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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ISSUE

It's the small things that count

November 27, 2005|Barbara Thornburg

This holiday season the big gesture feels all wrong. Sure, there's a certain glee to tying a big bow on a new BMW 330Ci in the driveway or blindfolding the wife and kids and spiriting them away on a private jet to Bora-Bora. There's no denying that the big gesture shouts a deafening "I love you," but the same sentiment whispered softly can be just as powerful.This year, why not think small but significant? What about a black pearl necklace, a crystal starfish, a moonstone bracelet? Or as a stocking stuffer, the sugar cube-size Decision Dice might just be the thing. Miniature SweetCakes desserts or MarieBelle fig and walnut caramels make a delicious hostess gift, unless you eat them first. Slip a promise--"I owe you six back rubs" or "Good for 100 kisses"--into a glitter-encrusted dreidel. Troika's little wood boombox is a gift of both music and design, while Beth Orduna's earrings might help ward off the evil eye with their spiritual motif. Maybe this holiday season, the really big gesture is the most personal one.

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PAGES 34-35: Chocolate-covered coffee and cardamom baumaniere with silver leaf, $2.50 each or $28 for a box of 12, and Janet Torelli sterling-silver ginko-leaf bonbon server, $120, both at Boule, Los Angeles, (310) 289-9977, www.boulela.com. Design Ideas felt snowflake coasters, $4.95 for a set of four, from Party On La Cienega, Los Angeles, (310) 659-8717. Glass drawer pulls, $6 to $10 each, silver and glass demitasse spoons, $16 each, and silver napkin ring with flower, $25, all from Duet, Los Angeles, (310) 478-1653. Doggy doughnuts and cupcake treats, $1.50 each, from L.A. Dogworks, Hollywood, (323) 461-5151. Karen Sedgley pearl and gemstone rings, $185 each, from Duet. Beth Orduna freshwater pearl, rhinestone and sterling-silver chain drop earrings, $350, at Fred Segal Tiara, Santa Monica, (310) 394-8186. Casio EX-S500 digital camera with 2.2-inch LCD screen and extra-slim stainless-steel body, $345, from Bel Air Camera, Westwood, (310) 208-5150, www.belaircamera.com.Leather flower ponytail holder, $38, at Soolip Bungalow, West Hollywood, (310) 360-1512. Edwin Jagger "Barley" chrome shaving brush, $250, and razor, $180, from The Shave of Beverly Hills, (310) 888-2898. L'Artisan Parfumeur Moodswings five-fragrance set, $110, at Studio at Fred Segal, Santa Monica, (310) 394-8509. Troika compass, $26, from Traveler's Bookcase, Los Angeles, (323) 655-0575. Troika digital travel clock, $28, from Sumi's, Silver Lake, (323) 660-0869. Glass apothecary bowls, $12 each, from Duet. Wedding Flowers paper, $10 a sheet, from Soolip Paperie & Press, West Hollywood, (310) 360-0545.

PAGES 36-37: Cloutier Swarovski crystal-encrusted starfish, $170, from Maison Midi at American Rag, Los Angeles, (323) 935-3157. Salviati tall martini glass, $180 for a set of four, from Modern Living, West Hollywood, (323) 651-3012. Blush pearl and sterling-silver cocktail picks by Dan Zelen, $200 for a set of four, from Zelen, Los Angeles, (323) 658-6756. Kikatsu etched cocktail glass, $78, Kikatsu shot glasses, $36 to $52 each, and Jeanine Payer "Simple" sterling-silver spoon with etched phrase, $165, all from OK, Los Angeles, (323) 653-3501. Lobmeyr crystal candy dish, $190, and Erik Bagger schnapps glass with chrome band, $23 for two, from TableArt, Los Angeles, (323) 653-8278, www.tartontheweb.com.The Cocoa Room chocolate-covered almond dragees, $7.95 for a 4-ounce package, from the Gift Store at LACMA, Los Angeles, (323) 857-6146. Tony Duquette white gold and aquamarine star brooch, $25,500, from Gearys, Beverly Hills, (310) 273-4741. Pampaloni sterling-silver frame, $565, from Micucci at the Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood, (310) 360-7323, www.micuccicollection.com. Topkapi palladium eyeglass frames, $425, from L.A. Eyeworks, Los Angeles, (323) 931-7795, www.laeyeworks.com. Ted Muehling sterling-silver candlestick, $535, from Arp, Los Angeles, (323) 653-7764. Torre & Tagus glass cube candlesticks, $15 to $18 each, from Pomp Home, Culver City, (310) 287-9944. Tin sake bottle, $180, and handmade silver Guinomi sake cup, $350, both from Tortoise, Venice, (310) 314-8448. Tse & Tse salt or pepper shakers, $26 each, from Fitzsu, Pasadena, (626) 564-1908, and Los Angeles, (323) 655-1908. Anandia black Tahitian pearl necklace with asymmetrical diamond and 18-karat white gold clasp, $8,300, from Anandia, Newport Beach, (949) 200-7526, www.anandia.com.

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