Luxury Gift Guide

Every winter wardrobe needs a little sparkle. These earrings from Alexis Bittar’s Miss Havisham collection adds a cool winter shimmer to a holiday outfit. The pewter, ice blue and cream colors make the perfect accessory for this time of year. Angelique Shoe, 7725 Maple St., 891-8992

This holiday season, one of the best gifts you can give is quality time with your loved one. A gift certificate for lunch, Sunday buffet brunch or even a Réveillon lunch at the Audubon Golf Clubhouse is the perfect way to ensure spending a leisurely afternoon overlooking the oak trees and enjoying quality New Orleans dining. Audubon Golf Clubhouse, 6500 Magazine St., 212-5282

Everyone makes New Year’s resolutions; not everyone sticks to them. Make reaching those goals that much easier with a gift that will keep you organized (and still stylish!). This Kate Spade 2011 wall calendar, whimsical sticky pad and copper pocket organizer are practical but youthful. Betty Hunley Designs, 6507 Magazine St., 895-2870.

Everyone wants to indulge her sweet tooth during the holidays… Instead of giving a wreath to hang on a door, give this edible dark chocolate wreath instead! The 10-inch gift tray is filled with milk chocolate foil-wrapped stars for an extra treat.  Blue Frog Chocolates, 5707 Magazine St., 269-5707.

Give your favorite hostess the gift of a smashing outfit perfect for ringing in the New Year with some sparkle. This gold sequin mini-dress will shimmer like the iconic New Year’s ball at midnight.
C. Collection, 8141 Maple St., 861-5002.

When the temperature drops, every woman wants to throw on something that is both practical and en vogue. This black Em&Liv leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper is edgy yet comfortable, perfect for a stroll through New Orleans. Em’s, 246 Metairie Road, Metairie, 834-2795; Em & Liv, 7611 Maple St., 861-7272

New Orleanians want to support local artists while looking fashionable; this Sennod Jewelry Design pewter vignette charm is made by local designer Michele McKeon exclusively for FeBe, 474 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 835-5250.

For a gift that will make your loved one sparkle, this 14-karat white gold necklace with a 3-carat cushion-cut bezel-set Tanzanite stone surrounded by 12 brilliant-cut diamonds and two straight baguette diamonds will be sure to dazzle her. Hans Luetkemeier, 3246 Severn Ave., Metairie, 454-1170.

This holiday season, indulge in one of the latest crazes in jewelry, Trollbeads – collectible, interchangeable and unique multi-colored glass, silver and gold beads. The possibilities are endless for the kind of bracelet you want to create for yourself or for a loved one. Isabella’s Jewelry Box & Gallery, 3331 Severn Ave., No. 105, Metairie, 779-3202.


This oil on canvas painting by Robert M. Rucker, called “Santa in D.H. Homes Department Store on Canal Street,” is a festive and thoughtful addition to an art-lover’s home. Stop by the gallery for the December Art Walk on December 4 from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring a special group show, “Only in New Orleans!” Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art, 600 Julia St., 895-7375.

With the holidays approaching, hosts will want to have one of these hand-crafted glass bowls out to fill with ornaments or other goodies. Judy’s at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018. (Photo by David G. Spielman)

Bring a spa day home with Savon Royal Jelly shea butter guest soaps and these Royal Jelly Bath Bees made with sunflower oil, both from Gianna Rose Atelier. The embroidered linen hand towel from Anali Fine Linens is perfect for luxurious pampering. The Linen Registry, 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8228.

A classic and timeless (no pun intended!) holiday gift is a luxury watch. This Michael Kors ceramic watch with crystal bezel, silver face and crystal time stops and details is a real showstopper, not to mention a practical and sleek accessory. Mirabella, 605 Metairie Road, Metairie, 828-3888.

To keep your man looking sharp during the winter months, this wool, angora and cashmere blend luxury jacket includes Bemberg lining in the body and sleeve, perfect for cold weather. The jacket is available in vicuna and black, in sizes 38 to 46. Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711.

Now is the time to stock up on winter fashion staples, and these Ralph Lauren zip-up 100-percent cotton pullovers are the perfect gift to do so. They are a wonderful balance of warmth, comfort and style, and come in an array of colors. Rubenstein’s, 102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666.

There is nothing better during the cold holiday season than something warm and cozy in which to snuggle up. This Bed Head ruffle night shirt is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe – stylish yet comfortable. Second Skin Intimate Apparel, 701 Metairie Road, 322-2931.

The latest trend is to combine high fashion with a bohemian flair. This Haute Hippie leather quilted jacket does just that. It’s not only versatile, but also combines a stylish vintage look with modern construction. Snap, 617 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988.

Add some chic sophistication to your winter look with a perfect (and practical) gift: some stylish shades! This pair of black Racy sunglasses by Oliver Peoples will keep out harmful UV rays while adding glamour to any outfit. St. Charles Vision, 8040 St. Charles Ave., 866-6311; 837 S. Clearview Parkway, Jefferson, 733-0406.

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