How come no one ever told me about Fish's Eddy? If you don't know what to get your Brooklyn-dwelling friend after a week on her couch, consider the melamine Brooklyn Tray. If she's a Manhattan gal, try something from the 212 New York Skyline collection.
Me? I like the carnival stuff. And the Pantone collection. And a mug decorated like graph paper. Just browse dinnerware and you'll see.