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Holiday style gift guide from A to Z

From the Amsterdam Girard bicycle to the zebra sequin Converse tennis shoe, here are ideas for shopping for the fashion-minded.

December 13, 2009

AAmsterdam Girard, Electra cruiser bike designed by midcentury artist Alexander Girard Amsterdam Girard, Electra cruiser bike designed by midcentury artist Alexander Girard Electra Bicycle Co., based in San Diego, introduces the Amsterdam Girard featuring midcentury graphics by Alexander Girard adorning a modernized Dutch city bike. Fenders and an enclosed chain case make it easier to run errands in an Alexander Wang dress.


FOR THE RECORD:
Gift guide: The A to Z holiday gift guide in Sunday's Image section said a Marc by Marc Jacobs leopard print scarf at www.netaporter.com sells for $110. The cost is $130. —

The Tree of Life retails for $749.99 and the Quatrefoil for $799 ($25 rebate for bikes priced over $399.99 if purchased before the end of the year). Available at Metropolis Bikes, North Hollywood.

BBackpack by Rick OwensBackpack by Rick Owens Leave it to Rick Owens to turn the utilitarian Eastpack backpack into a darkly glamorous accessory with his Drkshdw collection of bucket, overnight and messenger bags, available at Barneys New York. The washed-nylon backpack has a large zippered compartment, a Velcro-closure laptop compartment, a lanyard and accessory pouch. Just like junior high but way cooler and somewhat more expensive. $350 at Barneys New York, Beverly Hills.

CCustom blended fragrance gift certificate from Memoire LiquideCustom blended fragrance gift certificate from Memoire Liquide If you're buying for someone who loves scents, they'll appreciate the experience of concocting their own personal perfume at the Memoire Liquide custom blending bar. The outpost inside Fred Segal Santa Monica has more than 150 bottles of fragrance bases ranging from Nudite Absolue, a clean floral musk, to Soixante Six (as in the summer of '66) -- yes, there's patchouli in it. $90 for a quarter-ounce roller at Studio Beauty Mix in Fred Segal, Santa Monica.

D"Dita: Stripteese," flip books, set of three"Dita: Stripteese," flip books, set of three A decidedly adult twist on the old-school animation process that used to keep children entertained for hours. Dita Von Teese, the woman who bare-handedly brought upscale burlesque back into the pop culture mix, now appears in a trio of flip books stylishly shot by photographer Sheryl Nields. Each book (roughly the size of a deck of cards) portrays the alabaster-skinned vixen shedding vintage clothes or glittery costumes through three of her favorite routines: the Bird of Paradise, the Classic and her signature Martini Glass -- in which she frolics in a giant drink glass accompanied by a beach ball-size olive. For extra fun, flip 'em in reverse -- and watch the burlesque queen put all her clothes back on. $30 at Hennessey + Ingalls; Space 15 Twenty, Hollywood; and at www.amazon.com and www.barnesand.

EEtsy's Alchemy custom gift requestsEtsy's Alchemy custom gift requests Need a quilt made from your boyfriend's favorite old T- shirts, socks with your mom's initials stitched on them or a knit tie in that perfect shade of cherry red? Alchemy at the Etsy website allows you to post what you need made, along with your ideal price. Artists can bid to take on your project, so you get that perfect custom creation. Prices vary by project. Go to www.etsy.com/alchemy.

FFisherman's Sweater from LL BeanFisherman's Sweater from LL Bean Norway means fjords and fishermen and L.L. Bean reprises its classic Norwegian water-repellent wool-knit sweater from the 1970s. $129 at www.llbean.com.

GGarden Print Erdem Notebook from SmythsonGarden Print Erdem Notebook from Smythson Smythson's Fashion diaries and notebooks have long been a favorite of fashion critics and editors who sit front row taking copious notes on the season's most exciting collections. British designer Erdem Moralioglu has added a painterly, floral touch to the notebook with a vivid garden print similar to that of the dresses that opened his spring 2010 runway show. $320. Available at Smythson, Beverly Hills.

HHamilton 1883 button-down shirtsHamilton 1883 button-down shirts Barneys' creative director Simon Doonan wears nothing but his custom-made Hamilton shirts, but long before Doonan donned the Texas company's creations, they had built a business on handmade quality button-downs. The company has recently launched Hamilton 1883, a ready-to-wear line of their famous shirts that are less expensive. These aren't custom-made, but you can work on that for the next holiday season. There are six styles in 23 colors.$185 for long sleeves, $165 for short sleeves available only online at www.hamilton1883.com.

IiPhone cases iPhone cases These days the thing that holds your iPhone may be just as precious as the device itself. Help someone hold the phone in style with a shiny gold or silver iPhone case from Incase or a high-end, pink patent leather holder from the British brand, Mulberry. Mulberry "Daria" iPhone case, $250 at www.mulberry.com; Incase iPhone holders in silver and gold, $34.95 at www.goincase.com.

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