Not all of the shops on this list are sprawling stores teeming with variety. Some, such as Popchart lab, do one thing and do it well.
Popchartlab just makes novelty charts of fictional beers, hip-hop names, super powers and other seemingly trivial matters, but they load them with enough research and design savvy to make them must-haves for geeks of various distinctions. Those charts began as prints ($15 to $90), but occasionally they work just as well as beer-variety pint glasses ($12), fruit-and-vegetable tote bags ($25) and cheese chart cheese wheels ($36).They're a great way to fill out the lists of esoteric friends with a robust, bar-trivia knowledge of wrestler names, Nintendo Entertainment System games and sneakers, but they're something only small portions of the country can get their hands on at this point. The West Coast is out of luck, as gifts had to be ordered on Sunday to ensure Christmas delivery. The middle of the country missed its chance to order framed prints, but can still get housewares and apparel until Tuesday. The East Coast really lucks out, with everything still available through the Wednesday and housewares and apparel a go until Thursday. If you're in the New York area, Popchartlab will be at the Union Square market through Christmas Eve.
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