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For the chocolate lover, MarieBelle has a new collection out that is ideal for holiday gifting because it is packed in a specially designed, reusable box. The box is made of red Italian leather and has two layers, each perfectly sized to hold six of MarieBelle's decadent chocolates. The chocolates are assorted and the flavors could include some of the chocolatier's top sellers, such as Dulce de Leche, Champagne, Pistachio, White Kona Coffee, Creamy Caramel, Saffron, Cardamom, Coconut or Lavender. Price: $150.
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If you're not going to splurge on a solid gold rocking horse for the kids this year, a more affordable alternative would be the Playsam Rocking Horse. The Scandinavian-designed horse is wood, but is finished in a satiny black lacquer that will make any child think that s/he has just gotten her own little Black Beauty. It's aimed at ages 1-5 and measures 33.5" x 13.5". The only downside is that your child might want to get a "real" pony at some point after this - which is significantly more expensive than a wooden one. Price: $225.
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We mentioned the Peter Beard Limited Edition Art Book a while ago, but with only 2,250 books available, we assumed that they would sell out to collectors quietly. This was definitely not the case, as the gossip magazines/blogs are reporting that Ashton Kucher just picked one up this week as a Christmas gift for Demi Moore. He bought it at Barney's in Beverly Hills for $2,500. The book has over 500 pages of photographs and diary entries from Beard and each copy has been signed by Beard himself. A stand is included with purchase so that the book can be showcased more elegantly than the average coffee table book.
A great gift is a high quality conical burr grinder. Even if your coffee lover who already grinds their own beans - which is the very easiest way to ensure that you're getting all the flavor you can from them - can benefit from the increase precision offered by a machine like the KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Grinder. $200.
The holidays are the perfect excuse to buy things for your pet. Granted, they might be just as satisfied with a wadded up ball of wrapping paper, but that doesn't mean that they don't deserve something better. Here are some of our favorite luxe gifts to give your pampered pet this holiday season.
Patch and Scott Dog Coats are our favorite brand of pet outwear this year. Stylish, warm and well-fitted - what more could a fashion-forward pet want? £149.
CNN Money notes that regular toys just aren't good enough for some kids anymore - especially the children of the very, very wealthy, who tend to buy children's versions of some of the same indulgent things that they treat themselves to. For example, they might buy a summer house for themselves and a fantastically imaginative Daniels Wood Land Tree House for the kids. Other picks on the list include a life-sized replica of Robbie the Robot from the Forbidden Planet for $50,000, a gas-powered miniature off-road vehicle for two, and a $47,000 version of the Cinderella Coach - horses/mice not included - for a little girl's bedroom.
Not to sound too stereotypical, but for many women, the top two gifts that they would most like this holiday season are jewelry and chocolate. Simons Jewelers has put the two together to make the ultimate gift with their Le Chocolate collection. The gift box is has a selection of gourmet chocolates from Lake Forest Confections and an arrangement of high-end jewelry. The jewelry includes necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets adorned with yellow and blue diamonds, emeralds, and sapphires. Simons says that the collection is almost priceless, although they have put the price tag of $1.5 million on the whole set.
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This designer book set could be a great gift for the fashionista in your life - because we all know that when someone loves clothes more than just about anything, it's nearly impossible to pick out anything that they actually like. The set should be a hit because it contains "photographic biographies" of some of the most famous and most exciting names in fashion: Dior, Vivier, Balenciaga and Treacy. The books are in full, brilliant color and each is hand-wrapped, as well as being packed into a large red gift box. Price: $150.
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A Tiny Tiara is the sort of thing that would make a cute gift for parents with a new baby girl, since most of them will be overjoyed to get a perfect little crown for their little princess. The miniature crowns, designed by Shelly Kennedy, are made of glass and are completely unique. Each stands about 3-inches tall and comes on a satin pillow packed inside an acrylic cube that will protect it from damage and dust. The tiaras come in three colors - blue, pink and clear - and are $48 each.
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To sell more of your product during the holidays, it's a good idea to bring out a limited edition version of it. It's an even better idea to add some bling and make sure it appeals to luxury buyers who are more likely to splurge on extra-fancy packaging at this time of year. Absolut Bling Bling is a limited edition repackaging of some classic Absolut vodka and is being sold in a gift pack as of the beginning of this month. Unfortunately for most US buyers, Absolut Bling Bling is not available at retail stores in the states (not according to the Absolut website, anyway), but you might be able to track it down at a duty free shop or a liquor store in another country if you're going to be doing some traveling.