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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas 2007

Presents For Pampered People


Audi R8

Audi R8

Blow all other gifts out of the water—and all other cars off the road—by presenting a lucky person on your list with the Audi R8. Stepping out of a sci-fi film and onto the street, this innovative, high-performance supercar takes its cues—and its look—from the racetrack. With a sleek aluminum body, museum-style display case engine bay and cool LED headlamps, the Audi R8 is ready to fight the future—after everyone’s done fighting over who gets to drive.

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Principessa's Bellezza Box

Principessa Bellezza Box


Hey, all you Prince Charmings: here’s the perfect gift for the modern Cinderella. Principessa’s Bellezza Box contains everything a girl could want for an indulgent home-spa experience or for keeping comely on the road. With travel-size tubes—all small enough to meet airport security standards—of beautifully-scented creams and lotions packed into a cute, convenient tin box, it’s easy to be the belle of the ball. Fairy Godmothers, take note.

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NAVIGON 7100 GPS Navigator

Help a loved one hit the open road with confidence by giving them the NAVIGON 7100 dashboard GPS navigator. Less than one inch thick, the NAVIGON is sleek, stylish and fully loaded. The full-color, highly-detailed 3D maps, turn-by-turn directions, free lifetime travel updates, destination suggestions and Bluetooth technology will ensure that whoever receives this gift will always make it home for the holidays.

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The Getaway Gift Card

The Getaway Gift Card

Transport someone you care about to any one of over 4,000 relaxing and beautiful locations with’s Getaway Gift Card. Available in whole dollar amounts from $25 to $2,000, the card ships with fast, free FedEx delivery on amounts over $100 or can be purchased with easy, last-minute email delivery options. Valid at B&Bs across the U.S. and Canada, with no blackout or expiration dates and no extra fees, this gift offers limitless escape possibilities in a stocking-sized package.

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Teaposy's Snow Dance Gift Set

Teaposy Snow Dance Gift Set


Evoke a little bit of winter wonder with Teaposy’s Snow Dance Gift Set. This delicate glass teapot comes with six buds of Let It Snow blooming tea, each of which, when steeped in hot water, blossoms into a beautiful flower—and brews multiple pots of delicious and soothing Silver Needle white tea. Whether or not the weather outside is frosty, this is a gift that will continue to surprise—and delight—the senses.

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Wine Ratchet Magnum

Wine Ratchet Magnum

This corkscrew device is the perfect gift for that old-school oenophile friend who refuses to buy into today's high-tech wine-opening tools. It's just as easy to use as many of the more complex devices on the market, and it produces the delightful popping sound that so many of us associate with a glass of the good stuff. All you need to do is ratchet down, spin the cork and pull to pop open the wine and get the party started.

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Lost Desserts

Lost Desserts


With their family gatherings and frequent festive feasts, the holidays are a perfect time to reminisce about meals of the past. Help a loved one wax nostalgic with Lost Desserts, Gail Monaghan’s collection of recipes culled from historical accounts, famous restaurants and childhood memories. There are no sepia-tinted scrapbook leavings here: the book’s vibrant photographs look good enough to eat, and the recipes will make even centuries-old food come to life. It’s a perfect way to recapture the past—or create new traditions for the future.

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The Mega Signature Collection

Warner Brothers Mega Signature Collection

As most movie-lovers will lament, they don’t make ‘em like they used to. But thanks to Warner Brothers’ Mega Signature Collection, you can enable the cinephile in your life to see the classics like never before. With 73 discs spanning the careers of ten of Hollywood’s brightest stars, two of its most memorable duos and one of its greatest directors, the Signature Collection is enough to make any movie buff sign their soul over to Santa.

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Koo-Ki Sushi

Suedy's Koo-Ki Sushi


Perfect for the sushi-lover who's hungry for dessert or for the chocoholic who thinks she’s seen it all, Suedy’s Koo-Ki Sushi cannot fail to delight with its double-take-inducing confections. Hand-molded to look like sushi, sashimi, chopsticks, sake cups and all kinds of accompanying treats, these gorgeous chocolates are an amazing new take on gourmet candy—or are they fine art? Either way, anyone lucky enough to receive them will have a lot of fun finding out.

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Omron Healthcare Pocket Pedometer
Omron Pocket Pedometer

It’s always tricky: how do you give a gift to your favorite exercise enthusiast that says, “I support your healthy habits” and not, “You need to lose weight”? Luckily, Omron Healthcare’s pocket pedometer provides a step in the right direction. This highly accurate tool works just as well tucked in a bag as clipped to a hip, and comes with Advanced Health Management Software to help your resident walker track his or her progress with handy graphs. Striking the difficult balance between encouraging and nonjudgmental, the pocket pedometer is the perfect holiday gift for those who want to have fun with stocking stuffers, not stuffing their face.

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