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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Unique gifts bring fantasy to life

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- It’s that time of year when we’re looking for gift ideas, and I would like to offer some suggestions for some of those on your list.

On a fantasy list for a woman is a set of five different Jo Malone luxury perfumes that can be worn alone or mixed and matched.

Jo Malone is a London perfume maker whose scents are subtle and wonderful. The set, which sells for $100, is only available during the holidays and can be purchased online from Nordstrom’s with free shipping.

If that’s too much of a luxury, you could give a gift card for any amount you can afford to Kroger to give recipients a chance to pick out their own gifts.

It seems that the entire world has an iPhone, and I don’t know any owner who wouldn’t want an iTunes gift card for apps, games or music. These are available in any denomination at most retailers.

If that doesn’t fit into your reality category, buy some blank CDs and download a playlist of your favorite songs from your own music library. That would be a good stocking stuffer too.

Another fantasy gift is a cordless rechargeable battery leaf blower from Lowe’s.

These do not require gas or a cord. Of course, the more expensive ones hold the best charge.

And if that’s out of the budget you could give an IOU to rake someone’s leaves when needed – high on effort, but huge on appreciation.

A fantasy object for a person who loves interior design is Mario Buatta’s book “Fifty Years of Decorating,” which costs less than $50 at Barnes and Noble.

Buatta has been called the “prince of chintz” and is the king of excess. He has said that this is probably the only “baby” he’ll ever have.

The reviews for the book are excellent, and I feel certain it would be greeted with rave reviews from your recipient too.

If this is out of the question, you could offer a one-on-one lesson on how to find Buatta-inspired rooms on Pinterest. That could very well lead to other interests and all other kinds of fun.

Another real fantasy gift would be a gift certificate to Southwest Airlines.

We are fortunate to live so close to a Southwest hub, and this could be in any denomination and used for necessity or pleasure.

If this isn’t in your budget, you could offer to drive someone to a destination you can afford, even if it is for window-shopping at The Avenue..

A fantasy object for a fashionista is a pair of Frey boots from E. Allen Boutique in The Avenue. At $250 and up, this is definitely a splurge, but Frey boots are for all ages and last forever.

And if this is too much fantasy for you, hop on over to Marti and Liz for a gift certificate or pick out a pair yourself. They can be easily exchanged with a receipt.

If you have people on your list who enjoy fine linens, treat them to a new matelasse duvet cover or set of decorative pillows from The Peddler Gift Shop. And if that doesn’t fit into your price range, you might consider a new set of sheets from another local retailer.

Last year, I tried to buy something for all my children that they did not asked for, and sheets fit the bill just perfectly. They were thrilled.

Although some of these temptations may not be in your budget, we can all dream and perhaps they’ll help you think of a gift certificate for services that only you can provide.

’Til next week.

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