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Last-Minute Gifts

For Santas behind schedule, 12 gift ideas that you can still find at local brick-and-mortars

by Karen Day in Design on 22 December 2010

If the season of giving seems to have snuck up on you this year, we put together a few ideas that you can still pick up at a local retailer. Since you're probably not the only one scrambling, it's always good idea to call ahead to make sure it's in stock.

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Packing high-tech audio in a compact speaker, the Audyssey Audio Dock fits live-work lifestyles with its monolithic sci-fi looks and sound design to match. It sells at most Apple stores around the U.S. for $400. For the more serious gamer, the new Playstation Move integrates next-gen graphics with motion sensor controls for an exciting interactive gaming system. Sold as a PS3 and Move bundle for $400 or on its own for $100, both can be found at Best Buy.

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To slowly cook seasoned, vacuum-sealed foods in warm water at very precise temperatures, the Sous Vide is an excellent at-home appliance for amateur and experienced cooks alike. A healthier alternative to traditional methods, the Sous Vide can be purchased at Sur La Table for $500. An ideal gift for the caffeine junkie in your life, the Mypressi hand-held espresso maker allows you to make single or double shots of espresso anywhere. Easy to clean and requiring no electricity, the Mypressi sells from Sears for $150.

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Last-minute pampering doesn't always mean a gift card to a local day spa. We love the smell of Kobo's 39 Siberian Cypress candle, emitting a relaxing aura of woodsy, citrus smells. With 80 hours of burn time, the candle sells from the CH for Gap pop up or at a host of Kobo retailers for $38. The ultimate at-home cleanse, Clarisonic's holiday set for Sephora includes the rotating brush for body and face, as well as an array of professional-grade cleansers. Exclusive to Sephora, the set sells for $225. Like a tropical vacation for your (winter) weathered hands, Malin+Goetz Rum and Lime Handwash makes a perfect everyday soap with its hydrating formula and mojito-in-a-bottle scent. Also available at the CH for Gap pop up, the set sells at department and specialty stores around the U.S. for $40.

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Little ones will will delight in the Funny Face Mirror, an all-in-one combo of attractive colors, fuzzy stuffed animal and reflective mirror. Pick it up from Skip Hop retailers or the CH for Gap pop up for around $9. Keep your beloved baby warm with Cozy Mittens, a set of soft fleece gloves that stay secure with a string. Available from Zutano retailers for about $12.

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A two-player crossword race from the makers of the award-winning game Bananagrams, Zip-It, a fast-paced word game, entertains for hours. Pick it up at toy stores around the U.S. and U.K. for $15. Recapture your youth or teach a little one the game of baseball with Wiffle's classic yellow plastic bat and ball, available from the CH for Gap pop up or at Dick's Sporting Goods for around $5.

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Kitted with Shimano cranks and more, the lightweight Cannondale Quick 1 bike is as beautiful as it is fast. A consistently fantastic producer of sport bikes, we're longtime fans of their performance and quality. The Quick 1 sells from select bike shops around the U.S. starting at around $1,500.

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