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INSTEAD OF A COOKBOOK
Indulge her sweet side with Philosophy’s recipe-inspired shower gel and bubble bath set. The “Classic Cookbook” box, $35, holds their most delectable scents yet, including red velvet cake, cinnamon buns and spicy pear cobbler.
Gift It: Philosophy Set, $35, at philosophy.com
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INSTEAD OF A KEYCHAIN...
Help an absent-minded friend stay organized with the SmartFinder 4-in-1 tracker. The beeping locaters attach to her keychain to help make sure she’ll never be locked out again! Gift It: SmartFinder 4 in 1, $35, at shopintuition.com
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INSTEAD OF A CD...
Let your aspiring American Idol star throw a karaoke party anywhere on her iPod! This cool plug-in mike includes a special Tuneprompter, which eliminates the vocals on songs already in your iTunes! Gift It: iKaraoke, $60, at fredflare.com
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INSTEAD OF A WREATH...
Let her grow her own Christmas tree with an all-in-one kit that grows two potted evergreen trees – right in her window sill! Gift It: EcoSource Home & Garden, $10, at shopintuition.com
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INSTEAD OF EARRINGS...
Put the “rock” in her rock n roll with bejeweled Bling Earbuds that make listening to her favorite tunes a red carpet event. Gift It: Bling Earbuds, $10, at zgallerie.com
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INSTEAD OF BARWARE...
Sweeten the deal with shot glasses made out of real candy canes! After toasting the season, she can down her drink – glass and all. Gift It: Candy Cane Shot Glasses, $9, at fredflare.com
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INSTEAD OF A DATE BOOK...
Give her time in a box! This modern scroll reveals nine years of month-by-month calendars that run back from 2006 and all the way though 2015! Gift It: 108 Time Box, $25, at gnr8.biz
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INSTEAD OF A SCARF...
Make a knitter out of her! DIY has never been so chic as Wool & the Gang’s luxury kit, which contains everything a crafter needs to create her own scarf from ethically sourced Peruvian wool.
Gift It: Scarf Kit, $150, at net-a-porter.com
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INSTEAD OF A BOARD GAME...
Skip the “bored” game! Indulge your favorite fashionista with Juicy Couture’s high-glamour take on the classic Clue, $58, styled to depict Juicy locales like The Shoe Salon and Design Studio.
Gift It: Juicy Couture Clue, $58, at juicycouture.com
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INSTEAD OF FRUITCAKE...
Let them mix up a fresh batch of something that everyone actually does love: cupcakes! Legendary L.A. bakery Sprinkles now comes in a mix, with six must-devour flavors to choose from, including Chocolate, Lemon, Banana and Red Velvet, for $14 a package. Best of all, Sprinkles’s signature dot decorations are included in each pack.
Gift It: Sprinkles Mix, $14, at williams-sonoma.com
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INSTEAD OF POINSETTIAS...
Give an azalea tree! It shares the same green and red colors of Christmas’s most popular plant, but ProFlowers’s Potted Azalea Topiary, $60, warms up any holiday decor with a tropical touch that she’ll be happy to have around even when the season is over.
Gift It: Azalea Tree, $60, at proflowers.com
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INSTEAD OF SLIPPERS
Give FitFlop Ultra Lounge slippers! The shearling-lined suede footwear, $80, makes lounging around the house into a leg-toning workout with the brand’s Microwobbleboard midsole, which exercises muscles while she walks – even if she’s just heading to the kitchen to nibble on leftovers.
Gift It: FitFlop Slippers, $80, at amazon.com
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INSTEAD OF POSTERS
Give your Gossip Girl lover a print that was part of the show’s set! Intermix has partnered with Richard Phillips to produce limited-edition 30- by 36.5-in. canvas reproductions of creations by the artist, which are displayed in the Van der Woodsen loft. One hundred percent of the $250 purchase price supports the Art Production Fund.
Gift It: Gossip Girl Prints, $250, at intermixonline.com/
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INSTEAD OF A DVD
Give instant access to more than 12,000 movies with a Netflix subscription! In addition to Netflix’s popular DVD mailing service, a $9/month subscription package now comes with free unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and television programs.
Gift It: Netflix Plan, from $9/mo., at netflix.com
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INSTEAD OF A CHRISTMAS BULB
Go bananas with an ornament by design star Jonathan Adler! Way more fun that a silver ball to decorate a tree, each matte porcelain fruit comes in a pop art box and hangs by a little metal hook that can be removed to decorate a table year-round, $24.
Gift It: Banana Ornament, $24, at jonathanadler.com
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INSTEAD OF BOOKS
Ignite her bookish tendencies with a Kindle! The world’s top-selling wireless reader, $250, lets book-lovers carry up to 1,500 tomes in a device that’s smaller than most magazines. The glare-free background reads like paper and downloads are easy: Grab any title, anywhere in just 60 seconds and for just $10.
Gift It: Kindle, $250, at amazon.com
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INSTEAD OF MEAT
Let him totally pig out and indulge his sugar fix! Luxe chocolatier Vosges is one-upping sausage baskets and frozen steaks with a Bacon Candy Bar Library, $25, which holds nine mini bars of – you guessed it! – chocolate infused with applewood-smoked bacon.
Gift It: Bacon Chocolate, $25, at vosgeschocolate.com
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INSTEAD OF A MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION
Make her a MagHound! Every magazine-lover’s fantasy, the service lets her pick and choose from more than 300 magazines, with packages that range from three to eight or more different titles per month, starting at just $5 a month.
Gift It: Maghound plan, from $5/mo., at maghound.com
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INSTEAD OF PERFUME
Let her create her own signature blend! Memoire Liquide fragrances are made to be mixed and matched. Choose three of her favorite notes, from $65 each, and let her apply them as she pleases to create a scent that is totally her own.
Gift It: Memoire Liquide, from $65, at memoireliquide.com
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INSTEAD OF LUGGAGE
Let her shop around with a canvas trompe l’oeil tote by Thomas Paul emblazoned with a silk-screened drawing of an antique, strapped-up suitcase.
Gift It: Luggage Tote, $50, at velocityartanddesign.com
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INSTEAD OF POTPOURRI
Give her decor a boost with Jaqua’s Aromatic Bird Diffuser! The Santa Barbara-based brand brings a little West Coast whimsy to home fragrance with a blown-glass bird filled with Pacific pomelo, chai and bergamot blend – and sea-grass “feather” diffuser in place of ordinary sticks, $65 each.
Gift It: Bird Diffuser, $65, at jaquabeauty.com
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INSTEAD OF CLOTHES
Make her into her own stylist with The New Secrets of Style, $20, InStyle magazine’s no-nonsense hardcover guide filled with tips for pinning down a signature look and always getting it right!
Gift It: New Secrets of Style, $20, at InStyle.com
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