Dave Barry's 2001 Holiday Gift Guide
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Published Sunday, December 2, 2001


Become more fashionable with the classic Flamingo Hat. They're only $4.95 each, so pick up one for every person on your holiday shopping list.
$4.95 each plus shipping and handling from Oriental Trading Company, P.O. Box 2676, Omaha, Neb. 68103; 1-800-228-2269; Internet: www.orientaltrading.com

Suggested by Fred Hegel III of Greensburg, Pa.

The flamingo hat has long been considered a fashion classic. But until recently it was available only at exclusive stores in posh places such as Beverly Hills, where top entertainers such as Miss Barbra Streisand and Mr. Bruce Willis have been known to snatch up entire shipments of these beauties the instant they arrive.

Now, however, the Gift Guide has located a source willing to sell the flamingo hat to you, the dirtball public, for just $4.95 -- an incredibly low price to pay to acquire the distinctive ``look'' of a large pink bird squatting on the wearer's forehead. You will want to buy one of these for everybody on your holiday list, and one for yourself, to wear to formal parties and religious services.

Also, we think all airline pilots should be required to wear this item, to let the public know they are in command.

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