So you only have two shopping days until Christmas, a few special people remain on your list, and the style snob in you demands you do better than a red V-neck sweater or drugstore perfume.
Read on! We've asked 10 of the city's most in-the-know tastemakers to tell us what they hope to find under the tree Friday morning. Perhaps you'll be inspired.
Some wish lists are fabulous - who could resist a Louis Vuitton Alma MM Bag in Phillies' red? Some, surprising: There is a grown-up out there who wants a Jonathan Adler collector's edition of Barbie. And others, sweet - the Ted Muehling Queen Ann Lace earrings, darling. Enjoy.
Jumoke Dada, CEO/creative director of Center City-based Signature Red. Known around town for hosting events that empower women through fashion and entrepreneurship. "The Louis Vuitton Alma MM Bag in red. I want it because it's perfect for my company's brand and it's cute. It's just not happening, though." $2,010, available at www.louisvuitton.com, 866-884-8866.
Kelly Boyd, CEO of Center City public relations firm KB Consultants. Known around town for her designer wardrobe. "If it wasn't something my daughters made me, it would be a pair of Ted Muehling exquisite Queen Anne Lace earrings with sapphires and pearls." $3,200, available at Egan Day, 260 S. 16th St., 267-773-8833, www.eganday.com.
Kristen Insalaco, promoter of Fall 2009 Philadelphia Fashion Week. Known around town for putting together the 23d Street Armory Spring 2010 runway show with a spotlight on local designers. "I'm asking for the Noreve BlackBerry case. As a publicist, my phone is a necessity and it's important to keep it protected. These cases are super stylish, and last forever." (Pictured) Noreve BlackBerry Bold 9700 traditional leather case, $51, available at www.noreveusa.com.
Matthew Izzo, owner of Matthew Izzo boutique in Old City. Known around town for bringing edgy yet soft New York and California fashion lines to Philadelphia. "I want a new puppy to carry with me everywhere, but if I don't get a puppy, I want this Jonathan Adler Barbie. She rocks!" $49.95, available at www.barbiecollector.com.
Kia Wongus, co-owner of Totally Posh Boutique on Main Street in Manayunk. Known around town as the Totally Posh twin who hangs out. "This year, I decided Christmas would come early for me. I purchased a Range Rover Sport. My rear entertainment TV system allows my son to watch DVDs and play video games. It comes with headsets, so while he's watching a movie, I can simultaneously listen to different music. I want to glam my new ride out with these Swarovski crystal headphones." (Pictured) Tekniks with Swarovski Limited Edition Plain Jane, $908, available at www.blingaffair.com.
Tania Toomer, co-owner of Totally Posh Boutique. Known around town as the Totally Posh twin you don't see. "One word: G-O-D-I-V-A! I just have to have the Godiva Baked Goods set. Nothing screams comfort like chocolate and desserts! Put it together and can you say FAB-U-LOUS!" $225, available at www.godiva.com.
Kayce Cashman, senior publicist at Cashman & Associates in Northern Liberties. Known around town for representing her fashion clients with an iron fist and a sweet smile. "This year there are a ton of fashion photography and history books I would love to get for Christmas." Here are a few:
The Bespoke Edition of The Sartorialist, by Scott Schuman (Penguin Books, $110.25)
In Vogue: The Illustrated History of the World's Most Famous Fashion Magazine (Rizzoli, $76)
The Beautiful Fall: Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, and Glorious Excess in 1970s Paris, by Alicia Drake (Little Brown & Co., $24.99)
Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp. Known around town for promoting all that makes Philadelphia a worthy place to visit. "A White + Warren scarf. They are soft and beautiful. And I wind up wearing so much black and gray in the winter that this gives me a pop of color and helps me change my look easily." $140 to $260, available at Joan Shepp, 1616 Walnut St., 215-735-2666.
Sulaiman Rahman, president and CEO of UrbanPhilly.com. Known around town for emphasizing the value of networking and entrepreneurship in the African American community. "I want an Amazon Kindle. I have an insatiable appetite for books and knowledge. My bookshelves are overflowing. The idea of having access to thousands of books that I can download in seconds is pretty exciting!" $259, available at www.amazon.com.
Bela Shehu, designer and fashion entrepreneur, most recently working as one of the designers for men's shirt line Commonwealth Proper. Known around town for having her hand in all that's chic in Philly. "There is something very special on top of my list this year. It is the oxidized silver ring with white diamonds by Made Her Think. Edgy, dark and romantic. Must be mine soon!" $506, available at madeherthink.com.
Carmena Ayo-Davies, CEO of 3BG Marketing Solutions in Northern Liberties. Known around town as an expert in all things urban chic, from glitzy Minx nail coverings to celebrity-friendly sunglass line Jee Vice. "I want a Sexy U corset from Chaza fashions. They are amazing." $300 to $400, available at www.sexyu.org.