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Style & Substance: Girls' Guide to Gifting



For the Trendsetter

This funky Impulse candelabrum turns a classic design on its head with the contemporary punch of silver acrylic. $60, Van der Wolks.

With Dean's wraparound leather watches, available in a variety of colors and three equally chic styles, telling time never looked so good. $115, Pink.

Stocking Stuffer: Adia Kibur's plastic jeweled baubles will add just the right amount of kitschy playfulness to any outfit, day or night. Bracelet $14, ring $10, Quirk Gallery.

For the Gourmet

Who wouldn't delight in Lorenza Barrezueta's porcelein interpretations of takeout food containers? $45-$110, openhouse at Shops at 5807.

Anyone with the slightest interest in cooking will covet "The Art of Simple Food," the latest cookbook from Chef Alice Waters, who helped bring the importance of local and organic foods to the forefront of the American culinary conscience. $35, Fountain Bookstore.

Stocking Stuffer: So maybe they'll fill up the whole stocking, but these wide wooden salad paddles with charming bird accents are worth it. $28, V for the Home.

For the Do-Gooder

With materials culled from old wooden buildings and 1 percent of profits headed toward Habitat for Humanity, your most conscientious friend can delight in the simple beauty of these rustic picture frames. $48, Fringe.

Equal Exchange's fair-trade tea and coffee help keep small farmers in business -- and your recipient well-caffeinated. $9 to $14, Ten Thousand Villages.

This one-of-a-kind vintage silk kimono wallet makes it incredibly easy to be chic and green. $15, Alchemy.

Stocking Stuffer: This recycled bike-chain bottle-opener will add a funky touch to happy hour. $10, Alchemy.

For the Perpetual Hostess

It's a little bit nostalgic, a little bit feminine and 100 percent cozy: Twinkle Living's hand-knit popcorn throw. $250, openhouse at Shops at 5807.

Help her keep track of her many soirees with "Notes on My Dinner Party," a journal that features fill-in categories for cocktails, seating charts, memorable quotes and more. $35, Mongrel.

Stocking Stuffer: Her surfaces will stay free of water rings with these delightful hand-painted coasters, crafted from all-natural materials and packaged in a reusable cloth-covered box. Set of 8, $25, Van der Wolks.

For The Nature Enthusiast

Your nature lover will savor four-season access to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden's flora and fauna with a yearlong gift membership that includes entrance to A Million Blooms and GardenFest of Lights. $55 for a single membership, $65 for a dual membership and $75 for families.

Gift the wonderfully nostalgic scent of the holidays, minus the displaced Christmas tree, with a woodsy Thymes Frasier Fir candle. $27, Tweed.

Avid adventurers will love charting their own course with National Geographic's TOPO! Outdoor Recreation Mapping Software, featuring 3-D maps, live updates and GPS capability. $100, YeRen Outdoor Adventure.

Stocking Stuffer: Keep her hands clean and chic in Hable Construction's stylish garden gloves. $25, Van der Wolks.

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