The minute Daily 235 began by selling Kismet chewing gum and the daily papers. Now whether it's Japanese caramels packaged to look like red and white dice or orange and yellow vinyl pencil pouches, the limited number of objects keeps the selection quirky, not kitschy. Pick up an Egyptian cat eraser or a box of beautifully packaged chocolate cigarettes from Holland, tuck in a pair of old-fashioned bubble ponytail holders, add an orange Rhodia notebook, and your holiday shopping is done. For hedonists, there are Votivo candles, soap, and incense, and a tantric yoga calendar. Next year in nirvana.
You're in a hurry to get to a party, but you're a creative lad or lass, so bringing wine or flowers simply won't do. That's when it's time to stop in at Daily 235, a small, brightly colored wonderland of gifts that's heavy on the kitsch, oddball gags, and zany treats ("Frenching" gum, squirting cigarette lighters, astronaut ice cream) for all your fun, clever friends, but also stocked with sophisticated pleasures like French soaps, orange Rhodia notebooks, and scented candles for your more... More »