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Ideas for every last gift on your list

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Zoo to go -- Your child will be road trip ready with an alphabet book, $14.95, to pass the time and a soft and fuzzy frog friend, $21.95, from Aurora Backpack Buddies, to take along for the ride. Both are from Audubon Marketplace Gift Shop (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 861-6171;
Little metal detective -- This new hobby can keep a child busy for hours at a time! Just be sure to spell out very clearly your house rules on excavation, especially in landscaped areas. Find it at World's Best Toys (701 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1575; Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 586-1006).
Within reach -- You know that place in the middle of your back that you can't quite reach? The Body Buddy, $24.95, is a nonabsorbent lotion applicator for those hard-to-reach places. Great for medication, sunscreen or a favorite lotion -- like this milk and honey butter blend by Cuccio, $14.95. Both are from My Spa By the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219;, which will open soon.
Middle, western -- These leather belts, $20-$65, are just a sampling of the hundreds of belts you'll find at Sylvester's, a vast western wear emporium with everything from boots, hats and clothes to jewelry, handbags and children's wear. Sylvester's Western Wear (2600 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 467-1421).
Rosy outlook -- Need a good gift for a great girl? Start with a smart tweed cap, $16, and a red ruched belt, $28, and then let her see the world through rose-colored glasses, $12. All three are from Sweet Pea (802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044; 607 Chartres St., 524-2244).
Little lovelies -- Colorful Moroccan glasses, $5 each, a nectar-scented soy candle, $30, and geisha roll-on perfumes, $36 each, make great stocking stuffers. Can't decide? Buy a gift card at Ah-Ha (3129 Magazine St., 269-2442).
Jewels of Christmas past -- It's always fun to ponder the history of the jewelry you find at a resale boutique. Pick up this pair of rhinestone earrings for $50 at On the Other Hand Exclusive Resale Boutique (8204 Oak St., 861-0159), and imagine they belonged to the queen of a ball or were a Christmas gift for a celebrity.
It's the Balm -- Who wouldn't love the Balmshell? You get a sweet little tin with one tube of Stainiac tinted gel blush and two shades of the Balm's Plump Your Pucker tinted plumping lip gloss that nourishes the lips with vitamin C. Find it at Make-Up Art (802 Nashville Ave., 899-4044).

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