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``He’s Making His List and Checking it Twice ...’’ -- Beverly Center’s Hunky Santa Offers Advice on the Top Holiday Gift Ideas for the Last-Minute Shopper


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Dec. 17, 2004 -- In a bind trying to figure out what to get those hard-to-shop-for people on your holiday gift list? Fear not, Beverly Center’s Hunky Santa (the “son” of Classic Santa...a hip, fit, younger version of St. Nick) has been shopping the Center in search of his “Top Ten Gift Picks.”

For those needing a few ideas on what to buy this holiday season, here’s what Hunky Santa recommends:

-- SoundDock(TM) Digital Music System ($299.00; Bose) -- Hear what happens when your iPod(R) meets Bose’s outstanding speaker technology. This new docking station for your iPod elevates music listening to a whole new level, bringing Bose’s renowned sound and design to one of this year’s hot little music players.

-- The Madison Ocelot Mini Top Handle Bag from Coach ($498.00; Coach) -- Here’s a decadent little bag that will certainly make her go wild. Featuring Ocelot print calf hair, leather and suede trim, and a pave rhinestone buckle, this bag is just perfect for the urban cowgirl who wants a purse that is certain to stand out.

-- The Wonderful Family Dolls ($15.95; Puzzle Zoo) -- Imagine a world where the man in your life asks you to go with him to the mall, where your children ask for more vegetables and offer to take out the trash. That’s The Wonderful Family -- Mr. Wonderful, Mrs. Wonderful, and the Wonderful Kids. Each doll says one of 14 phrases when you press their left hand. “Don’t feel bad honey -- I forgot it was our anniversary too!” is just one of the things Mrs. Wonderful will tell you to help pump up your ego.

-- Starcaster Guitar from Fender ($159.00; Restoration Hardware) -- Retire that air guitar this holiday season by giving the rock star wannabe on your list a classic Fender electric guitar. This is the legendary guitar that is sure to bring out anyone’s inner Led Zeppelin. Don’t forget the accessories: amplifier ($79.00) and guitar stand ($19.00).

-- “Eskimmo” Boots by Steve Madden ($149.95; Steve Madden) -- Combining two of this season’s hottest trends -- beading and fur -- the “Eskimmo” is the hottest boot in Santa’s sleigh. Made of suede with bead detailing and fur trim, this boot takes the Indian moccasin to a stylish new level. Available in three colors: natural suede, ice, and grey.

-- Prada Eau de Parfum ($65.00 - $95.00; Sephora) -- This is one of the most highly anticipated new scents of the year. Prada brings its unique fusion of tradition and innovation to the world of fragrance. This soft Oriental scent for women features notes of bergamot, orange, rose, vanilla, and sandalwood. It’s a scent inspired by the past that is sure to become a classic for the future.

-- Boston Red Sox Autographed Baseball ($4,000.00; Field of Dreams) -- Give the baseball fanatic on your list a piece of history this holiday season. Field of Dreams has a baseball autographed by all members of the history-making World Series-winning Boston Red Sox. This is a one-of-a-kind collectible that is going to need a treasured place in the recipient’s home. If baseball is not their thing, how about Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls #23 jersey for $2,000.00?

-- “Latin Lover” Watch from Locman ($1,700.00; Le Cadeau) -- This is this season’s hottest new watch ... and its chunky size makes sure the wearer will get noticed. Imported from Italy, Locman’s “Latin Lover” watch features a stainless steel face and lizard band. For those that money is no object, the $10,000.00 version features a glittering diamond bezel. Choose from face colors of black, white or champagne.

-- Sony VAIO(R) S260 Notebook ($1,900.00; sony style) -- This sleek new laptop computer from Sony provides powerful features to enhance your productivity at home, in the office, or on the road. And, at just 4.2 pounds, it’s the slimmest and lightest notebook around. What does Hunky Santa like best about the Sony VAIO(R) S260? Its advanced multimedia features allow him to enjoy his favorite Sony DVDs anywhere -- including the North Pole. Pick-up “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” which has just been released and completes the popular Lord of the Rings trilogy.

-- Dolce & Gabbana Couture Disney Tees ($312.00 - $348.00; Traffic) -- This is what happens when couture meets camp. In a pre-Spring collection offering, Dolce & Gabbana have looked to retro Disney for inspiration. Featuring classic Disney characters -- Mickey, Minnie, and Donald -- these 100% distressed cotton tees come in both long and short sleeves and have a real edge for the trendsetter who wants to retain a bit of their childhood.

About Beverly Center

As Southern California’s premier trendsetting marketplace, Beverly Center features 160 distinctive specialty boutiques and restaurants reflecting the diverse styles and tastes of Los Angeles. Located at the edge of Beverly Hills and Hollywood between La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards, Beverly Center is anchored by Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s Men’s Store, a 13-screen movie theater and California’s only Grand Lux Cafe. The Rooftop Terrace, one of Beverly Center’s most recent additions, showcases panoramic views stretching from downtown Los Angeles to the legendary Hollywood sign and is available for private parties. To know what’s hot before it’s cool, visit beverlycenter.com.

Self-parking is available on Levels 2 through 5, with valet service available on Street Level.



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