Although you have already bought most of your gifts, it’s never too late to add yt another unique gift for that very special family member or romantic partner. Below you will find some prime examples of gifts that will put a smile on their faces. Happy holidays.
GIFTS FOR THE HOME
A scent is a time capsule. It can invoke our most intimate memories and dreams, and open doors to distant worlds. Curated by an architect specializing in Historic Preservation, Arquiste is a fragrance collection that transports the wearer to evocative moments in history. Meticulously researched using authentic sources and crafted with only the rarest of ingredients, each fragrance, especially the holiday candles, restores the olfactive experience of a particular time and place, allowing both women and men to unlock personal revelations and experience history in a most intimate way.
First, Dark Galleon takes you to the hull of a merchant ship docked in Nagasaki in September of 1620. Surrounded by the dark waters in the pitch-black night, the ship’s precious cargo of rare spices, exotic incense, and rich leather thicken the air with their heady scent. Developed with Nicole Mancini and Rodrigo Flores-Roux, the scent evokes the legendary ship that inspired the new Nanban Eau de Parfum. The woody and leathery scent of the candle features notes of fiery Persian saffron and the finest Spanish leather, balanced with tropical sandalwood, precious Frankincense, and dark cade.
Then, exquisite Art Deco Velvet brings the splendor of The Architect’s Club’s, inspired by the original Mayfair location to life, capturing the feel of the Art Deco movement in 1930. The scent of gin martinis mingle with fine vanilla and blond tobacco smoke, evoking the elegant imprint of the cozy wood-paneled interior of The Fumoir bar at Claridge’s Hotel in London. Developed with Nicole Mancini and Yann Vasnier, the fragrance opens with notes of juniper berry oil, revealing a heart of blond tobacco, vanilla absolute and oakwood. Rich amber finishes the fragrance with a warm, lingering scent.
Finally, journey to the Royal Convent of Jesus Maria with Mexican Baroque. Deep in the heart of Mexico City in 1695, a group of nuns gathers together in the kitchen to concoct a cherished recipe. Blending together rich chocolate and spices in earthenware pots, the Sisters brew hot cocoa rich enough to unleash a sensuous rapture. Developed with Nicole Mancini, Rodrigo Flores-Roux and Yann Vasnier, Mexican Baroque captures the scents that fill the kitchen, blending cocoa absolute, Mexican vanilla, and smoked chilies together with cedar wood and red clay. Each 8.9 oz. / 251 g. candle costs $85 and is available at http://arquiste.com/
NEST FRAGRANCES is well-known for creating exceptional, authentic scents for the home year-round, but the holiday season is a particularly special time for the fragrance house: Over the years, the brand has created extraordinary and memorable home fragrance collections for the holidays like the aptly named HOLIDAY, BIRCHWOOD PINE, and now, HEARTH. Since 2008, the iconic HOLIDAY COLLECTION makes the season sparkle with its blend of traditional and comforting sweet and spicy notes, including pomegranate, Mandarin orange, pine and cinnamon. In 2012, the BIRCHWOOD PINE COLLECTION debuted, bringing indoors the invigorating scent of a majestic winter forest with notes of white pine, fir balsam and birchwood. HEARTH spins a different tale: It captures the aroma of a wintertime fire by combining rich oud wood with frankincense and hints of smoky embers.
Available in three sizes, each HEARTH SCENTED CANDLE is housed in an attractive glass vessel in a rich shade of chocolate-brown and decorated with alternating frosted and festive gold stripes. The HEARTH Reed Diffuser bottle features the same decoration but with clear glass and chocolate-brown-colored solution. NEST Fragrances candles are made with a premium, highly-refined wax formula for maximum scent throw – ideal for entertaining during the holidays. The HEARTH Collection includes (all prices SRP) a Classic Candle, 8.1 Oz. (230 g) for $38; Reed Diffuser, 5.9 Fl. Oz. (175 mL), for $42; 3-Wick Candle, 21.2 Oz. (601 g), for $58; and Votive Candle, 2 Oz. (57 g), for $14.
The HEARTH COLLECTION is available for purchase now at the following luxury specialty department stores (brick-and-mortar and online): Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdale’s; and www.NESTFragrances.com.
HOLIDAY 2015 GIFTS FOR THE HOME COOK
Guaranteed to grow shiitakes, Lost Creek Mushroom Farm log kits pop out organic, gourmet mushrooms about every two months for 3-5 years, with bigger and better harvests as they reach their prime. The logs will grow inside like plants and outside in shade. They require soaking in non-chlorinated water every two weeks. “Shocking” them in ice water triggers the mushrooms to grow, and harvest follows 6-10 days later.
Kits come in a range of prices from $18 to $90. Each kit includes one or more hardwood logs such as oak or gum, instructions, and a recipe booklet. Kits with two logs, such as the Ma & Pa Kit with two 10″ logs and the Best Buy with two 14″ logs and soaking trays, can provide a harvest every month by alternating the producing log. The Shiitake Sampler Cookbook with 51 shiitake recipes can be added to any kit for $8.95. Prices include shipping. Logs over 9 inches are guaranteed to grow shiitakes.
Lost Creek Mushroom Farm donates a portion of sales to Mushrooms in Ghana Project, a program of Mushrooms for Well Being Foundation. The project is building a spawn (mushroom seed material) laboratory, enabling more mushroom farmers to grow more mushrooms in West Africa.
Gourmia(TM), a designer and manufacturer of innovative countertop kitchen appliances, has revolutionized cooking prep with its electronic Power Dicer Slicer Plus (model GMS100) that not only slices, shreds, grates, and chops, but also dices. It is the first – and only – household electronic mandoline to include dicing capability and it completely eliminates the need to ever manually do any of these functions ever again, giving you more time outside of the kitchen.
With multiple color-coded, interchangeable stainless-steel blades, the Gourmia Power Dicer Slicer Plus makes prep work easy. It quickly and effortlessly cuts potatoes into French fries, dices vegetables, grates cheese, shreds cabbage for coleslaw, and slices apples for pies. Unlike competitors’ products, the Power Dicer Slicer Plus does away with messy ragged pieces and serves up perfect, uniformly cut pieces every time. Cutting blades include: large dice, fine dice, coarse shred, fine shred, thin slice, and thick slice.
The quality constructed Power Dicer Slicer Plus features single-button operation for ease of use. It is easy to assemble and clean. A direct-serve feeding spout allows contents to be effortlessly transferred or served from its 9-cup container. The machine’s fresh look and sleek design blend in with virtually any kitchen decor. Rubber suction cups on the bottom of the unit prevent it from dancing across countertops while the motor is on. When not being used, all of the items neatly fit inside the container, providing self-contained, space-saving storage. The Gourmia Power Dicer Slicer Plus is available now through www.Amazon.com for $59.99. (Check Amazon for special holiday pricing and it is eligible for Amazon Prime free two day shipping.)
Give a holiday sweet treat with Bauli‘s oven baked and ready-to-eat Mini Pandoro and Panettone. The traditional Italian brand is best known for their Pandoro and Panettone holiday cakes, which are Christmas and New Year’s Eve staples available during the holiday season. Due to their popularity, Bauli launched MINI versions of the products – perfect for gift baskets, stocking stuffers and enjoying on-the-go! You can even use them to make the Bauli Pandoro Christmas Tree Cake, a fun activity to do with the kids this Christmas (See recipe below). Rooted in Verona, Italy, all Bauli products are baked in a REAL oven to ensure superior taste and quality. The individually wrapped Mini Pandoro and Panettone are made with love and naturally leavened dough, making them THE quintessential holiday hostess gift this season…even better when paired with a bottle of wine or prosecco! (Mini Pandoro $1.99; Mini Panettone $1.99)
BAULI PANDORO CHRISTMAS TREE CAKE
4 each Bauli pandoro, cut into cubes
4 cups whipped cream
2 cups maraschino cherries
2 cups Hazelnut chocolate spread
Mint, for garnish
Powdered sugar, for garnish
Lay out pieces of pandoro in a round fashion and fill the circle with more pandoro. Spread a layer of whipped cream and drizzle with hazelnut spread. Lay another layer of pandoro, but this time smaller then the circle before. Continue this process until all pandoro, cream, and hazelnut spread have been used. On the outside edges of the circles, place cherries in a neat pattern. Place mints practically around tree and dust with powdered sugar.
Kitchenware Gift Ideas from KitchenAid are sure to please. Since the launch of its own, non-licensed kitchenware collection in 2013, KitchenAid has been offering high-performance cookware, cast iron, bakeware and kettles designed for everyone from beginner cooks to experienced chefs. And just in time for the holidays, the brand is expanding the collection to include a new cutlery line. Further information about the products detailed below can be found at www.KitchenAid.com/Kitchenware.
COOKWARE, CAST IRON & KETTLES
KitchenAid currently offers eight cookware lines, including a 3-Ply Copper Clad Collection. Not only does its copper exterior add a timeless look to the kitchen, but the 3-layer design of copper, aluminum and interior stainless steel provide optimal heating and durability for cooking. The cookware is conducive to gas, electric and high efficiency induction cooking methods, and is oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Individual pieces are available beginning at $99.99; a 10-piece set, retailing for $699.99, includes an 8″ skillet; 10″ skillet; 1.5-Qt. saucepan with lid; 3-Qt. saucepan with lid; 3.5-Qt. sauté pan with lid; and an 8-Qt. stockpot with lid.
Cold days call for comfort foods like grilled cheese and toasted sandwiches, and the KitchenAid® Grill Pan With Panini Press helps deliver delicious results. The 10” x 10” grill pan is designed with raised ridges across the entire surface. Its heavy duty, heat-retaining cast iron design cooks food at high heat and with a crispy finish, similar to results achieved using an outdoor grill. The panini press insert features raised ridges underneath for creating grill marks on both sides of steaks, chicken breasts and other foods. The grill pan and panini press, part of the Professional Cast Iron line, will be available in Empire Red and Onyx Black at a suggested retail price of $199.99.
The KitchenAid® Tea Kettle Collection continues to offer its 2-Qt. models. The kettles feature classic KitchenAid design aesthetic with either an inviting, open C handle, or an elegant, full-sweeping arch handle, in polished stainless steel with comfort grip. Both are induction capable and dishwasher safe, with porcelain exteriors available in a variety of classic and contemporary colors. Available now, the suggested retail price for the C handle kettle is $49.99; suggested retail price for the sweeping arch handle kettle is $89.99.
CUTLERY & BAKEWARE
KitchenAid unveiled two new cutlery sets earlier this year: a 7-piece set and an 11-piece set. The German stainless steel knives undergo a precise ice-hardening treatment to strengthen corrosion resistance and flexibility, resulting in steel blades with long lasting sharpness and better protection against rust. The 7-piece set includes shears, diamond coated knife sharpener, 8” chef knife, 8” bread knife, 5.5” serrated utility knife, 3.5” paring knife and zinc die cast knife block. The 11-piece set includes the same items plus an 8” slicer knife, 7” santoku knife, 6” utility knife and 3” paring peeler. The knives have black handles, and knife blocks are available in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl White, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver. Suggested retail prices are $799.99 for the 7-piece set and $1,199.99 for the 11-piece set, and will be available this month on www.Amazon.com, and on www.KitchenAid.com.
New ceramicware offerings include a Deep Casserole Pot designed to fit a whole chicken and other larger, family size dishes. Basting dots on the underside of the lid add additional moisture to foods as they cook, and grid lines on the bottom of the casserole minimize “hot spots” to keep foods evenly cooked. The dishwasher-safe casserole can be used in the microwave, oven and freezer. Available in Almond Cream, Empire Red and Onyx Black, it carries a suggested retail price of $129.99 and will be available in November.
Lastly, the KitchenAid® Professional 5-Piece Bakeware Set makes a great gift for cooks and bakers of all levels. The set includes a loaf, square, cake, 12-muffin and jelly roll pan, providing an essential collection that can be built upon with individual, specific-purpose pieces over time. The 5-piece bakeware set is currently available at a suggested retail price of $99.99.
GIFT FOR THE CULTURE VULTURE IN THE FAMILY
Searching for a creative present this holiday season? Whitney Museum of American Art gift memberships start at just $85 and will delight any art enthusiast. Whitney Museum members enjoy a host of privileges year round including: Unlimited, express admission with membership card, Celebratory Member Nights throughout the year (next one on January 14), Member early admission on select weekend mornings, Private previews for select exhibitions, Discounts of up to 20% at the Museum Shop, 10% off at the Whitney’s restaurants, Untitled and Studio Cafe, Complimentary multimedia guides for select exhibitions, Deals and offers through the Neighborhood Discount Program, and Free admission to top modern and contemporary art museums around the world through the Reciprocal Admission Program (Dual level and above)
To expedite your order, it’s best that you buy your gift membership online and a gift voucher will immediately be emailed to you. If you prefer, call us (212) 570-3641 or purchase in person at the Museum, and they will create a gift membership package for you to give the recipient. (Please note: when purchasing online, only provide your details; gift recipient information will be collected at activation. For purchases made by phone, your gift will be mailed via first class USPS through Monday, December 21.)
GIFTS OF LUXURY
There’s no need to make a list and check it twice – a Four Seasons Gift Card tops everyone’s holiday wishes. The concept is simple: You choose the amount and they decide how to spend it, whether it’s a spa treatment or a sky’s-the-limit trip. Just for fun, here’s a roundup of some of the most memorable experiences gift cards can buy.
FLY ACROSS THE GLOBE: Book a seat on the custom-designed Four Seasons Private Jet for a remarkable multi-destination trip. With four globe-trotting itineraries available, you’ll enjoy Four Seasons service both in the air and when you touch down at up to 10 vibrant stops along the way. Departing throughout 2016, Four Seasons Private Jet Experiences take luxury travel to new heights. To purchase as a gift call: 1 888 215 2728 (North America) or 1 206 753 0048 (worldwide).
LIVE THE HIGH LIFE IN NYC: The Ty Warner Penthouse at Four Seasons Hotel New York is the Big Apple’s most extravagant hotel room. Priced at USD 45,000 per night, the 4,300-square-foot (400 square metre) suite is finished with the finest materials, from Chinese onyx to cast-bronze baseboards. Oh, and your stay entitles you to the use of a 24-hr butler and chauffeur-driven Rolls Royce, too. Interested in staying several nights in this luxe suite? For purchases more than USD 100,000, please call 866 554 4731 (North America) or 416 673 6387 (worldwide).
TASTE THE STARS: Shoot for the moon, the stars and everything in between during an exclusive stargazing and dining experience available only at Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo. Guests can see the southern sky like never before through a powerful GPS-guided telescope while savoring a specially prepared menu of cocktails and culinary treats infused with real meteorite dust. Guests can then capture the moment using a high-tech device that connects a camera to the telescope and go home with a celestial souvenir from a night never to be forgotten.
SKI THE SUMMIT AT FANTASY CAMP: The ultimate ski adventure awaits at Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole with this year’s epic Fantasy Camp. Designed for storm chasers and powder hounds, this six-day backcountry skiing trip turns the Teton Mountain Range into your personal playground from January 3 to 8, 2016. Contact the In-House Concierge Team for more details.
TAKE A STROLL THROUGH VERSAILLES: As the Queen of France, Marie Antoinette was the most admired and elegantly adorned woman in the court. Inspired by Marie Antoinette’s beauty treatments at Versailles, enjoy A Stroll Through Versailles at Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. This experience is infused with her favorite scent: orange blossom. Enjoy a relaxing orange blossom body scrub, followed by a soothing massage with warm shea butter and conclude with an unforgettable milky facial and macarons.
*Maximum of USD 10,000 for online Gift Card purchases; maximum of USD 100,000 for on-property Gift Card purchases.
FOR THE MOST CHERISHED PERSON ON YOUR LIST THAT HAS IT ALL. Transform any room into a lavish haven with the irresistibly plush and beautifully crafted UGG TOSCANA BED BLANKET. The uber-exclusive 100% Toscana sheepskin bed blanket promises to be the most splurge-worthy gift item of the season. Featuring long-haired Toscana sheepskin fully backed with 100% wool; this 50X70 inch home statement piece retails for $4,500 USD and promises to deliver the most luxurious interpretation of the renowned warmth and comfort that can only come from UGG®. The Toscana Bed Blanket is only available at www.uggaustralia.com or through special order at the newly opened UGG® home store at Bloomingdale’s on 59th in New York City.
GIFTS FOR HIM
BladeButter™, the all-natural shaving product that helps your razor last up to ten times longer, has launched their new gift boxes, dubbed “The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer For Guys.” The stylish gift box features the BladeButter™ dragon mascot in a secretive pattern that keeps the contents a mystery. The “Ultimate Stocking Stuffer for Guys” gift box includes a black bow and does not require wrapping. Each gift box costs $18.95 and holds a six-month supply of BladeButter™. The compact design fits nicely inside a standard holiday stocking and offers consumers a hassle-free way to give the gift of better shaves and longer lasting razors.
BladeButter™ contains Tea Tree Oil, Aloe Oil, and Vitamin E which sanitize razors naturally and help repair skin damage. The company’s proprietary Nano Filtration Technology gives BladeButter™ the power to penetrate the metal of razors instantly, protecting blades from the inside out. This unique action prevents oxidation and significantly reduces the friction that wears out blades prematurely.
Bladebutter™ All-Natural Razor Treatments help razors perform better and last up to ten times longer. Users simply treat their current razors for a few seconds before each shave and then they shave as usual. BladeButter™ benefits consumers looking to save money on razors and improve the shaving experience at the same time.
‘Tis the season for ugly reindeer sweaters, awkward holiday parties, and too many hours spent with the in-laws. Thankfully, Harley-Davidson® rides to the rescue with the season’s hottest gifts, from classic-cool leather to the hottest tech and audio toys, there’s something for everyone, whether they ride or not. And for the baddest on your list, give the gift of freedom – learning how to ride a Harley-Davidson through its Riding Academy class. www.H-D.com/Holiday offers hundreds of unique items sure to rev-up the holidays and add some rebellion to the season. With most items priced under $100 and dozens under $50, Harley(®) gifts won’t break the bank, but they’ll definitely break the mold.
Give a gift that’s a start of a whole new lifestyle – learning to ride a motorcycle. THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON RIDING ACADEMY is offered at select Harley-Davidson dealers and provides expert guidance from Motorcycle Safety Foundation® and Harley-Davidson certified coaches to get new riders comfortable and confident on a motorcycle. You can sign someone up today at www.Harley-Davidson.com/learntoride or visit your local dealer for more information.
Ditch the same old and turn to the HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCLOTHES® COLLECTION. The Harley-Davidson Vintage Leather Biker Jacket ($425), a modern piece inspired by the roots of rocker biker culture, will bring unrivaled flare to your loved one’s wardrobe on and off the bike. For woman riders and passengers, the Miss Enthusiast 3-in-1 Leather Jacket ($475) offers a contemporary take on an old-school biker look.
For a gift that gives back, the HARLEY-DAVIDSON OPERATION PERSONAL FREEDOM COLLECTION offers cool styling with 10 percent of the proceeds donated to the WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT. Whether it’s after a long ride through the country or a long day at the office, everyone loves to relax and enjoy a drink. A must-have for the man cave, the Harley-Davidson Rocks Glasses ($45) and Logo Whiskey Stones ($40) are a stylish way to up your cocktail hour.
Shift gears and give the gift of a lifetime – a new 2016 HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTORCYCLE. From the Street 500 (starting at $6,799) to the Street Glide® Special (starting at $23,199), Harley-Davidson offers a motorcycle for every rider. Each motorcycle combines Harley-Davidson’s signature styling with its most powerful lineup ever. With significantly more horsepower than nine reindeer, even Santa will be jealous.
Founded in 2003, BERTUCCI® PERFORMANCE WATCHES™ is recognized around the world for its wide selection of high-performance watches available in a variety of styles, including Field, Vintage and Sport. Every Bertucci watch is designed, engineered and manufactured from the ground up with an emphasis on durability, design and performance. Bertucci watches are manufactured from a variety of materials, including titanium, stainless steel, polycarbonate and carbon fiber. For the fall season, Bertucci® Performance Watches™ introduced the A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field™, a classically designed field watch drawing its inspiration from traditional American outdoor gear design. The watch is built for those who seek a refined watch style combined with the hallmark traits of a classic American field watch. Bertucci watches are sold at specialty outdoor retailers, jewelry stores and other fine retailers with price points ranging from $65 to $480.
The A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field Watch is designed, engineered and built using premium materials and expert craftsmanship and features a four-year battery life and 100 meters water resistance. It is backed by an impressive three-year warranty. For more information about the new Bertucci A-3P Sportsman Vintage Field, visit www.bertucciwatches.com or call 866-665-7327.
A simple solution to the angst of holiday gift giving now comes with the serenity of green grass and wide open spaces. GolfNow, the world’s leading technology company specializing in golf-related products and services, is offering the GolfNow Go. Play. Gift Card, an electronic gift card that can be used to book tee times via GolfNow at more than 5,500 participating golf courses throughout the United States. No matter the occasion, a GolfNow Go. Play. Gift Card is the perfect gift-buying alternative for all the golfers on your list. GolfNow Go. Play. Gift Cards are available for purchase any time of day or night in any amount from $10-$500, are easily e-mailed to recipients and never expire. Buyers also have the option of adding personalized messages for the holidays, birthdays or any number of occasions. Balances can be used toward “Hot Deal” tee times booked online via GolfNow, on the GolfNow mobile app or by telephone at 800-752-9020. There are no fees connected to gift card purchases and they are easily applied to new and existing GolfNow accounts.
GolfNow also provides technology, support and marketing services to more than 9,000 golf courses around the world, and is part of the suite of digital businesses managed by Golf Channel, which is seen in more than 200 million homes worldwide. www.GolfNowSolutions.com.
Lure In Holiday Cheer With Gifts Sure To Have Outdoor Adventurers Hooked
Whether they’re a veteran fish-catching expert, one of the 8.6 million new anglers that wet a line for the first time in the last two years alone* or a friend exploring a new-found passion for the outdoors, this holiday season luring in holiday cheer for the sporting enthusiast on your gift-giving list will be easy as shooting fish in a barrel with the latest best-in-class gear from Rapala, the most trusted name in fishing since 1936.
The following gift ideas will help you reel in the perfect holiday season and guarantee everyone on your gift list thinks of you the next time they hook a wall-worthy trophy fish or land the buck of a lifetime:
THE RAPALA SHADOW RAP(®) SERIES: The hottest lure to hit the water in years, the new Rapala® Shadow Rap® Series will have the angler on your holiday gift list haulin’ in hawgs like never before with an action the pros have dubbed “the death quiver.” This dynamic, lifelike action keeps the bait in the strike zone longer than conventional jerkbaits, upping your friends’ and family members’ chances of hooking their favorite game fish.
RAPALA CLASSIC BIRCH COLLECTION HUNTING KNIVES: Rapala has extended its outdoors expertise from the fish camp to the field with the launch of a new line of knives designed specifically for hunters: The Rapala Classic Birch Collection. Featuring six expertly crafted models — each designed to meet a specific need — the hunters in your life will be thrilled to receive a new set of razor-sharp stainless steel knives that promise to take the headache out of field dressing wild game.
LEGENDARY STRIKEMASTER(®) ICE AUGERS: Leveraging 65+ years of experience reaching fish through the ice, each legendary StrikeMaster(®) auger is meticulously designed to combine power, speed and lightness to win the race to the bottom of the hole each and every time. An ice-crushing innovation, the STRIKEMASTER LAZER MAG is the perfect “big ticket” gift to make this holiday season one the lucky recipient won’t soon forget. Built for battle with the thickest of ice, its highly portable body and powerful 42cc engine make it an excellent option for hole hopping quickly and efficiently. Available in four sizes, the Lazer Mag cuts through ice quicker than a hot knife through butter. Stop by your local sporting goods store or visit www.Rapala.com to outfit your loved ones with these can’t-miss holiday gifts.
The Do-It-Yourselfer on your list will most certainly love the power and magic of BONDIC, the first liquid plastic welder and revolutionary bonding tool. Bondic can fix virtually anything – in four seconds. It’s like having a 3-D Printer in your pocket. Unlike glue, Bondic stays in a liquid state until UV light is applied. That means Bondic works where glue fails. No more mess. No more fingers stuck together. No more waiting for glue to dry. Bondic can fix virtually anything – from phone chargers to glasses, and fishing lures to tail lights. Invented by CEO Robert Harbauer in conjunction with the oral surgeon who created the UV bonding agent for dental procedures, this unique blend of polymers is now available to consumers for everyday mishaps, fix-it needs and hobby projects. Bondic is used in place of glue, yet is much stronger and more durable than glue. Users can create a permanent or temporary bond to any surface by applying the liquid plastic, exposing to UV light to harden, then file, mold and/or paint. The BONDIC STARTER KIT includes Wand, Liquid Plastic, and Curing UV Light.
GIFTS FOR HER
Give the gift of healthy skin with indulgent products filled with luxurious Moroccan Argan Oil. This season, discover a new way to share the hydrating power of Argan Oil with the WHIMSICAL WONDER HOLIDAY COLLECTION from JOSIE MARAN COSMETICS. Made from Josie’s renowned 100% Pure Argan Oil, each gift set features a selection of premium products filled with nutrients and bursting with moisture. Treat your loved ones to natural nourishment, or brighten your own holiday with illuminating skincare products. With everything from rich body butters to colorful cosmetics, the collection is the perfect way to spread healthy holiday cheer.
JOSIE MARAN WHIMSICAL WONDER ARGAN ENLIGHTENMENT ILLUMINIZING TRIO, $26 ($44 value, available online at www.Sephora.com). Reveal your skin’s natural glow with Josie’s Illuminizers in three formats (Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Wand, Argan Enlightenment Illuminizing Powder Veil). The trio’s special blend of poet’s narcissus and Madonna lily gently brighten and even your complexion, while 100% pure Argan oil leaves skin nourished and healthy. Infused with high-performance crystals with multi-colored luster pigments, the formulas have a champagne hue that mimic skin’s natural radiance.
Casio BABY-G Presents Stylish Timepieces For The Holiday Season: This winter, the Casio America, Inc. BABY-G brand is introducing the BA-110CA neo pastel candy color and BGA-210 sport uniform inspired timepieces – both perfect timely gift for the fashionista or sporty gal in your life. Whether singing carols or embarking on a sleigh-riding adventure, the new candy colored series features eye-catching designs that perfectly align with the new spring Pantone colors for 2016 – pastel blue, pink and yellow. These must-have accessories are perfect for on-the-go winter activities and include shock and 100M water resistance, LED light and world time, among others. The three trendy new models, the BA-110CA-2A, BA-110CA-4A and the BA-110CA-9A, are the perfect holiday gift and are all available at select Macy’s and select retailers nationwide for a MSRP of $120.
Complete any game day attire with polished and fresh winter accessories like the new BABY-G sports team uniform designed timepieces. This new collection, the BGA-210-1B, BGA-210-7B1 and the BGA210-7B2, will take you from shooting hoops on the court to a friend’s holiday party with their metallic aluminum bezel in either gold, blue or black tone and features BABY-G is known for such as an LED-lit display face, world time, shock and 100M water resistance, second stopwatch and countdown timer. Perfect for counting down the seconds until the big homecoming football game, the BABY-G dual dial display world timepieces are available at select retailers nationwide for a MSRP of $140.
JOSIE MARAN WHIMSICAL WONDER ARGAN OIL COLOR ESSENTIALS, $34 ($72 value) Embrace the strength and beauty of natural Argan oil with this colorful collection for your skin, lashes, lids, and cheeks. Each item (Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer, Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée in Pink Escape, Coconut Watercolor Eye Shadow in Beach Sand, Argan Black Oil Mascara) is infused with cold-pressed Argan oil, helping to balance, nourish, hydrate, and protect your skin. 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. Available online at www.Sephora.com.
JOSIE MARAN WHIMSICAL WONDER ARGAN OIL SKINCARE ESSENTIALS, $39 ($72 value). Treat your skin to the very best with this collection of Josie’s top-selling Argan-infused products. Rescue dry skin with Josie’s Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, 100% Pure Argan Oil, Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47, Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil and Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot. Available: online at www.Sephora.com.
JOSIE MARAN WHIMSICAL WONDER THE COMPLETE ARGAN SKINCARE RITUAL: TREAT, NOURISH, PROTECT, $52 ($95 value): Full of nutrients that help to balance your skin, the 100% Pure Argan Oil featured in each item of this collection (Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Argan Cleansing Oil:, Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47 Protect and Perfect) is nourishing, hydrating, and safe for all skin types. Available online at www.Sephora.com
JOSIE MARAN WHIMSICAL WONDER WHIPPED ARGAN OIL BODY BUTTER TRIO, $25 ($36 value): Josie’s beloved 100% Pure Argan Oil is whipped to perfection in this trio of indulgent body butters (Vanilla Apricot: A sweet and fruity scent; Sweet Citrus: A bright and refreshing fragrance; Vanilla Bean: A warm, classic favorite). Each butter nourishes skin and replenishes essential fatty acids, leavings skin flawlessly soft and smooth. Available online at www.Sephora.com
If you’re looking for the perfect last-minute gift for the jewelry lovers on your list, look no further. The new Sonic Dazzle Stik Jewelry Cleansing Power Brush – A Better Way to Clean Jewelry — is now available at most major retailers. Featuring a sleek, ergonomic design, the Sonic Dazzle Stik cleans jewelry at 5,000 cycles per minute. This is the first time that hand-held sonic technology — so popular in the skin care industry — has been applied to consumer jewelry cleaning products. The Sonic Dazzle Stik‘s specially engineered UltraSoft bristles have polished tips that help provide the quickest, easiest, most effective jewelry cleaning system available and is packaged with two non-toxic cleansers. Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleansing Gel is ideal for gold, platinum, diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones, pearls and costume jewelry. Dazzle Drops Silver Jewelry Cleansing Creme cleans, polishes, and leaves an anti-tarnish shield on sterling silver, silver-plated jewelry, and silver with gemstones. The Suggested Retail Price for the Sonic Dazzle Stik Jewelry Cleansing Power Brush is $39.99, including two cleaning solutions and two AAA batteries. Solution refills, which come with a new Power Brush head, are sold separately for $7.99.
The holidays are a time to celebrate those special people and honor them with thoughtful presents that enhance their daily lives. This year, give the gift of everlasting comfort to everyone on your shopping list with the new FLIP PILLOW from Contour Products. The FLIP PILLOW is a pillow like no other as it benefits every age group. Its 10-in-one design offers the utmost in pillow comfort while also providing therapeutic wedge support. It gently supports the back while sitting up, soothes the lumbar while working at a desk and cradles the elbows while reading on your stomach. At night, it lets side and stomach sleepers rest without neck strain, elevates the torso for easier breathing or digestion, props up knees to ease sore back muscles or raises the feet. The FLIP PILLOW is available at http://www.contourliving.com and locally at select Bed, Bath & Beyond stores.
This year, stuff the most badass stockings on the block with items like the HARLEY-DAVIDSON TOOL KIT ($85), which will help keep your rider’s bike properly maintained and ready for the next adventure. And staying warm this winter doesn’t have to mean sacrificing flair, with options for him, like the WINDSHIELDER GAUNTLET GLOVES ($90), and her, such as the LACE ACCENT HOODIE ($85), there are Harley-Davidson gifts for every rebel on your list.
The always fabulous products from Le Couvent des Minimes is sure to be a hit this and every Christmas. The LE COUVENT DES MINIMES SPARKLING HAND CREAM DUO, $12 (a $16 value) includes On the Aimable Hand Cream (laced with fresh, sweet-smelling Orange Blossom, this light, non-sticky hydrator helps soften and moisturize dry hands, while Shea Butter helps protect and nourish) and the Matines Hand Cream (a botanical blend that drenches hands in moisture, leaving them feeling hydrated and comforted but not sticky or slick and features notes of fresh Orange and Basil). Available exclusively at ULTA Beauty and online at www.Ulta.com.
The LE COUVENT DES MINIMES DAZZLING HAND & FOOT DUO, $12 (a $16 value) includes the Gardener’s Hand Healer,an antidote for dry, damaged hands. This celebrated original blend combines 20 percent nourishing Shea Butter with seven botanicals (from moisturizing Mimosa to soothing Chamomile and skin-softening Lemon Balm) in an intensely rich, emollient cream. The concentrated formula smells fresh and herbal, and acts like an invisible glove to protect against chapped and dry skin; and the Hiker’s Foot Healer, an highly nourishing and refreshing hydrator that softens skin and soothe the sensation of hot, tired feet. Packed with nourishing botanicals as well as Wintergreen, Tapioca Powder and Peppermint, the non-greasy formula sinks in instantly to help fight dryness and offers relief to feet. Available exclusively at ULTA Beauty and online at www.Ulta.com.
The LE COUVENT DES MINIMES HAND CREAM BOUQUET, $14.50 (a $24 value) consists of two travel-sized Amiable Hand Creams, laced with fresh, sweet-smelling Orange Blossom, this light, non-sticky hydrator helps soften and moisturize dry hands, while Shea Butter helps protect and nourish; Two travel-sized Gardener’s Hand Healer (an antidote for dry, damaged hands, this celebrated original blend combines 20 percent nourishing Shea Butter with seven botanicals, from moisturizing Mimosa to soothing Chamomile and skin-softening Lemon Balm, in an intensely rich, emollient cream. The concentrated formula smells fresh and herbal, and acts like an invisible glove to protect against chapped and dry skin) and two travel-sized Cloister Hand Cream. Made with luminous Rose, refreshing Grapefruit and luscious Berries, this uniquely luxurious hydrator helps restore softness to hands and leaves a delicate botanical scent that lingers. The formula — one of the convent’s original recipes — feels deceptively light. It moisturizes intensely to turn dry hands supple and velvety-smooth. Available exclusively at ULTA Beauty and online at www.Ulta.com.
You can’t let the holiday’s go by without Senteurs d’Orient, who have handcrafted the perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list! SENTEURS D’ORIENT believes that soap should be beautiful and whimsical. Made in Lebanon from the finest natural ingredients, their luxurious products are lovingly handcrafted in our atelier. Each fragrances captures the Orient’s most treasured flowers and senses to transport your mind and exalt your body.
With designs inspired by traditional Lebanese pastries of the same name, the Ma’amoul Soap is the perfect hand soap. With designs inspired by the traditional Lebanese Ma’amoul pastries, each pure vegetal soap takes your senses on a luxurious voyage to the world of scents and textures and sculpted to take your senses on a luxurious voyage to the world of scents and textures. Price: $43.00. Available at www.senteursdorient.com
SALLY HANSEN and NYC NEW YORK COLOR have the perfect products to make you dazzle! Let your eyes sparkle with the NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dusts and add some metallic and sparkly shades to your nails with the beautiful glitter polishes from NYC New York Color and the much adored metallic and red shades from the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Line.
NYC New York Color Sparkle Eye Dust ($2.99) is a pure, pigmented eye dust that instantly illuminates eyes with serious sparkle and true color payoff. This richly pigmented eye shadow has an alluring, pearlescent finish that accentuates eyes with an instant pearl shimmer. Available in Opal Sparkle, Aquamarine Sparkle, Diamond Dust, Amethyst Dazzle, Amber Glitz, Smokey Topaz, Bronze Shimmer, Brilliant Sapphire, Golden Champagne and Pink Topaz.
NYC New York Color In a Minute Nail Polish– ($1.99)- At last, a manicure that moves at the speed of Manhattan. Feel the need for speed? Just paint and run. NYC’s In a Minute nail polish will bring your nails a beautiful mani from runway shows in less than 60 seconds. With its special flat brush, just dispenses the right amount of color, for perfect and ultra-fast application. Shades shown: Sea Of Diamonds, NY Princess, Ruby Slippers, Fashion Queen
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color, $9.99: A revolutionary development in nail color, Miracle Gel™ is the only true two-step, at-home gel manicure with no light needed. Simply apply the Miracle Gel™ color of your choice, then follow with Miracle Gel™ Top Coat. The polish is cured by natural light, so there’s no need for a UV or LED lamp. Enjoy up to 14 days of color and shine, and then remove with regular nail-polish remover. (No soak—no joke!). Shades Shown: Buffalo Nickel, Terra Coppa, Spice Age, Game Of Chromes and Rhapsody Red
CARGO COSMETICS’ VENICE ENCHANTMENT EYE SHADOW PALETTE: Inspired by deep tapestry shades and Venetian architecture, the Venice Enchantment palette is brimming with rich shades of antiqued gold, burnished copper and deep burgundy. The palette is packed with 12 wearable shades, 1 Eye Pencil in Black and 1 dual ended brush to help you create endless looks. Price: $34 Available through the holidays at www.CargoCosmetics.com, www.Ulta.com & Kohl’s Beauty
CARGO COSMETICS’ LIMITED EDITION GEL LIP COLORS: The Limited Edition weightless, gel textured lip colors are back in new fall and wintery shades. The set of four flattering shades nourish lips with antioxidants and glide on smooth for full moisturized, soft lips. Set in a design influenced by the architecture of Venice. Price: $25 Available through the holidays at www.CargoCosmetics.com, www.Ulta.com & Kohl’s Beauty.
GIFTS OF BEAUTY
LAUREN B. THE NUDE COLLECTION: The natural, clean-manicure look is huge this season – here’s how to master it once and for all. The “rainbow” of nude shades, from porcelain to espresso brown, looks insanely flattering and refined on every skin tone. So it’s easy to wear your perfect match or veer unexpectedly lighter or richer and still stay perfectly on trend. 5 polishes, $75 (a $105 value!)
CARGO COSMETICS’ LIMITED EDITION MAGIC BRUSH DUO: The ultimate all-in-one brush set. The Magic Brush and Magic Eye Brush can go from liquid to powder and dark to light shades thanks to scientifically engineered synthetic fibers that act like a magnet to deposit powder but also allow it to wipe off effortlessly with a tissue as you go through your routine. Together they are the only two brushes you need. Available for a limited time in marsala and rose gold. Price: $42 Available through the holidays at www.CargoCosmetics.com & Kohl’s Beauty.
LAUREN B. THE LUXURY NAIL COUTURE COLLECTION: A perfect, glossy finish says elegant lady; sultry purples and glitter telegraph cool girl. The stars of this set? Our flaw-disguising Nail Perfecter; Pacific Palisades, a cool, lush shade of orchid violet (and Pantone color of the year); Mulholland Drive, a deeply sexy purple hue that isn’t too inky; Hollywood Boulevard, a multicolor glitter that’s super-chic layered over dark polish or worn simply on its own; and our Gel-Like Top Coat, for a quick-drying, salon gel manicure effect that lasts and lasts. 5 polishes, $75 (a $117 value!)
Philip B FOUR STEP HAIR & SCALP TREATMENT SET ($94): Packed with super-light essential oils, Philip B’s award-winning conditioning treatment sinks right in, offering long-term repair to all hair types. The set plumps dull, dry, over-it hair with precious moisture. Any excess on the surface simply shampoos away, so there’s no added weight. Transforms all hair types: Magnifies shine and softness. Strengthens to leave hair smooth, manageable and tangle-free. Lends sexy body to fine, limp strands Detoxes your scalp: Lifts away scalp oils and product buildup; leaves your scalp tingly-clean for extra lift at the roots With easy directions and 4 full-size products for multiple, life-changing treatments color & keratin-treatment safe. This is the Classic formula. Also available in a Paraben-Free formula. Available on www.PhilipB.com.
LAUREN B. THE ULTIMATE TREATMENT COLLECTION: 7 time-saving botanical breakthroughs: These guarantee that your nails are worth showing off – with or without polish. Use the botanically-powered Nourishing Hand Cream, Nail & Cuticle Balm and Cuticle Oil daily to smooth and soothe. The Nail Polish Remover Pads hydrate skin and smell like flowers; the Nail Growth Serum saturates nails with amino acids and vitamins to spur growth; and the Nail Perfecter is so good at disguising flaws that you may want to skip colored polish entirely. Plus, the high-tech Gel-Like Top Coat creates an exceptionally long-wearing, high-gloss finish. 7 treatments, $195 (a $212 value!) WHERE TO FIND: www.LaurenBBeauty.com, Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-porter, www.Anthropologie.com, and other fine retailers worldwide.
GIFTS TO HELP OTHERS
Get into the Holiday Spirit with Heifer International! This holiday season, Heifer International wants to making gift-giving easy, festive and fun, but always with a focus on helping families improve their lives with livestock and training. A Heifer gift is no ordinary gift. Heifer’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. You can transform a family by visiting www.heifer.org and making a donation. www.heifer.org
GIFTS FOR PETS
The Harajuku Lovers Pet Collection was designed by Gwen Stefani and ranges in price from $5 to $20. The line features more than 30 trend-forward products, such as the cozy Union Jack Sweater (adorable!), colorful Doughnut Toy, fashionable black and white Checkers Socks and a snazzy Fedora Hat. There’s even a Shoe Chew Toy for owners with pets who loves chewing on their favorite footwear. From playful apparel to emoji-inspired toys, there is something to fit every dog’s style.
For pet parents who want to give their dogs a full Harajuku makeover and truly bring the line to life, Petco’s grooming salons will also offer a Harajuku Lovers (Pet) Spa Package featuring custom shampoo and conditioner, fashion “pawlish” and fashionable accessories from the Harajuku Lovers pet collection.
NOVELTY GIFTS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER INTRODUCES THE MISTLETOE DRONE
Continuing its 167-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Mistletoe Drone, a remote controlled hovering ball of holiday whimsy that compels unrestrained Yuletide mirth. Eliminating the need climb a ladder to mount a sprig of mistletoe over a door opening or to wait for the object of your affection to walk beneath it, this easy-to-fly quadcopter puts a modern spin on a centuries old holiday tradition. The rotors of The Mistletoe Drone are safely housed within a ribbon-decorated spherical cage of cunningly reproduced mistletoe leaves and berries, preventing any mood-spoiling impacts or becoming entangled in partygoers’ hair. Its rechargeable battery provides up to five minutes of amorous (or awkward) potential from a 30-minute charge with the remote, which requires six AA batteries. The Mistletoe Drone is available from Hammacher Schlemmer for $69.95. For more information about this product, please visit www.hammacher.com.