Back to NYC....there was a lot of shopping on our trip, many pilgrimages to the must-see stores that we've heard about for years. Most shopping was more of an "inspirational" nature than actual "purchasing", but I don't really think that taking something home is always necessary to fully enjoy a shop.
FAO Schwartz...I actually loved this store. I thought that it might be "just another toy store" but it was really so much more special. Everything was sort of a more wonderful version of what you usually see -- bigger, prettier, more creative.
Bed linens packaged in brown paper tied with ribbon.
Finally, the Strand...I walked in & felt "they know me"...18 miles of books...this place, there were purchases...