5 not so obvious stores to buy souvenirs in New York City
Every trip creates memories, right? Whether through pictures – which are the best way to remember – or through the things that we end up buying. Some weeks ago I was super sad because I forgot a jacket that I loved on a bus – and it was one of my favorite jackets, which I bought on my trip to Paris in 2012. This kind of souvenir is so good, right? And, of course, we can not forget the classic souvenirs! Traveling souvenirs are an addiction and totally justifiable when you love a city a lot, right? But how to get away from the classic keychains, pens and mugs? Well, today I’m bringinf for you 5 stores that have nothing obvious souvenirs! They may not be the cheapest souvenirs – but they are certainly perfect if you wanna gift yourself something different! Or even to give it to that special person.
Laline – it is a brand from Israel that offers a complete line of bath and body products. The products are cruelty-free and packaging is recyclable. Laline is famous in Israel, with over 100 stores across the country as well as international locations. The brand invites customers to leave behind routine and use the products to give themselves a moment to connect body and soul. One of the highlights is the New York collection, whose products – hand creams, exfoliators, body lotions – have a special illustrated packaging, with city icons and famous touristic places, like yellow cabs and Statue of Liberty. Prices start at $15 – check out the products here.
Address: 1535 Broadway.
Story – Set in a 2000 square foot store, Story is a retail concept that takes the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery and sells things like a store. That means every four to eight weeks, Story completely reinvents itself -from the design to the merchandise – with the goal of bringing to light a new theme, trend or issue. You will find a lot of different NYC theme products, like books and cards. Check out the details about the store.
Address: 144 10th Ave.
Papyrus – Is a stationery network, with several locations in the city. And the stores usually have special New York-themed products such as cards, calendars, journals and books, as well as mugs, decorations, and even gift or craft paper. Even if you are not looking for souvenirs, the shops are a real paradises – you know how it is, stationery always ends up enchanting! You can see some products here.
Urban Outfitters -Urban Outfitters is a super cool chain. The stores have a whole different concept, and they sell not only stylish clothes, but also decor items, cosmetics and even vinyl records! This year they launched Urban Outfitters Souvenirs, an exclusive collection of products that have as theme cities such as San Francisco, Miami, Los Angeles and, of course, New York. There are backpacks, patches, T-shirts, mugs … all with a design quite different from those classic souvenirs, you know? On this link, you can have an idea about products and prices.
Addresses: click here to check out all the locations.
Too Cool for School – Too Cool for School is one of the most sought after brands in South Korea. Dedicated to quality and creativity, the brand brings together the latest beauty trends with a diversity community of experimental artists. I suggest you the Dinoplatz collection, that offers a lot of products such as blush, powder and concealer, with packaging designed by Hatori Sando – he illustrated several buildings and icons of New York City, like Empire State and Flatiron. I am sure that you’re not gonna throw away the packages. Check out all the products and prices.
Address: 292 Lafayette St.
Laura Peruchi is a Brazilian blogger, author, and entrepreneur. She has lived in Manhattan with her husband since 2014. Since then, she has shared on her blog varied content about the Big Apple. From travel tips, including unusual things to do, shopping tips, etiquette, restaurants, and a lot more, her blog has become a reference in Portuguese (also available in English) for anyone planning a trip to New York City.