Unique Gifts From Russia with Love

Unique Gifts From Russia with Love

Earlier this week, I took a trip to Saint-Petersburg Global Trade House. And, I have to say, anyone looking for unique gifts this holiday season—or any time, really—should definitely check it out. An offshoot of the flagship Brighton Beach, Brooklyn location, the spacious two-floor Flatiron District shop is a veritable showcase of Russian and European-produced merchandise. While there, visitors can find pretty much anything and everything—from Matryoshka, or Russian nesting dolls, in both traditional and novelty characters to hand-blown glass ornaments, Imperial porcelain with beautiful patterns, wool shawls bursting with color, cozy Russian fur hats and more. I was especially taken by the large display of Gzhel—blue-patterned porcelain produced for hundreds of years in a Russian village of the same name. The No. 1 item on my wish list, however, is a charcoal Samovar—essentially a large teapot that would permanently end my lazy practice of boiling water in a microwave. A number of Russian movies, children’s toys and books (including Russian translations of English titles, rest on the second floor. For more information, click here or visit the shop’s Facebook page.

Photo Credit: Saint-Petersburg Global Trade House

 

 

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