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…)

Dana’s Secrets for Healthy and Hydrated Skin

dana skincare routine 1024x768 Danas Secrets for Healthy and Hydrated SkinWhen it comes to my skin care routine, I use a variety of products.  I’m attracted to what smells good, feels good and what works for me. Then again who isn’t?  After many years of experimenting, I finally have figured out a great combination for me. That bold statement was verified yesterday when I received a HUGE compliment (at least to me it was huge).

I saw my esthetician yesterday for an eyebrow clean up. I always dread laying down under that bright light where she can clearly see all of my flaws. I was getting ready to defend my pores, just like how I have to defend my flossing habits to my dentist, when she said, “You are doing a great job keeping your skin hydrated. Your face is one of the best that I have seen all day.”  “What, really?! Thanks!” was my response.

We all know the importance of keeping our skin cleansed and hydrated…so I won’t bore you with all of that, instead this is what I do everyday: (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection

tarte sweet indulgences holiday gift set e1415650824787 Holiday Gift Guide 2014: Tarte Sweet Indulgences 3 in 1 Holiday Gift CollectionSpoiled Pretty is kicking off its 2014 Holiday Gift Guide with the tarte Sweet Indulgences 3-in-1 Holiday Gift Collection.

The set includes 26 full-size beauty luxuries. No makeup minis here! Spoil your recipient (or yourself) pretty by keeping the set together. Or split it up and stuff several stockings.

This QVC exclusive gift set is Today’s Special Value – priced at just $59.94! Sold separately, these products would set you back $287. And after today, the set goes back to its original price of $72.50.   (more…)

Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale: Take 20% Off

urban decay friends and family 2014 Urban Decay Friends & Family Sale: Take 20% OffUrban Decay is having their annual Friends & Family Sale! Take 20% off your purchase. Use coupon code UDFANATICS14 at checkout. Take my advice and stock up on the 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Revolution Lipsticks and Naked Eyeshadow Palettes (BEST PALETTES EVER!) – they’re all Spoiled Pretty Editor’s Favorites.

Sale ends October 19, 2014 at 11:59PM PT.

 

Shopbop Friends & Family Sale: Take 25% Off!

SHOPBOP FRIENDS AND FAMILY SALE 1 Shopbop Friends & Family Sale: Take 25% Off!Shopbop.com is one of my favorite online destinations for retail therapy. They have the best selection of apparel, shoes, handbags, jewelry and other accessories. Just about any time I wear something I bought at Shopbop, people stop and ask where I got it.

What’s even better than shopping Shopbop is shopping Shopbop when there’s a big sale…and there’s one happening right now. Now’s the time to stock up on your favorites and/or finally buy that splurge item you’ve been eyeing for forever.

Today through Thursday, October 16 (at 11:59pm PT), take 25% off your entire purchase. Use coupon code FAMILY25 at checkout.

If you score something cute, come back here and brag about your bargains in the comments section. I’m dying to hear what everyone picks up!

 

Land’s End Friends & Family Sale Extended: Enjoy 30% Off

Lands End Outerwear Lands End Friends & Family Sale Extended: Enjoy 30% Off

Sorry I’m so late spreading this good news. Late last week, Land’s End announced their Friends & Family sale – with a coupon for 30% off (enter promo code FAMILYFIRST at checkout). I took that as a sign from the heavens that I should invest in a new winter coat…and scarf…and gloves. Oh hell, I bought a skirt too. All in all, I ended up saving $93!

What I love about Land’s End is that their women’s clothes come in regular, petite, tall and plus sizes. I’m barely 5’2″, so I really appreciate the wide range of sizes.

The sale originally ended yesterday, but today they announced the savings were being extended until midnight tonight.

Here are the goodies that UPS is scheduled to deliver to my door by week’s end:

Womens Petite Luxe Wool Car Coat 2 Lands End Friends & Family Sale Extended: Enjoy 30% OffWomen’s Luxe Wool Car Coat   (more…)

Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream Review

whish shave crave shaving cream 1024x879 Whish Shave Crave Shaving Cream Review

Daneen – I know that you like your razor*, but wow, this stuff is awesome!

Do you remember where you were when you learned how to shave? Believe it or not, I was in Tennessee! My Dad was driving our family to Orlando, from New Jersey, for a trip to Disney world. He had the tendency to take the long way to stop at obscure places for sight seeing. I was 10 or 12 years old, and I recall my mom saying that it was time to learn. She took a disposable razor and his Barbasol shave cream and showed me what to do.

Since then, I always got the $1.00 Barbasol shave cream to use. But since it always left me feeling dry (and smelling like a man, ha!), I decided to splurge and get Skintimate – which was definitely better. I never thought I would use anything more “luxurious” than that until Whish Shave Crave found its way to my shower.

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