2011 Calendar Holiday Gift Guide
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Movies: Splurge/Bargain( Bonhams; www.OldTimeCandy.com )
Splurge: Dupont James Bond pen set, $4,000-$5,000, available from Bonhams auctioneers starting Dec. 6
It would be awfully tricky to get your hands on James Bond's movie gadgets, but S.T. Dupont Paris might have come up with the next best thing. The French designer has crafted the Dupont James Bond, a pen set modeled after the spy's favorite handgun, the Walther PPK. It includes a fountain pen and ball pen, both with engraved lines inspired by the grip of the firearm, and the ink capsule looks like a bullet. And like any good gadget, these pens are not simply pens – the fountain pen doubles as a laser pointer and both come with a time-zone function that calculates the time zone difference between cities.
Bargain: Classic movie candy $1.99 and up, available at Oldtime candy.com and other outlets
Of course, not everyone can afford to keep themselves in the luxury to which Bond has become accustomed. A far less expensive alternative for movies fans? A sugar-filled blast from the past. Oldtimecandy.com has a good selection of classic movie candy, including Black Crows, the licorice gum drops that date to 1890, and Charleston Chews, the vanilla-flavored, chocolate-coated nougat bar named after the Charleston dance. Among the other retro treats available on the site are Goldenberg's peanut chews, Bonomo's Turkish Taffy and Razzles. Specialty retailers including Soap Plant/Wacko on Hollywood Blvd., and Galco's Soda Pop Stop in Eagle Rock also offer an interesting array of classic candy options.
-- Emily Rome