July 2020

Pat Says Now Computer Mice, $19.99

Pat Says Now Computer Mice

Perfect for any workaholic (or just your average Facebook fiend), these cheeky mice make a great gift for all. With plug and play convenience—and no mouse ball—they work on virtually any surface and can be used right out of the box. We love the polka dot and hot rod styles, but all work well for clicking on AskMelissa.com!

Price: $19.99

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Aerial7 Headphones, $39.99-$79.99

Aerial7 Headphones

Channel your inner DJ by giving these fashion-forward headphones from Aerial7. The headphones provide crisp highs and deep lows, ensuring that all music is heard as it should be. And with colors from orange and blue to neon green and yellow, the hipster on your list will shout out a big thanks.

Price: $39.99–$79.99

Special: Receive a 15% discount with promo code askmelissa. Valid through December 31.

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LEGO Alarm Clock, $29.99

LEGO Alarm Clock

This LEGO Alarm Clock is sure to make the child on your gift list wake up with a smile. The clock—with a digital display, snooze button and AM/FM radio—looks just like a LEGO brick. You can even stack it on the LEGO Boombox to make your own LEGO creation.

Price: $29.99

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Powermat, $99.99


The future is now . . . and it’s wireless. Kiss those hard to find chargers and their ugly wires good-bye with the Powermat, which lets us wirelessly charge our gadgets—from the iPod to the Blackberry—in one convenient location. And with its sleek black design, the Powermat is as attractive as it is cool.

Price: $99.99

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RabLabs Brazilian Agate Platters, $55-$70


RabLabs Brazilian Agate Platters

You can never, ever have too much jewelry! So how excited are we to hand out house jewelry as hostess gifts? These agate plates come in rich colors displaying natural character. We love them for cheese, sushi or hors d’oeuvres, but they are also scratchproof and can withstand high temperatures to double as a trivet. There’s that functional/beautiful thing again!

Price: $55, set of two small; $70, large

Special: Receive a 10% discount with promo code RABLABS.

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janeyCakes NYC Cookies, $3-$4


janeyCakes NYC Cookies

Ditch the traditional pumpkin pie this year and show up at the party with these divinely delicious sugar cookies from janeyCakes NYC. Each sugar cookie, glazed with royal icing, is homemade with natural ingredients. The holiday and seasonal shapes are perfect for this time of year. But janeyCakes can bake every flavor, shape, size, color, quantity and theme under the sun, making these cookies perfect for every occasion. They also make cakes and cupcakes. Licking your lips already? We thought so.

Price: $3–$4/cookie, depending on design

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vivabox, $29.95-$160



For those oh-so-finicky hosts this holiday, we love vivabox, combining freedom of choice with the personal touch of a real gift. In the box you’ll find a theme-inspired gift, along with a gift card that lets your lucky recipient pick out a second gift from vivabox’s website. Choose from among 12 themes, including wine, spas, coffee and museums, and you’ll never give a bad gift again—viva la box!

Price: $29.95–$160

Special: Receive 10% off with promo code askmelissa. Valid: November 4–December 31, 2009.

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JK Adams Slate Cheese Tray, $54


JK Adams Slate Cheese Tray

One of life’s minor annoyances? Is it Gorgonzola or Roquefort, Brie or Camembert? Write on this slate tray with chalk or soapstone pencil to ID your hors d’oeuvres or wines. Backed with felt to prevent scratching surfaces, it cleans up easily with water and sponge. For the perfect personal touch, monogram with your hosts’ initials. Cheers to no more mystery munching!

Price: $54

Special: Receive a 10% discount with promo code AM. Valid: November 4–13, 2009.

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Nuance Bottle Opener, $32


Nuance Bottle Opener

Isn’t it fun when something ordinary is made beautiful? Witness this stainless-steel bottle opener from Danish company Nuance. Inspired by the drop of a sparkling cold beverage, the ergonomic design coupled with a hollow interior makes this opener a pleasure to hold, no matter how many tops have to be popped.

Price: $32

Special: Receive 10% off with promo code ASKCSN. Valid: November 4–December 1, 2009.

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Decorative Things Cutting Boards, $30


Decorative Things Cutting Boards

We love a company that turns an ugly duckling into a swan. Enter these eye-popping cutting boards, with odes to everyone from Andy Warhol to Paul Smith. Available in sizes from 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 16″, the cutting boards are odor, stain and heat resistant, dishwasher safe and made with nonskid glass and nonslip rubber feet. If we have to slice and dice, we’d rather use something pretty!

Price: $30

Special: Receive free shipping when you enter promo code NBCAM in the “comments section” in the shopping cart. Valid through November.

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