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Get stylish with your holiday gifts

By Kiran Dodeja Smith
Kiran Dodeja Smith
Kiran Dodeja Smith is a freelance writer and a mom of four young children. Fab Finds appears every other week.
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    Spruce up a small space or add some dorm decor with a Tree-in-a-Bag.
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    Handcrafted pillows by Catstudio are hand-embroidered on 100 percent cotton and filled with a down-like poly-filled insert.
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    - Kurt S. Adler, Inc.

Totable tree

Spruce up a small space or add some dorm decor with a Tree-in-a-Bag. Sold in two sizes, the kit comes with tree, ornaments, hooks, skirt and topper, making it the perfect present for the hospital-bound or a cool way to cutesy-up a cubicle. The 24-inch tree retails for $49.95, and the 36-inch is $79.95. Each comes in a decorated felt bag that can also serve as Santa’s sack.

West Tremont Holiday Market, 349 W. Tremont Ave. 704-338-9883. westtremontholidaymarket.com

Classically couture cushion

Handcrafted pillows by Catstudio can honor your hometown, make a statement about your current locale or simply add some pillow pizzazz to your traditional trimmings. Each pillow is hand-embroidered on 100 percent cotton and filled with a down-like poly-filled insert. The heirloom quality pillow is original copyrighted art and takes a week to embroider. Pillows retail for $158 and come in three holiday designs as well as cities, national parks, resorts and all 50 states.

2 Twenty 2 Interiors (inside BLACKLION), 10635 Park Road. 704-540-1111. blacklion.com

Festive figurines

Renowned artist Holly Adler has taken the simple nutcracker and transformed it into a whimsical, wonderful creation that's a twist on the traditional. Ornate adornments include glitz and glimmer, frogs, festive feathers, crowns and stripes and more. New this year: Uncle Sam, a Frog Prince and Gingerbread themes. Hollywood Nutcrackers start at $45.

Matthews Holiday Haus, 159 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-849-7098. holiday-haus.com

Got a Fab Find? We’d love to hear from specialty retailers with cool stuff. Or maybe you’re a power shopper with an eye for the eclectic. Email your nomination to kdodeja@me.com.
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