best gift shops in USA

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Armani Casa 979 Third Ave., Ste. 1424, btwE. 58th a E. 59th sts., 334 1271. The Italian fashion house extends its creative energy to home and interior design, offering furniture, fabrics, accessories, lighting and ornaments. E12

Barclay Rex 75 Broad St., btw S. William 8, Beaver sts., 962 3355; and two other NYC locations. Since 1910, this family owned tobacco shop has been serving Manhattan with signature cigars, pipes and humidors.

Commonwealth Limo 49 29 30th PI., Long Island City, Queens, 1 866 770 1677, common wealthlimo.com. Luxury chauffeured transportation throughout the New York City metro area offering a variety of vehicles, such as stretch limousines and executive vans that can seat up to 13 passengers.

E Z Pawn Corp. 200 W. 14th St., btw Seventh & Eighth aves., 242 7296; 1878 Lexington Ave., btw E. 116th & E. 117th StS., 828 0200; 5415 Fifth Ave., btw 54th & 55th sts., Sunset Park, Brooklyn, 1 718 567 7296; and five other NYC locations.

Sure, New York City is known for its cutting edge clothing stores, but many a savvy fashionista also patronizes places carrying older merchandise: the vintage, resale and consignment boutiques around town that offer gently used or never sold items from seasons past. Far from dusty thrift stores, many of these shops are as sleek and chic as their new merchandise cousins, with neatly ordered racks and dressing rooms; others offer a bit more of a cluttered, grandma’s attic experience, though the clothing itself is always clean.

Like its one of a kind merchandise, each store (p. 51) has its own special character. A Second Chance (above) is strong on jewelry and accessories from European labels such as Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Within the tastefully decorated confines of Roundabout New and Resale Couture, you might recognize the Michael Kors sweater or Louboutin pumps you nobly resisted buying at full price last year. All the labels that Upper East Side ladies love think Donna Karan, Bill Blass and Ralph Lauren can be found at Michael’s Consignment Shop, a bi level veteran that also offers bridal gowns. Allan 8i Suzi, by contrast, specializes in funky, glittery party and play clothes. At M.A.D.

indir (1)Vintage Couture, the collection stretches back into prized pieces from the 1950s that look surprisingly contemporary.

So, whether the aim is to score designer duds at a deep discount, have a second chance to buy the coveted handbag that sold out last summer, indulge your inner Jackie 0. with a smart 1960s sheath or just stumble across something unique, the appeal of shopping at vintage stores is as varied as the shops themselves.

goezpawn.com. Visitors can exchange items, including musical instruments, computers, PDAs and more, for cash at this trustworthy personal loan center.

Evolution 120 Spring St., btw Mercer & Greene sts., 343 1114. Natural history enthusiasts, as well as decorators, enjoy the museum quality ephemera and collectibles in this shop.

Michael Aram 136 W. I8thst., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 461 6903 ext 221. The housewares from this American designer range from cocktail and tabletop accessories to decorative bowls and scented candles.

Independently owned serving New York over 25 years.

Michael C. Fina 545 Fifth Ave., at 45th St., 1 800 289 3462. A destination for bridal jewelry also purveys formal china, barware and accessories for the home and bath.

Muji 16 W. 19th St., btw Fifth & Sixth aves., 414 9024; and two other NYC locations. The Japanese company produces environmentally friendly and innovative personal and home items, such as pens and furniture.

New York Design Center 200 Lexington Ave., btwE. 32nd & E. 33rd sts., 679 9500, nydc.com. Close to 100 showrooms occupy this 16 floor hub for traditional and contemporary furniture and other interior design elements, such as lighting, floor covering and fabrics.

Porsche Design 624 Madison Ave., at E. 59th St., 308 1786, porsche design.com. The sturdy yet sleek collection of products includes stylish apparel, such as premium denim for men and women and women’s limited edition leather biker jackets, as well as durable luggage and sporty timepieces.

Scully & Scully 504 Park Ave., btw E. 59th & E. 60th sts., 1 800 223 3717. Specializing in accessories and furnishings for the well appoint ed home, from footstools and antique reproductions to china, crystal, silver and gifts.

Starbright Floral Design 750 w. 28th St., 2nd ft., btw Sixth & Seventh aves., 1 800 520 8999, starfior.com. Over 500 types of flora, including rare and unusual blossoms, as well as an assortment of chocolates and gift baskets. Event planning is a specialty. Shipping available.

Stella 138 W. Broadway, btw Duane & Thomas sts., 233 9610. A collection of luxurious textiles, including Egyptian cotton, linen and down bedding, loomed wool and cashmere blankets, terry and waffle towels and hand embroidered silk pillows, plus home accessories, fragrances and items for babies.

Sustainable NYC 139 Ave. A, atE. 9th St.

254 5400. Local, green gifts, including handmade soaps, organic cotton T shirts, journals and other products. D18

Tender Buttons 143 E. 62nd St., at Lexington Ave., 758 7004, tenderbuttons nyc.com. This shop is filled with an array of old and new fasteners for both men and women, including European couturier and blazer buttons. Shoppers also find a selection of decorative objects and antique and period cuff links.

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