Feel like you’re always buying a birthday gift for one of your kid’s classmates, friends or cousins? Be sure to show up to the party with something different than the norm and still in your budget by stocking up on presents at some of NYC’s unique gift shops – no trips to giant, tourist-filled, toy stores required! Here are 11 Manhattan and Brooklyn gems to browse for really special birthday gifts including cool kid’s jewelry, funky temporary tattoos and vintage toys.

Best for Budding Artists

With two locations in Manhattan (Chelsea and Tribeca), this whimsical boutique's gift items include arts and crafts kits such as Design Your Own Wood Shield, Tote Bag and Yo-Yo. New gift items include paint sets, game boxes, pull and push toys, and cube puzzles from French toy line Vilac.

My Little Sunshine
177 9th Ave., Chelsea
145 Hudson St., Tribeca

What is your favorite local shop for buying kid’s birthday gifts?

-Rachel Sokol