The Best and Worst of Magazine Gift Guides

Jingle bells, deck the halls, light the menorah and--most important--start buying those holiday presents! December means not only gifts, but also gift guides. (If Oprah didn't give us her holiday O-List, how would you know that Aunt Helen would like some sweet-potato butter?) These guides can be helpful, but they're an awful lot to plow through. To save you the work, StyleList has sifted through the best (and a couple of the worst, just for fun) of the magazine holiday gift guides.
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Jingle bells, deck the halls, light the menorah and--most important--start buying those holiday presents! December means not only gifts, but also gift guides. (If Oprah didn't give us her holiday O-List, how would you know that Aunt Helen would like some sweet-potato butter?) These guides can be helpful, but they're an awful lot to plow through. To save you the work, StyleList has sifted through the best (and a couple of the worst, just for fun) of the magazine holiday gift guides.
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Jingle bells, deck the halls, light the menorah and--most important--start buying those holiday presents!

December means not only gifts, but also

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Marie Claire: M.C. breaks gifts down into Dewey Decimal specific categories. Here's a Tim Gunn Talking Bobblehead doll for the Project Runway enthusiast (a category with more than 10 items!). There's a body-frosting set for those interested in "Sexy Gifts," after which the Fresh trio of hand-milled soaps will undoubtedly come in handy.

We really appreciated "The Most Awesome Stocking Stuffers Ever." Adore the Felix Doolittle Pocket Mirror and the Penguin Ink favorites: To celebrate its 75th anniversary, Penguin has redesigned six covers of its most popular paperbacks, including "Bridget Jones Diary," with art by famed tattoo artists.

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Details: The man mag promises the 71 Most Stylish Gifts You Can Give. Sometimes style translates directly into dollars: At least for the $1,800 Ron Gilad ashtray and the $375 Cut Brooklyn knife, the $23,300 desk and the $6,050 stool from Hermes, and the $8,550 Tom Ford suitcase.

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GQ: This guide is pretty spot-on when directing XY chromosomes to what to get the XX chromosomes in their life. They seem to know that women want more than perfume and nudie lingerie for the holidays. We want shoes especially the Isabel Toledo bootie from Payless, purses (the Clare Vivier Mini Sac) and cameras (the Lomography Diana + Dreamer Camera). We can do without the hand-painted china dogs.

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