Put a bow on it – gifts for the family
‘Tis the season to mix and match. These luxurious handbags and bracelets blend exotic wood, goatskin leather and stainless steel to create industrial-style arm candy. With the company’s new made-to-order line, choose from zebrawood, snakeskin or ebony combined with ivory, aloe or black leather. Imagined by High Country native and industrial designer Ryan Wither.
Seen in the hands and on the arms of Jennifer Garner and Tea Leoni. Around $280.
Available at http://www.tiviwear.com.
What to buy a pre-teen boy
Under $50 Rokit water-powered rocket. Learn about the laws of motion the fun way. This toy rocket will fly an incredible distance, accompanied by a wooshing sound and a jet of water. Around $12, available from toy stores or http://www.rokit.com.
$50 – $100 Nintendo Game Boy Micro. Weighing just 2.8 ounces, this is the smallest and coolest Game Boy ever. Around $100, available at electronics stores or http://www.bestbuy.com.
Over $100 Electric scooter. Suitable for children ages 12 or older. Electric scooters are undeniably one of the most entertaining ways to get from A to B. Around $150, available at large toy stores or http://www.amazon.com.
Avoid Clothes. For the majority of boys, clothes are about as interesting as baths.
What to buy a pre-teen girl
Under $50 Digital camera. Girls will love taking pictures of their friends, and now they can do it with a Barbie-themed camera made by Oregon Scientific. Around $30, available in electronics stores or at http://www.dickssportinggoods.com.
$50 – $100 Shel Silverstein boxed set. Three of Silverstein’s best loved collections of poetry, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”, “A Light in the Attic” and “Falling Up”, in one attractive box. Around $55, available at book stores or http://www.barnesandnoble.com.
Over $100 Giant trampoline. Get fit, have fun. Trampolines are available in many sizes and colors. Around $200, available in large sporting goods stores or http://www.trampoline.com.
Avoid Randomly selected works of literature.
What to buy a teenage boy
Under $50 ESPN Sports Encyclopedias. For fans of baseball, basketball and football, it’s all here: stats, rosters and essays on the game and players. Around $25, available in book stores or http://www.amazon.com.
$50 – $100 Swiss Army knife. For hunters, campers and skiers, these tools remain unrivaled in versatility and quality. Prices vary according to model, available in sporting goods stores or http://www.victorinox.com.
Over $100 Apple Ipod Nano. The latest and greatest Ipod, smaller and sleeker than ever. Comes in black or white. Around $200, available at electronics stores or at http://www.apple.com.
Avoid Educational books. Unlikely to be appreciated, or read, for that matter.
What to buy a teenage girl
Under $50 Paul Frank pajamas. For sleeping, lounging and perhaps the occasional party too. Around $50, available in clothing stores or http://www.paulfrank.com.
Over $100 Motorola Razr black edition cellphone. One of the coolest cellphones around, with MP4 video playback, Bluetooth connectivity and camera. Around $200, depending on contract, available at phone stores or http://www.motorola.com.
Avoid Music is risky territory unless you’ve been given specific titles to purchase.
What to buy your dad
Under $50 Desk top decision dice. An executive-oriented version of the familiar decision dice. Around $10, available in toy stores or http://www.abernook.com.
$50 – $100 Box of hand-rolled cigars. Snap these up before smoking loses what little social respectability it currently enjoys. Around $60, available in tobacconists or http://www.delightfuldeliveries.com.
Over $100 Wine club membership. Take a tour through the world of wines with two expert-selected bottles a month. $360 for one-year membership, available from http://www.wine.com.
Avoid Festive sweaters. Do you ever see anyone wearing them after New Year’s Day? No!
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