33 New York Gifts for the Homesick, NYC Lovers and True New Yorker
You can take the boy or girl out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of them. This selection of New York gifts will give every true New Yorker or NYC lover a feel for home, even if they’re miles away. Whether you choose a gift with the iconic skyline, a hamper of foodie delights, or clothing that will display their love for the city, it will help to ease the homesickness more than a little bit.
If you want to give a New Yorker a taste of home, spoil them with The 5th Avenue Grand gift basket. Overflowing with decadent sweet and savory delights such as Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Red Chile Peanuts, and Camembert Cheese, the hamper also comes with Cabernet and Zinfandel wines.
Every time they take a drink they will raise a toast to their favorite city with this stunning wine glass. Holding 16 fl oz, this stemless glass will arrive etched with a 360 degree opaque skyline of the city that never sleeps, including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
Give them a reminder of home whenever they’re pining for their city with this Homesick Candle. Infused with the scents of NYC – including bergamot, sandalwood, and concrete (yes, really), this soy wax candle has a 60 – 80 hour burn time and is hand poured in the USA.
The subway is as much a part of New York as the Green Goddess, and with this watch they can wear a reminder of it on their wrist. Handcrafted using actual pieces of authentic Vignelli maps, the watch face can include one of 4 landmarks or stations, including Grand Central.
New York cheesecake is in a league of its own, and nothing can come close to its flavor. The ideal host or hostess gift for anyone from the Big Apple, this rich and creamy cheesecake is topped with plump, juicy strawberries and covered in a delicious fruity compote for true indulgence.
Featuring 10 of the most memorable moments from the Real Housewives of New York, this adult coloring book will relieve stress and make them laugh at the same time. The ideal way to wind down after a stressful day, each page is blank on the reverse to avoid colors bleeding through.
With six delicious flavors in each tin, this assortment of cookies is ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth. Perfect for anyone who’s single, the smaller tin contains one of each, while the bigger option comes with two of every flavor, so is perfect for sharing (or stashing for themselves).
If the couple you know always read the New York Times over breakfast together, this book will make a sweet anniversary gift. Containing the front page of every NYT edition from their special date, from the wedding up to the present day, this book can be personalized with their names and wedding date.
The 598 pieces in this superb LEGO kit will build into an impressive NYC skyline, complete with the Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building and of course, the One World Trade Center. Measuring 10” high and 9” wide when complete, it’s suitable for anyone over the age of 12.
A great gift for anyone missing home, this t-shirt is soft, comfy, and will go with anything. Made from 100% cotton, it features a blue photographic print of New York, which lies beneath a handful of fluffy white cartoon-type clouds.
Historians and lovers of period novels alike will adore this book by Edward Rutherfurd. Spanning New York’s journey from its humble beginnings right through to the present day, this book uses both real and fictional characters to tell its story of families from all walks of life.
For something a little different, why not try this unusual New York City stainless steel laser cut map? Measuring 5” x 7”, this map adds a certain industrial chic to the home, and because it comes in its own black metal frame, it’s ready to hang, or stand on a desk.
Whether they use it to dry the dishes or hang it on the wall as a display piece, this City Dish Towel will make a colorful addition to the kitchen. Made from cotton, this towel features an all-over print of some of the city’s most iconic landmarks in cartoon style.
Add a theatrical twist to gift giving with this Broadway Gourmet gift basket. Filled with sweet sensations such as butter toffee caramels and Tropical island mix, and savory delights like white cheddar popcorn and roasted almonds, it also offers rare green teas from China flavored with spearmint and lemon myrtle.
One of the most iconic New York gifts you can give to someone is this simple but striking sweatshirt. There are 11 different color combinations available and they come in crew neck or hoodie designs, and unisex sizes from small to 3XL.
Wonderfully different and whimsical, this New York print will add a splash of color to any wall. Showing the beautiful skyline of the city that never sleeps, what makes this scene different is the plethora of colorful hot air balloons floating serenely over the monochrome city.
With the intoxicating fragrance of Nag Champa and Sea Mist, this 8oz candle smells like home. Featuring top notes of orange blossom and geranium, and base notes of patchouli and dark musk, this soy wax candle is reminiscent of rainy days and thunder in the Big Apple.
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Their love for their city will definitely go to their head when they wear this Yankees beanie. Made from ribbed acrylic for a comfortable fit, this black hat features an ‘NY’ logo embroidered in white that sits stylishly at the front on the upturned cuff.
Probably the most unusual piece of jewelry she’ll ever wear, this sterling silver ring will keep New York right where she can see it. With 4 sizes available, this ring combines some of New York’s most famous landmarks into one stunning skyline to remind her of her favorite city.
Close pores and clear up acne with this Dead Sea Mud Mask. Suitable for all skin types, this mask takes natural ingredients like Aloe-Vera, Calendula, and Jojoba Oil and combines them with Dead Sea mineral mud for a mask that gently cleans and exfoliates, while also renewing skin.
From a distance, the graphics on this light gray t-shirt look like they have a distressed, faded appearance, but look closer. With skyline graphics on the ‘N’ and the ‘C’, the letter ‘Y’ in the middle is made up of the names of some of the city’s most famous places.
Chocolate and the best city in the world: what a combination! This 12 piece chocolate square pack includes both dark and milk chocolate squares, as well as a milk chocolate pretzel bar, which are all covered in wrappers displaying some of the things New York is most well known for.
Keep their furniture safe and their memories intact with a set of cedar wood coasters. Each of the 4 coasters will be etched with a different part of Brooklyn or Manhattan (the choice is yours), and one of the four will also include the city’s name and date established.
Some city skylines are instantly recognizable, and New York’s is one of them. This pair of book ends are made from carbon steel and painted black, and encapsulate some of the city’s most iconic and beloved landmarks, from the Statue of Liberty to the One World Trade Center.
This chopping board might just be too beautiful to use, but it would also make a stunning piece of wall art for the kitchen, too. Made from bamboo, this board has been cut to the shape of the city and laser engraved with whimsical graphics depicting some of its favorite places.
If they’re hankering for a taste of home, treat them to a Katz’s Birthday Box. Packed with some of the famous deli’s best-selling items, this box will enable them to recreate two of Katz’s most beloved sandwiches – pastrami on rye, and the moreish corned beef Reuben – with black-and-white cookies for dessert.
Anyone with an interest in the transport history of the city will appreciate this nostalgic watch. With a genuine transit token from the 70s embedded in the face, this watch also uses canvas from an MTA token bag and is officially licensed by the New York City Transit Authority.
The rose is the official flower of New York State, which makes it a fitting addition to this comfortably casual t-shirt. Made from 100% cotton in a delicate cream, this tee features a single red rose where the ‘o’ of New York should be, and is available in sizes S to XXL.
1000 pieces make up this adorable New Yorker puzzle that’s recommended for ages 13 and over. ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside’ features a range of pampered pooches all wearing coats to ward off the chilly, snowy weather. Some are happy and some not so much, but all of them are impossibly cute.
These bookends might not span the East River, but they will keep a collection of books neat and tidy. Based on the Brooklyn Bridge, these bookends are made from powder coated steel and each end is individual, meaning they can hold one or a hundred and one books in place.
Fans of the Yankees will wear this hat with pride, that’s for sure. Made from cotton twill and in a garment-washed finish, this Dad hat displays the NY logo on the front for all to see. Officially licenced, this 47 brand cap comes in a vintage navy and white.
If their TV is always tuned to MTV, this sweatshirt will make the perfect New York gift. Navy blue in color and offered in 5 different sizes, this shirt bears the MTV logo with New York incorporated, and is made from a lightweight cotton so it’s not too heavy.
Nowadays it’s all contactless cards and automatic payments, but back in the day travel on the subway was paid for with tokens. This framed collection consists of five of these iconic tokens, from 1953’s 15 cents to 1995’s $1.50, and is officially licenced by the MTA.