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Distinctive stocking stuffers in a variety of price ranges

Photos by Carlton Mickle

Ho, Ho, Ho! It's Hoteiosho — Japan's answer to Santa Claus — and he's got a bag full of Spice Sisters hair waxes in the hold of your choice: Hard Wax, Soft Wax, Freeze Wax and Shining Straight. These Japanese imports are $18 each at Beehive (1501 Tchoupitoulas St., 565-5309).
Glide right through any rough spots this holiday season with Smooth & Tone Body-Svelt Cream with chlorogenic acid by Pevonia Botanica — $56 at Aqua Medspa (3262 Severn Ave. Metairie; 883-5558).
Ask any woman. Ageless beauty is no small thing! But this 75-day supply of G.M. Collin Ceramide Daily Comfort nourishing anti-aging capsules will fit right into both her stocking and her skin-care routine — $87 at My Spa By the Park (6312 Argonne Blvd., 482-2219;
The perfect complement to that French cuff shirt you've got wrapped for him under the tree, this pair of Chinese coin cuff links with peridot stuff quite nicely into his stocking — $95 at Sabai (3115 Magazine St., 899-9555; 924 Royal St., 525-6211;
Indulge someone with a penchant for the finer things with a necklace from Dominique Giordano's Caviar collection. Made from sterling silver with apatite gemstones, it's $375 at Dominique Giordano (5420 Magazine St., 895-3909;
Everything else in that stocking will pale by comparison to this stunning little treasure. It's a beautiful 18-karat white gold and cabochon emerald ring with diamonds — $9,850 at Wellington & Company (505 Royal St., 525-4855;

Play musical stockings this year with a pair of CDs from Snug Harbor: Jesse McBride presents The Next Generation and Victor Goines' Love Dance — $17 each at Snug Harbor (626 Frenchmen St., 949-0696;
For the person who considers Fido to be a member of the family, a pet portrait by Kelly Hawkins is a great gift. The commissioned acrylic-on-canvas works start at $500. Call 606-6277 for more information.
A generous heart, for sure! But does Santa have a sweet tooth, too? You might think so if you find Duke Morgan's private-label chocolate-flavored coffee and biscotti in your stocking — $12 at Duke Morgan (3607 Magazine St., 309-9394;
You can give the gift of a healthy bronze glow with a Bronze Goddess Tan gift certificate (234-4514; This UV-free mobile spray tanning company comes to your home or office and offers personalized, private service with a custom-mixed tanning solution and a fully ventilated enclosure.
It's a tummy tuck in a box! Spanx body-shaping tights slim the waistline instantly. Available in black and brown for $24-$38, choose the pair that's right for you at Feet First (4119 Magazine St., 899-6800;
Sometimes even the person with the most pro-active skin-care routine will forget to extend that TLC to his or her hands and feet. Aveda Hand Relief and Foot Relief gift sets, $40 each, include both a regular size and travel-size tube — at Salon du Beau Monde (612 Julia St., 568-0050;

A gift certificate can be the perfect stocking stuffer!

Whether the person on your gift list wants to stop smoking, remove unwanted hair, lose weight or reduce stress, a gift certificate to Laser Concepts of Louisiana (2800 Manhattan Blvd., Ste. C, Gretna; 4720 S. I-10 Service Road, Suite 201B, Metairie; 888-8484) might be just what they're wishing for.

Getting fit is a popular New Year's resolution. Help a friend or family member take that first step with a gift certificate to One To One Personal Training (735 Octavia St., 891-5121;, where many clients see serious results in only 30 minutes per week.

The women-only fitness club Curves (902 Poydras St., 566-1165; 1000 S. Carrollton Ave., 866-1123; 2701 Airline Drive, Metairie, 837-0882; 4100 Gen. Degaulle Drive, Algiers, 324-5640; offers an atmosphere of encouragement for women who want to firm up, with gift certificates available for loved ones who'd like to help support their efforts.


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