Gifting Gay

Knowing where to shop for presents this holiday season is half the battle.
December 07, 2012

After all that Black Friday madness at big-box stores, the importance of spending your holiday shopping dollars at local gay-owned and affiliated shops is more apparent than ever. To help keep it all in the family this year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gay shops all over town and determined what you’ll find at each locale.


720 Ninth Ave (@ 49th St),
Owner Sean Patrick Ryan (co-producer of annual Fire Island beach bash Ascension) has curated an up-tempo clothing boutique for stylish, fun-loving Hell’s Kitchen boys. He even throws parties in the store from time to time.

Universal Gear

140 Eighth Ave (@ 17th St), 715 Ninth Ave (@ 49th St),
Whether you’re in Chelsea or Hell’s Kitchen, the guys at Universal Gear are super helpful—not that you could go wrong with their selection, anyway.

Delphinium Home

353 W 47th St (btwn Eighth/Ninth Aves),
Michael Quinn, John Soroka and Gary Alaimo consolidated their several Hell’s Kitchen businesses into Delphinium Home—and they signed a 15-year lease on the space! At the combo shop you’ll find everything from greeting cards to show curtains to novelty items.

2(x)ist Pop-Up Shop

1411 Broadway (btwn 39th/40th Sts),
100% of proceeds from this pop-up undie shop, open through December 24, will go to the American Red Cross in Greater New York to help the continued cleanup in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. You can look good and do good!

Rainbows and Triangles

192 Eighth Ave (btwn 19th/20th Sts),
Out and proud, Rainbows and Triangles has been outfitting Chelsea gays with cards, wrapping paper, bags, stationary, candles and more since 1994.

Nasty Pig

265A W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves),
If you’re buying for the nasty pig in your life, look no further than, well, Nasty Pig. They’ve got an exclusive line of clothing—from gauntlets to jockstraps and everything in between— designed for and by gay men.


235 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves),
The New York retail location of Rufskin (the flagship store is in San Diego, and they’ve also got a shop in the Netherlands) is in the heart of Chelsea. Their specialty is denim, but you can get everything from swimwear to custom leather here.


231 W 19th St (btwn Seventh/Eighth Aves), 160 Ninth Ave (@ 20th St),
Two locations in Chelsea, you ask? You’ll find a slightly higher-end set of wares at the Ninth Avenue outpost of this style center.


125 Greenwich Ave (@ 13th St),
You may not be able to pronounce the name, but you will be able to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop-for guy in your life. They’ve got everything from pens shaped like tools, to a “gun mug” to Andy Cohen’s book Most Talkative.

Jonathan Adler

37 Greenwich Ave (@ Charles St),
Simon Doonan’s hubby has four home décor shops in Manhattan: this one in the West Village, a Soho spot (47 Greene St) and one each in the Upper East Side (1097 Madison Ave) and Upper West Side (304 Columbus Ave).

House of Cards and Curiosities

23 Eighth Ave (Jane/W 12th Sts), 212-675-6178
This adorable little West Village shop’s hours vary in winter months, so you may want to call ahead, but their selection of unusual collectibles, natural history items and exotica make for perfect gifts for the lovers of trinkets and knickknacks in your life.


400 Bleecker St (@ W 11th St),
Bookworms: head to Bleecker Street to hit Marc Jacobs’ store where you’ll find tomes covering art, design, fashion, music and more. Bookmarc also offers some of the merch from his now-closed Marc by Marc Jacobs shop that once stood just around the corner.


164 Ludlow St (btwn Houston/Stanton Sts),
Judson Harmon first launched Odd, the freshly minted Lower East Side boutique, as an online-only shop in January, but after seeing enormous success with the e-commerce platform, decided to open a brick-and-mortar, too. In addition to his own line of dark and brooding garments, Harmon’s shop carries brands like Skingraft, Rochambeau and others.