13 Gifts Every New Yorker Needs in Their Life

Photo of Julia Goicochea
9 January 2018

A unique lifestyle requires products to match (think: a smart bike helmet, ticket stub scrap book, and an inflatable hoodie pillow). Whether you’re shopping for a New York City neighbor or for yourself (no judgment here), here are the 13 products every New Yorker needs.

Inflatable Travel HoodiePillow

New York is a city of cosmopolitans, meaning travel is an important part of many locals’ lives. When you’re escaping across the country (or just making the schlep to Queens), you’ll be glad to have the Inflatable Travel HoodiePillow, made from premium sweatshirt material, for comfort, convenience, and some diva-approved privacy. Snag yours while you can at STORY’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ collection.

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Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds

Never let ‘show time’ ruin a ride again with the Bose QuietComfort 20 earbuds. A commuter’s savior, these Wirecutter-recommended headphones are noise-cancelling, as comfortable as they are stable, and sleek in appearance—everything an on-the-go New Yorker (so, all of them) could want.

Lumos Helmet

The bikers-versus-drivers debate is fierce in New York City. Give your favorite cyclist the gift of safety with the Lumos Helmet. As the name suggests, this illuminating innovation uses smart technology to connect your bike’s brakes and turn signals to helmet display lights, making your road warrior’s intentions clear to those dastardly drivers.


Breuer Cold Brewer

Imagine how much you’d save by giving up your daily $6 cold brews. Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting the New Yorker in your life forego their favorite pick-me-up but instead source their java a little closer to home. With the easy-to-use Breuer Cold Brewer, your favorite caffeine fan (or you, we won’t judge) can unleash their inner barista to enjoy the joe they like at a price they’ll love.

Ticket Stub Diary

New York City’s entertainment scene is unforgettable—at least, it can be with this Ticket Stub Diary. The vintage-lover in your life will enjoy memorializing each museum trip, saving every sporting event, and commemorating any concert with this old-school album dedicated to preserving pleasure.


Seamless gift card

Everyone from dorm-dwellers to Wall Street workers uses Seamless, New York’s number one food delivery service. Make life a little easier (and tastier) for Dad, your roommate, and everyone in between with a Seamless gift card sure to suit any tastes.


Blue Apron subscription

Or, give a delivery guy some rest with these at-home cooking kits. New Yorkers’ cooking skills (or lack thereof) are a running joke around here. A subscription to Blue Apron can change that with easy-to-assemble gourmet meals delivered straight to your door. With the ability to accommodate any dietary restriction, Blue Apron will make any New Yorker love eating in— really.

Blue Apron | © Louise Ward/Wikicommons

Zojirushi Stainless Mug

This product comes recommended by The New York Times as a perfect pick for commuters who value ‘five more minutes’ over a balanced breakfast. Made of stainless steal with a non-stick coating, the Zojirushi Stainless Mug keeps liquids like coffee and bone broth piping hot for when you eventually make it to your desk. The well-reviewed mug itself will run you just $25, but the gift of more sleep? Now, that’s priceless.

EcoVacs Deebot N79

After living with the EcoVacs Deebot N79, you’ll forget how your home ever functioned before it. Maid service without the weekly fees is the real reward of this wifi-connected robot vacuum, which takes care of low-pile carpet, hardwood, and more floor surfaces so you can see your security deposit again. Affordably-priced at just $200, this mini-maid provides major results with minimal effort.


Osprey Packs Skarab 18 Hydration Pack

A backpack designed with hikers in mind may appear impractical for city slickers, but hear us out. Built for moderate-length hikes, the Osprey Packs Skarab 18 Hydration Pack will withstand any element, features convenient panels to keep your belongings accessible, and feels durable yet light for long-distance travel, everything you never realized you needed from your go-to bag in New York City.


Citi Bike Annual Membership

Every New Yorker could use an annual membership with Citi Bike, the city’s best bike-share program. A one-time fee of $163 earns you unlimited 45-minute rides around the city for an entire year, meaning you never need subject yourself to ‘train traffic’ again.

Citi Bike | © Oran Viriyincy/Flickr

Washington Square Watches

Leave late arrivals to the New York City subway with a timeless (no pun intended) wristwatch from Washington Square Watches. This local business knows New Yorkers’ time is valuable and creates straightforward, and more importantly stylish timepieces to reflect that.


Manduka GO Play 3.0 Yoga Mat Holder

Snagging stylish active accessories is half the battle to become your healthiest you (or, at least a version of yourself who isn’t on first-name basis with more than one food delivery guy). This yoga mat holder by Manduka features weather-resistant fabric, large storage pockets, and a customizable hold, making it an ideal workout companion for the on-the-go New Yorker.

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