To help with the shopping this year, the members and editors of travel website VirtualTourist.com (www.virtualtourist.com) have compiled a list of the "World's Top 10 Unusual Shops."
1. The Evolution Store; New York, New York
Despite being located in trendy SoHo, this store feels like an offshoot of the Natural History Museum; it's filled with skulls, Brazilian agate, fossils, and framed creatures. The store even has its own Entomology Department, with an astounding array of insects, from butterflies to scorpions, all available for purchase.
Amidst the coffee shops and floral boutiques, A+R fills a very specific niche on Abbot Kinney Boulevard: the design emporium. This store is filled with interesting, unique, well-designed objects - anything from the Cool Breather Carafe to bone china mugs in Pantone paint colors to Grobal Self-Watering Planters.
10. Yastik; Istanbul, Turkey
Few trends have been as popular as the ubiquitous Ikat pattern - it can be found on china, sofas, even women's clothing! Now, you can sort through a variety of original prints at Rifat Ozbek's Nisantasi showroom, Yastik (which means pillow in Turkish). There are also branches in London, UK and Alacati, Turkey.