Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

For many, Christmas shopping feels as painful as pulling teeth or cleaning the doghouse. It’s not uncommon to put it off for as long as possible. In case you’re one of these people and in need of presents for girls, I have you covered with these last minute suggestions.

A Hello Kitty gift is always a hit with girls. The brand’s cool icon simply resonates with them. Some girls like to collect all the Hello Kitty clothes and fashion accessories in sight. This purse in shiny satin-like polyester has an inner zipper for carrying essentials. Also great to give is the Hello Kitty Portable Karaoke System for lots of silly fun at birthday parties and cheer on cold winter evenings. Check out the new line of whimsical journals too. Available at http://www.sanyo.com or at Macy’s on 34th street.

Funky –Junque.com is the source for last minute stocking stuffers that break from the ordinary. These soft, woolen Kitty Cat Fold Over Gloves come in an assortment of vibrant, four-color combos. Check the site for other great accessories for young beauties. http://www.Funky–Junque.com

Cosmetics are a girl’s best friend, as Lady Gaga’s fans will tell you. The best way to educate girls to good grooming habits is to provide them with quality tools. Itcosmetics.com is a good resource for appropriate tools such as this Nail Love Pen, an all-in-one instant manicure/ pedicure stick that you can pull out instantly while in line for the school bus. Check the site for other great useful gifts. Available at http://www.Itcosmetics.com

Wall Pops are fun to help change the appearance of a bedroom. You can stick and peel them off, reposition them here and there and feel as though your room is an expanded universe. The Wall Art kits include 15 pieces to play with endlessly on your walls. Chose between many patterns and styles at http://www.wall-pops.com

With its high fashion styles and great prices, The Children’s Place is always my favorite destination for last minute gifts for girls from 0 to 14. This year’s awesome holiday looks are cool enough to be worn after the parties have wrapped. Pajamas, accessories, leggings, shoes, and much more can be found here — the possibilities for gifts are endless. Shop at http://www.childrensplace.com and many locations in NYC, including 36 Union Square.

If you live in Manhattan, you can run to Marshalls until 11pm on Christmas Eve to acquire all the necessary gadgets and beauty aids and popular toys for any gal in the house. Find nail polish sets in fluorescent hues by Simply Sweet, make-up accessories by Pink Cookie, Mani and Pedi sets by Pink Promise as well as Easy Bake ovens for snacks and cupcakes. New gifts arrive every day so there’s no reason to panic. Visit http://www.marshallsonline.com or the stores at 620 Avenue of the Americas or 125 W. 125th street.

Whether you choose to shop cozily from your couch or go on a rampage in the streets at the last minute, this little list will help you navigate the shopping seas. Happy Holidays!

Originally published December 2011
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