Tuesday, December 19, 2006

presents perfect: guys

I love the way The Art of Shaving Sandalwood Essential Oil gift set smells. The handsome boxed set includes a sandalwood scented cologne and shaving cream, and is $40.

Bushnell has combined the distance-viewing abilities of regular binoculars and the image-capturing abilities of a digital camera in to one shiny gadget! The ImageView binoculars lets you capture and save any sight you see through the magnification lense, and an LCD screen so you can view your images. And at $89, it's a total steal.

Trusted and true, the MUJI Screwdriver set is one of the most useful gifts you could ever give a guy (or a girl!). No more rummaging around for the right-size tool when you're hanging pictures or tightening a screw. This pocket-sized set includes one handle and eight magnetic bits in a plastic storage case, and is only $14 at MoMA Store.

If his blank walls need some dressing, the Allard Car stretched canvas by artist Kiddo Smith may be the perfect gift. The black on silver piece is stretched over a gallery frame and is ready to hang. It's $60 for a 26"x26" canvas.

Yes, it's karaoke. And yes, he will love it! When connected, Griffin's iKaraoke sends the music from your iPod to your stereo without the lead vocals. A great gift for only $50.

Ah, cuff links. You can never go wrong with buying him a pair of good links. But if you don't want to drop serious cash on a set that may not suit his style, try these cute Knot cuff links from Brooks Brothers for only $9 a set (or four sets for $20). Pick out a handful from their stock of 40 colors and patterns to dress his every mood.

If he's doing the cooking, let him really put his mark on dinner! These monogrammed steak brands can be personalized with any two- or three-letter combos for $40. So cute!

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Monday, December 18, 2006

presents perfect

These colorful, plastic salad hands from Sur La Table are great stocking stuffers for your friends who love to entertain. They come in four colors (red, yellow, orange and green) and are only $8 a pair. Toss that around for size!

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Now, who wouldn't love to get one of these beautiful holiday floral arrangements from Flowerbud? They're so colorful and festive, and a nice departure from the traditional holly and poinsettias. And the best part? The blooms will last extra long (probably past the new year!) because they all arrive in bud form and will open up within a few days of delivery. Prices range from $60 and up.

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These glass chocolate and pewter coasters are so pretty! The ultra hip damask wallpaper design is covered by a thin layer of glass, protecting your coffee table and these pretty pieces from water. They're $18 for a set of four.

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These bitten gingerbread cookie cutters are the perfect gift for the baker with a sense of humor! Each little cutter has tiny "chew" marks in the mold, so the cookies will bake up with curious bite-shapes missing. Love it! They're $10 for three different appendage-less guys.

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Your gift-ee may think this hand-made, screen printed Atelier Lzc Matriochka Dishcloth is too pretty to use! The pink, orange and red winding tree branches, decorated eggs and Matriochka doll designs are really striking. It's $16 for a 20" x 26" cloth.

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Susie Mendive for SUM Design has taken her beautiful wallpaper designs and reinterpreted the graphics on different objects, including this great black plywood printed tray. It's $40 and also comes in brown and green.

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jolly holiday!

Hey, guys! I'm so so sorry for being such a bad MIA-blogger for the last few weeks! Between the hectic holidays, work deadlines, business trips, blah, blah, blah ... you get it. Things have been busy. Anyway, I'm jumping right back on to the blogging bandwagon starting today, and I couldn't be happier to be back! :)

All this week, I'll be posting some last-minute gift ideas ... so stay tuned! But until then, here are my absolute favorite holiday cards of the year. Happy holidays!

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