GIFT GUIDE 2009: $10 and Under

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$10 and Under

De Kompleet Wafel Kit

$6.95 at Arcadia, 228 8th Ave. (betw. W. 21st & W. 22nd Sts.), 212-243-5358 If
you’ve had tough luck finding Wafels & Dinges, the truck that
drives around town serving Euro-style waffles with toppings like
Nutella, ice cream, Belgian chocolate or bananas, fret no more. The
team behind the bright yellow truck has made the mix for its
Brussels-style waffles available in a convenient at-home version. It’s
less exciting than eschewing your morning oatmeal and coffee for an ice
cream-covered waffle (and you’ll have to provide your own toppings,
always a bummer) but it beats the hell out of Aunt Jemima.

Old Fashioned Doll

$10 at Kiosk, 95 Spring St. (betw. Mercer St. & Broadway), 212-226-8601 We
like to think of this little lady as plastic contraception. She kind of
reminds us of our high school health class where carrying a flour baby
was supposed to teach you the consequences of taking too kiosk_doll.jpgmuch pleasure
in playing Seven Minutes In Heaven—oh the joys of youth. Now we’re at
the age where everyone we know has babies on their brains and are
getting pregnant—on purpose. Give this gift to friends with an
unhealthy preoccupation with procreation as a test trial to teach them
it’s a lot harder to get busy in a closet when you have a baby—even a
plastic one.


$4 each at Levain Bakery, 167 W. 74th St. (betw. Amsterdam & Columbus Aves.), 212-874-6080 It’s
a bit of a trek, but the cookies at Levain’s—available in Chocolate
Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip and
Oatmeal Raisin—are worth the subway swipe. The Chocolate Chip Walnut is
the best, but all have their charms. At $4 a pop, the price tag might
turn some away, but trust us, these cookies are not overpriced. Each
one is easily the size of a modest muffin, and when we got home after
an hourlong commute, the chocolate chips in the center of each cookie
were still melting and chewy. Milk Bar might be all the rage, but
Levain’s will be the gift that keeps on giving.