2020 DTBK Holiday Shopping Guide - DBP Staff Picks!

This year, keep things local + shop from these DBP - recommended businesses!

December 09, 2020

For our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide we consulted the experts in everything local, and here’s the result - a smashing hit parade of DBP staff recommendations! Whether you’re participating in a Secret Santa, sending gifts via mail, or just want to treat yourself, our guide is sure to be of excellent use for your 2020 holiday shopping.

For the fashionista

“Hate Has Been Cancelled” Hoodie, $65
2020 was not the easiest year, but this “Hate Has Been Cancelled” hoodie from Da Spot NYC makes us feel better about humanity and our place in it. All of Da Spot’s merch is one-of-a kind, its founders are from Brooklyn, and their items are made by local Black artists and designers.

lululemon Align™ Pant II, $98
Perfect for both fitness and casual (WFH) purposes, this lululemon yoga pant rates high on the comfort-o-meter and is recommended for its weightless and buttery soft feel.

Stay Trendy + Safe

Thumbs Up Face Mask, $13.50
Show a loved one how much you care about their health and safety by giving them this washable triple-layered face mask, available in three sizes from The New York Transit Museum Store.

Kid Face Masks by Brooklyn Illustrator James Yang, $12.00
And if you’re getting a mask for a little one, check out the ones sold by Brooklyn Public Library — they’ve got masks designed around Peter Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Little Red Riding Hood!

For the Book Lover

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, $27
Getting lost in a book is a great way to unwind and leave 2020 behind. A (relatively) new release about two girls who run away from home at the age of sixteen, The Vanishing Half comes highly recommended. Get it at The Center for Fiction bookstore.

A Promised Land by Barack Obama, $45
President Barack Obama writes about his transformation from a young man in search of his identity to that of the free world’s commander-in-chief. You can find this New York Times-bestseller at McNally Jackson Books.

Help Save our Restaurants

The restaurant industry is amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 shut downs. In the spirit of the season, here’s a few things we can do to provide some support to our local eateries:

Give a gift card. It’s a quick and easy way to bring joy to your friends and family while supporting the Downtown Brooklyn restaurants you love, and many restaurants offer digital cards.

Order takeout. ‘Tis the season to hunker down and cook, but aren’t cold dark days inside made so much brighter with takeout? Order a meal directly from your favourite eatery. Tip big if you can, and don’t forget to leave a positive Yelp review!

Here’s a full list of Downtown Brooklyn’s food + beverage spots. Enjoy!

For the Coffee Lover

12 oz. bags of coffee beans, $17
You can never go wrong with good coffee from Devoción! Get a unique blend of honey beans, infused with flavors like orange blossom, caramel and a hint of eucalyptus. Or, try the “Wild Forest” bag, with wild berries, cherry, agraz, cocoa butter, and caramel.

Special Edition Fellow Carter Travel Mug, $40
And while you’re at it, why not this staff personal favorite travel mug from, also from Devoción? This special edition mug is engineered entirely around the devoted coffee drinker and includes features like a tapered thin lip and a heat-lock double wall vacuum.

Virtuoso + Conical Burr Grinder, $278
The entire staff has their eyes on this beautifully designed grinder from Coffee Project NY, featuring up to 40 steps of adjustment for their coffee to be just the way they like it.

For Artists of All Ages

Kid Made Modern Painting Essentials, $35
Young artists will love this painting essentials kit by Kid Made Modern, available at CAMP. It includes 30+ pieces, including watercolors, brushes, and more — perfect for any budding artist looking to explore the world of painting.

Studio Designs Fusion Center, $129
More experienced artists might want something more advanced, like this dynamic drafting table sold at Blick Art Materials.

Geeks are sure to love these…

Love Coffee Mug, $12
Give the bookworm in your life this white mug from The Shop at Brooklyn Public Library that reads “The only thing I love more than coffee is the library.”

Redbird Train Tea Towel, $14.95
History and transit buffs will absolutely adore this tea towel from New York Transit Museum, which comes printed with an image of the historic Redbird train that was operated by the Interborough Rapid Transit Company back in the 1960s.

Give good drinks

The Special Ale ESB
Just the thing for wintry days inside. Circa Brewing Co. sells their brews in crowlers, as opposed to growlers. (Crowlers, the fill-to-order cans, are replacing growlers, the reusable brown glass jugs, as the preferred way for local breweries to package beer to take home.) Get this for a friend when you order in food this holiday season.

Depanneur Wines - Wine Club 3-pack, $70/month
Give the gift that gives all year long! With this monthly subscription from Dépanneur Wines, you’ll get a curated selection including a red, a white, and either rosé or bubbly. Get new arrivals first and some wine club exclusives. Sign up for 6 months and receive 10% off in-store purchases.

Grimm prose poem, $14.99
Support a favorite local store and a Brooklyn brewery in one go b this foeder-fermented sour ale, flavored with mango and passion fruit. This drink from Brooklyn Beer Barrel pairs well with snacks and board games for a cozy night in over the holidays.

Satisfy the sweet tooth

Gummy candy, $12.99 - $29.99
One staff member whose roommate has a sweet tooth will be hitting up IT’SUGAR on Court Street. Last year’s gummy bear making kit from the store (which end up being messy but a lot of fun) was such a hit that for 2020 there’ll be big boxes packed with an assortment of gummy bears, and perhaps even a giant 3-pound gummy worm.

Santa’s Bakeshop Box, $34.99
Give a loved one some strawberry-and-whipped-cream-topped cheesecakes, drizzled with white chocolate and accompanied by chocolate brownies — from Edible Arrangements.

Gifts for the home

Essential oils, $12 - $22
From sweet jasmine to citrus lemon, the medicinal properties of Rain Africa’s essential oils can be used as massage mediums or burner oils.

Naturally-made citrus + lime candle, $18
This all natural candle, made by a woman-owned Brooklyn-based business and featured on Da Spot NYC, comes beautifully packaged in a gold tin — all the better for gifting!

Avocado Vase, $50
Instead of throwing out your avocado pit, save it and grow a plant using this handblown avocado propagator by UrbanGlass.

Arts + Culture

The Center for Fiction membership
Become an annual member of the Center for Fiction and enjoy discounts on bookstore purchases, event tickets, reading groups, writing workshops, and more!. Members can also reserve library books for onsite retrieval and return on our first floor.

BRIC House Membership
Members of BRIC’s House Membership get first glimpses at upcoming events and gain access to BRIC’s exclusive programming and year-round activities, including the annual BRIC JazzFest, monthly poetry slams, and much more!

Mark Morris Dance Group class
The Mark Morris Dance Group has launched a series of live classes to ensure the joy of dance continues online for our global community. Children, teens, adults, and families can enjoy a range of classes, from their home to yours.

Holiday Markets

The Holiday Village at MetroTech Commons
Downtown Brooklyn now has an outdoor holiday market! The Holiday Village @ MetroTech Commons is a curated open-air retail market in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn celebrating local artisans. Open 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM every Thursday - Sunday until December 24.