From the Personal Shopper

As a Personal Stylist, this is such a fun time of year for me. Although, shopping for my family and clients can be exhausting. Thank goodness I love it!

Gifts For Her

Jewelry Heidi Klum designed a jewelry collection for Mouawad, and the diamond chandelier earrings are to die for. ($3,000+). Or these earrings by Ruff&Cut, a luxury jewelry company, that uses recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds ($8525). Bangle bracelets are all the rage - and will be well through SS09. Check out Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. ($395), Isharya ($354), or the Orka bangle with emerald-cut crystals by Michael Teperson ($500). The Swarovski Cinderella cocktail ring ($260) will surely get attention, as well as classic diamond earrings ($500+) by Blue Nile.

Designer Handbags and Shoes
Timing is right with retail sales to go for a statement piece, such as a Judith Leiber Goddess clutch ($2,695) or a classic designer handbag, like the oversized pearlized muse by YSL ($1895). And for the shoe connoisseur ... stunningly gorgeous heels, such as these sandals ($694) by Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior cutout sandals ($780), or these Manolo beauties ($945).

To Keep Her Warm
REI down booties - she will live in these when she is not in her heels ($29.95). And how about a Spa Robe ($135). Perhaps a matching set for the two of you! And a Burberry silk trench coat ($1195).

Fun Stuff
Holiday eye shadow palette ($45) by Laura Mercier, or spa pampering products such as Bliss the Tenderfoot ($68) or Bliss Big Buzz Bundle ($122).



Gifts For Him

Cool Home and Travel Accessories For the traveler, the World Time Clock ($79). DayNa Decker's Luminesse Sculptures, innovative light designs that are eco-friendly ($250 and up).

and Such vedaDUDE, a non-cosmetic line that is fresh, clean and simple, without the use of typical preservatives and steroids ($20 per item). Anvers 2 cologne is not only a warm and comforting scent, it's also incredibly unique. And it can be shared, so men and women benefit from this purchase ($94). Or, Zizan ($125), Ormonde Jayne's newest scent for me, where through November 27th, receive 10% off with promotional code: THANKS.

Designer Wardrobe Items
Sporty jackets or blazers such as Robert Graham's velvet jacket ($898), a funky herringbone blazer ($209) by Dirty English, or William Rast's tuxedo blazer ($458). A tailored fit shirt like this Theory ($165) one. Or, something with a bit more attitude, like Bugatchi ($125+). Casual ($195) or dressy ($198) slip on loafers. And an elegant, yet classic Cartier Tank Francaise watch ($4000+). Nothing is more distinguishing on a man than a well fitted suit, like this Dolce & Gabbana classic ($1395). Bring more attention to it by accessorizing with a gorgeous Salvatore Ferragamo tie ($155) or a silk pocket square ($24.95). Can't wait for Lugo's silk pocket squares ($36) to go online. Don't forget the Ermenegildo Zegna cashmere scarf ($180).


Gifts For Kids

For wee little ones, Metallic baby moccasins ($28) or HABA Discovery Balls ($5 each). If you have a little artist on your hands, this Scribbles Coloring Book ($19) is great! Or for those a little younger, an Insect Chunky Puzzle ($8). For the fashion designer, there's Design A Heavenly Wardrobe ($25). And for the of-the-moment young collector, Bakugan toys and accessories ($8 and up).

On my son's list this year, the PSP Limited Edition NFL Entertainment Pack ($199). On my daughter's list, American Girl doll Mia ($90) in this outfit ($28). Gaining buzz, is Pixel Chix: Roomies ($49.99). And WiiWare ($) for the Wii ($299). GAP Holiday Cruiser ($299). There is also an adult version ($499).

Stocking Stuffers

Sant' Eustachio il Caffe' ($20). Yogitoes towel ($60) for the yogi in your life. Smart gifts from The Body Shop ($10+). Wildlife calendar ($20). Mini Robo Vacuum ($20). USB Hub Chain ($22). Non-Planner Datebook ($20). I Love Dirt book ($12.95) housed with outdoor activities for the whole family. My daughter would love the Rain Parade Mini Umbrella ($32) and the Russian Doll coin purse ($14). And for my son, a solid gold pen set ($10, set of 5), Ninetendo Wii gum ($6) and pocket Guitar Hero ($22). Clarisonic Yours and Mine electronic facial cleansing brushes ($350).Roaring Rose head wrap ($24) and Valentino: Themes and Variations book ($75) for the ladies. And for him, a Panasonic Arc IV Nano shaver ($249.95).


Gifts For Friends

VeeV acai liquor fused with exotic berry and 100% all-natural ingredients in a hand-crafted, column distilled base wheat spirit ($35). Cloudland Stationery set ($20). Eat. Shop NYC book ($16.95) - other cities available. Or, What Would Audrey Do book ($22.50). Hot chocolate set ($19.50). Williams-Sonoma Pure & Green deluxe gift set ($39.95). Wine of the Month Club ($107.85 for 3 months).


Gifts For Co-Workers and Associates

Archipelago Botanicals Home Diffuser ($59). Pick any scent - you can't go wrong - and they last for 6 months. Sukie Agenda book ($30). WeSC Oboe Headphones ($70). Beaba Babycook ($149.95) for the working new mother. Monogrammed glass set ($68 set of 6). Glass domed cake plate ($30) for the baker. All-in-one Executive Game Center ($66.95). Leather Stationery Gift Box Set ($69.95).


Technological Wonders

While I love technology almost as much as the geek marketer herself, I always enlist Shannon's help in finding the latest and greatest techno gizmos. Here are the top 5 picks for this holiday season: Netbook ($399). Google Android phone ($200). For those without an iPhone, the iPod Touch ($229). Wii Fit ($119.99), plus the Wii ($299.99) if you don't have one. Amazon Kindle ($359).



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