Inspired gift giving

The holiday shopping season is upon us. Don’t let the hustle and bustle leave you frustrated. Here are some creative gifts that are sure to get some laughs and create good times with the ones you know and love the most.

For the candy lover who is watching her calories: Prada’s Candy fragrance with notes of caramel and vanilla will curb any sugar craving. Nordstrom, in Fashion Show, 862-2525,

For the consummate dog lover: Keep your pooch happy with some “bark-scotti” from the Good Dog Food Company. The treat is made with fresh bananas and rye flour and is covered in crushed almonds. The Dog House, 400 S. Rampart Blvd., 496-4006,

For the star in your orbit: Every girl loves getting a tiny light-blue box from Tiffany & Co. A monogrammed star keychain from this well-known jeweler packs a big punch with a not-so-spendy price tag. Tiffany & Co. in the Forum Shops at Caesars, 644-3065,

For the person on your list who is always on the run: Give two gifts for the price of one. Purchase a pair of TOMS shoes for your friend and another pair will be donated to a kid in need. Saks Fifth Avenue in Fashion Show, 733-8300,

For the friend who always makes bad decisions: A chess set will help with deductive reasoning and hopefully aid with better choices in the future. Urban Outfitters in Mandalay Place, 650-2199,

For a drinking buddy: Monogram a set of Cabernet/Merlot Riedel glassware with their initials. They will think of you every time they toast any happy occasion. Williams Sonoma at The District at Green Valley Ranch, 897-2346,

For the person who never gets to the point: Try Rory’s Story Cubes. This story-generating game—under $15—is the perfect gift for all ages.

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