Shop Report: Fill-R-Up in New York City

A dear friend whom I met through blogging, Issa Mas, invited me recently to a holiday gift preview she was hosting at Fill-R-Up, a beautiful boutique in my neighborhood. Win win for me! Fill-R-Up specializes in high-quality personalized gifts for just about anyone on your gift list, and welcomes shoppers both at its Upper East Side location and also from just about anywhere worldwide at its retail site online. Owner/mom Amanda Poses- who also maintains a Fill-R-Up outpost in the Hamptons- showed us some of the most popular gift selections.

Lots of savvy shoppers turn to Fill-R-Up for high-quality personalized baby gifts. You can customize a baby basket with a la carte items, or select a pre-made basket and add personalization. The set of 3 embroidered burpcloths in a basket ($43.25) in a basket is one of their most popular baby gifts. For older kids, check out this only-in-New York The personalized children’s yoga mat ($52, top of photo) is another great straight-from-NY gift. Or how about a personalized hoodie ($39; sizes 12-18mos to 8)?

With the holidays around the corner, Amanda showed us some unique hostess gifts and teacher gifts at variour price points (Fill-R-Up can be a pricey store if you’re not careful, but I’ve chosen some more affordable products to share with you). Can’t-go-wrong choices include cosmetic bags (starting at $17.50) and personalized stationery gifts including monogrammed clipboards ($38) or sticky note cubes ($40).

Another classic Fill-R-Up gift is a personalized canvas tote ($40). Year-round, this gift works for just about anyone- and you can fill it with extra goodies from the store if you wish.

Now for the piece de resistance…we fell hook, line, and sinker for this “Santa Pants” wine bottle holder ($16). Yes, even the most been-there, done-that NYC bloggers thought this was the cutest holiday gift they’d seen all year. E-mail or call the store (1-866-fillrup) to order it pronto for a holiday gathering.

There’s lots more to browse either at the store (197 East 76th Street, between Lexington and 3rd Avenues, NYC) or online. Obviously, shipping deadlines are an issue with personalized gifts, so call ahead (212-452-3026) if you’re unsure; one of the benefits of shopping at Fill-R-Up is that Amanda and her team of experts will give you an unmatched level of customer service and help you choose just the right gifts in time (or you can always opt for a gift card if time is tight).

Many thanks to Issa Mas and Amanda Poses for including me at this holiday preview!

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