1. Cut a hole in a box.
2. Put your junk in that box.
3. Make her open the box.
What: New shop for cookies, chocolates, cakes, and caramels that make perfect hostess gifts.
Why: Ask about cookie dough to go and chocolate tasting parties.
When: Not a moment too soon.
Where: 94 Reade St., b/t Church St. & W. Broadway (212-571-0500).
La di Da Closing Sale
What: Vena Cava, Rachel Roy, Lewis Cho, Tom Scott, and more at 50-70 percent off.
Why: Whoop de do.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Tues.-Sat., 1-8 p.m.; Sun., 1-7 p.m.
Where: 147 Orchard St., b/t Stanton & Rivington Sts. (212-529-7384).
What: Chef Marco Moreira transforms the original Toqueville space into a sushi bar/resto.
Why: No, we’re not just busting your chopsticks.
When: Mon.-Sat., 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Where: 15 E. 15th St., b/t Fifth Ave. & Union Sq. W. (212-647-0015).
Alain Ducasse at the Essex House
What: Last chance to dine in the notoriously venerable dining room before they relocate to the St. Regis.
Why: So you don’t miss this slice of the apple.
When: Thru closing night, Dec. 31.
Where: 155 W. 58th St., b/t 6th & 7th Aves. (212-265-7300).
Nutcracker: Rated R
What: Sex, cocaine clouds, ballet, and the bourgeoisie.
Why: All the elements of a magical holiday season.
When: Thru Dec. 31. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 3 p.m.
Where: Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave., b/t 9th & 10th Sts. (212-254-1109).