Looking for something to dazzle her? This richly appointed pearl cuff bracelet is from Dominique Giordano's "Caviar" collection — $530 at Dominique Giordano (5420 Magazine St., 895-3909; www.dgiordano.com).
Shea butter makes it better as you'll see when you give the gift of softer skin with coriander, lavender and orange chocolate soaps by Fresh — $12 each at Beauty 101 (2728 Magazine St., 865-2869;www.shopbeauty101.com).
A Taste Of New Orleans features more than 250 recipes donated by members of the Junior League of New Orleans. The perfect gift for an avid cook, its colorful photos of elegant dishes and historic New Orleans residences also make it an appealing coffee table book — $26.95 at Loubat Equipment Co. (4141 Bienville St., 482-2554; www.loubat.com).
Share a little local humor with a loved one who lives nearby or far away with a set of mugs (packed in a secure mailer box) by Vic and Nat'ly cartoonist Bunny Matthews. This year's mugs showcase four New Orleans streets — $49.95 for a set of four at Harkins the Florist (1601 Magazine St., 529-1638; www.harkinsneworleans.com).
For the dog owner with a hectic schedule, a gift certificate from The Dog Nanny — for doggie daycare, cage-free boarding, grooming or pet portraits — may be just the thing. T-shirts are $10 each and services start at $15 at Au Pier de Chien/New Orleans Dog Nanny (617 S. Claiborne Ave., 528-3747; www.neworleansdognanny.com).
With four bottles of wine and an assortment of sweet and salty gourmet treats packed in a decorative basket, Dreamy Decadence, $80, is just one of 18 prewrapped and shippable holiday gift-basket designs available at Martin Wine Cellar (714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., 894-7420; www.martinwine.com).
Faux snakeskin and ruffles is a cool and unexpected combination, making this SR Squared purse by Sondra Roberts an exceptional gift — $75 at All About Me (1201 E. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette, 278-3400; 3256 Severn Ave., Metairie, 888-6463; 4632 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 985-845-2424).