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The ‘I’m Grateful for You’ Gift Guide

The ‘I’m Grateful for You’ Gift Guide
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By Susan Hornik

While most people search for just the most wonderful holiday gift during a chaotic December, a present that you’ve given some thought to, for that special someone — be it a friend, a romantic partner or even your pet! — can be offered and appreciated all year round. Fiftyisthenewfifty.com’s Susan Hornik put together an “I’m Grateful For You” gift guide that you can use all year round!

If you are headed to a party, why not bring:

Stack Wine. Each bottle contains four individual shatter proof glasses that stack on top of one another, to form the equivalent of one full bottle of wine. Stack Wine is available in California varietals including: Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio and perfect for any wine lovers!

Stack Wine retails for $12.99 and is available at various locations nationwide, including Cost Plus World Market, Bristol Farms, Albertsons and Meijer.

GREY GOOSE Le Melon Vodka, a discerning combination of the World’s Best Tasting Vodka and the essence of ripe, juicy Cavaillon melons. Arguably the world’s sweetest, most flavorful fruit, the remarkable Cavaillon melon grown in the Provence region of France has a rich and intriguing history. With a flavor as precious as its limited harvest, this melon has been a luxury delicacy throughout history. The highest nobility were said to have relished and consumed the Cavaillon melon with fervor. Legend has it kings traded gold for exclusive access to this treasured fruit. Other historical figures, including Paul Cezanne and Alexander Dumas, also cherished the Cavaillon. Impressionist painter Cezanne featured the beautiful melon in a still life work, and writer Dumas traded his entire life’s writing in exchange for a life annuity of twelve Cavaillon melons a year.

For the wine lover, Meiomi is a high-style Pinot Noir and is THE leading luxury and top-selling wine in the United States and a favorite in restaurants. It is a pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends.  Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

The company has also introduced a new Meiomi Chardonnay, which brings together the best of three notable coastal California wine regions that have proven to be ideal for growing Burgundian varietals – creating a well-balanced Chardonnay that possesses the signature Meiomi style – rich and ripe, with depth and complexity. Suggested retail $21.99. www.meiomiwines.com

Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay, 2012 (SRP: $60)

Newton Vineyards is known for transforming fruits of uncompromised quality into wines of distinctive character, the Unfiltered Chardonnay 2012 is an excellent example of this. Opening with ripe melon and fig notes layered with allspice, cinnamon and caramel, this creamy finish gives flavors of baked pear, apple and fresh pie crust. This exquisite wine received a high rating of 94 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate this year.

Cheval des Andes, 2010 (SRP: $80)

This full-bodied wine has a  splendid perfume of espresso, black cherry and black raspberry that leap from the glass. A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – this wine, a joint venture between the legendary Chateau Cheval Blanc of Bordeaux and Terrazas de los Andes from Argentina is the perfect gift for Bordeaux blend lovers looking to try something unique, produced outside of the Bordeaux region.

Sparkling ICE has made a great tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage Perfectly Possible™. Combining naturally flavored mountain spring water, fruit juice, vitamins and antioxidants, Sparkling ICE offers a bold, flavored, lightly-carbonated beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in eleven refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple and new in 2014 Cherry Limeade and Strawberry Watermelon. Sparkling ICE Lemonades®, launched in 2013, are available in six refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Lemonade with Tea and new in 2014, Peach Lemonade and Mango Lemonade. Sparkling ICE can be found in retailers nationwide. Sparkling ICE is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling ICE visit www.sparklingice.com.

REYKA VODKA

Iceland is known for more then just glaciers, volcanoes, and Bjork – they know how to make some amazing vodka. Meaning steam, Reyka Vodka, is produced using geo-thermal energy, distilled from pure glacial water and filtered through volcano rocks, resulting in a truly pure, smooth, and unbelievable unique taste.

Available nationwide for $24.99.

Sunkist Oranges! Oranges have been presented as gifts as a symbol of happiness and prosperity since the Middle Ages, when it was seen as a luxury to receive fresh fruits during the winter season. Check out Sunkist.com for recipes you can use for cocktails and cooking!

Art of Tea – The LA-based company is the purveyor of the finest hand-crafted and hand-blended organic teas. Choose from individual tea tins, tea samplers, teaware, and/or the Tea of the Month club. Blends range from classic to Ayurveda-inspired to seasonal/holiday (e.g. Cinnamon Fig, White Winter Chai, and more).

For the kitchen…

Freshology – As the nation’s premier home delivery meal service, Freshology provides health-conscious consumers throughout the U.S. with delicious chef-driven, yet calorie controlled, meals via its national and Southern California-based programs. The highly customizable system – whose menu draws from local and seasonal ingredients – tailors meals to your needs. Gift cards will take the guesswork out of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet is an innovative, multipurpose product that creates a non-stick, easy-clean and healthy cooking & baking experience – for all those holiday cookies, cakes and pies! Ideal for using as an alternative to aluminum foil, parchment and wax paper, users can place the cooking sheet on a baking tray to bake recipes without having to use oil or needing to clean the tray afterwards. This sheet is 100% non-stick and PFOA Free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size. For more information visit www.cookina.co / $12.99

For the man in your life…

LAB SERIES Skincare for Men 

MAX LS is formulated with Sirtuin science and proven to make the skin look refreshed, rejuvenated and younger-looking. This luxurious box is the perfect gift for your dad, husband or significant other and contains the lines signature Daily Renewing Cleanser, Age-Less Face Cream, and Overnight Renewal Serum.

MAX LS Luxury Solution Kit is $120 at labseries.com and department stores nationwide.

Nap Anywhere:  perfect for those long holiday airport delays:  The NapAnywhere is a uniquely portable head support pillow created by a physician for the frequent traveler. The NapAnywhere conforms to each traveler’s shape allowing them to sleep comfortably in a seated position.www.napanywhere.net.

Level Naturals’ charcoal soap, a hard working, hard playing, get out and get dirty, live life to the fullest, person’s best friend. Packed it with activated charcoal, tea tree oil, chamomile extract and lavender to help you wash off the stank and offset all the harsh things you put your skin through while you’re out there livin’ the dream.This bar of soap is the hard working, hard playing, get out and get dirty, live life to the fullest.

The Hell’s Kitchen Plush Bathrobe: This robe is the perfect gift for any fan of the hit FOX series. This soft, cozy and absorbent bathrobe features the Hell’s Kitchen logo embroidered in blue. Don’t let the cold temperatures defeat you; make sure to get the robe that will keep you as warm as the heat in Chef Gordon’s kitchen.

For Your Home.. 

Le Feu de L’Eau’s luxury hand-crafted candles now come in votive size.

French for “The Fire of the Water,” boutique candle company Le Feu de L’Eau was created by Jo Strettell, a veteran fashion and celebrity makeup artist, and Wendy Polish, a designer with a background in fine art. Together, they create their signature candles with a one-of-a-kind process, sculpting each one by hand under water. The innovative method was first invented by Polish’s father over five decades ago, and is used to create the distinctive, sculptural shapes and sophisticated, organic designs that make Le Feu de L’Eau’s candles so unique.

Petite Votive Candles, 2.85 oz / 80 g, $16.50; Glass Domes, $25

http://lefeudeleau.com

iCoffee Single Serve – just named a top brewer to put under the tree by Consumer Reports, the Single Serve machine hits shelves this month and brings iCoffee’s trademark technology to the single serve format. Compatible with coffee drinkers’ favorite K-cups, the needle stirs and stirs grounds within the K-cup for a significantly more flavorful brew. Dial-a-Brew technology allows users to adjust size and strength of their coffee anywhere between 4 and 12 ounces. Also fits travel mugs for drinking on the go. $139.95

Netflix has something that is for everyone – access to unlimited movies and TV shows with a Netflix gift card.  Available in $30 or $60, recipients can select the Netflix plan that works best for them to watch movies and shows like Breaking Bad or Silver Linings Playbook.  Best of all, your gift will be personalized with no engraving required – Netflix serves up personalized recommendations for movies and shows based on titles you watch.

If you would rather not wash dishes and waste water, check out VerTerra, impressively versatile, stylishly sustainable, chemical-free, compostable, single-use dinnerware from fallen leaves™. Learn more: www.verterra.com.

Chef Diane Kochilas has  a new book out, IKARIA: Lessons on Food, Life and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die? The remote and lush island of Ikaria in the northeastern Aegean is home to one of the longest-living populations on the planet. Established as a “blue zone,” much of this has been attributed to Ikaria’s enigmatic lifestyle and diet – daily naps, frequent sex, a lot of fish and little meat, free-flowing wine, mindless exercise like walking and gardening, hyper-local food, strong friendships, and a deep-rooted disregard for the clock. Diane has written an ethno-culinary paean to the island with a 100+ recipes that can be made anywhere, photographs, and interviews with locals about the often quirky secrets to a long life.

DiaNoche Designs illuminates and decorates homes with stunning illuminated wall art, bedding, and shower curtains. Their Illuminated Art is the perfect nightlight for a nursery, child’s bedroom, dim living room, or any wall or space that needs radiance. Images of artists’ original works enliven a space during the day, while calming Illuminated Wall Art creates ambiance at night with the flip of a switch. More than 70 artists from Indonesia, USA, Israel, Ireland, Australia, Spain, England, Norway and many other countries share their stories and inspirations for their art on our site. www.dianochedesigns.com.

Lillie’s Q Sauces & Rubs

Chef Charlie McKenna has won numerous awards on the competition barbeque circuit including the top prize at Memphis In May — which is widely regarded as the world championship of barbecue. Charlie brings this competition style barbeque to Lillie’s Q in Chicago and to his line of award-winning homemade rubs and sauces (http://lilliesq.com/store.htm) available individually, in a 3 bottle gift set ($35), or 6 bottle gift set ($50).

For the love of beauty….

You can never go wrong with a fragrance that compliments your recipient’s personality, a man who lives for adventure and romance will appreciate NEW Nautica Life. This exhilarating fragrance pays tribute to the lifelong journey of love with its romantic blend of uplifting freshness, mysterious aromatics, and seductive woods. Price: $62.50 / Where to buy: Macy’s

Rather than shop in a busy store, your lady friend may enjoy receiving a GLOSSYBOX, a beautiful array of hi end beauty products mailed to her each month. The beauty boxes reach more than 200,000 subscribers monthly and contain products from over 500 international brands. More than 6 million boxes have shipped to date, over 3 continents and 10 different countries, including USA, UK and France. The beauty boxes reach more than 200,000 subscribers monthly and contain products from over 500 international brands.

Glossybox

Bioelements Triple-Action, Rapid-Resurfacing Facial Kit – Containing professional-use, natural granules from Chinese Herbology, this facial reveals softness and freshness with dual physical and chemical exfoliation, followed by an alpha hydroxy acid to refine and polish. With four powerful facials in one box, skin is left looking years younger. This set includes: Absolute Moisture (.25 oz.), Herbology (professional-use formula; 4-dose vial), Mixing Cup, Professional Facial Treatment Brush, Quick Refiner (.25 oz.), Sensitive Skin Cleanser (1 oz.), Step-by-step Instructions, Treatment Measuring Scoop. ($45) www.bioelements.com

Dr. Lin Skincare 2 Step Acne Clarifying System – Treat and prevent acne and fade the red and dark marks left behind with this easy-to-use, complete 2-step system that includes a bonus spot corrector. Developed by Dr. Lin, this clinically proven system provides visible results in as little as 1 day, for all skin types. Delivers 30 days worth of acne fighting power. ($21.99) www.drlinskincare.com

Earth Therapeutics Soft Touch Complexion Brush – Give the gift of radiant skin with this exfoliating facial brush, designed with a protective cap and extra soft bristles to cleanse away dead cells that clog your pores and dull skin tone.   This must-have accessory can be used morning and night to reveal a softer, healthier and happier complexion.       ($7.99) www.earththerapeutics.net

Earth Therapeutics Cosmetic Brush Set ­ – Put your best face forward with this 5-piece professional quality cosmetic brush set. Packaged in a reusable travel  case for on-the-go use,  this eco-friendly find comes with a Powder Brush, Round Tip Blending Brush, Flat Tip Shadow Brush, Angled Tip Eyeliner Brush and Lash & Brow Groomer all designed with bamboo handles and synthetic nylon bristles that are cruelty-free and laser cut for precise application.  This stocking stuffer makes it easy to create festive holiday looks for any occasion! ($14.99) www.earththerapeutics.net

Dermawand:  Advanced radio high frequency beauty treatment device; that can take years off your appearance by delivering thermal energy to the lower levels of the skin,while simultaneously stimulating and oxygenating the skin,  to tone tighten and lift-  helping to Reduce the appearance off fine lines, wrinkles, puffy eyes, enlarged pores. Over 2 million sold world wide.  www.dermanwand.com

enTek Floss Picks + Case ($1.50 for 2ct and $2.50 for 4ct; Available at Mass Market Retailers) Perfect for storing the floss picks in your favorite holiday clutch, the DenTek Floss Picks + Travel Case keeps floss picks handy for last minute touch-ups to keep your pearly whites looking perfect throughout the holiday party season! Stow floss picks effortlessly to ensure you keep your mouth healthy and fresh. Choose from blue, pink, purple, orange or green.

Equitance Skin Care Trial Kit ($37)

Travel with bright and healthy skin! Traveling can cause a lot of stress but with Equitance’s Skin Care Trial Kit, you can maintain your healthy skin. Discover the vital beauty benefits with this deluxe travel-size sampler showcasing all products within the Equitance Brightening regimen. The Equitance Brightening Collection restores radiant beauty to skin using both nature and science. At the heart of the collection is the key in supporting skin’s vitality and radiance. Formulas are made from precisely balanced herbal ingredients and technology that diminish the appearance of dark spots and skin discoloration.

Kat Burki Raw Holiday Skincare Set ($98)

Give the gift of beautifully balanced, luxurious skin with the Kat Burki Raw Beauty Holiday Skincare Set. This Raw Beauty, results-driven skincare will give any woman the brilliant and radiant glow she has always wanted!

Set Includes:

  • OCEAN MINERAL FACE WASH (4.4 fl. oz.): A skin balancing, water soluble face wash, infused with restorative Ocean Mineral Complex offers an unparalleled cleansing performance. It removes makeup, purifies & softens skin, and never compromises the skin’s protective barrier. Plant saponins entrap impurities and leave skin bright, fresh and calm.
  • VITAMIN C INTENSIVE FACE CREAM (1.7 oz.): A collagen building hydrating cream, infused with a stable, water soluble form of Vitamin C and a restorative Ocean Mineral Complex (OMC92), brightens complexion and balances skin. Formulated with KB 5 Herb Blend, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Wild Reishi Mushroom and skin stabilizing Antioxidants, this intensive cream delivers daily a healthy glow and repairs cellular damage.

For when you want to give back…

African Soapstone Box – New to the 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog, the hand-carved African Soapstone Box is a safe place to store necklaces and rings. Coated in light blue with an image of a giraffe, this ornate box features pretty details that will complement nearly any decor. The box was created by Kenyan artisans who crafted the box to help provide medical care for their families. $85

Alex + Ani Living Water Charm Bangle – a lead seller in the notorious company’s Charity by Design product line, Alex + Ani will donate a portion of the proceeds from all Living Water Charm Bangle sales toward clean water projects lead by Living Water International – a nonprofit organization devoted to demonstrating divine love by providing communities with desperately needed clean water. The partnership was inspired by Paige Dellerman, a former student at East Greenwich High School in Rhode Island. For her senior project, Dellerman combined her passion for Living Water with her desire to learn about Charity by Design’s mission, along with Alex + Ani’s charm crafting process. By bringing the two organizations together, the Living Water bangle was formed. $28

All Across Africa, a company that’s doing some real good in East Africa. Their weavers make the most beautiful and colorful handmade (and fair trade!) jewelry, makeup bags, baskets and more. All Across Africa currently works with over 3,000 artisans in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi, paying artisans up front for the goods at many times what they could sell them for in a local market. This sustainable income allows them to send their children to school, feed their families and even create savings accounts (something that is unheard of in this part of the world). In addition, money goes back into the communities in the form of education and training programs. All Across Africa believe that job creation is the solution for the rural poor in these countries.

Interior designer and co-founder of the Wolfgang Puck Food Co, Barbara Lazaroff has lovely dinnerware available on Amazon. Flame of Life, inspired by her original poem, was the centerpiece element gracing Spago Beverly Hills, which she co-owns with Puck. As a Spago patron, you’d be familiar with this elegant curved flame carved into the chairs and bar stools, emblazoned on the Spago carpeting, etched into the glass kitchen wall, and elsewhere in Spago. A portion of each sale supports a good cause like Meals on Wheels and other non-profits Barbara has supported in the last 30 years.

The limited edition 16-piece fine china set is service for four in four vivid colors, each displaying The Flame of Life and one of the poem’s inspirational lines.

dinnerware

For the grand kids..

Check out http://www.superherostuff.com, where you can find the widest possible selection of superhero merchandise. They carry t-shirts and other products from even the most obscure heroes and villains, so obscure that the guys at Marvel and DC probably forgot they exist! The Superman Crew Socks With Cape & Batman Costume are particularly cute.

$11.99 each

SPOILEDFASHIONZ.com, an online consignment site that sells reclaimed high-end kids clothes (Burberry, Gucci, Armani, Tom Ford etc) but all for kids 12 and under.  Most items on the site sell for $50 and under!  Ideal for parents looking to get their hands on the better end brands AND they can sell from their own kids closets as well (so they can make $$ too!).

Mrs. Prindable’s Winter Wonderland Petite Caramel Apple Basket  – $39.99: This flurry of treats is a festive gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. The standout gift basket comes packed with a Milk Chocolate Walnut Petite Apple, a Triple Chocolate Petite Apple, two Classic Chocolate and Caramel Pretzels, an assorted gift bag of exotic Natural Caramels – all topped with elegant red bows – and a 4.5-oz. bag of Holiday Pretzel Bites. To ensure freshness, Mrs. Prindable’s ships gifts in three days or less – perfect if needed in a hurry. Purchase the Winter Wonderland Apple Basket at www.mrsprindables.com.

For The Foodie

Are you a fan of the NutriBullet? Their latest version is the NutriBullet Rx. With a 2.3 HP motor and 1700 watts of power, the NutriBullet Rx provides all the benefits of the original Nutribullet and more; an amazing 95% nutrient extraction ratio so you get the most out of the foods you eat.

Newport Beach’s Olive Oil and Beyond makes incredible olive oils and vinegars. Mediterranean foods are not only simple, elegant and delicious, but are also composed of ingredients that naturally nourish and heal the body. Mono cultivar extra virgin olive oils are their specialty – raw, unadulterated, and 100% first-pressed producing the highest levels of flavor, nutrients and antioxidants. They source from small artisan growers who are dedicated to tradition and craftsmanship from grove to bottle. Whether from Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Tunisia, France, California, Chile, Argentina, Peru or Australia, their growers use only sustainable methods, harvested by hand at optimum ripeness, and closely monitored during every phase of the milling process.

If your foodie loves to read, have them check out School of Fish, an all-encompassing seafood education with more than 100 photographed recipes, tested and curated by Chef Ben Pollinger. Everyone from novice, at-home chefs to seafood aficionados will learn a number of different techniques and tricks for preparing whole fish, soups, chowders, one-pot meals, and much more. The cookbook also includes a “Fish-ionary,” a user-friendly guide to unusual ingredientsoSchool of Fish is an all-encompassing seafood education with more than 100 photographed recipes thoughtfully tested and curated by Chef Pollinger. Everyone from novice, at-home chefs to seafood aficionados will learn a number of different techniques and tricks for preparing whole fish, soups, chowders, one-pot meals, and much more. The cookbook also includes a “Fish-ionary,” a user-friendly guide to unusual ingredients!

Launched nationally this month, Chung Jung One Gochujang Korean Chili Sauce is the perfect gift for heat seekers looking for a new umami-rich kick to add to their pantry.  Gochujang, a staple in Korean cuisine, is a fermented chili paste that adds fiery flavor with a hint of sweetness. Traditionally used in rice dishes such as bibimbap or melted into soups and stews, the flavorful paste has also caught the taste buds of the country’s top chefs, like Momofuku’s David Chang and Range’s Bryan Voltaggio. Home cooks can now enjoy the same spicy heat in their own kitchens by using Chung Jung One Korean Chili Sauce, the next generation of the traditional hot chili paste as developed by Chef Edward Lee. The sauce is currently available as a two-pack in 7.5 ounce bottles on Amazon.com for $9.99.

Honey Ridge Farms has numerous products that will tickle your palate; their pure balsamic honey vinegar is so lovely and sweet, you can use it on salad, ice cream and pan sauces. $11.99. Honey cremes blend raw clover honey in seven flavors, blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, lemon, apricot and clover. $8.99.

Dana’s Bakery Holiday Macaroon Boxes, ($30): With lots of holiday gifts, parties, and family gatherings; Dana’s Bakery has brought you two December boxes – Holiday Box and Hannukah Gelt. These tasty bite-size holiday treats are a fun and unique gift for co-workers, family member or even long-distant friends. Holiday Box Flavors include: Sugar Cookie, Egg Nog & Nutcracker (Chocolate Hazelnut) and Hannukah Box Flavors include: Jelly Doughnut & Chanukah Gelt.

iCoffee Single Serve – just named a top brewer to put under the tree by Consumer Reports, the Single Serve machine hits shelves this month and brings iCoffee’s trademark technologyto the single serve format. Compatible with coffee drinkers’ favorite K-cups, the needle stirs and stirs grounds within the K-cup for a significantly more flavorful brew. Dial-a-Brew technology allows users to adjust size and strength of their coffee anywhere between 4 and 12 ounces. Also fits travel mugs for drinking on the go. $139.95

The Magic Chef Countertop Microwave Oven features a sleek, modern look that complements any kitchen décor with benefits such as six preprogrammed cooking modes with one-touch functionality, a choice of 10 power levels to customize your cooking, and a user friendly electronic control panel that makes it easy to select desired mode. Other products that work well; the Magic Chef Countertop Ice Maker – Ice in as little as 7 minutes, must-have for the entertainer on your gift list ($149.00) and  Magic Chef 12-Bottle Wine Cooler – Perfect for the casual wine enthusiast seeking a simple solution to store and display any collection of wine ($119.00).

If Your Friend Likes Wine/Spirits

Dabble in a little mixology magic with Wild Hibiscus Flower Company’s new line of concentrated Floral Extracts. Completely natural–containing no alcohol, artificial preservatives, colorings or flavorings–the extracts can be used like bitters, with greater versatility.  Ideal for coloring ice cubes and foams, or adding delicate floral scent to spritzers, mocktails, infusions and gelatin dishes, the line includes:

  • Rose + Hibiscus– a fragrant blend of highly prized Bulgarian rose oil and fresh hibiscus juice
  • Hibiscus Flower– fresh hibiscus juice infused with premium dried hibiscus flowers for intensely brilliant red color and deep berry flavor
  • b’Lure(ba-lure), made from the sensual blue butterfly pea flower, offering touch of sweetness and magical color-changing properties.  The lower pH level (acidity) of citrus and other acidic ingredients interacts with b’Lure’s floral properties, mystically morphing from blue to purple to pink.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s debuted “Gia by Gia Coppola” – a new wine brand created by Gia Coppola, Francis’s  granddaughter, reflecting her easygoing, unpretentious and inspiring personality. The “Gia by Gia Coppola” label includes three distinct varietals – a Frizzante Chardonnay, a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir.

“Wine was always on the table growing up and so I learned about the family business at a young age,” says Gia Coppola. “I wanted these wines to reflect my style.  I enjoy light, easy-to-drink wines that are low in alcohol.” Gia collaborated with Francis and the winemaking team to create the wines in a style that reflects her individuality.  She also spearheaded the creative direction, designing the vivid, captivating labels and hand selecting the unique glass bottles – pulling inspiration from vintage perfume bottles.

2012 Gia Frizzante Chardonnay

Gia Frizzante Chardonnay is a lightly sparkling, effervescent wine with fresh, lively fruit flavors. The fruit comes from cool climate vineyards along the Central Coast of California, where the grapes benefit from a daily incursion of fog, and soils that bring out the leaner side of the fruit, which is good for sparkling wine. Juicy impressions of pear, pineapple and citrus notes dominate this wine. Most fortuitously, 2012 was an excellent vintage in California, making the debut release of Gia Frizzante even more special. SRP: $13.99

XO, G wine offers tear apart individual self-serving package of a French Pinot Noir, Italian Pinot Grigio and a Rosé from the South of France. A perfect way to avoid the hassle of glassware and a corkscrew, XO, G’s elegant stemless “glasses” come pre-filled with quality French and Italian wine, zipped into a convenient shrink-sleeve. Users simply zip loose the sleeve, snap apart the glasses, and peel back a foil seal to sip, making it a great hostest gift or stocking stuffer for any wine lover.

Created by style star Giuliana Rancic, XO, G is available at over 1,200 Walmart locations across the nation. Each bottle will retail for $9.97.

Numanthia Termanthia Magnum ($470)  A century in a glass, Numanthia is the treasure of the Toro appellation and a leader of emerging Spanish premium wines. The combination of a unique terroir, an exceptional vineyard and the quintessential expression of the fruit places Numanthia as one of the cult wineries of the Toro region in Spain. Termanthia- one of only nine Spanish wines to have ever been awarded a perfect 100 points by The Wine Advocate – is the ultimate expression of the best vineyard plots in Toro. With vines that are over 120 years old and grown at an altitude of 2,625 feet above sea level, Termanthia is extremely rich and complex, with notes of licorice, truffle, balsamic and spices.

Ignite your passion and unlock the possibilities with MYX MYXOTICA, the Limited Edition Nicki Minaj signature bottle from MYX Fusions. MYXOTICA is an exotic fusion of premium Moscato wine and the finest juices from select fruits.  The effervescent Moscato, infused with all-natural flavors, is draped in Nicki’s signature pink hue and topped with a white “champagne” capsule.

As with each new MYX offering, Nicki personally met with the production team and provided her input on the flavor and the packaging, suggesting tweaks to both until they were perfect.  $9.99

NEVER HUNGOVER is an innovative hangover prevention and dietary supplement that consists of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients and minerals. The great tasting supplement neutralizes and processes the toxins caused by alcohol so that you can attend one holiday party after another with ease and no regrets! The uniquely designed supplement can be consumed as a shot or a mixer and experiences optimal results when one bottle is taken per every four drinks. Worried about gaining unnecessary winter weight? No need to worry as NEVER HUNGOVER is caffeine and gluten free, and contains ZERO carbs, calories, and sugars! NEVER HUNGOVER is available at GNC stores nationwide and at www.neverhungover.com. Retail price: $2.99 per 2oz. bottle.

GREY GOOSE vodka recently came out with GREY GOOSE VX (Vodka Exceptionnelle), an exclusive edition of GREY GOOSE inspired by the spirit making traditions of its creator and Maître de Chai François Thibault, VX is masterfully finished with a hint of precious Cognac, resulting in a discerning new spirit that delivers an exceptional new taste experience to luxury spirit connoisseurs. Thibault’s passion for crafting extraordinary spirits began as a Cellar Master in Cognac and led him to create GREY GOOSE, a vodka built from the ground up through a field to bottle process that celebrates the quality and taste of its ingredients. By delving deeper into his expertise, Thibault has created a unique new expression of GREY GOOSE – one that draws from past tradition, and expertly marries a hint of precious Cognac with GREY GOOSE vodka to create something truly distinctive.

For Your Sweet Tooth

Mrs. Prindable’s Winter Wonderland Petite Caramel Apple Basket – $39.99: This flurry of treats is a festive gift for anyone with a sweet tooth. The standout gift basket comes packed with a Milk Chocolate Walnut Petite Apple, a Triple Chocolate Petite Apple, two Classic Chocolate and Caramel Pretzels, an assorted gift bag of exotic Natural Caramels – all topped with elegant red bows – and a 4.5-oz. bag of Holiday Pretzel Bites. To ensure freshness, Mrs. Prindable’s ships gifts in three days or less – perfect if needed in a hurry. Purchase the Winter Wonderland Apple Basket at www.mrsprindables.com.

For the Woman Who Loves Beauty Products!

Kat Burki Raw Holiday Skincare Set ($98)

Give the gift of beautifully balanced, luxurious skin with the Kat Burki Raw Beauty Holiday Skincare Set. This Raw Beauty, results-driven skincare will give any woman the brilliant and radiant glow she has always wanted!

Set Includes:

OCEAN MINERAL FACE WASH (4.4 fl. oz.): A skin balancing, water soluble face wash, infused with restorative Ocean Mineral Complex offers an unparalleled cleansing performance. It removes makeup, purifies & softens skin, and never compromises the skin’s protective barrier. Plant saponins entrap impurities and leave skin bright, fresh and calm.

VITAMIN C INTENSIVE FACE CREAM (1.7 oz.): A collagen building hydrating cream, infused with a stable, water soluble form of Vitamin C and a restorative Ocean Mineral Complex (OMC92), brightens complexion and balances skin. Formulated with KB 5 Herb Blend, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Wild Reishi Mushroom and skin stabilizing Antioxidants, this intensive cream delivers daily a healthy glow and repairs cellular damage.

Nail diva Deborah Lippmann is celebrating the 15th anniversary of her company with two limited edition nail lacquer collections, which feature fun names like “Runnin on Faith,” “New York State of Mind” and “Stand By Your Man.”

dpHUE Oil Therapy is a lightweight oil which nourishes, smoothes and strengthens the hair to tame frizz, with no grease or build-up and enhances hair of all types, practically working wonders for hair that is dry or stressed.  dpHUE Oil Therapy contains naturally derived UV filter which can help improve elasticity and alleviate dryness while replenishing brittle hair and split ends. $34.00, available at The dpHUE colorBAR and online at www.dphue.com

Bioelements Triple-Action, Rapid-Resurfacing Facial Kit – Containing professional-use, natural granules from Chinese Herbology, this facial reveals softness and freshness with dual physical and chemical exfoliation, followed by an alpha hydroxy acid to refine and polish. With four powerful facials in one box, skin is left looking years younger. This set includes: Absolute Moisture (.25 oz.), Herbology (professional-use formula; 4-dose vial), Mixing Cup, Professional Facial Treatment Brush, Quick Refiner (.25 oz.), Sensitive Skin Cleanser (1 oz.), Step-by-step Instructions, Treatment Measuring Scoop. ($45)www.bioelements.com

Dr. Lin Skincare 2 Step Acne Clarifying System – Treat and prevent acne and fade the red and dark marks left behind with this easy-to-use, complete 2-step system that includes a bonus spot corrector. Developed by Dr. Lin, this clinically proven system provides visible results in as little as 1 day, for all skin types. Delivers 30 days worth of acne fighting power. ($21.99)www.drlinskincare.com

Earth Therapeutics Soft Touch Complexion Brush – Give the gift of radiant skin with this exfoliating facial brush, designed with a protective cap and extra soft bristles to cleanse away dead cells that clog your pores and dull skin tone.   This must-have accessory can be used morning and night to reveal a softer, healthier and happier complexion.       ($7.99)www.earththerapeutics.net

Earth Therapeutics Cosmetic Brush Set ­ – Put your best face forward with this 5-piece professional quality cosmetic brush set. Packaged in a reusable travel  case for on-the-go use,  this eco-friendly find comes with a Powder Brush, Round Tip Blending Brush, Flat Tip Shadow Brush, Angled Tip Eyeliner Brush and Lash & Brow Groomer all designed with bamboo handles and synthetic nylon bristles that are cruelty-free and laser cut for precise application.  This stocking stuffer makes it easy to create festive holiday looks for any occasion! ($14.99) www.earththerapeutics.net

One ‘n Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron, ($47.99, stylesource.com)This One ‘n Only Argan Heat Ceramic Straightening Iron is an evolutionary flat iron that shines, smooths, and nourishes hair naturally with the help of its ceramic plates that are infused with rare Moroccan Argan oil. It is guaranteed to revitalize each strand of hair, protect color, and condition. It’s ceramic plates are made with Sol-gel technology which is smoother and stronger than other flat irons. The result is frizz free hair with brilliant shine, while preserving the color and integrity.

Equitance Skin Care Trial Kit ($37)

Travel with bright and healthy skin! Traveling can cause a lot of stress but with Equitance’s Skin Care Trial Kit, you can maintain your healthy skin. Discover the vital beauty benefits with this deluxe travel-size sampler showcasing all products within the Equitance Brightening regimen. The Equitance Brightening Collection restores radiant beauty to skin using both nature and science. At the heart of the collection is the key in supporting skin’s vitality and radiance. Formulas are made from precisely balanced herbal ingredients and technology that diminish the appearance of dark spots and skin discoloration.

Dermawand:  Advanced radio high frequency beauty treatment device; that can take years off your appearance by delivering thermal energy to the lower levels of the skin,while simultaneously stimulating and oxygenating the skin,  to tone tighten and lift-  helping to Reduce the appearance off fine lines, wrinkles, puffy eyes, enlarged pores. Over 2 million sold world wide.  www.dermanwand.com

PHYTO Huile Supreme & Secret de Nuit Hair Set ($59 at Sephora and Sephora.com)

A must-have duo featuring a rich, beautifying treatment oil and a leave-in night cream for smooth, lustrous, healthy-looking hair. This set includes 3.4 oz. Huile Supreme and 2.5 oz. Secret Du Nuit.

Lierac Magnificence Gift Set ($85; Walgreens & lierac-usa.com)

This is the first skincare line to control aging at the source with its patented D-GLOX complex. The powerful combination of pomegranate flower, silk tree oil and liposome-peptide helps reduce the appearance of visible signs of skin aging at the source.

Each set includes:

  • Magnificence Day & Night Velvety Cream – 1.7 oz (full size) & 0.5 oz Day & night anti-aging cream for dry skin
  • Magnificence Red Serum – 0.3 oz High performance anti-aging serum

PHYTO Huile Soyeuse & Secret de Nuit Hair Set ($59 at Sephora and Sephora.com)

A must-have duo featuring a lightweight hydrating oil and a leave-in night cream for smooth, lustrous, healthy-looking hair. This set includes 3.4 oz. Huile Soyeuse and 2.5 oz. Secret Du Nuit.

Prtty Peaushun is the secret skin perfecting beauty device all the celebrities use! It makes your skin look amazing and really toned!

For the Fitness Minded

Celsius®, the world’s first and only Negative Calorie beverage, teamed up with International Platinum Recording Artist, Flo Rida, to create the Flo Fusion pre-workout beverage. The great tasting, berry flavored Flo Fusion pre-workout powder has the same benefits as the ready to drink Celsius with no sugar, no high fructose corn syrup, no preservatives, no artificial colors and flavors or aspartame and is also low in sodium. The clinically proven formula provides healthy energy and is proven to help burn 100 calories and more per serving, boost metabolism, reduce body fat and increase endurance.

Studies show that drinking a great tasting Celsius before exercise helps you burn up to 100 calories and more per serving, boosts metabolism, reduces body fat, increases endurance and provides lasting energy. Available at GNC stores nationwide MSRP Canister (40 servings) $49.99

For Her

Actress Halle Berry divides her time starring in her CBS tv series, “Extant,” and working on her beautiful lingerie line, Scandale Paris, which launched earlier this year. Available exclusively at Target, the Scandale brand has an 80 year heritage of sophistication, blending Parisian-inspired fashion with the construction of impeccable form and support that all women desire. As the co-owner and curator for the brand, this new business venture for Ms. Berry embodies her love of European culture and fashion and is the inspiration for Scandale Paris’ unique blend of comfort and form.  The collection is designed to uniquely celebrate the many roles women play – mother, wife, partner, boss, and entrepreneur – as well as the desire to feel her best self and to always make that a priority.

Elle.com & celebrity astrologers the AstroTwins have the best gift for you and everyone you love! You just saw  them on Bravo giving readings for the cast of Real Housewives of New Jersey, now you can get the inside scoop for your astro-sign with their2015 Planetary Planner. Ophira and Tali Edut, known as The AstroTwins, are identical twin sisters and professional astrologers. Their spot-on predictions reach millions of people through their website, Astrostyle.com, their web series “Astrologica” onRefinery29.com, guest appearances on SIRIUS/XM Radio, and their columns, which include ELLE.com, ELLE Australia, TV Guide and Interview Germany. You can visit the AstroTwins’ website and buy straight from there: http://astrostyle.com/2015-guide. The planner is $24.95.

Check out D&Y, who have ideal gifts for the cold winter nights, especially with their price points ($20-$50 at the most!)

For Anyone!

Glove.ly is the only brand of touchscreen gloves that successfully combines fashion and function, to provide a product that work perfectly with your phone AND your style.

Available in multiple colors and designs including leather, cashmere and wool variations, Glove.ly<http://Glove.ly/>’s Invisitouch technology works with your entire hand, negating the need for unsightly finger pads or finger flaps, so they look like beautiful gloves. Products also come with MagLove Technology, which include magnets that keep the gloves together when they are not being worn (so you are never in that dreaded I-lost-one-glove position when it’s frigid outside!) and a care label that doubles as a screen and glasses cleaner.

For the Home 

Dia Noche Designs has lovely illuminated art for your livin room walls, orginal art that is displayed on shower curtains, bath mats, all  guaranteed to make your house even more.

Papyrus, an irresistible wrapped 7.5 oz (213g) tin candle releases notes of coconut water, green mango, Tiare flower, Thai lychee pulp, and palm sugar. Retail price is $9.95. Comes in an assortment of flavors. PAPYRUS is such an amazing place with endless options for gifts, yourself, loved ones.  Been around for 60 years and has over 450 stores.

Affirmats adds an emotional layer to yoga by wrapping form, function, and a dash of inspiration in PURE LOVE.

Celebrating the small victories and reminding yourself to be thankful are just the perks you get from the inspirations while you become the yogi you want to be from a high quality, biodegradable and ergonomically friendly mat to help you master those advanced poses. The AffirTowels retail at $42

Reliable www.reliablecorporation.com makes wonderful steam cleaning products, if you are lookin to make any room in the house look spotless!

Reliable offers the Pronto 100CH, a fantastic eco-friendly steam cleaner and fabric steamer. And the Steamboy is very effective too!

http://www.reliablecorporation.com/Products/Home-Steam-Cleaners/Steamboy-PRO-T3

For Any Movie Buff!

Netflix has something that is for everyone – access to unlimited movies and TV shows with a Netflix gift card.  Available in $30 or $60, recipients can select the Netflix plan that works best for them to watch movies and shows like Breaking Bad or Silver Linings Playbook.  Best of all, your gift will be personalized with no engraving required – Netflix serves up personalized recommendations for movies and shows based on titles you watch.

 

 

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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