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The I-Love-Bodegas Gift Guide

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

For presents with uptown flair, look no further than The Curious Uptowner's holiday gift guides rolling out every Monday this holiday season.

Last week's featured objects with a touch of "Harlem"–yes, literally.​​​​​​

Up next? Back by popular demand, gifts for those on your list obsessed with bodegas–a familiar-but-disappearing sight across Upper Manhattan and other fast-gentrifying parts of the city.​

These handcrafted, high-low bonbons from Harlem Chocolate Factory deliver three classic bodega snacks–potato chips, candy (in this case, caramel) and Coke–in an elevated package. (To order a box with just one flavor, make sure to specify that in your order.)

Artist M. Tony Peralta wears his uptown love on his sleeve–and on the other clothing, accessories and pins he decorates with humorous designs reflecting his neighborhood's spirit.

The spunky Bronx Native shop in Mott Haven has all sorts of covetable tops and toppers that let you express your love of the borough, including this graphic bodega tee, which comes in a range of fun hues.

Add bodega vibes to your laptop with these colorful stickers that proclaim your love for your favorite spot to get a cup of coffee and a snack.

If you're a cat lover and don't yet follow @bodegacatsofinstagram, an endless stream of felines reposing on everything from store shelves to ATMs, consider this your introduction. Soon enough, you'll be wanting one of the account's signature totes and tees.

​The particular bodega that inspired this sheer pink lip balm from Williamsburg jewelry shop Catbird is a place "to grab seltzer, coffee, a (probably overripe) avocado, a dozen roses"–plus there's a cat, of course.

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