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With the holiday season comes the annual dilemma of finding appropriate gifts for clients and colleagues. Rather than wade through catalogues or spend hours combing our favorite boutiques for compelling ideas, we went right to professional buyers at four leading department stores with presences around the world. We asked for their suggestions of offbeat, one-of-a-kind gifts in four price categories. Their picks range from the edible to the truly one-off. We were careful to select gifts suitable for either men or women, as well as unlikely to cause great cultural misunderstandings.

Under $100 Harrods: The New Classic Collection of six bottles of wine-three red (from New Zealand, Australia, and Chile), and three white (from California, South Africa, and Australia)in an attractive wooden box branded with the classic store's distinctive logo. $96.

Neiman Marcus: A Gucci leather notepad jotter in a selection of rich colors, perfect for middle-of-the-night or middleof-the-flight brainstorms. $95.

Printemps: Swatch's uncharacteristically subtle "Skin Watch." Very thin (3mm) and light (12 grams), it's waterproof down to 12 meters. $75.

Bergdorf Goodman: A sterling silver yo-yo that doubles as a paperweight and stress reliever for executive time-outs from a pressure-filled day. $90. Under $300

Harrods: The Harrods Hair and Beauty Salon Ultimate Day of Beauty includes, for men, a wet shave with hot towels, rehydrating facial, aromatherapy body massage, manicure, and pedicure. $255. The women's versionwhich includes body scrub, hydrotherapy massage, facial, top-to-toe bronzing treatment, eyelash tint, eyebrow shape, manicure, pedicure, and hair restyle-leaps out of this price category at $408.

Neiman Marcus: A pair of globe cufflinks perfect for the frequent business traveler. These, from noted jewelry designer Tatteosian, are gold and lapis. $285.

Printemps: Cartier's fountain pen, in a striking tree bark color, is about as elegant a writing instrument as you'll find. $266.

Bergdorf Goodman: A gorgeous selection of Charbonelle & Walker boxed truffles in mocha, dark, and milk chocolate flavors. …