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Exceptional Gift Guide 2011 

These leather elbow-length gloves have rows of military-inspired buttons for a contemporary take on a classic style — $98 at Fini (6250 Gen. Diaz St., 304-0633;
Jay Strongwater's Violets mini compact is a functional keepsake. The case is 2 inches in diameter, hand-painted with gold enamel and decorated with three violets with Swarovski crystal pave and pink enamel petals and amethyst accents — $195 at Adler's (722 Canal St., 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 523-5292;
Handcrafted from mahogany and available in 100 finishes (including black and gold), this Indonesian wooden chess set is a strategic move to capture the attention of players and collectors — $195 at Christian Street Furniture (3029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 841-3332;
Mesmerizing as a nebula, the Deux Lux Cosmic Love iPad Sleeve's sequins create a luminous display of pink and gold — $65 at Hickory Chicks (1915 Hickory Ave., Suite A, River Ridge, 324-2454).
Surprise a dinner host and toast the holidays with Sabra chocolate orange liqueur. Produced in Israel and served in a bottle modeled after a 2,000-year-old Phoenician wine flask, this kosher libation can be served as an after-dinner drink or used for cooking, cocktails or coffee — $33.99 at Kosher Cajun (3519 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-2010;
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Made locally from 100 percent cotton and a thread of humor, the iCook apron dishes a clever play on Apple's iconic branding — $24 at Wearable Vegetables (5701 Crawford St., Harahan, 731-1027;
Fabricated from titanium,plated with gold andembellished with black onyx, these Sama sunglasses are the epitome of understated luxury and style — $1,070 at Uptown Eyecare (4004 Magazine St., 899-3937;
This sterling silver alligator head money clip has a hinged jaw that clasps bills securely — $275 at Jose Balli (800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8990;
Crafted of natural linen adorned with a silk-screened vintage typewriter, the handmade Track and Field laptop bag boasts modern utility with an old-school twist — $56 at Ragdoll (5235 Magazine St., 304-5073;
Lend a hand to pet owners and pamper their pups with a 10-day day care package from Canine Connection. For up to 13 hours per day, pooches can enjoy the company of other dogs in indoor and outdoor playrooms — $190 at Canine Connection (4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 218-4098; 617 S. Claiborne Ave., 304-3844;
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Green Swarovski crystals and oxidized brass plating give the Syrah Necklace by Dannijo a majestic, museum-quality dignity — $695 at Designer Social (4858 Magazine St., 343-5419;
12Give an intimate dinner for eight of your closest friends and family in The Flaming Torch’s private Blue Room and partake in a four-course meal, a cocktail and glass of wine — for an evening to remember — $750 includes tax and gratuity at The Flaming Torch (737 Octavia St., 895-0900;
This sterling silver alligator head money clip has a hinged jaw that clasps bills securely — $275 at Jose Balli (800 Metairie Road, Metairie, 832-8990;
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