Vintage Costume Jewelry Tops Holiday Wish List

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The holiday season is just around the corner and the latest teen poll shows most girls would rather have lots of vintage costume jewelry, instead of high ticket jewelry items. Costume Jewelry?! Great news for parents.

Last holiday season the iPod was on everyone’s wish list. At a few hundred a pop, it was a harsh pill to swallow. The portable music fad seems to be over now; at least with girls, sales of the once "must-have" item have dwindled in the last few month's. In it's place... High tech cell phones, and vintage costume jewelry.

Costume, or "fashion" jewelry has returned at the top of every girl’s holiday wish list this year. This type of vintage or antique style costume jewelry is experiencing a revival among teens after quite a few decades. During the fifties and sixties, every woman wanted costume jewelry for Christmas; necklaces, bracelets, rings, it didn't matter, as long as it was "bake-a-light" plastic with lots of flash.

Every fashion trend comes and goes. The 1970's brought in the "gold" necklaces, belly chains, and toe rings. Somewhere in the mess between the 70's and 90's, costume jewelry ended up in a drawer and lost its appeal. Today, vintage costume jewelry and “Indian Costume Jewelry” is so popular that it is one of the most sought after items on the Internet. Prices of original pieces from the 1950's would make any investor’s head spin.

What kind of costume jewelry do girls want? Every kind! There are several styles; trendy, antique, Indian, vintage, classy…costs of these faux gems are very reasonable. You would be shocked to see how far $100 goes with costume jewelry ( ). If you aren't sure what to get your girl, bracelets or necklaces are usually a good choice. Costume jewelry is so affordable you can usually get several items.

Other top holiday gift items for "Her" on HotStyle's Christmas List (under $100) include 80's Spicoli's, puffy pastel scarves & mittens, makeup, and American Express Gift Cards.

The Spicoli's are black and white checkerboard sneakers from Van's. Actually they are the sneakers worn by Jeff Spicoli (Sean Penn) in the 80's movie classic, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High". Looks like either the stoned surfer look is in; or teen girls like Sean Penn. You can pick up the fuzzy scarves and mittens anywhere, for makeup, your best bet might be a gift card from Merle Norman. The gift card from Amex comes in Gold Plastic which makes any girl smile. It comes in several values, $25, $50, & $100. It can be used for any charges anywhere.

What do guys want this Christmas…high tech cell phones. According to market researcher NPD Group, men surveyed said they wanted cell phones that play music and/or use Bluetooth technology to connect wirelessly to other devices. His favorite brand: LG Chocolate VX8500 Phone from Verizon. A two-year contract comes with a $50 online discount, bringing the price of admission down to $149.99.


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