But there is a solution for those hapless souls: FedEx.
Langer's has teamed with the mail service to deliver vacuum-sealed packages of pastrami to nearly anywhere in the United States. You can order rye bread, too. As for condiments? You're on your own for extras such as Russian dressing, Swiss cheese and coleslaw -- the components for Langer's famed No. 19 sandwich.
There's a price, of course: $22 per pound, with a 2-pound minimum order. Rye bread costs $5.50 per loaf. (The basic hot pastrami sandwich costs $13.50 in house, so it's not a bad deal.) Place your order on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, and the pastrami will arrive the following day, along with heating instructions.
Still looking for holiday gift ideas? Your mom (or grandfather) just might prefer this to a new set of spatulas.