You’ve found the perfect vintage print at an antique shop for great aunt Martha and you won the eBay auction of a fabulous art poster from the 1960s for your sister. And you just found the first "portrait" your son painted of his father in kindergarten – what a great gift for your husband. But, you remind yourself, presentation is everything. Your great aunt and sister and husband will never bother to have their gifts framed and they’ll gather dust in the closet.

You can give a complete gift or artwork by having your art, photos, and memorabilia framed – with full service custom framing from Image Arts. Conveniently located in Princeton Shopping Center, Image Arts has over 4,000 frame samples for customers to peruse from a wide range of manufacturers including Larson-Juhl and Roma. Image Arts offers custom and ready-made frames and matting. If you have trouble making a decision, the staff can help narrow your selection to two or three frames that are perfect for your photograph or artwork.

Frames and shadow boxes are available in classic wood, gold leaf, metal, and acrylic, and mats can be specially-cut. They also offer conservation mats, French mats, and painted bevels and fillets. Protective glass, or glazing, comes in clear, reflection control, anti-reflection, UV protection, and acrylic. Image Arts even offers accessories for displaying art, such as pedestals and easels.

So now you can create a beautiful timeless gift for the art aficianados on your list – and preserve everything from a favorite sports jersey to your child’s artwork.

Image Arts Etc., Princeton Shopping Center, 301 North Harrison Street, Princeton. 609-924-8544. www.iaetc.com038. See display ads, page 27 and 28.

EY Staats and Co

Ask any woman who the hardest people on her list are – and she’ll say men of a certain age. For boys, there’s toys; for teens, there’s electronic gadgets galore, but for men of a certain age – whether it’s your husband, boyfriend, or cherished older relative, you’re stumped.

Think about this – a secret getaway to a salon for a unique and fast color treatment. EY Staats is now offering Camo Color, a new color treatment for men by Redken that takes only 10 minutes. It blends the gray, adds shine, and kicks up your color without a long-term commitment. Camo Color can make your hair look healthier, soft, and sexy – in just 10 minutes. It lasts about one month and is designed to wear off gradually.

EY Staats recommends Go Clean Daily Invigorating Shampoo for use at home. The new year is coming and Camo Color lets a man you love get a jump on something new that will make him look great.

Gift certificates are available – why not combine a Camo Color treatment with a great haircut. Other new products for men include "Grip Tight," a firm hold gel; and "Maneuver Working Wax."

EY Staats is open Monday through Saturday and Tuesday evenings. Earlier appointments available by request.

EY Staats, 10 Moore Street, Princeton, 609-924-6696.

Landau’s of Princeton

You never forget your first sport jacket. Ask anyone who owns a Harris tweed, and they’ll probably say they’ve had it for years – and that it’s their favorite classic sport jacket.

Landau’s – which has been offering Princeton superb quality, natural fiber sweaters, jackets, and coats for men, women, and children from around the world for 50 years – is offering a very special sale on Harris tweed jackets this holiday season. Harris tweed, woven in the Hebrides, traditionally has been a very strong fabric. But now it’s lighter, softer, kinder, and more stylish – yet still incredibly strong.

Landau’s is offering new colors and new patterns, including herringbones and plaids as well as tweeds made of this classic cloth. These new colors of the land have been handwoven into the fabric, which reflects the spirit of the Scottish weavers.

The traditional quality is guaranteed by the presence of the Harris tweed "orb mark" on every piece of cloth and jacket. Every bolt of fabric is registered for quality control.

Regularly $375, these jackets are now $299 and come in men’s sizes 38 to 48 regular and 42 to 48 long. Buy a jacket today – pass it on to your children in 2025.

Another wonderful gift idea from Landau’s are the Viyella shirts, above, originally selling for $115, now on sale for $65. Viyella is the granddaddy of all shirt fabrics, a blend of 80% long staple cotton and 20% merino wool. A little bit warmer than a traditional flannel shirt, and a lot more durable.

Woven in England originally for royalty, Viyella today is enjoyed by kings – and common people! The perfect combination of luxury and practicality (machine wash and dry), these shirts are soft, cozy, light, and supremely comfortable. Choose from 20 different, gorgeous plaids, tartans, and checks. Available in men’s sizes medium, large, XL, and XXL.

Landau’s of Princeton, 102 Nassau Street, 609-924-3494. See display ad, page 12.

Home Away From Home For the Holidays

Getting home for the holidays is a big part of the season, but sometimes the family home can barely keep up with the in-laws, the nieces and nephews, and all the new trimmings they bring. That’s why the Radisson Hotel Princeton has designed a special holiday package that will create a "home away from home" for your holiday guests.

Don’t get left out in the cold this holiday season. Make reservations ASAP at 609-452-2400 and ask for the "central New Jersey holiday rate" – just $49 per night double occupancy (restrictions apply).

When the last log gets put on the fire at the family home, your guests will be able to retreat to the Radisson, conveniently located at Route 1 and Ridge Road, where you will find a cozy guest room with all the amenities of home including remote control cable TV, hair dryer, iron, and coffee maker.

Of course, while everyone else is partying back at the family home, your out-of-town visitors might have some pressing business to tend to. No problem at the Radisson Princeton, where the room includes a large work desk with ergonomic chair, two-line telephone with voice mail, and complimentary high speed wireless Internet service.

The Radisson’s Old City Grille Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in classic and contemporary styles, with room service available. And for a relaxing nightcap after a whirlwind day of festivities, the lounge is open daily. The Radisson adds a new dimension to the old tune: "There’s no place like home for the holidays."

Radisson Hotel Princeton, 4355 Route 1 at Ridge Road, Princeton, 609-452-2400.

Princeton Airport’s Gift of Adventure

When you are looking for a gift that will always be remembered, try giving an Introductory Flying Lesson from Princeton Airport. Whether the person has expressed an interest in learning to fly or you just wish to give a gift of adventure, an Introductory Lesson is fun for people of all ages.

The airport is open every day from 8 until dark year round when the certificate can be redeemed by appointment. An FAA-certified flight instructor will demonstrate the pre-flight inspection of the airplane to ensure air worthiness. Then the person will be seated in the left seat of the airplane with the instructor in the right seat. Both will have their hands and feet on the controls. The instructor will talk the student through the take-off.

For $59 the person will be in the air about 20 minutes and for $119 for one hour. The time in the plane counts toward a license if the person decides to pursue one. Either way, your gift will always be remembered. There are many other gift suggestions for licensed pilots or for those who wish to become one. Check the website.

To order a gift certificate, call Princeton Airport at 609-921-3100; visit the airport between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.; or order under "SCHOOL".

Indulgence to Go

Spa Therapia, a medically-supervised day spa, offers several lines of skin care products and cosmetics as well as spa treatments like facials, waxing, massage, salt scrubs, body wraps, microdermabrasion, pedicures, manicures, and more – you know, stuff girls crave. She’ll love you for it.

This season Spa Therapia recommends gift certificates for its Signature Massage: 50 minutes, $75; 70 minutes, $95; 90 minutes, $125. This is personalized massage experience incorporates Swedish techniques and other modalities to focus on specific trouble areas. A Signature Massage is created by you and your therapist for the ultimate experience.

Another option is the Ultimate Customized Facial, 65 minutes for $105. It begins with an expert skin analysis, followed by intense cleansing, toning, exfoliating with papaya and pineapple enzymes, extractions, massage, masking, and treatment creme chosen specifically for your skin type. The Ultimate also includes a scalp, hands, and foot massage.

As a special holiday promotion, every gift certificate comes with an eight-ounce Lotion from the spa’s new line of private label skin care products called Results by Spa Therapia.

Combining the finest formulas, highest standards, and the latest techniques for anti-aging, these products are designed to facilitate total wellness and beauty. The ne includes O2 Rejuvenating Creme, Willow Herb Soothing Serum, Derma Pore Cleanser, Spot Fix, and Vitamin C Serum.

Both the spa and the Results product line are under the supervision of Thomas A. Leach MD, medical director of Princeton Center for Plastic Surgery.

Spa Therapia, 932 State Road (Route 206 South), 609-921-8854,

Steppen Birkenstock

From classic leather to urban nylon, there’s a style for everyone. But the AmeriBag Healthy Back Bag tote isn’t just all looks. This baby has brains, too! It’s based on a patented design concept with an ergonomic (we love that word) shape that improved positioning, to make the load feel lighter and reduces stress on the shoulders, neck and back.

The Healthy Back Bag tote can also easily be worn across theback for hands-free use. And design didn’t take the place of durability. The Healthy Back Bag tote can really take a pounding. We know it’s got brains. We know it’s got beauty. But the best part is on the inside – organization! In the hope that you’ll always find that elusive pen, checkbook or credit card – every bag has a silver lining – making the cleverly configured interior pockets easy to see. It’s eternal optimism in a bag! Outside pockets are perfect for holding your water bottle, umbrella, newspaper or other items you’ll want quick access to So whether you’re hiking, traveling or navigating rush hour on the A-train this bag has got it all!

Steppin’ Birkenstock, 12 Chambers Street, Princeton, 609-921-8411. Also at 530 Union Square Drive, New Hope, PA, 215-862-9800.

Gift Ideas from Clothier Nick Hilton

Cashmere Things: Cashmere socks from Pantherella, $52.50; Burberry "House Check" Scarves of Pure Cashmere in 6 Colorways, $225; Our Own Cashmere Cable in a Dozen Colors, $295; Topcoat Tailored In Italy of 100% Loro Piana Cashmere, $1195; Norman Hilton Tailored-by-Hand Cashmere Blazer in Navy, Black or Vicuna, $1250;

Keep-You-Warm Things: Lone Pine Shearling Coat, $1995; Cashmere/Wool Reversible Vest, $495; Reversible Cashmere/Wool Zip Vest, $395; Classic Burberry All-Cotton Trench "21", $1495; French Calfskin Leather Bomber Jacket, $495;

Elegant Evening Things: Exquisite bows and sashes from Carrot & Gibbs, $50 – $250; Vineyard Vines Cummerbund and Bow Tie Sets, $110; Robert Talbott Cufflinks, from $135; Cashmere/Wool Coat with Beaver Collar, $1250; Silk Scarves, $135 – $195;

Sporty Things: Jeans from Mississippi, $85; Bill’s Khakis, $97.50 – $155; Henry Jacobson Horizontal Corduroys, $110; Burberry Waterproof Field Coat, $695; Suede Trim Cotton Polo, $95;

Nick Hilton, 221 Witherspoon Street, Princeton. 609-921-8160.

Full Circle Family Massage: the gift of relaxation

Sometimes the best gifts come not in boxes but in envelopes-gift certificates for relaxing, rejuvenating massage and healing bodywork. "Helping people heal through stress reduction and pain management is what we do," says Darby Line, owner of Full Circle Family Massage Center. "We work on the skin and muscles, but our work goes much deeper."

The gift of relaxation can be far more significant – and enjoyable – than the stuff that comes in boxes. A gift certificate for a massage, reflexology, shiatsu or a facial – 30 to 60 minutes away from the stress and pressure of everyday life – is a delight for anyone, male, female, young or old. Full Circle welcomes clients from children to seniors, and treats everyone from professional athletes to people with severe illnesses. "The body work we do is tailored to everyone," says Line. "We have 15 highly-experienced therapists who do everything from total relaxation to injury rehabilitation massage. This personalized attention and high-quality body work is what has drawn long-term clientele to Full Circle." Many clients have been with Full Circle since it opened nine years ago.

Full Circle’s gift certificates range from $45 for a 30-minute massage to $260 for the 3-hour Signature Package. Undecided purchasers can also get certificates for any amount. "You can let the receiver decide what services they want," Line says.

Full Circle Family Massage and Healing Center, 329 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor. 609-371-0888, Gift certificates, which can be mailed to the recipient or buyer, are available by phone. Visa and Mastercard accepted.

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