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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 12:09 am

The best gift ideas of the season

Here’s something special for everyone on your list, including you!

Game of Phones


Holiday gifts these days are a little more involved than a pair of socks or pajamas, what with drones and all, so it’s not too early to draw up your shopping list. And while you’re shopping for everyone else, why not treat yourself too?

Here’s a round-up of must-have gifts for 2016:

For her
Plush velvet is having a moment this season, especially in shoes. Deck her out in Anne Klein’s Henrika peep-toed pump with block heels in burgundy.  $90. Macys.com.

Clean lines, architectural shape and a little shimmer – a perfect troika for jewelry. Treat her to the silver-toned cuff by INC International Concepts.  Pave crystals add a touch of sparkle for holiday fun. $39.50. Macys.com.

Help the environment, score a cool gift. Hand-crafted by artisans, handbags by Ono Creations use natural, vegan materials like the Stelo Shoulder bag made of cork and tencel accented with sturdy gold-brass hardware. $320. Onocreations.com.

In the eco-minded spirit of the season, buy her an exquisite robe stitched together from a pastiche of colorful, reclaimed saris and produced by a trade co-op in India. No two robes are alike. $59. UncommonGoods.com.

Rose gold is everywhere and she will want it on her smartphone. Splurge on the new Samsung Galaxy S7, available in a pink gold version exclusively at Best Buy. It comes with more wireless charging options, a dual-pixel camera for blurry-free photos, water resistance and fingerprint security. Pricing varies. BestBuy.com.

If eyelash-crimping devices give her the willies, buy her the Chella Heated Eyelash Curler. With the help of one AAA battery, the sleek wand will warm up to curve her lashes for lasting impact. $22. Chella.com

From tapestry prints to fur styles, a pair of loafers are the “it” shoe of the season, whether paired with pencil skirts or boyfriend jeans. Buy your honey Tory Burch’s Gemini Link loafers, a patent leather style with a stacked mid-heel. $350. ToryBurch.com

Help her reach her daily 10,000-step goal with the newest fitness tracker, the super-slim Fitbit Flex 2. This swim-proof model tracks how you move and sleep and alerts you to calls and texts. Accessorize the removable tracker with sleek bangles and pendants.  Starts at $99.95. Fitbit.com

Billed as the ultimate selfie stick, the DJI Osmo provides smoother video free of jitters and technology that allows it to lock in on an object and keep it in frame as it moves. $299. DJI.com

Stone drink dispenser


For him

Timberland boots aren’t just for construction sites anymore. Outfit him with a pair of navy blue walkers, a style exclusive to Macy’s, to add an edge to his date night ensemble. $190. Macys.com

For the beer-lover, gift him with a six-pack – of beer soap that is. Rinse, lather, repeat with these six bars of soap handmade with six varieties of beer, including pumpkin ale and chocolate stout, along with feel-good oils for the skin. $42. UncommonGoods.com

Rock his next cocktail party with the Stone Drink Dispenser.  This cobbled granite vessel with a tumbled stone tap handle will quickly turn into a permanent bar fixture for his swanky gatherings. $135. UncommonGoods.com

Up his style quotient with the schoolboy Thom Browne Mackintosh backpack made in Italy. This dark grey carrier features a zipper pocket and the brand’s signature triple-layer stripe down the front. $1,490. ThomBrowne.com.

Help him decompress with the soothing scents from Tom Dixon’s Materialism candle set. Light these four votives, crafted from luxe materials such as milky translucent glass and marble, to experience immediate Zen. $195. TomDixon.net

Japanese designer Taka Hayashi has given us another collaboration with Vans, featuring a low-top sneaker made of taupe leather and suede for an uber-cool monochrome style with a pop of contrast rust in the midsole. $180. Barneys.com

Give him his athleisure fix with Tommy Bahama’s Pro-Formance half-zip hoodie and jogger pants. The herringbone print and details like a nylon hood and front pockets will make this his weekend’s best friend. $158, hoodie. $110, pant. TommyBahama.com.

If it’s good enough for the pope, it’s good for him. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg recently gifted the pope with a solar drone. How about presenting a Parrot BeBop 2 camera drone to your favorite guy that’s got solid flight time and a 14 megapixel camera? $549.99. BHPhotoVideo.com.

Finish off his look with aviators in a pure titanium frame and lenses that cover the complete periphery of the eye for extra protection. $299. TommyBahama.com.

Samsung Galaxy S7


For you

Serve your holiday guests a cheese flight or an array of tea cookies on this Thirstystone round board stylishly striped in wood and marble. The only thing missing is the wine.  $47. Macys.com

Cute enough to frame, these State Dish Towels name drop the best in their locales and are a perfect way to celebrate your state pride. $20. UncommonGoods.com

Geared to those ages 14 and above, Game of Phones can turn your dinner into a party.  The card game sends guests on a scavenger hunt on their smartphones, racing to find their latest selfie or the weirdest Google Image result of their name. $20. UncommonGoods.com

Doesn’t everyone need a midnight blue, mouth-blown glass serving bowl by British design house Tom Dixon? The sculptural wonder is a great gift from which to eat popcorn or chips or to display ice on a cocktail bar. $70. TomDixon.net.

You can practically taste the effervescence in these stem-less, champagne flutes by Home Design Studio, festooned with polka dots and happy toasts, “cheers!” and  “salud!”. $50. Macys.com

The H&M Home Collection will bring a smile to your face with these shaped, flat-bottomed porcelain mugs for a favorite morning beverage. “You are amazing” and “I know” cheekily adorn the set in gold print. $17.99. H&M.com

If you’re an on-the-go kind of person, be it CrossFit or mud runs, the Lifeproof Fre Power for the iPhone 6/6s is the perfect way to protect your phone. Waterproof, dirt-proof, even drop-proof, it keeps your phone charged with its 2,600-mAh battery. $129.99. Amazon.com

A Florentine leather checkers set adds a handsome touch to a classic game with a caramel/black design and leather pouch for circular pieces. $228. TommyBahama.com

It’s still not too late to join the Apple Watch party. Prices are dropping for the timepiece, and when paired with an iPhone lets you listen to music, check email and make phone calls. Starting at $299. Apple.com. 

Also from Nola Sarkisian-Miller, CTW Features

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