Best Place to Buy Gifts on a Budget (2008)

Pearl River Mart

Dont be discouraged by the ceramic rooster and the I [Heart] NYC mugsthere are treasures to be found at Pearl River Mart, a Soho variety store with tons of Asian wares. On the first floor, past a small, unimpressive selection of clothing, there are shelves packed with beautiful ceramic bowls painted with cranes, dragonflies, and intricate floral patterns; sushi sets complete with chopsticks and sauce dishes; and colorful cast-iron tea kettlesall ranging in price from about $12 to $60. If youre looking for a more unique gift, youll find decorative wood birdcages for sale in the back, starting at $20, and a few silk dragonfly kites for around $15. On the lower level of the store, past the indoor waterfall and the requisite Jackie Chan tapestries, there are plenty of practical items made whimsicalfor example, a $4.50 pig-shaped hand-charged flashlight (no batteries needed), perhaps the ideal birthday present for your uncle with the basement packed full of emergency supplies in case of a blackout, tornado, or Armageddon. For the aunt who regularly misplaces her eyeglasses, get an EyeBod, a little man-shaped eyeglasses stand. For your roommate whose incredible baking skills make up for her Mario Lpez posters in the living room, a ladybug kitchen timer ($7.95). With so many cheap and fun household goods for salefrom kitchen knives to beaded curtains and gongsyoull probably end up leaving with at least one gift for yourself.

Location Details

477 Broadway
New York NY 10013
800-878-2446

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