Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville carries a number of books by celebrities and often has signed copies available. Some authors who have held signings at the store or who have signings planned before the holidays include: Peter Yarrow's "Puff the Magic Dragon"; Hilary Duff's "elixir"; Jamie Lee Curtis' "My Mommy Hung the Moon"; Rick Springfield's "Late Late at Night"; and Raquel Welch's "Beyond the Cleavage."
More than 200 authors visit the shop each year. An autographed book costs the price of the book, as Anderson's doesn't charge extra for autographed copies. The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka is another store selling autographed books.
It's not unusual for celebrities to have many different creative talents. Consider giving your favorite rock 'n roll fan a painting by KISS frontman Paul Stanley. His paintings and those by other celebrities like Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Michael Cartellone, actress Jane Seymour, former lead singer of Jefferson Airplane Grace Slick, and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones are available at Wentworth Gallery located in Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg. Artwork ranges in price from about $700 up to more than $70,000. The "Liberty" painting by Paul Stanley featured here is a limited edition valued at about $6,050.
For a gift a girl will always feel special wearing, choose jewelry by a designer also worn by the stars. Julie Liu is a Chicago jewelry designer whose pieces have been worn by the likes of actresses Kelly Rutherford and Blake Lively both from "Gossip Girl," and Rachael Ray. Her jewelry is sold at the TZEN Boutique in Northbrook Court. Prices range from $85 to $500 with one of a kind pieces starting at $1,500. Also, check out designs by Kimberly McDonald, recommended by stylists Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of Chicago's Visual Therapy. Favorites of the "The Oprah Show, " Garza and Lupo note that McDonald's jewelry has been spotted on Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields. Pieces range from $1,750 to $150,000 and can be purchased at Neapolitan in Winnetka.
Many celebrities also have their names on bottles of wine, but film director, producer and screen writer Francis Ford Coppola has his own winery. Binny's Beverage Depot carries the wine along with other wine and spirits bottles featuring: golfers Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman and Ernie Els, baseball star Ernie Banks, along with Norma Jean, "The Sopranos," Ed Hardy, Mike Ditka, Jack London, Danny De Vito, Ludacris and designer Roberto Cavalli. A bottle of wine or spirits range from $7.99 to $49.99.
For an affordable piece of gear carried around by celebrities, consider purchasing a Mulberry bag designed for Target that will be available through Dec. 24, 2010. The collection includes totes, satchels, cross-body bags and mini messenger styles in denim, pink leopard print, black velvet and patent ranging in price from $14.99-$49.99. Mulberry is an English luxury leather goods brand that has been spotted on actress Kate Bosworth.
Several actresses and rock stars have taken fashion to a new level by launching their own lines. Jessica Simpson has bags, shoes and clothes carried at Macy's and other department stores. The cape shown here costs $68, while the money holder key chains retail for $25. Nordstrom carries rocker Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. brand as well as Elizabeth & James by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. The Elizabeth & James poncho retails for $245.
Perhaps the most anticipated celebrity fragrance to be released before the holiday season is Katy Perry's Purr packaged in a cat-shaped bottle and priced for between $36 and $65 at Nordstrom. Kohl's carries Kim Kardashian's fragrance for $35 and sells a bevy of celebrity scents from Avril Lavigne to Britney Spears to Beyonce to Elizabeth Taylor to Halle Berry and Jennifer Lopez.
In Chicago, you don't have to be an actress or a rock star to be a celebrity. The city is home to many chefs that have achieved celebrity status. Give your favorite foodie the gift of a meal at one of their restaurants like the Girl and the Goat, owned by Chef Stephanie Izard, a former "Top Chef" winner. Entrees cost between $16 and $25. Buy a bottle of the Drunken Goat house wine that Izard helped blend for between $48 and $60. Other celebrity restaurants and chefs in Chicago include: Charlie Trotter's, Tru featuring Pastry Chef Gale Gand, Rick Bayless with the Frontera Grill, Topolobampo and XOCO, among others.