After becoming a rising retail star as a buyer for Bloomingdales and Barneys New York, Grace Kang resolved to follow her passion for gifting and opened her first Pink Olive boutique in NYC’s East Village in 2007.Her mission was to “inspire giving and beautiful living,” and the business has since expanded to 4 other charming brick and mortar stores, including one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. With her eye for unique objects that are beautiful, innovative, inspiring and thoughtful, Grace has filled her shops with beautifully curated gifts for little ones to loved ones, make the gifting process super easy, fun and attainable. Here are her suggestions for gifts you can give to every type of New Yorker out there.
The brand new New Yorker
Little Words Project “breathe” bracelet. The idea behind these bracelets is to choose a word to focus on – something you need to be reminded of – and then to wear it as a daily reminder until you meet someone who you feel could use it more than you, and then you pass it off. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the city, a new New Yorker needs to be reminded to take a moment to stop and breathe and enjoy the crazy bustle.
The cooking enthusiast
Host cookbook from W&P Design co-founders Eric Prum and Josh Williams, based out of Williamsburg. From intimate weeknight dinners to festive large-scale gatherings, Eric and Josh show how to be a better host with inspired-yet-approachable recipes and advice for creating delicious meals and unforgettable experiences all with an eye towards how people eat and drink in today’s urban centers.
The working parent
Seeing Flowers tote bag. With busy schedules and always going from one thing to the next, having a beautiful tote bag with an inspirational quote to remember that there really is beauty all around is the perfect practical gift.
The pet lover
Cat Tea Towel by Gingiber. Great gift for any cat lover!
The artsy museum-goer
“Wild Was the Wind” mounted print by Brooklyn based artist Kristiana Parn. Often inspired by the northern forest of her youth, Kristiana captures New York in a whimsical way where woodland animals inhabit the waking and dreaming worlds.
The one that lives in Williamsburg
Brooklyn Bridge framed piece by New York photographer Ciaran Tully. Ciaran’s exciting work magnifies our hopes for new york and how this vast network of buildings, bridges, tunnels, taxis, bodegas, pizza joints and subway stops paints our own experiences so completely. Makes for a beautiful gift for anyone’s apartment, and is a special piece to take wherever you go next.
The coffee addict
You Are Loved mug. Coffee addicts can never have too many mugs and everyone needs to be reminded that they are loved.Visit any of Pink Olive’s shops today or find all these items online. If you visit the Williamsburg shop near Common Marcy and Common Havemeyer, then send them our love.
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