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Gift Giving - Holiday 2010

GIFT GIVING - HOLIDAY 2010OK people, here it is. The Luxe Life's holiday shopping guide for 2010. I realize it’s the 11th hour, but don’t tell me you don’t have a little shopping left to do. If not, I hate you. If so, great! Because the list below is going to get you excited and encourage more spending. Your wallet may not thank me, but your friends and family will. Happy Holidays!THE ROMANTICYou may not be a romantic yourself, but it’s awfully fun to buy for those who are. Look for dramatic and drop dead gorgeous items.rebeccaplotnick_etsyVersailles’ Hall of Mirrors photographed by Rebecca Plotnick.etsy_thewhiteroomCoro cameo earringsetsy_craftypaganAlice in Wonderland vintage-style place cardsLE NAUTIQUENautical gifts are often fairly cliché. It’s challenging to find a unique and sophisticated gift for a loved one who lives for the water. You know who you are. Here are some options that are a lot less expected and perhaps even chic enough for the land-lovers among us. blanketThomas Paul Octopus throw woven of baby alpaca. See more on that below ; )etsy_blissthink blue coral stationaryBlue coral stationary found at blissthink on Etsy.seahorse lamps_1stdibsVerdigris seahorse lamps based on a 1940s design.ropewright.com_starknotpaperweightPaperweights/ornaments available through TYPE APeople are intimidated by the Type A. But this superhuman couldn’t be easier to buy for … just look for things that make the world a better, more perfect place in which to live. Yes on a superficial level, but you get the elsa peretti snuffer Elsa Peretti candle snuffercreamcity ribbondispenser Ribbon dispenser boxHuggableHangersLinel_xSo simple. I wish I had invented these hangers.HandbagOrganizerBlack_container store Slip this handbag organizer into her purse and you just saved her 5-10 minutes every day. The gift of time … ahhhh.THE VAGABONDS/he loves travel, foreign movies, red wine and French rap music. Think original, textural, natural - all with a story to tell. etsy_stylelog - potterybeads necklaceA vintage pottery beads necklace found in a Tokyo flea market.etsy_vagabond suitcaseA vintage satchel in mint condition. A great find that would make a great gift.etsy_forstrangewomen balmAssorted lip balms in natural scents.etsy_americanbookarts journalSamuel 5x7 leather bound journal from American Book Arts.THE PREPSTERI’m not preppy myself, but I get it. It’s a look that’s fun, fresh, pretty and happy. What’s not to love about a combo like that? Bring on the florals, bright colors, graphic prints and monograms. I’m feeling p[r]eppier already.etsy_blissthink card Chevron print personalized notecardsdominoIf she doesn’t have it already, this is a library must-have for preps and Domino-lovers (i.e. pretty much everyone!).francis_leontine Frances guest towels from Leontine Linens. sedafrance pagoda candle Seda France Pagoda Candles can be found at A Mano in Georgetown.THE ANIMAL LOVEROh, where to start? Pet clothes, pet portraits, animal-inspired jewelry, tableware and linens, books, artwork, etc. etc. As a professed and devoted animal-lover myself, I can’t get enough of this stuff. Feline, canine, cute or costly - there is something to satisfy every creature-enthusiast’s obsession.etsy_twostringjane Vintage stacking hedgehog ashtrays. So cute!winter kitty perfume Winter Kitty perfume oil. A natural fragrance inspired by “felines, fireplaces, and snowflakes”. I’ve been intrigued for months and December may be just the time to sample this unusual scent. dogbedsTwo dog beds that are so good-looking, you won’t be upset if Fido decides that he prefers the floor. Beds by Dransfield & Ross above, Fleabag Bed below. polarbear_voila-1stdibsPolar Bear Exiting Deyrolle, 2005William Curtis Rolfetsy_rkartstudio cat sketchAn original charcoal drawing by Bob Kimball. So lovely it’s worthy of your beloved feline or canine companion.osprey box - red_1st dibsVintage Italian brass Osprey box. pietro_island alpacaAfteil is one of the beautiful female alpacas available for sale at Island Alpaca on Martha’s Vineyard. Such gentle, gorgeous creatures. I would own one in a hot second if I could. Look at that face! GIFTS THAT GIVE BACKThis holiday season as in all seasons, remember to give to those who need it most. Countless charities hope and waitfor caring, generous individuals to make a difference in the lives of the homeless, hungry and abused. For every donation you make to one of the organizations below*, Luxe & Lucid will make one in kind. Blessings to you and yours this season.Tricia xocharity* World Vision, The Washington Humane Society and the IOCP Sleep Out.Please email Luxe & Lucid for more information.