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25 Days of Holiday Gifts: Fine Chocolates in Keepsake Tin

When a tin of chocolates looks at gorgeous as the chi-chi Louis Sherry line, it doesn’t really matter what the confections taste like (although has premium chocolate ever disappointed you?). The lacquer-style, gold-trimmed metal boxes in glam colors—such as lavender, robin’s-egg blue, cheery pink, and holiday fuchsia and emerald—are collectible keepers. Started in 1881, during New York’s gilded age, Louis Sherry is such a fixture in the city that its one-time signature store on Madison Avenue is now occupied by Hermes. And the city’s iconic Sherry-Netherland hotel? Same Sherry. Lavender is the color the brand first made, all those decades ago, and vintage decorative versions produced through the years are snapped up on Ebay. So if you gift this tin to someone, it might be the first of many. $7 for two pieces, $40 for 12 pieces; six pieces and 24 pieces also available. Surroundings, 1101 E. 54th St., 317-254-8883

Fernandez began writing for Indianapolis Monthly in 1995 while studying journalism at Indiana University. One of her freelance assignments required her to join a women's full-tackle football team for a season. She joined the staff in 2005 to edit IM's ancillary publications, including Indianapolis Monthly Home. In 2011, she became a senior editor responsible for the Circle City section as well as coverage of shopping, homes, and design-related topics. Now an executive editor, she lives downtown.