If you know Egan Day, the jewelry store on 16th Street, then it will come as no surprise to you whatsoever that the spinoff boutique, Egan Rittenhouse (inside the Rittenhouse Hotel, just off the Square) is filled with the most exquisite, dreamy things. (I have long believed that owner Kate Egan has the best taste of anybody in this city — she’s all about refined and beautiful, but never too serious or pretentious.) In short: I’m a big fan.
The reason I’m gushing here on Wee about this place is because I’ve failed to note before that Egan Rittenhouse has a tiny but wonderful selection of special gifts for babies and young kids. We’re talking colorful baskets and blankets; artsy, clever little books (a counting book using Alexander Calder art; a book about opposites using art from Ellsworth Kelly); hand-carved wooden animals; Playsam racing cars; gorgeous M. Crow children’s chairs; the sweetest felted Little Lamb mobiles; velvety soft bibs and baby towels that stand out from the norm. And more. So next time the usual Buy Buy Baby registry routine isn’t what you want, you might consider a browse here. (PS. There are so many beautiful non-baby gifts, too — Rodin lotions and vases and fresh flowers and hand-painted tableware … you’ll love. And because the place is also a flower shop, it smells like a garden. It’s transporting!)