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Personal shopper: Heidy\’s favorite things

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December 9, 2010 |

Enterprise columnist

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Yes, Virginia, I\’m ripping off Oprah. Now that she\’s in her final season on network television, imitations will be as abundant as reproduction designer handbags on Union Square. The way I see it, Oprah will be flattered.

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It\’s not as if I could fill her $2,000 Christian Louboutins anyway (though I\’d like to try), because the only thing I\’m giving away is my opinion.

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Why should you be comforted by this temporary disappointment? Because there\’s no chance you\’ll be the unlucky sap on the other end of a trained camera who must wax hysteria, only to learn her favorite thing is chicken pot pie. No kidding. I witnessed a woman on Oprah\’s final “Favorite Things” show who appeared to need smelling salts sprinkled over her gourmet popcorn.

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What\’s more, I offer a few things Oprah simply can\’t. You don\’t have to be television-ready to read my column. No stylists, no non-patterned primary colors for a visually coordinated audience, not even so much as a proper teeth brushing to learn the results of Heidy\’s Favorite Things, 2010.

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Unlike the loons lined up in pup tents awaiting a 3 a.m. big-box opening (the same folks entrapped by longer lines inside), I spent my Black Friday strolling the relaxed streets of Davis, shopping for you. What I found were endless ideas for even the most challenged gift-giver, all wrapped up in tasteful surroundings, personalized service, unmatched convenience, with competitive prices for every range.

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It took less than two hours.

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Limiting my list to 15 gifts was the only thing challenging about this task — we all have our crosses to bear — but knowing holiday shopping can overwhelm many of us, let me offer some suggestions.

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First, just as it\’s OK to make fun of those who won\’t stop to ask for directions when lost, I say we have a right to giggle at those who won\’t seek professional help when shopping. Our merchants are experts, in stark contrast to gum-snapping clock-punchers found elsewhere. Take advantage of our local talent.

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Along the same lines, there\’s no magic to gift-giving. People give clues year-round. If you\’re really stumped, ask the intended recipient. It\’s that simple.

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Second, waiting till the last minute will make you the target of shoddy gifts marketed especially to you, the desperate. If you\’re after a bargain, start shopping Dec. 26 for the 2011 holiday season.

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Third, nobody, not even Oprah, has everything, so stop whining about this imaginary person in your life. No matter who they are, all people need to eat and drink. Consider a consumable gift.

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Fourth, stop feeling guilty about the pleasures of giving and receiving. It\’s what keeps people employed. (Feeling loved, notwith-standing.)

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Most importantly, this is the time of year to face reality: We\’re not living in a Disney movie. Get over your hopes for a tear-jerking, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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One of my favorite things, “Sh*t My Dad Says” (see Avid Reader), says it best:

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“If it\’s not bourbon or sweatpants, it\’s going in the garbage. … No, don\’t get creative. Now is not a creative time. Now is a bourbon and sweatpants time.”

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Need I say more?

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— Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column appears monthly. Reach her at heidy@cwo.com

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Putah Creek Winery

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www.putahcreekwinery.com

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Gift basket orders: andi@putahcreekwinery.com

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Gift baskets

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Price: $70 to $265

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What better way to get in the mood for (or recover from) serious holiday shopping. The high-end flavors of Putah Creek wines are now available in gift baskets that also include UC Davis olive oil and olives, chocolate, wine pourers, and optional wine club memberships. Putah Creek wines have been a staple in my home for years.

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Alphabet Moon Toys & Treasures

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605 Second St.

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(530) 757-2142

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www.alphabetmoontoystore.com

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Green toys

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Price: $20 to $30

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Made in California from recycled milk jugs, these sturdy toys are dishwasher-safe and tons of fun. Most amusing? The recycle truck.

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nestware

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204 G St.

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(530) 757-6400

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www.nestwarestyle.com

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Lighted carousel letters

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Price $230

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Often perceived as nestware\’s window display, this well-lit monogram can be custom-ordered. Personalize your entryway, office, teen\’s room or art space.

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The Wardrobe

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206 E St.

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(530) 756-1128

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www.TheWardrobe.com

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Queen Bee LED candles

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Price: $58

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Fire-safe and stunningly realistic, these French-inspired LED candles will keep you glowing all year.

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Beyond the Garden Gate

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1015 Olive Drive

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(530) 756-6698

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www.beyondthegardengates.com

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Bethany Lowe holiday décor

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Price: $10 to $52

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So cute I could hardly resist the urge to pinch this snowman\’s cheeks. The Garden takes holiday decorating to a whole new level. Visit soon before I clean them out!

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The Luxury Out House Company

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207 F St., Suite A

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(530) 756-1106

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www.luxuryouthouse.com

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His and her spa robes

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Price: $75 to $168

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Get your Hugh Hefner on! For me, this involves relaxing in a stylish, comfortable robe found exclusively at The Ritz Carlton … and now in Davis.

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Creme de la Creme

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222 D St., Suite 6B

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(530) 758-0851

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Kings Road tea set

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Price: $16.75 to $57.75

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With the approach of a royal wedding, crowns are in. As usual, Creme de la Creme is ahead of the curve. Items are sold separately, which means you don\’t have to drink tea in order to find something lovable about this baroque collection.

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Shuz of Davis

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801 Second St.

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(530) 758-7653

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www.eurowalkshoes.com

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Uggs

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Price: $90 to $180

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When the temperature drops, I\’m hard-pressed to wear anything on my feet but Uggs. Oprah chose them as one of her 2010 Favorite Things, but I\’ve got a closet that says I chose them last year, and the year before that, and the year before that …

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Fleet Feet Sports

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615 Second St.

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(530) 753-7771

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www.fleetfeetdavis.com

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Goddesswear

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Price: $76 (manufacturer\’s price goes up in the new year)

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Goddesswear is Fleet Feet\’s newest addition in activewear. I used to travel to Santa Cruz for these mock corduroy yoga pants. Wear them for all varieties of fitness, cozying up at home, running errands or even casual meetings. They also tuck easily into your Uggs.

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Mother & Baby Source

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714 Second St.

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(530) 756-6667

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www.motherandbabysource.com

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Trumpette socks

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Price: $26 to $32 (6 pairs)

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I\’ve purchased many baby gifts over the years, but none have received as much praise as locally created Trumpette socks. Mimicking adorable shoes, they stay put on the wiggliest little toes.

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Ikedas

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26295 Mace Blvd.

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(530) 750-3379

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www.ikedas.com

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Homemade pies — more than 15 varieties

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Price: $14.95 to $17.95

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Known to Davisites for many years, Ikedas simple goodness is easy to take for granted. Stress reduction is your personal gift this holiday season.

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Davis Ace

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240 G St.

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(530) 758-8000

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www.davisace.com

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Big Green Egg

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Price: Holiday special $899

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Want to see a grown man cry? Seriously. One woman\’s diamond ring is another man\’s Big Green Egg. (Whose is larger?) Possibly the region\’s largest year-round resource in a variety of sizes and prices, Davis Ace can get you started with this precision smoker, grill and barbecue.

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Strands Salon

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630 Second St.

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(530) 759-0795

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www.strandssalon.com

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Aveda Foot Relief

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Price: $20

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Not one for bloodletting my feet on a coarse exfoliating stone, I opt for this solution instead.

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The Candy House of Davis

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901 Third St.

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(530) 758-3652

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www.candyhouseofdavis.com

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Lotus flower with truffles

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Price: $22 to $130

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Who needs to visit Belgium when The Candy House is so near? Decadent chocolates are ideal for client gifts, celebrations, and private moments …

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The Avid Reader

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617 Second St.

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(530) 758-4040

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www.avidreaderbooks.com

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“Sh*t My Dad Says,” Justin Halpern

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Price: $15.99

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A perfect gift for the curmudgeon in your life, or anyone with a sense of humor who appreciates flawless logic.

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