Britney Spears ruffles some feathers on Elle. Photo: Carter Smith

Just in time for the gift-giving season, Elle is offering up not one, but two blonde bombshells on its January cover.

As we previously reported, Lady Gaga graces one cover of the magazine looking absolutely gorgeous and remarkably un-Gaga-like, while the second cover features none other than Britney Spears, who celebrated her 28th birthday just yesterday.

Compared to the bikini obsession and the skimpy gear Spears' rocked on her "Circus"-themed tour -- we're talking ringmaster jackets paired with sparkly panties -- the pop-slash-tabloid star is relatively covered up on Elle's January issue.

The look skews haute Parisian -- note girl in birdcage setup à la Vanessa Paradis in early '90s Chanel Coco commercial -- with an oversized marabou feather coat by Valentino, which, with its shaggy shape and turquoise hue (revealed in color on the inside spread, seen on Elle.com), is giving us vague Cookie Monster flashbacks.

In any case, we're loving the high fashion look of the shoot and have to tip our hats to Joe Zee for styling both of these ladies in less revealing, yet equally head-turning, ensembles

The January issue of Elle hits newsstands nationwide on Dec. 15.

So, just how does Britney's Elle cover stack up against her many looks over the years? Check out our Britney Spears 'Style Evolution' to find out.

And leave a comment letting us know what you think of the two new Elle covers. Are you Team Spears of Team Gaga?