HSNi Cares Partners With U.S. Fund For UNICEF To Support 63rd Annual Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF Campaign

LEADING INTERACTIVE RETAILER HSNI’S LIFESTYLE BRANDS HSN, GRANDIN ROAD AND CHASING FIREFLIES TO PARTNER WITH U.S. FUND FOR UNICEF TO SUPPORT UNICEF’S LIFESAVING WORK FOR CHILDREN

HSN PERSONALITIES VERN YIP, MARTHA STEWART, COLIN COWIE, AND DEBORAH LIPPMANN PARTICIPATE IN TRICK-OR-TREAT FOR UNICEF HALLOWEEN STORE ON www.HSN.com

Interactive multichannel retailer HSN, Inc. (HOME SHOPPING NETWORK) and its family of leading lifestyle brands including HSN, Grandin Road and Chasing Fireflies, are giving back this Halloween season.  In its first ever partnership with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, HSNi, through its philanthropic arm HSNi Cares, will help raise awareness and funds as a national sponsor for the 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign.

HSNi Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/HSN, Inc.)

HSNi Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HSN, Inc.)

“We have a responsibility to protect the future of our children locally, nationally and globally,” said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. and U.S. Fund for UNICEF board member.  “I am passionate about the tremendous impact that Caryl Stern and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF are having on the lives of children and families all over the world.  At HSNi, we strive to cultivate a culture of generosity.  Our people are not only creative and passionate about what they do, but also about giving back and we are honored to be partnering with UNICEF for their 63rd annual Trick-or-Treat campaign.”

Special Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF online stores have been established on www.Chasing-Fireflies.com, www.Grandinroad.com and www.HSN.com where consumers can purchase all of their Halloween essentials and decorating accessories for any Fall entertaining occasion. When customers purchase items found in one of the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF stores, HSNi will donate a minimum of 10% of the purchase price to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

Halloween-themed products featured in the www.HSN.com Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store include: special crafting items from Martha Stewart; beautiful table top products from Colin Cowie; an “I Put a Spell On You” mini nail lacquer set from Deborah Lippmann; a collection of Halloween-themed jewelry by designer Heidi Daus; and a specially-designed Halloween tote by renowned interior designer Vern Yip.  Chasing Fireflies and Grandin Road will also offer exclusive Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF bags and t-shirts to benefit the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, in addition to their traditional array of Halloween costumes for adults and kids and unique specialty decor.

www.HSN.com’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF store will not only feature an impressive assortment of Halloween-themed products, but also compelling videos with additional insight into how UNICEF helps children help other children.

Mindy and HSNi are such wonderful partners, and their dedication to the world’s children has just blown me away,” said Stern.  “I know that together, HSNi and UNICEF can really make a difference.”

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, UNICEF and U.S. Fund for UNICEF are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood. HSNi Cares will be donating funds to support UNICEF’s work for children, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more.  Since 1950, when girls and boys across the nation first collected coins to aid children still affected by World War II, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has enabled Americans to help create a better world for kids everywhere. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org. For more information on HSNi and its family of lifestyle brands, visit www.HSNi.com and join the conversation @HSN, #BooCrew on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

HELLO 2013!: NEW DRINK RECIPES AND FINE SPIRITS TO SPICE UP YOUR NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATIONS

WRITTEN AND COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON/EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

As you get ready to put the final touches on your upcoming New Year’s Eve celebration, you are probably looking for ways to pamper your guests, to spice up the atmosphere, to get away from all those “been there, done that”, boring cocktails and drinks you normally serve. The following fine spirits and liqueurs are sure to make your party that much more exciting and leaving your guests wanting more. And if you can’t incorporate them into this year’s party, don’t worry. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Enjoy.

 

Jack From Brooklyn Sorel Lqueur  (Cheryl Gorski/FashionManiac.com)

Jack From Brooklyn Sorel Lqueur (Cheryl Gorski/FashionManiac.com)

As a child growing up in the Caribbean, I had long enjoyed Sorrel as a non-alcoholic drink and as a “cure-all” for what ails you.

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Likewise, natives of the various Caribbean islands have long known the hibiscus plant to be a potent spice, as well as for its other uses. Famous for its curative properties–and as a powerful aphrodisiac–the flower leaves are fermented, and served on festive occasions. Each island enjoys slight differences in their recipes, relative to their indigenous horticulture but one thing remains the same: It’s a damn good drink in every shape and form. So imagine my surprise and delight when I encountered JACK FROM BROOKLYN SOREL LIQUEUR (www.jackfrombrooklyn.com) at the Spring/Summer 2013 New Fashion Week Shows in September! It was like going home again and revisiting my childhood. So, what is “Sorel”? It is basically a sophisticated, hibiscus-infused liqueur inspired by the sorrel drink that is popular in the Caribbean. But it’s more than just hibiscus because it has complex background notes of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg.

JACK FROM BROOKLYN “SOREL” LIQUEUR is expertly handcrafted in small batches from Brazilian clove, Indonesian cassia, Nigerian ginger, Indonesian nutmeg, Moroccan hibiscus, pure cane sugar, and organic New York grain alcohol. A modern twist on an exotic classic, Sorel offers a unique aromatic profile and a distinctive flavor, creating vast new options for both consumer and professional mixologists alike. Below you will find two drink recipes from the JACK FROM BROOKLYN website, but you will find even more at www. http://jackfrombrooklyn.com/allrecipes/.

SOREL LUQUEUR is just beginning to gain major traction and distribution around the country.  If you can’t find it locally, look for online retailers like DrinkUpNY to purchase a bottle. At around $33, this is a must-have addition to your liquor cabinet; it’s just that good. Add Sorel to your favorite drinks and recipes, and you’ll see why I—and so many others are so excited about this new product!

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

Jack from Brooklyn Sorel Liqueur

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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.

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

ENTER THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE READERSHIP GIVEAWAY TO WIN YOUR OWN 20TH ANNIVERSARY BALANCE BAR GIFT ASSORTMENT SET!

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

OFFICEMAX MAKES GIFTS PERSONAL, FUN AND AFFORDABLE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

GREAT DEALS ON HUNDREDS OF PERSONALIZED GIFTS AND GREETINGS – INCLUDING HALF OFF CUSTOM GREETING CARDS THROUGHOUT THE HOLIDAY SEASON – AT OFFICEMAX IMPRESS® PRINT CENTER

OFFICEMAX® INCORPORATED , an industry leader in office and facility supplies, technology and services, is making it quick, easy and affordable to create custom holiday gifts and greetings that capture the memories for years to come. Available in stores and at the holiday store online, OFFICEMAX IMPRESS® PRINT CENTER features hundreds of holiday gifts ranging from personalized smartphone cases and laptop skins to aprons, photo canvas prints and more, along with greeting cards now 50 percent off through the end of the year.

Affordable, Custom Holiday Gifts from OfficeMax ImPress® Print Center

Affordable, Custom Holiday Gifts from OfficeMax ImPress® Print Center

Personalized holiday gifts and cards are a great way to show you really care, and we’re excited to feature a newly expanded selection of affordable and unique products for shoppers to enjoy this season,” said DOV SHENKMAN, OFFICEMAX SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, REPLENISHMENT AND INVENTORY MANAGEMENT. “From customizable tech accessories to photo canvas prints and more, shoppers can transform a memory into a portable photo frame or work of art to enjoy for years on end.”

OfficeMax ImPress Print Center features hundreds of custom gift items for everyone on your holiday list. It’s quick, easy and affordable to customize gifts online and in OfficeMax stores nationwide. Custom holiday gifts include:

CUSTOM TECHNOLOGY ACCESSORIES – smartphone cases can be personalized to feature photos, initials or unique designs that not only provide protection but are stylish too. Custom laptop skins and mousepads double as photo frames that make computer gear stand out, starting at $10.49.

Custom Laptop Skin from OfficeMax ImPress® Print Center

Custom Laptop Skin from OfficeMax ImPress® Print Center

PHOTO CANVAS WRAPS – a gift that combines fine art-quality canvas media with a stylish, three-dimensional finish, starting at $29.99. Choose a 12” x 16” or 16” x 20” finished print. Continue reading

THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR THE HOME COOK AND BAKER

Not only do I love reading cookbooks for fun, I just love fun, new stuff for the kitchen and the home. Any of these countertop machines and kitchen/home tools from this HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE would do nicely in your own home, as well as a gift for the home chef and baker in your family and immediate circle of friends. There’s also several products here for the serious coffee drinker who believes that life’s too short to drink a bad cup of coffee or latte. Furthermore, this gives me an opportunity to lush after everything from the Swiss company, KUHN RIKON. Their stuff is just fantastic, with a seamless conbination of practicality and aesthetic beauty, if I saw so myself.

Bella Dots Coffee Maker Lime Green

Bella Dots Coffee Maker Lime Green

BELLA’s DOT COLLECTION, a contemporary collection, features a coffee maker, toaster and slow cooker that adds fashion-forward color, style and design to the everyday appliance in eight vibrant colors (red, pink, blue, purple, grey, orange, green and pearl white). Moreover, the BELLA DOTS COLLECTION (from www.SensioInc.com) offers consumers an economical appliance option, without sacrificing quality or aesthetics, with the signature textured metal shell featuring a recessed dot pattern and metallic finish on its chic exterior. I have a wish list and all the pieces in this collection are at the very top of this list, especially since I am very much into color in the kitchen.

Bella Dots Slow Cooker Pink

Bella Dots Slow Cooker Pink

The BELLA DOTS SLOW COOKER designed with a non-traditional oval shape, features a dishwasher safe, 6-quart stoneware cooking pot that doubles as a serving dish. It offers High/Warm/Low/Off temperature settings and comes complete with a tempered glass lid. Suggested retail price $39.99 Continue reading

THIS HOLIDAY SEASON, CELEBRATE THE BEAUTIFUL WOMAN YOU ARE WITH THE LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION

Written by Phillip D. Johnson

LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION

LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION

Celebrate the holidays—and look your absolute best—with the shimmering holiday collection from LANCÔME, inspired by the urbane, sophisticated gilded City of Paris itself. A collection grounded in metallic tones that evokes Paris’ joie de vivre, the 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION is infused with subtle variations of precious gold, including golden taupe, bronze and garnet. These are the colors you should be wearing while enjoying the upcoming holiday parties. Not only will you look and feel beautiful, with the LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION, everyone else will see—and celebrate—the Golden Girl you are.

LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION  - Petit Trésor in Fild’Argent, $25

LANCÔME 2012 HOLIDAY COLOR COLLECTION – Petit Trésor in Fild’Argent, $25

For your eyes, the collection includes the PETIT TRÉSOR IN FILD’ARGENT, $25, a silky wet or dry shadow designed to mirror a gold mesh dress that is enriched with golden glints and housed in a glittering case. Continue reading

UBID LAUNCHES “BUY A TOY, GIVE A TOY” TOY DRIVE TO BRING CHEER TO CHILDREN IN NEED

FOR EVERY TOY PURCHASED BY HOLIDAY SHOPPERS, UBID WILL DONATE A TOY TO “TOYS FOR TOTS”

For uBid, ’tis the season of giving (back). The go-to online marketplace for everything electronics has kicked off the “BUY A TOY, GIVE A TOY” INITIATIVE, benefitting TOYS FOR TOTS. Now through December 31, for every toy purchased on uBid, the company will donate a toy TO TOYS FOR TOTS1, helping make the season brighter for Chicagoland children in need. Holiday shoppers can visit uBid.com to bid on a toy for a child on their list. The U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM relies on the generous donations of the American public and corporate partners to deliver gifts to children at Christmas, along with a message of hope to needy youngsters that will motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.

uBid, the go-to online marketplace for technology products, home goods and gadgets, as well as products within 25 additional categories.  (PRNewsFoto/uBid.com)

uBid, the go-to online marketplace for technology products, home goods and gadgets, as well as products within 25 additional categories. (PRNewsFoto/uBid.com)

The average American is expected to spend more than $700 on holiday gifts this year2. “BUY A TOY, GIVE A TOY” provides shoppers with the opportunity to find the perfect toy for a loved one while benefiting a child in need, all without leaving the comfort of their home or dealing with the dreaded holiday shopping crowds. Visit www.uBid.com (or www.RedTag.com) now through the end of the year and click on the Toys for Tots “Buy a Toy, Give a Toy” link to buy a toy and bring a smile to the face of a child you care about this holiday season while benefitting Toys for Tots. Continue reading

M&M’S WORLD® TO DECK THE HALLS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

DOSE OF SEASONAL CHEER TO ARRIVE VIA M&M’S® HOLIDAY VILLAGES IN ALL FIVE LOCATIONS

M&M'S World(R) stores unveiled the new M&M'S World Holiday Village in each of their five locations, as well as online at www.mmsworld.com. The M&M'S World Holiday Village features a variety of seasonal-themed merchandise including dispensers, clothing, ornaments and, of course, holiday-themed M&M'S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies.  (PRNewsFoto/Mars Retail Group)

M&M’S World(R) stores unveiled the new M&M’S World Holiday Village in each of their five locations, as well as online at http://www.mmsworld.com. The M&M’S World Holiday Village features a variety of seasonal-themed merchandise including dispensers, clothing, ornaments and, of course, holiday-themed M&M’S(R) Brand Chocolate Candies. (PRNewsFoto/Mars Retail Group)

December will be festive at M&M’S WORLD® stores as MARS RETAIL GROUP today unveiled the new M&M’S WORLD HOLIDAY VILLAGE in each of their five M&M’S World locations, as well as online at www.mmsworld.com. Continue reading

STUPID.COM RELEASES TOP 10 STUPID HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR 2012

FARTING BUTT PILLOWS, UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATERS TOP RETAILER’S LIST OF FUNNY HOLIDAY GIFTS AND SILLY STOCKING STUFFERS.

STUPID.COM – SHOP FOR LAUGHS!

The holidays have long been a time for traditional gift giving – but what about shoppers searching for something weird and unusual to

Kama Pootra - The Captain

Kama Pootra – The Captain

give to those on their list? Where can you find the best gut-busting gag gifts? The ones that have tears streaming down your face? Stupid.com, of course. From the moment this press release landed on my desk, I haven’t stopped laughing. Seriously, folks, after you have purchased the iPad, the Nook, and IPhone, stop by stupid.com (www.stupid.com) and pick up some of these gifts. After all, you will need something to release some of the tension at the family dinner table, especially if you are a member of a particularly dysfunctional family group.
Stupid.com, internet retailer of funny holiday gifts and silly stocking stuffers, surveyed over 2,000 members of their online customer base in order to answer that exact question. The result is the web-based company’s 6th annual ranking of the TOP 10 STUPID HOLIDAY GIFTS OF 2012. This year’s list features an assortment of gifts under $20, each more wild and absurd than the next.

Our accountants are scratching their heads this year,” says JIM KALMENSON, PRESIDENT OF STUPID.COM. “The more ridiculous the gag gift, the greater the sales volume.”

Here is the list of the Top 10 Stupid Holiday Gifts of 2012, listed in order of popular vote:

#1: SANTA’S FARTING BUTT TRAVEL PILLOW (288 VOTES)

A neck pillow in the shape of jolly old St. Nick’s buns, Santa’s Farting Butt Travel Pillow is sure to crack up any weary traveler or sleep-deprived toilet-humor enthusiast as it farts loudly and explains, “Smells like Christmas!”

Santa's Farting Butt Travel Pillow

Santa’s Farting Butt Travel Pillow

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THE FASHION+LIFESTYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR CHILDREN

COMPILED BY PHILLIP D. JOHNSON

This, the first of the FASHION+LIFETSYLE.COM 2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDES, is all about the children. These are the toys that were the bestsellers this past year and the ones that are presently selling out everywhere. There’s a toy or tablet here for every child on your Christmas list.

LeapPad2

IT’S THE HOTTEST TOY ON THE MARKET RIGHT NOW! The award-winning LeapPad2, from LEAPFROG ENTERPRISES, INC., offers kids more engaging learning experiences than ever before. New features include front-and-back cameras and video recorders, a faster LF 2000 processor, double the on-board memory (4GB) and a longer battery life, all wrapped in a high-tech styled kid-tough tablet design. LEAPPAD2‘s extensive library of hundreds of games, music, videos, eBooks and more are carefully designed and approved by LEAPFROG‘s highly experienced team of educational experts and include a combination of LEAPFROG‘s top quality educational entertainment and engaging content from the biggest names in children’s entertainment. LEAPFROG‘s own learning content is grounded in the latest research and draws on a comprehensive curriculum that covers more

Yummy Gummy Christmas DVD Cover

than 2,500 skills across 100 skill categories. LEAPPAD2 is sold at MSRP $99.99 and is recommended for children 3 to 9 years. The LEAPPAD2 DISNEY PRINCESS BUNDLE is sold at MSRP $129.99. Downloads are priced at MSRP $5.00 and up and game cartridges at MSRP $24.99. New accessories for LeapPad2 include a Video Display Case (MSRP $19.99), Fashion Handbag (MSRP $19.99), Car Adapter (MSRP $14.99), Gel Skins (MSRP $9.99) and much more. An optional recharger pack is also available at MSRP $39.99. LeapPad2 is now available at www.leapfrog.com, online and at major retailers in the U.S., Canada, UK and Ireland

Don’t judge me but I have to say it: I LOVE GUMMIBÄR!  From the moment I received the package of CDs and DVDs in the mail, I have been spellbound by Gummibär and his friend: KALA (a ‘serval cat,’ and the brain in the group), HARRY, the nerdy know-it-all chameleon, and VAM PIRO (a vampire bat with a big problem: He faints at the sight of blood!).

I AM YOUR GUMMY BEAR USA CD COVER

  GUMMIBÄR is a green blue-eyed character that is usually naked except for orange underwear and sneakers and also seems to have been bitten (with a small portion of the upper left ear missing), which may be why he sings about candy. Gummibär represents the child inside of us (much like SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS); and he’s a dancing machine!  He knows how to work that body like no one else! Again, much like the SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS character, there’s an element of adult sarcastic humor mixed in with a kid’s smart-alecky sensibility and I love it all. The theme song (“I am a Gummy Bear”) is like a classic earworm, and the new Christmas DVD, “The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa”, is a new Christmas classic. The cultural references sprinkled throughout the movie are to die for!

The first Gummibär theme song, “I’m a Gummy Bear” (“The Gummy Bear Song”), was produced in Germany in late 2006, and became a regional success as a dance song. The company has since created six additional music videos for a global audience in an increasing number of languages, has recorded additional songs, and Gummibär songs and videos have now been recorded in over 28 languages. They recently announced the addition of party supply products and cookie cutters to the mix, and much more are on the way. For Christmas 2012, check the new Christmas DVD, the CDs (“I am a Gummy Bear”, “Gummibär Christmas Jollies”, “Gummibär: La La Love to Dance”) and the DVD (“The Gummibär Video Collection”). For more information and where-to-buy, visit www.gummibar.net, www.gummibar.net/music/, www.facebook.com/funnygummy, www.gummybearinternational.com/. Continue reading

HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: SARTORI CHEESE ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER RELEASE OF LIMITED EDITION CHEESE GIFT BOX

SARTORI COMPANY announced today that December 1st will be the official release of the first ever “PAOLO SARTORI LIMITED EDITION CHEESE GIFT BOX ($65.99 USD) This highly anticipated offering will include all five of SARTORI‘s 2012 Limited Edition Cheeses: COGNAC BELLAVITANO®, CANNELLA BELLAVITANO™, PEPPERMINT BELLAVITANO, PASTORALE BLEND®, and EXTRA-AGED GOAT CHEESE.

SARTORI COMPANY announced today that December 1st will be the official release of the first ever “PAOLO SARTORI LIMITED EDITION CHEESE GIFT BOX ($65.99 USD) This highly anticipated offering will include all five of SARTORI’s 2012 Limited Edition Cheeses: COGNAC BELLAVITANO®, CANNELLA BELLAVITANO™, PEPPERMINT BELLAVITANO, PASTORALE BLEND®, and EXTRA-AGED GOAT CHEESE.

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SIP AND SAVOR THE HOLIDAYS AT KRISPY KREME

FESTIVE HOLIDAY TREATS FROM KRISPY KREME FEATURES NEW GINGERBREAD DOUGHNUT AND RED VELVET LATTE

Unwrap the joy this holiday season with a merry assortment of delicious holiday doughnuts and beverages from KRISPY KREME. SNOWMAN, HOLIDAY SPRINKLES, RED VELVET CAKE and NEW GINGERBREAD CAKE DOUGHNUTS are available now through December 30, 2012 at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations.

Unwrap the joy this holiday season with a merry assortment of delicious holiday doughnuts and beverages from Krispy Kreme. Snowman, Holiday Sprinkles, Red Velvet Cake and NEW Gingerbread Cake Doughnuts are available now through December 30, 2012 at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations. (PRNewsFoto/Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation)

The more the merrier! These delightful holiday treats are perfect for sharing, celebrating and creating joyful memories during this festive season,” says RON RUPOCINSKI, KRISPY KREME CORPORATE CHEF.
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ROCKIN’ AROUND THE HOLIDDAY TRIO: DUNKIN’ DONUTS’ NEW TWITTER SWEEPSTAKES CELEBRATES THREE COFFEE FLAVORS THAT BREW HOLIDAY SPIRIT

DUNKIN’ DONUTS RE-BRANDS TWITTER PROFILE PAGE AND HOSTS INTERACTIVE SWEEPSTAKES ALLOWING FANS TO VOTE FOR AND FILL UP HOLIDAY COFFEE FLAVORS IN REAL-TIME

‘Tis the season to celebrate with a WHITE CHOCOLATE, PEPPERMINT MOCHA and GINGERBREAD COFFEE or LATTE at DUNKIN’ DONUTS, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. To celebrate the brand’s newest seasonal beverage flavor WHITE CHOCOLATE, in addition to the return of PEPPERMINT MOCHA and GINGERBREAD COFFEE and lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts has a new way for its Twitter followers to share which flavor brews holiday cheer. Beginning today and continuing through Monday, December 3, Dunkin’ Donuts will host the “FLAVOR-FULL HOLIDDAY COFFEE TWITTER SWEEPSTAKES,” asking followers to share their seasonal flavor preference for a chance to win one of three daily $50 mGifts.

Dunkin’ Donuts Hot Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Dunkin’ Donuts)

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GIFTS.COM, THE LEADING RESOURCE FOR HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS, ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE SECOND ANNUAL GIFTEE AWARDS

2012’S TOP HOLIDAY GIFTS VOTED BY AMERICAN CONSUMERS

Gifts.com, the most visited gift recommendation site renowned for hand-picked gift ideas and expert advice, announced the winners of the second annual GIFTEE AWARDS, honoring the best gifts of 2012. Winning gifts in this year’s 10 categories were nominated and decided by thousands of public votes. By tapping into the collective conscience of gift givers across the United States, The GIFTEE AWARDS reveal what America really wants for the holidays.

2012 Giftee Awards logo

The categories for the 2012 GIFTEE AWARDS address the most popular and trendy types of gifts that people will be shopping for during the holidays. New categories this year include BEST GIFTS MADE IN THE U.S.A. and BEST ECO-FRIENDLY GIFTS. For details on the winners and finalists in all 10 categories please visit the Giftee Awards site at http://giftees.gifts.com/2012/winners. Continue reading

FASHIONPLAYTES UNVEILS TRENDY, FESTIVE HOLIDAY CLOTHING LINE THAT LETS TWEENS SPARKLE AND SHINE

NEW LINE OF SKIRTS, TOPS, DRESSES AND OUTERWEAR READY FOR TWEEN DESIGNERS TO MAKE A FASHION STATEMENT

FASHIONPLAYTES (www.fashionplaytes.com), the first girl-driven fashion and style destination, has announced its fresh and fabulous Holiday Line of designs, fabrics, color and embellishments especially for FPgirls (www.fpgirl.com). The HOLIDAY LINE will empower fashion-forward tweens to create their own signature look for the holidays. The upcoming season presents plenty of opportunities for FPgirls to shine, including school events, cookie decorating parties, piano recitals, and celebrations with family and friends. FPgirls can mix and match tops, skirts, a wrap, dresses, outerwear and accessories for the perfect look for any occasion.

FashionPlaytes’s Holiday Line. (PRNewsFoto/FashionPlaytes)

FPgirl has a wide variety of fun and festive holiday clothing for girls, including skirts, tops, dresses, leggings and outerwear to choose as base garments that can be customized with everything from a shimmering star, a red sequined heart and even an FP wish for holiday peace. From sparkles to plush fabrics with a few animal prints sprinkled in, FPgirls are sure to have the right look for every holiday party and event. Continue reading

RING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH ROOTS

NEW COOKBOOK FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DIANE MORGAN SERVES UP NEW POTATO AND OTHER ROOT VEGETABLE RECIPE IDEAS

ROOTS: THE DEFINITIVE COMPENDIUM WITH MORE THAN 225 RECIPES by award-winning cookbook author DIANE MORGAN is available now, just in time for the holiday season. Roots is dedicated to Morgan’s love of root vegetables and features a chapter focusing entirely on America’s favorite root vegetable: potatoes.

Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More than 225 Recipes

When you combine the amazing variety of potatoes available at the market, with how versatile and easy they are to prepare, and then add how nutrient-dense and low in calories potatoes are, you have a real winner in the vegetable family,” Morgan explains.

Nutrient-dense they are: a single, skin-on medium-sized (5.3 ounce) potato has just 110 calories, more potassium than a banana and almost half your daily value of vitamin C (45 percent) and zero fat, sodium or cholesterol.

The United States potato industry was delighted to learn Morgan is a big fan of the spud and asked her to be one of their ambassadors for “Real Moms, Real Meals,” a Facebook community where moms are encouraged to share real dinnertime solutions.

As a mom of two myself, I am honored to have been selected as a ‘Real Mom’ and look forward to helping many moms become inspired to put a twist on their traditional holiday menus this season,” said Morgan.

As part of the partnership, Morgan shared one of her favorite potato recipes from the new cookbookSUNEETA’S POTATO CHAAT WITH CILANTRO-MINT CHUTNEY.  Chaat is a traditional Indian dish and perfect for bringing to a holiday gathering or even for serving as a pre-holiday meal appetizer, according to Morgan.

To chat with Morgan live, visit the Potatoes, Taters and Spuds Facebook page on Monday, November 26 at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST. Morgan will make a guest appearance on the U.S. POTATO BOARD’S FACEBOOK PAGE to share some of her new recipes along with make-ahead appetizer ideas and classic holiday fare for those upcoming family gatherings and tree-trimming parties. To join the chat, simply “like” the Potatoes, Taters & Spuds Facebook page and begin posting your questions and comments on the page wall at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST on November 26.

Also live on the POTATOES, TATERS AND SPUDS FACEBOOK PAGE is a “HIP HOLIDAY HOSTESS” sweepstakes in which users are invited to solve puzzles for the chance to win one of three holiday entertaining prize packs.

Visit www.potatogoodness.com for hundreds of healthy and creative potato recipes and to sign-up to receive our weekly recipe email to receive a new recipe in your email in-box each week.

The UNITED STATES POTATO BOARD (USPB) is the nation’s potato marketing and research organization.  Based in Denver, Colorado, the USPB represents more than 2,500 potato growers and handlers across the country and was established in 1971 by a group of potato growers to promote the benefits of eating potatoes. Today, as the largest vegetable commodity board, the USPB is proud to be recognized as an innovator in the produce industry and dedicated to positioning potatoes as a nutrition powerhouse—truly, goodness unearthed.

ANNE GEDDES AND UMB CARDPARTNER HAVE JOINED FORCES TO LAUNCH THE ANNE GEDDES VISA® PLATINUM REWARDS CREDIT CARD

ANNE GEDDES and UMB CARDPARTNER have joined forces to launch the ANNE GEDDES VISA® PLATINUM REWARDS CREDIT CARD combining her iconic and beloved imagery on a trusted credit card allowing the consumer to choose a card design that best represents them.

Anne Geddes and UMB CardPartner have joined forces to launch the Anne Geddes Visa(R) Platinum Rewards credit card combining Anne’s iconic and beloved imagery on a trusted credit card allowing the consumer to choose a card design that best represents them. (PRNewsFoto/Anne Geddes)

Using the Anne Geddes Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card for everyday purchases is an easy way to make a personal statement“, said GARY BROWN COO OF THE GEDDES GROUP.

We believe the many fans of Anne will be excited to integrate the brands philosophy of ‘Protect. Nurture. Love’ into their daily lives; with five different Anne Geddes images available at launch there is sure to be a card to suit everyone. You can even upload a photograph of your own child onto a custom Anne Geddes card.”

The PLATINUM VISA REWARDS CARD will offer qualified cardholders exceptional benefits including no annual fee*, a low APR* and a powerful rewards program. Cardholders will earn 1 point per dollar on purchases and balance transfers and will earn 2 points for every dollar of billed interest. Rewards points can be redeemed for airline ticket, gift cards, merchandise and more.**

Find out more about the Anne Geddes Visa® Platinum Rewards card at www.annegeddes.com/creditcards.

**  See Rewards Program Rules for more details.

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS RELEASES FIRST INTERACTIVE COLORING & ACTIVITY BARBIE(TM) APP, BARBIE™ COLOR, SPARKLE AND STYLE

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S BOOKS (www.randomhouse.com/kids) announces that BARBIE™ COLOR, SPARKLE AND STYLE FOR IPAD®, its first original coloring and activity app with MATTEL, is now available in the APP STORE™ (www.itunes.com/appstore). The app retails for $4.99, and is on sale now for a special introductory launch price of $1.99.

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HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: GIVE THE GIFT OF PEACE OF MIND FOR THE HOLIDAYS BY PREPARING LOVED ONES WITH STORABLE MEALS FROM EFOODSDIRECT

PAMPER A FAMILY MEMBER YOU LOVE WITH EFOODSDIRECT STORABLE MEAL FAVORITES LIKE BEEF STROGANOFF, CHEESY CHICKEN RICE CASSEROLE, WHITE CHEDDAR PASTA, AND MANY OTHER MOUTH-WATERING CHOICES.

THE GIFT OF EFOODSDIRECT STORABLE MEALS OFFERS DELICIOUS PEACE OF MIND FOR UP TO 25 YEARS.

STEVE SHENK, co-founder of eFoodsDirect, has announced EFOODSDIRECT STORABLE MEALS, a peace-of-mind solution for families that extends beyond the holidays for up to 25 years. eFoodsDirect offers affordable gifts for families including the HOLIDAY SAMPLER GIFT PACK which includes 65 delicious servings of eFoodsDirect‘s most popular meals that are packed in Mylar pouches and shipped in a heavy duty storage bucket. eFoodsDirect offers family meal favorites like Beef Stroganoff, Cheesy Chicken Rice Casserole, White Cheddar Pasta, and many other mouth-watering choices and are very affordable to be eaten now at only $0.79 per serving in the HOLIDAY SAMPLER GIFT PACK.

eFoodsDirect. (PRNewsFoto/eFoodsDirect)

Founded by nationally known food-reserve and storable food experts STEVE SHENK and BARBARA ROSSBERG, each with over thirty years of food experience, the company’s goal is to help all American families have delicious, affordable, healthy, storable food insurance from eFoodsDirect. eFoodsDirect is the only company to offer “SERVE TODAY AND STORE FOR TOMORROW” FAMILY FOOD SECURITY PACKS available in a delicious meal assortment of affordable one-month, three-month, six-month and one-year FAMILY FOOD SECURITY PACKS on the eFoodsDirect Website at http://www.efoodsdirect.com. Continue reading

BUFFETS, INC. GIFT CARD PROGRAM IS THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING: FREE MEALS WITH $25 GIFT CARD PURCHASES DURING THE HOLIDAYS

BUFFETS, INC.® and its portfolio of brands is making sure it feels good to give this holiday season.  From Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve, guests who purchase a gift card of $25 of value or greater will receive a FREE VIP CARD for a free meal to use for themselves good any time during the month of January 2013.  This special holiday deal positions Buffets portfolio of brands – operating primarily under RYAN’S®, OLD COUNTRY BUFFET® and HOMETOWN BUFFET® – as offering one of the best values for individuals and companies seeking great holiday gift cards for colleagues and family. The special offer is only available for purchase at the company’s 340 family-style buffet restaurants between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve 2012.

BUFFETS, INC. VIP CARD: Purchase a $25 gift card or book a holiday party for 20 or more guests at any of the Buffets, Inc. brands of restaurants, between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, and receive a complimentary VIP Card for a free meal. (PRNewsFoto/Buffets, Inc.)

BUFFETS, INC., the nation’s largest steak-buffet restaurant company, currently operates 350 restaurants in 35 states, comprised of 340 steak-buffet restaurants and 10 TAHOE JOE’S FAMOUS STEAKHOUSE® restaurants.  The restaurants are principally operated under the OLD COUNTRY BUFFET®, HOMETOWN® BUFFET, RYAN’S® and FIRE MOUNTAIN® brands. Buffets employs approximately 18,000 team members and serves approximately 100 million customers annually.

Our restaurants are known for offering great-tasting food we are all proud to serve to our families, so during the holidays we wanted to make sure everyone shared in the gift,” SAID ALICE CROWDER, VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING FOR BUFFETS, INC.  “This way, you can give a gift card to a friend or family member, and come back in January to enjoy a great dinner yourself!” Continue reading

JAEGER-LECOULTRE INAUGURATES ITS PLACE VENDÔME (FLAGSHIP) BOUTIQUE

On the eve of celebrating the 180TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS MANUFACTURE, JAEGER-LECOULTRE (on November 20th) invited special guests and fine watchmaking lovers to NO. 7, PLACE VENDÔME to inaugurate their newest brand flagship boutique. The largest JAEGER-LECOULTRE BOUTIQUE in the world, the new flagship boutique heralds a new (company) interior design concept: a warm, luminous space where JAEGER-LECOULTRE will be able to convey at once its past, its present and its future. As one of the greatest international watch manufacturers, the Maison has woven genuine ties with connoisseurs of Fine Watchmaking.

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 20: View of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique on November 20, 2012 in Paris, . (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)

PARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 20: Diane Kruger (C), Guillain Maspetiol (L), Director General France of Jaeger-Le Coultre, and Jerome Lambert, CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre, prior to cutting the ribbon as they attend Jaeger-LeCoultre Vendome Boutique Opening at Jaeger-LeCoultre Boutique on November 20, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/French Select via Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)

The new boutique, a place of hospitality and of encounters intended for collectors, for brand devotees and for all fine watchmaking connoisseurs, contains a wealth of treasures rarely revealed to the public at large—from the world’s smallest mechanical movement, CALIBRE 101, to the most complicated mechanisms housing up to 1,200 parts.   Continue reading

EMBRACE THE NIGHT WITH PERNOD RICARD USA’S KAHLUA MIDNIGHT™

POWER THE NIGHT WITH KAHLUA’S NEW DELICIOSO MIX OF 70 PROOF MIX OF RUM AND BLACK COFFEE

Looking for the next great shot and drinking ritual to electrify the night?  The good news is that it’s always “midnight” somewhere, and all there is to do is chill, pour, and shoot. Guaranteed to inspire epic nightlife moments, KAHLUA MIDNIGHT™, a 70 proof mix of rum and black coffee liqueur, recently made its debut in bars and retailers nationwide. This bold, yet slightly sweet creation is a delicious mixture of smooth rum mixed with strong black coffee and is intended to be served chilled as a shot that can transform an otherwise unremarkable night into an unforgettable one. It embodies the spirit of the midnight hour, a time where a new day is dawning and possibilities that lies ahead seem endless.

Power the Night with Kahlua’ Midnight, a New Delicioso Mix of 70 Proof Mix of Rum and Black Coffee

A twist on the beloved original KAHLUA, the number one coffee liqueur in the world, KAHLUA MIDNIGHT’s taste is smooth, bold, and just a tad sweet, setting it apart from the standard sticky and sugary sweet coffee liqueurs on the market today. The suggested retail price for Kahlua Midnight is $23.99 for a 750ml bottle. Continue reading

HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: CAPTURE LIFE’S SPECIAL MOMENTS IN A WHIMSICAL WAY WITH JOURNEYMARKERS AND CREATE A TRULY UNIQUE PERSONALIZED HOLIDAY GIFT

While it’s true that our lives—as a group of inter-connected people—has more similarities than differences, it’s also true that our individual lives, on a whole, is intrinsically filled with moments that are ours and ours alone, moments that are special to us as individuals. A new and exciting way to commemorate those moments is with JOURNEYMARKERS’ (www.JourneyMarkers.com) personalized mile markers, a gift (to yourself and/or a family member or friend) that visually tell the story of your life’s journey.

JourneyMarkers, hanging style. (PRNewsFoto/JourneyMarkers LLC)

As company founder, Jay Keeler explained: “JourneyMarkers started on a whim in Nov. 2006. I had seen them every time we went diving in Key West and wanted one of my own that would point our memories to places we loved and missed. I figured out how far we were from Greece, Miami and Sweden and then took some old wood, a few buoys and rope out to my workshop. Since then we have refined our JourneyMarkerss into a stylish yet funky form of art, having sold over 5,000 to the delight of our customers.”

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HOLIDAY 2012 GIFT IDEA: THE GADGET HOUND™ – THE WORLD’S TINIEST LOCATING DEVICE

ELIMINATE THE DOG DAYS OF SEARCHING FOR THE SMALLEST LOST GADGETS.

As we approach the holiday gift-giving season, it’s a sure that we will invariably receive a new SMARTPHONE, IPAD, KINDLE, E-READER, NOOK, IPHONE, SURFACE, SAMSUNG or some other high tech gadget. It’s what we ALL want for Christmas. What’s also a sure thing is that we will also lose track of such devices at some point after receiving them. Maybe your iPhone got stuck under the sofa’s cushions. Maybe your MP3 Player fell behind the headboard in the bedroom.  Maybe you and/or your kids are just slightly absent-minded sometimes. Either way, in that moment, you will panic, and embark on a search that could sometimes lead to sorrow. What you need at that moment is a bloodhound.

The Gadget Hound – The World’s Tiniest Locating Device Sniffs Out in Seconds. (PRNewsFoto/Gadget Finder, LLC)

Losing costly, cool gadgets is now a nuisance of the past with the power of a tracking hound. THE GADGET HOUND™, recently launched, has turned technology on its heels with its unique, sleek, patent-pending design that locates the tiniest objects within seconds. Continue reading

LANDS’ END LAUNCHES NINE ONLINE HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPS

SHOPS FEATURE A CURATED COLLECTION OF GIFTS FOR EVERY BUDGET AND EVERYONE ON THE LIST!

The holidays are here, and there’s no need to go further than LANDS’ END. In fact, LANDS’ END is offering holiday shoppers a stress-free shopping solution – NINE ONLINE HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPS FEATURING CURATED GIFTING COLLECTIONS. With its nine new gift shops categorized by price and theme, LANDS’ END makes it easy to find the perfect gift in just one spot, landsend.com/gifts.

Land’s End Holiday 2012

Land’s End Holiday 2012

Whether your budget is $15 or $500, there’s something for everyone at Lands’ End this holiday season,” said MARLA RYAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF MERCHANDISING, LANDS’ END. “We know people are incredibly busy during the holidays, so we created an edited collection of traditional and nontraditional holiday favorites that’s easy to shop.” In addition to the nine online gift shops, Lands’ End lets customers shop for gifts by women, men, girls, boys and home. Continue reading

TASTE THE FLAVORS OF THE HOLIDAYS AT RED MANGO®

COMPANY ANNOUNCES NEW FLAVORS IN THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON AND LAUNCHES THE NEW RED MANGO EGIFT CARD, A VIRTUAL GIFT OF HEALTHY DELICIOUSNESS THIS SEASON

Nothing excites the mind like the smell of cinnamon, the taste of winter peppermint and the aroma of Grandma’s delicious apple pie filling the kitchen. The holidays are here so to help kick-off the celebration, Red Mango, the 2011 #1 Zagat-rated frozen yogurt and smoothie chain in America, today announced its seasonal flavors which are sure to stir up memories of holiday’s past.

The new Red Mango eGift Card is the perfect way to give the gift of deliciousness. (PRNewsFoto/Red Mango)

RED MANGO offers customers of all ages delicious and healthy treat options of frozen yogurt, yogurt parfaits and fresh fruit smoothies and allows people to indulge without the guilt. Some of the benefits of Red Mango include all-natural, nonfat and low fat yogurt; yogurt fortified with beneficial live and active probiotic cultures to support the immune and digestive systems when consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle; Gluten-free yogurt; Kosher yogurt, and most smoothies are Kosher as well; fresh fruit and other sweet topping options, and each serving of frozen yogurt is around 100 calories. Continue reading

Payless® Celebrates The Holiday Season With On-Trend Affordable Footwear & Accessories Including Christian Siriano For Payless™ and Great Gifts Starting At Just $3

Retailer Helps Families Step Into The Festive Season Looking Good With Affordable Dress Styles, Boots, Cold-Weather Accessories And Gifts For All; Happiness Guarantee Offers No-Hassle Return Policy Just In Time For Holiday Shopping

As a chill fills the air and families nationwide get ready for one of the busiest seasons, PAYLESS SHOESOURCE is gearing up to help shoppers unwrap possibilities with an array of affordable shoe, accessory and gift options including important on-trend items of the season such as great dress styles for all, cozy boots, slippers, infinity scarves, jewelry, beauty items and more — all at great prices to fit any shopper’s budget.

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST
Those in search of affordable and stylish gifts and perfect stocking stuffers need to look no further than Payless’ range of products starting at just $3 for the latest nail polishes and lip colors.

On-trend gift ideas include:
— Airwalk slippers for men and women with cozy faux fur detail, as well as children’s slippers featuring fun characters they love to wear
— Cozy boots for every member of the family
— Handbags including evening clutch styles, totes, cross-body designs, as well as wristlets sporting animal prints
— Jewelry such as chunky bracelets, layered statement necklaces, cocktail and stackable rings, and tear-drop and hoop earrings
— Signature fragrances and beauty items such as lip glosses and nail polishes in classic colors for the merry season including Berry Chic and True Red
— Great hats including the on-trend cloche style
— Gloves, mittens, ear warmers and printed and textured scarves including the very popular infinity style
— Tights with opaque, patterned and textured treatments, leg warmers and fun socks in neon colors
— Gift cards — always an appreciated gift

DESIGNER STYLE FOR LESS
Starting at under $30, the CHRISTIAN SIRIANO-designed holiday collection features two pumps, a wedge bootie, a flat and two tote bags perfect for every woman’s holiday styling needs.  Ideal for the season, leopard print, dubbed today’s “new neutral,” is a key element in the line, as is high-shine patent. The LA FEMME is a classic heeled pump modernized with all-over leopard print and black patent versions. The YVONNE PLATFORM WEDGE in grey delivers chic styling with wearable elevation. The HADLEY T-STRAP PUMP offered in two colors — black patent and rich Burgundy patent — is just right to transform last year’s little black dress for this season’s festive events.

Women can also update their holiday look with sky-high platform pumps and wedges from the BRASH COLLECTION or traditional strappy dress heels in a range of hues such as red, silver and metallics with glam details like glitter finishes and elegant bows. Coordinating clutches make for the perfect finishing touch starting as low as $17. Additional family members looking to complete their holiday looks in style can find a range of options. Men’s dress shoes, such as lace-up oxfords and sleek loafers start at $25, while kids’ footwear includes girl’s Mary Jane dress shoes starting at $10, boy’s slip-ons for $15, as well as faux-fur cozy boots for $30. With plenty of styles available, party-goers and gift-givers alike will find it easy to get the perfect shoe and accessory items so everyone looks good every step of the way.

SOURCE: PAYLESS SHOESOURCE
Web Site: http://www.payless.com

FASHION ANGELS BECOME HOLIDAY ANGELS

FASHION ANGELS become angels to kids everywhere as the company today announced its 30 DAYS OF GIVING PROGRAM. For every toy that is purchased from its website (www.fashionangels.com) from now through December 19, 2012, the company will match the purchase and donate the same toy (or a toy of equal value) to TOYS FOR TOTS.

Fashion Angels become angels to kids everywhere as the company today announced its 30 Days of Giving program. For every toy that is purchased from its website (www.fashionangels.com) from November 19 through December 19, 2012, the company will match the purchase and donate the same toy (or a toy of equal value) to Toys for Tots. (PRNewsFoto/Fashion Angels Enterprises)

The Milwaukee-based, FASHION ANGELS ENTERPRISES, was established in 1996, and quickly earned a reputation for designing and manufacturing high quality tween girls’ products. Beginning with craft and beading kits, FASHION ANGELS ENTERPRISES now encompasses design and craft kits, an eco-friendly line, licensed product lines featuring Project Runway™, Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Monster High™, Lalaloopsy™, a jewelry and accessory line, and pet products. Currently, FASHION ANGELS PRODUCTS are carried by over 20,000 retail stores in the U.S. and are distributed globally. Continue reading