AS THE YEAR draws to a close, political Maryland is already focused firmly on 1991. Congressional boundary lines must be redrawn. Budgets now wildly out of kilter have to be balanced. Laws must be passed. And the governor's ''do it now'' rallying cry has to be answered.
What do the state's politicos and others in the community wish for the coming year? What gifts would they cherish above all else? Here are some suggestions:
William Donald Schaefer. Two gifts, because the state's ultimate leader deserves an extra present -- 400,000 extra votes and an extra $400 million. The first present would end the governor's funk over his ''poor'' 59.6 percent showing on election day. This gift would give him a 70-percent mandate. The second present would solve the governor's budget problems, and let him resume his ''do it now'' initiatives. Now that would cheer him up.
Lt. Gov. Melvin Steinberg. Fewer suicide missions from his ''friend'' the governor. His latest assignment: getting the General Assembly to approve portions of the Linowes tax commission report. That's hardly a cheerful note to start the New Year.
Comptroller Louis Goldstein. Permanent possession of his office. been there 32 years and voters just signed him up for another four-year lease. His name is already engraved on the building. Let's stop the charade and make the comptroller's post his for life.
Treasurer Lucille Maurer. A pointer and chalkboard so she feels at home when lecturing the governor about the fiscal and political facts of life in Annapolis.
Attorney General Joseph Curran. A governor who actually calls on him for legal advice.
House Speaker Clayton Mitchell. What a wonderful 1991 it would be if the speaker received a letter of good cheer this week from the state prosecutor, clearing him of any wrongdoing in brokering a piece of land to a racetrack owner.
Senate President Mike Miller. He needs just one thing to dress up his act for 1991 -- a luminescent lapel button that flashes a constant reminder, ''I Love Charm City.''
Mayor Kurt Schmoke. A governor he can call his friend.
Larry Gibson, the mayor's eminence grise. A city redistricting map that produces 18 black councilmen -- all loyal to Kurt Schmoke.
Rep. Helen Bentley. A congressional redistricting map she can learn to love.
Sen. Barbara Mikulski. A free ride in the 1992 elections.
Superlobbyist Bruce Bereano. A winning Lotto ticket. The prize: a $75 million lottery contract. You gotta play to win.
Lobbyist Alan Rifkin. A winning Lotto ticket -- the one Mr. Bereano thought he had. He's gotta play to win, too.
Retired Judge Edgar Silver. An autobiography, titled, ''Peace on Edgewood Street -- how I brought love and harmony to the mayor and governor.''
Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden. A personality.
Howard County Executive Charles Ecker. A personality.
Anne Arundel County Executive Robert Neall. A book, titled, ''How to be effective on the campaign trail,'' and a road map of Maryland for 1994.
Prince George's County Executive Parris Glendening. His own road map of Maryland for 1994.
Harford County Executive Eileen Rehrmann. A reminder that her campaign theme was consensus politics, not confrontation politics.
Orioles owner Eli Jacobs. No baseball team in Washington, D.C.
Robert Dubel, Baltimore County's school superintendent. An office next to Roger Hayden's so he doesn't have to go far to call the shots.
Richard Hunter, the city's outgoing school superintendent. A one-way ticket to Raleigh-Durham airport and a limousine trip to his old classroom at Chapel Hill.
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest. A bottle of No-Doz to get him through all those exciting sessions of Congress -- and a videotape of ''Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.''
Mercantile Bank chairman Furlong Baldwin. A copy of the book, ''The Power Broker.''
Budget committee chairman Sen. Laurence Levitan. A religious conversion that leads him to support the Linowes commission's tax reforms.
Montgomery County's super- patriot, Blair Lee IV. Passage of a congressional resolution creating the Great State of Montgomery.
Donald Hutchinson, former Baltimore County Executive. A supply of ''Hutchinson in '94'' bumper stickers.
Defeated gubernatorial candidate William Shepard. Evidence that he really is the titular head of the rejuvenated state Republican Party.
Judge John Coolahan. A blank check from the chief judge to engage in Baltimore County politics whenever he feels like it.
And finally, for City Comptroller Hyman A. Pressman. A healthy New Year as he embarks on his 28th and final year as Baltimore's ''watchdog'' and erstwhile poet.