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Personalized Gifts 

Presents they'll use and cherish now and in the future

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A favorite flower
Full-cut pave GVS quality diamonds embellish a white-gold fleur de lis pendant that can be worn on a silk cord or a chain and comes in a choice of sizes: small is .23 carats of diamonds for $720, or a large version is .64 carats of diamonds for $1,470; designed by local jewelry artist Tom Mathis from Symmetry Jewelers (8138 Hampson St., 861-9925).
Dress with flair
Brown, gold, green and orange combine in an interesting print on a spaghetti-strap, V-neck dress with brown satin trim by Fabrik, $68. Accessorize with a chocolate bead- and sequin-spangled handbag with a silver handle, $29, available at Wish (306 Chartres St., 552-4301) and Fabrik (604 Royal St., 581-1515).

Photo by David Richmond

Photo by David Richmond
Earful of fashion
Find new accents for all your outfits with earrings like these hoops with green shell circles on them and gold chandelier earrings with fuchsia crystals, $3.50 each, from Wish (306 Chartres St., 552-4301) and Fabrik (604 Royal St., 581-1515).
Gift a plenty
Give your favorite person a box filled with relaxation and great smells with Aveda's "Sense of Indulgence" gift set that includes (back l-r) a tube of Hand Relief cream, Smoothing Body Polish, Replenishing Body Moisturizer, Calming Body Cleanser, (front l-r), a cherry-seed neck pillow, a jar of Soothing Aqua Therapy, tourmaline-charged Radiance Masque, Beautifying Composition, and an aromatic Lavandou Pure-Fumeé candle, a $180 value for $128, at Salon Du Beau Monde (612 Julia St., 568-0050;

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Warm and fuzzy
Rabbit fur dyed in a leopard design is fashioned into a short jacket with a collar by Shine New York, $236; and looks great over a crystal-studded gold leather belt by B.B. Simon, $210, from Bellini (474 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 835-2021).
Worth their weight in gold
Metallic accessories are all the rage, and these will save you a mint: pierced silver soft-side shoulder bag with braided ties on each side, $29.50; an oversized copper hobo bag with side fringe, $23.50; copper wedge-heel pumps with top-stitched trim by Delicious, $13; and a copper, platinum and gold braided leather belt, $10.50; all from Buffalo Exchange (3312 Magazine St., 891-7443;

Photo by David Richmond

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Sparkling blue
A sleeveless, teal V-neck tank with a sequin decoration on the front by Kenzie is perfect for the holidays and long afterward, $65, from All About Me! (3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6463;
Guy things
He'll love getting jewelry during the holidays when it's as stylish and wearable as these: A wide, sterling silver ring has a hammered-gold band in the center by Gilli, $25; or choose a sterling silver ring with designs and jewels of garnet and citrine on the top by Tony Pahr, $120; both will go well with a sterling silver bracelet made with sculpted diamond shapes and links by Wild Things, $140; all from Sabai (3115 Magazine St., 899-9555; 924 Royal St., 525-6211).
Photo by David Richmond

Photo by David Richmond
New look for an old standard
It's a whole new take on a classic cardigan: a three-quarter length sleeve on a cable-knit cardigan is dressed up with a spiffy fabric on the top of the sweater and fancy crochet around the neckline by Free People, $88. Whether you wear it over a skirt or jeans, you can dress up the look with gold leather, bow-front slippers by Rocket Dog, $40; both from Gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 865-9625).
Enduring symbol
The fleur de lis is as New Orleans as an oyster po-boy, and here it is hand-stitched onto a heart that adorns a long-sleeved fatigue thermal shirt, which has "Saving Nola" embroidered on the back by Pooch Clothing, $58 for child sizes, $80 for adults; from Pooch Clothing (By appointment, 625 St. Charles Ave., Suite 1A, 261-1000;

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Newsworthy toppers
Let people know where you get your news with Gambit Weekly T-shirts in a range of styles, colors and logos, including a cap-sleeve women's T-shirt with "I am Blake Pontchartrain" on the front, $19.19; and a pink "Gambit Weekly" junior ringer tee with a GW logo on the back, $20.39; available from Cafe Press (
The wild side
This versatile outfit can be worn to work out or for a night on the town. The Stretch Velvet Awesome Pants, $60, are lined in a "wick away" tactel workout fabric, and the velvet leopard-pint top comes in sheer leopard or shimmery leopard, $62, both by Carushka; available at Priorities (8128 Hampson St., 861-8780).
Early-bird specials
Shoppers who browse through the beauty gifts at Shine Spa + Specialties (622 Conti St., 581-4999) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 16 and make a donation (for admission) will be treated to a voodoo love ritual and seance by renowned author, spiritualist and paranormal investigator Jackie Barrett as well as a display of New Orleans cemeteries photographs by local artist Bernardo while enjoying refreshments. Receive a free candle with any $50 purchase. The following day, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, enjoy Theresa Andersson's presentation of her new CD Shine and receive free gift wrapping for all your purchases. You'll also receive free samples of skin-care products and a complimentary chair massage from Spa Aria at the Hotel Monteleone.


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