This year, why not let the stars guide you? “Today” contributor Bobbie Thomas, style expert and co-host of “Fashion Police,” offers some celebrity-favorite gift ideas that will make anyone feel like a star!
Precious metalLast year, it was all about initials and monograms, but this year celebs have found their lucky numbers — thanks to Alex Woo’s Little Number Collection. Eva Longoria shows boyfriend Tony Parker she’s his biggest fan by sporting a gold number 9, while Kelly Ripa dons a diamond 3 to symbolize her three children. You can pick the favorite digits of friends and loved ones, with or without diamonds, for a personal touch. ($118 to $798, www.alexwoo.com for stores).
And speaking of diamonds, they’re literally a girl’s best friend with Soulmate, a line of twin pendants and matching rings that are embellished with a pair of diamonds originally cut from one rough stone to be shared with a mother, sister or best friend. Fans include Madonna and daughter Lourdes and the Duff sisters. ($200 to $600, www.bellegray.com).
Luxe loungewearA laundry list of celebrities, from Gwyneth Paltrow to the Olsen twins, crave butter-soft shirts from Sweetees. Their brand new Tee-A-Day gift box set offers Monday-through-Friday style and solves your best friend’s “I have nothing to wear” problem with five different designs that come complete with tags such as “date night.” ($250, www.girlshop.com).
J and Company’s signature loungewear is also a favorite pick for stars like Alicia Keyes because of the luxe detailing and easy wear. The versatile studded zip-ups and thermals add a statement to any outfit, and can be worn year-round. ($65 to $200, available at all Nordstrom stores).
If you’re looking for lingerie that ladies love, it’s time for Hanky Panky. The Menage-a-Thong gift set gives not one but three of the thongs voted the most comfortable on earth. Nicole Kidman and Jessica Simpson love this line for its soft lace and cozy fit. The trio comes wrapped in a pretty lace packaging you might be tempted to keep for yourself. ($55, www.figleaves.com).
Heavenly scentsPicture this — now Molly Sims’ Yorkies, Poupette and Chloe, are literally the light of her life! Nomine’s soy candles can be customized for someone special with a personal photo. ($35 to $105, www.nominesoycandles.com).
And how about personalized perfume? Stars like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Destiny’s Child Kelly Williams flock to Sarah Horowitz of Creative Scentualization for that one-of-a-kind scent. The perfumer walks them through a series of questions to develop “their smell.” Now, we can all indulge in a fragrance journey online to create a signature scent. And bonus, the company will keep your information on file so you can reorder or have specialized products made from your fragrance. ($25, includes three scents; www.creativescent.com).
Earlier this fall, Motorola’s new magenta RAZR flip phone was exclusive to lucky ladies such as Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson, Kirsten Dunst, Mandy Moore, Christina Aguilera, Denise Richards, Mischa Barton, Marcia Cross and Naomi Campbell, but now we can all join the pink ladies. Just in time for the holidays, the ultra-slim gal gadget is available at Tmobile.com for $299.
And who says stars need their assistants to fetch coffee? Halle Berry has finally found her “Romeo'” thanks to Nespresso! She and Johnny Depp are hooked on the chic espresso machines that make mornings simple with the push of one button and self-cleaning disposable cartridges. ($179 to $799, www.Nespresso.com, Bloomingdale's, Macy's).
For himWrap your man in style with Uncle Kimono, the new collection from celebrity designer John Malkovich. This luxurious line is a favorite of actor Kevin Kline, Bob Costas — and even New York Yankees manager Joe Torre. It’s flying off the shelf at one of New York’s hottest emporiums, Blue Tree, owned by actress Phoebe Cates. ($95 to $125, Blue Tree: 212-369-2583).
Give him a touch of Vegas no matter where you are! The Celebrity Poker set is inspired by the hit show and features everything needed for a night of high stakes (Ben Affleck not included). ($59.99 for 300 pieces; $99.99 for 500 pieces, www.ultimatepokerdeals.com).
Stocking stuffersFrom a sleek Swiss wallet for him to an aromatherapy pen and even karma guard to spray the paparazzi away, Intuition has the best celebrity stocking stuffers. Lindsay Lohan and Denzel Washington are fans of the store’s fun, funky offerings. ($7 to $50, www.shopintuition.com).
Last but not leastWho couldn’t use a little help from Hollywood’s gift guru? From the Grammy Awards to the Kids Choice Awards, stars like Sharon Stone, Megan Mullally and Heather Locklear say thank you to Lash Fairy for their celebrity swag bags chockfull of goodies. And since image is everything in Tinsletown, Lash dishes a full serving of help to all in his book, “Fabulous Gifts.” From re-gifting etiquette to the perfect presentation, you’ll be sure to satisfy everyone on your list. ($14, www.amazon.com).