For the Home
1. New for the home from Vietri, these white ceramic Incanto candlesticks incorporate shapes and motifs that are favorites of all Italians: de Medici dots, baroque curves, lace, heraldic emblems and deep stripes. Made in Tuscany, the design influence reflects generations of Italian dinnerware heirlooms. Belladonna, 2900 Magazine St., 891-4393,

2. Harmonious Mud Australia Porcelain designed by Shelley Simpson speaks volumes for modern beauty and functionality, deftly serving the home chef by moving from oven, to microwave, to dishwasher. Noodle bowls and plates come in sizes and colors such as red, pistachio, ash, slate, watermelon and citrus. Shown: Fish platter, medium pebble bowl for condiments and a salt dish. Pied Nu, 5521 Magazine St., 899-4118,

3. Designer Jonathan Adler thinks your home should make you happy. Try adding pottery like the Man/ Woman vase or salt and pepper shakers from his Utopia Collection to create the ultimate functional family. Hazelnut, 5515 Magazine St., 891-2424.

4. The New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board iron plate that tops the city’s water meters has achieved new iconic status as an emblem of water gone wild. This glazed and fired version by local artist Bob Horan is decorative, sentimental and wired for hanging. Miss Smarty Pants,
5523 Magazine St., 891-6141.

5. Typical, tropical New Orleans foliage is the muse for this elegant Banana Leaf pewter serving piece by Wilton Armetale. Gentry, 6047 Magazine St., 899-4223.

6. Local artist Elaine Gleason’s elegant gilt table and floor lamps radiate a mellow golden glow that lights up the dark like illuminated works of art. Orient Expressed, 3905 Magazine St., 899-3060,

7. Like a splash of Tabasco, this handpainted red lacquer Quing Dynasty Chinese cabinet adorned with butterflies, lotus and chrysanthemum blossoms spices up any interior with bold and spicy Asian charm. Silk Road Collection,
3714 Magazine St., 894-8540,

8. A unique handcrafted Italian frame painted in 22-kt. gold becomes a custom beveled glass mirror, reflecting a three-tiered wood and iron French chandelier. These two extravagant home furnishings are imagined by Linda Friedlander, who specializes in using vintage molding to frame custom-sized mirrors and enhance antique artwork.
Objets Trouvés, 3956 Magazine St., 897-5066,

9. Do you know someone with visions of sugarplums and Steinways dancing in their head? Steinway sets the standard for excellence in how a piano should look, play and sound. Steinways come in more than 12 beautiful wood finishes and over 26 unique designs. Hall Piano Co. is Louisiana’s exclusive Steinway dealer and offers in-home placement assessments as well as service. 901 David Drive, Metairie, 733-8863.

10. Bring the sounds of the city to homes here and faraway with one of these three CDs from Putumayo World Music. “New Orleans Christmas,” features some of your favorite seasonal standards performed by John Boutté, New Birth Brass Band and other local musicians; “New Orleans Playground” has such classics as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat,” by Dr. John and “They All Ask’d For You,” by the Meters; and “New Orleans,” a mix of jazz, blues and swing showcasing Kermit Ruffins, Deacon John and Dr. Michael White. Available at Whole Foods, Garden District Book Shop,
Egan Hand Gallery,

11. Twinkle like a rising Starlet in sparkling Swarovski crystal accessories by Rodo. Shoefty and Shoefty Garb, 6010 Magazine St., 896-8737.

12. Even when it was brand new, your grandmother’s vintage cashmere cardigan never looked as party-ready as this one by Gwen Stefani for L.A.M.B. Angelique, 7725 Maple St., 866-1092.

For Her
13. Slippers Marie Antoinette would lose her head over are a perfect choice for the femme fatale with a penchant for intimate apparel.
A Queen’s ransom of patterns and colors to choose from at Feet First, 4119 Magazine St., 899-6800,

14. Beauty is only skin deep at Audubon Dermatology, where Dr. Deirdre Hooper and Dr. Sarah Jackson practice the medical art of keeping skin beautiful. A consultation defining your skincare priorities, products or a specific treatment are without a doubt the most appreciated gift to give or receive. Featured product lines include La Roche-Posay, Kinerase, SkinCeuticals and Green Cream. Audubon Dermatology, 3525 Prytania St., Ste. 501, 895-3376,

15. Luxurious spa products from Molton Brown of London are ready for their close-up. Stunning zippered gift boxes provide the package for each collection, expressively named for the mood it evokes. Rich boasts the masculine scent of Re-Charge Black Pepper; White Mulberry fragrance creates perfect Ambiance; floral Rose Granati reveals Warmth; and Affection, shown, showers the emotions with Heavenly Gingerlilly. Molton Brown joins La Mer, Laura Mercier and Red Flower among many other select specialty skincare products that grace this sublimely serene full-service spa. Bamboo Apothecary, 4112 Magazine St., 895-1664,

16. How many times have you dropped your iPod while exercising?
Too many, we’re sure. Luckily, Mari Dade has designed workout wear
that will comfortably hold your iPod (and most cellphones) while keeping
you comfortable during your exercise routine. Shown here is the Leila tank with a workout jacket and pants, both of which have convenient pockets for an iPod. Priorities, 8128 Hampson St., 861-8780.

17. A gentlemen brings his own bottle in this low-profile black leather zip wine holder, arrives prepared to do the honors with Laguiole’s classic French-forged horn and bone “Le Sommelier” knife, and never leaves home without his Sheffield handmade English pewter 5-oz. boot flask. Aidan Gill For Men, 2026 Magazine St, 587-9090,

18. The underground luxury of wearing this Cirrus 100-percent cashmere vest is its best-kept secret. Gift it solo or with a Tailor Byrd pleated-front white shirt, Jack of Spade washed denim jeans and Dion silk scarf.
Perlis, 6070 Magazine St., 895-8661, 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985/674-1711,

For him
19. The next big thing in really big gifts: Ford’s 2007 Edge Crossover Utility Vehicle offers up 70 square feet of cargo space or seating for five adults. C U Soon in a CUV. Lamarque Ford, “The Big Store”, I-10 at Williams Blvd., Kenner, 443-2500,

20. Stride in style in Puma sneakers by Alexander McQueen, Jean-Michel Cazabat split-toe loafers or Sergio Rossi monk-strap boots. And keep warm in a classic sweater. Shoefty and Shoefty Garb, 6010 Magazine St., 896-8737.

21. The gentleman lucky enough to sport this elegant Concord Mariner on his wrist along with sparkling fleur-de-lis diamond cufflinks possesses the Midas touch and wears his heart on his sleeve. Both items in 18-kt. gold. Boudreaux’s Fine Jewelers, 701 Metairie Rd., Metairie, 831-2602, 4550 Hwy. 22, Mandeville, 985/626-8361,

For Kids
22. If you think he was born to be wild, then this tough Airflow Collectables Road Hog Tricycle in jet-black enamel with adjustable leather seat, saddle bag, chrome rims and working lights might pedal its way into the heart of your youngest motorcycle enthusiast.
Pippen Lane, 2929 Magazine St., 269-0106,

23. Santa’s little helpers all wear Robeez handcrafted footwear designed to help little feet grow strong and healthy. These shoes are skid-resistant, machine washable, available in a huge selection of colors and designs—and best of all, they stay on! Sister steals the show in this red velvet-bowed cable knit cardigan and tartan plaid skirt with black tulle petticoat. Little Miss Muffin, 244 Metairie Rd., Metairie,
833-6321, 766 Harrison Ave., Metairie, 482-8200.

24. Victoria Kids fashioned this baby girl frock in cotton knit and cranberry silk shantung to tempt indulgent mommies and nanas alike. Merry Christmas, Curious George is a new classic destined to become a treasured heirloom. Angelique Baby Kids Maternity, 3719 Magazine St., 301-2583,