The holidays are drawing near so I’ve searched high and low for the best gifts at all price points. Here are my picks for presents I would love to give OR get. I think you will find something for everyone on your list!
1. allPop Art Portrait, BUY NOW, $149 to $369
I am a huge fan of personalized gifts and love the allPop Art custom portraits. Whether you want to “Warhol-ize” or “Lichtenstein-ize” your best friend, uncle, or favorite pet, it’s a fun and meaningful present. Just send in a photo of your choice and allPop will turn it into a customized piece of art. I recently purchased an allPop gift certificate for a dear friend who was thrilled to receive it. It’s also listed as one of Oprah’s “favorite one of a kind personalized gifts.”
2. Striiv Fitness Device, BUY NOW, $99.95
The Striiv fitness device transforms your gift giving into a fun and hi-tech way to get fit! A lot more than just a pedometer, the fitness device offers motivational tools, interactive features, and an easy to read LCD screen. It is sleek and small, easy to carry on your keychain, belt loop, or bag, and every step you take counts as a donation to charity at no cost to you! Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
3. Jacques Levine slippers, BUY NOW, $98
Who doesn’t need a new and great-looking pair of slippers? The new Jacques Levine collection is fashion forward with these ballet-style slippers. They are elegant and luxurious and look so great you will want to wear them outside! Jacques Levine is recognized for their feminine touches, and soft kidskin construction. Available in several fun colors and patterns.
4. Stephanie Johnson ML Traveler Make-up Case, BUY NOW, $74
With all of the great products to give and receive, your beauty junkies need something stylish to tote around their beauty bounty. These cases come in so many chic patterns — I personally own the “Lima” made of purple, gray and black faux python and use it as my every day make-up bag. The bag also has two removable mesh compartments in the center so products stay organized and are easy to find. Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz, Ginnifer Goodwin and Penelope Cruz among others are all fans too!
5. L’Occitane Hand Cream Bouquet, BUY NOW, $50
L’Occitane makes so many fab products so it’s no surprise that these are my favorite hand creams. This special holiday edition makes a great gift set with six delicious scents, including Coca Flower, Desert Rose, and Vanilla Flower. They are travel size, and I love that they are easy to divide among different handbags.
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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!
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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.
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The fashionable yet functional belt for girls ages 5 to 15. The adjustable Invisibelt Girl comes in trendy colors and patterns while eliminating the dreaded buckle bulge. Easy to wear with jeans, skirts, leggings and more, this belt is the perfect stocking stuffer for the young fashionistas on your list!
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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.
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Nothing says holiday like a little sparkle! We love the Sonia Kashuk Holiday Collection so much we can’t pick just one. Choose from among brush sets, makeup and cases. Give one or give them all, the ladies on your list will be thrilled to ring in 2010 in style!
Glitz & Glam Brush Set, $12.99
Know a guy as into products as you are? Or one who needs a little spiffing up? Give these Joe Grooming products for men’s hair and skin care. From the thickening shampoo to the exfoliating scrub, the men on your list will love the organic ingredients—and the results!
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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.
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
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