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Last-Minute Hanukkah Gifts


Israeli Defense Force Watch


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Available At: Great American Jewelry, 5163 Merrick Rd., Massapequa Park. 516-279-6752.

Your old friends from the Linda Shop are now running the show in their new home at Great American Jewelry. So next time you pay them a visit, check out the collectible edition Israeli Defense Force Watch. When timing is everything, and every second counts, this bad boy will have you armed with the finest in Swiss technology, a calendar, alarm and stop watch, all water-resistant up to 330 feet—and it will make you feel like Jack Bauer.

Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2

Available At: NY Golf Center, 207AA Broadway Mall, Hicksville. 516-933-7533.
There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to be like Tiger Woods, provided you’re dreams consist of winning the PGA Tour and not cheating on your wife with multiple women. Take the first step to wearing the coveted green jacket with the Scotty Cameron by Titleist Newport 2 putter. It is made of stainless steel and improved high-toe profile and circular sole weighting.

Dog Menorah

Available At: Unique Judaica. 216 Jericho Tpke., Syosset. 516-364-8311.

What gift do you buy for the yarmulke-wearing, dog-loving person in your life? A dreidel chewtoy? Latke-shaped dog treats? Find the perfect answer at Unique Judaica, which carries a large selection of menorahs imported from Israel, as well as Hanukkah gifts and games, books, jewelry and mezuzahs. The Dog Menorah is designed by Jessica Sporn and, for anyone who has a furry best friend at home, is hard to resist. A cat version is also available for feline lovers.

Benjamin Dining Room Table

Available At: Maurice Villency, 300 S. Service Rd., Roslyn Heights. 516-621-7537.

Home remodeling usually consists of fresh paint, new flooring and maybe a new garlic press. Yawn. Sometimes all it takes is a single new piece of furniture to transform an entire home. Case in point—the Benjamin Dining Room Table. This striking table has a very angular appearance, attracting the attention of guests and plenty of conversation. It is available with a stained oak, high gloss or smoked glass top finish.

2010 U.S. Olympic Pullover

Available At: Ralph Lauren, The Americana, Northern Boulevard, Manhasset. 516-365-9595.

If you know the difference between a double salchow and a triple axel, if you like watching people with unnaturally large leg muscles skate in circles really, really fast, or get all teary every time the Star-Spangled Banner plays, this incredibly comfortable pull over is the perfect thing to keep you warm as you coach all your favorite Olympians from the couch next year. This long-sleeved half-zip pullover is designed by Ralph Lauren, an official outfitter of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team. And if you don’t wait till the absolute last minute, you can even get it personalized.

Siren Whistle Rings

Available At: Bobb Howard’s General Store, 581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park. 516-354-9564.

Remember these from when you were a kid? Bring some nostalgia to your holiday gathering or give a true collectible to the baby boomer in your life with vintage Siren Whistle Rings from the ’50s and ’60s. These are from original, unopened stock found in an old warehouse. Whistles not doing it for you? Find lots of other retro toys and candy at Bobb Howard’s General Store.

Trollbeads Bracelet

Available At: Marie Richards Jewelry. 2350 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook. 631-331-1497. 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington. 631-425-1597.

The Trollbeads Bracelet is a gorgeous piece of jewelry. It comes adorned with more than 500 interchangeable Trollbeads, ranging in sizes, shapes and colors. The different beads are inspired by themes like love, nature, mythology, fairytales and a wide range of cultures. Best of all, every Trollbeads Bracelet is infinitely customizable—you choose the pieces! The Trollbeads Bracelet is being offered free at either of Marie Richards Jewelers’ locations with purchase of a clasp.

NERF 2: N-Strike Elite for Wii

Available At: GameStop

Spongy NERF weapons haven’t been on the holiday wish list radar for a while, but the gaming prowess of the Wii is helping to change that. N-Strike Elite allows players to interact not only with each other, but also an army of robots including B.O.B., the same recruiting robot from the first NERF N-Strike. The Wii remote snaps directly into the NERF blaster, and can be removed for outdoor use (imagine that—a video game that encourages playing outside!). Kids can choose to play one of four characters, each with their own customizable blasters and abilities. Engaging the new red reveal lens allows players to detect enemy weaknesses and decode secret messages as they fight their way to triumph.

Performance Tickets

Available At: Tilles Center, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. 516-299-3100.

Can you imagine all the frequent flyer miles you would rack up if you wanted to travel to see the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and maybe take in a few laughs from Bill Cosby? Luckily, you don’t have to go anywhere near JFK to see these great performances. Instead all you have to do is drive down Northern Boulevard to the beautiful newly remodeled Tilles Center to enjoy these and other world class performances. You can purchase tickets for any of these shows or you could always pick up a gift certificate and allow your loved one to choose their own show.

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