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Local Stores Offer Variety of Holiday Gifts

OSSINING, N.Y. – Whether you're looking to spend less than $20 or more than $100, there are lots of last-minute holiday gifts from clothing to home furnishings to toys that can be bought in local stores.

"A picture frame with a photo of the family always makes for a nice gift," said Sandra Ortega, the owner of O'Sendy Gifts & Varieties Place at 103 Spring St. in Ossining.

Frames at O'Sendy cost between $5 and $12. Other gift ideas at the store include men's and women's clothing, which is 50 percent off for the holidays, or crystalline figures, which cost between $15 and $25.

In Briarcliff, more upscale picture frames are being sold for $79 to $99 at Wondrous Things lifestyle gift store at 1159 Pleasantville Rd. The frames are designed by Michael Aram, a home furnishings designer who incorporates nature themes, such as leaf patterns, into his products.

Picture frames designed by Aram look like they have leaves pressed into the borders and a $149 bread basket designed by Aram has interwoven silver branches and leaves.

One of Wondrous Things' most popular holiday gift items is a $19.50 popcorn pizza, said Jane Valentine, store manager.

"It has a chocolate popcorn crumble crust, pretzels and popcorn topping and white chocolate as the cheese," Valentine said as she held up the last popcorn pizza in the store.

At Melita's Home Furnishings store at 125 Main St. in Ossining, Portuguese ceramics made by Azeitonas Collections are 50 percent off for the holidays. A hand-painted pitcher with red-brown trimming and green and blue leaf designs costs $25 and there are matching bowls and plates.

A nice gift item from Melita's for the holidays is an apron with two matching tea towels, said store owner Melita Silva. The apron costs $40 and the apron with tea towels set costs $65.

For children, Briarcliff Toy Shop at 1171 Pleasantville Rd. offers a wide selection of puzzles, games and coloring pens. According to store manager Denise Edwards, two of the more popular puzzles are the Zoob, a long, tubular ring that can be twisted into various shapes including a skateboard, train or car, and the Perplexus, a plastic ball with a maze track inside that the player tries to keep a ball rolling on.

The Zoob costs between $15.99 and $49.99, and the Perplexus costs around $23.

Also popular for the holidays are old-fashioned sets of wooden blocks that can be stacked many different ways. The blocks cost $69.99 at Briarcliff Toy Shop.

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