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2004 Top 10 Holiday Gift Ideas

Presents for Pampered People

THE ELITIST:
THE WHITE CARD

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Forget those cards named for precious metals and think fashionable, winter white. For an annual membership fee of $1,500, the new all-white super-premium card by Stratus Rewards offers exclusive benefits for the private jet set, including private jet trips. Using this fantastic plastic is a privilege, and members of this club enjoy incredible perks.



THE PRINCESS:
A LUXE RIDE
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The 2005 Jaguar XK8 Convertible has everything: good looks, technical details that will excite the gearhead in the family, and even an automatic speed limiter. So it's like having your cake and eating it, too—without getting in trouble. Wrap this up with a big bow and park it in the drive for your special someone. This will be the gift that keeps on giving.



THE METROSEXUAL:
WE ALL SPA!

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Share a bit of luxe in the form of a Napa Valley grape seed body polish at a Wine Spa like the Villagio Inn & Spa; or go all out with a trip to the The New Spa on Kiawah Island's The Sanctuary, or any one of our Top 10 Destination Spas. Working on a smaller budget for your spa enthusiast? Begin the healing at home with The Golden Door's Signature Collection Citrus Blend or one of our other great holiday spa gifts or spa products.




THE ROMANTIC:
TEA TOTAL
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This ultra-luxurious book is more than the sum of its parts. In gorgeous photographs and evocative language, The Art of Tea covers three centuries of savoir-faire in Mariage Frères' fine world of French tea. The book alone will jazz up any coffee table. For tea lovers, pair it with an extraordinary tea blend from Mariage Frères or one of our other fine tea purveyors.




THE BON VIVANT:
CREME DE LA CRUISE
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Remember those friends who prefer oceanliners to airplanes, just to find time for each other? Then consider extending their enjoyment with an eight-night excursion to Tibet. The trip can be paired with any of Crystal Cruises' five Asian packages. Haven't been cruising since the days of basic buffet food and worn-out shuffleboards? Picture Charlie Palmer cuisine, free flowing Moët & Chandon and floating spas. Need nautical advice? Check out The World’s 10 Best Cruise Lines.


THE CONNOISSEUR:
GO WAGYU
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You don't have to be on a low-carb diet to enjoy a box of beef, lamb, pork or smoked salmon from Lobel's. The gourmet meat purveyor will even wow you with Wagyu, better known as "Kobe" beef. Lobel's products are all-natural and raised without hormones or antibiotics. Overnight. Easy.




LA FAMIGLIA:
EUROPEAN VACATION

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So it's nearly gift time and you forget to plan the family holiday in Europe. Relax! Our 72-hour vacation guides to Venice, Paris, Prague, Amsterdam and other destinations on the continent have done all of your homework for you. We've picked the hotels, sights and restaurants to wrap up the vacation of a lifetime with the ones you love. We'll never tell who did all of the research.



THE ADVENTURER:
GOT GER?

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A few of our favorite things include brunch at the Phoenician in Scottsdale, AZ, and pampering at Les Crayères in Reims, France. And we'd also love to try that ger in Mongolia. So when you give the gift of a fab stay in a great hotel, pick a property with a twist from our list of the World's Best!




THE WINE NERD:
WINE SMARTS
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Unless the people on your gift list are toddlers or teetotalers, a fine bottle of wine is always appreciated. We recommend one of the rare and unusual boutique wines we've surveyed. Although it may be more difficult to find a 2000 Hourglass Cabernet Sauvignon or a 1998 Vinum Cellars Point Blanc, we're willing to bet those wines and others from our Top Wine picks will impress the oenophile in your circle. Need some help tracking down an elusive, hand-crafted wine? Try one of the knowledgeable vendors on our list of The Best Wine Shops.





THE GOURMET:
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
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Eating out obviously plays a very important part in your life. How about sharing your love of good food with the epicures in your life via a dinner at one of the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.?


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