Where to Shop Unique Gifts

November 08, 2011 | by —Christine Borges
photograph by robert figueroa
| Pursuits

The Taschen boutique at 1111 Lincoln Road

Alessi
This whimsical Italian design factory just opened a shop in the Design District. The merchandise aesthetic is clever and sleek, comprised of modern, minimalist lines and all things stainless steel—think cutlery, pots and pans, Michael Graves tea kettles, as well as a unique selection of bar and wine accessories. 4141 NE Second Ave., Miami, 305-572-2900; alessimiami.com

Base
The hip guys in your life will dig Base’s on-trend, limited-edition kicks, curated artwork, and pop-of-color timepieces, plus an outstanding music selection (think artists you’re more likely to hear at an avant-garde warehouse party than on the radio, like Fujiya & Miyagi, Osunlade, and Electric Wire Hustle). Our favorite option might be the store’s version of “audio couture,” the Album Club, which makes monthly deliveries of said music to the recipient’s doorstep. 939 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-531-4982; baseworld.com

Country French
For that gift-from-another-land feel, look no further than this South Miami furniture accessories and furnishings destination. As the name suggests, the shop offers items ranging from handcrafted soaps and candles to table linens and antiques imported from the French countryside (and beyond). 7259 SW 57th Ave., South Miami, 305-661-0159

Design Box Home Boutiques & Interiors
Founded by Miami-based interior designer Herbie Parets, this full-service home design studio handpicks its finds from all over the globe. Look for artifacts such as old nautical compasses, rustic folk art statues, and textured antique glasses and jars. 3049 Fuller St., Coconut Grove, 305-644-9400; designboxinteriors.com

Nest
This Lincoln Road home furnishings and accessories showroom retails everything from hand-blown glass vases to vintage mosaic coffee tables. You’ll also find a well-curated selection of top lines such as Missoni Home. An everchanging in-store photography exhibition (everything’s for sale) features prints previously seen in Vogue Italia and Vanity Fair. 1020 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-672-9611; nestcasa.com

STND/OHWOW at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach
The aqua-hued Rafael de Cárdenas-designed hotel shop housed within The Standard Spa, Miami Beach is a great stop for the discerning art lover. You’ll find international magazines and art books, as well as accessories such as Hring wood carved rings, Baron Von Fancy bow ties, Chen Chen marble bracelets, and myriad handpicked items. 40 Island Ave., 305-704-3927; oh-wow.com

Taschen
Specializing in large—sometimes absolutely massive—limitededition hardcovers, the experts at Taschen can suggest how to expand any refined coffee-table book collection. Some of the rare finds include an autographed copy of Helmut Newton’s Sumo, which comes with a Philippe Starck table, and GOAT: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali, replete with a Jeff Koons sculpture and four photos signed by “The Greatest” himself. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-538-6185; taschen.com

W Hotels The Store
As tasteful as a shop-within-ahotel gets, The Store has a little bit of everything: Think Moyna beaded clutches, one-of-a-kind druzy agate and vermeil gold necklaces from local designer Cimber Designs, quirky Eugenia Kim hats, and plenty of cutesy tech gadgets such as Moshi Moshi Pop phones. W South Beach, 2201 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-938- 3010; wsouthbeach.com

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