Donít Get Holidazed!

Holiday Gift Guide 2001

Newly Engaged Couple
Let their rich relatives buy them the Waterford Crystal. After all, they've only been dating for two weeks and barely know each other. Who knows if the engagement will last longer than their relationship? And did we mention that they're only 18? Ah, kids in love! Isn't it sweet? Commemorate their candy-coated commitment by giving them these limited- edition, reissued, retro bride and groom Pez dispensers. Two rolls of candy included, of course. Even better, it'll match the bride-to-be's gumball machine-bought engagement ring.

This person would rather sit home and watch Blind Date than go on an actual date. When you ask why the person is so averse to dating he/she points to Blind Date as his/her MO. In fact, she or he'd rather endure a root canal than deal with the insipid first date small talk. Do you blame them? The last date this person went on probably took place when the Olsen Twins were still toddlers. Even they're dating now. Scary, huh? It's not easy, we know, but perhaps a little lunch "meeting" with a potential suitor would do the person good. It's just lunch, they say, and this way, it won't cut into the person's evening television line-up.
It's Just Lunch, 561-347-9022

Future Hairdresser
Some kids like to cut their dolls' hair, but usually the poor thing ends up looking like Chucky. This kid is different, however. When he does his doll's hair, people turn around to look. They want to know who did that doll's hair and when they can make an appointment. In fact, his mother's best friend was tempted to dis her coveted appointment with Oribe in favor of the trim-happy tyke. He's got a gift and it can't be denied. So encourage his talent by getting him the Hair and Nail Craft Studio, a professional-looking stylist's box complete with all the necessary accessories and tools to perfect that fabulous look. Take a number, Trend Tracker!
$30, Toy Town, 260 Crandon Blvd.,
Key Biscayne, 305-361-5225;

Mark Poutenis
Mark Poutenis

AOL Addict
To this person, AOL really stands for Always On Line. What a box of chocolates was to Forrest Gump, the AOL Buddy List is to this person. And if life is like a great big buddy list, then the ability to take this buddy list wherever, whenever is absolute utopia. The AOL Mobile Communicator is the beeper of the 21st century, allowing email and instant messaging from anywhere, no modem, no DSL needed. Bliss, isn't it? As if cell phones in cars aren't bad enough, imagine what it's like when a driver hears the words, "You've got mail." Yikes! Perhaps this gift is best for bored office workers whose employer has a penchant for reading employees' emails. Or those people who refuse to turn off their cell phones in the movie theater in case their babysitter should call with an emergency. Or your pesky sister who refuses to free up the phone line because she's online chatting with each of her 300 buddies.
$99.95 plus $29.95 per month for service

Fashionably Late
If you had a dollar for every minute you've waited for the fashionably late one, you'd be very wealthy right now. If you're sick and tired of withering away, watching your hair turn grey as your lunch date turns into a dinner one, consider taking a lighthearted, comical approach to the situation with Armitron's Scooby Doo, Spider Man or Wonder Woman watches. They may keep current time, but perhaps they'll inspire the timeless one with memories of the days they used to get up early for Saturday morning cartoons.
$25-$30, Burdine's,
2314 E Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-537-2400;
9339 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, 561-620-4500

Velvet Rope Reject
This person always insists he knows the guy at the door, but somehow, without fail, whenever you get up to the front, the goonish doorman always looks at him like a deer in the headlights. He has no clue who he is. Never has. Nor does he really want to know, frankly. Before your frustrated friend resorts to claiming he's the cousin of one of the owners of crobar, thwart the public humiliation and glide past the velvet ropes as easily as any celebrity vis-a-vis a VIP table at the club for four, including a bottle of champagne and a bottle of spirits. A definite ego booster!
$500, crobar, 1445 Washington Ave.,
Miami Beach, 305-531-5027

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Yeah  do  not upset  your  routine work.  do  not feel complacent  or  relax  on  your oars.Always  be in  the  thick  of  things