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Great gift ideas for the last-minute shopper

click to enlarge This tray by Bunny Matthews makes a very thoughtful last-minute gift - for ya mom an' dem, $19.95 at Harkin's, the Florist (1601 - Magazine St., 529-1638; www.harkinsneworleans.com).
  • This tray by Bunny Matthews makes a very thoughtful last-minute gift for ya mom an' dem, $19.95 at Harkin's, the Florist (1601 Magazine St., 529-1638; www.harkinsneworleans.com).

click to enlarge It's oyster season all year long when you take home this sculpture - by local artist Debbie Lampe Herrera. A clay oyster, covered with gold - leaf and crowned with a single pearl, shimmers atop a granite backing, - $95 at Estella's (Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 701 - Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-8979).
  • It's oyster season all year long when you take home this sculpture by local artist Debbie Lampe Herrera. A clay oyster, covered with gold leaf and crowned with a single pearl, shimmers atop a granite backing, $95 at Estella's (Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-8979).

click to enlarge These heavy fleur de lis bookends are $55 at Adler's (722 - Canal St., 523-5292; 343 Royal St., 581-6379; Lakeside Shopping Center, - 3301 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.adlersjewelery.com) and will - keep even large tomes in place. Carved from solid wood, they imbue even - a cubicle with the dignified air of a mahogany-paneled study.
  • These heavy fleur de lis bookends are $55 at Adler's (722 Canal St., 523-5292; 343 Royal St., 581-6379; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.adlersjewelery.com) and will keep even large tomes in place. Carved from solid wood, they imbue even a cubicle with the dignified air of a mahogany-paneled study.

click to enlarge The chef in your kitchen will salivate over this gift set of four - oils and four vinegars, $31.99 from Vom Fass (5725 Magazine St., - 302-1455; www.vomfassusa.com).
  • The chef in your kitchen will salivate over this gift set of four oils and four vinegars, $31.99 from Vom Fass (5725 Magazine St., 302-1455; www.vomfassusa.com).

click to enlarge Long after your Christmas tree has been discarded on the curb, this - rosemary wreath will add welcome flavor to your soups, potatoes and - breads, $39.95 at Harold's Indoor/Outdoor Plants (1135 Press - St., 947-7554).
  • Long after your Christmas tree has been discarded on the curb, this rosemary wreath will add welcome flavor to your soups, potatoes and breads, $39.95 at Harold's Indoor/Outdoor Plants (1135 Press St., 947-7554).

click to enlarge Get your glow on with this Lifetime Candle, $35 from Duke Morgan - the Spa (3607 Magazine St., 309-9394; www.dukemorgan.biz). Unlike its wax - counterparts, this candle never drips and never burns out as long as it - is filled with paraffin lamp oil.
  • Get your glow on with this Lifetime Candle, $35 from Duke Morgan the Spa (3607 Magazine St., 309-9394; www.dukemorgan.biz). Unlike its wax counterparts, this candle never drips and never burns out as long as it is filled with paraffin lamp oil.

click to enlarge Create a Zen-like retreat at home with aromatic hand-rolled incense, - $5 for incense sticks and $25 for the tower incense burner at Duke - Morgan the Spa (3607 Magazine St., 309-9394; www.dukemorgan.biz).
  • Create a Zen-like retreat at home with aromatic hand-rolled incense, $5 for incense sticks and $25 for the tower incense burner at Duke Morgan the Spa (3607 Magazine St., 309-9394; www.dukemorgan.biz).

click to enlarge Baseball fans will love showing off their team pride with these - Zephyrs souvenirs: "NOZ" or "Z" fitted cap by New Era, $28 each, and - girls' T-shirt, $15 — all from the Zephyrs (6000 Airline - Drive, Metairie, 734-5155; www.zephyrsbaseball.com).
  • Baseball fans will love showing off their team pride with these Zephyrs souvenirs: "NOZ" or "Z" fitted cap by New Era, $28 each, and girls' T-shirt, $15 — all from the Zephyrs (6000 Airline Drive, Metairie, 734-5155; www.zephyrsbaseball.com).

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click to enlarge Some coffee junkies crave not only a java fix but also something - sweet to go with it. Satisfy their cravings with a gift basket from - Lakeview Brew filled with an assortment of coffee-enhancing treats, - including chocolate-covered espresso beans, an insulated mug, a - lollipop and biscotti, $19.99 at Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe (5606 - Canal Blvd., 483-7001).
  • Some coffee junkies crave not only a java fix but also something sweet to go with it. Satisfy their cravings with a gift basket from Lakeview Brew filled with an assortment of coffee-enhancing treats, including chocolate-covered espresso beans, an insulated mug, a lollipop and biscotti, $19.99 at Lakeview Brew Coffee Cafe (5606 Canal Blvd., 483-7001).

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click to enlarge Give them instant style and extra storage space with this coffee - table with 12 drawers (six on each side), $395 at Christian Street - Furniture (3029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 841-3332; - www.christianstreetfurniture.com).
  • Give them instant style and extra storage space with this coffee table with 12 drawers (six on each side), $395 at Christian Street Furniture (3029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 841-3332; www.christianstreetfurniture.com).

click to enlarge Make her the envy of others this holiday season with a green garnet - that sparkles in an 18-karat white-gold setting surrounded by tiny - diamonds, $690 at Robert Normann Diamond Jeweler (618 Gravier - St., 524-1548; www.robertnormann.com).
  • Make her the envy of others this holiday season with a green garnet that sparkles in an 18-karat white-gold setting surrounded by tiny diamonds, $690 at Robert Normann Diamond Jeweler (618 Gravier St., 524-1548; www.robertnormann.com).

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click to enlarge Give the gift of creating art with a trip to Corks N Canvas - (4524 Magazine St., 891-3209; 119 Focis St., Metairie, 832-5536; 2689 - Florida St., Mandeville, 985-626-6272), where paint, brushes and - canvases are provided as well a local artist to teach you to paint, $35 - for a two-hour class and $45 for a three-hour class.
  • Give the gift of creating art with a trip to Corks N Canvas (4524 Magazine St., 891-3209; 119 Focis St., Metairie, 832-5536; 2689 Florida St., Mandeville, 985-626-6272), where paint, brushes and canvases are provided as well a local artist to teach you to paint, $35 for a two-hour class and $45 for a three-hour class.

click to enlarge With a silhouette that evokes the shape of classic hurricane lamps, - this glass is the perfect vessel for serving up mint juleps or - Sazeracs, $100 at Adler's (722 Canal St., 523-5292; 343 Royal - St., 581-6379; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., - Metairie; www.adlersjewelery.com).
  • With a silhouette that evokes the shape of classic hurricane lamps, this glass is the perfect vessel for serving up mint juleps or Sazeracs, $100 at Adler's (722 Canal St., 523-5292; 343 Royal St., 581-6379; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veteran's Memorial Blvd., Metairie; www.adlersjewelery.com).

click to enlarge Onyx and white-gold fleur de lis cuff-links accented with diamonds - add a debonair flair to a crisp dress shirt, $3,995 at Boudreaux's - Jewelers (Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 701 Metairie Road, - Metairie, 831-2602; www.boudreauxsjewelers.com).
  • Onyx and white-gold fleur de lis cuff-links accented with diamonds add a debonair flair to a crisp dress shirt, $3,995 at Boudreaux's Jewelers (Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-2602; www.boudreauxsjewelers.com).

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