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Santa’s Helpers

Each holiday season we push to find the ones we love something even better than the year before. To help in the search, we’ve noted a few boutiques where exceptional items are always on offer.

Frédéric Malle’s Madison Avenue boutique offers luxurious gifts to delight the senses.

John Derian Stores
This East Village lair is filled with European and American 17th century-influenced home decor items. Bursting floor-to-ceiling with the kind of special items that one can only hope to slowly gather for your home: furniture, quilts, seashells, Moroccan poufs, stationery and the ever-popular wrapping paper. Check here when shopping for the person who has everything. DETAILS 6 E. 2nd St., 212.677.3917,

Love, Adorned
Tucked away in Nolita sits a paradise of spectacular items from handpainted porcelain skulls and vintage textiles from Africa to artisan designer jewelry for tastes ranging from edgy to more delicate. December fills the store with their most celebrated and cherished items for holiday season gifting. A great place for the “wow” gift. DETAILS 269 Elizabeth St., 212.431.5683,

Wendy Nichol
At Wendy Nichol, craftswomen on premise sew remarkable handbags for a fresh-out-of-the-oven feel that you wouldn’t get anywhere else. The eclectic accessory store is layered with standout leather bags, Art Deco-influenced tasseled satchels, modernized leopard prints and retro hoop earrings. Perfect for gifts from one chic New York City woman to another. DETAILS 147 Sullivan St., 212.431.4171,

Partners and Spade
A veritable toy store for men, Andy Spade’s boutique is far more stylish, but just as fun. From unusual art and book collections to instruments and bicycles, you’ll have to see it to believe it. DETAILS 40 Great Jones St., 646.861.2827,

Frédéric Malle
Parisian with a modern verve, laced with visual simplicity and luxury, Parfums Frederic Malle looks more like custom-made liquid art. Shop here to impress the fancy femmes on your list. DETAILS 898 Madison Ave., 212.249.7941,