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Best Gift Shop New York 2011 - A.I. Friedman

A.I. Friedman

A.I. Friedman

44 W. 18th St.

New York, NY 10011


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It's an art-supply shop at first glance, but A.I. Friedman boasts terrific gifts for everyone. Sure, painters/sculptors/mimes (why are you friends with mimes?) will delight in the drawing boards, craft kits, and endless varieties of paint mediums in stock, but this vast space also sells gorgeous picture frames, scrapbooks, laptop bags, furniture, artisan greeting cards, and more. The sales are constant and impressive, the staff is remarkably helpful, and the store is so clean and beautiful that it inspires all sorts of generous goodwill. If nothing else, buy your friend an easel and with it, your full permission to follow the muse. 44 West 18th Street, 212-243-9000, (10003)

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