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Custom gifts for the 2012 holiday season

Customizing a gift is a full-proof way to save it from being re-gifted. Personalized gifts can be great for teenagers because they can use their own creativity to design shoes. A custom-ordered gift can also be a symbol of memories with family and friends. Monogrammed accessories are particularly in style this year.

How to make gray outfits stand out

Gray is a winter staple, and it doesn’t have to be boring. Pair gray skirts, pants or sweaters with pops of color — especially citrus colors, like lemon, lime or tangerine. Or, wear gray with fun patterns like fair isle or polka dots.

Holiday fashion for Fido

You can give your dog a festive look by updating his collar with a Christmas-themed one or strapping on a holiday tie. For the colder winter months, consider buying your dog some booties to protect his paws or a winter jacket to add warmth to his natural coat.

Top 2012 Cyber Monday fashion deals

This Cyber Monday, some online retailers will sweeten the deal and several stores are offering up to 40 percent off purchases. Gift ideas include a scarf with hidden compartments from French Connection to T-shirts from J. Crew Factory that have sweet winter decals.

Measuring up: How to shop for clothes online

Before you shop online, learn how to take correct measurements, take an inventory of your closet to find your best fits and check reviews online. You can also try on clothes in the store and then buy online because sometimes there are exclusive cyber deals.

Retailers get a head start on Cyber Monday

Retailers are offering online deals in the days leading up to Cyber Monday. You’ll be able to find 50 percent off deals at stores like Aeropostale and Carter’s and snag $15 puffer jackets at Forever 21 for the teenagers on your shopping list. Now is a good time to invest in some quality winter staples for yourself.

How to travel in style

You can be both comfortable and chic while traveling this season by wearing wrap sweaters or classic dresses paired with flats. Minimal accessories will help you sail through the security lines at airports.

Outfit ideas for Thanksgiving

Pick an outfit for Thanksgiving that fits with the celebration. If you’re going to a fancy feast, try dressing up a sweater or shift dress. Playing football with the family? Layer a sweater over your T-shirt.