Less Is More

Perfectly Acceptable Gifts for Under $25

If all else fails, you might at the very last minute pop into National Wholesale Liquidators Holiday Store (632 Broadway, 979-2400), where a number of items fall into the tantalizing under-$5 category. For $2.97 there's a tabletop Christmas tree made of gold wire and sporting flimsy glittery balls, but shop carefully—on closer examination a number of balls turned out to be prematurely smashed. A small white chenille bear who would be perfectly presentable on his own comes with a drum filled with chocolate candy ($3.17), and there's a boxed set of five midnight blue tree ornaments in sinuous shapes for $3.97. Even prettier are a quartet of perfectly clear balls decorated with traceries of fake snow. They're alarmingly delicate, but at $4.97, who cares if they, like you, barely survive the season?


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