Christmas in Southern California. It’s a seasonal oxymoron.
The weather outside is anything but frightful. And anyone dreaming of a white Christmas is in for a rude awakening. Which is why it’s so important for us to do justice to the true meaning of the holidays: presents. Here’s help — the first of DailyCandy’s annual gift guides.
For Mom, Sis, your best friend, and Miss Secret Crush — we’ve found something for every girl in your life.
For the Ice Princess
You know the type: She’s gorgeous, brilliant, and way too cool for school. Warm her up on those chilly (yes, they get chilly!) L.A. nights with a teddy bear hot-water bottle, Polo cashmere cable-knit slippers, or a Marc Jacobs scarf.
For the Homebody
Dangle in front of her all the movie-premiere plus-ones and Oscar-party invites you want; this chick just likes it better on the couch. Stop fighting it and get her one of Mackintosh of Scotland’s gorgeous wool throws in delectable colors. (The Velvet Garden, 8327 West 3rd Street, at Flores Street, 323-852-1766.)
For the Bohemian Bella
Some girls like jewelry; others like handbags. Artsy gals prefer Pantone markers. With colors that look good enough to eat, the complete set is guaranteed to keep her inner Frida busy for hours.
For the Techno Chick
It’s all about the easy, the quick, and the very, very small. She’ll love the SMaL digital camera, which stores 99 pictures and weighs 1.2 ounces. (Available online at flight001.com; select “Products,” then “Arrival.”) Just as sleek is Sony’s Dream Machine stereo, which plays DVDs and MP3s. Wrap the speakers individually, and she just might think they’re sculptures.
For the Woman on the Wagon
The holidays can be tough on such a brave soul, what with all the eggnog and mulled wine floating around. A premium tea gift set is the thoughtful way to go. When she’s through reading her tea leaves, she can inhale … her tea burner as she thinks about her higher power.
For the Woman Who’s So Not on the Wagon
Hangovers pretty much a way of life? A lovely cashmere ice-pack cover, designed by Armand Diradourian, will ease the pain. (Available at Barneys New York, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard, at Camden Drive, 310-276-4400.)
For the Romantic Eco-Freak
She loves intimate lighting but can’t stand the thought of depriving all those bees of their hard-earned wax. (Hey, why not?) Candela rechargeable lamps give off a lovely golden glow like candles without the fire hazard or the messy drip. No batteries to replace, nothing to plug in. (Available at designobject.com, under “Home/Objects/Home.”)
For the Candy Lover
If you’re reading this, we don’t have to explain this one to you. Everything about her grew up but the sweet tooth. What to get her? A Swarovski crystal-bejeweled Pez dispenser, of course. We like the Tigger one. (Available at OK, 8303 West 3rd Street, at Sweetzer Street, 323-653-3501.)
For the Girl of Your Dreams
You’ve admired her from afar long enough. Let her know that you’d like to get into hers (dreams, not pants) with the Carnet de Reves dream journal by Letterbox, a French stationer. (Available at Lost & Found, 6314 Yucca Street, between Vine and Ivar Streets, 323-856-0921.) Of course, if you do want to get into her pants, wrap (then unwrap) her in cashmere tap pants from Banana Republic.
For the Bicoastal Barbarella
Make those trips a little easier with the Rolls Royce of luggage. Tumi’s zip-around garment bag is small enough to fit in the overhead bin — and swank enough to roll into the first-class lounge.
For the Libidinally Challenged
She’s just not the tiger she used to be? Rev up her sex drive with stripping classes from Sheila Kelley, L.A.’s resident expert (as in, she played one in a movie). Honey will love the pole tricks — and so will you.
For the Unspoiled Flower
That college-age daughter of yours is just the picture of innocence. (Or so you like to tell yourself.) Nothing says fresh and pure like a Tiffany Daisy (Tiffany & Co., 210 North Rodeo Drive, at Wilshire Boulevard, 310-273-8880).
For the Chocoholic
There is no chocolate more insane than pralines from Neuhaus. She’ll never forget you. Ever. (Especially after you maul the box before she gets to it.) Other favorites (and perfect stocking stuffers) are Phatfudge and Bodega hot chocolate.
For the Girl Who Has Everything
Wish you could give her the moon? Well, you can. Or part of it, anyway. Paramount Zone, a British Website, will sell you an acre of land on the moon. Comes with a deed and everything.
Or just skip her. Donate the money to charity instead. (In her name, of course.)