Tins and boxes of cookies are the ubiquitous holiday gift for offices, parties and family affairs, but they often get short shrift because of their ho-hum preparation. This isn't the case when you rely on local bakeries for the goods this time of year. Even if they're sold-out (or closed up for Christmas) by the time you read this, you can visit next week and stock up on cookies and pastries to beat the post-Christmas blues and to bring to your New Year's shindigs.

Tins and boxes of cookies are the ubiquitous holiday gift for offices, parties and family affairs, but they often get short shrift because of their ho-hum preparation. This isn't the case when you rely on local bakeries for the goods this time of year. Even if they're sold-out (or closed up for Christmas) by the time you read this, you can visit next week and stock up on cookies and pastries to beat the post-Christmas blues and to bring to your New Year's shindigs.

Pattycake Bakery, Clintonville

Pattycake has been operating on the slow-and-steady in Clintonville, where their Saturday sticky buns (get the orange or the vanilla) are a weekly favorite. Rounding out the menu are thumbprint cookies, cakes, cupcakes and so much more. Pattycake's goods are perfect for the vegan in your life, although their offerings appeal to anyone. Special bonus: Pattycake is open limited hours on Christmas Day if you're still in need of sweets.

Laughlin's Bakery, Short North

Within the span of a year, Laughlin's has embedded itself as both a neighborhood bakery and as a go-to for beautiful European baked goods. Christmas cookies have abounded for weeks, as have stollen, sugar cookies, biscotti, Lebkuchen, you name it. If you don't catch them in time for Christmas, be sure to check in next week.

Tuula's European Cafe, Dublin

Tuula's knocks out stellar baked goods from their very unassuming storefront in Dublin. The quiet little cafe offers coffee and quiches in a little getaway from hustle of Sawmill Road. Tuula and her crew have outdone themselves this season, adding to the lineup items like marzipan cake, gingerbread men, peppermint shortbread and port wine fruit cake.

The Angry Baker, Olde Towne East

Angry Baker has carved out its corner niche in Olde Towne East, across from Yellow Brick Pizza and next to The Tavern. The cafe setting offers ample opportunity to warm up with everything from French toast for breakfast to curry bowls for lunch. Recent weeks have seen an influx of pies, cupcakes, muffins, streusel, cinnamon rolls, macarons and cakes.

Omega Artisan Baking, North Market

Omega has slowly but surely expanded in the southwest corner of North Market over the years. Their cinnamon rolls are legendary, so showing up with a bag of three or four will make you an instant hero at any party. You'll also be a winner if you arrive with Omega's sweet or savory croissants, muffins or focaccia bread.

Remember, Christmas is upon us. Call ahead for holiday hours, and if you missed a certain delicacy this go-round, check in with the bakeries next week to see what's on special.

Nicholas Dekker writes about breakfast, beer, coffee and Columbus at breakfastwithnick.com. He leads breakfast and brunch tours for Columbus Food Adventures, and has already seen The Force Awakens three times.