If you’re looking for some unique gift ideas for the oddballs in your life or if you’re visiting the Big Apple and want a few trinkets to remember your trip by, we’ve made a list of some of the more unique gift shops in New York because sometimes an “I LOVE NY” shirt just won’t cut it. 


Not your average gift shop, Obscura is known for their amazing collection of rare and exotic oddities and curiosities.  You might have seen the show ODDITIES which features the owners of the shop Mike and Evan and the array of interesting customers they encounter.  Skeletons, mummies and antique medical equipment are just some of the specialties and you are likely to find, but you never know what you might see next.  OBSCURA is not for your average shopper, more for a select audience that appreciates a rare oddity.

                                                                                                            207 Ave A

Just below 13th St.

New York, NY

(212) 505-9251


This kiosk is not your run-of-the-mill corner store. KIOSK has unique items from all over the world, and many of them are pretty practical!  We’re talking soap dishes from Germany, washi paper from Japan, and window screens from the Netherlands.  Imagine putting your Dove soap in a soap dish that’s more well-traveled than you are!

95 Spring St

New York, NY 10012

(212) 226-8601

The Evolution Store

The Evolution Store has everything a science buff would love, especially if they have an affinity for natural history.  They have beautiful bleached coral, vibrant natural minerals, and found fossils.  You can find some uniquely odd natural treasures in this store.  They even sell human skulls for a pretty penny!  (They are one of a kind.)

120 Spring St

New York, NY 10012

(212) 343-1114

Pearl River Mart

Looking for something with a little Asian influence?  Go to Pearl River Mart.  They have everything you’d want from loose tea to traditional Mandarin dresses.  It’s also a great place to get party supplies.  Those paper lanterns you wanted to hang?  Yeah, they have them.  In every imaginable color.

477 Broadway

New York, NY 10013

(800) 878-2446


Founded in France, Pylones has something to bring a smile to anyone’s face.  The perfect store for those looking for silly gifts.  They have some fantastic office supplies and desk accessories to take any cubicle from drab to fab. 

69 Spring St

New York, NY 10012

(212) 431-3244

These shops definitely have some pretty strange items in stock, but the weirder the gift the better the story, right?  Heading to New York from New Jersey?  Give yourself the gift of a ride to the city aboard a Seastreak ferry and arrive in style!  What was the strangest gift YOU’VE ever received?  Tell us on our Facebook page!

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

Filed Under: Unique Gift Shops