BABY, ITS COLD OUTSIDE: GET COZY

by Marisa Marcantonio

Here are some uber last minute holiday gift ideas for yourself and your nearest and dearest. Some gifts you might never buy for yourself because you are so busy thinking about everyone else or you feel they are too decadent, so provide this list to a person that needs a nudge, and point them in the right direction. These goodies can help you get ready for the New Year, relax, recharge and get cozy.

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If you want to harness your inner style, turn to this new book from Monacelli Press A Life of Style by fashion and luxury lifestyle icon Rebecca Moses for her wise words about what style means and how you can access yours both through your look and how you live. Now is the time to rethink it all, especially if you want to turn over a new leaf in the new year.

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When the holidays are over, you may or may not be into talking about, eating and looking at food. After you have swapped recipes and finally gotten your Aunt to divulge her famous Chili recipe, you can write the secret ingredients down in Rifle Paper Co's Heirloom Recipe Card box. The old timey box is painted in with a floral design and looks as though it was passed down from generation to generation, but that can be our secret. This is a nice time - consuming project for when you feel like opting out of the after dinner walk with the entire family to get some time to yourself. Does this sound familiar?

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Illuminate a Canvas Back to Basics candle to start off the new year-- after all, isn't that what resolutions are all about -- a return to the basic, easy stress-free life you once had? Fig and Orange Blossom scents will fill the air with a serene aroma.

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Brew up a spot of tea and sympathy in Tiffany's bone china Sea Urchin Teapot. It is the perfect time out and a way to take a moment for yourself.

Few things are as cozy as crisply pressed cotton classic pajamas. Finally, they are being made in a wearable (not massively over sized) cut with beautiful accent colors. Lounge around well into January with luxe in a 140 thread count cotton poplin pajama top from Marigot. They are available with pretty contrast piping colors like lime, shown here, and get better with time.
Complete the set with Marigot cotton pants, and begin your collection of PJ's.

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A gift box like this will make your friends feel like they are staying in a 5 star hotel from Waterworks. The box includes a white hand towel and Apothecary Hand Cream, Liquid Hand Soap, Bar Hand Soap, Shower Gel and Room Spray. Give it as a party thank you or keep it for the cadre of relatives that will soon be descending on your home for the holidays. Waterworks is offering Stylebeat readers a special 20% discount for the holidays and you can use the code STYLEBEAT10 at checkout!

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Keep your toes warm with an adorable hot water bottle designed as only the British can. From Nina Campbell.

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If you must go outside, be ready for a flash snowball fight with these Kate Spade Snowball Mittens that read, "place snowball here" on the right glove.

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It has been so cold in New York it is hard not to look like Nanook of the North bundling up to go outside. But since ski slope chic has hit the city hard, you may need this fur funnel neck piece to keep your head and neck toasty from Glamourpuss. A little bit Alps a lot warm.

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.