By MARIA BLACKBURN
It's time to get to the stores and transform the stuff you got for Christmas that you don't like into stuff that you absolutely love.
What you got: His and hers dental floss.
Who gave it: Great Aunt Sylvia.
What you should get instead: The Smitten, an accessory that makes handholding with your honey oh so very practical. It's a two-person red fleece heart-shaped mitten that's got it all -- romance, silliness, fleece. Wear it and announce to the world "I engage in public displays of affection warmly and with pride."
Where to go: $10.95 at www.smitten.com.
A leg up on fashion
What you got: The world's ugliest pair of shaggy rust angora legwarmers.
Who gave it: Your brother
What you should get instead: Tell your brother you loved the legwarmers, then use them for really cool fingerless potholders. Get yourself a half dozen pairs of sexy, jewel-toned fishnet stockings instead. We're talking green, hot pink, red, yellow, purple and, of course, black.
Where to go: $5.99 per pair at Target.
A spritz that fits
What you got: Mace.
Who gave it: Your mother who thinks you should be living in a better neighborhood.
What you should get instead: Tell mom, "Thanks, but no thanks," and add something else to your purse instead. Burberry Brit Parfum purse spray is a classic fragrance that has notes of lime and pear, white peony and amber. It's crisp, sensual and feminine. Plus it comes in a trim bottle bedecked with the famous Burberry check.
Where to go: $85 for 1/2 ounce at Nordstrom and www.nordstrom.com.
T-shirts for two
What you got: "I'm with stupid" T-shirt.
Who gave it: Your sister-in-law.
What you should get instead: Now that the laughter from opening your sister's silly gift has subsided, grab her by the hand and go buy yourselves a couple of soft, comfortable, grown-up-looking, long-sleeve T-shirts. They're fitted, not tight, slightly sheer and the puckery finish is comfortably cool.
Where to go: www.jjill.com.
Hue and no crying
What you got: The promise of a home hair color to "brighten you up."
Who gave it: Your cousin, the beauty-school dropout.
What you should get instead: Just say no to the offer and get thee to thy local drug store. Marc Anthony True Professional Rich Reds and Brilliant Blondes shampoos, conditioners and treatments brighten, refresh and protect your silky red or golden tresses while sealing color and maintaining shine to keep your natural, colored or highlighted hair looking vibrant.
Where to go: $7.99 at CVS.