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Video: Bobbie Thomas’ haute holiday gifts

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    >>> this morning on bobbie's style buzz designers for less just in time for the holidays. today's style editor bobbie thomas is here with some of her very favorite fashionable finds all under a hundred dollars. bobbie, good morning.

    >> yes.

    >> we have a lot of designer names on the table all under a hundred dollars as we mentioned. and some gift sets are here. let's start off with some beauty items for the ladies and for the guys.

    >> this is one of my favorite finds. you have so many designer sample sets in this package so for $50 you can get somebody on your list because you're not, when it comes to fragrance it can be personal.

    >> very.

    >> the opportunity to sample all the designer fragrances but the best part for the 50 bucks is you get a gift certificate included so they can go ahead and get a full sized bottle of whichever fragrance they like.

    >> a great gift.

    >> i loved that idea. this is a limited edition from ysl, and i love this because the makeup alone will cover the value of the $65 but you have this bag that left over is essentially a clutch.

    >> very fashionable. i want this.

    >> yes.

    >> this is such a great -- it will cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

    >> it is fantastic. this is dior right here.

    >> every year they come out with a great holiday palate collection. what i love is of course you get all of the fantastic makeup in there and then if you take it out this is also a great keepsake case to store jewelry when you travel or anything else. i think it's such a great buy. this is the time of year to look for these kinds of sets. this is a lip palate. of course chanel. this is a great cosmetics bag with their two glosses, lip pencil, and the sharpener. you're getting your value for the makeup plus something extra. a great gift.

    >> absolutely. okay. now let's talk about something to help warm you up a little bit here. we've got these great scarves and also some belts. very classic for men.

    >> for the guy. when you want to think about what to get him, you want to upgrade some of those accessories. he may not want to splurge on or get for himself. but coach offers these really great scarves. all the guys in the studio were looking at these.

    >> beautiful.

    >> a belt, sometimes a guy can always use a new belt and this key chain has a hidden bottle opener , so i loved that.

    >> that will come in handy very much so.

    >> boesand these are pajama pants. fantastic, fun splurge for him. he'll probably never buy designer pajama pants but you can steal them after you get them.

    >> nice and soft too. okay. now jewelry. ladies. who doesn't love a little jewelry. you found some great things here for us as well.

    >> yes. when it comes to jewelry, i think when it comes to gifting jewelry if you're not going to go with diamonds and high end look for something fun and statement wise. rachel, rachel, one of my favorite designers, she does such a great job with her jewelry collection. it's affordable, accessible. she has the bold, geometric pyramid options. so many fun cocktail rings. love this collection.

    >> the whole color blocking trend too.

    >> this is one bracelet. not even four. you get a really big statement for your money.

    >> cool. wallets are always great gifts and something we hate to buy for ourselves.

    >> they get beat up through the years.

    >> right.

    >> michael coors offers this wallet at macy's. it zips around so, you know, this is fashion and function. of course, you know, the designer name. it comes in a pretty box.

    >> bright colors too.

    >> there you go.

    >> you want to keep it warm here again, great hats and scarves.

    >> dyny. i love the idea. this is an infinity scarf that wraps around but it is knit and faux fur which is a big trend this season. the hats, too. really love that.

    >> running out of time to say for hostess gifts you've found some great items as well.

    >> diane von furstenberg love her personality and prints. she has these great accessories for your ipod and everything else. feel like a woman wear a dress. coasters for just $25. great buy. designer candles from neiman marcus .

    >> gorgeous.

    >> you name it.

    >> and books. these are gorgeous. fashion books.

    >> i love this. amazon. only $25 to get the alexander mcqueen book everybody was trying to get at the met. and of course if somebody is a fan of ticket or label this is going to benefit, be on the coffee table.

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updated 11/30/2011 3:02:20 PM ET 2011-11-30T20:02:20

Designer doesn't always have to mean expensive and unattainable.  Many luxury labels are now offering a variety of high end gifts with low price points. TODAY's style editor and Bobbie.com's Bobbie Thomas highlights her favorite fashionable finds that won't break the bank this holiday season.

Beauty buys
the season to score big with beauty. Many brands bundle their best for less into limited edition packages that make perfect presents. Sephora’s Fragrance Sets for him and her include a keepsake box that opens to reveal a range of Sephora's best-selling fragrances which also includes a voucher for a full-size bottle, making it a perfect present when you're not sure what to choose ($50, Sephora.com).  

Dior Holiday Palettes are a highly anticipated annual favorite thanks to the chic packaging. Their Deluxe Palette includes all the essentials you will need for creating smoky eyes to bold lips complete in a re-useable keepsake case ($46-$77, Nordstrom.com). Yves Saint Laurent offers an incredible value with the Sephora Holiday Glamour set. A collection of must-have products for the face, eyes, and lips packaged in a black faux patent leather clutch that can double as a clutch for a night out ($65, Sephora.com).  Another perfect pairing is the Juicy Couture Hand Warmers & Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Gift Set to help you to show off your mani in style ($68, Juicycouture.com). And finally, Chanel’s Glossimer Duo Glosses gift set combines two of their popular shades along with a lip pencil and sharpener, all in a collectible cosmetic case ($55, Chanel.com).

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Fashionable finds
For the men in your life, consider classic items they often forget to buy for (or upgrade) themselves. Coach offers a variety of accents for every man including essex herringbone wool scarves, heavy harness pebble belts in classic colors, and leather key rings with a hidden bottle opener ($48-98, Coach.com).

Iconic patterns add a little flair to his loungewear, and both Burberry’s pajama pants ($95, Nordstrom.com) and Polo Ralph Lauren’s flannel sleepwear and slippers ($24-$79, Macys.com) are great. For her, fashion truly meets function with Michael Kors colorful Continental wallets that zip-around and come boxed up in a sparkly bejeweled ($98, Macys.com). If you’re looking for fashion forward affordable jewelry that doesn’t feel like a dollar-store find but won’t require a down-payment, Rachel Rachel Roy’s and Givenchy’s collections are impressive. Check out Rachel’s notice-me-now vibrant geometric Pyramid pieces ($20-$95, Rachelroy.com) and Givenchy’s bejeweled bangles and statement earrings ($35-$78).

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For the preppy perky person (say that 5 times fast) on your list, Kate Spade's merino wool mittens feature fun cheeky phrases such as "Hi Five" and "Over Here", as well as with clever "Air Quotes" and "Taxi" designs that say a lot without saying a word ($65, Katespade.com). Last but not least,  if you need a staple go-to-gift, DKNY's Trapper Hat and Infinity Scarf combine uptown luxe and downtown ease with a woven knit on one other side and faux fur trim on the other ($80, Dkny.com).

12 unique holiday hostess gifts under $40

Hostess and home
It seems as if everyone today could use a "tech-sessory." And designers have all been eager to offer up their spin for your can’t-live-without gadgets. Diane Von Furstenberg is personally obsessed with her iPhone and iPad, so she created cases adorned with her personal mantra  "feel like a woman wear a dress" along with her signature bold DVF patterns and lips logo. Choose from USB key rings and ear buds, or peep her non-techy items like the decal coaster sets in beautiful bright prints inspired by nature and abstract art ($20-$38, Dvf.com).

You could also light up someone you love's life with a designer candle. Tom Ford, Balenciaga, and Salvatore Ferragamo are just a few that have infused their namesake scents into special flames ($56-$85, Neimanmarcus.com). For the true fashionista who dreams of her own Breakfast at Tiffanys, Amazon.com sells an assortment of collectible coffee table books from iconic designers like Alexander MQueen, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Gucci,  and Louis Vuitton that always fit... on any table that is ($27-$95, Amazon.com). And if someone on your list is one of her 45 million fans, Lady Gaga teamed up with New York's beloved Barneys to create her own holiday collection filled with bizarre one-of-a-kind items like a painted chocolate skull, ‘claw’ and ‘unicorn’ stockings, collectible Gaga playing cards, and a Gaga Over Barney's snow globe ($25-$95, Barneys.com).  

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Photos: 5 fall trends you'll wear into the spring

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  1. 5 fall trends you'll wear into the spring

    By Bobbie Thomas

    Although most of us have yet to wear new favorites for this fall, the Spring 2012 shows just wrapped up here at New York Fashion week. And while Heidi Klum’s catch phrase “One minute you are in, and the next you are out!” may come to mind, there’s a glam silver lining. I’ve taken note of the looks we’ll be seeing again in the new year, so you can invest wisely now:

    Be bold
    The colorblocking trend that's all over stores this year continues to be a statement-maker for spring, with bold stripes and vibrant color on the runways at BCBG Max Azria, Tommy Hilfiger and others. The punchy pinks, bright corals, and neon-like yellows that turned up the volume on the runways could easily be worn this winter with black, browns, and caramel. Then come next year, lighten them up with white and beige.

    Neon Lace Mini, $82.33, Asos.com (AP, asos) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Go long

    Midi-length skirts, dresses and airy maxis flowed down the runways of Derek Lam, DKNY, Jason Wu and many more with hemlines of every kind – asymmetrical, scoop, handkerchief and slits have all been seen at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. So the longer lengths you’ve seen all summer and in stores this fall will be wise investments. Keep warm by pairing these ladylike styles with boots and textured tights and keep cool come spring by pairing with wedges or a simple flat.

    Box Pleated Hi Low, $58, Needsupply.com (Getty Images/Need Supply Co.) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Love leather

    Forget the clunky coats of decades past – recent runways have shown sleek leather dresses and cute, cropped jackets. A slim pencil skirt in black or rust leather is also great buy; it can complement a soft sweater or tie neck blouse for the office and can be worn with a dainty tee or top for a fresh, seasonless style.

    Leather Front Tee, $100, Topshop.com (Getty Images/TOPSHOP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Prints and patterns

    The fall runways were full of mixed motifs. Navajo met geometric, animal print paired up with stripes, graphics even met with polka dots. The clash of designs were seen again, and lots of digital prints were shown. Designers such as Prabal Gurung, Cynthia Rowley, and Alexander Wang paraded "look-at-me"-printed prints down the catwalk. Consider what’s already in your closet or pick up some bold pieces, so you can start experimenting now to perfect your favorite combos.

    Snakeskin Print Blazer, $79.99, Zara.com (Getty Images/ZARA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Tribal motifs

    Tribal motifs popped up on fall runways and again in the Spring 2012 collections. The earthy ethnic looks are a great year round way to mix in a bit of bohemian chic. For just a hint, pick up a statement necklace or handbag, pair with black for a little edge, or go for head-to-toe with a dress.

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