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Singular Sensations

Sometimes the Best Approach to Gifts Is the Simplest. Imagine an Excursion Through the Five Senses.

November 26, 2000|BARBARA THORNBURG

From the Corner of Her Eye, a Solution to Her Holiday Anxiety Emerged.

From bottom left: Carl Zeiss Asiola spotting scope with hardwood tripod, $1,000, at Scope City, Costa Mesa, San Diego, Sherman Oaks and Simi Valley. Olympus Eye-Trek glasses, $799, at The Sharper Image, Beverly Hills, Glendale and Newport Beach. Boxster sunglasses, $272, Script Square and PD Tech sunglasses, $250 each, at Porsche Design, Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza. Elsa Peretti Padova purse magnifier, $125, at Tiffany & Co., Beverly Hills; silver star sprinkles, $4, at Roger's Gardens, Corona del Mar. Minolta Ultra-Compact binoculars, $200, and Compact weatherproof binoculars at The Sharper Image stores. Resto flashlights, $10 to $20, at Restoration Hardware stores. Top left: Blue Pearl Earth Sphere, $239, at Rand McNally, Costa Mesa, Glendale and Los Angeles.

Location: 5th and Sunset Studio, West Los Angeles

Temptations, He Noted, Come in All Tastes: Salty, Spicy and Sweet.

Clockwise from above: Opus X cigars, $22 each, at Wally's Cigar Box, West Los Angeles. Le Cordon Bleu Calissons, $24 for 12 pieces, at Pierre Deux, Beverly Hills; small gold plate, $2, at Pier 1 Imports stores. Tea infuser with horn handle, $90; Mariage Freres jasmine mandarin tea, $9 for 100 grams, at Algabar, Los Angeles. Mariage Freres Sucre Candy Pour le The, $10, at Algabar. Old Fashioned Rocky Road (l lb.), $18, at Williams-Sonoma stores. Mother-of-pearl caviar dish, $125, and spoon, $22, at Neiman Marcus, Beverly Hills; Tsar Nicoulai black salmon caviar, $11 for 3.5 ounces, at Surfas, Culver City. Assorted Biscuits in gold oval tin, $36, at Godiva stores and Wally's, West Los Angeles. Reggio Emilia Cavalli 50-year-old and 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, $93 and $169, at Surfas.

The Sounds of Christmas, She Discovered, Aren't What They Used to Be.

Clockwise from right: Percolator timer, $6.50 each, at Restoration Hardware stores. Classic bike bell, $5 each, at Restoration Hardware stores. Gucci sterling silver baby rattle, $195, at Gucci, Beverly Hills. Tekno Dog, interactive robotic puppy, $60, at Discovery Channel Stores, Century City and South Coast Plaza. Merlino stainless steel tea kettle, $225, at Porsche Design, Beverly Hills and South Coast Plaza. BeoCom 6000 digital cordless phone, $475, at Bang & Olufsen Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills. A8 headphones, $160, at Bang & Olufsen Rodeo Drive.

All Her Packages Read, 'Handle With Care.'

Clockwise from right: Feather quills, $2.50 each, at Zipper, Los Angeles. Rocking horse, $85, at Pier 1 Imports stores. Homefires 20-by-30-inch bathmat, $60, at Zipper; Ultra-suede fringe pillow, $310, at Soolip Bungalow, West Hollywood. Coconut palm chopsticks with woven cases, $21.50 each, at Soolip Bungalow. Feather ball ornaments, $4 each, and twig ball, $2, at Pier 1 Imports stores. 100% handmade powder puff, $14, at Palmetto, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Vibe Harslof African zebra cuffs, $95 to $125, at Arp, Los Angeles.

He Presented Her With Gifts of Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh...and a Few Other Aromatics.

Clockwise from above: Carbaline Muschio Moss bath salts, $20, at Algabar, Los Angeles. Lemon and rosemary kitchen soaps, $8, at Williams-Sonoma stores. Aroma M Geisha O-cha rice powder and puff, $60, at Palmetto, Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Linen verbena water, $15 each, at L'Occitane, Beverly Hills, Century City and Glendale. "Book" incense, $25 each, at OK, Los Angeles. Comme des Garcons eau de cologne, $60, at OK. Moyna handcrafted sequinned bag with beaded shoulder strap, $55, at Soolip Bungalow, West Hollywood. Mango tea candles, $6 to $12, at Pier 1 Imports stores. C. Notti silk eye pillow with flax and lavender, $26, at Palmetto.

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