EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS ELVES PREPPED FOR VERY LAST-MINUTE HOLIDAY DELIVERIES

LEADER IN FRESH FRUIT ARRANGEMENTS 1000+ STORES ARE MAKING IT EASY FOR SHOPPERS SCRAMBLING TO FINISH THEIR GIFT LISTS

Thousands of EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS elves in towns and cities across the US and Canada are poised to come to the rescue for last-minute holiday shoppers over the next few days. The pioneer and leader in hand-sculpted, fresh fruit arrangements is offering same-day delivery every day through Christmas Eve to make it easier to take care of everyone’s holiday list, and as always without any of the hidden rush fees many others are charging.

HOLIDAY HOUSE BOUQUET™

HOLIDAY HOUSE BOUQUET™

We know there are a lot of people who wait until the last minute to finish their shopping and we want to make it as easy as possible for them to check every name off their list,” said EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS CEO TARIQ FARID. “Our Christmas and other holiday collections are filled with fresh, delicious gifts and we are doing same-day delivery through Christmas Eve. And unlike many other National gift delivery companies, our local franchisees in towns across North America ensure that gifts are personally delivered and never, ever add rush fees.”  Continue reading

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PANDORA LAUNCHES STUNNING JEWELRY SETS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

In time for the holiday gift-giving season, PANDORA JEWELRY introduces three exquisite new coordinating sets. The new pieces feature blue topaz, smoky quartz or blue pearl as a statement ring, earrings, charm or pendant.

PANDORA LAUNCHES STUNNING JEWELRY SETS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

PANDORA LAUNCHES STUNNING JEWELRY SETS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The striking blue tones of the blue topaz and the autumnal brown hue of the smoky quartz in the new “Breeze” collection create distinctive jewelry pieces for the autumn and winter months and beyond. These pieces are set in shining sterling silver and are available as a dangle charm, cocktail ring or earrings. The dangle charm looks great styled on either a bracelet or a necklace. The deep blue pearl is paired with black rhodium in a matching ring and stud earring set. Each piece of jewelry can be worn on its own for an eye-PRN-PANDORA-LOGO-B-1y-1-2Highcatching look or combined with pieces from the existing PANDORA collection.

The holidays are a time to shine and the vibrant colors of the new coordinating sets will make every woman stand out,” said ANGEL ILAGAN, VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING, PANDORA NORTH AMERICA. “Each set offers affordable options to update any festive look.”

The pieces from these sets retail for $45 – $100 and are available at PANDORA retailers across North America. Visit Pandora.net to view the new pieces from the Holiday collection or to locate a retailer.

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR WOMEN (PART TWO): GIFTS SHE WILL REALLY LOVE!

Written and Compiled by Phillip D. Johnson/Editorial Director

GENEVA WATCH GROUP ICE-WATCH SILI FORVEVER COLLECTION

Much like the Beatles, ICE-WATCH TIMEPIECES (www.genevawatchgroup.com), which have taken Europe by storm with their unique style and bursts of color, has made their much-anticipated debut in the U.S. Designed to be a fashion accessory as well as a watch, the 10-color signature line is the foundation of the ICE-WATCH brand.  Right on point with the hottest trends for spring 2013, the brand’s best-selling style, “Sili Forever,” allows consumers to express their individuality and embrace change through a rainbow of options.  The 10 “Sili Forever” color ways allow consumers to choose a color that not only suits the latest trend, but also reveals the consumer’s mood. This concept does not stop with the watch; the ICE-WATCH packaging itself is designed around a coin slot encouraging consumers to save up for their next Ice-Watch to change their look.  Whatever the occasion, mood, or style, Ice-Watch has the consumer covered. With over 2MM fans on Facebook, the brand already has a huge consumer following. Via social sharing, ICE-WATCH‘s colorful collection is perfectly positioned to reach U.S. consumers and brighten up any social outlet with the click of a button.  To further its popularity, the brand has quickly developed a strong celebrity following including DAVID GUETTA, KATY PERRY and THE BLACK EYED PEAS who have all been seen wearing the brightly colored wrist candy in their music videos. The suggested retail price across the ten colorful styles in the SILI FOREVER COLLECTION ranges from $99.00 – $109.00 and will be available in 350 Macy’s stores coast to coast and macys.com

Burberry ORCHARD IN QUILTED NAPPA LEATHER

Burberry ORCHARD IN QUILTED NAPPA LEATHER

The BURBERRY WOMEN’S ORCHARD IN QUILTED NAPPA LEATHER ($2,695.00) is a medium(-sized) equestrian quilted nappa leather tote bag with polished metal duck head, an ornamental duck head created using bespoke lost-wax casting, with hand-finished suede handles, oversize polished metal hardware and the signature Burberry Prorsum grosgrain lining. It is the bag she is meant to carry. www.burberry.com.

Dior for Printemps Christmas 2012 Collection - 'LADY DIOR' bag* in lambskin, "D.I.O.R" charms with star lace effect, (2 700 €)

Dior for Printemps Christmas 2012 Collection – ‘LADY DIOR’ bag* in lambskin, “D.I.O.R” charms with star lace effect, (2 700 €)

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Panama Jack Puts A New Spin On Holiday Gift-Giving With Updated Beach Cruiser Bicycle Classic

For many generations of children, finding a shiny new bicycle under the Christmas tree was one of their most cherished childhood memories.  This season, grown-up children can create new holiday memories by giving themselves or someone special PANAMA JACK‘s new-classic beach cruiser bicycle. The retro-styled bikes capture the brand’s fun, escapist lifestyle.  They also provide the “wheels” to embark on new adventures.

Give the man in your life new wheels for the holidays. Panama Jack's retro-styled 26" men’s Beach Cruiser Bicycle is the perfect holiday gift for him. The cruiser is reminiscent of vintage motorcycles from the 1930s. (PRNewsFoto/Panama Jack)

Give the man in your life new wheels for the holidays. Panama Jack’s retro-styled 26″ men’s Beach Cruiser Bicycle is the perfect holiday gift for him. The cruiser is reminiscent of vintage motorcycles from the 1930s. (PRNewsFoto/Panama Jack)

PANAMA JACK teamed up with leading bicycle manufacturer, HUFFY CORPORATION, two years ago, to produce a line of beach cruiser bikes that reflected the brand’s beach lifestyle; and the companies’ collaboration resulted in an updated classic cruiser that sets a new standard for an old favorite.  The PANAMA JACK BIKE‘s wide tires, roomy seat, sturdy frame and single-speed operation are converting many casual cyclists into avid “cruisers.” The bikes are hugely popular with teenagers, college students, baby boomers and active seniors who find the bikes to be a convenient mode of transportation, a statement about their values, and a fun way to explore old and new places.

Panama Jack puts a new spin on an old classic with its 26" Beach Cruiser Bicycle for women. The bike's bold beach colors make it the perfect holiday gift for her. Its vacation vibe will brighten her entire year. (PRNewsFoto/Panama Jack)

Panama Jack puts a new spin on an old classic with its 26″ Beach Cruiser Bicycle for women. The bike’s bold beach colors make it the perfect holiday gift for her. Its vacation vibe will brighten her entire year. (PRNewsFoto/Panama Jack)

PANAMA JACK‘s cruiser comes in both a 26-inch men’s and women’s model. Newer twists include a bold beach-colored frame, wood-grain trim, cork hand grips, a beverage holder and opener, and a handlebar bag.  Retail giants Walmart and Targets both sell the bike, as do other regional stores. The bikes typically range in price from $159 to $179.

HUFFY CORPORATION is a private company with more than 100 years of experience in the bicycle business. Its bikes are huffy_logohallmarks of innovative design, high-quality components, proven durability and time-tested performance. The company offers products for all ages from tricycles, scooters and children’s bicycles to BMX, mountain, cruiser and commuter bikes. The company first introduced cruiser bicycles in 1933, modeling them after balloon-tire-equipped motorcycles of the day; with the bikes’ popularity skyrocketing over the next three decades. The bicycles were even called into service by the U.S. military and U.S. Postal Service. Interest in cruisers waned with the advent of lighter racing bikes, but re-emerged strongly in the late 1990s, and has been climbing ever since. Increasingly, the beach cruiser’s versatility, easy handling, smooth ride, and affordability comfortably fit people’s lifestyles today.
The success of Panama Jack cruisers is exciting,” said RAY THOMSON, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING AT HUFFY CORPORATION.  “We believed that combining the great Panama Jack ‘look’ with a comfortable, easy-to-ride cruiser was exactly what was needed for adults.  Riding a cruiser makes you feel like you’re on vacation, which is what Panama Jack is all about.”

PJSuncareLogo PANAMA JACK is an international company that built a powerful brand and loyal following with products synonymous with carefree beach living.  The company’s offerings include suncare, sunglasses, apparel, sandals and shoes, hats, jewelry, beach chairs and umbrellas.  PANAMA JACK added beach cruiser bicycles to its offerings in 2010, and opened the first of several retail stores at top travel destinations.  It introduced the PANAMA JACK HOME COLLECTION featuring indoor and outdoor furniture last year, making it possible for people to live the Panama Jack lifestyle at home.  Founded in 1974, the company is based in Orlando, Florida.

The Panama Jack brand started on the beaches in resort destinations but has made its way into people’s everyday lives,” said PANAMA JACK PRESIDENT KIM MANNA.  “Our beach cruisers provide consumers with the chance to live the Panama Jack lifestyle wherever they may be.  They have the opportunity to escape and relax.”

The bikes are available at www.huffy.com/products/PanamaJack.aspx, Walmart, www.walmart.com, Target, www.target.com, www.target.com/p/huffy…panamajackbike…/-/A-13823690, www.walmart.com/ip/Huffy-PanamaJackBike/16775666, www.meijer.com/s/26-inch…panamajackbike/_/R-214641,

For more information, visit http://www.huffy.com.

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR WOMEN: PART ONE – GIFTS OF BEAUTY

Written & Compiled by Phillip D. Johnson/Editorial Director

There are so much great gifts for women this year, I will be dividing the guide into two. Part one of the FASHION+LIFESTYLE 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS OF BEAUTY FOR WOMEN is all about what makes her beautiful. Gift sets from fragrance and beauty companies usually sells well during the end of year holiday season and there’s a very good reason for that: This allows women (and men) to sample new fragrances and beauty products without having to financially commit to a full-size bottle or said fragrance and/or lipstick and eyeshadow. The following gifts sets are at the top of my list. I also threw some potential beauty stocking stuffers as well. Enjoy.

Elizabeth Arden CERAMIDE PLUMP PERFECT ULTRA LIFT  FIRM MOISTURE HOLIDAY SET

Elizabeth Arden CERAMIDE PLUMP PERFECT ULTRA LIFT FIRM MOISTURE HOLIDAY SET

Luxurious shadows, enchanting scents and chic packaging makes the new, ELIZABETH ARDEN HOLIDAY GIFT SETS, a must-haves this season. Every woman looking for simple solutions to reverse signs of aging would be thrilled to receive the new CERAMIDE PLUMP PERFECT ULTRA LIFT / FIRM MOISTURE HOLIDAY SET ($80.00).  Complete with MOISTURE CREAM SPF 30, ULTRA RESTORATIVE CAPSULES, ALL NIGHT REPAIR & MOISTURE CREAM and EYE CREAM SPF 15, this gift set will allow her to be the absolute best she can be. For the woman who flourishes in floral, ELIZABETH ARDEN’s PRETTY HOLIDAY SET ($55.00) is the perfect stocking stuffer.  Included in this fashionable package is the floral Eau de Parfum Spray and Body Lotion.  Travel size items are also included in this stylish gift set.

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set - Green Tea Holiday Set

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set – Green Tea Holiday Set

The GREEN TEA HOLIDAY VALUE SET ($40.00 and my favorite gift set from this group) is ideal for anyone looking for a subtle scent of energy and freshness in light Spray and ultra-moisturizing Shower Gel and Body Lotion. What I liked best about this gift set is that men can also enjoy the products in this gift set. The light Spray has a floral/spicy mix that I truly loved, and the shower gel and lotion is equally unisex enough for men to try and love them. This gift set delivers revitalizing ingredients without stripping skin of natural oils.

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set - 5th Ave Holiday Set

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set – 5th Ave Holiday Set

Any dedicated Elizabeth Arden fan will appreciate –and indulge in—the new 5TH AVENUE HOLIDAY SET ($50.00).  This gift set allows you to sample the company’s signature fragrance and revel in its beauty. The MOISTURIZING BODY LOTION, HYDRATING CREAM, CLEANSER AND EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY are sophisticated and modern, just like New York’s very own star studded street. Also launching just in time for holiday is the new, LIMITED EDITION EIGHT HOUR CREAM NEW YORK COLLECTION, great for holiday stocking stuffers and all the benefits of the cult favorite EIGHT HOUR CREAM women love.  Available in a lip protectant, hand cream and much more. All these gifts and others from Elizabeth Arden are available online at www.elizabetharden.com, kohl’s, www.kohls.com, www.dillards.com, Dillards, www.ulta.com, Ulta Beauty Boutiques, www.amazon.com.

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set

Elizabeth Arden 2012 Holiday Gift Set

Classic, glamorous and elegant – just like its creator ELIZABETH TAYLORWHITE DIAMONDS, with its rich, multifaceted floral scent, is an iconic fragrance to treasure.  The fragrance—inspired by her great passions – the lush beauty of her gardens and the brilliant glamour of the diamonds she loved—reflects the deep feminine warmth and enduring beauty of its namesake icon. . In an extravagantly beautiful golden and jeweled box, the WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR GIFT SET is radiant and dazzlingly gorgeous and holds a gift of a fragrance that she can treasure. Offered only during the holiday season, the WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR HOLIDAY GIFT SET (a $120 value, retails for $60) includes a 3.3 fl. oz. Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel, .5 fl. oz. Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel, 3.3 oz. Perfumed Body Cream and a 3.3 fl. oz. Gentle Moisturizing Body Wash.

WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR GIFT SET

WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR GIFT SET

If diamonds are on her list (and the budget won’t stretch), what better way to brighten her holiday than the HOLIDAY WATCH from WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR? This special timepiece is as legendary as the fragrance itself and was inspired by Taylor’s unique jewelry collection. This year’s Holiday Watch features a rich, burnished gold face strewn with sparkling faux diamonds and complemented by a gold band. This fabulous accessory will add a touch of glitz and glamour to any wrist for holiday seasons to come.  The Holiday Watch is available as a gift with purchase of any Elizabeth Taylor fragrance of $52 or more. The WHITE DIAMONDS ELIZABETH TAYLOR HOLIDAY GIFT SET and HOLIDAY WATCH is available at Macy’s and fine department stores nationwide. Offer is limited to one gift per customer, while supplies last. Continue reading

HAPPY HEALTHY HOLIDAYS FROM BALANCE BAR!: BALANCE BAR CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF YUMMY HEALTHY GOODNESS WITH DISTINCTIVE BALANCE BAR’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY GIFT ASSORTMENT

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To celebrate 20 years of healthy goodness, BALANCE BAR® from the BALANCE BAR COMPANY, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bar leaders, has created a special 20TH ANNIVERSARY HOLIDAY GIFT featuring 20 of its most popular flavors, a beautiful gift box and a commemorative tote bag, which will be appreciated by long-time BALANCE BAR aficionados and is a perfect way to introduce new users to all the delicious and nutritious Balance Bar flavors.

BALANCE BAR 20TH ANNIVESARY HEALTHY HOLIDAY GIFT ASSORTMENT

BALANCE BAR 20TH ANNIVERSARY HEALTHY HOLIDAY GIFT ASSORTMENT

The BALANCE BAR HEALTHY HOLIDAY GIFT ASSORTMENT makes for a grand presentation in a blue and silver keepsake box emblazoned with the Balance Bar logo. The tote is eco-friendly and perfect for the gym, shopping and running errands. Continue reading

RESTAURANT.COM’S FIFTH ANNUAL FEED IT FORWARD PROGRAM OFFERS GUILT-FREE GIFTING

ANNUAL SPIRIT OF GIVING SURVEY RESULTS REVEALED

In the spirit of giving, RESTAURANT.COM kicks off the company’s FIFTH ANNUAL FEED IT FORWARD FREE GIVING PROGRAM.  The program allows consumers to “gift” everyone on their holiday list, avoiding gift-giving guilt.

According to the 2012 RESTAURANT.COM ANNUAL SPIRIT OF GIVING SURVEY, 85 percent of consumers stated they feel guilty if they exclude someone from their holiday shopping list. FEED IT FORWARD solves this problem allowing participants to give away up to 100 free $10 RESTAURANT.COM EGIFT CARDS daily now through January 1, 2013.
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Restaurant.com is thrilled to bring back, by popular demand, Feed It Forward and we are happy to help consumers give to everyone on their gift list–be it friends, neighbors, teachers, mail carriers and acquaintances,” said CHRISTOPHER KROHN, PRESIDENT AND CMO OF RESTAURANT.COM. “The Feed it Forward program is a way to continue to give throughout the season without exhausting holiday budgets that may be overextended by Black Friday or Cyber Monday.”

HOW TO FEED IT FORWARD: To date, 1.5 million people have fed it forward with RESTAURANT.COM. Those in the giving spirit this holiday season should visit FeedItForward.Restaurant.com and can log in with a Restaurant.com or Facebook account. To give, participants access their Facebook, Gmail or Yahoo! contacts to select recipients or manually enter email addresses to spread the holiday cheer. Recipients will redeem their gifts through the Feed It Forward site. The GIFTED RESTAURANT.COM EGIFT CARDS never expire and can be redeemed for any $10 Gift Certificate to a participating Restaurant.com restaurant. Continue reading