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December 6, 2007

Give Some and Get Some

Dear Santa, We may not have been on our best behavior this year, in fact you could even say some of us have been out-and-out naughty. But we’re good girls at heart and promise to be sugarplum sweet if you could just fit a few wish list favourites for us (and a few friends!) in your sleigh…

The Man’s Man
Get the high flying man-about-town an IWC Pilot’s Watch Chrono-Automatic and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, which uses sports to help children worldwide who face overpowering social challenges (Shop 2015, Elements, 2532 7693). Help him get ready for his next trip to Macau with Francois Montmirel’s Poker: The Ultimate Book, which includes the history, basic rules and insider tips for this ultra-competitive game (US $50, http://www.amazon.com). He can capture all the action on film with Canon’s Power Shot G9 12.1 megapixel digital camera with 3” LCD screen and 6x optical zoom (US $439, http://www.amazon.com).

The Fashionista Friend
She can bling in the new year with LipFusion’s award-winning high shine, plumping lip glosses (HK $250, Lane Crawford, Pacific Place).  Give her something to fantasize about with Poolside with Slim Aarons, a splashy array of sundrenched images recalling the glory days of the jet set (both US $47, http://www.amazon.com). Put her on the wait list for the long awaited iPhone, due to arrive in HK in January (DG Lifestyle, 2295 4488), not to mention a soon to be revealed Louis Vuitton iPhone case in stunning red textured leather (Louis Vuitton, 8100 1182).

The Wistful Wanderer
He can plot a historical journey with a vintage map (Picture This Gallery, 2525 2803, http://www.picturethiscollection.com) and access the ultimate insider insight into 12 fabulous cities with LUXE World Grand Tour, featuring a dozen of our favourite go-to guides (http://www.luxecityguides.com). He can record his memorable trip to the underwater world with Sanyo Xacti E1 Waterproof Camcorder US $424 http://www.amazon.com). But he’ll always find his way home with the Triton 2000 portable GPS device with colour touch screen (US $499, magellangps.com).

The Techie Trendsetter
A new year, a new iPod and now there are even more models to choose from! Order the Product Red version of the new iPod Nano online and Apple will give a portion of the proceeds to fighting AIDS in Africa (http://www.apple.com). Or let your fingers do the walking with the iPod Touch 8GB (HK $2400), featuring the revolutionary multi-touch interface, 3.5-inch widescreen color display, Wi-Fi, YouTube, and iTunes Music Store (DG Lifestyle, 2012, IFC Mall, 2295 4488).  Take typing to the next level with a water resistant, illuminated roll-up USB keyboard (US $27 http://www.usbgeek.com). Or claim your 5-minutes of fame with Casio Exilim EX-S880 digital camera, which records in YouTube compatible resolution and can automatically upload your videos to the website (US $209, http://www.amazon.com).

The Happy Hostess
Feed her inspiration with Melanie Dunea’s My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals, which features recipes from top chefs including Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Jamie Oliver and Thomas Keller (US $40, http://www.amazon.com). Help her with dessert with Kitchenaid’s fantastic 5-quart stand mixer (HK $3988, Cube, 2021, IFC, 2295 3282) and a package of Sprinkles Cupcake mix, a favourite sweet treat of LA based celebs (http://www.williams-sonoma.com). She won’t even have to get her hands dirty with Nespresso’s beautiful manual coffee maker in yellow, blue or pink, a smashing addition to any countertop (HK $1988, Nespresso, 2295 3395).

The Stocking Stuffer
Small is the new big. Indulge in morning after morning of enjoyment with one of the newly released Pacific Coffee Company Gift Cards, (http://www.pacificcoffee.com). Moisturize, shimmer and shine with one of Kiehl’s new lip glosses in Berry 1851 (HK $125, Kiehl’s, 1087, Elements). Satiate a sweet tooth with premium, artisan Vero Chocolates (2559 5662 http://www.verochocolates.com), which are quickly developing a cult following in Hong Kong.  Get the party started with Alessi’s cool and functional Stainless Steel Bottle Opener (http://www.alessi.com). And pull out all the stops with Christofle’s Croc-textured Sterling Silver Business Card Case (HK $3880, Christofle, 2869 7311).

The Kids
Little elfs can find comfort and warmth in Fleece-lined Mammoth Crocs (http://www.crocs.com.hk).  Glamour girls in the making will enjoy Monopoly Boutique Pink, a new version of the old favourite where houses and hotels are replaced with pink and purple translucent boutiques (Toys R’ Us, 2259 9166).  The next generation of rock stars can enjoy Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, the latest in a series of hard-rocking video games, where players can play alongside the likes of the Beastie Boys and Smashing Pumpkins (DG Lifestyle Store 2012, IFC Mall, 2295 4488).

You (forward as appropriate)
If you’ve been really good, and we mean really, really good, you may just find yourself with a Puffy Bag from the Zagliani 2008 Cruise collection of precious skin handbags that have been uniquely revitalized by Milan based designer Mauro Orietti-Carella (Lane Crawford, IFC).  Or, you could be waltzing into your next holiday party in a pair of Christian Louboutin Very Prive Paillette Platforms, blush-color sequin peep-toe pumps and the ultimate holiday accessory (US $880, http://www.net-a-porter.com).  You’ll also need a pair of Silver Lizard Print Leather Cosmetic Bags by Tory Burch (small US $55, large US $95, http://www.toryburch.com) to match this season’s must-have flats.  And you really should cuddle up in a Vince Cashmere sweater or dress, the softest of the soft, to carry you through winter (Tiare, 53 Staunton St, 2540 3380).

We know you’re coming to town, so cut us some slack.  We’ve heard naughty is the new nice anyway!



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