Naughty or Nice You won’t think twice about these nifty gifts
Get a Jump on your holiday shopping with these nifty gifts
There’s only three months left until Christmas, avoid the rush and start your shopping early. Check out my comprehensive outside the box ideas for great gifts for young, old, friends and family. I add special items regularly so keep coming back for more ideas.
Toshiba’s innovative 400GB external hard drive can hold either 114,000 digital photos, 177 hours of DVD videos or 47 hours of high-definition videos and up to 105,000 MP3 music files. Perfect for saving all digital media in one location and the ideal gift for any busy mom or dad who stores a lot of digital content on their computer. The 400GB drive comes in a glossy, sleek finish and is available in Electric blue and weighs only six ounces, which is perfect for consumers who feel more comfortable traveling with important documents/information when away from home (for either work or fun). Key features include: backkup software features an intuitive, “set it and forget,” user interface that allows consumer to set a schedule for their backup Ready to go out of the box and certified to work with Windows XP andVista as well as Mac OS 10.3.9 or later. USB powered to keep your data mobile.
My gift guide runneth over with really nifty ideas like this Spa Treatment on the Go Kit from Minimus.biz…I read about it on line but not until I actually got one of my own did I realize how cool it is. The kit itself is attractively put together in soft blue, brown or black Do Good brands travel bags. I like how it folds out for easy access and stores just about everything you’ll need on trip like lip balm, Lavender body lotion; a Razz Sponge Mini Net, deodarant, towelettes, a really comfy eye mask, body spray, scrub, shampoo and more–an amazing feat to get all that in one little tote. It makes me want to travel just to use it. I really love how easy it is to store and get each product.
First the amazing Zia Natural Skincare’s Apple Refining Mask–which really perked up my skin after one use. The fruit-based product improves texture,reduces lines and discoloration and contains organic apple juice, lemon juice and willow bark. Costs $23.95 at health foodstores or at www.zianatural.com.
I followed this with Zia Natural Skincare’s Seaweed Lift Serum for normal, dry or aging skin.Made with vitamin A, red marine and blue green algae extracts and a co-enzyme I never heard of, Q10, it completed the job and left me ready for clubbing, also perfect to use both after a night a town, lifts you right up. $36.95, www.zianatural.com.
For my body I applied Zia‘s Ultimate Body Firming Botanical firming gel, man does it smell and feel good with its blend of caffeine, vitamins, ginkg<SPANCLASS=CORRECTION id=””>o and licorice root. Supposed to tone and smooth, $17.95. Perricone MD’s Ala Body Toning Lotion SPF 15,which protects from the sun while possibly eliminating ugly stretch marks. $75 at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora or www.perriconemd.com.Then I plumped my lips with Perricone MD Cosmeceutical’s Lip Plump, $35.00, look out Angelina, you’ve got competition. Yeah right. Anyway it’s available at www.perriconemd.com or at Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora et al.
Good Hair DaysTo complete my beauty routine I tested Citre Shine Shine Miracle Split End Mender, again it worked miracles on my over-colored tresses, and it‘s only $3.99 at CBS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Target etc. Next I held my do in place with Jason Finishing Spray–first time user and it’s great. Smells wonderful with Aloe Vera & Bergamot scents and it’s long lasting, light weight and non-aersol. www.jason-natural.com. For clubbing scenesters, got2b from Schwarzkopf is just the ticket to ride. The 24 hour Xtra hold shine and mousse and the styltini after hours 24 hour Laminating Shine Hairspray provide the perfect powder room touch up. www.got2b.com. They make great stocking stuffers, too.
I just sampled a greatcosmetics line from Naturally by Upper Canada Soap & Candle Makers—love it. Slathered the Body Butter (Buerre Pour Le Corps) from neck to toes and am feeling so soft and smooth all over–not to mention heavenly-scented. It‘s made with cranberry Moro Orange and other natural ingredients and is completely free of parabens, mineral oils and synthetic dyes. What’s best, it really does leave your skin tingling. Only $12, too, for a 6.4 ounce jar. You’ll love it for yourself or for gifting this holiday season.www.uppercanadasoap.com, 800-548-4097.
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Verikira Naturals Holiday Natural Aroma Shower Steamers — little scented balls that you put in the shower or near the bath tub that emit wonderful aromas that turn bathing into a luxurious, relaxing aromatherapy experience. Verikira Naturals® (www.verikira.com) NaturalAroma Shower Steamers are phthalate-free shower steamers made with the finest natural ingredients andpure essential oils. Start your shower, unwrap the steamer, and place it to the back or corner of the shower floor. As the moisture activates the steamer, the essential oils and flowing water make every shower a sensory journey. And they almost gift wrapped in gold, red, and green aluminum foil! Fragrances include: Cinnamon & Clove Comfort, Peppermint Awakening, and Eucalyptus Revival (my favorite) – and cost $24.00 for a 5.5 oz. set of 5). Also, along with Verikira Naturals profound commitment to wellness and passion for creating trulysuperior products, Kira Peterson, the creator,supports iimpoverished, malnourished, and orphan children through various non-profit organizations throughout the world. With every sale, Verikira Naturals donates a portion of all profits to carefully chosen nonprofit organizations whose purposes align with Peterson’s core values – organizations that work to support human health and wellness. So you’re doing something for yourself, for those on your Christmas shopping list and for mankind.
Kissing sweet stocking stuffers from Softlips: I love these and so will you and anyone on your gift list especially since the Orchard Park, NY company turned “green” with 100% natural organic lip conditioners/sunscreen made with beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E that. Ideal for the chemically sensitive they come in sheer Pomegranate, vanilla, Honeydew and tinted Rose and Bronze and cost just $3 each, and they come in recyclable packages. www.softlips.com.
And there is a Nana, aka: MiriamDiamond, a woman commited to healthy, natural food. In 1980, her 16-year-old son (Robert) was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. At this time, Miriam began to change her family’s diet and lifestyle to one that included a healthy and nutritious menu. Although her son lost his battle with cancer, Miriam continued to create recipes for those on a restricted diet or those looking for a healthy snack alternative to sugary cookies. She began baking Nana’s Cookies out of her home kitchen in 1992. She offers six product lines and 29 flavors. “I knew I had made it in the cookie business when I received a phone call directly from Madonna”, said Miriam Diamond, owner and founder of Nana’s Cookie Company, “But more importantly, when I started to receive cards and letters from who were so grateful to be able to give their children a treat and not risk their health, my heart knew I had made it.” Interested? Check out www.nanascookiecompany.com or call 858-273-5775.