April 2023

Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Stylish Picks

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.


Top 9 Personalized or Monogrammed Gifts for Valentine’s Day

By Daniela Apeloig

Valentine’s Day is about love, and what could be more personal than that? So, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to give a personalized or monogrammed gift to someone you love. You would be surprised how easy it is to personalize a gift—and how special it can make someone feel. Show your love with unique Valentine’s Day gifts made just for your special Valentine. You’ll want to give these great gifts—and get them—on Valentine’s Day or any special occasion.

Monogramming Fun Fact
Monogramming dates back to the Greco-Roman era, when initials where stamped on coins to identify the city that issued them. As for you initial-obsessed shoppers who love having your personal goods monogrammed? That practice started in the Victorian era, when royals used monograms to identify their laundry and linens. Now, we mere commoners can monogram almost anything, from cards to canvases.

1. The Gift of Vintage Charm for a Personalized Watch
This vintage-looking timepiece has a typewriter-style bold initial at the center. Made exclusively for Urban Outfitters, the watch’s leather strap has an embossed crocodile pattern and buckle closure.
Buy Urban Outfitters Typewriter Initial Watch, $28, at urbanoutfitters.com

2. Pack It Personalized with a Monogrammed Dop Kit for Him
Monogram this Tumi travel kit for your man. Not only will he have a stylish dop kit for all of his grooming products on the go, but he’ll be thinking of you when he uses it to travel in style. The kit features an outside zip pocket and an interior mesh pocket.
Buy Tumi Alpha Compact Travel Kit, $95, at tumi.com

3. The “Have Monogram, Will Travel” Gift
Travel from A to B organized and in style with this passport wallet with embossed monogram. Available in black, red, and brown, the wallet includes 5 credit card slots and a passport slot.
Buy Graphic Image Crocodile Leather Passport Wallet, $78, at graphicimage.com
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4. Monogram Your Love with His-and-Hers Bathrobes
You’ll feel as if you’re at a a 5-star hotel when you both slip into these his-and-hers bathrobes, made exclusively for Red Envelope. The monogram makes them personal. Available in men’s and women’s sizes, the robe is made of Turkish cotton and features a shawl collar, 2 pockets, and self-tie belt.
Buy Red Envelope Five-Star Terry Robe, $79.95, at redenvelope.com

5. Personalized Charm Necklace for Valentine’s Day
Carry his initials plus yours close to your heart on this simple yet elegant gold disc necklace. Or customize this piece of Valentine’s Day jewelry with just your own initials.
Buy Miriam Merenfeld Personalized Disc Necklace, $90, at miriammerenfeld.com

6. Personalize a Valentine’s Gift: An Old-Fashioned Gesture of Love Updated
Are you so in love you feel like a giddy teenager carving your initials into a tree? Now, you can do almost that on this handmade tree-print pillow. Customize it with your initials, names, or even a short message for your loved one.
Buy Cozyblue Personalized Custom Heart Tree Print Pillow, $46, at etsy.com

7. Great Love Inspires Great Art, Which Inspires Great Personalized Valentine’s Day Gifts
Love has inspired great works of art for as long as love and art have existed. Feel inspired but lack the skills? You can still give your love a personalized masterpiece—on canvas! Send Canvas Pop an image, and use cool filters and special effects to personalize it in a variety of styles, from pop art to oil painting to vintage. Then choose from different sizes and layouts, including dyptich and tryptich, to create your own work of art.
Buy Canvas Pop Personalized Canvas, starting at $30, at canvaspop.com

8. Send a Valentine’s Day Love Note with a Gift of Personalized Stationery
Despite our love of all things tech, email is just not as personal as a handwritten note. Take it up a notch with personalized stationery. These handmade, vintage-look letterpress cards come in white with taupe envelopes and are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift. Just give the artist the name, initials, or short message you want on the cards, and she’ll customize them in your choice of ink color and design.
Buy HycCreative Letterpress Personalized Letterpress Cards, $45 (box of 20 cards & envelopes), at etsy.com

9. Jewelry Is Personal, So Keep It in a Personalized Jewelry Box
For your spectacular fine jewelry collection that he adds to on Valentine’s Day—and many other days throughout the year if he’s worthy of you!—keep it in this monogrammed jewelry box, plated with polished nickel. The jewelry box has 3 compartments and a protective linen lining.
Buy Pottery Barn Beaded Jewelry Box, $99, at potterybarn.com

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Win Jay Godfrey’s Ruscha Cowl Belted Dress
Jay shared his thoughts about women, now you share yours about his dress. Tell us how you would style his fabulous winter white dress, from shoes to jewelry and more, and where you would wear it! For contest details and to enter for a chance to win, click here.

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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Invisibelt Girl, $16

Invisibelt Girl

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!

Price: $16.00

Special: Receive a 20% discount with promo code 09ASK20. 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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Sonia Kashuk Holiday Collection, $12.99-$19.99

Sonia Kashuk Holiday Collection

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
Twist of Fate Brush Set , $19.99
Beauty Junkie Cosmetic Bag , $12.99
Twist & Shout Brush , $12.99
Classic Palette Makeup and Brush Set , $19.99
Starry Eyes Eye Palette , $14.99

Joe Grooming, $3.75-$28.50

Joe Grooming

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!

Price: $3.75–$28.50

Special: Receive a 20% discount with promo code askmelissa. Valid through 2010.

Purchase Joe Grooming

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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