Your holiday shopping list is long, right? Bet your personal wish list is even longer! So many presents to get. So many presents to dream of getting.
Here are some style-conscious ideas to make your job easier.
Who knows? Maybe you'll find one of these in your stocking.
-- Easy Does It
While everyone's speeding up, the folks at Cummings & Good are encouraging customers to stop and smell the roses. The graphics-design firm is issuing "Slow," a calendar that advocates the virtues of slowness in our lives. "Slow" is the seventh in a series of calendars from Cummings & Good, and the first available to the general public. It might be tough to find the perfect wall space for the odd-size calendar (7 inches wide by 34 inches long), but hey, take your time. "Slow" is $25 and available via the company's Web site, www.cummings-good.com, or by calling 860-526-9597.
-- Up In Smoke
The holidays are all about indulgences, so treat your favorite puff daddy (or mama) to the best in luxury cigars. This Connoisseur's Selection Holiday Gift Box is available at local tobacconists for $182. The handmade wooden box includes a dozen cigars: four Macanudo Vintage 1993 Cabinet Selection, four Partagas Limited Reserve and four Cohiba. For more information on cigars, see www.cigarworld.com.
-- You Light Up My Life
Sure, Eddie Bauer has all manner of warm sweaters, coats and jackets to keep you toasty for the winter. But the company also has bedding and housewares to heat you up during the coldest months. This Snowflake Up-Light lamp, $29, provides a warm glow for the bedroom or living room. Not all snowflakes were made to melt. At select Eddie Bauer stores or from www.eddiebauer.com.
-- Mistle Toes
'Tis the season to treat your tootsies right. After all the time spent on your feet shopping (or multiple trips to the refrigerator), sooth your lower extremities with L'Occitane's new Foot Cream, for $22. Rich in shea butter, the cream also contains soothing lavender oil to hydrate and comfort your aching feet. Available at L'Occitane stores.
-- It Was A Very Good Year
Who can resist a glass or two of bubbly, especially during the holidays? If you're extra good, maybe you'll be served some of Moet & Chandon's 1995 vintage champagnes, perfect for holiday imbibing. Juicy and generous, the 1995 vintage offers ripe, complex and intense flavors. If you're torn between Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial 1995 or Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Rose 1995, why not buy them both? At $40 and $45, respectively, they're a delicious bargain. Get thee to a package store.
-- Seeing Red
It's the color of Rudolph's nose, Santa's suit and the stripe on a peppermint candy cane. It's red. And it's all over the place. Banana Republic has dipped into royal red for the season, offering cashmere separates for men in that brightest of holiday hues. A cashmere scarf ($95) or cashmere socks ($24.50) will keep your favorite guy warm and snuggly all season. Available at Banana Republic stores or online at www.bananarepublic.com.
-- Brush-on Beauty
Are your makeup brushes getting a little dull and dowdy? The smartest, most fashionable brushes come from Calvin Klein. Housed in a sleek silver pop-up cylinder case, Calvin's Brush Set ($125) is perfect for the home, office or travel. The set includes six power tools: powder brush, blush brush, large eye shadow brush, small eye shadow brush, eyeliner brush and lip brush. Don't let St. Nick give you the brush-off this Christmas. Put this one on your list. Available where Calvin Klein cosmetics are sold.
-- Party In A Pot
Sharing is key for the holidays. That's what makes communal bowls of punch so fun and platters of food so inviting. But if you really want to get into the culinary communal spirit, you can't do better than a fondue pot. Make your favorite cheesy lava, and start dunking. So '70s! This tasty fondue set is made by Bodum and sells for $69.99 at Target stores nationwide.
-- Message To Michael
Every stylish gal knows that Michael Kors makes some very sophisticated clothes. But did you know he also makes a very sophisticated women's fragrance? Michael is the new must-have scent of the season. The voluptuous and sexy fragrance is available in four different gift sets (priced from $83 to $168) and is available at Nordstrom nationwide.
-- Midas Touch
You don't have to rob a bank to keep up with this season's fashion demand for gold. Not all the gilt looks are the kind you wear. And they aren't all 18-karat. Kmart makes festive gold candles ($3.99 to $9.99) to dress up your home and keep it golden bright all season long.
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