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25 Days of Holiday Gifts: The Bow Tie

Know someone with a bow-tie collection—or anyone hosting an awards show soon? The Brackish peacock-feather bow tie is a must for the rare bird who dresses for a spotlight. Each design is made from feathers obtained humanely either after natural shedding or from farmers of free-range birds. It takes about four or five hours to construct one by hand, and the finished product is adjustable up to a 20-inch neck size. The accessory comes from a studio in Charleston, South Carolina, where they know a thing or two about dressing with panache. $195. Charles Mayer & Co., 5629 N. Illinois St., 317-257-2900,

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 the director of editorial operations, she lives in Garfield Park.