It's a wrap
Matt Wilce has some holiday gift tips for those
who don't usually give a fig about shopping. Hopefully you'll get as good as you give.
Fashionistas and design gurus will be
grateful for a subscription to the world's favorite style bible, wallpaper* (STG79 for one year, www.wallpaper.com) The accompanying CD, wallpaper* mach 1.5 (JY2500) may have been out for
sometime elsewhere, but a fall release in Japan means it's still hot property for Tokyo
fans. Make it the soundtrack to your life. (Beams Records)
|Wrap up one of Benetton's tie-dye style angora sweaters (JY9900) with their blue mules (JY11,800) for a soft and sexy
Photo by Beezer
Shoes debuted in
America in '99 and now the eye-catching shoes that look like Campbell's tomato soup and
Tide packages or feature the work of Gustaf Klimt are taking to the streets of Tokyo
Why not give
the gift of time this Christmas with one of Diesel's stylish new line of 34
timepieces. The Diesel
Time Frames collection
features oversize watches with intense accents of color and chunky yet ergonomic
bracelets. Dials are retro-styled and housed in rectangular stainless steel cases.
Available in male, female and unisex sizes, the range starts at JY15,000.
Courtesy of Boudoir
Pamper your stressed out
someone with a gift
Boudoir, the creme de la creme of Tokyo salons. You get what you pay for, and this chic
salon is no exception to the rule. The first class service starts at the door when you're
greeted with a complementary drink to sip on the red velvet chaise. Boudoir features
internationally trained specialists, and is touted to have the best waxing in town. But
for Christmas, treat your loved one to a luxurious spa pedicure (JY13,000) or aromatherapy
manicure (JY8000), both of which include a paraffin wax treatment, or a divine massage
(full body, JY11,000, neck and shoulders JY7000).
|Courtesy of Nike
MP3 technology gets a sleek
sporty makeover from Nike with the launch of its psa[play120 (JY33,800). Record 64 megabytes of
your favorite CDs or lay down tracks downloaded from the Internet. Once you're loaded up,
hit the jogging track or enjoy skip-free music wherever you go.
||Give the man in
your life a touch of style with this velour jacket from Benetton's Sisley label (JY25,000; also in
moss). Try teaming it with an olive wool scarf (JY2900)..
Photo by Beezer
Ginger Glow Candles (JY3500) give off a wonderfully
seasonal scent of ginger to bring a warm glow to both room and occupants. (Shinjuku Isetan)
London-based Slovian jewelry designer
Lara Bohinc is known for her inventive use of
materials - leather, rubber, wood and even linoleum. Her current collection of bracelets
(from JY8000) features oversized silver bangles accented with wood and leather thongs
bound with silver. (Globe Specs)
latest version of Sony's PlayStation2 (JY39,800) comes with a remote for the DVD function. Buy your best friend
one, then take the opportunity to hog their sofa and work off that excess turkey watching It's
a Wonderful Life.
© Sony Computer
Luscious lips are a gift with
Platininum Star Rouge
set (JY3000). The four colors of lip-gloss and shading rouge should produce smiles all
Puss Glitter Powder
from The Body Shop (JY2500) will make your favorite lady sparkle when you hit the
dance-floor this Christmas.
gift for champagne Charlies this year is Veuve Clicquot's Magic Box (JY5600). The
trademark yellow packaging surrounding the bottle of bubbly cunningly converts to a
concertinaed ice bucket. Stop by Anniversaire for a split of Pop (JY1500), the diminutive bottles of champagne
have been all the rage this year, and they make great stocking fillers too. The store
currently has 120 different champagnes on offer, from baby bottles to magnums of special
editions (starting at JY5000).
To celebrate the millennium Japanese style pick up some oversized Rainbow Pocky (JY1000) from your local conbini.
The giant chocolate wands will only be available until January 3 so grab some as stocking
stuffing before it's too late.
Bear Back Pack (JY4900) is perfect for carrying the
rest of your presents. Fashion conscious rugrats will enjoy shocking granny with their new
cow-print skirt (JY4300) too.
Photo by Beezer
For the dog who has everything try Oh My Dog! the best-selling scent for chic chien
fresh from France. Pampered Parisienne pooches have been luxuriating in the aroma of the
doggy perfume (JY7500) and shampoo (JY4500) and now haute hounds in Tokyo can enjoy the
latest fashion to take the canine world by storm. (Shinjuku Isetan and Sephora)
Kids of all ages will have fun with Lego's ninja and samurai sets. Build
an Edo period castle or mix them with your space Lego and do the time-warp. Shogun Castle
Set (JY7500), Red Ninja with Boat set (JY2400). (Kiddyland)
Cartman will stay snug in this eye-catching vest (JY5900) and t-shirt (JY3900) combo from Benetton that's perfect for some outdoor fun.
New Style Japanese Cooking (JY1575) by Better Home Publishing (www.betterhome.or.jp). Great for
washoku enthusiasts who want to try their hands at making Japanese food at home. Recipes
include tasty modern offerings like chicken with miso sauce, baked oysters and sauted
scallops with butter-soy sauce.
Starbucks has a six-pack for your favorite
java junkie this Christmas. The hexagonal Six for the Season box (JY2000) comes stuffed with four of the
company's favorite blends plus two packs of the special Christmas blend. Other seasonal
goodies include Christmas mugs (JY850), mug and dessert plate gift packs (JY1500) and the Santa Bearista magnet (JY600).