For rapid transit through your gift list, we've found seven well-priced, beautifully wrapped presents for a typical mix of recipients — all within 10 blocks of City Hall. Wearing sneakers and moving at a good clip, our reporter was able to buy them all in one lunch hour. Average price: less than $25 each. Whew. (Click on the numbered locations to see what you'll find at each spot.)

1. For the trendy young woman

(or the precociously vegetarian pre-teen)

Snow fairy gift set, $21.95

A pink, angel-shaped "bath bomb" (like bath salt, but fizzier), a 3.3-ounce bottle of sparkly bath gel and a 3.5-oz. bar of hand-made soap, all wrapped together in a wintry pink package — and all 100 percent "cruelty-free," with vegetarian ingredients that have not been tested on animals.

Where: Lush, 1428 Walnut St.

Insider tip: If you buy $45 worth of wrapped gifts, Lush will throw in a free citrus-scented "Christmas Party" bath bomb (so-called because when it dissolves, it releases festive floating stars). 


  2. For the family tea drinker

"Tea for One" nesting teapot and teacup set, $26

A pretty porcelain set in apple green with a black-and-white floral overlay. The teacup is an ample 8 ounces. The little pot solves the problem of where to put your soggy teabag after steeping a morning cup. The tea set's elegant gift box will elicit ooohs and ahs. Add a silver pom-pom bow ($3.49) for over-the-top gorgeousness.

Where: Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St.

Insider tip: Another popular prewrapped gift at Foster's is a line of fir-scented candles (starting at $25) that smell remarkably treelike. They're a decent substitute for friends who want the scent without the bother of dropped needles.  



3. For the classier, older woman who's not of the bath bomb demographic

Estée Lauder "Beautiful" and "Pleasures" scented candles in porcelain holders ($25) and scented drawer liners ($20).

The drawer liners are boxed, bowed and ready to go. The candle holders are boxed and can be under-tree-ready in no time, since Estée Lauder has installed a fat roll of glossy, gold wrapping paper on the countertop of its Macy's cosmetics counter. "We can wrap gifts while you're standing here," says beauty advisor Sophia Cordero. "You don't have to go to the 3rd floor."

Where: Macy's, 1300 Market St., in cosmetics (1st floor)

Insider tip: Bobbi Brown and Origins are two other cosmetic counters at the Center City Macy's with speedy on-site wrapping capabilities and exquisite free packaging. 

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  4. For the décor diva on your list

Jewel-tone artisanal glass bowls in ruby red, deep purple, espresso or olive, $12

Chic, decorative glassware in the season's trendiest high-fashion colors, pre-packaged (and padded against breakage) in a mink-brown box that's tied with a glamorous felt bow.

Where: West Elm, 1330 Chestnut St.

Insider tip: You might also consider the enamel-bordered 4- by 6-inch picture frames ($19), curvy resin bookends ($29) or spherical glass paperweights ($19). Last year, shoppers complained that West Elm stores had no holiday house gifts. This year's great selection overcompensates in a big way. 
 



5. For political partisans, left and right

Candidate books and campaign calendars, starting at $14.

Another almost-wrapped gift. Borders' wonkish "POTUS" collection (the acronym stands for "President of the United States") is conveniently located right next to the store's glitzy Papyrus-brand Christmas wrapping supplies.

To package a holiday treat fit for a C-SPAN fan, choose a candidate autobiography or two — the POTUS section has Hillary Clinton's, Barack Obama's, Joe Biden's and Mitt Romney's — and maybe a Hillary Clinton or Rudy Giuliani "Countdown to Victory" calendar ($14). Then walk two paces to select a medium-size Papyrus holiday gift bag ($7.95) and a pack of coordinating tissue paper ($2.25). Then get in line and pay. If only the primaries were so swift and painless!

Where: Borders, 1 S. Broad St.

Insider tip: For policy wonks who've been very, very good, you might add Stephen Colbert's "I Am America (and So Can You!)." Borders has it discounted at $18.89 on the best-seller rack near the cash registers. 

  6. For teacher and hostess gifts

Whimsical fill-and-go candy boxes, starting at about $15 (including your pick of sweets)

These long-legged Santas and reindeer, sold for $9 empty, can be filled to capacity (roughly - to -pound of candy) in no time. The sweets that you put inside will cost another $5 to $20, depending on whether you're topping up with hard candy or premium truffles. Recipients can seat the leggy holiday characters on a mantle or staircase as decorations.

Where: Maron Chocolates (aka Scoop DeVille), 1734 Chestnut St.

Insider tip: If you don't have time to custom-pick candies, the Preferred assortment ($20.50), a 1-pound box of prewrapped chocolates, is the no-brainer option. It's the store's bestseller and has been tweaked by popular demand to include more caramels and crèmes, fewer jellies and just one nougat.



7. For guys of all stripes (and solids)

J.Crew vintage thermal shirts, $29.50

These soft shirts are as close to grab-and-go as menswear gets. Grab from the cornucopia of colors and sizes (S to XL) on the table in the store's center aisle. Then go to the checkout, where all purchases are swaddled in layers of snowflake-print tissue paper. If you ask, you'll also receive a gift box, a coordinating gift tag and a precut length of ribbon to pull together an easy, eye-catching package.

Where: J.Crew at Liberty Place. Enter from the 1st floor rotunda or off Chestnut Street between 16th and 17th.

Insider tip: J.Crew has kindly art-directed the holidays for its style-challenged customers. There's a free booklet showing clothes and accessories that go together nicely. Red gift tags hung around the store help you find the recommended goods.