Cool Gifts For Your Awesome Guy


Baseball Bat Bottle Openers $95.00 to $125.00

Everyday I realize how truly blessed I am to have the most amazing group of girlfriends. They enrich my life in ways that are immeasurable. And with my girlfriends come the amazing men in their life — be it sons, fathers, husbands or partners.

I reached out to them to get some unique, crazy and awesome gift ideas for the gents. My first response was hysterical, and it’s no wonder with her live today, fun attitude towards life. A one way trip to the moon!! (She will remain nameless, after all, us girls need to stick together). Here are some actual rad tangible gifts for the man (boy) in your life curated by me and my gals.

He’ll replay the crack of the bat against his first home run every time he cracks open a cold one with these all-star openers, handmade from authentic game-day bats swung by Major Leaguers. Gift boxed with a story card with instructions regarding its special hologram number. Plug in that number here to learn which game the bat was used in. Bats from and assembled in  the USA.

Perfect Drink App
A revolution in home bartending, Perfect Drink’s smart scale and free app lets him choose from hundreds of drink recipes, follow real-time pouring instructions, and watch as a virtual glass fills on his smartphone or tablet. That way, he knows exactly how much to pour and when to stop—for perfect drinks, every time. It even suggests recipes he can make from ingredients in your liquor cabinet.

 

Paul Smith 3 Pack Striped Sock Set $75.00 on sale for $29.00Savon de Marseille Exotic Pur Liquid Soap  $29.00

What guy doesn’t like Paul Smith socks, and this trio of striped socks is on sale at Barneys — $75.00 on sale for $29.00.

Infused with luxurious, exotic scents, this fabulous Savon de Marseille soap is enriched with a little extra olive oil. The classic French amber bottle radiates a vintage warmth that feels both stylish and lighthearted. Made the traditional way in a cauldron, this soap is a harmonious blend of pure vegetable ingredients from renewable resources. $29.00

Portable Garage Toolbox Refrigerator $549.00 on sale for $365.00

Just because this is so fun – a refrigerator camouflaged as a portable garage tool box! $549.00 on sale for $365.00

 

The Meta Smartwatch $249.00

Available in eight different styles, most of which look pretty sharp, the M1 Smartwatch allows him to customize the screen settings so you can give a watch that appeals to his love of gadgetry. He can use it to get notifications from hundreds of apps or just to control his music. $249.00.

John Varvatos Dearborn Wingtip Boots $298.00

Keep your guy looking dapper throughout the holidays with these stylish and timeless brogue-detailed boots from John Varvatos Star USA. $298.00

Shit I Gotta Fucking Get Done Notebooks $11.95 - $9.95Velvet Men Kingsley Cashmere Waffle Knit Sweater $367.00

If your guy is a world-class procrastinater, nudge him into a productive mode with this humorous notebook by Cool Material . Available in 2 sizes — 100 page spiral notebook for $11.95 or 2 mini 32 page notebooks for $9.95

Has your guy better extra good this year? Reward him with a bit of understated luxury — Velvet Men’s Kingsley cashmere waffle knit sweater $367.00. Also available @ Chelsea Brentwood — 11704 Barrington Court, Los Angeles, CA 90049  310.471.4770.

 

Please Don’t Forget

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No matter how big or small, all donations are appreciated. Even a $5.00 donation will help make a difference in a child’s life. Please donate this holiday season.

 

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The New It Bag


Fendi Resort 2015

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My fixation with ladylike satchel bags continues, and Fendi’s Demi Jour bag is my latest obsession. I love its compact size, and that it packs plenty of room for all your essentials. Its spaciousness derives from a silhouette that is divided into two main compartments, with a zipped closure in the back and a flap front. Wear the Demi Jour as a shoulder bag or detach the strap to carry as a clutch.

With a new season in stores (Resort with Spring 2015 close on its heels) there are plenty of awesome new color ways and textures. Check them out at Fendi (seen above), but you better hurry this new bag is already sold out already at most stores!!

Fendi Demi Jour

The Fendi Demi Jour Leather Satchel in Blackboard

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Great Things Come In Small Packages


Rodial Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel $98.00Formulary 55 Bath Salt Tablets $6.00

Jess Lively Intention Tatoos $6.00 - $21.00Jonathan Adler Fabulous Print Zip Pouch $38.00

Jao Staycation Pak in Cloth Bag $11.00Hankie Notebook $9.99

Lanvin Printed iphone 6 Case $70.00Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection  $22.50 $38.00 value

Uncommon Goods Aromatherapy Shower Kit $45.00Logan Wrist Warmers $24.00

Stuffing a Christmas stocking with tons of wrapped goodies is the funnest part of the  holiday, both as a giver and a receiver. Growing up, my family opened gifts on Christmas Eve after enjoying a prime rib dinner with all the fixings, and gleefully tore into the stockings early the next morning.

The trick to creating an awesome stocking is to not concentrate on the difficulty of finding small enough gifts, but knowing that amazing things come in small packages! I would love any and all of the above, and most of them are between $6 and $45. The Rodial’s Dragon’s Blood sculpting gel may be a little pricier, but what it does for your skin makes it worth every penny.

I’ve even included a few uni-sex gifts that are great for the guy in your life. Jao Staycation pak (he deserves soft skin too), and the handy-dandy Hankie notebook which is just that — a hankie that doubles as a little notebook for note taking.

Rodial Dragon’s Blood Sculpting Gel $98.00 // Formulary 55 Bath Salt Tablets $6.00 // Jonathan Adler Fabulous Print Zip Pouch $38.00 // Hankie Notebook $9.99 // Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection  $22.50 $38.00 value // Logan Wrist Warmers $24.00 // Uncommon Goods Aromatherapy Shower Kit $45.00 // Lanvin Printed iphone 6 Case $70.00 // Jao Staycation Pak in Cloth Bag $11.00 // Jess Lively Intention Tatoos $6.00 – $21.00.

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Awesome Holiday Gifts Under $100


Living Architecture  $75.00 on sale for $54.16Turkish Dot Oversized Bath Towel $89.99 on sale for $69.99

George J Love Navy Shoulder Bag $94.00 on sale for $75.00Glam Glow Mud Treatment Mask Gift Set $69.00

Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool $24.00Flower Power $60.00

Kate Spade Saturday Pipeline Wristlet $98.00Elizabeth & James Miro Knuckle Ring $95.00

8 Red Leather Gloves $99.00 on sale for $62.00Heritage Leather Mason Bag $119.00 on sale for $59.99.00

You don’t have to spend a fortune to show someone you care. After all, the holidays true meaning isn’t just about gift giving, it’s more about the love and appreciation you have for family and friends. To that point I’ve curated a list of gifts that are under $100, but don’t let the price tag fool you, these presents are cool, unique and sure to be loved.

There is something for everyone here, an eclectic mix running the gamut of all interests. From gifts for the foodie — a wine shaped apparatus featuring 8 different kitchen tools in one — to the ideal gadget for gardening lovers with a bit of a brown thumb, to the coolest navy suede handbag and other accessories for the style maven in your life.

I’d like to extend a Happy Chanukah to all my friends who will be celebrating the holiday. I can’t believe it is already mid month. Yikes!

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Please make a donation to my fundraising page for The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation!! No matter how much you give, big or small, you can help change a child’s life in Los Angeles for the better!!

Living Architecture  $75.00 on sale for $54.16 // Turkish Dot Oversized Bath Towel $89.99 on sale for $69.99 // Glam Glow Mud Treatment Mask Gift Set $69.00 // Flower Power $60.00 // Elizabeth & James Miro Knuckle Ring $95.00 // Heritage Leather Mason Bag $119.00 on sale for $59.99.00 // 8 Red Leather Gloves $99.00 on sale for $62.00 // Kate Spade Saturday Pipeline Wristlet $98.00 //  Bin 8 Multi Kitchen Tool $24.00 // George J Love Navy Shoulder Bag $94.00 on sale for $75.00

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Valentino Couture

I was going to write on fabulous gifts under $100.00, but all that changed once I saw Valentino’s White Couture Collection, presented at the former Whitney Museum of American Art to mark the opening of their flagship store in NYC. The collection, inspired by Valentino Garavani’s 1962 Sala Bianca collection and his 1968 Sfilata Bianca show, blew my mind.

Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli, the design team behind Valentino, are the modern-day fashion equivalent to comic superhero’s, Superman and Wonder Woman. These next few months consist of  RTW fashions own version of a hat trick, an insanely busy show time — pre-fall in December/January, men’s wear in January and women’s wear in February. Add Spring Couture in January, and that is a plateful for any and all design teams, but what truly qualifies Chiuri and Piccioli for superhero status is adding another full couture collection to the mix, an all white (essentially) collection at that! (That’s five collections!!)

Valentino Couture

Valentino Couture

The 47 looks that paraded down the runway were a sublime mixture of 1960s day wear silhouettes, mixed with regal gowns, and delicate wisps of tulle and lace whipped into romantic frocks. Plain white tunics over slim trousers, double-breasted coat dresses, and A-line miniskirts patchworked from crocodile, leather and pony skin were all paired with sheer tulle blouses.

Stand out gowns were a svelte crepe column with a cape attached at the back (please, someone wear this on the red carpet), and a finale of lace and tulle that the NY Times recounted perfectly, “a light-as-air point d’esprit dress encrusted with mini-leather blooms, and one dress made only of stitched tiers that took two people two months to sew”.

“The most expensive materials will never be as precious as the time people spend working on the collection,” Mr. Piccioli said. “That is the real richness.”

Whats up next for our superhero’s? A new couture collection planned for July, to coincide with their new Rome store. Why of course!

Valentino Couture

Valentino Couture

Valentino Couture

Valentino Couture

Valentino Couture

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I’ve Got A Favor To Ask


The Children's Lifesaving Foundation

I’ve collaborated with The Children Life Saving’s Foundation — my favorite local non-profit, run by my amazing friend, Francesca, and her family — to start my very own personal fundraising page. Please donate (even as little as $5.00 makes a difference) to help change a family’s life in Los Angeles this holiday season!

Childres's Life Saving Foundation

Donate to my personal fundraising page here. Help me, help in need children and families here in Los Angeles!!

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“Transforming the lives of LA’s Homeless &
At-Risk Youth & Families…Together.”

This is our tagline, the crucial idea behind our Mission and our work here at the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation.

After over twenty fulfilling, challenging and exemplary years of doing this work, we have seen that this notion is one that keeps not only our work alive, but is one, if expanded, can change the course of the entire world…

Read more about their mission statement, and the amazing work The Children Life Saving’s Foundation does here.

Here are a few more worthy charities you can donate to, or gift in lieu of a present this holiday season. Make a difference in someone’s life and see how your life changes!!

Unicef Mosquito Nets $25.92

Unicef Mosquito Nets $25.92

Malaria takes a life every 60 seconds. Bed nets protect sleeping children — indeed entire families — from this deadly, preventable fate. Bed nets are the first and best line of defense against malaria. They can reduce the chance of children catching malaria by 20 percent. But many families that need them can’t afford them.

Save young lives from a cruel disease. Your gift of Mosquito Nets provides 6 nets to protect children and families from malaria.

Changing The Present – Feed A Mother $92.00

Changing The Present -- Feed  A Mother $92.00

The World Food Program (WFP) provides pregnant and breastfeeding mothers with meals packed with essential vitamins and minerals. This ensures that their children get a healthy start by receiving the nutrients they need to grow and develop. By providing proper nourishment for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, WFP helps to reduce child hunger and offer a brighter future free of poverty and malnutrition.

Changing The Present Rent A Stall $100.00

Chaning The Present Rent A Stall $100.00

With a $100 loan, a Haitian woman can rent a market stall and increase her income two-fold. And you’re providing a self-employment loan, not a gift. Your donation will build discipline, responsibility, and self-confidence as women create their own business. And as each loan is repaid, the borrower’s line of credit increases by an amount equal to her accumulated savings.

Krama Wheel Scarlet Pai Woven Scarf $42.00

Krama Wheel Scarlet Pai Woven Scarf $42.00

A child cannot attend school in Cambodia without a school uniform. Countless Cambodian families cannot afford this basic yet essential set of clothing to put their children in school. Our goal is to give children access to education while also empowering artisans to make a living. For each scarf you purchase:

  • one weaver is paid fairly, treated respectfully, and better able to support her family.
  • one local seamstress is paid to sew a school uniform.
  • one child gets a uniform so he or she can attend school.

We deepen the impact by re-investing in the country’s future and keeping the entire process on the ground in Cambodia. You are at the core of our movement. When you wrap yourself in one of these scarves, you wrap a child in a sense of hope and self-worth.

Expressions Of The Vine Box Set $25.00

Expressions Of The Vine $25.00

The SAVED Wines limited-edition set combines Scott Campbell’s artistic talents with his dedication to improving youth access to arts education. This special edition of 100 boxed sets have 100% of proceeds benefiting Free Arts NYC.

Fatboy (Product) Red Special edition Original Bean BagFatboy (Product) Red Special edition Original Bean Bag

10% of the purchase of every Fatboy (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Original Bean Bag will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Purchase the bean bag chair for $149.00 and you’ll provide 37 days of life saving pills.

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It’s All About The Packaging


Holiday Wrapping

Brown paper, raffia, pine twig and construction ID card.

I’m a sucker for great packaging. I’ve been known to buy make-up, candles and other novelty items just for the packaging (sometimes it works and sometimes not!) When I wrap my holiday gifts I take great care in making them unique, festive and beautiful. The presentation is as much fun for me as what I put inside. I haven’t decided what my wrapping will be this year, I want to come up with my most memorable one yet!

When searching for inspiration I thought I’d share some of the wrappings that caught my eye. Most everything you need to make these visions can be purchased from Michael’s, Ikea and Paper Source.

Holiday Wrapping

Jenna Burger (top two)

Paper Bags, Buttons and twine/string, wrapping paper, ribbon, faux flowers.

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Songbird

Punched out circles from wrapping paper, bows from cupcake paper holders, twine, lace doilies, white tissue paper.

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Vintage fabric, muslin, twine and brown paper.

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Whipperberry (two)

Brown paper, wax paper, ribbon, cotton string, fabric.

Wrapping Paper Ideas

Country Living

Musical sheets used as wrapping paper, ribbon and jingle bells.

Chanukah Wrapping Ideas

Martha Stewart

Multiple colors of paper, silver paper, ribbon.

Hanukkah Gift Card Holder

Life With Terri

Glitter, card stock, glue or silver thread, cut outs and paper.

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