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Gifts good enough for the famous

Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.

Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville carries a number of books by celebrities and often has signed copies available. Some authors who have held signings at the store or who have signings planned before the holidays include:

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Peter Yarrow's

"Puff the Magic Dragon";

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Hilary Duff's
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"elixir";

Jamie Lee Curtis'

"My Mommy Hung the Moon";

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Rick Springfield's
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"Late Late at Night"; and

Raquel Welch's

"Beyond the Cleavage."

More than 200 authors visit the shop each year. An

autographed book

costs the price of the book, as Anderson's doesn't charge extra for autographed copies. The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka is another store selling autographed books.

It's not unusual for celebrities to have many different creative talents. Consider giving your favorite rock 'n roll fan a

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painting by KISS frontman Paul Stanley.
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His paintings and those by other celebrities like Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer

Michael Cartellone,

actress

Jane Seymour,

former lead singer of

Jefferson Airplane
Grace Slick,

and

Ronnie Wood

of the

Rolling Stones

are available at Wentworth Gallery located in Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg. Artwork ranges in price from about $700 up to more than $70,000. The "Liberty" painting by Paul Stanley featured here is a limited edition valued at about $6,050.

For a gift a girl will always feel special wearing, choose jewelry by a designer also worn by the stars.

Julie Liu

is a Chicago jewelry designer whose pieces have been worn by the likes of actresses

Kelly Rutherford

and

Blake Lively

both from "Gossip Girl," and

Rachael Ray.

Her jewelry is sold at the TZEN Boutique in Northbrook Court. Prices range from $85 to $500 with one of a kind pieces starting at $1,500. Also, check out designs by

Kimberly McDonald,

recommended by stylists Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of Chicago's Visual Therapy. Favorites of the "The Oprah Show, " Garza and Lupo note that

McDonald's

jewelry has been spotted on

Sarah Jessica Parker

and

Brooke Shields.

Pieces range from $1,750 to $150,000 and can be purchased at Neapolitan in Winnetka.

Many celebrities also have their names on

bottles of wine,

but film director, producer and screen writer

Francis Ford Coppola

has his own winery. Binny's Beverage Depot carries the wine along with other wine and spirits bottles featuring: golfers

Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman

and

Ernie Els,

baseball star

Ernie Banks,

along with

Norma Jean, "The Sopranos," Ed Hardy, Mike Ditka, Jack London, Danny De Vito, Ludacris

and designer

Roberto Cavalli.

A bottle of wine or spirits range from $7.99 to $49.99.

For an affordable piece of gear carried around by celebrities, consider purchasing a

Mulberry bag

designed for

Target

that will be available through Dec. 24, 2010. The collection includes totes, satchels, cross-body bags and mini messenger styles in denim, pink leopard print, black velvet and patent ranging in price from $14.99-$49.99. Mulberry is an

English

luxury leather goods brand that has been spotted on actress

Kate Bosworth.

Several actresses and rock stars have taken fashion to a new level by launching their own lines.

Jessica Simpson

has bags, shoes and clothes carried at

Macy's

and other department stores. The cape shown here costs $68, while the money holder key chains retail for $25. Nordstrom carries rocker

Gwen Stefani's

L.A.M.B. brand as well as Elizabeth & James by

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The Elizabeth & James poncho retails for $245.

Perhaps the most anticipated celebrity fragrance to be released before the holiday season is

Katy Perry's

Purr packaged in a cat-shaped bottle and priced for between $36 and $65 at Nordstrom.

Kohl's

carries

Kim Kardashian's

fragrance for $35 and sells a bevy of celebrity scents from

Avril Lavigne

to

Britney Spears

to

Beyonce

to

Elizabeth Taylor

to

Halle Berry

and

Jennifer Lopez.

In Chicago, you don't have to be an actress or a rock star to be a celebrity. The city is home to many chefs that have achieved celebrity status. Give your favorite foodie the

gift of a meal

at one of their restaurants like the

Girl and the Goat,

owned by Chef

Stephanie Izard,

a former "Top Chef" winner. Entrees cost between $16 and $25. Buy a bottle of the Drunken Goat house wine that Izard helped blend for between $48 and $60. Other celebrity restaurants and chefs in Chicago include:

Charlie Trotter's,

Tru featuring Pastry Chef

Gale Gand, Rick Bayless

with the Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO, among others.

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