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Can millions of milk chocolate Santa Clauses be wrong? Christmas is just around the corner, heralded by a happy parade of sweets, baubles and bright, shiny lights. It’s gift-giving season. Shopper, your moment is now. In this year’s Gift Guide, you’ll find inspired ideas for delighting those you love. Why wait ’til the last minute? Go shopping. Give back to your community. Here’s wishing you the best the season has to offer! ON THE COVER: Godiva Holiday Truffle Lollipops

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Gifts Good Enough to Eat Those who indulge, bulge – unless, of course, the rich treats are designed to be slathered, smeared, scrubbed or spritzed upon the skin. Sales of high-end beauty and skincare products are sizzling, up 11 percent to $9.5 billion in 2011, according to NPD Group. And soaps, lotions and treatments crafted from ingredients that are good enough to eat – or at least look that way – are especially popular. Looking for a delicious gift? Go in search of the incredible, almost-edibles. – Jessica Royer Ocken, CTW Features

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Take 10: HD Heroes

Bring Home a Big-Screen Hero Superheroes, bigger and more vivid than life, are here to stay. Just ask Joss Whedon, whose film, “The Avengers,” became the third highest grossing movie of all time this year, with a worldwide gross of over $1 billion. Add in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-man” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and 2012 marks the year superheroes officially transitioned from nerdy pastime to bona fide pop culture royalty.


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X-Men Trilogy (Fox Home Entertainment), $59.99


The Incredibles (Buena Vista Home Entertainment) Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy, $45.99


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Baubles, Bangles & Bright, Shiny Beads A well-selected piece of jewelry is a brilliant gift. Onward, fearless shopper! Here is your moment to shine.

Fashion-savvy loved ones would appreciate the bolder style of collar necklaces. Dannijo’s bib styles with marbled resin beads and chain fringe looks are popular at the Beckley boutiques in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, says Beckley owner Melissa Akkaway. Tom Binn’s tiered necklaces with epoxy-covered crystals are favorites at Elyse Walker. Good layering options are the initial pendant necklaces by Los Angeles-based Ariel Gordon Jewelry, crafted with a playful font and worn by A-listers such as Drew Barrymore and Jessica Biel. Jennifer Meyer’s jewelry is on fire at Ylang 23. The designer who is also the wife of “Spider-Man” actor Tobey Maguire has attracted a star following – Jennifer Anniston, Emma Stone, Katie Holmes – for her diamond-engraved initial necklaces and personalized nameplate necklaces. “Personalization in buying is key,” says designer Ariel Gordon. “People like to connect to their purchases emotionally and that’s what sells the best. If you opt to buy bracelets, pile on the purchases. The more the merrier. It’s all about arm candy this sea-

By Nola Sarkisian-Miller CTW Features For those who want to stand out from the madding crowds this holiday season (does she really need another eternity scarf or a mass-manufactured cashmere sweater?), giving jewelry is one way to shine with your loved one. If buying jewelry instills a sense of fear in the buyer, relax. Thanks to the up and down economy, jewelry is in the midst of a renaissance, providing an easy update for a loved one’s wardrobe. These days, it’s not just about diamonds. Chunky necklaces, cocktail rings and cuff bracelets galore – layers upon layers - have burst on the scene, injecting a sense of fun and style into the bauble mix. “We’re not buying anything that’s not costume or coming out of India,” says Elyse Walker, founder and owner of her eponymous boutique in Pacific Palisades, Calif., and the fashion director for the Forward by Elyse Walker web site.

Make it yours: Gold nameplate necklace by Jennifer Meyer

Dannijo’s bib necklace with marbled resin beads and chain fringe

“Everything is about making a statement.” How to buy with so much to buy? The key is to know your recipient and buy something up her alley, not yours. “Keep in mind what she wears on a day to day basis,” says Joanne Teichman, co-owner of Ylang 23, a jewelry boutique in Dallas, Texas. “If she never takes off a particular necklace, either buy one to layer with it or buy some earrings or a bracelet.”

son heaped with color. Think cuffs adorned with beads, screws or spikes, gold cuffs and bangles. Dannijo offers “arm party” styles, which can include up to 12 bracelets loaded with skulls, chain links, crystals and more. For an edgy gift, enamel skull cuffs from Alexander McQueen found at Forward by Elyse Walker are in vogue. Bracelets “are ideal for all the ladies on the list – a wife, a girlfriend, a mother or a sister,” Akkaway says. Earrings are classic choices for a jewelry purchase even though styles are less than traditional this season. The trend is light and airy with a focus on cut-out options, Teichman says.

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Jewelry designer Ioselliani offers sets of four or five stacked rings in irregular shapes with Swarovski stones. At Von Bargen’s Jewelry stores in Vermont and New Hampshire, customers are mixing a number of ring styles, such as artisan and steel bands. Pamela Love’s knuckle rings that can span a few fingers featuring spikes and antique patinas are top sellers at Forward by Elyse Walker. You can also keep it playful with a brightly colored watch. La Mer Collections, which are holiday favorites at Beckley, many of which are priced for under $100, come in a variety of hues, from shimmery metallics to vivid neons like yellow, green and pink. The triple wrap straps and chain/charm styles with multiple stainless steel layers fit in with the bracelet bonanza trend. “These are at a great price and are quite doable as a present,” Akkaway says. Not going overboard is the consensus advice when it comes to jewelry purchases, experts say. “There are no rules on what to buy or not based on the status of your relationship, but you should not make the recipient uncomfortable with overspending,” Teichman says.

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Continued from Page 5 Rose gold, which is a gold and copper alloy, is one of the industry’s hottest metals, known for its vintage feel, Laurent Gandini’s rose gold dangle styles, including birds, flowers and a heart, and lace-looking styles are in demand at Ylang 23. While rings are a more difficult purchase in terms of sizing and the emotions they convey, you have more options this year. Unusual stones – like quartz, moonstone and agates – mounted in large statement Dannijo Pile it on: Dannijo ‘arm party’ bracelets, rings are one loaded skulls, chain links, crystals and way to buy a more one-of-a-kind style. Highlights include Jamie Joseph’s opal rings, such as the two-toned Mexican Fire Opal or the dimensional pink coral opal, which are “crazy strong” sellers, Teichman says, and Ariel Gordon’s bezel set rings with old-world-looking stones with faceted dome tops. Stacking is another way to showcase rings.

Color punch: La Mer Collections neon pink leather wrap watch

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Take 10: Dystopian Novels

Reading List for the End of the World It’s a feast for fans of “The Hunger Games.” The wildly successful film adaptation of the dark novel hits DVD shelves this holiday season. Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster trilogy about a young Katniss Everdeen battling for her life in a post-apocalyptic North America has drawn more readers to the world of dystopian literature; new post-apocalyptic young adult titles crop up every month. Here are ten top titles about young people in dystopian peril, perfect for any Katniss fan’s stocking. – Lindsey Romain, CTW Features


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“Life As We Knew It,”  by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008) $17


“Legend,”  by Marie Lu (Penguin Group, 2011) $17.99


“Exodus,”  by Julie Bertagn (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2008) $16.95


“Delirium,”  by Lauren Oliver (HarperCollins, 2012) $17.99


“Matched,”  by Ally Condie(Penguin Group, 2010) $17.99


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the 12-ounce sampler ($8.99, drug and grocery stores). “We’re just part of people’s traditions,” says Mark Sesler, chief marketing officer for Russell Stover Candies, owner of Whitman’s. “We’re part of the holiday feeling no matter how modern or advanced society has become.” While U.S. consumers have long preferred milk chocolate, our appreciation for dark chocolate is on the rise. “Consumers’ palates are changing and adapting as they learn about and try new, finer varieties,” says Joan Vieweger, president of the Fine Chocolate Industry Assoc. and co-founder of Choclatique, a Los Angeles artisan chocolate maker. A growing interest in the origins of chocolate and the conditions in countries where cacao is grown is shaping our tastes. Consultant Joan Steuer, president of Chocolate Marketing, LLC, describes this phenomenon as “chocolate with a purpose,” and notes that many brands now tout their earth-friendly practices and support for local farmers right along with the rich flavor of their product. New this year, the Feed 8 Origins Collection from Godiva ($25 for 8 pieces, Godiva boutiques) caters to this worldly perspective with a globe-trotting box of chocolates from around the world: Ecuador Dark, Costa Rica Milk, Uganda Dark and Venezuela Milk. Godiva provides eight school meals for children in these countries for every box sold.


isions of many candies dance in our heads come holiday time: candy canes on the tree, peppermints fashioned into wreaths, allsorts stuffed in stockings. But one reigns supreme. The holiday season is practically drenched in

chocolate. Chocolates, gift-boxed or pick your own, ranked as the No. 2 holiday gift last year surpassed only by books, according to Unity Marketing, a Stevens, Penn. marketing consultancy that surveyed 2,000 buyers. “Chocolate earns its top rating as a gift because it fits the bill. It is something everyone likes, yet it also feels like a treat,” says Pam Danziger Unity Marketing president. “Even though it is readily available and accessible, chocolate still makes the recipient feel special.” Happily for holiday shoppers, there’s a gobsmacking array of creative, delicious new offerings from which to choose. If you’re lucky, there’s a handcrafted chocolate maker on Main Street in your town who’ll offer a sample before you buy.

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Simply Sweet: chocolate penguins, top, from Madelaine Chocolate Co. ; Godiva Holiday Trufflle Lollipops, right


A box of chocolates is a virtually goof-proof holiday gift. Easy to find, not too costly, impressively packaged and wrapped, a chocolate assortment offers something for everyone. (Not wild about nougat? Here, try the maple fudge!) It’s a gift that’s passed the test of time. The humble Whitman’s Sampler celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. Top seller:

At the holiday time, chocolatiers pile it on, amping up the drama (and upping the price) by stacking box on box. A tower of boxed, beribboned chocolates is a generous gift, and the presentation can be thrilling, especially for children. Choclatique offers a Tower of Delight with more than 110 pieces of chocolate in 12 colorful boxes stacked nearly 2-feet tall ($195, online). The brightly wrapped and beribboned

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Continued from Page 9 3-box holiday tower from Portland-based Moonstruck Chocolate combines a classic assortment, dark chocolate and milk chocolate ($60, specialty retailers and fine grocers).

Fancy that!

Chocolate is easy to mold, shape and decorate, and season by season, chocolate makers vie to deliver the most fanciful designs. The Christmas season marks a pinnacle of their creativity. The Madelaine Chocolate Co., which makes high-end chocolates for many private labels, also produces an endless, charming parade of foil-wrapped novelty chocolate items designed to delight children at the holidays: Santas, snowmen, Hanukkah coins, angels, bells, bears, Christmas lights, Christmas trees, penguins, stars. The company will sell some 40,000 of the jolly 1-oz chocolate Mr. Santa Claus figures, says Estee Farber, marketing director. Mr. Santa “is adorable, he’s shiny, he’s very seasonal,” she says. The seasonal figures “are stocking-stuffers, and

you can afford to buy one for everyone at your holiday table.” On the luxury end, there are shaped chocolates shaped and flavored for more discerning palates. For the young-at-heart and deep of pocket, Choclatique offers a box of 15 cupcake-flavored truffles – each tiny morsel shaped and iced to resemble a fanciful pastry ($35 for a 51-piece box). They’re also available as doughnuts. In the fancy-food-on-a-stick department, Godiva’s Holiday Truffle lollipops ($3) are intricately detailed, the wreath with a tiny red ribbon, the snowman with a carrot nose. At Moonstruck Chocolates the whimsical fourpiece Mr. and Mrs. Claus or Penguin Truffle Collections ($15) are best sellers. Even mass-market chocolatiers strive for distinction at holiday time. For the second year, Nestlé is partnering with artist Paul Frank on a limited edition Nestlé Crunch bar. The 2.75-oz. bar, packaged in a gift envelope, boasts a new wide-mouthed portrait of Julius the Monkey and his pal Clancy the Giraffe ($1.99, Target). © CTW Features

Bright Ideas for Holiday Candy •P  lace bright foil-wrapped candies and chocolates in glass jars of different sizes. Wrap the jars with holiday ribbons. •C  hocolate lovers can develop a “house special” signature hot cocoa recipe (use Moonstruck’s version, below, as a starter). Rim the edge of the mug with crushed red and white peppermint candies. Add a peppermint stick as a beverage stirrer.  reate a unique candy- or chocolate•C of-the-month club for someone special on your gift list. Spread the gifts over 12 months, and deliver a sweet, locally purchased treat to your loved one


• Wrap holiday gifts in white craft paper and tie with a simple cord. Attach candy canes, ribbon candy or flat swirled lollipops.

A box of doughnut-shaped truffles from Choclatique


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Take 10: Blogbusters!

Laugh Out Loud with the Blogerati The once dignified kingdom of coffee table books, where Norman Rockwell retrospectives ruled, has fallen to the shameless, hilarious hordes. Behold the many highly giftable books from bloggers who first rocketed to fame online. Here are photos of people obscuring a body part with vinyl record sleeves, there are portraits of families you’re glad aren’t yours – and get a load of those snapshots of Legos, pizza and, uh, other stuff on cats. Send tidings of laughter and joy with any of these happy volumes. – Lindsey Romain, CTW Features


“Sleeveface: Be the Vinyl,”  by John Rostron and Carl Morris (Artisan, 2008) $13.95


“Garfield Minus Garfield,” by Jim Davis (Ballantine Books, 2008) $13


“Feminist Ryan Gosling,” by Danielle Henderson (Running Press, 2012) $12.95



“Awkward Family Photos,” by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack (Three Rivers Press, 2010) $15

“PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives,” by Frank Warren (William Morrow, 2005) $28.99



“Stuff on My Cat,” by Mario Garza (Chronicle Books, 2006) $9.95

“Rules for my Unborn Son,” by Walker Lamond (St. Martin’s Press, 2009) $14.99


“This is Why You’re Fat: Where Dreams Become

Heart Attacks,” by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley (HarperCollins, 2009) $19.99

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Take 10: Children’s Books

And Then What Happened? What happens when Daisy’s ball is destroyed? When all the lights go out? When a family must flee their homeland? Adventure happens, that’s what – and so does discovery, learning and joy. Buy a child and book, and ask to share an hour. Here, a few of 2012’s best, for tots, teens and you. – Mary Connors, CTW Features

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“A Ball for Daisy,” by Chris Raschka (Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011) $16.99 Caldecott Medal “Blackout,” by John Rocco (Disney Hyperion Books, 2011) $16.99 Caldecott Honor “Grandpa Green,” by Lane Smith (Roaring Brook Press, 2011) $16.99 Caldecott Honor

“Me… Jane,” by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown and Co. div. of Hachette Book Group, 2011) $15.99 Caldecott Honor


“Dead End in Norvelt,” by Jack Gantos (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2011) $15.99 Newbery Medal


“Rotters” audio book, written by Daniel Kraus, narrated by Kirby Heyborne (Random House audio, 2011) $35 Odyssey Award


“The Notorious Benedict Arnold,” by Steve Sheinkin (Flash Point, 2010) $19.99 YALSA Award for young adult nonfiction


“Inside Out & Back Again,” by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2011) $16.99 Newbery Honor


“Breaking Stalin’s Nose,” by Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt and Co., 2011) $15.99 Newbery Honor


“Where Things Come Back,” by John Corey Waley (Atheneum, 2012) $8.99 Printz Award. © CTW Features


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Holiday Gift Guide 2012  

Forsyth County News's Holiday Gift Guide for the 2012 season!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012  

Forsyth County News's Holiday Gift Guide for the 2012 season!