Practical, stylish and fun gift ideas for him, her, kids, teachers, hosts, and stocking stuffers. Enjoy!
Gifts for Him:
Are You Getting Fresh With Me? I hope so. Think of all the things you touch each day-including your cell phone, earbud, and MP3 player (which then touch your face and mouth). Eww. With flu season approaching, sanitize your tech gadgets in this "Tron" modern vessel from Violight and talk fresh daily. $49.99 www.Violight.com
Who knew laser cut cardboard could be so cool? Unique desktop, home or office decor. Artistic and fun "puzzles" (yep, you get to assemble them yourself) by Cardboard Safari $14-48 (small to large)
Pitching a business presentation on the road? Want to show off your iPhone pictures or perhaps entertain the kids with a video (without arguments over who gets to hold the iPad). This pocket device shares files, photos and movies from virtually any gadget (computer, cell phone, iPod/iPhone or PDA) and projects them on a smooth surface for your viewing pleasure. Get the popcorn ready.
$359 3M Pocket Projector 3MPro160
Give the gift of style and convenience for the busy man who needs a polished look, but doesn't want to shop for clothes. Hendricks Park offers gift certificates for Wardrobe Analysis; a fun way to discover what to keep, donate and coordinate-all via the convenience of his webcam!
Or, purchase Gift Certificates for Clothing and Accessories, hand selected by a personal style expert. Gift certificates come gift wrapped and ready to redeem.
$150/hr Wardrobe Analysis. Gift certificates for clothing and accessories start at $500. Hendricks Park
NOTE: The ecommerce page should be live any day now, but in the meantime please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541-728-0434 to purchase gift certificates.
Gifts for Her:
Say goodbye to the granny slippers and hello to chic, handmade moccasins. Keep her feet stylishly warm around the house. $129 Darlingtonia on Etsy
It's a super chic hat and scarf woven into one that will keep her warm without messing up her hair.
$125 Nobis (Hendricks Park clients-we can send this one for you in a snap)
Give her jewelry. It doesn't have to be diamonds and doesn't necessarily have to break the bank, but pick something that's a little different from what she already has. Most importantly, pick something she will actually wear. Size matters-if she only wears small jewelry, stick with small jewelry. What to get? A woman can never have too many earrings or necklaces. Rings and bracelets are nice too. Go to a jewelry boutique in your area and see what catches your eye.
Gifts for the Kids (or the kid at heart):
My family bought toys like this in Japan when I was a child. They were big favorites in our home. Fun for all ages and they also make great office gifts for "desk time dexterity" when you need something to do during those boring conference calls.
$25 - $35 (small - medium) Wooden Cubebot Robot by David Weeks use Mighty10 for a 10% discount
Another Japanese-inspired toy. These were called "Sylvania House" when I was a child, but in the US they are called "Calico Critters." Similar in quality and detail as Playmobil, Calico Critters have all the tiny details that kids adore. This is the perfect gift for that little girl on your list aged 3-7yrs. It comes fully furnished with Mama Bunny.
If you have a baby on your gift list (or even a baby on the way), this gift is guaranteed to be a winner. Hand made in the French Alps with 100% natural rubber and non-toxic food paint. Sophie is free of all the bad stuff, and even the crunchiest granola parents allow their precious ones to chew on this toy. Born in 1961, Sophie's success is legendary in France. I haven't met a baby yet who didn't LOVE Sophie. Sophie is 7" tall, and sure to become baby's favorite toy.
$19.99 Sophie on Mighty Nest use "Mighty10" for a 10% discount
If your kids (or kids you know) have a hard time meeting new people without falling on the floor, looking at the ceiling or going for the silent treatment, this book may be a fun way to help them get over the willies and feel more comfortable. Written by etiquette guru Mindy Lockard, it's a charming and funny book kids will love to read. $12.95 Elle & Maggie Make New Friends
Sanbox Threads is a family run business who sells quirky and unique cotton t-shirts and onesies for kids and adults. They have organic options too and tons of styles to choose from (you can even customize the color of the shirt and print). I've bought quite a few shirts from them and I've been impressed by how well they hold up and how much everyone loves them.
$20 Sandbox Threads use "Mailman" for Free Shipping
For your inner Bond, this spy watch records audio, video, stills (regular and time lapse) and also has games, missions, and apps. It even tells time too. Although it's sold as a kid's toy, the geek sites say: The tech crammed into this watch is astounding, and all the gadget fiends here want one. Basically, it's everything you could want crammed into one cool looking watch. -ThinkGeek.com
I'm not sure if I agree on it's aesthetic, but I will say it's on the top of my 9 year old son's wish list. I wonder if my husband will "borrow" it.
You can also purchase a separate snake cam add on for $29.99 to help your spy record under doorways, around corners and who knows what else.
SpyNet Mission Video Watch $59.99
Gifts for Teachers, Hosts, Stocking Stuffers, Etc.
The Civilized Minute is the most timely and entertaining etiquette book on the market and will make the perfect gift for any professional or up-and-coming adult in your life. An easy way to start each morning with practical tips that actually stick. My favorite page is "Day 26-How to Say No: tips on how to gracefully decline just about anything..."
Deliciously, beautiful chocolates in a Tiffany blue box. Not too big, not too small, just right for a little gift, stocking stuffer, teacher, hostess or co-worker’s gift. $24.00 Vianne Chocolat on Foodzie
Go back in time and enjoy the simple life with maple candy. All natural and all charming. My children have personally taste tested these and given their “more please!” stamp of approval. More animals and shapes available. A uniquely sweet stocking stuffer.
$2.25 - $9.50/ box Maple Candy from D&D Sugarwoods Farm (Vermont)
Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!