Share the Merry!

Inspire someone with a holiday gift that's just right.



Photos by Romney Photography


Clean giving -- These sea olive-scented oatmeal soaps by Sea Castille, $18 each, smell lovely, but to use them, you'll actually have to remove the beautiful wrapping of dried berries and silk flowers. Find them at Bremermann Designs (3943 Magazine St., 891-7763;
Santa's table -- A good reindeer knows his place. Your guests will, too -- with mini tree place card holders, $41 for set of six, from Judy at the Rink (The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018).
All aglow -- This tree trio is an ideal touch for the mantle. Choose a mixture of small, $8.75, and tall, $16.75, candles to give your home a warm holiday glow, courtesy of Orient Expressed (3905 Magazine St., 899-3060;
Jewels for the tree -- Mignon Faget's bronze d'ore Cabildo AdornAment, $65, is a replica of a detail of the Louisiana State Museum Cabildo Gate. A percentage of sales of the Steamboat House AdornAment -- bronze d'ore, $35; 14K gold, $165 -- will be donated to the Preservation Resource Center. Find them at Mignon Faget galleries (3801 Magazine Street, 891-2005; The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 835-2244;
A la NOLA -- "High Spirits" are in the cards with locally seasoned greetings, $16.50 for pack of eight -- designed by Lisa Cohn for Scriptura (5423 Magazine St., 897-1555; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 219-1113;
High-shine setting -- A hand-sewn New Orleans toile napkin, $15, with a silk floral napkin ring, $6, tops a pair of opalescent lacquered Capiz plates in red, $34, and green, $22. All are from Hazelnut (5515 Magazine St., 891-2424;
Bucket o' cheer -- Accompanied by a bundle of cinnamon sticks, $15, an old syrup tin is made merry with holly, nuts and a miniature Cypress tree, $70, from the Garden Trellis (8015 Maple St., 861-1953).
With bells on -- A decorative metal tree trimmed in bells tops a centerpiece of white lilies and red roses. Holiday arrangements starting at $50 are available from Federico's Family Florist (815 Focis St., Metairie, 837-6400).
Sweet tooth wishes -- Chocolove's limited-edition "Holiday" chocolate bar -- sweet currants, spicy ginger and tart cherries with walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts in smooth dark chocolate -- comes with a Christina Rossetti poem printed inside the wrapper. Available through December exclusively at Whole Foods (5600 Magazine St., 899-9119; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 888-8225;
Wine finery -- Don't just slap a bow on that premium Bordeaux! Wrap it in a mink-trimmed silk wine bag, $30, designed by Chet Pourciau. Choose from a variety of prints and colors at Agora Galleries (2240 Magazine St., 525-2240;

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