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2011 Girls' Gift Guide

It's (Holiday) Showtime

morrissey effigy candles!

Time to tune in to what you should be gifting the ladies in your life.

Burn Notice
Rebel hearts melt for Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons’s Morrissey effigy candles. Each beeswax bust of the ’80s alt icon burns clean — unlike recipients’ feelings for the rock star.

How I Met Your Mother
Fluff architecture buffs with colorful Build Your Block pillows printed with NYC bakeries, modern high-rises, brownstones, old-money co-ops, and abandoned buildings.

digby iona penguin ring!Golden Girls
Appeal to the kid within. Cherubic sterling silver penguin pendants and rings from Digby & Iona’s new collaboration with lauded illustrator Oliver Jeffers are direct; a grown-up, leather-cast bronze Peter Pan collar by Hudson Valley sculptor Marisa Lomonaco rings ironic.

The Office
In lieu of a stocking, stuff a cheeky canvas tote from local scarf maker Loquita with Sprout’s natural holiday lip balm, wintry loose-leaf herbal brews from DavidsTea, and a locket by MCMC Fragrances and Katrina LaPenne (each silver keepsake is filled with moonflower, rose, or lilac solid perfume).

The Dog Whisperer
She may be a tramp, but your best girl will love Bocce’s Bakery’s wheat-free truffle mac ’n’ cheese biscuits.

Jerseylicious
Mom lifts you up. Return the favor with a royal treatment at the Waldorf Astoria’s revamped Guerlain Spa. The new facial firms and lifts with a rice powder exfoliation, stamp massage, and customized Abeille bee products. Cut locks, not corners, with a gift certificate to Takamichi Hair’s newly opened flagship.

little oven macarons!Barefoot Contessa
Spread cheer and good taste with limited-edition borough-themed macarons (Brooklyn cheesecake, Queens coconut cardamom) from Long Island City bakery Little Oven. The sweetest part: $1 from each box goes to New York Cares.

The Rachel Zoe Project
Sister act Patty and Christine Yoon keep it in the family with their line Bhon; do the same with matching tie-dye cardigans for you and yours. Make sure she gets home safely with a K8knitz reflective cowl-neck scarf and a Sawako Furuno croc-embossed or leopard-print bike helmet from Cloak & Dagger.

The Fabulous Life
Lay it on thick with a fringed vintage Welsh blanket from Love, Adorned or top all others with a Ryan Wilde creation from IDA, the milliner’s just-opened Williamsburg shop with jeweler Georgia Varidakis.

We guarantee high ratings.

Photos: Courtesy of Occulter by Black Sheep & Prodigal Sons; Courtesy of Digby & Iona; Courtesy of Little Oven

Want more ideas? We have more gifts for girls than you have names on your shopping list.