H & H Bagels and Junior's Cheesecake are usually the "no-brainer" stops for Gothamist's holiday gifts for transplanted New York foodies. This year, however, we thought that our gourmet buds in far-off lands like Maryland, Florida, Arizona and beyond would appreciate epicurean delights that focus on a well-loved culinary corner of our fair city: the Lower East Side.

2004_12_food_knish.jpgFor example, a delivery of diet-busting potato, kasha, spinach and cabbage knishes from the Grande Dame of the LES, Yonah Schimmel, is sure to be a Yuletide favorite. But, if that isn't enough downtown starch to jingle your bells, how about some onion-flecked bialys and pletzels from Kossar's?

Knishes and bialys don't sound substantial enough for your holiday table?

If it's good enough to send to "your boy in the army" it should be good enough for your Aunt Ruth and Uncle Phil - a soft or hard salami from the legendary Katz's Deli. Or, if Aunt Ruth is off meat these days, the smoked fish fanatics at Russ & Daughters are at-the-ready, whether her palate pleasure is Wild Western Nova or Traditional Belly Lox.

Something to clean the palate? Don't worry. The Lower East Side can provide. French Taffy Chew, Kosher Rock Candy Swizzle Sticks and Wax Lips from Economy Candy should round out the Christmas feast nicely (maybe some Rolaids should be on hand too).