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All About (Christmas) Eve

When every second counts, gift-buying requires a precision plan.


December 23

12:01 P.M.
Cashmere Sportcoat by Thom Brown, $2,950
Bergdorf Goodman Men’s Store
745 Fifth Ave., at 58th St.; 212-753-7300
Hours: 12/23, 10–9; 12/24, 10–6
Commando Tip: Make sure to go to the men’s store, not the women’s store across the street.

1:15 P.M.
George Nelson “Desk Clock” From Vitra, $325
Barneys New York Chelsea Passage
660 Madison Ave., at 61st St.; 212-833-2060
Hours: 12/23, 10–9; 12/24, 10–6
Commando Tip: Use the 60th Street side entrance, then hit the escalator to the ninth floor.

2:45 P.M.
Stretch Satin and Lace Chemise, $168
Henri Bendel
712 Fifth Ave., nr. 56th St. 212-247-1100
Hours: 12/23, 10–9; 12/24, 10–6
Commando Tip: Use the Fifth Avenue door, dash past the beauty counters, and take the stairs to the third floor.

4:15 P.M.
Burberry watch, $425
59th St. and Lexington Ave. 212-705-2000
Hours: 12/23, 9–11; 12/24, 9–6:30
Commando Tip: Enter via the Lexington Avenue doors and proceed directly to the escalator; it drops you in front of the Burberry counter on the second floor.

5:20 P.M.
AKC Pug by Steiff, $45
Fao Schwarz
767 Fifth Ave., at 58th St. 212-644-9400
Hours: 12/23, 9–9; 12/24, 9–9
Commando Tip: On crowded days (and, yes, December 23 will be crowded), the 58th Street entrance turns into an exit only. Leave that way.

6:25 P.M.
Versace Throw Pillow, $236
The Versace Boutique
647 Fifth Ave., nr. 52nd St. 212-317-0224
Hours: 12/23, 10–6:30; 12/24, 10–6:30
Commando Tip: This shop gets a lot of tourist traffic; serious hunters might try the 815 Madison Avenue store.

7:10 P.M.
William Yeoward Gold Painted Trays, from $95
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave., at 50th St. 212-753-4000
Hours: 12/23, 10–8:30; 12/24, 10–6
Commando Tip: Use the side entrance on 49th Street, bypassing the crowds in cosmetics. Skip the elevator, and take the central escalator to the eighth floor.

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