talmud, or at least mine for a bunch of laughs. Don’t look to us for those gifts though, instead look to these awesome Brooklyn comedians who we found to give some gift recommendations. (more…)

12/07/15 12:20pm
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Help your friend take her latkes to the next level with spreads from Mouth Foods

All year, a friend of yours has cooked everyone excellent meals, asking nothing in return other than maybe doing some dishes every now and again. And while they’d never ask you to, we’ll ask on their behalf that you give him something nice. To help with that, we asked some of our favorite excellent food folks to let you know what your food-focused friend would love to see under the Christmas tree or in the UPS woman’s hands this holiday season. Grab your friend one of these and who knows what excellent meals might greet you next year. (more…)

12/19/14 2:01pm
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If you’re wondering what to get a foodie for Christmas, one of our experts says pick up Mike’s Hot Honey. via Facebook

Foodies are notoriously difficult to shop for if you’re not a foodie too. Are they into baking? Butchering? Do they even have room in their kitchen for a potato ricer? Facts like these are crucial so that you don’t end up buying the chef in your life their third microplane. To help you out, we’ve asked three rising stars on the Brooklyn gastronomical scene for their recommendations to help you improve the kitchen of your favorite chef. (more…)

12/17/14 1:19pm
Your fashionista friend loves selfies, so surely she'd be head over heels for a selfie pillow from

Your fashionista friend loves selfies, so surely she’d be head over heels for a selfie pillow from Aelfie

Sometimes the most fashionable people are the hardest to shop for. What do you get the girl that’s always on top of the latest trends, snagging the best accessories quicker than you can say, “sample sale”? Fear not, ensembly-challenged. Here are three fashion experts on what to get the sartorially savvy person in your life. (more…)

12/16/14 10:25am
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Your cinemaphile friend would appreciate Santa bringing her an IFC Center membership. via Flickr user Carlos Lowry

Happy holidays, Brokelyn shoppers! It’s time to show your broke cinemaphile friends how much you appreciate them and shower them with gifts. Instead of taking wild guesses from us, let us introduce you to four talented actors, directors, and filmmakers in Brooklyn to tell you what to give to the film nerd. You could give them tickets to the most thought-provoking films and performances. But really, what film nerd to you know that is not secretly an aspiring filmmaker? Give them a mix of things to watch and tools that enable them to create a film that you will watch. (more…)