Of Life and Leisure

Gift ideas for spare time, down time, anytime



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MORE AND MERRIER --Perfect for friends who like to entertain at home, gifts for the bar and table from the House of Blues are sure to get you invited back. Find these salt and pepper shakers, $12.50; martini glasses, $10.50; and ash trays, $8.50; at the House of Blues Company Store (225 Decatur St., 529-2624;

DON'T FORGET FIDO! --A blue doggie bowl by United Pets, $28, is filled with puncture-resistant Ruff Tools retrieving toys by Ruff Dawg, $13.50 each. Holisitic treats from the Lazy Dog Cookie Co., $7.50 per bag, are a great reward after a day at the park, and Miss Claybone pet perfume, $9, will keep your active dog smelling fresh. All are from Belladonna Day Spa (2900 Magazine St., 891-4393;

A GIFT WITH DEPTH -- For diving enthusiasts and those who just want to look sporty, this water-resistant watch, $300, is good for dives up to 330 feet. Get a three-year warranty and free batteries for life on this and all signature watches from Bowen Jewelers (2408 David Drive, Metairie, 835-1665).
ACHES AWAY -- Wrap up a therapeutic body wrap for someone you care about. DreamTime body wraps can be cooled in the freezer or heated in the microwave to soothe away aches and pains. Choose an eye pillow, $16.95; lumbar wrap, $45.95; or shoulder wrap, $41.95; all from Lovejoy Day Spa and Shop (200 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-1997).
TRAVEL TIME -- Jet setters who shop when they travel will appreciate some extra packing room for the trip home. This accordion bag, $50, from Baggalini started as a belt-size bundle. And soap-less restrooms are no problem when you pack your own on-the-go soap sheets from Two's Company. Both are from Judy at the Rink (2727 Prytania St., 891-7012).
YOGA BUFF STUFF -- A fit friend who likes to sweat in style will love the two color-coordinated towels that come with the yoga/Pilates bag from TKUU. It has three exterior zipper pockets, a water bottle holder, and zigzag bungee towel holders. Keep the sweaty stuff separate from the clean with a small matching drawstring bag; all from Salvation Body (2917 Magazine St., 896-2200;

FROM NOLA WITH LOVE -- Share your love of our fair city with 11-by-17-inch mini-posters, $14.99 each, from Fish Bowl Famous. Choose a streetcar, cemetery or voodoo scene; from
GIVE 'EM A HAND -- Do your kids love to put on a show? This company of finger puppets, $6 each, makes its debut on Puppetto's puppet stage, $24, by Manhattan Toy, from Mignon (2727 Prytania St., 891-2374).
WRITE ON -- The bold patterns and fine paper of these keepsake notebooks by Paper Blanks and Peter Pauper Press, all priced around $13 each, will make journaling a joy. All from Garden District Book Shop (2727 Prytania St., 895-2266;


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