PUTTING AROUND

You'll have no excuses when you address the 18th hole with this all-purpose putter. It is equipped with a tape measure, builder's level and compass to help you plot your attack. The rabbit's foot is for good luck; the candle, for last-minute prayers or for playing after dark; the horn, to celebrate a victory or urge those slowpokes in front of you to hustle. If you can't be the best golfer, you can still be the best equipped.

Schmeckenbecker putter. $39.50. Hammacher Schlemmer. Ask for item No. 27206. 800/543-3366. CANDLE POWER

Attention all romantics. Turn your electric wall sconces or chandeliers into candleholders with this glass adapter, which fits all sizes of sockets. All you have to do is take out the light bulb and screw in the candleholder where the light bulb used to be. Then put a candle in the holder and speak softly. When you run out of candles -- or romance -- you can always switch back to electricity.

Lighting adapter. $4.25 each. Hunt Country Designs Inc., Market Station, 203B Harrison St. SE, Leesburg, Va. 22075. 703/777-3823 (or calls from the Washington metropolitan area can be made to 478-1080 without long-distance charge). CITY LADY

This soft sculpture by Nancy Camden Hauser of Horton, Mich., is the quintessential auntie dressed for a neighborhood tea, a church outing. She's dolled up with a pearl choker and earrings, a black satin bow and her fur wrap. She's nobody's fool, though: Sensible heels, a plain muted frock and a sturdy hair net complete the uniform. The art is not only in the composite but also in the details: hand-stitched bright red lips, arched gray eyebrows and soft brown eyes.

Soft sculpture doll. $125, including shipping and handling. Nancy Camden Hauser, Box 73, Horton, Mich. 49246. 517/524-8909. BAKE A BIRTHDAY

Exhausted thinking up ideas for what to do each birthday party? Here's a tasty answer that takes care of the whole fiasco. For one fee, Beverly Kobrinetz of Silver Spring -- a teacher and party-giver -- will come to your home and bake for 2 1/2 hours with your birthday child and all his guests. Plus, she promises no mess! Children can make yummy things like soft pretzels, pizza, doughnuts and edible animals such as alligators, turtles and dinosaurs. Kobrinetz even plans enough leftovers to fill goody bags for the kids to take home.

The birthday baker. $75 for 2 1/2 hours. Beverly Kobrinetz, 460-3191.