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Crabtree & Evelyn is the place to go for gifts that capture the essence of English style with simple luxuries for the bedroom, bathroom and garden, and gifts that will be appreciated well beyond the holiday season, starting with their new Holiday Home Fragrance Collection ($7·50–$25, 1). Consisting of scented candles, botanicals, room sprays and environmental oils in four distinct fragrances (Moroccan Spice, Winter Apple, Vanilla Truffle and Warm Evergreen), the line is designed excite the senses and compliment your individual style. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores and online at

Mixter "electronic" socks, a fun way to protect your iPods, digital cameras, and cell phones ($10 at Target stores nationwide and, 2), come three to a pack and are machine washable. So be sure to change them up every now and again!

Isle of View (pronounced ‘I love you’), a Boulder, Col.-based publishing company, has released the new Isle of View Insight Deck ($15·95, 3). The 50-card deck, created by artist, author, poet and "acronym savant" Russell McDougal, features colourful contemporary pop art and original acronyms. Each acronym is a familiar word, translated letter by letter into phrases, to uplift, entertain and enlighten. Beautifully boxed, the Isle of View deck is a delightful stocking stuffer, secret Santa, party or "just because" gift. The cards can be used as a daily word, love note, or divinatory spread like esoteric decks. The deck is available online at and fun, hip stores everywhere.

The hectic holiday season is when a woman wants to have time to enjoy the private ritual of a bath and beauty treat. Borghese have wrapped these soothing, pampering pleasures in a luxurious gift box, Borghese Bellisimo Tuscany Holiday Gift Set ($49·50, 4), designed to refine your beauty and polish your spirit while indulging in the essence of Tuscany with these favorites to pamper, protect and soothe. The Set includes 2·5 oz Crema Saponetta cleansing cream, 6 oz Fango (mineral-enriched Italian active mud for face and body), Botanico Eye Compresses (30 pads), 1 oz Cur aForte moisture intensifier (a high-performance firming moisturizer that intensifies the skin's capacity to retain moisture), 1 oz Cura Di Vita Protettivo protective moisturizer SPF 15 (a luxurious lightweight moisturizing lotion), 8·4 oz Bagno Di Vita hentle foaming gel for bath and shower, and 6 oz Tono Body Crème (a lightweight, quick penetrating body treatment that helps restore moisture balance to parched skin). The Gift Set can be purchased at Bloomingdales, Nordstrom,, and Lord & Taylor.

Elizabeth Arden's World of Color Holiday make-up collection ($39·50 with any $21 or more Elizabeth Arden purchase, 5) has a dazzling colour collection every woman needs to look her best this holiday season. Encased in a purple python cosmetic case, the collection consists of two colour palette inserts, cool and warm, each with five eye shadows and one cheek colour; Double Density Mascara in Black, three lipsticks in Autumn, Fiesta, and Soft Red, Double Ended Lip Gloss wand in Pink Champagne and Sparkle Rum, Lip Pencil in Taupe, Eye Pencil in Smoky Black and three make-up brushes for cheek color, eye-liner and eye shadow. The Collection is currently available at Elizabeth Arden counters nationwide.

Inspired by Russia's "magnificent age" of opulent splendour, the Noël Home Fragrance Collection of glass-poured candles, angels "cherub" soaps, potpourri, and incense ($3·50–$28) is a classic Christmas collection that projects a timeless elegance. The line blends rare ingredients of frankincense with spices, cranberry, orange, and Siberian fir. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn Stores and online at

Taking inspiration from the finest of Parisian confectionaries, Crabtree & Evelyn introduces the Tout Bon! Soap Collection in individual square bath pieces and gift sets of six and nine ($6·50–$16). These tempting sets are infused with varied fragrances such as Mojito Lime, Strawberry Cordial, Butter Cream, Warm Apple Pie, Banana Cream and Raspberry Mocha, guaranteed to make an elegant gift for the most discerning person on your guest list. Available at all Crabtree & Evelyn stores and at

White & Warren's Charm Gloves ($110) at is simultaneously delicate yet fashionable, in warm cashmere with distinctive charms. Functional has never looked so good.

Scanty Clothing Company, based in Venice, Calif., makes some of the best women's loungewear and sleepwear designs on the market today, all from proprietary prints that are fun and memorable. Their holiday 2005 line includes the Karma Pajama set ($85 at Cheeks, Pittsburgh, Pa.), the Peace Love PJs ($85 at Tupelo Honey, Aventura, Fla., 7) and the decadently sexy Faces Niteshirt (US$55 at Urban Zen in Lake Oswigo, Or.).


Men’s gifts

Men are notoriously hard to shop for come the year-end gift-giving season; but not so if your first stop is Cartier. They have a plethora of gift items that that special man in your life will appreciate, including of the most coveted men's briefcases, bags, belts, key rings, pens, money clips and men's furnishings.

We are particularly enamored with the distinctive Pasha de Cartier Fountain and Ballpoint Pens. Encased in graphic black-and-white platinum finishing detail, our favourites are the Pasha de Cartier Ballpoint Pen in black composite and platinum-finish detailing and the Pasha de Cartier ballpoint and fountain pens with platinum finish.

Cartier's Cigar Humidor, an amber, honey-coloured casket in Indian rosewood with ebony marquestry and linear motifs, bears the Cartier seal in the form of an art-déco design; and is the height of luxurious, sophisticated indulgence for the enlightened cigar connoisseurs in your family.

Cartier Cufflinks (8) and key rings (9) can also serve as stocking stuffers; and the beautiful hand-crafted cufflinks (in black lacquer and mother of pearl) and the platinum-metal finished heart-shaped keyring from Cartier will bring him many years of enjoyment. All these items are available at Cartier Boutiques.

Men's accessories are expanding as jewelled collar stays, with sparkling diamonds, polished platinum, and gold monograms, add additional panache to the collared dress-shirt. The Stayclip Signature Series, designed by world-renowned jeweller, Lester Lampert, features hand-crafted 14 ct gold or platinum collar stays with monograms and diamond enhancements. The Stayclip Signature Series can be enhanced with a single diamond setting, a diamond tip or a fully diamond-encrusted edge and personalized with raised or pierced monograms.

The original Stayclip Collar Stay Organizer is an innovative collar stay storage system to keep stays neat, paired and organized. Each Stayclip storage system features patented stays with circular openings at the rounded end, allowing them to slide neatly on to the Stayclip for easy storage. The Signature Series sets of eight can be purchased starting at $3,140 for the 14 ct gold stays and $7,800 for the platinum stays (10). Fourteen-carat gold pairs begin at $690 and platinum pairs start at $1,500. All designer stays take approximately four to six weeks to handcraft.

For more information on Stayclip, visit

Carl DeSantis founded the DeSantis Collection catalogue as a means of bring unrivalled quality, genuine customer service and European classics for the well-dressed man; and his exacting standards, passion for European style and knowledge of executive wardrobe essentials have served to open up an under-served niche in the menswear market. The range of products and services run the gamut from elegant yet comfortable sportswear, fine footwear, pocket squares (11), cufflinks and other accessories to the innovative CustomEase made-to-order shirt and trouser programme.

Recently, Mr DeSantis introduced the internationally patent-pending watch cuff design, featured on his custom dress shirts. Meticulously crafted, these shirts allow wearers to showcase their fashionable timepieces through a fabric frame in the cuff. An avid watch collector, the billionaire businessman quipped, ‘I was tired of hiding my assets!’ He created this unique design for himself, but everyone who saw it was so intrigued. He then decided to include the cuff in the collection. It has been such a tremendous success that he will be offering both a custom-made and ready-made version of the Watch Cuff Shirt. For more details, go to

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