Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The fireside is blazing bright, and you've decided he's worth rolling your heart's dice. He knows when to be naughty and when to be nice. One thing, though, you can't figure out what gift he'd like. He said all he wants is you, but you know better. You've gotta get him something good- it's your first Christmas together. Plus, his last girlfriend always gave him ties, cologne and such, so you refuse to go there. Don't fret, my pets, I'm here to help you make "Ronny Romance" do his happy dance. Here are five great guy-approved "Love, Your Girl" gifts I found that'll keep the kisses coming (mistletoe or not).
Deep heart, shallow pockets ($)
My homegirl's guy had the nerve to act up a week and a half before Christmas. He's in the process of making up for it, but he's not all the way out the doghouse yet. Another friend is really into her guy, but she's got a big family and can't afford to blow the bank on her beau. If you're in either situation, this $69.99 Kraftware Deluxe Bar-in-a-Box from Target is perfect for you. You'll earn extra points if you give him a bottle of "brown" to go with it. (I'm talking Henny or Remy... none of that cheap crap.)
Money Ain't Tight, But it Ain't Quite Right ($$)
He's crossed his T's and dotted the I's, so he deserves a gift that costs a lil sumthin' sumthin'. These limited edition Lacoste for Kid Robot sneakers will have him steppin' out in style for $175, or fork over $179.99 for a Flip Video Ultra Camcorder to catch all the memories you'll make.
Baby got Bank! ($$$)
If you got a big bonus this year and you're in the mood to share, put a little luxury under the tree with a $200 Hennessy XO Limited Collector's Edition gift set. If you're tired of that raggedy sack he totes to and from your crib, spend the $390 to upgrade him to a sophisticated Samsonite Black Label duffel.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Let's pretend I won the lottery, had a visit from my fairy godparent (he or she's out there somewhere, I just know it) or found some other way into a whole lotta chedda. If said fantasy were to come true, please believe a MAJOR shopping spree would be very close to the top of my to-do list. 'Til that happens, let's play a little game of "that's my bag."
Picture Me Rollin...
In a couple of weeks I'll be rolling through the airport with my little DVF luggage set, A-Town bound. As much as I love my second home, if I was a rich girl (na nana nana nana... you know the rest), I'd be headed to somebody's foreign "clearport" with this Louis Vuitton "Ultimate Travel Bag" in tow. It's up for bid on London's CLIC Sargent children's Cancer charity website from December 10-18, and with bids starting at £10,000 (about $20,500), I'd need damn near "all the money in the world" to make it mine. A collaboration between the LV special order workshop and Times of London fashion editor, Lisa Armstrong, the purple calfskin-trimmed one-of-a-kind roller is carry-on compliant and comes with a bunch of bonuses. In case the image is too small for you to identify, they are:
- a passport cover in MONOGRAM canvas
- oversized cashmere eyeshades and blanket
- laptop case
- a transparent detachable toiletries kit
- a foldable jewellery kit
- an evening clutch in MONOGRAM Vernis leather
- a laundry pouch.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Because Sometimes Secret Santa Sucks
You've picked the name from the hat and realized that a) you don't know the person you're supposed to gift, or b) you know the person and can't stand him or her. Hell, maybe you even like the person a little bit. Regardless, who wants to spend a bunch of hard-earned dough on a co-worker when you have real friends and family to buy presents for? Thank goodness there's a price limit for your office's holiday grab bag. Before you cop the cheesy reindeer socks or contemplate a $10 gift card (c'mon now), try getting something that's actually cool and has some personality. At least this way it'll be easy to re-gift. Here are five gifts I found fall under usual limits of $10-20. BTW, I'll gladly accept any of these if you want to be my Secret Santa :-).
Poppin' Bottles (10 Bucks or Below) For Wendy or Wendel Winelover, little friendly "Carlo" stoppers are a fun "welcome back" to unfinished bottles of vino. A set of two costs $8.50 at Retromodern.com. If your giftee is Mindy Manicure, this $9.95 Essie Winter '07 mini pack from Enailsupply.com is sure to make the "keeper" pile.
Fun & Yummy ($15 is Far Enough) Super Mario 'Shrooms take the mind back to simpler times. Pop of the top and take Sam Sweettooth's taste buds on a tart adventure. $15 at Fredflare.com gets your giftee a set of three. The J.R. Watkins Apothecary Sampler keeps skin butter-smooth and smelling sweet (I swear by this stuff, straight up). Carry-on friendly and made with natural ingredients, it's only $14.99 at Drugstore.com.
Treat your Nose ($20's the Top) Inhale, Exhale let good vibes flow. Ilio Nectaire Diffuser Duos from Target are great for gifting. For $19.99 choose from vanilla bean/ berry cinnamon bark or lavender/ cucumber. If the recipient isn't fond of one scent, there's another choice. Bigger than that, he or she can keep one home and put another in the office. Ain't no fun if the homies can't haaaave none, right?
Monday, December 3, 2007
Let's pretend I won the lottery, had a visit from my fairy godparent (he or she's out there somewhere, I just know it) or found some other way into a whole lotta chedda. If said fantasy were to come true, please believe a MAJOR shopping spree would be very close to the top of my to-do list. 'Til that happens, let's play a little game of "that's my coat."
Baby, it's cold outside, but don't stay in and hide! I'm a summer bunny, so I'll take camisoles and sandals over coats and scarves any day. I live in the Northeast, though, and I've got bills to pay. Like most of you, my paper chase requires I brave the blustering winds. No matter how drab the weather, who wants to blend in? This weathered metallic leather anorak I found on Vivre.com would be a great way to stand out if I had an extra $695 laying around. By no means am I saying that's a bad price, but my family's too big for me to splurge with only a couple of weeks left til Santa visits.