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Holiday Gift Guide 2014: C. Wonder Surprise Sale

c wonder holiday Holiday Gift Guide 2014: C. Wonder Surprise SaleThis time of year, people always run into the same gifting problem. There are a ton of co-workers, friends, cousins and kids’ teachers to thank. But to buy something for every one of them without breaking the bank means handing out presents that cost $10 or less. And those are never any good, right?

Well, right now $10 goes a long way at C. Wonder. They’ve got a “surprise sale” going on – with a bunch of really cute gifts marked down to $10 (or less). Here’s just a sampling of stuff you’ll want to snatch up:

c wonder constellations card case Holiday Gift Guide 2014: C. Wonder Surprise SaleConstellation Card Case, $9.97 (orig. $24)

c wonder zodiac candle e1418054894590 Holiday Gift Guide 2014: C. Wonder Surprise SaleZodiac Candle, $9.97 (orig. $24)   (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DavidsTea

davidstea 12 teas of christmas Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DavidsTeaI always considered myself a coffee girl. Tea was never my thing. The only time I would drink it is when I had a cold – for the therapeutic benefits. But since I tried DavidsTea, I’ve changed my tune. I’m actually turning into to quite the connoisseur.

A few weeks ago, DavidsTea invited me to the opening of their new store in the King of Prussia Mall, near my house. Between my crazy work schedule and two small children, I couldn’t attend the event – but they generously sent me The Winter Collection set and Nordic Mug, so I could still experience their product.

 

davidstea nordic mug Holiday Gift Guide 2014: DavidsTeaWell, I’m hooked. I went from not drinking tea at all to having a huge steaming cup every night before bedtime (Vanilla Chai and Eggnog are my personal faves). (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized Picks

christmas gift Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized PicksI love gift giving. Even more than I enjoy gift receiving. It’s a fun game for me. I get a thrill out of finding the perfect present. My secret/trick is pretty simple – whenever possible, I purchase personalized gifts. People love seeing their name on things. I know I do. A thoughtful touch can turn a generic item into something the recipient will treasure for years.

Here are some of my favorite personalized gift picks for 2014:

 

brevity signature necklace Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized PicksBrevity’s Signature Necklace ($195) is the ultimate thoughtful gift. This takes nameplate necklaces to the next level – because it’s not a font or a script. It’s a signature. And creating the necklace is as simple as uploading an image file. The necklace could be in the recipient’s handwriting, your own or someone else’s. And it doesn’t have to be a name. It could be a word, place or phrase that has special meaning. The possibilities are endless. Okay, I take back what I said at the beginning of this post. I would love to give this as a gift, but what I really, really, really want is to receive one of my own on Christmas morning.

 

Anthropologie Golden Monogram Mug 682x1024 Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized PicksThis time of year, there are always people who you want to thank without breaking the bank. It’s tough because most gifts that cost around $10 are absolute crap. Not the Anthropologie Limited Edition Golden Monogram Mug ($10), though. It’s well made, looks like you spent a lot more, and is a gift that your recipient will actually use…a lot. It’s perfect for your kids’ teachers, a co-worker, the person who delivers your mail…the list goes on and on.

 

Icing Gold Monogram Initial Key Ring Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Personalized PicksThe Icing Gold Monogram Initial Key Ring ($7.50) is another great stocking stuffer that looks more expensive than it is. Icing is that kind of cheap-y store in the mall where 12-year-olds shop…so I didn’t have high hopes when I purchased a few of these online as gifts. I figured if the quality was poor, I’d simply return them. But when they arrived on my porch a few days later, I was very impressed with the quality…and I know the people receiving them will be too.   (more…)

POPSUGAR Must Have Box

POPSUGAR Must Have Box POPSUGAR Must Have BoxOne of my all-time favorite things is opening my front door to find a package waiting for me on my doorstep. Most of the time, I know what the contents are (aka the end result of a late-night online shopping spree), but the best boxes are the ones with a surprise inside. Who’s with me here?

So when POPSUGAR asked if I’d like to receive their Must Have Box and write about it on Spoiled Pretty, I couldn’t respond fast enough.

POPSUGAR’s Must Have Box is filled with full-sized beauty, fashion, home, fitness and food products – all hand-selected by POPSUGAR’s editors. To sign up, simply choose your subscription plan and each month you’ll receive a POPSUGAR Must Have Box delivered directly to your door.   (more…)

Bath & Body Works 3-Wick Candles: 2 for $22

bath and body works 3 wick candles italian2 Bath & Body Works 3 Wick Candles: 2 for $22

At Christmastime, I agonized over what to get my son’s daycare teachers. There are 12 of them – and even though he has his two main teachers, they all have interaction with him and take excellent care of him. So I needed to buy 12 gifts to show my appreciation, without breaking the bank. $10 each seemed doable, except that most gifts under $10 are utter crap and you’d rather give nothing at all than give someone a $10 junk present.

After almost settling on an uninspired gift (it was so blah, I can’t even remember what it was), Bath & Body Works had a sale on its 3-Wick Candles: 2 for $22. The 3 Wick Candles are a good size (14.5 oz) and usually $20 each, so this was a steal. I snatched up 12 candles in holiday scents for $132—and saved $108! It’s true that I went over my $10 per gift limit (only by $1), but it was okay because I also scored free shipping—and the candles conveniently showed up on my doorstep in mint condition. So it all evened out. But most important, the teachers LOVED their candles and raved for months about how wonderful they smell and how long they last.

So why am I running my mouth and telling you this old story? Well, Bath & Body Works is having the same sale now and I wanted to share the great news.

Mother’s Day is coming up. It’s also prime time for baby and bridal showers right about now. Better yet, why not treat yourself? You deserve it. There are a lot of new spring/summer scents that sound amazing—like Gelato, Lemon Mint Leaf, Garden Bouquet, Peach Bellini, Lakeside, Caribbean Escape and Sicilian Orange—to name a few.

Get free shipping with any purchase of $50 or more. Enter promo code BURN50—but, hurry, because that deal is only good today. The 2 for $22, 3-Wick Candles deal ends on April 21, 2013. No coupon needed for that.

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: C. Wonder Monogram Gifts

I love giving gifts with a personal touch, like these goodies from C. Wonder.

 

C Wonder Initial Charm Holiday Gift Guide 2012: C. Wonder Monogram GiftsC. Wonder Initial Letter Charm ($15): How charming! Put a personal touch on everything from bags and zippers to bracelets and dog collars with our gleaming 14k gold-plated initial charms. These one-of-a-kind accents are letter-perfect pieces to call your own or give as a gift to everyone on your list.

 

C Wonder Monogram Votive Holiday Gift Guide 2012: C. Wonder Monogram GiftsC. Wonder Monogram Votive ($8): These spray colored glass monogram votives make for a charming housewarming or hostesses gift, especially when paired with our monogram decorative plates. Each letter comes in a different color – there are a total of six – so when grouped together and illuminated, the votives make for an eclectically chromatic scene.

 

 

C Wonder Monogram Jewelry box Holiday Gift Guide 2012: C. Wonder Monogram GiftsC. Wonder Monogram Jewelry Box ($78): This sleek, lacquered jewelry box is finished with a velvet lining that makes it perfect for storing keepsakes and stashing personal items with panache. Each one features a prominent initial clasp crafted from 18k gold-plated hardware. It’s also offered in an array of cheerful colors. (more…)

HomeGoods Stylescope: What’s Your Style?

homegoods stylescope socialite HomeGoods Stylescope: Whats Your Style?
HomeGoods announced today the launch of its brand new Stylescope. HomeGoods partnered with interior designer and TV Host, Taniya Nayak, to create the new Stylescope, a quick and fun quiz that reveals your personal home design horoscope.

Stylescope also offers shopping tips, Pinterest inspiration and ways to incorporate your personal style into your home profile.

I took the test and I’m a Socialite. “The Socialite knows two things very well: luxury designer deals when she sees them and how to have fun! She likes to see and be seen. She’s into high fashion, and yes, she is absolutely in the ‘in’ crowd. She has an energetic fervor to her decorating, and she works hard to fill her home with the very best things.”

What’s your style?

Click here to take the new HomeGoods Stylescope quiz.

The Buzz in Home Fragrance: Nest Candles

nest beeswax The Buzz in Home Fragrance: Nest Candles

Nest Beeswax & Whipped Cream Scented Candle is the bees knees.

Light the wick and take a whiff…beeswax accord, essence of whipped cream, steamed rice, honey and cognac unite to lace your space with a warm and exotic perfume that defies description. This surprising marriage of fragrances is a breath of fresh air and a welcome alternative to the generic ‘holiday’ home fragrances that seem to be popping up on every shelf this time of year.

At $32, the 8 ounce candle costs a pretty penny. But it smells divine and burns for 50+ hours, so you can consider it money well-spent. If the price seems a somewhat steep, drop hints to your honey. On the other hand, if you’ve got cash to burn – take my advice and pick up a colony of these candles!

Nest Candles are available at Neiman Marcus.

So Fresh and So Clean, Clean

elizabethW+Perfume+Diffuser So Fresh and So Clean, Clean
I recently discovered elizabethW, a brand of exquisite and original collections for bath, body, and interiors. Their Perfume Diffuser in Citrus Vervain has turned my house into a home – freshening the air with a sophisticated blend of fragrance oils and natural ingredients. After a tiring day at work, I am welcomed home by extracts of star ruby grapefruit, mandarin, and lime peel entwined with lemon scented verbena leaves.

The oil is bottled in a lovely Italian glass container, accompanied by reeds in their own linen pouch. Both are packaged in a hand-tied ribboned box – which is so darned pretty, you’ll hate to toss it out.

The Perfume Diffuser is a thoughtful housewarming gift – especially for a friend who has small children or pets and typically eschews candles.

In addition to Citrus Vervain, the Perfume Diffuser is available in Citrus Spice, Lavender, Leaves, Lilac, Magnolia, Neroli Chamomile, Rose, Sweet Tea, Tuberose, and Vetiver.

Jaqua Introduces Hand Soaps

Jaqua knew there was a demand for hand soaps when they found out customers had been using Shower Syrups and Shower Crèmes as stand-ins at their bathroom and kitchen sinks.

jaquahandsoap Jaqua Introduces Hand SoapsNow you can send your favorite Jaqua shower washes back to the shower and replace them with feminine, yet hard-working Hand Soaps instead! With these new, richly lathering Pink Buttercream Frosting and Pink Champagne Hand Soaps, not only will your powder room look even more like a palace – your hands will get cleansed and conditioned with skin-soothing formula filled with fruit and plant extracts, vitamin E and aloe.

Take 30% off Pink Buttercream Frosting and Pink Champagne Hand Soaps, as Jaqua’s way of inviting you to try their newest indulgence. Don’t forget your guest bathrooms too!

Promo Code: SOAP1A Expires: January 16, 2008

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