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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Another Holiday Gift Guide

Meanwhile, our pals at Full Picture have their own suggestions for Holiday Gifts:

Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bra: Supermodel Tyra Banks models the 2004 Heavenly ‘70’ Fantasy Bra by Mouawad, in the Victoria’s Secret ‘Christmas Dreams And Fantasies’ The Heavenly ‘70’ Fantasy Bra by Mouawad features a 70-carat flawless pear-shape diamond in the center. Inspired by Victoria’s Secret’s Angels Collection, the Fantasy Bra has been created with a delicate angel-wing motif. Adorned with 2,900 pave-set diamonds and weighing a total of 112 carats, this year’s Fantasy Bra is set in 18-karat white gold. The one-of-a-kind bra is worth $10 million.

XACT Stream|Jockey Plug+Play Satellite Radio Receiver and Portable Pod The Stream|Jockey Plug+Play receives Sirius satellite radio with over 120 commercial free stations of music, talk, news, weather, traffic and more. The receiver can be plugged into a home stereo and a car audio system. XACT Portable Pod is the first ever wireless accessory, allowing you to receive satellite radio transmission through the Stream|Jockey Plug + Play without being plugged in. It provides over 3 hours of playing time. The Stream|Jockey satellite radio receiver is priced from $99to $149; the Portable Pod is $99.

Rocawear Playa Pack and Women’s Accessories Rocawear is offering the Playa Pack for the 2004 holiday season. The Playa Pack gift set contains a Silver Signature edition official Rocawear basketball, 2 pairs of Rocawear athletic socks and a limited edition Roc-a-fella CD with such artists as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Nicole Wray, Cam’ron and numerous others. The Playa Pack is available from Macy’s, Dr. J’s and D.E.M.O. for $50. For the Rocawear lady, there are a wide variety of handbags, belts and sunglasses. Made from leathers and furs with metallic trims. Rocawear accessories range in price from $30-$100, available at department stores and specialty stores nationwide.

Perrier Jouët 1999 Fleur de Champagne Blanc de Blancs This very rare Champagne pays homage to the greatest of Perrier Jouët’s 100-percent-rated Cramant vineyards, which are at the heart of all the Fleur de Champagne prestige cuvées. It was in 1902 that master glassmaker and Art Nouveau founder Émile Gallé created the original “Flower Bottle” which honored the Belle Époque era and now provides a fitting backdrop for this beautiful gold elixir. Availability for the 1999 vintage is extremely limited and retail price is $220 per bottle.

Fill-r-up Gift Baskets
Want to make a phone call, name any products and have them beautifully assembled in a holiday gift basket for a business associate or a loved one? Fill-r-up is a customized gift basket service and retail store located in Manhattan's Upper East Side which provides this unique service. Pre-assembled baskets are also available nationally on the website www.fill-r-up.com or 866-fill-r-up (345-5787).

Alpha Omega Jewelers Alpha Omega, America’s leading luxury watch and jewelry retailer offers the most sought after watches, perfect for holiday gift giving. A.Lange & Sohne Double Split- Referred to as an emotional timepiece by watch collectors the world over, the A. Lange & Söhne Double Split may be pricey ($97,800), but it’s worth it. Two precise hands measure time – one splits the minutes, the other splits the seconds. Baume and Mercier Vice-Versa- The hot, new watch of the season, this trend setting watch doubles as a bracelet. One side tells the time and the other is a polished steel bracelet set with diamonds. It retails for $795.

Gran Centenario Ultra Premium Tequila Gran Centenario ultra- premium tequila is recognized for smoothness and versatility. Available at fine liquor and wine stores, nationwide, bottles of Gran Centenario’s Plata, Reposado, and Añejo tequilas are perfect for specialty cocktails like the Holiday Season Beso (tequila and hot chocolate) or simple sipping on ice.

barbara k Lightweight Power Drill The barbara k! Power-Lite Cordless Drill Kit, is the newest product from Barbara K, Power-Lite Cordless Drill has the power of a standard drill yet is lighter, less bulky and easier to handle. In addition to the website (www.barbarak.com), barbara k! tools are also sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Ace Hardware Stores, Gracious Home, The Container Store, True Value Hardware, Avon and this fall barbara k! will be available at Target, Orchard Supply and more. The barbara k! Power-Lite Cordless Drill Kit is competitively priced at $59.99.

Jordache Jeans The iconic Jordache look is back as the company re-launches their classic jean with a modern twist. The line features: Classic Boot, Flare and a Super Tight Slim. The collection also includes a mini skirt and pencil skirt, both in denim. The pieces are individually crafted using the most innovative process and using only premium denims from Italy, Japan and the US. The new collection will be available at high-end retail stores and boutiques (including, Intermix, Atrium, Fred Segal, and Tracey Ross).

The Setai Club A membership in The Setai Club, a private residential resort opening in South Beach, Miami in January 2005, offers sophisticated travelers the opportunity to be a part of an exclusive club and own ultra-luxury resort properties in elite destinations around the world. Beginning with the flagship property in Miami and future destinations in Morocco, Bali and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Setai Club owners are entitled to spend an unlimited amount of time in any of the Club properties as well as experience superb amenities such as world class dining, spa and fitness centers and spectacular pool areas and beaches. Founders of The Setai Club hail from worlds of fashion, art, music, business, sports and entertainment and include Lenny Kravitz, Heidi Klum, Sheryl Crow, Jac Nasser, Boris Becker and Alex Von Furstenberg, among others. Membership fee are approximately $300,000

Cross It Off Your List This Holiday season you can give the gift of organization. Linda Rothschild has been organizing the lives of busy people since 1990. The native New Yorker created Cross It Off Your List to help people take back both time and space in their harried and hectic lives. She has been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, In Style, Allure, The New York Times, Good Morning America and CNN. Prices of consultation vary, please call for details

Anthony Martin
Master iPod Programmer Anthony Martin has the ability to download just the right tunes for each playlist, to suit any personality, occasion or locale has put him in high demand. Anthony Martin’s service, available to music lovers in New York City, is one of the most personalized gifts one can give during the holidays.