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Last-minute gift ideas (because you know you'll procrastinate)

Of course, you waited until hours before your holiday party to get started on your shopping.

Don't let it show!

Give the best gifts of the season with our last-minute gifts perfect for any giftee.

Happy holidays!

The Blessing Basket Project Batik tote

Start with a Batik tote bag from The
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Start with a Batik tote bag from The Blessing Basket Project -- these amply sized, super-soft bags boast bold geometric designs. Then weave your way through Whole Foods filling it up with local gastronomic delights, such as a box of vegan Raaka truffles from Brooklyn, which mix rich, sweet and savory flavors sourced from whole virgin cacao beans, or coconut dulce de leche and chocolate hazelnut butter dessert spreads from Fine & Raw, another ingredient-conscious Brooklyn company. Prices vary; Whole Foods stores, wholefoodsmarket.com

Flask as fashion

For the woman who enjoys a bit of
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For the woman who enjoys a bit of history with her hooch, this feel-good accessory was inspired by a Pennsylvanian hip flask from the 19th century. Made of porcelain with an edgy gunmetal glaze, it can complete any look, from casual to a night on the town. And the cork stopper holds one shot of liquor for both fashion and function. $34.95; CB2 stores, cb2.com

Leather Head Sports old-school footballs

Who ever said pigskins needed to be brown?
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Who ever said pigskins needed to be brown? These vintage-looking footballs from Leather Head Sports come in rich colors with sophisticated accents. About the size of a youth football, they have a leather shell, a butyl rubber bladder, rawhide lacing and polyester stitching, and are made nearby in New Jersey. $150/each, Story, 144 10th Ave., 212-242-4853, thisisstory.com

'Star Wars' Air Hogs

Bring
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Bring "Star Wars" to life in your child's home with Air Hogs' remote-controlled Millennium Falcon from Spin Master. The aircraft's gyro-stabilization provides smooth and steady control, while the high-density foam it's made of allows it to bounce back from any attack without serious damage. Ages 8 and up, $49.99; Best Buy stores, bestbuy.com

Dr. Sofskins candle

Get some bang for your buck with this
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Get some bang for your buck with this two-for-one beauty. Dr. Sofskins' all-natural body lotion candles contain ingredients such as shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba, coconut oil, aloe, hemp, essential oils, beeswax and soy, making them rich in vitamins A, C, E, F and antioxidants. They are available in 10 relaxing aromatherapeutic scents and leave skin super soft after applying the melted lotion to your body. $18/small tin, $25/large tin; Union Square and Columbus Circle holiday markets, drsofskins.com

'The James Bond Archives, Spectre Edition'

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"The James Bond Archives, Spectre Edition" by Taschen may be a scaled-down, more affordable option to the original book, but it contains the same captivating images and behind-the-scenes looks into all things Bond. From "Dr. No" (1962) to "Spectre" (2015), you're guy will be taken in by on-set photos, never-before-seen stills, set designs, storyboards and production memos. There's also an oral history from more than 150 cast and crew members. $69.99; Taschen, 107 Greene St., 212-226-2212, taschen.com

Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm

Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm
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Go! Go! Smart Animals Grow & Learn Farm by VTech isn't your ordinary farm. This educational toy introduces colors, numbers and even plants. Roll the rooster over seven electronic spots to hear more than 100 different phrases, songs and sound effects. Kids can drop shapes into the silo to develop hand-eye coordination and play with a garden that "grows." Ages 1-5, $39.99; Kmart stores, kmart.com

Handbag raincoat from Ricky's NYC

Protect your lady's Prada from the elements with
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Protect your lady's Prada from the elements with a fashionable handbag raincoat. Whether she paid top dollar for her purse or bought it off the street, she will feel confident knowing her contents are safe from rain, sleet and snow under this water-repellent covering. An easy-pull tab opens the top Velcro closure, which fits a small- to medium-sized handbag. It comes with a raindrop-print storage pouch. $28; Ricky's NYC stores, rickysnyc.com

The Owl Workshop clips

The wild child in your life will roar
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The wild child in your life will roar for these animal-inspired hair clips from The Owl Workshop. They are handmade using felt, glitter and a silver metal hair clip. Pop one on each side of the head and your kid will feel like she's king of the jungle. $12; Grand Central Holiday Fair, theowlworkshop.com

Cliff Belts cork belt

This lightweight cork belt by Cliff Belts is
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This lightweight cork belt by Cliff Belts is a great way to add some pop to his attire. Made in New York from sustainably sourced and reclaimed cork tree bark, it has a unique look that can put a twist on any outfit. As a bonus, the belt is reversible, providing dark brown and light brown options depending on your man's clothes and/or mood. $100; Winter Village at Bryant Park, cliffbelts.com

'Calming Patterns' adult coloring book

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"Calming Patterns: Portable Coloring for Creative Adults" from Skyhorse Publishing is an adult coloring book with sophistication. The convenient hard cover not only makes it look like a stylish writing journal, but it allows users a stable surface for coloring on the go. The book contains 75 detailed patterns, featuring calming and meditative designs that range from beginner to expert. The high-quality paper is able to withstand most coloring pens and pencils. $12.99; Barnes & Noble stores, barnesandnoble.com

Lego Dimensions

Lego Dimensions by Warner Bros. merges physical LEGO
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Lego Dimensions by Warner Bros. merges physical LEGO brick-building with interactive console gameplay. The video game, which works like Disney Infinity, brings together fan-favorite worlds including DC Comics, "The Lord of the Rings," "The LEGO Movie," "The Simpsons," "The Wizard of Oz," "Jurassic World," "Scooby-Doo!," LEGO Ninjago and "Back to the Future." Starter packs are available for Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Ages 10 and up, $99.99; GameStop stores, gamestop.com

Restoration Hardware charging pouch

If your busy lady tends to charge her
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If your busy lady tends to charge her cell phone by stringing it across her desk to the nearest port, she might appreciate the subtle style of this elegant leather charging pouch. The buttery soft Italian leather bag has an interior zip pocket and credit card slots, and a removable leather wrist strap. The battery can charge most smartphones twice via USB; a single cord connects the phone to the battery and the battery to the charging source. It works with micro USB, Apple 30-pin and Lightning connectors. $99; Restoration Hardware, 935 Broadway, 212-260-9479, restorationhardware.com

Pottymints

Pottymints are dissolvable air freshener tablets -- and
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Pottymints are dissolvable air freshener tablets -- and what guy couldn't use one of those every now and then? A perfumed scent releases into the air with a final flush, drowning out any unwanted lingering odors he may leave behind at work or home. Each tablet is individually wrapped, making it easy to keep one on hand in case of an emergency. $1.79/single pack; Town Shop, 2270 Broadway, 212-724-8160, pottymints.com

GLOSSYBOX

Give the gift of effortless beauty with just
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Give the gift of effortless beauty with just a few clicks. GLOSSYBOX's well curated holiday box contains six luxe items including NUXE Dry Oil Prodigieuse (retails for $45) and the AERIN Kaleidolight Palette for Face & Eyes (retails for $70). Gift a box or a subscription. Starts at $25, glossybox.com

LUSH Snow Time Gift Set

The pre-wrapped gift takes all the work out
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The pre-wrapped gift takes all the work out of gifting -- and you can order it online. The gender-neutral, crowd-pleasing set includes body conditioner, body scrub, soap and lip scrub in tingly winter scents. $49, Lush, various locations, lushusa.com

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