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The Gold-Plated iPhone

9:15 AM -- This Christmas in the U.K., don't just buy a plain old iPhone for £269 ($547), get it gold-plated. (See iPhone Invades UK.) U.K. firm Goldstriker International specializes in 24-carat gold plating and will offer the service for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)'s phone later this month. The firm apparently does a big business in coating mobile phones and iPods in the precious metal, and they even gold-plate cars.

Looking for the perfect gift for the girl who has everything? Don't just buy her a modest 8-Gbyte Nokia N95 -- get it covered in diamonds! For just £12,000 ($24,400), Goldstriker will design a diamond-studded, white-gold-plated N95.

And while you're at it, put on a sign that says, "Please, mug me."

— Michelle Donegan, Bling Editor, Unstrung

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