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Entertaining Gift Guide 

Dazzle the oenophile on your list with the Bountiful Joy gift set, which includes five bottles of wine and an assortment of snacks and sweets, $99 at Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer St., Metairie, 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Suite A1, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 894-7420;
Favored by British royalty, a bottle of Buchanan's Red Seal Scotch lets guests drink like kings and queens, $155.99 at Cork and Bottle (3700 Orleans Ave., Suite 1C, 483-6314;
A tower of exotic oils and vinegars lends intense flavor to salads and breads, $13.99-$17.99 at Vom Fass (5725 Magazine St., 302-1455;
A floral topiary of white roses and red carnations is the perfect finishing touch for a dinner party or a romantic evening at home, $50-$65 at Federico's Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).
Explore the art of Creole cuisine with this gift set, which includes Creole seasoning, a pepper blend, two hot sauces and a cookbook by chef Richard Stewart, $24.95 at Gumbo Shop (630 St. Peter St., 525-1486;
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Gather the gang and enjoy fruit-infused tobaccos smoked from an ornate glass hookah, $90 at The Herb Import Company (Citywide;
Heads-up to the hostess with the mostest: This glitzy lace agate and amethyst necklace takes even the simplest little black dress from drab to fab, $1,495 at Sabai Jewelry (924 Royal St., 525-6211; 3115 Magazine St., 899-9555;
With flavors like red velvet, German chocolate, strawberry and banana pecan, these baked-from-scratch cupcakes bring the party to your mouth — and just about anywhere else, $2.25 each or $24 for a dozen at Sweet NOLA Cupcakes (7901 Earhart Blvd.,
Satisfy a sweet tooth with a duet of Bellagio Decadent Cupcake Mix, $9, and White Chocolate Sipping Chocolate, $10.50, both at Blue Frog Chocolates (5707 Magazine St., 269-5707;
The Miele Whole Bean Built-In Coffee System accomplishes every task necessary for a good cup of brew, from grinding coffee beans to storing mugs, $2,499 to $3,099 at Nordic Kitchens and Baths (4437 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-2300;
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This quirky bovine cutting board brings whimsy to standard cheese-and-cracker appetizers, $29 at St. James Cheese Company (5004 Prytania St., 899-4737;
Studded velvet pumps by Sam Edelman bring a fierce note to a festive ensemble, $224.99 at Feet First (526 Royal St., 569-0005; 4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; www.
Gather the gang and enjoy fruit-infused tobaccos smoked from an ornate glass hookah, $90 at The Herb Import Company (Citywide;
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