November 23, 2007
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The Season's Most Wanted Gifts
Holiday Shopping Kickoff
Can you believe it? Today is BLACK FRIDAY!! Shopping day extraordinaire! I suppose it is, in fact, the Olympics of shopping. Think of it: the best of the best will be out there, wearing their comfy flats and sporty zip-ups ready to shove their way through the aisles and fight for this season's top fabulous finds.
But before you don your pepper-spray keychain and brass knuckles, let me fill you in on a little secret I discovered last Thanksgiving. Naturally, She She and I were patiently explaining to Hubby how entirely important (not to mention vital) this shopping day is. Of course, no matter how many sales we mentioned or how many promises of vast savings we promised, there was absolutely no convincing him that any of this was worth leaving the house at 4:30am.
Anyhoo, while She She and I were flipping through the multitude of Black Friday catalogs, mapping out our retail reconnaissance and checking out the fabulous deals it hit me: Why leave the house in the bleak hours of pre-dawn (especially after gorging myself on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie all afternoon and evening) when I can easily (and comfortably!) do my shopping from home? Hello, Girly-it's the cyber age! Could it be that I can get the same marvelous deals and discounts by shopping online in my skivvies?
True that, ladies (yes, I did pick up a bit of lingo from the AMA's last week) but I felt the statement fit my sassy attitude from the previous paragraph. Indeed you CAN shop in your skivvies with your hair amuck and your eyes puffy! And the best part is you can shop to your heart's content, snap up everything on your list in a fraction of the time it would take you to brave the wilds of the mall, all in the comfort of your own snuggly robe and without mussing your manicure (or risking a black eye!) Then, once you've finished shopping you can hop right back in those 720 thread count sheets and catch a mid-morning nap! When all the other girls return from their shopping excursions looking like something the cat dragged in, you will be fresh faced (thanks to your Clarisonic Skin Care System—one of Oprah's Favorite Things by the way!) glossy haired, radiantly refreshed and ready to dance the night away!
So now that you know what I will be doing come dawn (sleeping, natch) let's get to the good stuff: this season's most wanted gifts.
Most Wanted For Her
Genetic Denim: Specifically, Genetic Denim Sailor Pant. Gorgeous wide leg style we want with the fabulous Genetic Denim fit that we love. Looks positively gorgeous with a great pair of skyscraper wedges.
Chic Trench Coat: A chic trench is all the rage in fashion this season, and a great wardrobe investment. My favorites right now are this amazing double-breasted Burberry trench (would love to find this under my tree!) and this more affordable yet equally gorgeous satin trench from Banana Republic.
Comfy Wrap: Quite the fan of Boden, I'm in love with their gorgeous wraps this season. Comfy and chic-always a fabulous combination. I also adore the Shoul-so lightweight, comfortable and versatile!
Metallic Handbag: Metallic handbags, whether large or small, are a favorite accessory this time of year. If you are looking to give one as a gift, a metallic clutch is a great choice (so long as the bag is large enough for keys, a credit card and a gorgeous lipgloss!) If you are hoping to receive one as a gift (please, please, please!) here's a very chic little number that will go with everything!
Metallic Flats: Not necessarily worn in tandem with the aforementioned metallic handbag (the days of matching bags and shoes are long gone.) But a great pair of metallic flats will add a little zip to any ensemble. You may even want to go with something a little more burnished, like pewter or bronze.
Feminine, Energetic Scents: This season's top 2 scents are Daisy by Marc Jacobs and Sarah Jessica Parker's Covet.
Funky Wallet: Fun wallets are hot this season, and a great stocking stuffer! Be sure to look for a wallet with plenty of space for change, credit cards and pictures! Nothing frustrates a girl more than a wimpy, tiny wallet.
Series on DVD: Top three are Gilmore Girls (complete collection!) and Desperate Housewives (Season 3) and Planet Earth (makes a great hostess gift or even a gift for actual or prospective inlaws!)
Stylin' Jewelry: Check out jewelry in the pewter, silver and gold families. Rustic and earthy are hot this season. Also, pick up a great travel jewelry case-ideal for storing your baubles whether at home or away!
Fabulous Mixer: Kitchen Aid stand mixer in a funky color, like Reef Blue (another one of Oprah's Favorite Things-I knew I was in good company!) Bear in mind that a kitchen appliance does not really count as a gift. Pick up something special as well to show you put more effort into her gift.
Most Wanted For Him
Stylish Loafers: Most men go for black shoes, but brown is also a smart option if your man knows how to match them with his belt! Look for some great loafers, possibly with a metallic detail-not too funky, but still fashionable.
Warm Crewneck Sweater: Boden and Saks have some great crewnecks in this season's lines. Remember, cashmere feels just as good to a man as it does to you!
Designer Jeans: Diesel makes great men's jeans. They are both fashionable and durable-certainly a necessary combination for most guys.
Hip Digital Camera: Hubby and I just got a new Sony Cybershot and it is so awesome! I can appreciate great electronics and Hubby can't get enough of this camera with it's touch screen and "smile" feature (you can set it to only shoot photos when people smile-how cool is that?).
Sexy Scents: David Beckham Instinct and Lacoste Pour Homme Eau De Toilette.
Series on DVD: Lost (the Complete Third Season), 24 (Season 6) and Heroes (Season 1) are the hottest DVD sets this season. But if you really want to score some brownie points, an HDTV is definitely the way to go! (But if your guy is like my guy, he is going to know exactly which HDTV and exactly how many bells and whistles he wants, so a gift certificate to an electronics store might be the best way to go here!)
Skin Care: He may not admit it, but your man would probably enjoy a bit of skin pampering (particularly if it helps him regain some of that not-too-distant youth).
A few quick notes and tips: On Black Friday you want to keep your priorities straight. If you know you have something on your list that is very in demand this season you'll need to be snap up that item first. And if you're like me, you probably have several of those items on your list! Prioritize and organize. Open multiple browser windows, find the products you're shopping for on multiple websites and have those products ready to be added to your shopping cart as soon as the online sale begins. Credit cards handy, printer prepped to churn out receipts and certainly mouse ready for major clicking!
Here's to hoping you opened your email before shuffling out into the cold! Kudos to all you fellow online shoppers! Ready, set, click!
Happy Holidays, all!
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