Holiday Cheer

Special gifts for him and her



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A bag of gold
A vintage Whiting & Davis gold-mesh evening bag has a zipper top, satin lining and a gold chain shoulder strap, $150, from On The Other Hand Exclusive Resale Boutique (8204 Oak St., 861-0159;
Dazzle Factor
Make her dreams come true with a white-gold ring with a 6-carat fancy-cut London blue topaz framed by 1/5-carat in diamonds designed by local jewelry artist Craig Fisher, $485, from Fisher & Sons Jewelers (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 1, Metairie, 885-4956).

Photo by David Richmond
Photo by David Richmond
Imposing visions
Protect their eyes from sun damage and make them more beautiful at the same time with deep red, large-frame glasses for her that are encrusted with ruby-colored Swarovski crystals and gold studs by Oliver Peoples, $420. For him, choose rectangular lenses set in sleek platinum frames with a fashionable design on the earpiece by Oakley, $180, both from St. Charles Vision (8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311 or 861-8064; 3200 Severn Ave., Metairie, 887-2020; 138 Carondelet St., 522-0826; Northshore Shopping Center, 1844 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-626-8103; Hammond Square Mall, 2000 SW Railroad Ave., Hammond, 985-542-9410).

All Decked Out
Help her play dress-up for real with a sheer golden brown dress with straps and beaded designs on it and a blue under-dress by Papillon, $74.95, coupled with a beaded floral handbag in shades of brown and pink with a decorative metal handle and optional chain, $47.95; both from Simple Elegance LLC (712 Adams St., 861-4200).

Photo by David Richmond
Photo by David Richmond

Tickled pink
Start with products that are great for his or her hair from Bumble and Bumble, including Grooming Créme for smooth texture, a satin finish, moisture and volume control for all hair types, $18 for 5 oz.; and Deeep for chemically treated hair or hair that's been damaged by sun or is generally lifeless, $20 for 5 oz. Then for her, add a pink ceramic Chi hairstyling iron for silky smooth hair, $155, teamed with a pink ceramic Chi professional hairdryer, $135; all from Beehive Hair Studio (1501 Tchoupitoulas St., 565-5309).

Green with envy
Give her a fashionable carry-all with a dark teal leather shoulder bag decorated with gold brads and long fringe by Melie Bianco, $59, from C. Collection (8141 Maple St., 861-5002).

Photo by David Richmond

Photo by David Richmond
In the pink
A fuchsia clipped-corduroy blazer with front pockets is flatteringly tailored by Luii, $75. Couple it with an embroidered and sequined tie-front belt with beaded fringe by Ibisco, $155; both from Ballin's Ltd. (721 Dante St., 866-4367; 806 E. Boston St., Covington, 985-892-0025; 2917 Magazine St., 891-4502).
Fashion to Boot
A great look and good value in one come in the form of Western-style women's boots in light brown (they also come in darker brown) by Bolaro, $46, paired with a spunky, Indian-style hobo bag with fringe, embroidery and decorative accents, $28, both from Glamour Shoes (5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 891-3314).

Photo by David Richmond

Photo by David Richmond
A gift for her (and him)
Please both her and him with a strapless, brown lace bustier and tiny matching thong by DKNY, $75, from Basics Underneath (5513 Magazine St., 894-1000).
Save our city
Show your support for New Orleans -- and help someone look great doing it -- by dressing your favorite gal or guy in "Save NOLA" fashions like a blue T-shirt for her (also comes in white for both sexes and gray for men), $20; a black hooded sweatshirt for anyone with a small, white fleur de lis on the front and a larger logo on the back, $40; or a white baseball cap (also available in black), $20. The products are produced by some New Orleans evacuees who started the line as a way to raise money for Habitat for Humanity, which receives all proceeds. They're available at Jean Therapy (5505 Magazine St., 897-5535), Earthsavers (3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 835-0225; 5501 Magazine St., 899-8555; 3414 U.S. Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-674-1133), or at

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