STYLEBEAT'S TRULY GIFTED GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

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Interior designers and aficionados love Cecil! Assouline just launched Cecil Beaton: The Art of The Scrapbook, a 400 page visual diary chronicling the life and photos of the British bon vivant extraordinaire.
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Make the bubbly even better with a personalized bottle from My Moet. FIrst, choose if you want the Magnum or the regular size Moet & Chandon Champagne. Then put your own twist on the gift with up to 14 letters on the mag and 7 letters on the original. If you are in the city, stop by Saks on the 8th floor and place your order at their Moet Kiosk.

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Keep track of your days and dates with Jack and Lulu's letterpressed 2011 Calendar in candy brights with seasonal motifs.

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Case closed, decision made. Tote your laptop in style with Smythson's Damson case in a croc print.

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Glam it up with brightly colored stingray and cork bangles by Robyn Brooks.

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Get cozy by the fireside in a warm wool blanket with custom monogram from Julia B. The color choices are endless.

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A custom made Medor sculpture of a dachshund by artist Marie Christophe from Vivre for the true dog lover.

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Bling! This Flourite Cocktail Ring by Bounkit is sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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One of my favorite home fragrance collections, Anthousa, is doing a votive candle available through J. Crew. The Vanilla, Grapefruit and Orange is amazing.

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Everyone loves a little something something from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany. This leather box in her signature bean design can stash earrings or coins on a dresser.

A gift set of fragranced soaps from Matouk in brightly colored shades.

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Cute and unique, the Acorn Speaker from Delight has an FM radio function and provides great sound on the go.

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Watch the days of the week fly by with these retro nostalgia dish towels from C.S. Post.

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Shetland wool socks from Ancient Industries will keep everyones tootsies warm.

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If you have a friend that just got new furniture, they can add pizazz to their dresser drawers with Hammocks and High Tea's scented Chevron Drawer Liners. Available in a pack of 6 sheets, choose from scents like Mandarin Jasmine and Rose Tea.

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Make a statement in the garden by giving these Iron Obelisks from Treillage.

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Available with up to 3 initials or numbers, the Suzanne Kasler designed coir mats from Ballard Designs with colored borders welcome holiday guests with style.

The adorable Emma monogram teapot from Pottery Barn may be just the thing for your in laws.

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An illuminating option for fans of cult modern designer Tom Dixon from Design Within Reach: the brass Etch Candle holder. It casts a warm glow and was created digitally. Yay for high tech design!

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Protect that hot little ipad with Graphic Image's ipad Sleeve. The bright leather case can be monogrammed and is lined in a shammy cloth so it will always be as shiny as the day it was first unwrapped.

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Runway Rabbit Lamp in rough luxe black finish from Swedish designers Front through Anthropologie.

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Game on! Paul Smith playing cards in his signature stripe.

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Place a David Stark Sphere Topiary of recycled newspaper from West Elm on each end of the fireplace mantel and you are good to go.

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A candle swathed in silver will make the season bright. Jo Malone has a new gift for holiday, the festive Pomegranate Noir Candle in a silver plate lidded box. Perfect for travel or a powder room.

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Eduardo Garza's black Marble Sphere on a gold base would look great on a book shelf or table.
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The sleek new Jambox by Jawbone wireless speaker designed by industrial design darling Yves Behar works off Blue Tooth technology for music and conference calls.

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A puffy poodle ornament by Jonathan Adler can serve as an objet d'art after the tree is down for the season.

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Amazing thin walled paper Japanese bowls are covered in a water resistant coating making them durable and beautiful. From Cuiora through Gretel Home.

Know someone that likes mid century modern design and necklaces? Then how about the Tiny Little Chair Necklace from Lisa Perry? They come in silver, bronze or gold and look like your favorite mid-century classics except shrunken versions.

Buy beans from Blue Bottle Coffee Co. in San Francisco for all your artisanal coffee obsessed friends.

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Bodum's Electric Bistro Juicer comes in some kicky colors.

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Plywood Animals by Ferm Living are great for little hands with big hearts from Fawn and Forest.

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Decorate the tree with furry friends otherwise known as woodland Brush Ornaments from Anthropologie.

Keep your iphone or ipad upright with the i plunge from Z Gallerie.

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Pier 1 glasses with gold stripes or dots for a festive cocktail.

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Tidbit Plates come in a set of 4 from Kate Spade. Great for the hostess with the mostest.

Bell'Occhio chalkboard mats are just the thing for restless children at the table.

Both Alexa and Duane Hampton have come out with new books, and you should own them both.

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For the one's that are not neat and tidy, this bag trio from Liz Victory Designs will make them.

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Susy Jack's Magnetic Shopping Bag Pads for busy moms.

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For the little monkeys: a little fabric covered monkey from Roberta Roller Rabbit.

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The Rustic Log Holder from Pottery Barn does it's job and looks good doing it.


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Never miss your luggage with John Robshaw Elephant Luggage Tags.

SHORE THING

by Marisa Marcantonio

If you are somewhere near the sea these days, here are some nautical interior inspirations that make great summer hostess gifts and vacation home accents. Land ho!

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A framed Brethellier Watercolor from Natural Curiosities means you can escape to the sea any time.

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Ralph Lauren's Navigator Novelty Wallpaper with signal burgees and anchors captures nautical in a whimsical watercolor print.


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Sail wherever the wind takes you with Pierre Frey's Les Voiles print.

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Diamond and Baratta's Mayport at Lee Jofa is an adorable check woven to liven up banquets or pillows.


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The triple thick rope in this Two's Company Mirror makes a statement, and is super chic.


Buy Arts of The Sailor if you really mean business and need to tie a Bowlin fast.

Hang stuff in style with rustic Jack and Lulu's Anchor Wall Hooks.

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Go nautical chic in style with this little tootsie roll of a tote with anchors on it, through The Daytrip Society.


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Instead of Carvel's Fudgy The Whale, get the kids the Honey Whale Basket from Pottery Barn Kids to stash their toys and games.

Anchors away! Jonathan Adler's Llama wool Anchor rug will have you wanting to set sail.

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If you like paper as much as I do, then you will want to snatch up these beautiful gold foil embossed notes from Jack and Lulu.


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Tie the knot with Anthropologie's Coiled Rope Drawer Pulls.

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Nautical ropes make for great, rustic decorative elements in a summer or seaside home. Stair ropes are a great option for tight spaces where a traditional banister might not work. Available through Stair Ropes.

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Hopefully you will not get attacked by a giant octopus while in the shower, this one is really more decorative....from Thomas Paul at Design Public.


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If you recall 10,000 Leagues Under The Sea with fondness, then you will love these From The Deep Salad Plates from Anthropologie.

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With an assortment of Thomas Paul sea life pillows, you can feel beachy anytime. From Design Public.

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We'll leave the light on for you. You don't need a lighthouse to guide you home, this Rope Lamp from Best Buy Home Decor will do it for you.

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Prop up nautical maps and books on this Estelle Display Lamp from Circa Lighting.


The Orange Life Jacket Wine Bottle Cover from Nautical Seasons is insanely cute-- the perfect gift.


Are you a luddite? Get low tech while being high tech with this faux- scrimshaw case that can fit your ipod or phone from Thomas Paul at Design Public.


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If things get cold on the island and a storm comes up, light a fire with Two's Company Nautical Fireplace Matches.

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The Manila Kringle Rope Mat from Stonk Knots looks great by the kitchen sink.

MONOGRAM MANIA

by Marisa Marcantonio


The Preppy Handbook may be out of print, but you can still live by its monogram mantra.

WHAT TO CARRY:

The Jane Basket Queen Bee Studio means you can hit the beach and town in style over the weekend.


Then there is the Beach Basket, also from Queen Bee Studio, that will hold a towel and flops.

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The Half Moon Basket (Queen Bee Studio) is good for going from pool to party.

WHAT TO WEAR:
Morgan and Company
A Monogrammed Shell Necklace by Morgan and Company is cheap, cheerful and adorable for bridesmaids.

WHAT TO DRINK FROM:
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16 ounce party cups are a summer monogram must have, order yours at So Luxe.

WHAT TO EAT WITH:
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Paper placemats are stress free for everyday meals. Dabney Lee has tons of fresh designs and monogram options to choose from. They come in a set of 25.

TO PARTY WITH:

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Okay, so I have a thing for trays. What could be cuter than this for a summer visit to an old friend with a young family? This custom Double Elephants Tray from Iomoi is handmade of Lucite and the trunk is up, so there will be good luck involved.

HOW TO GET IT TOGETHER:
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Rainy day project, incoming! Record your classic gazpacho and rhubarb pie recipes for generations in this adorable Red Tile Lucite Recipe Box from Jack and Lulu. There is no reason to have an old ugly one around that is splattered with tomato sauce, are you ready to upgrade?

WHAT YOU NEED FOR A HOT CAR:
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Car Couture monogram floor mats make a great uber- preppy gift, perhaps for Dad's set of wheels? From GG Bailey.

THE GIFT GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here is something for everyone on your list. Naughty or nice, show some love by giving gifts with some spice:


FOR THE COFFEE DRINKER
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Diminutive and chic, Dynasty Espresso cups with a Greek key motif from Wedgwood are the way to go.

FOR THE DESIGN OBSESSED:
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If you follow all things design then you know Alidad, the Persian interior designer doing some of the most gorgeous interiors in London. He has an existing collection with Pierre Frey and now, embroidered pillows with Chelsea Textiles. He was influenced by 16th Century Ottoman designs. A must from Chelsea Textiles.

FOR THE CANDY CRAZY:

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Old world Hammonds Candies out of Colorado make the best holiday candy--hands down. Their candy canes and lollipops come in luscious flavors.

FOR THE FORGETFUL:
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Make a list and check it twice. With this sweet notepad and pencil cup, you will want to become a note taker. Michael Devine made accessories covered in his signature fabrics. Bagatelle in Chocolate is shown here.

FOR THE INTERNATIONAL SHOPPER:
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A Leather European Shopping Guide from Graphic Image is fun even for the armchair traveler.

FOR THE WORKER BEE ON THE GO:
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Wheel through check in with style with a Large Editor Suitcase from Steamline Luggage through Vivre.


FOR THE GAME PLAYER:
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Backgammon anyone? Sit by the fire and watch the snow fall outside. This is a classic every home should have, from Williams Sonoma Home.

FOR THE PERSON WHO LOVES TO PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE:
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Distant Origins has these stunning Murano glass boxes with a metal framework. I have coveted this for years. It is a beautiful gift for someone who has everything. From Vivre.

FOR THE RUSTIC COUNTRY LOOK:
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Beautiful handwoven napkins from Plait are made in the US of 100% cotton. Plait is a chic little company started by a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate out of Madison, Wisconsin. Order a set through Etsy.

FOR THE NEW BABY:
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How about something permanent to decorate the nursery? Blue Tulips Wall Art is matted and framed behind acrylic in a soft white wooden frame. Frame measures 18 x 14 inches with 8 x 10 inch opening. Personalize it with initials.
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What about a Tugboat print for the little gent? The graphics are adorable and can go trad or mod. Order yours at Jack and Lulu.

FOR THE WEE ONE:
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To give a toddler their first car, what a thrill! These retro wheels are sure to please from Design Within Reach.

FOR GRANDPARENTS:

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A cute picture of the grandchildren will make the elders happy. Bone frames are available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE NAPPER:
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The Celine throw is pure heaven. Made of 100% brushed cotton it is the softest thing going and a great price. The subtle herringbone pattern comes in luscious colors, by Sferra.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HAS JUST MOVED:

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Bamboo bath accessories from Vellum are great for a new homeowner or to make a bathroom sparkle. Love the waste bin beside a desk.


FOR THE TRAVELLER:
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Compact and old fashioned, this leather encased clock brings it back to basics. What more do you need? Carried at Crane.

FOR THE NEWLY INTERESTED IN INTERIOR DESIGN:
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Domono: The Book of Decorating is a nice way to introduce the basics. With De Gournay wallpaper on the cover, you can't go wrong giving this book.

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This useful book takes the pages of the magazine and reorganizes them by category. You can learn decorating tricks, space saving techniques, good sources to shop from and what the fundamentals are for each room in your home.
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Learn how to pull it all together with easy to follow tips and ideas.
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The softcover makes the book look like a cute text book--it is not intimidating.
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A good gift for a newbie or a Domino dweller, through Amazon.

FOR THE LADY:
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Use this Toast Rack from The Botanical Garden Collection for Lunt to hold monogrammed stationery on your desk or load it up with toast and use it on a breakfast tray.

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Frilly, well-pressed linens are a heavenly gift. The girly girl often collects boudoir covers, and this will make her so happy. Or splurge and get the whole bed set from Haute Home.

FOR THE SAFARI LOVER:
You might not be in Kenya anymore, but elephants can still roam free in the sitting room. Get some big game through Mecox Garden.

FOR A SAILOR WITH ALLERGIES:
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Drop anchor on the sniffles with this tissue box cover available through Haute Home.


FOR THE FOODIE:
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A Microplane Rock Salt Shaver is just the thing for the cook. The hottest trend since the olive oil craze, pick one up at Design Within Reach. Salt not included, hit Dean and Deluca for that.

FOR THOSE IN NEED OF DECORATIVE OBJECTS:
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Handblown glass decanters with gorgeous stoppers from Joe Cariati are a stunning gift. Bright hues make each sinewy shape a standout. Available through Joe Cariati.

FOR COLLECTORS OF OBJETS:
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Porcelain fruits look delectable in these lux glazes. Why not get one in each color from Penkhurst Ceramics.

FOR THE HOSTESS:

Everyone needs a great tray. Set up a bar, serve with it or set it down and stack books on it. Available from a retailer listed on Two's Company.

FOR THE PARTY GIRL:
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SuRevolution's four regal purple Tasseled Silk Napkin Rings will rock the party, through Vivre.

FOR THE PARTY BOY:
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J L Coquet makes the most stunning shiny black crystal champagne coup. Serve Cristal or Dom in these for your New Year's toast. Available through Michael C. Fina.

FOR THE NEATNICK:
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Keep dry cleaning bills at bay with this little bag of helpers from The Laundress