If you happen to be running short of sugar  plums, get into the giving spirit with these fantastic holiday gift ideas from your local merchants!
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Bead It
Trollbeads are ideal for gift-giving. Set up a bracelet with just a bead or two, and add more beads for special occasions until your bracelet tells your story. Isabella’s, 3331 Severn Ave., Ste. 105, Metairie, 779-3202.
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Oh Snap
As the weather cools down for the holidays, stay warm and show off your inner animal in the Converse jacket by John Varvatos. Snap, 617 Metairie Road, Metairie, 849-9988.
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Finishing Touches
Round out that favorite outfit with simple but elegant handbags, featuring fine leather and jubilant adornments, from our neighbors on the Northshore. Brenchley Shoes & Accessories, 2 St. Anne Drive, Mandeville, (985) 727-3131.
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Glitz and Glam
The way to any girl’s heart is through her jewelry box. Dazzle that special sweetheart this holiday season with decadent jewelry from the Cassis® line. Mimi, 5500 Magazine St., New Orleans, 269-6464.
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Bombs Away
Stay warm and look cool in this brown distressed leather jacket from Tory Burch. Angelique Clothing, 7725 Maple St., 866-1092, www.angeliqueboutiques.com.
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Gorgeous on the Go
Keep your face on no matter where you go with this Deluxe Travel Brush Set from Trish McEvoy’s Glamorous Gold collection. Exclusively available at Saks Fifth Avenue, 301 Canal St., New Orleans, 524-2200.
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Sensuous and Practical
Everyone wants cashmere but nobody can stand to stain it. Give the best of both worlds with these stain- and wrinkle-resistant cashmere sweaters, made with
the finest, 100 percent two-ply cashmere. Jos. A. Banks, 230 Carondelet St., New Orleans, 528-9491.
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Italian Elegance
Help your lady keep it all together with this subtly cross-hatched and printed leather handbag from Bottega Veneta. Weinstein’s, 4011 Magazine St., New Orleans, 895-6278.
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Crazy Cravats
Choose a fun and
festive necktie from NOLA Couture to set your style apart. Each design is based on familiar New Orleans iconography. For more information visitwww.nolacouture.com.
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Ear Ye
Keep out the chills this holiday season with these Silver Fox earmuffs by Jocelyn. Beauty 101, 2728 Magazine St., New Orleans, 895-2869.
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Sharply Dressed Man
For an elegant touch, consider this Jack Victor suit, which David Rubenstein considered “The best $595 suit I have ever sold.” Rubenstein’s, 102 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, 581-6666.
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Luxurious Leather
Celebrate the holidays in style with this crocodile-embossed clutch, and walk tall or stay warm in Martinez Valero heels and boots. Bella Rouge, 3640 Magazine St., New Orleans, 899-1122.
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Brand Your Bedding
This sophisticated yet practical bedding, perfect for the active family, will capture the essence of your style with personalized monogramming. Linen Registry, 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 831-8228.
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Big Easy to Big Apple
Get into a New York State of Mind with a deluxe Broadway theatre package. Check out Jersey Boys and Billy Elliot and enjoy the privacy of limousine transfer. Town & Country Travel, 723 Aurora Ave., Metairie, 838-8702.
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Get Pumped Up
Donald J. Pliner matches Italian leather and craftsmanship with brushed steel to create a distinctive look for this winter pump. Elizabeth’s, 204 Metairie Road, Metairie, 833-3717.
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Bag it Up
J. Tiras evening bags will be the talk of all the holiday parties this year. The New Orleans-based line uses only the finest quality materials in its elegant and classic evening bags, which will also serve you well during Carnival season. Feet First, 4119 Magazine St., New Orleans, 899-6800.
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In the Male
Finish off your  look with cufflinks from Jonathan Wachtel’s hand-made Vintage Stamp Collection, each set telling its own New Orleans story. Perlis Clothing, 6070 Magazine St.,  895-8661; 1281 Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; or visitwww.perlis.com.
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A Grand Idea
Give the gift of music this holiday season with a Steinway-designed Essex Grand Piano, perfect for tickling the ivories. Hall Piano, 901 David Drive, Kenner, 733-8863.
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Naughty but Nice
Make your holidays festive with this red and black lace camisole from Basics Underneath. All eyes will be on you when paired with black pants, or for select eyes only, with matching panty. Basics Underneath, 5513 Magazine St., New Orleans, 894-1000.
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That Time of Year
Update a classic chronograph concept with Diesel’s black leather and brushed chrome wristwatches. Analog, digital, and scrolling LED styles are all available. Macy’s, 3301 Veteran’s Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 484-4600; 1401 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner, 461-4800.