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NYC gift guide 2015: International ideas from Pearl River, From Russia, Tea and Sympathy and more

From Mexican guayaberas to Russian shawls, New Yorkers can buy pretty much anything from around the world without having to leave the city.

It's like the metropolis has become one global market, open to shoppers at any price point. And while the latest trend is toward consolidating products from one country in entire markets, like Eately, some of the most interesting foreign-produced goods are only available at small shops with American Dream ambitions.

So say hello to the world and check out these seven international gift ideas that you can get without needing a passport.

Teapot (British)

Tea & Sympathy is a restaurant that has
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Tea & Sympathy is a restaurant that has been serving up British fare and pots of tea from their classy Greenwich Avenue storefront for 25 years. They also run a shop next door where you can buy British goods, like this teapot, which makes for a splendid gift in the winter when most people are looking to brew up something to keep them warm. The shop also has its own line of teas. Teapot, $65; teas, $10.95 each. Info: 110 Greenwich Ave.,

African drum (Senegal)

Here's a gift idea for the musician in
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Here's a gift idea for the musician in your life: A handmade African drum from Keur Djemba Africa Drum Shop in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Owner Ibrahima Diokhane makes the drums himself, either when he is in Senegal or in Brooklyn, using materials like goat skin and Dimba wood from West Africa. You can also get traditional sculptures, like the monkey pictured here, as well as masks and other goods. Drums, $25 to $300; monkey carving, $150. Info: 568 Union St., Brooklyn,

Guayaberas for men; ponchos for women (Mexico)

Huitzilli -- the name means
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Huitzilli -- the name means "hummingbird" in Nahuatl -- is a Greenpoint, Brooklyn, shop that specializes in Mexican imports. Open since 2007, store owner Emily Cantrell says some of their bestsellers include guayaberas, traditional men's shirts, and ponchos, for women. They sell a variety of styles of each. Pictured: short-sleeved guayabera, $78; "peruana" poncho, $130. Info: 624 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn,

Children's slippers (China)

Pearl River Mart, the beloved Asian department store
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Pearl River Mart, the beloved Asian department store in SoHo, should be a top destination for anyone seeking stocking stuffers this holiday season. Store president Ching Yeh Chen recommends these slippers, which are specially made for the store in China and come in a variety of colors and sizes. Prices vary, starting at $12.50 for children's sizes. Info: 477 Broadway,

World food tours

Give the gift of international cuisine for the
Photo Credit: Joe DiStefano

Give the gift of international cuisine for the holidays with a world food tour in Queens with Joe DiStefano. You may just end up having food at a Hindu temple, tofu at a florist shop or even at a traditional restaurant. Taste Sichuan noodles (like the family from Antwerp pictured above in 2014), Thai chicken or Tibetan momos. Tours also include shopping stops, so you can stock up on Himalayan handicrafts or even Hindu comics. $65 to $75 for group tours; $95 for personal tours. Info:

Pavlovo Posad shawls (Russia)

The Pavlovo Posad scarf has been called the
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

The Pavlovo Posad scarf has been called the "trademark" Russian textile and is sometimes referred to as the "Babushka" scarf. It has been produced for decades by the same centuries-old firm near Moscow, in wool, cotton and silk. From Russia, the fourth location of the Saint Petersburg Global Trade House located on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, has an entire range of scarves on sale. They have names like "Roses in the snow" and "Delight." Perfect for the mom in your life. Around $97. Info: 261 Fifth Ave.,

Ceramic sushi set (Japan)

Pearl River Mart doesn't just sell products from
Photo Credit: Cristian Salazar

Pearl River Mart doesn't just sell products from China. They also carry a mix of items from other Asian countries, like India and Japan. They also have a large selection of ceramics, including sushi sets like this one. Prices vary; pictured, $55.50. Info: 477 Broadway,


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