NATURAL CURIOSITIES

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In New York, weird comes in all flavors. From the elaborate get-ups of Chelsea club kids to the avant-garde displays of Lower East Side performance artists, you never quite know what you’re going to see, which is why the city is the perfect spot for a shop like Evolution. Ostensibly dedicated to selling items related to natural history, you’ll find some gift ideas here that are unique, to say the least. Go ahead and pick up a shark in a jar of formaldehyde for your neighbor, to thank him for borrowing his lawnmower. Splurge on a trilobite fossil for your spouse, since the holidays are just around the corner. And you know Grandma would love a replica human skull—who wouldn’t? There’s not much space in this Soho store, but it’s packed to the rafters with oddities, so make an afternoon of it with your friends and try to out-weird each other as you think about how a freeze-dried bat would look hanging upside down in your kitchen. If all that browsing leaves you peckish, split a pack of edible crickets or larva snacks to keep your energy high. You’ll need it when the time comes to choose a dinosaur tooth of your very own.

Evolution

120 Spring St., New York, NY 10012 NY

(212) 343-1114

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