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Great Discoveries Holiday Gift Guide 

Special Holiday Gifts for Friends and Family

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click to enlarge Wake up with a sense of humor with a retro-style clock with a frog - on the face and a croaking sound instead of an alarm bell by Wanted, - $20 — at Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., - 891-7018).
  • Wake up with a sense of humor with a retro-style clock with a frog on the face and a croaking sound instead of an alarm bell by Wanted, $20 — at Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).


click to enlarge The new BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone with touchscreen has hundreds - of hardware and software enhancements, including new clickable display - technology and built-in Wi-Fi. It also has a glass lens and - stainless-steel back plate, a 3.2 megapixel camera and video recording - capabilities, a built-in GPS, V Cast Music with Rhapsody, desktop - manager and media sync systems, a 3.25-inch high-resolution display, - Bluetooth, 3G and global connectivity support, 256 MB of flash memory, - 2 GB of media storage, a rechargeable battery and more, $179.99 (after - $100 mail-in rebate with required Verizon contract) — at - Verizon (Citywide, www.verizonwireless.com).
  • The new BlackBerry Storm2 smartphone with touchscreen has hundreds of hardware and software enhancements, including new clickable display technology and built-in Wi-Fi. It also has a glass lens and stainless-steel back plate, a 3.2 megapixel camera and video recording capabilities, a built-in GPS, V Cast Music with Rhapsody, desktop manager and media sync systems, a 3.25-inch high-resolution display, Bluetooth, 3G and global connectivity support, 256 MB of flash memory, 2 GB of media storage, a rechargeable battery and more, $179.99 (after $100 mail-in rebate with required Verizon contract) — at Verizon (Citywide, www.verizonwireless.com).


click to enlarge Add beauty and music to your garden with an iron-and-brass Victorian - Garden Gong by Woodstock Chimes, $175 at Gentry (6047 Magazine - St., 899-4223).
  • Add beauty and music to your garden with an iron-and-brass Victorian Garden Gong by Woodstock Chimes, $175 at Gentry (6047 Magazine St., 899-4223).


click to enlarge Wrap up Heartwood — Further Meditations on Oaks and - give a friend or loved one a gift of inspiration and beauty. Local - photographer and writer William Guion's book features 38 oak trees - photographed in southern Louisiana and California, accompanied by - inspirational writings from sources as varied as Albert Einstein and - Mahatma Gandhi, $34.95 (autographed) — at Garden District Book - Shop (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com). - You can meet Guion during an event in the lobby of The Rink from 5:30 - p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.
  • Wrap up Heartwood — Further Meditations on Oaks and give a friend or loved one a gift of inspiration and beauty. Local photographer and writer William Guion's book features 38 oak trees photographed in southern Louisiana and California, accompanied by inspirational writings from sources as varied as Albert Einstein and Mahatma Gandhi, $34.95 (autographed) — at Garden District Book Shop (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com). You can meet Guion during an event in the lobby of The Rink from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.


click to enlarge Give a touch of an old-fashioned Christmas with an angel ornament - made from vintage quilt pieces by Country Quilt Creations, $28 (other - designs and sizes are available) — at Judy at the Rink - (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).
  • Give a touch of an old-fashioned Christmas with an angel ornament made from vintage quilt pieces by Country Quilt Creations, $28 (other designs and sizes are available) — at Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).


click to enlarge Make sure coming home is extra-special with hand-cast couture house - keys by Keys To My Castle in a variety of designs, $30 without - crystals; $60 with crystals — at H. Rault Inc. (3027 - Magazine St., 895-5346; www.hrault.com).
  • Make sure coming home is extra-special with hand-cast couture house keys by Keys To My Castle in a variety of designs, $30 without crystals; $60 with crystals — at H. Rault Inc. (3027 Magazine St., 895-5346; www.hrault.com).


click to enlarge Derived from a traditional African street craft, these beaded - sculptures come in a variety of sizes and animals (starting at $19.99), - including this large pink flamingo, $159.99; and peacock, $45 — - at the Audubon Zoo Marketplace (6500 Magazine St., 877-628-4917; - www.auduboninstitute.org).
  • Derived from a traditional African street craft, these beaded sculptures come in a variety of sizes and animals (starting at $19.99), including this large pink flamingo, $159.99; and peacock, $45 — at the Audubon Zoo Marketplace (6500 Magazine St., 877-628-4917; www.auduboninstitute.org).


click to enlarge Sure to become a child's favorite toy, the Tootin' Turtle Kickball - by Melissa & Doug features a turtle head and shell design with a - textured finish, $12 — at Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine - St., 899-3060; www.orientexpressed.com).
  • Sure to become a child's favorite toy, the Tootin' Turtle Kickball by Melissa & Doug features a turtle head and shell design with a textured finish, $12 — at Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060; www.orientexpressed.com).


click to enlarge Glass boxes with hand-painted embellishments by artists Mark - Lewanski and Mary Simcox of Glassboxguy come in a variety of sizes, - colors and shapes, including the rectangular green show here, $95, and - a small trinket box, $29 — available exclusively at - Isabella's (Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite - B101, Harvey, 304-4861; 3331 Severn Ave., Suite 105, Metairie, - 779-2028; www.isabellasgallery.com).
  • Glass boxes with hand-painted embellishments by artists Mark Lewanski and Mary Simcox of Glassboxguy come in a variety of sizes, colors and shapes, including the rectangular green show here, $95, and a small trinket box, $29 — available exclusively at Isabella's (Fountain Park Centre, 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Suite B101, Harvey, 304-4861; 3331 Severn Ave., Suite 105, Metairie, 779-2028; www.isabellasgallery.com).


click to enlarge Hand-crafted fused-glass ornaments come in a range of designs, $20 - each — at Lizano's Glass Haus (3400 Cleary Ave., Suite B, - Metairie, 454-1144; www.lizanosglasshaus.com).
  • Hand-crafted fused-glass ornaments come in a range of designs, $20 each — at Lizano's Glass Haus (3400 Cleary Ave., Suite B, Metairie, 454-1144; www.lizanosglasshaus.com).


click to enlarge A must-have item for parents on the go, the Packin' Smart, - five-compartment snack container keeps snacks fresh and secure (each - unit has a pour spout, or take off the lid for a snack bowl), fits - easily into a diaper bag, has a handle on top and measurements on the - side so you can even pack dry formula, $19.99 — at Baby Bump - Maternity (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 342-2347; www.nolababybump.com).
  • A must-have item for parents on the go, the Packin' Smart, five-compartment snack container keeps snacks fresh and secure (each unit has a pour spout, or take off the lid for a snack bowl), fits easily into a diaper bag, has a handle on top and measurements on the side so you can even pack dry formula, $19.99 — at Baby Bump Maternity (3331 Severn Ave., Metairie, 342-2347; www.nolababybump.com).


click to enlarge Comfort is stylish and portable with FlexFlop pedicure sandals that - fold in half for easy storage in a zippered bag embellished with a gold - and silver fleur de lis (other styles and colors available), $24 - — at My Spa By The Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; - www.myspabythepark.com).
  • Comfort is stylish and portable with FlexFlop pedicure sandals that fold in half for easy storage in a zippered bag embellished with a gold and silver fleur de lis (other styles and colors available), $24 — at My Spa By The Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; www.myspabythepark.com).


click to enlarge Made in New Orleans, Fleur De Sudz soaps are stamps with a lovely - fleur de lis design and come in a variety of scents, including Purple - Rain (with real lavender leaves), $5.95; and Tiger Bait, which includes - two small circle soaps in purple and gold (also available in Who Dat - black and gold), $5.95 for two — from My Spa by the Park - (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; www.myspabythepark.com).
  • Made in New Orleans, Fleur De Sudz soaps are stamps with a lovely fleur de lis design and come in a variety of scents, including Purple Rain (with real lavender leaves), $5.95; and Tiger Bait, which includes two small circle soaps in purple and gold (also available in Who Dat black and gold), $5.95 for two — from My Spa by the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219; www.myspabythepark.com).


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