if i had some time and i wanted to not spend too much, and even if i didn’t live in brooklyn, i would head to smith street in carroll gardens for my first round of holiday shopping. in a relatively small area, definitely walkable, south brooklyn has a few good design spots plus women’s clothing and even a great toy store. my route would start out on smith street, head toward atlantic avenue and then a tour down atlantic avenue in boerum hill. when you’re done with that (if you even make it that far) you should be pretty well done.
if not, i also love a. cheng for women’s clothing in park slope (5th avenue between douglas and degraw), and the small strip on van brunt out in red hook which includes red lipstick, foxy & winston and erie basin (and some great snacks at baked). in gowanus, there’s also the (makers) maket at the (oa) can factory (3rd street and 3rd avenue) which is small, but not busy at all so quite a pleasure to roam around for a few crafty things — they had some great hats and scarves last week.
smith street and carroll gardens: i would start at environment 337 (right near the carroll street f train stop) and then walk north to atlantic avenue. i love these shops:
environment 337: best all around design gift shop (pictured up top) plus really great wrapping. you can also check out their new shop retrospect (pictured above) a few doors down. 337 smith street at carroll street, 718.522.1767.
stnky bklyn: great places for some cheese and other edible goodies (their coal treats are pictured below). 261 smith street at degraw, 718.522.7425
smith +butler: although they have some women’s clothes (see picture below) and home goods, they are a really good choice for menswear — lots of flannel shirts, gloves hats and bags and even a motorcycle or two. 225 smith street at butler street, 718.855.4295.
dear fieldbinder & bird: these relatively high-end women’s clothing shops have a great selection of blouses, dresses and jeans as well as some really excellent accessories. dear fieldbinder, 198 smith street near baltic street, 718.852.3620; bird: 220 smith street at butler street, 718.797.3774.
further along smith street there are a couple of other finds for that hard to shop person in your life, or that person who has everything but needs a little explicit brooklyn paraphernalia:
travel 001: always useful, always fun and also very excellent gift wrapping for even the tiniest of presents. 132 smith street at dean street, 718.243.0001
brooklyn industries: yes these guys are now in manhattan, but it’s affordable, decent clothing and labeled if you’re or you’re loved ones are into that sort of thing. 100 smith street at atlantic avenue, 718.596.3986.
boerum hill:once you hit atlantic from smith, it’s time to turn right and roam down atlantic avenue. starting on the north side of the street, there’s nicky’s where you can get a cheap, delicious bahn mi and then you’re right next to the best toy store ever acorn. as you wander down atlantic for a few blocks there are a great few stores plus some chain shops that have made it into the mix.
acorn toy shop: just the best toy store ever for hand made wooden, beautiful toys and a few gorgeous clothes for little ones as well. 323 atlantic avenue between hoyt and smith streets, brooklyn, new york, 718.522.3760.
layla: luxurious beddings, pillows, towels and a limited selection of jewelry and tops for women. 86 hoyt street between atlantic avenue and state street, boerum hill, 718.222.1933.
greenhouse: an eco friendly design shop. i was loving all their green glass. 375 atlantic avenue, 718.422.8631.
city foundry: an eclectic collection of mid-century furnishings. 365 atlantic avenue between hoyt and bond streets, boerum hill, 718.923.1786.
steven alan: lots of love apparently for this mini chain. i have even ordered some gloves for my mum from her. they looked pretty stylish. 349 atlantic avenue at , 718.852.3257.
across the street from these shops (and all of this is within a few blocks), still walking along atlantic, you’ll find the following:
legacy: fancy vintage women’s clothing. great selection, 362 atlantic avenue, 718.403.0090.
rico: not so good for gifts but excellent for modern furnishings and that something special for you. 372 atlantic avenue 718.797.7027.
jonathan adler: that ever present design guy. just nice to be able to get the goods in brooklyn. 378 atlantic avenue, 718.855.0017.