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Holiday Guide: Give

Our must-get gift picks for him and her

By Maureen Adamo
Home stylish home
The beloved shelter blog has finally been compiled into a vibrant, time-warping print edition, complete with home tours, DIY projects and tutorials. If she ever pokes her head up from its beautiful pages, you'll enter a wormhole of thank yous. "Design Sponge at Home" by Grace Bonney, $35, Anthropologie, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and The District at Green Valley Ranch,

Design sponge at home

Bowled over
These porcelain bowls add warmth to any table, and each are finished with hand-cut rims, adding charming individuality to any arrangement. Michael Wainwright gold bowl, $244, Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture, Fashion Show Mall,


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Choco Christmas
Max Brenner says chocolate is good for us, and we're not ones to argue. Think of it as giving the gift of health. Holiday packages, $19.90-$89, Max Brenner, Forum Shops,


Sparkle in stereo
They may not be blasting "Poker Face" like they used to, but audiophiles will still love these glam earbud headphones. Monster Heartbeats by Lady Gaga headphones, $129.99, Best Buy, multiple locations,

You're lugging good
The people at Jack Spade pay a lot of attention to the science of carrying things, so they designed this bag to age with character. Constructed with latex-dipped industrial canvas and a double-reinforced bottom, the more he uses it, the better it looks. Jack Spade canvas brief, $245, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show Mall,


Furry and friendly
All-over fur is sometimes a bit much, but this cute little puff is the perfect winter accessory she'd never think to buy for herself - and it's cruelty-free. Faux fur collar, $17.95, H&M, multiple locations

Ale tales
Chock-full of hard-won knowledge of the American beer industry - from best craftsmen to perfect brews and have-to-be-there festivals, organized by region for his fantasy road-tripping pleasure. "The Great American Ale Trail: The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation" by Christian DeBenedetti, $20,

Just in case
He's not just a guy nostalgic for ink and paper. He likes to look smart, too. DODO Case for iPad, $79.95, J Crew, Fashion Show Mall,

Natural high
Handcrafted, organic, sustainable spirits: The Southern Californian producers infuse 14 aromatics in the gin alone, resulting in a floral-yet-savory sip that benefits most from a little tonic water, but also lovely in a champagne cocktail - perhaps under the mistletoe? Greenbar Collective spirits at Whole Foods Market, Town Square, 589-7711 and Khoury's Fine Wine & Spirits, 9915 S. Eastern Ave. #110, 435-9463

Ride and shred
Is it a bike? Is it a skateboard? It's both, in one confounding syllable. Created by racing brothers Bart and Steve Wilson and manufactured here in Las Vegas, the sbyke debuted this year and was promptly embraced by freestyling BMXers. Played straight or tricked out, the sbyke's rear-driven engineering keep it out of been-there-done-that scooter territory. $249,

Salad from the future
Sleek and silver, these modern pieces serve hosts of every style. Salad doesn't have to be mundane. Ensalata servers, $42,

Bipolar express
When he's good, he is very, very good. And when he's bad, he's even better. Naughty and Nice socks, $19, Barneys, Palazzo,

Right in the kisser
OK, so it's for your sister. Who cares? She'll plant her soft and kissable lips on your cheek for this one. Fresh Kissing Ritual, $25, Sephora, multiple locations,

Chucks for grown-ups
His new favorite shoes will be his old favorite shoes, updated with soft brown leather. Converse high-tops, $110, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fashion Show Mall,

Jacket up, jacket down
Unless he's the rare man willing to make bold sartorial moves, asking him to embrace fashion-forward velvet or velour might prompt a revocation of your privileges as fashion buyer. But we're betting he can get behind this season's softer side with a jacket easily styled up or down. Men's woolen blazer, $100, Zara, Fashion Show Mall,

For every body
Bring us your weak, your tired ... your gym rats. This dual-purpose scrub and soak with soothing eucalyptus and rosemary will ease his overworked muscles while Arnica and Epsom salts exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub and Muscle Soak, $35, Sephora, multiple locations,

You scent me
A six-generation legacy of hand-crafted fragrance in gorgeous, hand-blown bottles. White Flowers ($575) has notes of green apple, jasmine and musk for the romantic Royal Oud ($300) is a rich layering of lemon, bergamot, cedarwood and oud - flattering to both him and her. Creed Royal Exclusives, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show Mall,

Droid you're looking for
Bendable, poseable: Cubebot comes in three sizes and folds away neatly into what else ... a cube. His hardwood frame is near-indestructible and made of renewable resources. Take that, Transformers. Cubebot by David Weeks, $25, Unica Home, 3901 W. Russell Road, 616-9280,


Here's the dish
For the multifaceted, a dish to match. Surface dish by Rosenthal, $140, Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture, Fashion Show Mall,

Hardcore corn
Here's handmade gourmet popcorn with a dash of molecular gastronomy. Beware of instilling intense addiction with flavors like dilly pickle, a nothing-but-cheese-and-salt white cheddar and "choke you" jalapeño. Popped Gourmet Popcorn, 9480 S. Eastern Ave. #110, 998-9234,

Hearts of the matter
She'll wear your heart on her sleeve from morning to night with this pretty pattern of your affection wrapped around her wrist. Floating hearts bangles in ivory and black, $95, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show Mall

Dessert island
The gourmet in your life is bored. Deliver a swift kick to the toque with recipes from Momofuku Milk Bar's pastry queen. Cereal milk ice cream, compost cookies, crack pie ... need we say more? To sweeten the deal, offer your kind services in licking up the mess. Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi, $35,

clutch gone luxe
The color of mulled wine with a snow flurry of sparkle, this exquisite bag embodies the romance of the season - a classic she'll return to year after year. VBH clutch, $2,150, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show Mall,

I have the powder
The art deco bottle is to-die-for, and the introduction of the Vol de Nuit fragrance to this year's subtly shimmering holiday powder puts it high on the it-girl's wish list. Guerlain Vol de Nuit perfumed shimmer powder for face and body, $87, Guerlain, The Shoppes at the Palazzo

Readable edibles
McSweeney's applies their gorgeous genius to our favorite topic: eating. And you know it's going to be extra good, because it's edited by the savory side of Momofuku, chef David Chang. Every issue of the quarterly will explore a single theme with the usual depth and insight, publishing everything from art and photos to rants and essays, and, of course, recipes. Lucky Peach subscription, $28,

Sparkley Shoes

Heeling energy
She may experience trouble walking - because she won't be able to take her eyes off these gorgeous heels. In fact, neither will anyone else. Christian Louboutin "Ziggy" heels, $1,395, Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show Mall,

A case of style
Why give her the latest in sleek tech gadgetry only to hide it in a clunky neoprene carry-all? This case is still lined with neoprene, so it protects just like the other, but looks a million times better. Mumbai tablet computer case, $58, Anthropologie, Forum Shops at Caesars Palace and The District at Green Valley Ranch,

Save face
If he doesn't use a pre-shave oil under his usual creams and gels, he's missing a closer, more comfortable shave. Essential oils of eucalyptus and peppermint cushion against the razor and will help him save face. Anthony pre-shave oil, $22, Sephora, multiple locations,

Bunny Hat

Creature cuteness
If visions of sugar plums turn to nightmares of Elmer's glue and glitter when the words "handmade" and "gift" meet, fret not. Local Etsy-ist Tobie Harris of LuLu's Woobies makes adorable, animal-eared hats for tykes of all ages. $18-$45, LuLu's Woobies,

It's a draw
Why should Spielberg have all the fun? Create artwork in multiple dimensions with a special pen and see it pop to life when viewed through the kit's 3D glasses. Now all that's left is figuring out how to draw dinosaurs in space-time. Incredible 3D doodle kit, $7.50, Unica Home, 3901 W. Russell Road, 616-9280,

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