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Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1

Holiday Gift Guide – Part 1
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With so many choices for gift giving during the holidays,’s Susan Hornik put together her annual “What I’m Grateful For” guide to thoughtful recommendations for anyone on your holiday list. Whether it’s for your husband, wife, mom or grandchild, we have something lovely for you!

For the Beauty Addict

Laurel Whole Plant Organics: A brand founded on a “slow beauty” philosophy that encourages self care and taking the time to indulge in oneself. Nurturing through 100% whole flower and herb based skincare. 100% effective and good for the body. Absolutely no water, no alcohol, no fillers.

Axiology Beauty: Beautifully pigmented lipsticks that have bold, rich colors and deliciously moisturizing. 100% organic. What I love—the packaging is produced by a women-owned cooperative in Bali and supports waste reduction throughout the island of Bali.

Style Edit is famous for their invisible dry shampoo and root concealer spray. Their latest innovation is a Root Touch up, which is like makeup for your hair!

Henne Organics: Beauty and luxury in a jar. This lip balm, made of just seven 100% organic ingredients, is lightweight and moisturizing. Slips on easily and stays on for rich hydration. Can be used for other dry areas as well including elbows, nails, ankles, etc.

Whiten teeth at home without pain! Get the “Wow” without the “Ow” with ROCKSTAR White Teeth Whitening System Kits in “Be Kissable” “and High Energy”. The systems are high strength, Dentist formulated, all natural, kosher and made in the USA and give the world kissable smiles!

Scalp Therapy Shampoo
Scalp Therapy Shampoo is free from the harsh drugs that many scalp shampoo contain to stop itching, flaking and reduce the appearance of dandruff. The formula uses special bioactive organics to relieve the itching and scalp flaking associated with dandruff and psoriasis. The formula contains a base of organic argan oil, tea tree oil, cedarwood oil, nettle extracts, thyme extracts and other clinically proven natural ingredients to help revitalize the scalp.Safe for daily use and all hair types.

D’ORI is an innovative, botanical skin care company with products designed to work holistically, to restore your skin to a beautiful, youthful glow. D’ORI is the creation of Diana West, Naturopathic Physician, Medical Herbalist, and trained chemist. The line is driven by Diana’s vision to create an all natural most effective skin care products, that not only feels and smells amazing, but delivers genuine, effective results.

All D’ORI products are infused with the magnificent array of botanical extracts that provide a unique, multi-sensory experience. Combined with our lipids, enzymes, proteins, and bioactive ingredients, you’ll feel and see results while enjoying the smooth, luxurious texture of our products.

Frownies: (a fabulous natural anti-aging and skincare product) Known for their signature Facial Patches and as “yoga for the skin,” Frownies was a long-time beauty secret to the stars.

Trilipiderm: (holistic body moisturizer, their SPF has added Vitamin D which is great for the immune system) Recently, they launched a Rehydration Night Crème (

Oxygen Plus: is a portable, recreational oxygen. Athletes (breathing just a few pumps after a workout can increase stamina and help muscles recover faster from fatigue), Beauty Lovers (increased oxygen intake increases circulation, which increases the delivery of nutrition to the skin, helps to clear and minimize clogged pores, gives skin brightness and clarity and restores radiance and freshness), and Office Workers (O+ serves as an energy booster), can all benefit. Also, travelers (restore depleted oxygen levels after a long flight and alleviate jet lag) and motorists (combat the effects of stale air and pollution from extended car rides).

Wally’s Natural: (#1 Ear Candling manufactures in the US. Product line also includes Organic Ear Oil, Organic Body Oil and Aromatherapy Blend Roll-on Essential Oils that are dermatologist-tested, eco-friendly and not tested on animals.)

Gerard Cosmetics Lipsticks come in a variety of textures like Satin, Matte and Cream. They are cruelty free, gluten free and made in the USA. In colors like Peachy Keen, Buttercup, Fire Engine, Mystic Moon and Sangria and come with with a light and a mirror. Each of their Star Powder Highlighter shade gets its name from one of the gorgeous stars of “Old Hollywood.”

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif (one of the stars of E!’s popular series, “BOTCHED”) is one of the most well known plastic and reconstructive surgeons. Recently, he developed his own skincare line.  Through his incredible knowledge of the skin and his hands-on experience with high profile clients, Dr. Paul Nassif has developed a Bio-Rhythmic-based line of skincare to address the needs of the busy consumer and demands of a busy lifestyle, which can create dehydrated and “tired” skin. On a daily basis, skin stem cells responsible for the skin’s health and youthful vigor attempt to deal with cyclical Bio-Rhythmic day and night variance and the demands of a busy lifestyle, which are complicated by travel and stress.  The long-term effect of balance biorhythms, compounded with age, creates an out of sync biological clock, which compromises cells and makes it harder for the skin to function effectively.

For the Fashion/Jewelry Addict

What I love about the stack of 4 Barbed Wire Bangles in 4 metals (gold, rose gold, silver and black-rhodium) from Fortune & Frame is their message —the symbolism of the collection is about that final obstacle you must take on before realizing freedom from whatever it is that has been holding you back. There are also fabulous Long Barbed Wire Rings which have 5 loops too.

Wallaroo: (stylish headwear with UPF 50+ rating for the whole family) The hats make great gifts for travelers, gardeners, and beyond with their UPF 50+ rating. They’re nominated in USA Today’s latest 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award for “Favorite Gift for Adventurers” Expect a new collection coming January 2016.

Lily and Eve – handmade jewelry and handbags, inspired by the laid-back lifestyle of the Southern Philippines.  Each piece is a reflection of the bright, colorful lifestyle.

ZINK Everyday: Known for its luxury leather handbags, ZINK has launched a non-leather Vegan handbag collection that is made from animal-friendly materials in a variety of gorgeous colors. Available in two styles – Mini Boxcar ($98) and the Jaunt ($128) with a durable canvas lining, hidden magnet flap closure and interior pockets. The ZINK Vegan Collection is also known as the ‘Give Back Collection’ because a portion of sales proceeds benefits The Ronald McDonald House, SafePlace, Dress for Success and the American Heart Association. View the collection at **Limited media samples.

Cuce’ Shoes: Women love sports and in fact they make up 45-percent of the NFL fan base. Now you can root for your favorite team in gorgeous game day glam by Cuce’ Shoes — a fun and flirty footwear collection created to be flattering for any sporty woman’s wardrobe. Cuce’ Shoes has you covered from head to toe with apparel and shoes featuring NFL, NHL, NBA and NCAA sports teams. All the shoe collections are lined with faux fur and have rubber soles. Brand new is the incredibly stylish Sideline II Fleece Sweatshirt that hangs off-the-shoulder. Cuce’ products are sold in retail stores nationwide and online. Check out all the styles at

Lisa & Lucy, a contemporary fashion collection telling a modern story of inspiring women.
The company’s name pays tribute to creative director Geneva Goldsmith’s mother, Lisa and grandmother, Lucy. These timeless New York beauties had envious style and helped shape Geneva both personally and professionally. The launch of Lisa & Lucy marks an appreciation for the collective bond that all women share, as well as Geneva’s 20th year in the apparel industry.

This new contemporary collection focuses on all women with its flattering silhouettes, while offering sizes XS through 3X, meeting the demands of modern girls everywhere. Lisa & Lucy features classic item with a touch of trend, and every piece added to the collection is proudly made in New York. Lisa & Lucy will officially launch January 2016, however the designer has released an exclusive 12-piece capsule collection that is now available for purchase online. The stunning collection includes gorgeous blouses, timeless dresses and more, just in time for holiday.  Pieces range in price from $78 to $128.

Comedian/actress turned millionaire entrepreneur/designer, Rhonda Shear, launched Shear Enterprises LLC in 2003, alongside husband, Van Fagan. The dynamic duo started out inside their Los Angeles-based apartment. After much growth and success, Shear Enterprises is currently based in St. Petersburg, Florida with nearly 20 full time employees and a 15,000 sq. ft. corporate HQ, with customers in over 30 countries. is home to a multitude of styles with a focus in comfort, sex appeal, and fun; designs range from bras and panties to loungewear, apparel, and shape-wear. Because, like Rhonda always says, “foundation is where fashion starts.”

ABC’s Shark Tank” investor, Robert Herjavec’s gift suggestions have been featured on an episode of “Shark Tank” where Robert eventually invested in the product or company either by himself or with fellow sharks. My favorite: Ugly Cat Christmas sweaters PRICE $64.95

For Her

The PrivateRX products were formulated by Ronald D. Blatt, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., who has been an expert in the field of women’s health for over 30 years. Board-certified gynecologist, expert surgeon and compassionate physician, Dr. Blatt’s driving imperative is to treat matters of vaginal health and intimate skin care with knowledge, awareness and respect. Dr. Blatt has built one of the world’s top health care practices in New York City, where he is Chief Surgeon and Medical Director of the Manhattan Center for Vaginal Surgery and the Manhattan Centers for Women’s Health. This is a feminine skin care line formulated especially for women over fifty or even younger who have gotten to or over the menopausal life stage. The line also contains products for waxing and shaving relief. 

For Him

Macy’s is among the first retailers in North America to carry OppoSuits, offering a fresh approach to holiday wear for men. Opposuits are complete suits—jacket, pants, and tie—that are a great value, retailing for $99.99. They are tailored and slim-cut, making them perfect for the man who wants to express his fun personality while remaining modern and stylish.
OppoSuits come in an attractive box great for gifting.

Pacific Shaving Company, a manufacturer of innovative shaving essentials that use safe, natural, and eco-friendly ingredients, has launched Caffeinated Shaving Cream and Aftershave.  The products retail for $7.99 each or $15.99 for the set and are available nationwide retailers including Target and Rite Aid. When it comes to caffeine in skincare, the women are ahead of the men. Caffeine is already a “go-to” ingredient in everything from eye creams and anti-aging lotions to concealers and moisturizers. It just hasn’t found its way into the shaving world – until now.

Caffeine is an effective vasoconstrictor and antioxidant that can help reduce the appearance of redness and keeps your skin looking and feeling healthy. Pacific Shaving Company’s products utilize the many benefits of naturally-derived caffeine from coffee beans to help liven up your morning shave routine.

ToughTested is a brand of consumer electronics launched in 2012 by Mizco, a 25 year industry veteran to address the need for heavy-duty mobile accessories amongst those who work and play in tough, demanding environments.  Designed to survive wear and tear, the ToughTested line strives to provide extra protection and security for mobile accessories being used everyday in industries like construction and trucking and in rugged leisure activities like hunting, fishing, camping, boating and motorsports.
ToughTested heavy duty Jobsite noise control earbuds are built for noisy, demanding environments, either on the job or off. Ideal for tradesmen, landscapers, construction, military, motor sports and other indoor/outdoor recreation or sporting events. Certified Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 23db provides protection against outside noise influences that may damage hearing over time. EQ-VOICE technology and Halo 360 mic offer great fidelity for music and clarity for calls. IP64 certified for water/sweat/dust resistance. – $69.99


For the fitness fanatic ~ DBelt: Work out completely hands-free with DBelt. DBelt straps around your waist with a velcro closure and has three discreet pockets to fashionably hold your phone, ID, cash, keys, tissues and chapstick. It even has a port for your headphone wire. DBelt is made of a breathable, lightweight cotton and spandex. It is ergonomically designed to hug the body, be a comfortable fit and blends in with your workout attire. DBelt comes in a variety of fun colors and fits sizes XS to XXL at

Book- Like Love Follow
Stephanie Abrams and Courtney Spritzer knew even in the earliest days of Facebook the undeniable truth of today’s business world – social media could be your greatest marketing tool. Do you have the network to grow and expand your client base? Let these two entrepreneurial and technology-savvy women teach you how to take your business or brand to new heights using tried and true methods from their own personal successes.

MUG – Love Your Selfie Love Your Selfie Mug, but first, let me take a selfie. You’ll be photo-ready with this early morning wake up mug!

Created with a keen appreciation for modernist design and lasting value, Cross Century II Ballpoint Pen offers a bolder look and wider girth than the original Classic Century. Saturated with color, it’s everything Cross is famous for, only ‘bigger’. This pen comes with a lifetime mechanical guarantee, can be customized with engraving, and comes in a premium gift box.  – $90.00

The SpaFinder Wellness 365 gift card is accepted at over 26,000 places in North America and abroad, with a ton of options in Toronto. The gift card gives recipients access to spa treatments (massage, manicure, pedicure, waxing, etc), grooming/beauty services (shaves, microdermabrasion, Botox, etc), fitness (everything from a regular workout to aerial yoga and boxing), and even unique travel destinations…like a treehouse stay or arctic ice hotel.

Smartwatches are functional, fun and engaging, but the watchbands currently available are not fashion friendly – until now—XISTWEAR is launching its new exclusive watchbands that fuse tech and fashion brilliantly, for both men and women. XISTWEAR™ watchbands add fashion to your smartwatch. They are very comfortable and are available in a variety of colors and sizes.

Spy Sunwear: Sunglasses that not only can improve your mood with their Happy Lens technology but are also the oldest US independent brand. SPY is the oldest independent eyewear brand in the U.S. based in San Diego, CA, handcrafted from acetate and mixed metals. SPY’s color and contrast enhancing Happy Lens is the first and only sunglass lens technology designed to allow in the sun’s “good” rays (long-wave blue light) that studies suggest create an uplift in mood and alertness, while still blocking the sun’s “bad” rays (short-wave blue light and UV rays). Research indicates that exposure through the eyes to these “good rays” brings about a number of positive physiological changes, including elevated mood and increased alertness.

The Go City Card is a multi-attraction pass available for 11 of America’s most popular destinations. It is perfect for the person who has never taken the time to go sightseeing in their own city or for someone who is traveling to one of their 11 cities and wants to see and experience as much as possible. The Gift of Go is available for Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Oahu, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Giving Back

World Vision Gift Catalog Drops of Turquoise Necklace: $85
This beautiful turquoise necklace is made by artisans in Delhi who are now able to support their family thanks to fair trade wages. When readers purchase this necklace through the World Vision Gift Catalogue, they help address specific, urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet for a child, family, or community. The elegant necklace is one of many poverty-fighting gifts available at

WishWriters: part of Macy’s annual Believe Campaign that benefits Make A Wish —Wish Writer™ is an interactive stylus and app that offers a fun new way kids ages 3-8 can learn the magic of giving through games and write the most magical letters to Santa (for every letter sent via the app, Macy’s will donate $1 to MAW). Macy’s developed the app with child psychologist and expert in play therapy, Dr. Steven Fox, to ensure the Wish Writer and its activities motivate and engage children, ages 3 to 8.

The product is available in approximately 600 stores across the country and on for $14.99, with $1 from each sale benefitting Make-A-Wish. For every letter sent to Santa through the app, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, as part of the $1 million goal for the season. Without the stylus, a limited play version of the app can be downloaded free from iTunes or Google Play, or a full version for $1.99, with $1 of that purchase benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Living Water Gift Card: $10-500
Each year, Living Water International’s programs serve the more than 600 million people around the world who live without access to clean water. Gift cards, which are available in increments from $10-500, are an excellent way for individuals and families to play their role in bringing the gift of clean water to communities around the world. Recipients of the gift cards designate the country where they would like the donation to go, making this a truly personal gift. Gifts cards are available on the Living Water International website.

Stella & Dot’s Enlighten Bracelet ($39)— 100% net proceeds of the bracelet are donated to their Foundation partner, Every Mother Counts and the programs they support which link women to critical maternity care around the world. Since partnering, their donations have helped to provide transportation to over 10k Ugandan women to receive pre/post-natal care as opposed to walking an average of 5 km to the nearest clinic. With up to 98% of maternal deaths preventable and the US ranked 60th in maternal health, the Enlighten Bracelet is part of a movement to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every woman.

According to a recent Goodshop Consumer Survey, conducted through Survey Monkey, 76% of American consumers wish that they could be doing more during the holidays to support the causes they care about, and 87% report that it makes a difference to them whether or not the products that they buy support a cause in some way. Across the board, American consumers lament the fact that there isn’t more opportunity for them to give back during the holiday season, which they view as directly due to the amount of time and money they spend on buying gifts for their loved ones. This is made clear when you look at the numbers further: 47% of consumers reported that they would spend more money during the holidays if they knew that their purchases would be giving back. The impact of buying your holiday gifts on Goodshop Sunday is significant.  “According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend over $100 billion online on holiday shopping this year,” said Scott Garell, Goodshop CEO. “With an average of nearly 3% of our sales going to nonprofits and schools, Goodshoppers have the potential to make a huge philanthropic impact with their holiday shopping this season.”

So far, Goodshoppers have helped raise nearly $12 million for the 110,000 nonprofits and schools that Goodshop partners with. Additionally, Goodshop coupons have helped save people over $100 million.

Ora’s Amazing Herbal, ( a family-owned herbal skincare company, launched the Give18 campaign to offer customers the opportunity to automatically donate 18% of their purchases to Operation Embrace, an organization working with victims of terrorism in Israel. Choose from a variety of all natural herbal infused skin and body care serums, scrubs and creams, safe for even the most sensitive skin types.  Prices range from $10 – $75 for individual items, gift cards or box sets.

Check the site tomorrow for part 2 of our holiday gift guide.


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