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Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas 2008

Presents For Your Favorite People

 

The ScanGaugeII, with its cable, connectors, manual and box THE AUTOPHILE
ScanGaugeII


The car enthusiast in your life will get good mileage out of the handy ScanGaugeII, which keeps real-time tabs on fuel economy, retrieves trouble codes and records average speed, drive time, maximum revolutions-per-minute, distance and maximum coolant temperature.

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THE PAMPERED PRINCESS
elizabethW Spa Set


The gift of relaxation never gets old. Treat your favorite spa fanatic to an at-home pampering session with elizabethW's Spa Set. This elegant kit includes bath gel, body lotion, a perfume candle and a bath pouch and comes in scents like Lavender, Leaves, Rose and Sweet Tea.
elizabethW Spa Set in Sweet Tea

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Primula's Your Perfect Blend Gift Set THE SAVVY SIPPER
Primula's Your Perfect Blend Set


This create-your-own brew kit is perfect for both connoisseurs and those just starting out in the tea world. Containing a glass pot, four storage jars and six bags of tea and herbs, Primula's set will allow the recipient to experiment with combinations and perhaps find a new favorite blend.

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THE COOKBOOKWORM
Alinea


The home chef in your life will drool over this beautiful book. Alinea is a work of art and a window into a brilliant scientist's food alchemy lab. With recipes for more than 100 dishes and 400 stunning photographs, it offers a new way to cook and think about life and food.
Alinea, by Grant Achatz

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Burberry's "Bridle Check" tote

THE FASHIONISTA
Burberry Accessories

Give the gift of fashion with an item from British luxury company Burberry. The traditionally prim and proper brand offers fresh new looks such as dip dye scarves, jagged necklaces and the subtly edgy "Bridle Check" tote.


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THE COGNAC CONNOISSEUR
Courvoisier Erté Collection

Art imitates life with the Courvoisier Erté Collection, which portrays steps of the spirit-making process on each unique bottle. With fewer than 22 complete sets available, your favorite cognac lover will surely drink this up.
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A collection of Mari's New York brownies in a signature baton-shaped box
THE CHOCOHOLIC
Mari's New York


Appease the chocolate fanatic with some two-bite delights from Mari's New York. These brownies are available in more than eleven different flavors—like Classic, Heat and Blonde Bombshell—and come snuggled in classy baton boxes of six, twelve and twenty-four.

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THE ENVIRONMENTALIST
Wellness H2.O Water Bottle


Help quench the thirst of your favorite eco-lover with the Wellness H2.O Water Bottle. This reusable, portable system contains a recyclable filter that removes chlorine and other contaminants from regular tap water while adding antioxidants.
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Curtis Stone's "Juicy" Carving Board THE CULINARY ENTHUSIAST
Curtis Stone's Kitchen Solutions


The Take Home Chef, Curtis Stone, doesn't have to be physically in the kitchen to make cooking easier for your holiday hosts. Give them a piece of kitchenware from the chef's line of hassle-free Kitchen Solutions, and they'll invite you back for years to come.

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THE TIRELESS TREKKER
Pacsafe DailySafe B100
Anti-theft Backpack


Give your favorite traveler some added security with the sleek and sturdy DailySafe B100 Anti-theft Backpack. Constructed with slashproof and tamperproof exomesh, it's sure to help keep valuables safe on all those expeditions.
Pacsafe DailySafe B100 Anti-theft Backpack

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(Updated: 10/25/12 SC)


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