For those of you who still haven't done all of your Christmas shopping, here are a few last minute suggestions for gifts that you can pick up in the neighborhood:
1.) Pick up an assortment of amaretti cookies, hard cheeses, olive oils, and other Italian specialties at the Buon Italia shop inside Chelsea Market on 15th Street and 10th Avenue. Place the food items in a reusable tote for an eco-friendly and delicious gift.
2.) At Utrecht Art Supply Store on 23rd Street between 7th and 8th Avenue you can snag a stunningly beautiful box set of Sennelier Grand Oil Pastels, the actual brand that Pablo Picasso used.
3.) Walk over to Whole Foods on 7th Avenue between 24th and 25th Street and pick up a rosemary plant and/or other herbal plants. This is the perfect gift for the family member who loves to whip up homemade specialties in the kitchen. They'll think of you whenever they season a dish!
photo credit pastels: http://www.utrechtart.com
photo credit olive oil: http://www.buonitalia.com