2008 Holiday Gift Guide

The gift giving season is here and SocialMiami has assembled its greatest gift guide to date. We have spa treatments, restaurants, gourmet gift baskets, exclusive luxury items, fabulous fashion, Mercedes and more. Don’t wait ’til the last minute, order online right now or visit these great stores in person. And from all of us at SocialMiami.com who work so very hard to keep you informed of the best Miami has to offer, thank you for your support. Happy holidays!


La Perla is known throughout the world for its exclusive materials, elegant designs and a unique, craft-based work philosophy. Now La Perla lingerie, swimwear and linen resort wear can be yours (or that special someone’s) for a mere fraction of the price, as PrimaVista Collections presents the La Perla sample showroom sale. Shop pieces from brand new collections at up to 80 percent off of retail prices. This very special, private event is going on now through December 22 at PrimaVista Collections, 119 Washington Ave Suite 402 in Miami Beach. Please call 305-538-3500 for additional information.


This holiday season send an elegant gift basket from Crown Wine and Spirits to friends, loved ones, co-workers and clients. Whether you order online, or in one of their 30 locations throughout South Florida, Crown will package and ship your special gift anywhere in the United States. The gourmet baskets may include whatever your epicurean heart desires, including decadent chocolates, caviar, fine meats and cheeses, liquor and, of course, wine. Prices range from around $50 to $600. Pictured is the Reflections Gift Basket. Louis Roederer Cristal is the centerpiece for Crown’s truly magnificent mirror box, which features the epitome of fine chocolatiers: Boca Bons, truffles, Maggie Lyon one pound chocolate gift assortment, hand dipped chocolate latte smores in a gift box, Godiva milk chocolate praline pecans, Godiva milk chocolate pretzels, Godiva truffles and two crystal champagne flutes. The grandeur of this elegant gift certainly reflects your sophistication and style. Order now for $549.99.



The perfect Holiday gift for any and all Miami fans. Celebrating the history and culture of Miami, The MONOPOLY brand introduces MONOPOLY Miami and the Beaches. Showcasing Miami’s iconic landmarks from Ocean Drive’s art deco skyline to the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, this special edition of the beloved Parker Brothers game will be available for a limited time. Not only a wonderful gift, it gives back to the city it honors. A percentage of proceeds from MONOPOLY Miami and the Beaches edition will be donated to the Miami Design Preservation League, the nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to establish, preserve and protect Miami’s design and architecture. Buy, sell and trade the city’s hotspots in a quest to own Miami. To purchase, or for store, locations visit: monopolymiami.com.



Don’t get left out in the cold (well… the mildly cold in Miami), fill the nights with some scorching lingerie to spark up a seductive Christmas. Let the experts at Agent Provocateur help you find the perfect gift for that special someone. Now is the perfect time to shop as Agent Provocateur has just introduced an exciting exclusive holiday offer! From now until December 24, receive a luxurious Agent Provocateur gift bag filled with trial sizes of Agent Provocateur beauty items and a gorgeous box of scented cushions with any purchase over $400. Available at Agent Provocateur in the Bal Harbour Shops located at 9700 Collins Avenue, No. 201 in Bal Harbour. Their telephone number is 305-865-3909.



Give with style this holiday season with the best-of selection of modish picks from Aventura Mall. First stop – a new trendy destination called Lounge, where fashionista’s will find the leather Chatterley Satchel handbag for $1,590, a Be & D lovers favorite with flirty ruffles (305-936-9800).

For the lady who loves red, stop by Reiss for the sexy Eva Cascade Frill Front dress for $405 (305-932-6048).

Now for the shoes to match that new party dress. This year, stuff stockings in style with a pair of Juicy Couture “Robbin” suede flats for $198, available in candy pink and black (305-682-8221).

Undecided? That’s easy – celebrate the holiday spirit with a selection of our holiday gift cards valid at any one of our 250+ stores. Happy holidays!

Aventura Mall hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Call 305-935-1110 for more information. Extended holiday hours begin Friday, November 28.



Striking that perfect pose between chic and fun, BettyLou’s playful, modern pieces are so versatile they enhance any outfit and carry today’s style-savvy woman into the office, café or yoga studio. Women of all ages want their jewelry to express their own tastes and individuality. With its beautifully crafted original designs, BettyLou helps them express this uniqueness and elegance throughout their day. Enter GIFTWRAP to receive a 10 percent discount, free shipping and gift wrapping. BettyLou Jewels: Uniquely beautiful jewelry for beautifully unique women.



No Breaks! No Leaks! No Worries! Designed just for culinary travelers, BottleWise Duo uses a patent-pending protection system that lets travelers safely pack two 750 ml bottles compactly inside checked luggage using special padded liquid-tight Bot’lPaks. BottleWise is available in multiple colors, styles and leather. Save 15 percent with promo code SOCM15. Prices start at $58.95. Check them out at BottleWise.com, or call 800-673-9770 to purchase on right now.


This year, be everybody’s favorite gift giver by sending your friends and loved ones something they’ll really enjoy- customized sugar cookies from Couture Confections! Forget sending your sister another scarf, or cluttering the boss’s desk with a coffee mug… Based on your own personalized ideas, the cookie gurus at Couture Confections will whip up a batch of these handmade, delicious little works of art, and ship them anywhere in the US. Local delivery is also available. For more information, email customcookie@gmail.com, or call 305-409-3009. Because really… you weren’t actually going to bring a fruitcake to the office party, were you?



Rock out with this chic new accessory by Deos Diamond! Designed specifically for Apple iPhone and Apple iPod earphones, Deos Diamond ear covers are available in natural white, pink, cognac, yellow and black pave diamond versions as well as ruby and sapphire styles. Hand set in titanium, Deos Diamond ear covers are designed with the latest aerospace technology making them both light weight and durable. A great way to indulge your inner-fashionista, fans include David & Victoria Beckham, Marc Jacobs, Maria Sharapova and Perez Hilton. Prices range from $1,800 to $80,000. Ruby and sapphire pave versions retail at $10,500. ROCK ON!



Discover unique artisan gifts at Elixir Baubles Jewelry Boutique for your Holiday gift giving. Elixir Baubles Jewelry is artfully designed and handcrafted by Pacific NW artist Kathleen Arntson. Inspired by simple beauty, unique design and high quality materials, each piece is created with meticulous attention to detail and style. The result is an exquisite piece of wearable art to enhance and delight. Your jewelry will arrive in a beautiful gift box that is ready for giving. Visit online at  ElixirBaubles.com.



‘Tis the season for giving at  The Falls.. From BCBGMAZAXRIA, Brooks Brothers, and Crate & Barrel to Macy’s, Pottery Barn, and White House/Black Market, The Falls has everything you need to make family and friends’ wishes come true; not to mention their spectacular holiday services – a Simon giftcard gift with purchase, “Santa & Me” photos, The Falls holiday coupon book, The Falls Rejuvenation Station, One Million Sparkling Holiday Lights Spectacular!, Thursdays at The Falls music series, valet parking, strolling Dickens carolers and a Ticketmaster ticket center. The Falls is located at 8888 SW 136 Street in Miami. Call 305-235-7248 for more information.



His name is synonymous with ocean fishing, tropical-style clothing, and colorful, marine wildlife art. South Florida luminary, Guy Harvey, enjoys a storied career as a world-renowned artist, photographer, diver and scientist whose focus has always been beneath the waves. That is, until recently. Guy Harvey is extending his passion for the oceans to the dinner table with Guy Harvey’s Artist’s Collection Wines. So whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast drawn to the untamed beauty of the ocean, or a fisherman dreaming of reeling in “the big one,” add a personal statement to your wine cellar this holiday season with the Guy Harvey Artist’s Collection Wines available at Publix and ABC Stores, or online at GuyHarveyWine.com.



Reflect Your Vision. Look Within. Karma NYC. KARMA NYC is a line of jewelry, handbags & tees created by designers Alison Ruiz & Grace Gonzalez. The duo, childhood friends from Puerto Rico, teamed up in New York City in 2001 to create a unique collection that combined their elegant Caribbean aesthetic with global influences and their joint belief in the power of Karma. Throughout their collections, they constantly combine intricate hand craftsmanship with precious stones and metals, resulting in an effortless elegance their admirers crave. CHARMAS (image shown) is their most popular collection inspired in symbols that depict Puerto Rican folklore and world beliefs. Available at karmanyc.net.



A LaLucca Artbag is the MUST HAVE item on everyone’s wish list. The Artbags are a limited edition one-of-a-kind, hand painted handbags. These exclusive designs are gallery worthy, yet transition seamlessly into any wardrobe. Get yours now at Steam (5840 Sunset Drive in Miami) and at Julian Chang (6667 Biscayne Blvd in Miami). For more info visit their website atlalucca.com, or email them at info@lalucca.com.



Lara Gallardo, the creator/designer behind Laradiva, is no stranger to the spotlight. A graduate of the prestigious Parsons School of Design, Laradiva Jewelry & Designs has been a favorite of the jet set. From Beyonce to Britney, they have all gotten their “diva on” with Laradiva signature hoops made with Swarovski crystals. Select small, medium or large and over 12 different colors and styles starting at $40. Hoop here it is! You can come meet the designer, Lara Gallardo, and view her entire collection this Tuesday, December 9 at the Holiday Boutique Night in downtown Miami from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rybak Cafe, 177 SW 7 Street. Attend Holiday Boutique Night and receive 20 percent off products if you mention SocialMiami.com. To RSVP, email boutiquenights@gmail.com.



A sophisticated and sensory retail experience, LOUNGE is geared towards the lifestyle of the luxury traveler and the local lover of everything from haute couture to the latest in home accessories designed by a local artisan. Located next to Nordstrom in the recently opened new wing of Aventura Mall, LOUNGE is a luxury lifestyle emporium catering to an international clientele of celebrities, artists, musicians and fashion savvy individuals. Be & D Tuilleries Clutch: $795.00. Contact Lounge Miami atLoungeMiami.com, or 305-936-9800.



Get the holiday season started with a wonderful culinary experience. Enjoy Maison d’Azur, the famed French Seafood Brasserie, at the Hotel Astor. With indoor and outdoor dining, a fantastic resident DJ and an inviting atmosphere, Maison reflects the effortless glamour and carefree fun of the French Riviera. Their sister restaurant, Layla, offers a contemporary Moroccan inspired menu, in an intimate setting with warm, rich colors & eclectic decor. And in 2009, Brasserie d’Azur will open in Midtown and will be Fortier Group’s largest restaurant. It will feature a raw bar, indoor and outdoor seating, and a menu offering a genuine taste of France. Maison d’Azur is located at 956 Washington Ave in Miami Beach. Gift certificates are available to purchase for $100, $150 and $200, and are redeemable at Maison d’Azur, Layla, and Brasserie d’Azur. Call 305-403-1062 for more information or to make reservations.



Mama’s Earth Baby is a natural baby webstore specializing in certified organic and eco-friendly products for your baby and family. Mama’s Earth Baby would love to help you create a green nursery and environment for your family. They are available to come to your home to help you set up an organic baby registry as well as show the lines they stock to view before purchase. To set up an appointment, please call 305-892-0412. Take 15 percent off your order when you buy any of their clothing, or baby blankets, by using somia15 at your checkout.



This season, dress your child in extraordinary fashions for less money. From classic silk and hand embroidered dresses to the latest authentic Ed Hardy Kids styles, ManyBabyThings.com, a shop in Bay Harbor, has just the thing. The store specializes in sizes newborn to seven years. 14 karat gold and sterling jewelry, shoes and accessories compliment the very large assortment of clothing from Europe, Israel, South Africa, South America and, of course, the USA. At prices starting at under $10, the store is worth the drive from anywhere. ManyBabyThings.com, located at 1039 Kane Concourse in Bay Harbor, is open Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. and they ship worldwide. Please call 305-993-6472 for more information.



Turn your mind and body over to the pros! Discover Massage by Design, where you can experience a marvelous selection of massages, esthetic treatments and extraordinary amenities to pamper your every desire. Massage By Design’s selection of services includes massage, acupuncture, waxing, nail and facial treatments – all of which will keep you looking and feeling your glorious best. Be sure to take advantage of the amazing Holiday Specials- such as a one hour Swedish massage for $79, or a mani/pedi for $40. So whether the holidays have you stressed or you need the perfect gift idea – Massage by Design is a world of necessary luxuries. They are located at 959 West Avenue, suite 13 in Miami Beach. Their telephone number is 305-532-3112.



In conjunction with MIAMI Magazine, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables and Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay invite you to spice up the holiday season by previewing the soon-to-be released Mercedes-Benz GLK. As seen in the movie Sex and the City, the GLK is a compact crossover attractively priced in the mid-30s. Preview dates are Wednesday, December 17 from 4 to 7 p.m at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, 300 Almeria Avenue and Thursday December 18 from 4 – 8 p.m. at Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay, 10701 SW 211 Street. Join us for an evening of holiday fun as well as the anticipation surrounding the latest from Mercedes-Benz. For more information, call 305-445-8593 and RSVP towaters@mbcoralgables.com.



MOCAShop.com provides an online destination for fashion-forward women who bask in their individuality and appreciate high-end accessories and unique statement pieces. A never-before-seen ensemble of luxury accessory designers has been assembled in an easy to use website featuring handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets, handbags and more. With women across the globe asserting their individuality and expressing it through fashion, jewelry and accessories, it comes to no surprise MOCAShop can fill the gap in the artisan made jewelry and accessories market. Based in the greater Miami Area, MOCAShop will extend to SocialMiami.com visitors a 15 percent discount through December 26 by entering “social” at checkout. Shipping is always free!



Give the gift of relaxation and pampering at one of Miami most exclusive spas. mySpa’s most celebrated spa treatments are available at a preferred rate of $99 during December. Unwind and de-stress this holiday season with a 60 minute myMassage, 60 minute true transformation facial, or the journey manicure and pedicure combo. The $99 rate is available for appointments booked Monday through Thursday and applies to a 60 minute myMassage, 60 minute true transformation facial, and the journey manicure/pedicure combo only. Regular rates apply Friday through Sunday. For your convenience, a 20 percent standard service charge will be added to your final bill. Advance reservations are recommended. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotions and expires on December 31. For further information, contact mySpa at 305-372-4444. mySpa is located at the Intercontinental-Miami, 100 Chopin Plaza in downtown Miami.



Created by two sisters,  Nic del Mar  offers resort wear from swanky beach destinations without breaking the bank. Tunics and swimsuit cover-ups are the girls’ specialty starting at $38 from their cheap and chic sport collection. But for the ultimate in beach couture, browse Nic del Mar’s higher end resort collection starting at $145. Coveted brands such as Poupette St. Barths are a celebrity favorite for stars such as Jessica Simpson. Swimsuits are an easy fit with the option of skimpy bottoms or full coverage. To schedule a shopping appointment, or for a list of Nic del Mar events, contact Jeannette or Lyanne at info@nicdelmar.com.



New York based jewelry designer Page Sargisson works with materials as varied as 1920’s casino chips, diamonds, sapphires, and her signature textured gold and silver jewelry created by capturing the ornate patterns of Indian wood blocks. With a style this unique, you can see why Demi Moore and Courtney Cox covet their 10 karat gold hand carved letter charms! Spoil a loved one with their own letter charm starting from $50 in sterling silver to $325 for 10 karat gold entirely in diamonds. Need something truly special? Page’s Casino Chic collection comes straight from the tables in Monte Carlo to you. Using vintage mother of pearl European casino chips from the 1920’s, Page adds a card suit charm and briollette to create a truly gorgeous accessory that works equally well with jeans or an evening gown. Can’t decide what to get them? Gift certificates are also available. Shop at the online store pagesargisson.com, or call us at the studio: 212-629-7092.



This holiday season, 1.9 million New Yorkers live below the poverty line and more than half of all babies are born into poverty. You can help bring life-changing opportunities – and life-saving solutions – to these struggling families, and at the same time give the greatest gift to everyone on your holiday list. With Robin Hood’s Holiday Cards, you can reach out to loved ones while helping those most in need in New York City. Every card you send will support schools, soup kitchens, shelters, job training programs and health care in poor New York City neighborhoods. Because every penny counts, 100 percent of the sales from our exclusive cards goes directly to 240 of the city’s best poverty-fighting groups. The card designs are available only from ROBIN HOOD and include artwork by DailyCandy’s Sujean Rim and a painting by Alexander Calder. The Ring in the New Year card was created specially for Robin Hood by Dresser Johnson.



Visit hair artist to the stars Leonardo Rocco and his artistic team of Rocco Donna Hair and Beauty Art this month to get your holiday ready look. Call today and schedule your hair and makeup appointment and receive 15% off when you mention SocialMiami.com (offer expires 12/31/08). Rocco Donna is located at 101 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach (located in the Bentley Hilton Hotel). For more information please visit www.roccodonna.com  or call 305-531-3330. Valet Parking Available.



Marine and aquatic habitats that we and other organisms depend on for life are severely degraded, polluted and over fished worldwide. H2oover Environmental Foundation’s ” Save The Blue” campaign is dedicated to preserving these precious life resources by funding research and promoting public awareness. This holiday season, you can help “Save The Blue” by making a $100.00 tax-deductible donation. In return, you will receive a special custom made tribal shark pendant designed exclusively by Tribal Son. The H2oover Environmental Foundation hopes that these pendants will engage the public, help create dialogue and encourage others to make water conservation issues an international priority. Current tax deductible donations to “Save The Blue” will help support shark research aimed at preventing the slaughter of sharks. For more information about “Save The Blue” and the different ways you can help, visit the campaign’s web site:  savetheblue.org.



Give the gift of perfect skin this holiday season. Let Sleek MedSpa turn back 10 years in 10 weeks. Turning back the clock on your complexion has never been faster, easier, or less invasive. With effective non-surgical cosmetic procedures: Botox, skin tightening, injectables and laser treatments require a few visits and are a less traumatic and cost-effective alternative to surgery. Let Sleek MedSpa enhance your skin’s natural beauty and help you maintain a youthful appearance. Visit Sleek MedSpa in the Aventura Mall (second level right next to Bloomingdale’s) or call 866-42-SLEEK (75335). Gift cards are available for holiday giving.



Add some “chispa” to your wardrobe this holiday season with a unique, handmade product from South Beach Ties, a four year-old Miami venture started by Christian and Teresa Thornburg and Shawn and Evans Crews. The line features Florida-motif patterns from palm trees to sea horses to stone crabs. Women’s sandals, flip flops, tote bags, men’s belts, bow ties, cummerbunds, boy’s ties, extra-long ties and women’s scarves/belts are also available. Everything is 20 percent off for the rest of the year. Happy Holidays!



Get yourself ready for the holiday season at Stone Blue Spa with their end of the year specials. Tootsies A’ Tingling: Stone Blue’s holiday spa pedicure includes an invigorating peppermint soak, peppermint scrub and a peppermint martini to get you in the mood is only $35. Skin A’ Glowing: A glycolic peel will revel a new layer of fresh skin to keep you glowing by all the holiday lights. Includes a hand, neck and shoulder massage for $35 (Series of 6 treatments is $185). Body A’ Glistening: To keep you energized and fresh for all the holiday entertaining, take advantage of our Peppermint Body Polish. Stone Blue uses an all-natural, deep cleansing body scrub to exfoliate dead skin cells and stimulate circulation for $35. To compliment the spa’s specials, their partner and neighbor, Aqua Salon, is offering 20 percent off all hair services (excluding speciality services). Aqua Salon embraces creativity with their cutting and coloring techniques and specializes in Great Length hair extensions and Brazilian Keratin Straightening. Call 954-828-9930, or go to stonebluespa.com for more information. Stone Blue Spa is located at 901 Progresso Drive in Fort Lauderdale.

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