If you still haven’t found the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, don’t fret! We’ve compiled a list of awesomely Untapped gifts for urban explorers and NYC enthusiasts!
A beautiful tribute to New York City, Mapping Manhattan is a collection of hand-drawn maps compiled by Becky Cooper. Cooper walked the length of Broadway handing out blank maps with the outline of Manhattan and asking people to draw in their associations of the city. The book includes maps by prominent New Yorkers (and non-New Yorkers who love the city) such as David Chang of Momofuku and Vahram Muratyan, creator of Paris v. New York: A Tally of Two Cities.
Hidden Cities: A Memoir of Urban Exploration by Moses Gates
Moses Gates is an urban explorer known for getting into off-limits observation decks, burrowing into catacombs and intrepidly walking all of New York City’s census tracts. So you can be sure his book, Hidden Cities, is full of fascinating information about urban discovery.
Photo Credit: All You Can Eat Press
The New York Doughnut Map was All You Can Eat Press’s first publication and it definitely makes for a fun gift. The pamphlet includes information about donut history and thirty-five donut shops in New York City. All You Can Eat Press also has a New York Ramen Map and a New York Burger Map for dedicated foodies.
Gay For America’s t-shirts give the ultimate stamp of approval. Available for men in S, M, L and XL and for women in XS, S, M, and L. You can also get Gay for Bacon, Gay For Mustache, Gay For Beer and Gay For This t-shirts. Gay For America donates 10% of its profits to the Trevor Project.
Illustrator David Cessac created this special edition drawing for the one year anniversary of his column A Few Parisians. The print measures 11″ x 17″ and ships from Paris. You can see a video about the making of this drawing here.
Local Roots works with local vendors making delicious food by hand in small batches. They have a range of holiday gift bags, from the $25 Stocking Stuffer with chocolate covered graham crackers, jam and hot honey to the $125 bag that contains hot chocolate shavings, chocolate covered graham crackers, Bloody Mary Mix, hot honey, jerky, beer pretzel caramels, granola, hot sauce, jam, and a cheese board packed in a Local Roots NYC Reusable Bag. Be sure to order by tomorrow and your gift bag will be ready for pickup at Local 61 in Brooklyn on December 18th.
At $5.50 each, these little decals make great stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. They come in a variety of cute designs, from Pac Man to the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to order soon if you want to receive them in time for Christmas!
Give this to somebody on your list with a sense of style. Cases are available for the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, 3g and 3gs. You can also get this illustration as an art print, notecards, iPad case, t-shirt, tote bag and mug on Society6. Check out Kit Mills’s stylized street style illustrations mapped out on Pinterest and read Kit’s column, The Art of Style.
The Downtown Doodler did this New York landmarks drawing for our logo and now you can put it up on your wall. This print measures 10” x 8” with a quarter inch white border for your framing needs. It is a black and white giclée art print on 80# linen paper. Each print is signed, numbered and dated on the back by the Downtown Doodler. Also check out her Paris landmarks print.
In addition to historical signs, highway signs and replicas of street signs, you can create your own customized street signs from the D.O.T. These make fun gifts for kids and adults alike!