Bright Little Packages

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We're making a list and checking it twice for a handful of holiday gifts that friends and family will truly remember. Here are a few ideas for suiting some hard-to-buy-for people in your life.

December 12, 2004|By Maria Blackburn | Maria Blackburn,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Niece

You think it would be easy to buy a 6-year-old girl a gift. Then you realize that the girl already has everything. Get her a handmade felted wool purse that's bright and playful, not to mention the perfect size to tote around her iPod, Starbucks card and her M.A.C. lip gloss. Samii felted wool purse in pink or aqua, $28, at www.garnethill.com, or by calling 800-870-3513.

The Boss

The Boss is always talking about money not growing on trees and informing you of the rising cost of paper clips. Appeal to her devotion to the bottom line by giving her a zip-up fleece jacket made from recycled plastic bottles. Point Beach Outdoors Eco Fleece jacket comes in red, navy, green or gray and costs $55 at www.greenhome.com.

The 16-year-old son

He says all he wants for Christmas is a black 2005 Hummer H1 Alpha. Here's the problem: He doesn't have his license yet. Nor does he possess $117,508 to buy the Governor Schwarzenegger-favored SUV. But you can buy him a bottle of Hummer fragrance for Men, a masculine scent with adventurous attributes. It costs $14 to $52 and is available at www.hummerstuff.com.

The Coach

He saw your son through a winning soccer season but already has more than enough sports memorabilia. Instead, give Coach a bit of relaxation in a bottle with a duo of 32-ounce Body Cleansing Gels from Anthony Logistics for Men. The holiday-hued red and green gels are scented with mint and eucalyptus and contain glycerin, aloe vera and wheat protein. Add to this the fact that a percentage of sales of all Anthony Logistics for Men products benefit prostate cancer research, and you've got a winner. $30 at www.anthony.com.

The Mother-in-law

Celebrate your spouse's mom with a gift set that recognizes her for the diva we all know her to be. Bourjois' Miss Behavin' holiday gift set imparts star quality for a mere $25. The kit contains Bourjois Talons Aiguilles mascara for full thick lashes and Bourjois Effet 3D volumizing lip gloss in No. 5 Rose Angelic for a perfect pout. The addition of a pair of Betsy Johnson's exclusive fishnet knee-highs makes it a gift to remember. Available at Sephora stores in Bethesda and The Mall in Columbia and at www.sephora.com.

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