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Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2
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BY SUSAN HORNIK

It’s been a rough year for many, and yet there still is so much to be grateful for. Fiftyisthenewfifty.com’s Susan Hornik put together her annual gift guide, filled with great suggestions for the holidays and throughout the year. Here are more thoughts on what to get your loved ones.

Well Being

Dr Norms are very low dose cannabis cookies that are created by over 50 brother sister duo Roberta and Jeff Koz. They specifically created them for baby boomers and seniors who may suffer from pain or insomnia and need a low dose option. So remember to leave some cookies out for Father Christmas— he’ll have a much more relaxed sleigh ride!

It’s the time of year where we tend to drink a LITTLE more than normal. We want to enjoy all of the parties, work events, and family gatherings — but we still need to be productive, and not waste days feeling awful. Never Too Hungover is a beverage that will help you prevent the holiday hangover!

The drink is a healthy vitamin blend that consists of B Vitamins, Potassium, Aloe Vera, Green Tea Extract, Milk Thistle and Electrolytes, with NO sugar and it’s gluten-free.

Success Dice is an innovative, trendy and low-tech way to help people take back their lives, overcome procrastination and build momentum to reach their goals. Just roll the dice in the morning and choose what way you’re gonna improve your life that day! The categories are Body, Mind, Spirit, Relationships, Money and Wildcard. Andrew Kaplan, the founder of Success Dice, used it every day and by building momentum, he lost 25 lbs.

The gift of astrology can be a powerful tool; with the world we live in, we need all the help we can get! Former Vanity Fair astrologer Michael Lutin is one of the foremost experts of our time, the information you can gain by going on his site, Michaellutin.com is invaluable.

Hobbies

What’s on your bucket list? How about learning to play guitar?! Kick off your musical journey with Fender Digital’s new digital learning program, Fender Play ($9.99 per month through Dec. 31), an innovative online and mobile platform geared to educate beginners and intermediates alike on guitar foundations.

Fender, in addition to its talented team of world-class instructors, as well as music professors from esteemed universities, developed the curriculum making it feasible for beginners to learn their favorite song in just minutes. Shot using 4K technology, viewers have visibility of the instructor’s entire guitar as if they were together. Subscription gift cards will be available at Fender.com.

American Professional Stratocaster In Candy Apple Red

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the on-the-go traveler in their life, their best friend who’s paint and sip night’s #1 fan or their doodle-loving sibling who likes to color outside the lines, Reeves has something for everyone. From the established artist to the total newbie, Reeves has the tools to fit anyone’s creative journey. The brand’s latest innovations include:

Reeves Colouring in Postcards – Perfect for creativity on-the-go, each Reeves postcard set features 20 modern design and comes with six Reeves colouring pencils. Designs include Colourful Cosmos and Urban Jungle ($12.99)

Reeves Colouring by Numbers – As easy as one-two-three! Both the Traveller’s Tales and Flash Photography books feature 20 unique designs and come with six double-tipped Reeves colouring pencils ($15.99)

Reeves Colouring in Posters – Looking for some larger-than-life inspiration? Reeves has poster-sized designs in Big Wide World and Ultimate Zen that are great for group creativity, so you and your friends can scale up your colouring! ($19.99)

For the music lover who is always on the go, check out Coby’s portable mp3/cd boombox, which also has a FM radio.

Books

Looking for a book that would make a great gift? Check out Abby Stern’s debut novel, “According to a Source,” which was published this summer by St. Martin’s Press. It has fashion, glam, celebrities, and a lot of heart! Think The Devil Wears Prada with a Hollywood twist, inspired by the author’s time as a freelance celebrity journalist.

Eliot Weisman served as a manager, confidant, and advisor to some of the biggest names in entertainment – Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr., Don Rickles, Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme, Joan Rivers  – and the “Chairman of the Board,” legendary singer Frank Sinatra. In Weisman’s new book, THE WAY IT WAS: My Life with Frank Sinatra (Hachette Books: 320 pages; $27.00), Weisman chronicles his years as long-time manager to Sinatra as well as several of the music personalities that he managed over the years. The book features original photos and is filled with scintillating revelations, including:

·         Sinatra and Weisman both losing their cool in deal negotiations with Donald Trump for the grand opening of Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City;
·         The backstory of the infamous photograph of Sinatra with mafia leaders and Weisman’s futile attempts to keep it from being leaked to the press;
·         The mystery woman who threatened to throw the entire estate into chaos when Sinatra died.
·         Ultimately being the executive of Sinatra’s estate
·         The relationship between Sinatra and Jackie Kennedy
·         How seriously Sinatra and his team took the job of security, from carrying an Uzi on his private jet to keeping a pistol hidden in his custom boots while on stage;
·         Sinatra’s overuse of an antidepressant that had significant adverse effects on his mental health and why he never came off of it despite doctors warnings;
·         Frank Jr.’s fraught relationship with his father and how Weisman was able to bring them closer;
·         Frank’s love for Barbara Sinatra, and how she spoke to Frank in ways that no one else would—or could;
It’s been almost 20 years since Sinatra’s passing and fans of Sinatra in all his stages—from the crooner to Duets—will love to read these never-before-told tales.  You can also find stories from Weisman’s personal journey, from Wharton Business School to a prison stint that left him broke and stripped of his professional licenses to getting a second shot at a career as a high-powered manager by working with one of the greatest performers of our time.

Giving Back

Living Water Charm by ALEX AND ANI – a meaningful gift that looks good while doing good. Twenty percent of the purchase of each charm goes to Living Water International’s clean water initiatives. A great gift for the charitable fashionista.

World Vision’s Gift Catalog has many ways to make the holidays more meaningful. The Heaton Hope Bracelet ($100) – This year, everyone’s favorite TV mom, Patricia Heaton, has partnered with World Vision to design the Patricia Heaton Hope Bracelet. The name was purposely chosen to encourage people to feel hopeful about our world and to give hope, through generosity, to those in need.

Infinity Scarf ($75) – This fashion-forward accessory is made by artisans in India who are trained in the loom industry to attain skills and a sustainable livelihood.

Charm Necklace ($100) – Made by a gold and silver plating specialist in India, the unique and elegant charms make this necklace a subtle statement piece.

Upcycled Artisanal Bowl ($135) – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items.

Handmade Baby Bib ($40) – handmade by indigenous village artisans utilizing the smallest carbon footprint possible

Hand-Carved Serving Spoons ($75) – These exquisite wooden salad servers are made by a craftsman in Kenya who uses his wood carving skills to support his family, allowing him to send four children to university.

Making a donation to WaterAid, an international nonprofit that helps rural communities around the world gain improved access to water, sanitation, and hygiene resources. This could be a great gift for the person who loves important social causes or is too busy to get involved on their own; maybe they just want to do something good and forgo the clutter of random holiday gifts.

Kids

Sleepy Toes was named one of “15 Best Picture Books” in 2017 by We Are Teachers, alongside classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The book was written as an homage to the author’s late grandmother, and is dedicated to her memory. It’s very family focused and a good way for parents and grandparents to bond with their little ones and get them snuggled up for bed after an exciting day.

Petunia Pickle Bottom backpacks are great for every age! Ranging from $39-$210, the chic line of backpacks merges luxury with comfort. Whether they are used for play-school or preschool, an easy-to-clean, pint-size Pathway Pack can twin with both mom and dad. They are easy-to-clean and on-trend, and feature a neutral color block palette on a Glazed coated canvas exterior with woven backpack straps and grab handle.

The Moby Wrap is a cool way to carry your child, up close and personal. With organic fabrics and styles for Daddy or Mommy to wear, the wrap has been seen trendsetting in the news with various celebrity dads and moms. The MOBY motto is having your child being Close Enough to Kiss™.  Offering both versatility and comfort, the soft-structured MOBY Carrier offers front, hip, and back carrying options. Secure, convenient, and easy-to-use, it’s available in two styles, so parents and caregivers can choose between the Double Tie and the Buckle Tie fasten.

Thanks to Gunamuna’s 5-Way Gunapod Swaddle Sack, babies everywhere can sleep sounder and longer.  A traditional swaddle inside of a sleep sack/wearable blanket, you simply place baby inside the open sack, wrap the swaddle and Velcro closed, then zip baby into the sack. Since no two babies sleep the same way, the 5-Way Gunapod Swaddle Sack also allows parents to choose to swaddle their baby however they prefer. Then, when it’s time for a diaper change, simply unsnap the shoulders and unzip. Baby’s top half remains swaddled and cozy while the bottom is free for a change. Change the diaper, zip, and snap, while baby remains swaddled and sleeping soundly.

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Susan Hornik
Susan Hornik is a writer who is a contributor to Canada's Chatelaine, UK's Look, Health, Maxim, HGTV's FrontDoor.com, IndustryM, Hollywood Reporter, Dish, Discover Hollywood, J-14, Twist