Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Williams Sonoma and Casamigos Tequila And Mezcal Launch Premium Glassware, Bar Tools And Entertaining Accessories Perfect For Home Entertaining

New Co-branded Products Will Be Added to Current Assortment of Premium Cocktail Mixes, Salts and Gift Sets

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc., portfolio of brands, announced today the launch of new premium glassware, bar tools and entertaining accessories in partnership with Casamigos, the award-winning, ultra-premium Tequila and Mezcal brand. The new products are the latest additions to the co-branded collaboration that launched earlier this summer with premium cocktail mixes, salts and gift set.

Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal was founded by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Discovery Land Company CEO & founder Michael Meldman. Launched in 2013, these small batch, ultra-premium tequilas are made from the finest hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years. Casamigos Blanco Tequila, rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila, aged 7 months in the finest American oak barrels, is soft, slightly oaky with a medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Añejo Tequila, aged 14 months in the finest American oak barrels, has a beautiful pure and refined complex aroma with a lingering smooth finish.

Casamigos Collaboration with Williams Sonoma – Cocktail Mixes, Bar Tools and Glassware (Photo: Business Wire)

Launched in 2018, Casamigos Mezcal, made in Oaxaca, Mexico with 100% Espadín Agaves, rests up to 2 months and is balanced, and elegant with delicate notes of smoke leading to a long silky finish.

The Casamigos bar tools, coasters and cocktail tray are designed to reflect the Casamigos aesthetic. The collection is crafted from hand-stitched leather with graphic embossing, gunmetal-iron finishes and rustic wood detailing. Each piece is made with thoughtful detail, including a cocktail tray that comes with a removable marble slab, and glassware crafted out hand cut, machine-blown glass with sleek geometric designs.

Casamigos Bar Tools and Entertaining Collection for Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

For Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal co-founder Rande Gerber, who took a very hands-on approach to the project, the collaboration felt natural: “Design is very personal for me. I wanted to create a line of glassware and bar tools that I would want to use and feel good in your hand. Everything from the shaker to the coasters are what I want at my bar.”

Our exclusive, co-branded cocktail mixes have quickly become best-sellers and the new additions to our assortment help our customers craft the perfect Casamigos cocktail,” said Williams Sonoma President, Ryan Ross. “I know our customers and fans of Casamigos will enjoy our collaboration on glassware, bar tools and entertaining pieces as much as I do.

Casamigos Glassware for Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The Casamigos for Williams Sonoma collection includes:

Casamigos Glassware:

  • Casamigos Double Old Fashioned Glass, $14.95 each
  • Casamigos Highball Glass, $16.95 each
  • Casamigos Margarita Glass, $19.95 each
  • Casamigos Shot Glass, $9.95 each

Casamigos Bar Tools:

  • Casamigos Shaker, $49.95 each
  • Casamigos Bar Tool Set, $99.95 each
  • Casamigos Bar Tool Set with Shaker, $149.95 each

Casamigos Entertaining Accessories:

  • Casamigos Coasters Set of Four with Holder, $59.95 each
  • Casamigos Ice Bucket, $149.95 each
  • Casamigos Pitcher, $99.95 each
  • Casamigos Tray, $149.95 each

In addition to the launch of the new bar tools, glassware and entertaining pieces, Williams Sonoma and Casamigos recently unveiled a new Pumpkin Spice seasonal cocktail mix. The Fall flavor is the latest addition to the co-branded cocktail mixes which include Ginger Lime Mule, Grapefruit Orange Paloma, Signature Margarita and Blackberry Basil Smash. The premium cocktail mixes are handcrafted in small batches and designed to be enjoyed simply by adding Casamigos Tequila or Mezcal and ice. Each mix is 25.4 fl. oz. (approx. 8 servings) and retails for $18.95 each.

Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal has garnered the highest accolades from the spirit industry’s most well-respected authority figures. The Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal family is available throughout the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and expanding worldwide. Casamigos Tequila 40% Alc./Vol. Casamigos Mezcal, 40% Alc./Vol. For more information please visit http://www.casamigos.com. Follow us on social media @casamigos. ENJOY RESPONSIBLY Imported by Casamigos Spirits Company, Manhasset, NY.

Macy’s Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by Embracing Unity Through the Art, Music, and Fashion of Latinx Creators

Special appearances by Grammy winners Jesse & Joy, musical talent Amara La Negra, Buzzfeed’s Curly Velasquez, Grammy nominated Los Rakas, and comedian and actor Cheech Marin

Local art displays featuring artists, David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard, and Salvadorian art

Stitch Lab and Macy’s introducing Latinx brands at select stores

Macy’s will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15, highlighting the creation of unity through art, music and fashion. During the month-long celebration, Macy’s will host free events around the country to celebrate how visual art, music and fashion by Latinx producers can create harmony across different cultures and communities.

Macy’s is thrilled to provide a platform for Latinx musicians, artists and designers, as well as our own colleagues, to shine at our stores nationwide,” said Shawn Outler, Macy’s chief diversity officer. “We are proud to support the work and influence of these leaders in the Hispanic community – bringing individuals together to honor their culture with pride.”

Special In-Store Appearances

Cheech Marin, Mexican-American comedian, actor and one of the world’s largest collectors of Chicano art, will visit Macy’s Victoria Gardens on September 18 to discuss the new Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry. The center is scheduled to open in 2021 in collaboration with the Riverside Art Museum.

At Macy’s Valley Fair on September 28, Latin Hip-Hop duo and Panamanian cousins, Los Rakas, will perform hits that led to their 2017 Grammy nomination. The duo will take guests on a cultural journey through their music.

Star of Love & Hip-Hop: Miami, Amara La Negra, will appear in New York City at Macy’s Herald Square on October 10, performing her top hits. The Afro-Latina from Miami, FL, and born to Dominican parents, is a musical powerhouse to all.

Mexican siblings, composers, musicians, and social activists, Jesse & Joy, will perform at Macy’s Dadeland on October 12 and Macy’s Memorial City on October 13.

Additional Events

Macy’s locations in Florida, Illinois, and California, including Macy’s Victoria Gardens, Macy’s Baldwin Hills, Macy’s Pembroke Lakes, and Macy’s Gurnee Mills stores, will honor unity through unique forms of local Hispanic art. Local artists David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard will be featured at Macy’s Pembroke Lakes.

Macy’s and Stitch Lab are uniting forces to promote emerging Latinx brands across the United States by showcasing four talented designers from Latin America exclusively at The Market @ Macy’s. Josefina by Vero Solis and Quote Me will be available at Macy’s Century City and Macy’s Fashion Show Mall, and PETRA and Demasiado will be available at Macy’s Lenox Square and Macy’s North Star Mall for the months of September and October. The Market @ Macy’s is a full-service marketplace that offers shoppers the chance to discover new products, services, and activations each month in a boutique setting.

Hispanic Community Engagement

Macy’s is dedicated to making life shine brighter through service to our customers, colleagues, and communities. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Macy’s will provide a total of $40,000 in grants to organizations that support education through scholarships and enlightening school programs.

Current partners, who are helping with the grant distribution, are the Hispanic Federation, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and LULAC. The Hispanic Federation aims to provide parents and children alike with the tools to succeed in the education system. The Hispanic Scholarship fund empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a high education, while providing scholarship and support to as many students as possible. LULAC, League of United Latin American Citizens, is the oldest surviving Latino civil rights organization in the United States and focuses on the advancement of the Hispanic population in the United States.

Event Listing

Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month events will be held at the following stores:

  • Macy’s Victoria Gardens (Rancho Cucamonga, CA) – Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. Chicano Art with Cheech Marin
  • Macy’s Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) – Saturday, Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. honoring Salvadorian culture with Curly Velasquez and Salvies Who Lunch
  • Macy’s Valley Fair (Santa Clara, CA) – Saturday, Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. celebrating through music with bilingual Hip-Hop duo Los Rakas
  • Macy’s Pembroke Lakes (Miami) – Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. with Miami artists David Le Batard and Gonzalo “Papi” Le Batard
  • Macy’s Herald Square (New York City) – Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. celebrating through music with Dominican-American Artist Amara La Negra
  • Macy’s Gurnee Mills (Chicago) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. celebrating art and music for families
  • Macy’s Dadeland (Miami) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. celebrating through music with Mexican Pop Duo Jesse & Joy
  • Macy’s Santa Ana Mainplace (Santa Ana, CA) – Saturday, Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. embracing style with best-selling author and expert Erika De La Cruz
  • Macy’s Memorial City (Houston) – Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m. celebrating through music with Mexican American Pop Duo Jesse & Joy

For additional information on Macy’s Hispanic Heritage Month festivities and special guests, please visit www.macys.com/celebrate.

Captain Morgan and Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the Ultimate Captain’s Night In

The Iconic Spirits Brand and Famed Actor Will Take Over A House Party for one lucky Winner, Bringing Holiday Spirit, Fashionable Ugly Sweaters and a Larger-Than-Life Snow Globe

It isn’t a holiday party until you add CaptainMorgan (Celebrating life, every day, everywhere.)and Adam Devine, so this season, they’re hitting up (er, crashing) one lucky house party for the person with the most holiday cheer. But before they set off on this merry adventure, they must identify someone who conveys the Captain’s sense of fun and they’re turning to Captain Morgan fans for help.

Captain Morgan Rum and Actor/Chief Party Officer Adam Devine Are Bringing Their Yuletide Joy To Your Holiday Party for the “Ultimate Captain’s Night In” (PRNewsfoto/Captain Morgan)

Adult party throwers (21 years and older) may write in to tell Captain Morgan and Devine why they need to “crash” their house party by following and commenting on the Captain Morgan brand’s Instagram account,@CaptainMorganUSA, and using the hashtag #CaptainsNightInContest.

“With all the house parties happening this season, I challenge all my festive fans to give us the best reasons for coming to their holiday soiree because I’ve got my ugly sweater and frosted cookies ready,” said Devine. “I don’t know where the evening will take us, but one thing’s for sure, it’s going to be one helluva night in.”

Captain Morgan and Devine will then select a winner and transform one holiday house party into the ultimate “Captain’s Night In,” with bright lights on the outside, holiday sweaters galore, a life-sized snow globe and more.

“Throughout the holidays, we know people enjoy fun times with friends right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Linda Bethea, Vice President of Captain Morgan.”Whether they’re competing for the ugliest holiday outfit or playing yuletide games, holiday party goers are staying in to enjoy the evening responsibly. So, it’s only fitting that we deploy Adam to bring fun to these festivities in a way that only Captain Morgan can for those hosting the best holiday house party.”

Don’thave an ugly sweater yet? The Captain’s got you covered. Head to the CaptainMorgan online store to get all the sweaters, onesies and jumpsuits you need for an epic night in. There’s even a Captain Morgan body pillow for those needing some extra holiday love this season. We can’t forget that with every holiday celebration comes great responsibility. So, when raising a glass, always do so in moderation—the Captain is always watching!

Full contest rules and regulations can be found here, no purchase necessary 21 and older.

Happy holidays from Captain Morgan, may all your house parties be merry and bright!

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels & Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

Brandwide Cookie Cocktails menu debuts at select Omni properties across the country

OmniHotels & Resorts announces CookieCocktails, the latest rendition of the brand’s month-long OmniOriginals culinaryseries. Tasty treats will spread holiday cheer at properties across the country and will highlight favorite cookie-turned-cocktail recipes from select brand chefs. Guests can enjoy surprising, creative libations with tastes from cinnamon and chocolate to bourbon and amaretto.

Indulge In ‘Cookie Cocktails’ This Holiday Season At Omni Hotels &Resorts During Its Latest Omni Originals Culinary Series

OmniHotels & Resorts creates genuine, authentic guest experiences at60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in leading business and leisure destinations across North America. With more than 25 iconic golf courses and 16 award-winning spas featured in dynamic locales nationwide, every Omni proudly opens its doors to share the true spirit of its destination. Reflected through local color, personalized service, unique wellness options, signature restaurants, and creative culinary offerings, Omni leaves a lasting impression with every guest and a heightened level of recognition and rewards delivered through its Select Guest loyalty program. As a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance, Select Guest is further expanded through the DISCOVERY® loyalty program offering members additional global benefits.

“The holiday season is known for good friends, family, and food, so we decided to take a twist on tradition and make our favorite holiday cookies into crafty cocktails making for unexpected palate pleasers,” said Devin Burns, vice president of food and beverage at Omni Hotels& Resorts. “Our chefs whipped up the cocktails using recipes from childhood cookie favorites they used to bake with their families during the holiday season.”

Flavorful, fun and aesthetically pleasing cocktails will be available at participating properties and will include the following (See full recipes below):

  • Cinnamon Churro Leche: Tres Generaciones Reposado Tequila and the flavors of vanilla and cinnamon are shaken with milk
  • Chocolate Crinkle Surprise: Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is joined by chocolate syrup, milk and the rich flavor of toasted almonds
  • Sugar Cookie Cocktail: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum, Disaronno Amaretto, vanilla, and agave nectar are shaken together with milk
  • Maple Pecan Old Fashioned: Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon meets the flavors of butter pecan and maple with just a touch of black walnut bitters
  • Orange Spice Amaretto: Mount Gay Black Barrel, Disaronno Amaretto, orange juice, and a cookie butter syrup are shaken with Constant Comment orange spice tea
  • Sparkling Kolaczki Bellini: This sparkling cocktail blends Absolut Elyx with a touch of elderflower liqueur, peach puree and orange bitters then topped with Moet & Chandon Brut

Cinnamon Churro Leche

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Tres Generaciones Resposado
  • 0.75 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.50 oz Monin Cinnamon Syrup
  • 2 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into cinnamon sugar-rimmed martini glass and serve.

Chocolate Crinkle Surprise

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Jack Daniels Black Label
  • 0.5 oz Hershey’d Chocolate Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Monin Toasted Almond Mocha Syrup
  • 2 oz milk
  • Dash of powdered sugar

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Strain into rimmed glass. Top with a mound of shaved chocolate and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Sugar Cookie Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 0.25 oz Monin Vanilla Syrup
  • 0.5 oz Agave Syrup
  • 1.5 oz milk

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into green sprinkle rimmed martini glass. Garnish with nonpareil colored swirl and serve.

Maple Bourbon Pecan Old Fashioned

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Elijah Craig Bourbon
  • 0.25 Monin Butter Pecan Syrup
  • 0.25 Monin Maple Spice Syrup
  • 3 dashes Fee Bros. Black Walnut Bitters

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir well. Strain into caramel-swirled Old Fashioned glass.

Orange Spice Amaretto

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel
  • 0.5 oz Disaronno Amaretto
  • 1.5 oz Orange juice
  • 1 oz Monin Cookie Butter Syrup
  • 0.75 oz Constant Comment Tea, concentrated
  • 2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into iced Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of orange, cloves, grated nutmeg and a cinnamon stick then serve.

Sparkling Peach Kolaczki

Ingredients

  • 0.75 Absolut Elyx
  • 0.25 oz St. Germain
  • 0.75 oz Peach puree
  • 2 dashes Orange bitters
  • 3 oz Moet & Chandon Brut

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin and shake well. Double strain into sugared champagne flute and serve.

“We want to surprise our guests and show all of the different ways that you can take a tradition and make your own personal twist on it,” added Burns.

Omni is also committed to reducing hunger and is on a mission through its Say Goodnight to Hunger initiative to provide millions of meals each year for food banks to feed children, families, and seniors in communities in which it operates.OmniHotels & Resorts is the official hotel of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions.

For information or to book accommodations, visit www.omnihotels.com or call 1-800-The-Omni.More information on Omni Originals can be found at www.omnihotels.com/culinary/omni-originals.

Patrón Tequila Raises the Bar this Holiday Season with Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter Bottle

Celebrated Tradition Returns for a Fourth Holiday Season

Patrón Tequila is raising the bar this holiday season with the introduction of the 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle. The fourth in a series of collectible releases, the large size-bottle is inspired by Mexico’s rich tradition and history of intricate glass craftsmanship.

The Patron Spirits Company (PRNewsfoto-Patrón Tequila)

The Patron Spirits Company (PRNewsfoto/Patrón Tequila)

The showpiece bottle is decorated with an intersecting white and green ribbon design and has a stunning metallic stopper, engraved with the signature Patrón bee. Each bottle features a distinct metal label and is packaged in an attractive and convenient gift bag to ease gift giving.

With 33 percent more tequila than our standard size bottle, the 2018 Limited Edition 1 Liter offers a unique gifting option for those who appreciate high-quality luxury spirits,” said Lee Applbaum, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Patrón Tequila. “Every year the limited edition bottle is a fan favorite that incorporates the best in quality, craftsmanship, design, and gift giving functionality from Patrón.

Inside this limited edition bottle, every drop of ultra-premium Patrón Silver tequila is handcrafted in small batches from the highest quality 100 percent Weber Blue Agave, distilled and bottled at the Hacienda Patrón in the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.

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2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter (Holiday) bottle

The 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle is perfect for gifting and creating an array of seasonal cocktails, from the effervescent, “Ruby Spritzer” (made with Patrón Silver tequila, sparkling apple cider, pomegranate juice and a dash of Angostura bitters) to the fruity “Buckcherry“, (combining Patrón Silver tequila, sweet vermouth, cherry preserves and fresh lemon juice). For more holiday cocktail recipes, visit Patrón’s Cocktail Lab, where you’ll have access to hundreds of cocktail recipes and information on the full Patrón Tequila portfolio.

The 2018 Limited Edition Patrón Silver Tequila 1 Liter bottle is available at fine spirits and liquor retailers across the country for the suggested retail price of $69.99 beginning this month. For more information, please visit www.patrontequila.com.

‘Let’s Go Gifting’: Nordstrom Launches its 2018 Holiday Campaign Celebrating the Joy of Gifting

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This holiday season, Nordstrom wants to make shopping fun with Gifts That Do Good, Gifts That Inspire, and innovative services that help make the holidays completely stress-free in-store and online. The marketing campaign was produced by Nordstrom and directed and photographed by Theo Wenner, who has worked on original campaigns for Chanel, Chloe, and Topshop/Topman, as well as editorials for Vogue and Rolling Stone. The cast includes Guinevere Van Seenus, who began her modeling career walking a Nordstrom fashion show as a teenager, as well as longtime Nordstrom customer and model Jan De Villeneuve, who has been gracing runways for over 50 years.

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NORDSTROM LOGO (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

The campaign includes a colorful, cheerful video that will run on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms, print and out of home. A national TV commercial will launch on November 5.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in O: The Oprah Winfrey magazine  (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

GIFTS THAT DO GOOD

Giving back feels good any time of year, but particularly during the holidays. From gift cards that give back, to gifts that do good, Nordstrom is making it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect gift.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in InStyle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Harpers Bazaar magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Gift Card Give Back Nordstrom donates 1% of all gift card sales to nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada. This year alone, the company has donated over $7.5 million to more than 600 organizations.

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  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ In partnership with its customers, Nordstrom is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ (CMNH) to make a difference in the lives of children. Now through December 24, Nordstrom invites customers to support CMNH through the purchase of $10 giving cards at any Nordstrom full-line store in the U.S. and Canada. All donations will stay local to the community in which they were given, including 55 network hospitals in regions with Nordstrom stores. The donations will fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care for children and their families across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Nordstrom Signature Nordstrom is introducing a new cashmere collection featuring beautiful designs for women, men, and children. Select products within the collection are produced in factories where Nordstrom has partnered with BSR’s HERproject to implement workplace training programs on topics like health, finance, and gender equality. Since 2007, Nordstrom has partnered with BSR to launch worker empowerment programs in 27 factories around the world, reaching more than 18,000 workers.

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Elle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Marie Claire magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Treasure & Bond Nordstrom donates 2.5% of net sales from this exclusive, private-label brand to programs that empower young people to make a difference in their community. To date, the company has donated $2.5 million. This year, Treasure & Bond is supporting WE Charity, which provides educators and students with curriculum and educational resources that help them gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing social issues and provides the tools necessary to take action and make an impact. Treasure & Bond features laid-back wardrobe staples with an Americana aesthetic for women, men, children, as well as home, a new category that launched this year.

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GIFTS THAT INSPIRE

Nordstrom aims to be THE destination for unique holiday gifts at a range of price points, from a chic Topshop faux fur shoulder bag for $48 to showstopping Gucci boots for $1,790, including emerging brands and exclusive items.

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November 27 – Treasure & Bond Patterned Pullover

  • Daily Drops Beginning November 27 through December 18, Nordstrom will release exclusive, limited products each day called ‘Daily Drops,’ to create a sense of discovery in-store and online throughout the shopping season. Products will be added to Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts at 6:00am PST, as well as on the @Nordstrom Instagram. ‘Daily Drops’ will feature exciting, new-to-market items and styles from brands like Something Navy, Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Tilbury, Rothy’s, Treasure & Bond, Le Labo, Sant & Abel, Hugo Boss x Jeremyville, and Rag & Bone x Mickey.

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  • Gift Guides Based on top-demanded categories and search terms by Nordstrom customers, the company is introducing a persona-based gift guide featuring curated and unique ideas for 11 customer personalities. Examples include The Tech Collector, The Luxe Lover, The Traveler, The Witty One, and the Do-Gooder, among others, and can be found on Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts.

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The Toy Insider Trend Experts Made a Holiday List and Checked It Twice: 2018 Hot Holiday Toy Picks Revealed

Fingerlings Hugs, PJ Masks, Harry Potter Wands, Ryan ToysReview, K’NEX Thrill Rides, & 3Doodler Hexbug Set Top the Toy Insider’s Hot 20, Top Tech 12, and STEM 10 ListsToyInsider_Logo

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2018 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and other innovative technologies) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun).

The Toy Insider’s 2018 holiday gift guide appeared in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, which hit the newsstands on Oct. 9. An extended guide also appeared online at www.thetoyinsider.com. This year’s print guide features more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers, and an additional 170 toys can be found online, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total.

These hand-picked items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.

The incredible variety of toys we reviewed for this year’s holiday gift guide shows that toy makers are working hard to create more innovative and magical toys than ever before,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider.This year’s guide includes tons of fun collectibles, interactive craft kits, creative plush and more that are sure to bring smiles when they are unwrapped this holiday!

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

0-2 years

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Safari Learning Station (LeapFrog)

  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Magical Wonderland (VTech)
  • Safari Learning Station (LeapFrog)

3-5 years

  • Fingerlings Hugs (WowWee)
  • Hairdorables (Just Play)

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    PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)

  • PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)
  • Pomsies (Skyrocket)
  • Power Action Pikachu (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43-inch Epic Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys)
  • Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg (Bonkers Toys)
  • Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys)

6-8 years

  • Boxy Girls (Jay@Play)
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    Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands (Jakks Pacific)

  • Hatchibabies (Spin Master)
  • Laser X Fusion (NSI)

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    L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

  • L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

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    Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké

  • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké Ball Plus (Nintendo)
  • Smooshy Mushy Babies (RedwoodVentures)
  • Treasure X (Moose Toys)

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