Don’t know what gifts to select for the person who has everything, the person who is fussy, or for your favorite hostess? No worries, we have answers for all budgets with suggestions that say ” I got you what you really want.”
For lasses who wear glasses: At a Red Light PR Spring preview, I discovered Chain Me NYC. Creator Angela Rose came up with the idea when she couldn’t find chic eyeglass holders that didn’t scream “grandma!” or “sports.” Her line of: “Eyewear Jewelry” isn’t just functional, it’s attractive as jewelry. Each collection is inspired by the diversity of women in NYC, many with semi-precious stones and Swarovski crystals. Each piece is made of solid brass, copper and hand plated in 10K gold. Some of the styles are meant to be attached (with a thin cord you can’t see) to the earpieces of your glasses, others like the round ring on a slim chain from the “Wall Street” collection (my wear test) was plain gold but made a nice necklace. I wore this piece on a cruise when I wanted sunglasses but needed my regular glasses as well. I wore one pair, hung the other on the chain. The higher end styles with stones cost more, but they multi-task beautifully. These make a great gift for someone who wears more than one pair of glasses, or anyone who wants to carry sunglasses, with style. You can get these online at chainmenyc.com
For the healthy living clean fan: For the person who must have a clean home but won’t use anything with formaldeyhyde or amonia, SLS/SLES or sulfates (and everything must be 100% plant and mineral derived and smell nice too), Logic Products presents the nearly impossible. Their products are not just free of all of the above, the also don’t contain: bleach, petroleum, phthlates, Triclosan, Nonylphemol Ethoxylate, DEA, PETG AND TEA. Oh, and they’re also biodegradelable –what a fabulous gift idea for your friends and family that are this kind of fussy. We tried a few of these products and found that they worked well, and smelled great. A basket of these products tied with a bow (make that recyclable) would impress even the fussiest health nut and clean freak. Amazingly, the products are less than $8.00!! We like the Home Logic collection of soaps and cleansers for almost everything you need to clean in your home. Find the HomeLogic collection here. There are other collections (titles are self explanatory) : TOT LOGIC, NATURAL LICELOGIC , BEDBUGLOGIC & BARKLOGIC. These products are gentle, safe and natural for you and your children, your home, and your pets. Visit http://www.logicproducts.com/ to see them all!
For the “seeker/adventurous”: Globein is a website that offers a unique kind of subscription box, with artisan-made products from around the world. The boxes are an affordable $33.00 a month for three months, $30.00/month for six months, or purchase one for $50.00. The products are fair trade, supporting artisans in other countries around the world. You can also purchase some of the products individually, in case you want to make your own gift basket or just treat yourself. Each box is curated on a theme (e.g. bake, laundry, kitchen, wellness). Our review box was called “Cozy, ” featuring a colorful hand-painted mug from Tunisia, a fabulous 100% cotton scarf from the mountains of Thailand (men can wear the substantial scarf –ours in black–as well) , and a 4.4 oz. tin of Ghanaian cocoa powder ready to mix with hot water or steamed milk (share with friends, of course). The entire box actually arrives in a beautiful, re-useable basket: round, hand- woven, straw made in Mexico (our is red but there are other colors). This is a gift of “comfort & joy” to stay in be be cozy this Winter. While we don’t have room here to give you all the details about who, what and where these were crafted ,you can read all about them on the Globein Web Site “Cozy” theme page.
For the world traveler: We are using more electronic devices than ever before. When you travel, especially if you’re traveling someone else, the sheer amount of adapters , converter plugs, and chargers you have to take can fill a gallon zip lock bag. Individual overseas adapters one charge one things at a time, and they can get easily lost. At the Get Geeked Event in Brooklyn in October, we found the perfect solution: The Ventev Global Charginghub 300 with 4 AC Prong Configurations with 2 USB Ports (srp. $34.99 plus shipping) can charge devices across 150 countries. It’s a multi-pronged adapter plug that lets you charge two items at the same time on USB cables, or one US 3-pronged electronic device. It features 4 AC prong configurations. This isn’t a converter plug and it doesn’t step down the voltage of your devices, but it will adapt a US plug to fit into one of the various socket configurations used around the world. This square adapter is about the size of a small apple and all the configurations are built into one (no loose adapters needed): European sockets, UK, USA/Japan, and Australia. For those who need to know Tech speak: AC output 100-250VAC and Input is 100-250 VAC and the unit has an integrated fuse. Add a Ventev 6″ Chargesync apple (or android) lightning cable ($22.99) that is flat, tangle resistant and engineered to support higher output chargers, delivering up to 2.4A for Apple Lightning devices. It’s the perfect length for your portable battery chargers. Ventev makes all sorts of really great chargers for different needs. For more information and to purchase check out the Ventev Web Site https://www.ventev.com/
For women living in cold climates: It’s getting c.o.l.d in many parts of the U.S. and in fact, the world. Wearing over the ear headphones don’t keep you warm as you’re moving about, and wearing a hat or earmuffs over earbuds puts pressure on your ears and makes listening to your favorite tunes or taking phone calls in the cold, uncomfortable. At a press preview a while back, I spied U|R Connected hats and earmuffs that don’t just look good, don’t just keep your warm, but also let you play your music through the attached plug. these Stella Knit MP3 Audio Headphone Earmuffs for Women ($36.00) are one size fits mos and are available not just in hot pink, but also black, rust, grey and purple. . The earmuffs are not adjustable but the furry “micro-fur” (not real fur) earpads earpads have built-in “U|R Powered” audio speakers with removable cords. There are headbands, hats and more with remove-able audio cords. You can also purchase an optional Nexxus Bluetooth Adapter ($38.00) in black or white, that works with the audio headgear, wirelessly.
U|R Connected also has tons of touch gloves for women and for men. Shown in the photo above are what I think are the best gift on the planet — the gift of warm hands! The Katy Nylon Urban Fuel Heated Touchscreen Gloves for Women ($54.00) are incredibly comfortable and stylish, and they’ll keep you warm and let you use your mobile devices. that’s not all: they can keep you even warmer thanks to UR Powered’s patented micro conductive, capacitive glove technology and exclusive Heat Pocket. In that pocket you can opt to place one of the U|R Urban Fuel Heat Packs that super-power the gloves with warmth. Simply open a packet, share it, and stuff it in the pocket in the palm of your hand. The heat packet will stay warm for up to 8 hours. If you go to the stadium or enjoy being outdoors in Winter but don’t like cold hands, this it the “it” gift of the year! Note that you’ll get touch functionality with all ten fingers (often touch gloves only give you one touch pad on our pointer finger). The gloves also have a “mobile media grip” so your device doesn’t slide out of your hands. Get yours in the hot pink we selected, or basic black, rose, grey, or purple sizes Small to Xtra Large (the gloves are a bit forgiving if you get them too small — but whatever your normal glove size is, that’s the one you want). *U|R Connected also has beautiful leather and other touch gloves without the heat packs, for both women and men. You really need to go to the U|R Connected web site and check everything out!
For the discerning beau-tista: There are so many different beauty sets and gift-ables out there, but pleasing a hard core beau-tista requires something special. For her “comfort & joy” we like the SKINN by Dimitri James Flushed Shade and Blush Collection ($28.00). One blush, one highlighter, three shadows and a shadow/liner make a superb face-in-a-case compact with universally pretty neutral shades to suit just about everyone. The set is described as having peaches and golden rose shades, but ours looks a little more earthy and mauve than what’s shown in the photo. The powders feature high-pigment color that’s layerable (we the shadows for even more drama) and like all the SKINN products, they are talc-free and full of anti-aging actives. She’ll look “alive” and sophisticated while enjoying the benefits of ceramides and other good for your skin, anti-aging ingredients — see them all listed on the SKINN Dimitri James Web Site
Fragrance gifts can be tricky, but not when you give someone a trio of fabulous fragrances. The Lisa Hoffman Travel-Size Eau de Parfum Trio ($39.90+ S&H: $4.96) is A $66.00 value that features three individually boxed 0.5 fl. oz. purse sprays in pretty, slim, frosted glass bottles. You can blend these together, or wear them separately. We have reviewed nearly all of Lisa Hoffman’s fragrances and amazing scent jewelry (we hear new versions of the jewelry are in the works) . Read our reviews by putting “Lisa Hoffman” into our search box on the upper right hand side of the page. We love the way they make us feel: pampered, serene, loved, happy!
In this trio which we saw on HSN (Home Shopping Network) the three fragrances are: .5 fl. oz. Japanese Agarwood Eau de Parfum (sensual and spicy-h Zesty Bergamot, Spiced Ginger, and Warm Amber to inspire feelings of comfort and clarity); .5 fl. oz. French Clary Sage Eau de Parfum (fresh and light with sparkling watery notes harmonize with French Clary Sage, Yellow Freesia, Cotton and Linen) and .5 fl. oz. Tuscan Fig Eau de Parfum (Vanilla Bean, Honeysuckle, Coconut Wood, and Gardenia, Tuscan Fig create a soft, warm scent). What’s great about this gift is you can split it up and give one fragrance to three people, or simply tie all three together with a big bow, and give it to your fussiest friend, family member or hostess (they’ll fall in love with these)! Don’t forget to also visit on Lisa Hoffman Beauty to check out all the lovely products she has to offer. We’re huge fans!