Holiday gift bear will give extra hugs

November 24, 1994|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

As the holiday shopping rush gets off to its official start tomorrow, it is rewarding to know that some gifts are destined to be shared. Tanner the Bear is the holiday mascot for Nordstrom stores, and he's a charmer. Customers who purchase a 17-inch bear for their own someone to hug will be assured that a 13-inch version will be given to a special child through the Children's Defense Fund.

Big Tanner costs $29.95 and is available in the store's children's department or the Nordstrom holiday catalog. Call (800) 695-8000.

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Hedonistic gift givers may be more interested in the latest offering from Victoria's Secret. The lingerie company is offering vacation love nests starting at $30,000 and climbing to $60,000 in spots such as New York, London, Aspen or the Cotswold countryside. The London gift package includes Concorde airfare, luxury suite at Blake's, dinners and dancing, a chauffeured Bentley, nights at the theater and daily delivery of fresh lingerie. That for $43,000.

A preview of Victoria's Secret Christmas Dreams and Fantasies airs on the Showtime network to morrow at 10 p.m. The special features supermodels such as Claudia Schiffer, Elle MacPherson and Naomi Campbell. The dream vacation packages do not include supermodels.

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For outdoorsy dreamers, Nautica, official sponsor of the America's Cup Defense Team, is sponsoring a chance to win a spot on the PACT '95 yacht as the crew competes for the America's Cup championships. In addition to an observer position, the winner will receive lodging, airfare, and a Nautica wardrobe. Enter the drawing by visiting the Nautica shops at Hecht's.

No purchase is necessary, but entrants must be 21 years or older. Call (410) 337-3600.

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Daydreamers may want to browse Gem, a new magazine for fine-jewelry enthusiasts. The premiere issue features the romance of rubies, the black pearl fisheries, a look at vintage watches and many photo spreads of expensive baubles. The magazine costs $10 and is available through fine jewelry stores such as Albert S. Smyth.

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