Shopping for someone who appreciates things that improve with age? Start at Pelham’s multi-dealer Accents on Antiques (in keeping with the spirit of the season, all purchases benefit Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital). “Choose from jewelry, artwork, fine china, and crystal stemware, plus such quirky items as actual locker-room lockers,” says manager Marie Cartelli. Or head to the Rivertowns for two fab shops: Tarrytown’s Pretty Funny Vintage offers a cozy-yet-sophisticated array of kitchenware, jewelry, and clothing. “We transform the shop during the holidays with vintage ornaments, etched martini glasses, and warm wool blankets in plaids and stripes, plus our regular collection of 300 strands of vintage pearls,” says owner Stephanie Leggio.
If there’s a music aficionado you want to surprise, Hastings’ Clockwork Records NY specializes in ’60s-to-current underground hardcore, punk, and metal releases. It also offers intriguing out-of-print collectible vinyl and hard-to-find, limited-edition releases. The perfect gift for your favorite bibliophile — you know, the one who would never dare read on a Kindle, let alone an iPhone — is easy to find at Peekskill’s Bruised Apple Books. You’ll find a selection of about 50,000 used, out-of-print, and sometimes truly rare books, plus maps, records, and CDs.