2009 Holiday Gift Guide

regal raspberry



Make no bones about it, every meal tastes better with non-alcoholic, liver-flavored Johnnie Barker Black au jus, $20 at Paw Palace in Red Bank pawpalaceonline.com


Just what Fido hopes to find in his holiday stocking. This soft cashmere cable sweater sports a dapper mock turtleneck, $98 at Brooks Brothers, Mall at Short Hills brooksbrothers.com


Any canine will flip for these luscious cannoli treats made with good things like whole-wheat flour, carob, and yogurt, $7 for two at Urban Paws in Summit shopurbanpaws.com


You can remember your furry friends this holiday season by adopting a pet or contributing to St. Hubert’s Animal Shelter in Madison sthuberts.org

classically cool



Now even the smallest family members can hit the powder in style with this L.L.Bean cushioned pull sled. Custom-made of kiln-dried northern hardwood, $119 at LLBean.com.


This collectible Steiff Teddy is looking for a best friend. Handmade in Germany of genuine mohair, $600 at Meyer's Toys in Livingston meyerstoys.com


These darling red-ruffle Mary Janes in silk duppioni will become favorites from the moment she lays eyes on them. Leather sole provides traction for busy feet, $44 at Janie and Jack boutiques janieandjack.com


What little girl wouldn't adore this long fringed knit cardigan with vibrant stripes and petals? $70 at Denim & Daisies in Boonton (denimndaisies.com).


Little hands will love this chunky rubberwood puzzle. Pieces form four different animals, each in a different color, $39 at Pottery Barn Kids(potterybarnkids.com


The limited-edition H. Upmann Millonario Crystal Lonsdale was created from a cache of aged tobaccos sufficient to make just 40,000 cigars, $57.95 at JR Cigar in Whippany and Paramus jrwhippany.com


This faithful recreation of the oil-tanned mailbags carried by the U.S. Postal Service from 1868 until the 1970s is designed to improve with age. Handset heavy copper rivet, $795 at J.Crew jcrew.com


This 7-speed Dutch cargo bike has an upfront birchwood crate big enough for junior (and a couple of grocery bags). Assembled in Morristown. As shown, with pedal-assist electric motor, $2,350 at doubledutchbikes.com.

high-glam gold



The Wilson K Factor Six-One is the top choice of pros, and a version of the racquet that champion Roger Federer uses on tour, $199 at Dick's Sporting Goods DicksSportingGoods.com


For the passionate martini lover. Welcome 2010 with this whimsical, hand-stitched needlepoint belt with leather closure, $195 at J. McLaughlin stores. jmclaughlin.com


Spiegelau’s high-quality glassware dates back to their Bavarian forest factory in 1521. $30 for a set of two glasses at Wine Library in Springfield winelibrary.com or riedelwebstore.com.


Award-winning Double Cross is the only Slovakian vodka available in the U.S. Find out what the buzz is all about, $50 for 750 ml at CoolVines in Westfield coolvines.com


Worn by rockers and Hollywood’s hippest, this replica of the original Perfecto motorcycle jacket is well-executed in black cowhide, $474 at schottnyc.com.

gentleman’s choice



First introduced in 1957, unisex Ray-Ban Caravan shades feature well-defined lines and UV-400 protection. Made in Italy, $119 at J.Crew jcrew.com


Marc Jacobs’ Daisy captures the essence of the charming bloom enhanced with sparkling notes of vintage violet and other flower favorites, $72 for 3.4 oz. at Sephora (sephora.com).


Chocolate is always appropriate, especially when it's Godiva's signature Gold Ballotin, chockful of caramels, truffles, pralines, and more, $45 for 36-piece box at Godiva godiva.com


Celebs are collecting Andrew Hamilton Crawford's paisley cuff bracelets in many colors, with either 18-karat gold vermeil or sterling accents. $190-$598 at On A Whimm in Peapack (908-234-2400).


She'll be oh-so-grateful for David Yurman's Chatelaine necklace in 18-karat gold with citrine and whiskey quartz, $8,900 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Short Hills (973-376-7000).


Put a broad smile on that special someone’s face with the gift of a live concert performance. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra plays the best of Strauss, Dvorak, Copland, and other greats. (800-ALLEGRO; njsymphony.org


Whether you're penning a letter to an exotic destination or thanking friends for a lovely dinner party, this Crane stationery is wild and wonderful, $34 for 20 notes at Engraved Images in Far Hills - engravedimages.net


The limited-edition Twirl timepiece is absolutely elegant in black PVC and black diamonds, $1,895 at Gucci, the Mall at Short Hills (973-564-7600).


Exactly the right look for this season, Tory Burch's black leather Liam boot won't spend much time in your closet, $495 at Neiman Marcus, Short Hills - neimanmarcus.com

kiddie couture



Treat your little black dress to a healthy dose of bling. Deco-style black onyx with .28 carats of diamonds set upon an 18-karat white-gold split shank, $1,740 at Robyn Ross in South Orange - robynrossdesigns.com


Dolce & Gabbana's limited-edition Stone eyewear is the ultimate in luxury and sophistication. Available in black with rhinestones, and other amazing colorways,$1,200 at ILORI Short Hils iloristyle.com


Carry your precious gear in this taupey-grey Yves St. Laurent zippered tote in soft and supple Brazilian leather—with signature “Y” detailing, $1,195 at all YSL boutiques - ysl.com


Show off a little holiday leg in these romantic Manolo Blahnik ruffled shoe booties.They're grey and gorgeous—and begging for a sexy pair of tights, $1,050 at Neiman Marcus neimanmarcus.com


Serious fashionistas love this funky cuff in 18-karat white gold and black stainless steel, accented by .34 carats of diamonds, $2,300 at George Press Fine Jewelry in Livingston georgepress.com


Even the choosiest teen on your list will enjoy spritzing Juicy's delicious Couture Couture! eau de parfum. 3.4 oz., $85 at Bloomingdale's stores bloomies.com

furry friends



Mix and match these 18-karat white-gold, multi-colored diamond stackable rings, $2,600-$3,500 each. Yanina & Co. in Cedar Grove. yanina-co.com


Groovy, Baby! Kick up your wardrobe with this eye-popping wristlet, a must-have for the holiday season. Fabulous colors perfectly complemented by metallic leather trim, $98 at coach.com


These Ayesha Mayadas 18-karat yellow-gold coil earrings with pink tourmaline cabochons are handcrafted works of art, $1,900 at Ayesha Studio in Englewood, and Greene & Greene in Lambertville ayeshastudio.com


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