Holiday gift shopping is in full swing. Here is a list of local businesses that offer one-of-a-kind, authentic gifts with an international flair that can only be found in the eclectic Brighton Beach, culturally diverse Sheepshead Bay and “oh, so nostalgic” Coney Island. From Russian caviar to the Uzbek dance lessons, BKLYNER has a line-up of unique gift ideas for everyone on your list!
Outside of Russia, St. Petersburg Trade and Publishing House is the largest Russian book, music and gifts store with over 10.000 sq. ft. of merchandise. The store offers authentic Russian clothing, jewelry and accessories, gifts and souvenirs, home decor and collectible items. They also carry Russian CDs and DVDs, a huge selection of books and audiobooks as well as toys and games for kids!
Whether you are looking for a gift for yourself, a housewarming present or a unique collectible, St. Petersburg Trade and Publishing House has something for everyone!
Jacobson’s Art & Frame Gallery
2624 Avenue U
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Monday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm
Friday & Saturday, 10am – 5pm
Sunday, 11am – 4pm
Jacobson’s Art & Frame Gallery is available to help you cherish family photos, preserve original artwork and decorate your home with already framed atwork and prints. They have an eclectic range of art to choose from and hundreds of art prints and any picture frame moulding to suit your style.
Kalinka Gifts is a small store that takes up a corner of Brighton Beach Avenue. But despite its small size, the place is a veritable treasure chest. The staples of the shop are Russian trinkets: matreshkas, handpainted spoons and boxes, malachite jewelry, t-shirts. But the shop also carries trinkets from all over the globe: world-famous Murano glass art, European statuettes, gorgeous clocks from Switzerland, and everything else you can possibly think of.
ToyMax At The Wave Inc. store is located in the heart of Manhattan Beach. ToyMax carries hard to find, unique, organic, Eco-friendly products for all Mommy & Baby needs. The store offers an impressive selection of radio-controlled and ride-on cars. ToyMax provides many services to satisfy their clients’ needs: store gift cards, shipping within the United States and internationally, local delivery, orders by phone, personalized gift baskets, baby registry, assembly of strollers and baby furniture, and much more.
Kiddos clothing store is an off-price children fashion retailer. They carry layette, infants’, children’s, pre-teen, and teen clothing and accessories from European designers, as well as top American brands. They have a wide variety of dress wear and sportswear for both boys and girls. In Kiddos you will find hand-picked clothing. They search through many brands to find pieces that truly reflect the essence of childhood and combine lasting quality with styles your little one will love to wear. Gift cards are available.
U-MODE is a full-service salon catering to all your hair, body and skin care needs. The amazing professionals at U-MODE have the vision, the talent, the training and the skills to give you the “wow factor” and to create a look that is unique to you.
Their spa services include facial treatments, body waxing, a nail spa, laser hair removal, permanent makeup and wedding packages. If you need preparation for an event or a relaxing day at the spa, their estheticians are ready to deliver.
Gift certificates are available.
Coney Island USA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation based in the amusement park area of the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn New York. In existence since 1980, Coney Island USA has developed and produces a number of different programs including some of New York City’s best loved summer programming, such as the Mermaid Parade and the Coney Island Circus Sideshow. Coney Island USA also operates the Coney Island Museum and produces Ask the Experts, Burlesque at the Beach, the Coney Island Tattoo and Motorcycle Festival, Funhouse Philosophers, and the Coney Island Sideshow School. Coney Island USA also produces the Coney Island Film Society and the Coney Island Film Festival in association with indiefilmpage.com
Their on-line gift shop offers a wide range of unique gifts: from Mermaid Parade T-shirts to Coney Island USA Coffee mugs and FREAK SHOW Coney Island hoodies.
iDance Studio was founded by LaUra, one of today’s most enchanting dance performers. An accomplished artist, she entices audiences into the magical world of middle-eastern music and dance. iDance Studio offers classes for kids and adults: International dance (Armenian, Azerbaijan, Uzbek, Russian), Belly Dance, Tribal fusion belly dance, Flamenco, Bollywood, Ballet basic, Ballroom basic, as well as Zumba and Yoga. Gift certificates are available.
This place is not your ordinary supermarket, in fact, it feels more like a palace. Gourmanoff has arguably the single most impressive assortment of caviar in the city outside of strongholds Petrossian and Caviar Russe. Here you will find fresh breads, great quality produce, excellent selection of meats and cheeses, delicious ready to eat items, countless assortments of teas, candies, sauces, unique cooking artisan oils, and other condiments. What could be better than saying Happy holidays with custom-made gourmet gift baskets? Contact the store for more info. Gift options start at $80.
The Holiday Gift Guide is part of BKLYNER’s series to promote Shop Local, Shop in Brooklyn. For more information email HERE.