stocking stuffers

Three Ways To Get Festive With Nail Color This Holiday

December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am , by

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

Left to right: Luxedo by Essie, Pink Gold from YSL and OPI's Bring On The Bling

If you’re looking for a way to add some holiday spirit into your wardrobe this winter without breaking the bank, look into investing in holiday nail colors instead. This seemingly small touch can add a lot of class to your look, and winter polishes have never been more exciting. Here are some ways we’ll be wearing it under the mistletoe:

Stand out in brilliant metallics. Metallic polishes aren’t new discoveries but have never looked better or more appropriate during the yuletide season. Our pick is YSL’s La Laque Nail Lacquer from their Holiday 2010 collection. It has the softest, most luxurious glimmer.

Wear contemporary holiday colors. There’s nothing wrong with a set of red tips, but if you’re running low on your safe color choice, plums and clarets are a great option too. We love Essie‘s Luxedo shade and Silken Cord from their winter collection.

Layer up! And we’re not talking about clothes. Mix and match a layer of an opaque hue with a layer of shimmer and you’ll come up with something uniquely yours. Enhance the color of a polish you might already own with a new sparkly tone, or vice versa. We like OPI‘s Bring On The Bling or Extra-Va-Ganza on top for a fresh sheen.

For more ideas, check out our “Metallic Manis” read in the December/January issue. Wouldn’t these make great stocking stuffers?

Sara’s Tech Tips: Techie Stocking Stuffers

November 16, 2010 at 11:16 am , by

sara _0079Let’s face it: Tech gifts can get really expensive. That’s why I picked out my favorite stocking stuffer ideas. The gadget-lovers in your life will love these great techie gifts that add a little buzz-factor this holiday season—without breaking the bank.

78336Iphone Charging Leather Case, on sale for $25 – When I’m traveling or just away from my desk, there is nothing more frustrating then trying to salvage the little battery life my phone has left as it creeps into the red zone (i.e. EMPTY). This charging case provides up to 3.5 hours of additional talk time and the case can recharge an iphone (or ipod touch) up to 1.5 times before it needs to be charged itself. It’s a lifesaver when an outlet is hard to come by!

41fh4SaJUUL._SL500_AA300_WowWee Paperjamz, $20-24 – What kid hasn’t dreamt of being a rock star? Well, now you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on instruments. Paperjamz are paper cut-outs of a guitars, drums, etc. with circuits embedded inside that allow kids (or the young-at-heart adult) to play the instrument by touching the right spots on its surface.  All of the instruments have internal speakers (and volume control!). Their website even offers tutorials that will help you get started.

314ymcAuxoL._AA300_Tao Photo Keychain, $10 – What is the one thing you can’t leave home without?  I hope you didn’t say your phone because we all know how many times we forget that! The correct answer is your keys. Now, wherever you go, you can take up to 99 of your favorite photos on your keychain. With an 1.5-inch LCD screen, this Tao keychain ensures that you aren’t empty-handed for those unexpected run-ins (and photo show-off opportunities!).

415JDEy6eyL._AA300_Menotek Flexible Bluetooth Waterproof Mini Keyboard for the Apple iPad, $30 – iPads have been the hot techie gift of 2010, but anyone who has worked on a touch screen can appreciate the comforts of a regular keyboard. This Menotek keyboard literally folds up (like a sleeping bag) for easy transport. And with its bluetooth technology, there is no need for any cords (except for the retractable USB cord that is used to recharge the keyboard). It’s also waterproof, which I love: Who hasn’t had the unexpected overflow when trying to work and eat at the same time?

varioVario Stand, $70 – With an almost 10-inch high-resolution screen, watching movies, music and videos remains one of the most appealing features of the iPad—but who wants to hold it up while you sit through a movie? Problem solved! Vario is a 360-degree rotating stand that allows you to prop the iPad vertically or horizontally. With its fold-flat design and smart-drop exterior, you can easily slide this into any case when you are on the go.

Gift Guide Giveaway: Win These Stocking Stuffers!

November 15, 2010 at 6:00 am , by


We love stocking stuffers because they’re low-pressure and you can have tons of silly fun picking out your little gifts. We’ve got a selection of cute (and useful!) stuffers all under $20, and one lucky reader is going to win all of them! (Seriously jealous of whoever gets this box ‘o fun delivered to their door.) Read more about each prize in our Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide.

Enter to win by posting a brief comment below telling us why you’d like to win one of the holiday gift packages. Comments must be posted by 11:59 ET on Monday, December 20. We will randomly select one winner. Read the full rules here. Good luck!