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Giving the Ultimate Unnecessaries

Thursday, December 16, 2004; Page C02

What to buy for the person who has everything?

"Anything practical is a bad idea," says Dannielle Romano, editor-at-large at DailyCandy.com, a style Web site. Instead think of something they'd never buy for themselves -- like a fancy pair of moccasins or an original piece of art. "Be thoughtful. . . . What's something that would make them feel totally jazzy?" says Romano.

Elizabeth Muir Designs Swarovski crystal belt buckles ($395) and custom belts ($50), at elizabethmuir.com or 202-437-5794. (Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)

Stay away from gifts that require work or random ingredients. "No assembly or extra parts should be required," she says.

If you're really stuck -- ask.

"I'd like a game nice enough to whip out after a holiday dinner when you need an activity to wake everyone out of the tryptophan coma. Like one of those leather Scrabble sets. A whole step up from the Deluxe spinning version I inherited from my grandmother," says Ilene Rosenzweig, co-author of the Swell series of books on style. "I am a games geek."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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