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LAST-MINUTE SHOPPING 101

A Fly-by-Night (and Day) Gift Guide

Sunday, December 19, 2004; Page P02

Naughty types who've left holiday shopping to the last minute can still find innovative -- and even extravagant -- gifts at airport stores. We've selected four U.S. airport hubs that Washington fliers might find themselves stranded in over the next week and highlighted on-site shops stocked with creative items that will go well under a tree. -- Andrea Sachs

• Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International

Atlanta is home to Coca-Cola, and at the Coke Store (Atrium, Gate SE), you can find the logo stamped on everything: pencils, glassware, neon wall clocks. The most luxurious item is a $1,700 Katherine Baumann purse shaped like a Coke can; the most practical, a six-pack. Despite the educational bent, the kids will still love the cool dinosaurs, mind-expanding games and other science museum-y distractions from Atlanta Elements (Concourse B, Gate Centerpoint). At Erwin Pearle (concourses B/Gate 18, C/Gate Centerpoint and T), the jewelry sparkles like the real thing -- but (shh!) it's fake. Among the costume pieces are pins, necklaces, earrings and bracelets made of pearls, cubic zirconia, gold, turquoise and coral. The CNN newsstand (concourses B, C, D and E) has souvenirs from the Atlanta-based news station, including T-shirts, mugs and baseball caps. Johnston & Murphy (Concourse B, Gate Centerpoint) is known for its high-end leather goods for men, including shoes, belts and jackets for men; prices from $70 to $798. Instead of a box, gift-wrap them in a swank briefcase or piece of luggage from Tumi (Concourse E).

Info: 800-897-1910, www.atlanta-airport.com.

• Chicago's O'Hare International

The Field Museum Store (Terminal 1) sells items based on exhibits at its downtown institution, such as the Jackie Kennedy catalogue ($35), key chains and T-shirts; Egyptian objects like amber jewelry; dinosaurs; and Machu Picchu artifacts. At the Chicago Historical Society Gift Shop (Terminal 3), you can find souvenirs from its museum's exhibits and of iconic Chicago, such as Frank Lloyd Wright doodads; books on the Windy City's history and architecture; and a vintage travel line, with old-timey journals and luggage tags. Get Junior his very own Batmobile ($69), with action hero, at Mindworks (International Terminal 5), or pick up some brainy games, travel amusements, Disney souvenirs or electronic toys for your little ones. For distinguished signatures, splurge on a $235 to $1,000 pen from Mont Blanc (terminals 1 and 3), or just pretend to have deep pockets with a piece of deceivingly faux bling from Landau Jewelers (Terminal 3); from $19.95 for a pin to $4,000 for a moissanite tennis bracelet.

Info: 800-832-6352, www.flychicago.com

• Denver International

Locally made arts and crafts as well as Western-themed gifts dominate the shop ops. Among them: Colorado Collection (Concourse B) has wooden boxes, masks, vases and more, all created by Colorado artists; Earth Spirit (Concourse C) offers Southwestern and Central American gifts, including beaded iguanas and other creatures ($9.99-$47.99) and colorful hand-crafted dishware ($16.99-$199.99); and Colorado West (concourses A and B) stocks turquoise jewelry, Wild West clothing, bronze statues and Indian dolls. At Images of Nature Gallery (Concourse B Mezzanine, Terminal Level 5), Thomas Mangelsen sells his esteemed photos of eagles, polar bears, lions, elephants, landscapes, etc., as notecards ($11.95-$25), framed art cards ($21.95), wooden puzzles ($24.95), calendars ($11.20) and posters ($35-$150). Sports and moto fans may appreciate memorabilia from the Ferrari and Harley-Davidson kiosks (Concourse B, Mezzanine). Susan Vale Sweaters (Concourse B) sells silk and cotton knit clothing ($99-$299) for women (and a few for men). And for your best friends: Pawsitively Pets (Concourse B, Mezzanine), which has treats for four-legged creatures (decorated or leather collars, $20-$80) as well as two-legged ones (dog-print socks, $11).

Info: 303-342-2000, www.flydenver.com.

• San Francisco International

Find NoCal edibles at California Wine Country Gourmet (International Terminal, Boarding Area G) and San Francisco treats, including Ghirardelli chocolates, Stinking Rose condiments (garlic stuffed olives, $9.99) and Chinatown souvenirs (bonsai tree kits with California redwood, $12.99), at Destination California (Terminal 3, Boarding Area F). The arty set will fawn over the witty, mod pieces for your kitchen (oil and vinegar cruets, $28), walls (Lichtenstein print, $22) and ceilings from the SFMOMA Museum Store (International Terminal, Main Hall). Aviation buffs may enjoy a NASA flight suit ($39.95), model airplane ($6.99 for Ted to $150 for P40-E Warhawk Flying Tiger) or freeze-dried ice cream ($2.95) from Aviation Inc. (International Terminal, near Boarding Area A). U-Threads (Boarding Area F, Terminal 3) is like a college tour of California campus stores. Swatch (two locations in Terminal 3) dresses up wrists, necks and fingers with its au courant watches ($40-$70), necklaces and rings. Outfit a golfer from head to tee at San Francisco Golf (International Terminal, Boarding Area A), the biggest airport golf store in the country.

Info: 800-IFLY-SFO, www.flysfo.com.


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