By Laura Marrich, Steven Robert Allen, Christie Chisholm, Amy Dalness, Marisa Demarco, Devin D. O'Leary, Jennifer Wohletz
Monte Verde Diva Lipstick Ballpoint Pen, $35
114 Amherst SE
It’s impossible to get through the holiday season without making a pit stop at Papers! The parchment boutique specializes in (among other things) art paper, stationary, cards … and pens. But these aren’t just any pens, mind you—these babies are drool-worthy. One of our new favorites is this ballpoint in drag. Disguised as a lipstick, the cap unscrews, the ink rolls up and the seemingly innocuous purse dweller transforms into a high-caliber writing instrument. Genius. Plus, it comes in this gorgeous box.
Antique Button Earrings, $46-$75
4534 Corrales Road
Small and simply superb. These unique, one-of-a-kind earrings are made by Corrales master silversmith Janet Pugh from antique buttons dating back as late as the 19th century. Keeping the button intact, she surrounds each with a ring of sterling silver and attaches an earring hook. Picking just one pair will be difficult--no, nearly impossible.
“Better Finger” Slimline Massager, $8.50
Martha’s Body Bueno
3901 Central NE
Everybody wants some candy in their stocking, but open the wrapper on this bad boy and you get the gift that keeps on giving. With the addition of one AA battery (included), show your special someone how much you care with a candy-coated personal massage to alleviate her holiday stress. “It’s good for traveling,” says Martha. No matter where your holiday trips take you, this gift will assure you end up in a happy place.
Green Amber Pendant, $65
110 Dartmouth SE
This family-owned Nob Hill shop is a trove of jewelry, women’s clothing, purses and lingerie. Plus, it has a beautiful variety of flasks. With jewelry that ranges in price from modest to extravagant, we settled on this sterling-silver-encroached green amber pendant, which falls somewhere in the middle. It made us go, “mmmm.”