GRAY HOLIDAY PARTY

 Guests at the Gray Holiday Party included Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles; reality TV star and Sports One Bar & Lounge owner Peter Thomas; and Congresswoman Alma Adams.

Guests at the Gray Holiday Party included Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles; reality TV star and Sports One Bar & Lounge owner Peter Thomas; and Congresswoman Alma Adams.

Festive and fabulous sums up Herb and Felicia Gray's annual holiday party at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The fundraiser for the center featured sweet and savory treats, a specialty drink, live music and dancing to the center's house DJ.

 Hosts Herb and Felicia Gray. 

Hosts Herb and Felicia Gray. 

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Finding the perfect holiday gift takes time, so from now until the end of December we'll be showcasing presents we love for Christmas. And just like Santa's Nice list, it will keep growing, so check back from now to Dec. 25 for more fabulous finds. The list is organized from least expensive to most expensive. We've also included some gifts that are perfect for Hanukkah, which is celebrated Dec. 12-20 this year. 

Goat, house, truck and hammer stainless steel cookie cutters, $2.99 each from Hearth & Hand with Magnolia at Target.

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Handcrafted of wrought iron, these Red Sparkle Bow Napkin Rings add a touch of Christmas to you indoor, or outdoor, holiday table. $4 each. Pier 1 Imports.

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Pair with a favorite bottle of wine for the perfect Hanukkah hostess gift. Casper Star Lattice Paper Cocktail Napkins. $5.50 for a pack of 20. Bloomingdales.

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Stackables Jewelry Pyramids are a chic way to keep favorite pieces within reach. The smaller size is for rings; the larger size accommodates bracelets and has a hidden base that doubles as a tray for earrings and other small accessories. In blush and marble. $9.99-$14.99. Container Store.

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Let there be peace on Earth. Pinecone Peace Sign Wreath. $24.99. World Market. 

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The Italian liqueur has teamed with the Italian design house Missoni for this limited-edition bottle. $26.70. Available at N.C. ABC Stores. 

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A sparkling lacquered finish on this bottle gives it a glamorous appearance in any setting. Maintains cold drinks for 24 hours and hot drinks for 12 hours. Eco-friendly with BPA-free design. S’well Glitter Collection 17 oz. Water Bottle. $35. Dick's Sporting Goods.

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Create your own holiday baking tradition for Hanukkah. Nordic Ware Star of David Bundt Cake Pan. Made in the USA. $36.95. Williams Sonoma.

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A hand-hammered gold plated cuff accented with a geode stone that's made by female artisans in Mexico and Charlotte who are working to overcome poverty. $38. Fashion & Compassion. 

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Three full-size products (brow pencil, mascara, bronzing powder) and a mini liquid highlighter all in a reusable retro tin. Beauty By The Bay holiday gift set. $39. Benefit Cosmetics. 

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Grasses from Rwanda are hand-dyed and woven into beautiful Peace Baskets made by survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Each basket is 12-inches wide. Other colors available. $39. Fashion & Compassion.

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Five brushes (powder/cheek, foundation, large eyeshadow, small eyeshadow and liner) in a foiled gold bag that doubles as a clutch. MAC Snowball Brush Kit, $49.50. Belk. 

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Present everything from hors d'oeuvres and salads to desserts on these durable stoneware Hanukkah Blue Mosaic Salad Plates that are microwave and dishwasher safe. $50 for a mixed set of 4. Williams Sonoma. 

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French brand L'Occitane's Signature Beauty Advent Calendar is filled with mini versions of 24 of its luxurious products including hand creams, soaps, shower gels, body lotions and more in one beautiful illustrated gift that will have the recipient thinking of you every day during the holidays. $69. L'Occitane.

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For the chic dog owner, this Doggie Toy Basket made of handwoven rattan with a leather handle and latch holds treats, toys and leashes in one charming wicker chest. $69. Pottery Barn.

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Four eyeshadow shades inspired by the natural beauty of Virunga National Park in Africa, home to all of the last remaining gorillas on the planet. Part of the proceeds benefit the Rainforest Alliance. Chantecaille Limited Edition Save The Forest Eye Palette. $85.00. Neiman Marcus. 

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Bloom Eau de Parfum is Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele's first fragrance for the House. It has notes of natural tuberose and Jasmine with a powdery, floral edge from Rangoon Creeper, a plant that changes color when it blooms. $94. Belk.

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A soft and cozy blanket for a bed or sofa. Biltmore Chunky Knit Throw. $150. Belk. 

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A mobile, height-adjustable desk for everything from catching up with your correspondence to a spot to work on your computer. Airlift Mobile Table. $153. Wayfair. 

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For the woman who likes to make a statement, the Emmylou earring. Also available in gold and antique silver. $195. Kendra Scott.  

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One-of-a-kind handcrafted throw blankets created by Sandra McCaslin of Charlotte for her Etsy store AlexsAttic. Designs include this Ikat Moroccan Blanket. $225. Etsy. Also available at Traditions at Park Road Shopping Center and at the Starving Artists Sale Dec. 17 from  10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Charlotte Art League. 

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A Surrealist-inspired limited edition silk scarf Made in Italy by designer Mary Katrantzou that was commissioned by the MoMA Design Store (only 50 were made). $265. The Museum of Modern Art.

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This purse from Coach is so versatile it's actually two bags in one, a hobo bag and a wristlet that can be used together or separately. Bandit Hobo in Black Copper/Black. Also available Black Copper/Oxblood. $595. Coach. 

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When you're not watching Samsung's The Frame TV, it looks like a real work of art (you can choose from hundreds of art options). Turn it on and it's a state-of-the-art 65" TV that has four times the resolution of HD. $2,799.99. Samsung.