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Holiday Gift Guide

What to buy for your friends, family, and anyone else who deserves a few goodies this holiday season.


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Outdoor Enthusiasts

Lifeproof Camera A 10.1 megapixel digital camera that is shockproof, waterproof, and freeze-proof. Olympus 1050SW, $329.95. Available at Best Buy in Pleasant Hill and Dublin.
GPS Locator This device sends a GPS signal with your precise location—no matter how remote—to emergency response personnel. SPOT Satellite Messenger, $149.99. Available at Sport Chalet and REI in Concord.
Radiation Jacket This superefficient, superlightweight jacket reflects back 80 percent of the body’s heat. Castelli Alamos Radiation Jacket, $400. Available on special order from Sharp Bicycle in Lafayette, Sports Basement in Walnut Creek.
State-of-the-art Snowboard A perfect blend of materials, weight, and base coat, this board will make you feel as if you’re surfing on snow. Burton Supermodel snowboard, $550; Lexa bindings, $199.95. Available at KRV in Danville.
Solar Backpack Solar panels in this backpack allow you to charge a cell phone, GPS system, or other device on the go. Voltaic solar-powered backpack, $249. Available at www.voltaicsystems.com.
FiveFingers Shoes Perfect for water sports, these unorthodox shoes are the closest you can get to being barefoot. Vibram FiveFingers Classic shoes, $70. Available at Transports in Oakland and Berkeley, California Canoe & Kayak in Oakland.
Ultimate Barbecue For the grill master in your house, this barbecue is the ultimate tool for smoking and grilling—your dinner table will never be the same. Big Green Egg, $599–$1,299. Available at General Appliance in Berkeley, The Plumbery in Dublin, Friedman’s Appliance in Pleasant Hill.
Fishing Watch This multi-function watch actually tracks moon phases and tides to help you find the ideal time to cast your line. Field & Stream FS300, $95. Available here. 

 Clothes: L.A.M.B. sweater, Surell earmuffs, at Bloomingdale’s in San Francisco; La Rok dress, at Duchess in Lafayette.


The Foodie


Gourmet Popcorn Your sweet tooth will crave the Fleur de Sel Caramel, and your saltier side the Black Truffle + White Cheddar. 479° Popcorn, $7.50. Available at Draeger’s in Danville, The Pasta Shop in Oakland and Berkeley.
Smart Toaster This futuristic toaster features “toast a bit more” and “lift and look” buttons. Breville Die-Cast toaster, $129.95. Available at Williams-Sonoma in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton.
Cool Cookware This brand-new, professional-grade cookware offers bold silhouettes, generously appointed fittings, and exceptional performance. BonJour Copper Clad cookware, $1,099.95 (10-piece set). Available at www.cooking.com.
High-octane Knives These knives designed by F.A. Porsche are sure to be a hit with the gourmet in your life. Chroma knives, $37–$115. Available at La Buena Vida in Danville
Chocolate Sampler Trust the experts at Bittersweet Café to select a delicious trio of gourmet chocolate bars. 3-Bar Tasting Box, $24.95. Available at Bittersweet Café in Danville and Oakland.
Heavenly Coffeemaker Prepare espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and hot chocolate at the press of a button. Nescafé Dolce Gusto by Krups coffee maker, $169.95. Available at Sur la Table in Berkeley and Walnut Creek.
Filled-pancake Pan Fill up this fun-to-use pancake pan to cook seven mini pancakes at a time­—you might even be invited to sample the results. Ebelskiver Filled-Pancake Pan, $39.95.

Clothes: Leifsdottir strawberry wool jacket, Cynthia Steffe petal top shirt, Francisco Rosas skirt, at Bloomingdale’s.



Cashmere Sweater Women love the feel of cashmere, and this cardigan is one gift that can’t miss. Inhabit cashmere cardigan, $289. Available at Duchess Boutique in Lafayette.
Designer Jewelry Every piece from this modern jewelry designer is a work of art. Melissa Joy Manning necklace, $1,415; earrings, $710. Available at Hush in Walnut Creek.
Upscale Wallet Nothing is more classic luxe than Louis Vuitton, and this wallet is a versatile choice. Louis Vuitton “Eugenie wallet,” $735. Available at Bloomingdale’s.
Fashionable Books Start a budding fashionista off right: How to Have Style, by Isaac Mizrahi, $30; Freakin’ Fabulous, by Clinton Kelly, $25; The One Hundred, by Nina Garcia, $22; The Lucky Guide to Mastering Any Style, by Kim France, $30. Available at Rakestraw Books in Danville.
Stacks of Rings These darling Sugar Stacks rings are gorgeous alone or in sets. Tiffany & Co. Paloma’s Sugar Stacks rings, $550. Available at Tiffany & Co. in Walnut Creek
Rock Star Watch This diamond-studded watch is the new must-have accessory for the in crowd. Glam Rock diamond watch, $2,195. Available at Geoffrey Scott.
Hip Clutch Amazing with any cocktail or evening attire, this is a classically covetable piece she’ll turn to for years to come. Christian Louboutin “Cancan” feather clutch, $1,215. Available at Footcandy in Walnut Creek.
Lovely Glasses These uber-hip chrome specs are part of the hottest sunglasses line around. Chrome Heart Double Dip sunglasses, $1,595. Available at Geoffrey Scott in Danville.
$.01 Loafers The Cole Haan classics have a special anniversary penny. 80th Anniversary penny loafers, $198–$350. Available at Cole Haan in Walnut Creek.
Samsonite Black Label Gorgeous ivory croc-embossed luggage from Alexander McQueen. Available at Bloomingdale’s.
Jawbone 2 Bluetooth Headset For the fashion-conscious gabbers, this sleek-looking headset rates tops at reducing outside noise. Available at Best Buy in Pleasant Hill, the Apple Store.

 Clothing: Yellow Melamed belt, DKNY skirt, at Bloomingdale’s; Nieves Lavi blouse, at Duchess in Lafayette.

Tech Nerd

Turntable Turn vinyl albums into MP3–ready tunes for the iPod—the wonders of modern technology! iConvert USB Turntable, $130. Available at Brookstone in Pleasanton and Concord.
iPod Touch The latest generation of this sleek toy lets you check e-mail, surf the web, or listen to your favorite tunes—without an iPhone contract. Apple iPod Touch, $229–$399. Available at the Apple Store in Walnut Creek and Pleasanton.
Sweet Headphones The newest technology from the ultimate in sound. Form 2 headphones by Bang & Olufsen, $100. Available at Bang & Olufsen in San Francisco.
Laptop Case Approved by the TSA to carry a laptop through security without removing it—a lifesaver for frequent travelers. Incipio TSA “Checkpoint Friendly” laptop case, $45. Available at www.myincipio.com.
Pocket Laptop This pint-sized laptop sports a nearly full-sized keyboard and five-hour battery life. Asus Eee PC 1000HD laptop, $380. Available at Best Buy.

Clothing: Tibi daisy jacquard blouse, Diane von Furstenberg sweater and Berbenner skirt, at Bloomingdale’s.