MERRY XCESS Shop-'til-you-drop Barbie; All dolled up and ready to charge it! The last of our 'unique' gifts from holiday catalogs.


It may be the night before Christmas, but there are miles of malls to go before you sleep. You need inspiration, a talisman, a muse. Who can you turn to? Barbie, of course. America's Favorite Doll will lead the way in her latest guise: a Bloomingdale's Shopper. Bloomie's Barbie is a limited edition doll designed to portray the shopping mecca's "signature" customer. Thus her signature "Bloomie's" gray sweat shirt and leggings, hot pink satin baseball jacket and matching cap and white tennis shoes. And with her renowned Bloomie's "Big Brown Bag" in hand, this girl is ready to commit major credit-card mischief! (We're guessing a bored Ken is hunkered down across the mall at Eddie Bauer.) It's a Big, Big Store, Barbie. Where to begin? Designer Shoes? Young Sophisticates? Household Appliances? (As if!) Intimate Apparel? Not only for little girls anymore, this smart shopper is the perfect gift for all those who still believe that Bloomie's is the Land of Opportunity, even on the last shopping day of the season.

Bloomingdale's Barbie, Item No. 80650V5. $36 plus $6.95 for shipping and handling. Bloomingdale's by Mail, 475 Knotter Drive, Cheshire, Conn. 06410-9952. Or call (800) 777-0000. And yes, Virginia, there is Christmas Day delivery, for another $11.

Pub Date: 12/24/96

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