Wrap It Up! (Our 2007 Holiday Gift Guide)
<<< The key to his heart: BMW 3 Series
A new BMW for around $35,000? Yes, you read that right. Start the new year in a sporty BMW coupe or convertible (though the convertible easily won us over upon sight). Standard features include a 24-valve, 230hp inline six-cylinder engine, brake drying, and a retractable power hardtop that descends in just 22 seconds with the touch of a button. Sun-reflective technology helps keep those pretty leather seats cool in the thick of a Memphis summer, and the rear seats fold down for cargo space. This convertible made our hearts race from zero to 60 in about one second.[image-2]
Roadshow BMW, 405 N. Germantown Parkway, 365-2584
>>>Bottoms up, with style.
Give yourself an instant upgrade in the adult beverage-sipping world with this silver flask, complete with funnel to make transferring your poison easy. $78
Bella Notte, 2172 Young Avenue, 726-4131
[image-3]<<< Quite a pair: While you're at Bella Notte, pick up this handy poker set with leather case for the gambler in your life. The chips are heavy ceramic pieces — no plastic kid stuff here — and feel great to the touch. $89[image-4]
>>>Cleaning out the garage and washing the car go by a little faster, thanks to these indoor/outdoor wireless speakers. The transmitter hooks up to any stereo or iPod and sends audio through walls and floors up to 150 feet. $100
Bed, Bath & Beyond, 870 S. White Station, 767-2126
[image-5]<<< Two centuries have passed since the first Moleskine notebook hit the market, and over the years, the leather notebooks earned some pretty famous fans, from Van Gogh and Hemingway to Matisse and Picasso. In various sizes, these notebooks and journals are almost too pretty to write in. Almost. $12 to $17.50
Barnes and Noble/Bookstar, 3402 Poplar, 323-9332, and Davis-Kidd, 387 Perkins Extended, 683-9801.
[image-6]>>>Kick it old school in Nike Waffle Racers. Funky colors and a retro look give these tennis shoes a notch up on the hip scale, and look great with jeans. $79.95
R. Sole, 374 S. Grove Park, 761-1230
[image-7]<<< Add a little color to your daily routine with these bright leather accessories.
Spade mini-bag$75 and
business card holder,$55
The Stovall Collection,
4615 Poplar, Suite 17,
[image-8]>>>Clarisonic's swirling brushes
leave skin feeling like you just had a facial. Throw in some luxe La Prairie products and you've
got a true mini-spa experience.
Clarisonic Skinbrush,$195,La Prairie firming complex,$115, Eye lift,$255, and caviar luxe,$350
Mona Spa and Laser Centers, 7945 Wolf River Blvd. Suite 100, 756-7945 and 5101 Sanderlin Centre, 683-0048
[image-9]<<< Choose from thickening products to hair repair gift sets in gorgeous black and white packaging, with a bold red interior. See what the buzz is about with this terrific hair-care line.
Bumble and bumble gift boxes, $55
Gould's Salons and Spas, 13 locations. Gouldsalons.com
[image-10]>>> Tortoise shell never looked so good. Oakley (yes, that Oakley) has redefined its brand with these sleek shades. $150[image-11]
The Eclectic Eye, 242 S. Cooper, 276-3937 and 3670 S. Houston Levee, 853-3213
<<< The keys to her heart: Acura MDX
The safest SUV on the road just also happens to be one of the best-looking. The MDX seats seven, and the second-and third-row seats fold down with one quick motion, perfect for those trips to Home Depot or the Pottery Barn outlet. The MDX has Super-Handling all-wheel drive, a navigation system with real-time traffic, and all the other bells and whistles you'd expect from Acura, like XM radio, Bluetooth technology, surround-sound speakers, and so much more. A bonus? Itâs really, really fun to drive. Starting in the low $40s,
Acura of Memphis, 2611 Ridgeway Rd., 365-6565
[image-12]Add a splash of color to your holiday cocktails with Hpnotiq liqueur, a vodka, cognac, and fruit juice blend, and a favorite of our own Justin Timberlake. $24
Kimbrough Liquor, 1483 Union, 278-5881
Fans of Icewine will love the Luxury Flight gift set from Inniskillin that includes a Vidal, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling, each in its own embossed box. $100
Arthurâs, 5475 Poplar, 767-9463
Skip the Veuve Cliquot this year and opt instead for Perrier JouÃ«tâs 1999 Fleur de Champagne. The bottle itself, with painted white anemones, is a work of art. Crisp and clean with hints of almond and nougat. $140
Kirby Wine and Liquor, 1829 Kirby Parkway,
A bargain bottle without the bargain taste — Wyndham Estateâs Bin 555 Sparkling Shiraz makes for a perfect hostess gift. $17
Joe's Wine and Liquor,
Who says you canât have margaritas instead of eggnog? Avoid the Pepe Lopez and its hideous hangover with Corzo Silver tequila, one of our favorites. It comes packaged in a pretty container with a striking similarity to a bottle of Chanel No 5. $53
Kirby Wines and Liquor, 1829 Kirby
[image-13]<<< Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969.
The ultimate gift for anyone who truly appreciates a good whiskey? The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969. This limited edition (only 800 bottles are available in the U.S. this winter) Scotch whisky has been aged almost 40 years, and is now ready to hit select store shelves. Each bottle is individually numbered and comes packaged in a solid ash frame adorned with leather and brass. This is not the stuff of mixers, friends. Sip it neat, preferably by a crackling fire. $750
Arthur's, 5475 Poplar, 767-9463[image-14]
>>>Ojon Winter Essentials Ritual brings winter-whipped hair back to life. And yes, guys, this is for you too. Hey, thereâs nothing girly about healthy hair. $55
Sephora, Wolfchase Mall, 388-8466, and Carriage Crossing, 854-0235
[image-15]<<< Get your mint fix with these Oral Fixation mints. In metal tins designed like 1920s cigarette containers, and flavors such as 7 Deadly Cinnamon, Spare Mint, and Antioximints, these little treats will keep you ready for your close-up.$2.99/tin
[image-16]>>> Perfect for your favorite traveler (or someone on your list who likes to be prepared for anything), the Passport panties by MMK Brand slip right into a carry-on or purse, stylishly disguised in a faux-croc passport case. $20
A Fitting Place, 6150 Poplar, 683-0210
[image-17]<<< Save those tired red and green M&Ms for others and broaden
someoneâs horizons with these tasty Euro treats. Kinder candy, Aero, and other fun chocolate goodies await an
adventurous palate. Our favorite? The gigantic Mikado chocolate bar from Japan.
$2 to $5
Jerusalem Market, 4794 Summer, 767-6960[image-18]
Pretty much the perfect gift, especially when it comes with a signature Dinstuhlâs chocolate bar and personalized gift card. A bargain at any price, but a real steal at $15 for 12 issues.
Call Brendaat 575-9470 and get your gift subscription started today.[image-19]
<<< Wine makes a great gift, but this year, present your gift in this sleek Opold wine bottle holder. Youâll be thought of fondly bottle after bottle, long after the one you bought is toast. Simply place the bottle in the holder, slap a bow on it, and youâve got a cool new way to raise holiday spirits. $39
Scottâs Cosmic Closet,
48 S. McLean, 278-2259
>>> You donât have to spend a fortune this year on gift boxes. Pop into your favorite Chinese restaurant and buy some of their to-go boxes, with fortune cookies for each. Depending on the restaurant, theyâll charge anywhere from 10 to 25 cents each. The finishing touch is a âbowâ? made of chopsticks. We predict your friends will love it.
[image-21]<<< Wax poetic and turn your holiday cards into little pieces of art, courtesy of Aladineâs classic sealing wax stamp with your familyâs initial. Youâll need a few practice runs before youâre ready to embellish your envelopes, but once you get the hang of it, youâll wonder why the practice ever became passÃ©. $25
The Stovall Collection, 4615 Poplar, 767-8808
[image-22]>>>Say goodbye to generic holiday wrapping paper and make your gift a standout with these artsy gift wraps. They are pretty enough to frame, and come in prints perfect for everyone on your list. $4/sheet
Gild the Lily, 485 High Point Terrace, 458-5471[image-23]
<<< The HoHoHeel
The perfect stocking for the fashionista in your life — the HoHoHeel. This stylish stocking is available in a variety of colors and prints, including leopard, zebra, and metallics. Prices range from $20 to $30