Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Shop the Season: Miniatures

Rachel Z from the executive office shows us her favorite picks from the Holiday Shops at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park.

Maybe it's because I loved dollhouses as a kid, but I've always liked tiny versions of normal-sized things. They don't take up much room on an overstuffed bookshelf or messy desk, and they can make you smile on a dreary day. Perhaps they are best known by the Yiddish word for tiny (largely) useless things: tchotchkes.

In addition to selling ornate pocket watches and beautiful watch-necklaces, Yunka Mini Clocks (kiosk A3) has many figurines that have charmingly-incorporated clock faces. There are so many different options! For my sister the shutterbug, I chose this camera clock.
It's an analog clock built into a 'digital camera,' the perfect combination of old and new.

Sticks N' Stones (kiosk H5) is another destination for lovers of the diminutive. There you'll find a variety of nature-themed paperweights and delicate terrariums. They have the tiniest cacti I've ever seen, which are encased in glass and attached to a cord. 
They would make lovely tree ornaments, or just nice window hangings for a sunny kitchen. 

JapanWave (kiosk L2), located just south of the Christmas Tree, sells all types of Japanese crafts and products. They stock many miniature wares, my favorite of which were these minimalist wooden animals. These guys make great gifts--rendered simply in blonde wood and black paint, they won't overpower the decor of the recipient's apartment. They're also age-appropriate for both kids and kids-at-heart.
It was hard to pick a favorite, but that hippo on the bottom shelf was calling my name.

They say good things come in small packages, and from what I've seen at the Holiday Shops this year, it's true.
Weekdays, 11am - 8pm
Saturdays, 10am - 9pm
Sundays, 10am - 6pm

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