January 2023

Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him and Her

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a fabulous gift for that special someone! Be creative this year…there’s no need to rely on old standbys. These hand-picked gifts for him and her are sure to delight any of the loves in your life.

T. Anthony Kent Slim Messenger, BUY NOW, $450
The T. Anthony Kent Slim Messenger bag is a perfect gift for the guy on the move. The super slim and stylish messenger is lightweight and made from scratch resistant pebble grain leather that will keep during the most rugged of wear. I bought one for my husband recently and he loves it for every day and for travel. You can also have the bag gold stamped with your man’s initials–love a personalized gift! T. Anthony bags have been featured in O Magazine, Allure and Bazaar.

Michael Kors Men’s Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch, BUY NOW, $225
A signature timepiece is an important part of every man’s wardrobe. This sleek design by Michael Kors is impeccably chic, and offers a lot of look for the price. Oversized chronograph styles are my favorite…this one looks hip and cool without trying too hard.

Johnnie Walker Engraved Blue Label Whisky, BUY NOW, $225
Personalization makes a gift extra special. The whisky aficionado will relish in owning an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label! The 200 year old brewer is known for their consistency and flavor quality, perfect for the man who has everything.

Molton Brown Echo Bath and Body Gift Set, BUY NOW, $109
If your Valentine could use a little rest and relaxation (can’t we all?), indulge them with the Molton Brown Echo yuan zhi Gift Set, complete with bath and shower gel, body cream, and medio candela. Molton Brown has been a leader in the best quality body, skin, hair and home products since the 70’s. All of their materials are sourced from natural and sustainable ingredients and the blend of yuan zhi root, ylang ylang and vanilla makes a great scent for both sexes. Fans include Leighton Meester and Kristen Chenoweth.

Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard for Ipad 2 Tablet, BUY NOW, $99
Every iPad2 tablet owner will be delighted with the Brookstone Bluetooth Keyboard. The sleek portfolio case is made out of a rubberized material with a built in wireless keyboard that lets you type with ease at laptop speed and has full access to the device’s camera and port capabilities. It’s available in fun shades like pink, orange and green as well as basic colors so it makes a great gift for anyone with an iPad2. This is the nicest one I have seen–it’s not bulky and the keyboard is super comfortable and easy to use.

Jacks & Jokers “King’s Head” Graphic Tee, BUY NOW, $60
These ultra hip t-shirts are incredibly soft and detailed with authentic graphics and logos from decks of playing cards. A totally fresh take on a tee, the fun designs are great for the King of your Heart. It’s a perfect present for the downtown guy, and the uptown one who needs to revamp his preppy collared shirt look. Jacks and Jokers tees have been spotted on celebs Adrian Grenier and Kevin Dillon, New York Yankee Nick Swisher and were featured in Hamptons Magazine.

6 Stylish Hostess Gifts

The holidays are coming up so without a doubt you will be attending a dinner or party hosted by one of your friends, family or business associates. It’s always nice to be a gracious guest and bring a gift, but finding something both chic and unique can be a challenge. Below are some of my favorite ideas:

Quill Cheese Knife Set, BUY NOW, $28
These gorgeous feather cheese knives from Anthropologie are seasonless and reasonably priced. I want them now!

MoMa Smart Candles, BUY NOW, $28
If you love giving candles but your host has small kids or pets, these smart candles from the MoMA store are safe and gorgeous!

Monogrammed Soaps, BUY NOW, $30
A gift with a personalized touch always makes a difference! These monogrammed soaps are special and look great in any powder room.

Marie Belle Hot Chocolate Tins Set, BUY NOW, $54
The gourmet hot chocolate mixes from MarieBelle are amazingly delicious and come packaged in festive tins. I recently received these as a gift from a good friend and am enjoying them very much!

Thompson Ferrier Candle, BUY NOW, $68
Candles make a great hostess gift because you can never have too many! I am obsessed with these new candles because of their unique, beautiful shape and delicious smell. And, there is also a great love story behind them.

Moderne: Timo Hot Cold glass set, BUY NOW, $69
These multi-functional glasses make a great gift for the host with a modern sensibility. I love that they can be used for both hot and cold beverages.

Buy Indego Africa Wine Bags, $8


Buy Indego Africa Wine Bags, $8

  • These bags are fresh and fun for the summer, with their popping patterns and bright hues
  • Each bag is hand sewn by women at the Cococki cooperative in Rwanda

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to get Dad for his special day? Forget the typical tie or wallet, and check out these unique Father’s Day gift picks. Whether he’s an athlete, a tech-junkie or a suit and tie kind of guy, giving one of these will surely put a smile on his face!

1.For the “Corporate” Dad: Paul Fredrick Genuine Transit Token Cufflinks
Dress up Dad’s everyday business shirt with a hip pair of cufflinks that are made with authentic transit tokens from his favorite city. These super cool cuff links are packaged in a custom box with a picture of the city’s transit map. City choices include New York City, San Francisco, LA, Boston and Chicago.
Buy Now, Available at Gifts.com, $79.50

2. For the “Well-Groomed” Dad: ARCONA Men Starter Kit
Is your dad interested in keeping his skin looking good, in the most natural way possible? ARCONA MEN is an all natural luxury skincare line created just for men.  These fresh-smelling products contain live, active ingredients which make them unique. Celebrities such as Adrien Brody and Steve Carell have been using them for years.  My husband was the tester and is now a big fan too. I like the sleek packaging and the products have clever “manly” names such as efficiency, productivity, consistency, proficiency and restore.  Kit includes a daily cleansing bar, moisturizer, exfoliating facial scrub, skin toner pads (perfect quick fix to relieve razor burn) and wrinkle-repair formula.
Buy Now, $95

3. For the “Athletic” Dad: Under Armour’s Men’s UA Charged Cotton™ T-Shirt
Whether Dad goes to the gym every morning, likes to go for a run, or plays a game of pick-up basketball every now and then, Under Armour has an array of apparel fit for him. Under Armour’s new line, Charged Cotton™ combines the company’s original wicking technology that allows for breathability with the softness and durability of cotton. In fact, this is the first performance cotton t-shirt that actually dries much faster than regular cotton. Worried about sweat stains or poor quality? Under Armour Charged Cotton™ will keep Dad cool and dry, allowing him to perform as usual, while still looking great. I love the variety of bright colors available.
Buy Now, $24.99

4. For the “Golfer” Dad: Hammacher Schlemmer’s 33-In-1 Golf Club
If your Dad likes to plan golf outings with his buddies or hit golf balls at the driving range, this new portable club will be the perfect gift.  The Hammacher Schlemmer 33-In-1 Golf Club appears to be like any other classic iron, but it has the ability to adjust to 33 different loft angles. The gear system inside the heel of the club allows golfer to choose from five putters, two drivers, three fairway woods, 14 irons or nine wedges. Dad will certainly be the envy of all his friends! This golf club on steroids retracts to 19 inches, comes in a convenient carrying case and fits in a suitcase so it’s ideal for travel.
Buy Now, $199.95

5. For the “Techie” Dad: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet with 16GB Memory
For the early adopter Dad who loves the latest gadgets, be sure to get him a BlackBerry Playbook. This new tablet is smaller than the iPad (7’ screen), weighs less than a pound, and is less than 1/2 inch thick.  It offers unique capabilities such as a “multi-task” feature that allows you to run multiple programs at once (view videos in HD, browse web pages, check emails, run apps). Perfect for BlackBerry lovers, the Playbook has the ability to connect directly with a BlackBerry smartphone and can be used to view any email, BBM and other content on the phone. This portable gadget can even video chat, record and stream videos in HD.
Buy Now, $499

6. This is perfect for ANY Dad: Lacoste Men’s Textured Bath Robe
Sure, a towel works for when Dad is rushing in and out of the shower, but I am sure he would enjoy a plush, hotel-style robe to strut around in too! This luxurious robe is made of 100% textured cotton and is casual and comfortable. Designed in France, these come in four great colors and of course feature the iconic crocodile logo.
Buy Now, $95

Win a iHome Kitchen Speaker System


Looking for a holiday filled with music and cheer? You could win an iHome Kitchen Speaker System. Listen to your holiday tunes while viewing the latest cookie apps—yes, you really can have it all this season!

To enter for a chance to win:

  1. Fan the PageDaily Facebook fan page—click here
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  3. Tweet your favorite holiday song @PageDaily

iHome Kitchen Timer & Alarm Clock Radio Speaker System

  • Value: $100
  • Compatible with the iPhone and iPods
  • Perfect for cooking podcasts and recipe apps
  • USB port to charge devices like cell phones and PDAs
  • FM radio
  • One winner will be chosen
  • Contest ends December 31, 2010

Tibos Electric Crepe Maker: Yummy French Treat, Beret not Included


One of my favorite memories from a trip to Paris last summer—my daily stop at a street-side crêpe stand. Back in the States, I was determined to learn how to make these scrumptious treats.  I started with a regular skillet, and to my surprise they were incredibly easy.  I began making them regularly, and when my birthday rolled around, guess what I got?! This incredible electric crêpe maker.  The griddle cooks them evenly every time and even lets you know when the ideal temperature is reached.  While it has helped me make larger and more delicious crêpes, it has also become the centerpiece of social gatherings.  My friends and I love getting together to making crepes with a lavish assortment of fillings and toppings—and of course, a glass of wine.  Everyone wants to give the griddle a go along with the authentic utensils that came with it. This makes an amazing gift; just don’t forget the Nutella! Bon Appétit!—Emilee Malvehy

Buy Tibos Electric Crepe Maker, $150, williamsandsonoma.com

Holiday Gifts for Him, Her and the Kids

For the naughty, the nice and everyone in between, you need gifts. Here are some of our favorites, guaranteed to please.


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

Purchase Powermat

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

Bib Necklace

Forget deck the halls. Deck someone you love in this necklace that looks like a million bucks, without the matching price tag. Bib necklaces are all the rage this season, and we’re drooling over this one—which comes in several glamorous shades—from Candi Stamm, our favorite jewelry source. We may just need to stuff one in our own stocking!

Price: $56.00

Special: The necklace is $50 for AskMelissa subscribers.

Purchase: Call Candi Stamm, 917.566.5033, to order.

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

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

Purchase LEGO Alarm Clock

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.

Purchase Invisibelt Girl

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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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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LOVE Wool Pillow Covers

Feel the love this holiday with these gorgeous pillows handmade in Nepal from 100% felted wool. The company, Fabricadabra, only uses small manufacturers that treat and pay women fairly. That’s the spirit, holiday or anytime!

Price: $45.00

Special: Receive a 20% discount with promo code AskMelissa. Valid through December 31.

Purchase LOVE Wool Pillow Covers

Give Great Gift

I’ve been invited to spend the weekend with friends. What’s a girl to give? Houseguest rules: Help with the dishes, entertain yourself—and bring a great hostess gift. We love to find that special something our hosts wouldn’t think to get for themselves. Here are some of AskMelissa’s Best Kept Secrets for summer gift giving. Read more