Stocking Stuffers: Heath Ledger Finger Puppet?

SoHo shop sells finger puppets of dead celebs

Courtesy Moss

So now that It Bags are considered wildly tacky, the drive to buy discounted crap is triggering deadly bloodlust, and every other pundit thinks no-one should exchange gifts this year, is it OK to buy anything for anyone anymore?

SoHo boutique Moss -- a shop that's never pretended to be about anything other than arty, useless, high-end stuff like ottomans made of pink glass and $10,000 aquarium-chandeliers -- is offering a gift item which may have just the right amout of sobering emotional heft to pass muster for Holidays '08: Finger puppets of dead people. Specifically, high-profile types who died this year.

Created exclusively for Moss, Francesca Basilico's "Gone But Not Forgotten" Puppet Set features hand-crocheted tributes to Yves Saint Laurent, Jesse Helms, Charlton Heston and other recently-departed figures, but the most exploitative intriguing is the Heath Ledger puppet, which with its wee hat and cornflower blue smock makes the late actor look a bit like he should be driving an Amish pushcart.

The set is available for $90 from Moss, and the puppets come in a "handy kitbag" with names stitched on each pouch, so you can place who's who.

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