How to Choose Great NYC Gifts

If you’re looking for ideas for gifts that shout "NYC,"  you’ve come to the right place. Locals, visitors from nearby states, and international travelers deeply love their city. So, a gift celebrating NYC is bound to be a hit with them. They truly capture the spirit of this iconic city.

Do you have a New Yorker giftee who is hard to impress? Is your loved one a frequent visitor? Or is someone in your life dreaming of visiting soon? In this guide, we’ll help you find presents that ooze New York charm, ensuring your gift stands out as much as the city itself.

Give a NYC Gift that Is Useful Every Day

When you think of gifting something special to someone who adores New York City, why not choose something that’s a keepsake and a part of daily life? Everyday items with a touch of NYC are little reminders of the city's endless charm and practical tools that bring joy and functionality. Here are a few recommendations:

  • Drinking Glasses
  • When you get a glass etched with NYC, each sip’s a toast to the city's energy. These gifts are ideal for reminiscing about those New York moments, morning or night. Our original design is amazingly rendered using organic inks of unlimited vibrant colors, plus silver and gold. The high-quality 15-ounce frosted glass is dishwasher safe.

    A great gift set would be the Central Park drinking glasses. Perfect for anyone who cherishes the unique blend of nature and city life. Cheers and bottoms up!

  • Dish Towels
  • Think dish towels are basic? Not with NYC landmarks on them. Suddenly, drying dishes is a trip down memory lane. Do you entertain? This towel turns into the perfect conversation starter. Each of our dish towels is made from 100% hand-loomed cotton. The design is silk-screened using 12 colors (yes, that's 12 screens!), framed with a hand-stitched border, and finished with a hand-dipped rick rack.

    Get this dish towel featuring Lady Liberty. Each time your giftee reaches for it, they get a little nudge, a reminder of the freedom and hope that the Statue of Liberty stands for. Perfect for anyone who's into NYC's history or values the welcoming promise Lady Liberty holds for those coming to America. Other great options include the Central Park dish towel and the Empire State dish towel.

  • Birchwood Trays 
  • Do you have a tray with a New York City skyline or NYC subway map? It's a chic way to serve snacks or corral your bits and bobs. It’s perfect for anyone who loves New York's vibrant mix of mayhem and magic. Our trays are hand-crafted in Sweden with beautiful, sustainable Birchwood. 

    It’s as useful as it is fun! And we think it is the perfect: New York gift, wedding gift, holiday gift, gift for Mom, housewarming gift… need we go on? Don’t forget to treat yourself!

    Give a Gift Decorated with the Landmarks of NYC

    Imagine gifting someone a little piece of NYC, where every detail, from the towering Empire State Building to the sprawling Central Park, is wrapped up in a present. 

    Gifts adorned with the landmarks of NYC are portals to the city soul. They carry the essence of its iconic sites and vibrant streets. They can also transport the recipient back to their cherished moments in serene parks and breathtaking skylines. Such gifts include:

  • Embroidered Pillows
  • These pillows are like tiny, huggable pieces of art! Just imagine the Statue of Liberty or the bustling Times Square, all stitched with love and care. The beauty of these pillows? They bring a touch of NYC charm right into your living room. Allow your giftee to be the proud owner of a one-of-a-kind piece of art - an heirloom to be enjoyed for generations to come.

    Check out the Empire State hand-embroidered pillow or the Central Park Hand-Embroidered Pillow. Someone's taken the time to stitch the famous building right onto it. Pretty cool, right? It's a unique gift that blends comfy for resting and cool enough to kick off a conversation. If you're someone who loves noticing the little things that turn this pillow into a mini-masterpiece, or you're just looking to sprinkle some NYC vibe around your space, this is just the thing. It serves as a tiny homage to the big aspirations that pulse through the city, all from the comfort of your living room. 

    The Lady Liberty XL Hand-Embroidered Pillow is also a great option. It's detailed, big, and bold, grabbing your attention the moment you walk into the room—kind of like spotting Lady Liberty herself in the harbor—impossible to miss and always impressive. If they appreciate things made with a personal touch and love a good story, they're going to enjoy having this pillow around. It's a great conversation starter too, getting people talking about history, what freedom means, and the diverse mix of folks who call New York City home.

    You can personalize it, too! Just consult your local monogram shop and easily add to the back—initials of a wedding date, retirement date, graduation class, personal note, logo, and more!

  • Fine Art Print
  • A fine art print of NYC skyline is a window to a moment in the city that’s always buzzing. Imagine the Brooklyn Bridge under a golden sunset or Central Park covered in snow. These prints sprinkle a dash of New York into any room. Perfect for your friend who adores art. Or for someone who wants to add a story to their space. 

    For instance, you can get this Empire State fine art print. If you've ever looked up at the Empire State and felt a bit of that city buzz, this print’s a way to keep that feeling around in your space or theirs. The Lady Liberty fine art print and the Central Park fine art print are also great options.

    Our award-winning designs are hand-embroidered, scanned using state-of-the-art equipment, and then artfully printed on crisp, museum-quality paper—perfect for framing. Each print includes an official card lovingly signed by our Petaluma, CA, printing staff. You can also add a frame to match their home decor!

    Give a Gift that Can Be Taken on NYC Adventures

    When giving gifts to the New Yorker city explorer in your life, go for something that can accompany them on their urban adventures. Gifts designed for on-the-go use are practical. They enhance the experience of discovering the corners of NYC, from its historic landmarks to its hidden gems. Some recommendations include:

  • Zip Pouch
  • Liven up your giftee’s urban adventures. A zip pouch is stylish, and it keeps everything safe during subway rides, museum visits, and SoHo strolls. Plus, it's a fashionable way to carry a piece of the city wherever they go! 

    Spark nostalgia, hometown pride, or memories of great times at your favorite place. Perfect for birthdays, weddings, graduations, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or simply just because. 

    For example, you can grab the Central Park zip pouch. Think of it as your personal little organizer with a park-themed twist. Perfect size for your pens, makeup, or even those bits and bobs you carry around. It's for anyone who loves a bit of organization with their daily dose of nature. Handy, stylish, and full of Central Park charm, it's basically a must-have for keeping your stuff together.

    Our zip pouch is intricately woven (not merely printed) on luxe poly fabric that resists dirt, stains, shrinking, and stretching. The design and quality will blow you away!

  • Thermal Tumbler
  • Don't let the hustle and bustle leave them parched! Grab our thermal tumbler, tougher than a New Yorker’s resolve. It’ll keep their drinks hot for 4 hours and cold for 6 hours. Help them stay fresh and ready to take on anything! It also features a thoughtfully engineered magnetic closure and a non-slip bottom to prevent spills and wet marks on surfaces. Innovation at its finest. Yippee!

    You can opt for the Central Park thermal tumbler. Hot coffee on a cold walk? It's got you. Ice-cold water when it's blazing outside? Covered. Great for anyone who's into the outdoors or just loves a bit of New York green in their day. Whether you're on your daily commute or out exploring, this tumbler will keep your drink just how you like it with a dash of park magic. 

    Find a Great NYC Gift Now

    Looking for that just-right perfect gift for the upcoming holiday season? Pick out something as iconic as it is downright handy. Ensure each gift is a little bridge to those big and forgettable New York moments. We also have a gift guide to make it easier for you.

    Got a friend who's all about the NYC vibe, or someone who's counting down the days until the next city escapade? These gifts say, “Hey, I get you. And I know just how deep your love for NYC runs.”  

    Why wait to sprinkle a bit of that New York magic into your favorite people's lives? Check out our gift shop. Explore our collection of NYC-themed gifts today!