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Dexter the Jester marionette from Froggie's 5&10 (3211 Knox St., 214-522-5867). Remember that guy from Being John Malkovich? With a little work, you, too, can put on a show. $32.

Rhinestone-encrusted claw clips and ponytail holders from L'Image Salons of Dallas (47 Highland Park Village, 214-526-6410; 1900 Preston Rd., Plano, 972-964-7577; 5100 Beltline, Ste. 520, Addison, 972-934-8080). No need to buy a new outfit for those holiday parties; one great hair accessory with that classic black dress will add instant elegance to your holiday look. Clip $38, ponytail holder $32.

Silk Chinese evening bag to go from J. Tiras (5600 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 122, 214-956-8181). Every man should have a woman in his life who can pull off these tasty numbers. $35.

Walk-all-over-you boots from Ciel (1927 Lower Greenville, 214-370-3001). Ciel is also a great boutique for all sorts of women's accessories, from denim purses to belts to bracelets. Boots $30.

$25 and under

Traditional wooden Welsh lovespoon from The Celtic Store (7402 Greenville Ave., #208, 214-361-5797). The custom of giving lovespoons began in Wales as early as the 16th century. A suitor would give his loved one a spoon whose carved design represented what he could bring to their marriage. Today, lovespoons are given to commemorate the birth of a child, wedding anniversaries, and birthdays. And The Celtic Store has a great selection. $20.

College-opoly games from The Tiecoon (4015 Villanova, 214-369-8437). A twist on the old Monopoly board game, these feature team mascots as board pieces and college buildings for the various properties. $25.

Black leather rose bracelet from Elements (4400 Lovers Ln., 214-987-0837). Elements is a very fashion-forward boutique and carries quite a selection of whimsical accessories. $32.

Holiday Gift Tin from Breadwinners Bakery (3301 McKinney Ave. at Hall, 214-754-0099). Your choice of mini muffins, cookies, or homemade biscotti. Tied with ribbons and gift tag. $17.

Platinum quad camera from Gifted (2608 Elm St., 214-752-7839). This good-looking camera takes a single photo that shows four quadrants of movement on your picture. A modern miracle to catch all of junior's moves. $15.

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