2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Techie

I’ll say this: the Holiday Gift Guide for The Techie was probably my favorite of the gift guides to create for you guys. It’s pretty obvious if you know me, that I’m a bit of a techie, not to be confused with trekie, of which I am most definitely not. So finding every day items that have been re-invented for the tech lover was right in my wheel house. These are perfect for your ‘rents, your boyfriend or even your best friend!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Techie

 

1. Sony QX30 Smartphone Attachable Lens Style Camera
Yes, this is exactly what it looks/sounds like…a lens from Sony that is compatible with your iPhone. And I don’t necessarily say “attachable” because it doesn’t have to be attached, it uses NFC  (Near Field Communication, same technology that Apple Pay uses) to communicate with your phone, which means you can hold the lens in your hand and use the phone as the shutter. It’s a bit pricy but would make a friggin awesome gift for a snap-happy friend!

2. Tile
We’ve all got that person in our lives who for the life of them cannot keep track of their belongings, no matter how hard they try. So when my mom told me about Tile, I knew I had to share. These little tiles can be stuck to your phone, thrown in your purse, secured on your keychain and then when said things are lost or “misplaced”, you can turn to your Tile App on your phone or computer to find them. It’s actually a lot cooler than what I’m making it out to be, so make sure to visit their site to learn about how great it really is.

3. Skinnydip London Earbud
These super cute headphones aren’t necessarily cutting edge technology-wise, but they sure are fun to look at and apparently engineered to give you a great audio experience. For a $22 pricetag, these babies are sure to please your music loving secret santa.

4. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush
Yes, this is a toothbrush. Yes, it costs $220. No, I have not tried it. BUT I have seen it getting phenomenal reviews. I’d probably be careful who you buy this for though, as there is a specific setting for “Whiten”, though I did hear on the radio that people are not offended when they’re gifted teeth whitening sessions, so who knows!

5. Apple TV
I couldn’t think of a more expertly thought out gift for you Apple fanboy friends than an AppleTV. For $99, you’re basically gifting them the world. I swear by AppleTV, we actually have one in the bedroom and the living room. Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu Plus, and more are constantly being added and you can mirror your desktop too.

6. NomadKey
Giving this gadget will surely bump you up to “angel” status  because it’s a total life saver.  A phone charger that is small enough to fit on a keychain, and cheap enough to gift to all those friends whose phones are always dying at the worst possible moments.

7. OlloClip 4-in-1 Lens
If the Sony lens was a little bit (or a lot bit) too expensive for your budget, maybe this little guy can take its place. This 4-in-1 phone lens includes a Fisheye, Wide Angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro that clips right over the phone camera lens and voila! I have a feeling whoever you give this to is going to be getting a lot more Instagram followers. Maybe eve  buy one for yourself while you’re at it?

8. CrockPot Slow Cooker with WeMo
I’d just like to say that I actually thought of this idea about two years ago, a slow cooker that I could control with my phone so that I could start it in the morning and then switch it to over to a “warming” setting once I knew it had cooked long enough. After a bit of research, I saw that Belkin was developing their own and it’s finally arrived in time for this Christmas.

9. Mini Jambox
It feels like there are just more and more bluetooth speakers on the market every month, but this pretty little diddy is a great choice and comes in plenty of colors to suit everyones taste. I got one for Max for his birthday and he takes it out on the golf course all the time, so I know it’s a winner. Plus it’s on sale right now, so act fast!

10. Mighty Mug
This mug. It doesn’t spill. Like literally, it cannot spill. You can’t knock it over. I know this makes no sense to you, but trust me, it doesn’t. There’s a great video on their website to help you understand this madness. I got one for Max for Christmas this year because he spills at least once a day on average, so I felt like this would be a great gift. Lucky for him, the mug he was using broke on Sunday night so I gave it to him early, so far only good things to report, like no spills!

11. Cashmere Lined Tech Gloves
These babies from J.Crew are a godsend. And I can speak from experience, Max’s mom got me a pair last Christmas. Some of the tech touch gloves on the market that are supposed to allow you to text in the frigid temperatures suck. Like, really suck. But these ones actually touch the letters you’re trying to touch, not every other letter around it. They’re a bit pricey, but that comes with the territory of cashmere…and J.Crew. But believe me when I say whoever unwraps these will be very pleased!

12. Tory Burch for Fitbit Metal Hinged Bracelet
Last but not least, this collaboration between Tory Burch and Fitbit leaves all the fashion forward, step-countin’ ladies giddy with excitement. This gorgeous bracelet that snaps onto your tracker come in gold, rose gold and silver and every time your friend looks at her wrist or meets her steps goal she’ll think of you. Bonus points!

Hopefully this gift guide proved to be helpful in finding something for your gadget guy or your tech-loving teacher, but if not, don’t forget to stop by tomorrow for another handy guide. And don’t forget to share these with your own friends so that maybe they’ll buy YOU something! Never hurts to try!

L

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Hostess

Whether you’re looking for a gift to bring along to one of the million holiday parties on your calendar or you’re just on a hunt for the perfect present to gift to the friend that is always playing host to the group, you’ll surely be able to find something to fit the bill with the Holiday Gift Guide for The Hostess.

ps. the gold and black theme was only a little bit on purpose!

Holiday Gift Guide for The Hostess

 

1. Scarborough Serving Set
If you need a hostess gift, Anthropologie is almost always the answer. But this beautiful serving set makes a great gift for anyone that loves to entertain. My new salad tongs? Don’t mind if I do!

2. Maison Noir – Crisp Champagne’ Two-Wick Candle
You can’t go wrong with giving the gift of a candle. Well I suppose that’s not actually true, you could totally go wrong since people have very different tastes in what scents they like. Duh Lauren. But I assume as long as you pick a scent that you think your friend would like, you’ve got a 50/50 shot! And this Crisp Champagne Voluspa candle is definitely a winner in my book. I’d also recommend this Capri Blue candle from Anthro, it’s my absolute favorite.

3. Party On Bottle Opener
This Kate Spade Saturday bottle opener will make sure they think of you every time they have a drink.

4. Monogram Jewelry Box
Accessories and jewelry are the finishing touch to any great outfit. And a pretty place to keep those baubles is also imperative, so show up to the party with this gorgeous high-gloss, monogramed jewelry box from C Wonder. It comes in black and bright blue too!

5. Gnome Cookie Jar
You guys, this cookie jar. I just can’t. A party isn’t complete without a gnome full of cookies to take home with you on your way out. Errr…what? So make sure to buy this pointy hatted man, fill him up with the tastiest cookies you can make, and this will be the best gift you give all season. I mean, you know what they say, a home is not a home without a gnome.  Or maybe I just say that. Someone buy me this. Bye.

6. Idiom Engraved Bangle
Kate Spade is a lady that knows what us other ladies like. And this idiom bangle is a gift for a friend that always looks perfeclty put together. With sayings like “Flirt with a handsome stranger”, “Show your true colors”, “Make a splash” and “Take the high road”, it’s a gift that will be appreciated for years. Especially for your friend that maybe majored in English?

7. Gold Monogram Wine Stopper
I’ve got a real love/hate relationship with wine stoppers. I love them because they keep my wine fresh for another day if I can’t get through the whole bottle in one night. And I hate myself because I usually end up getting just a little bit too drunk to remember to actually use the stopper, then wake up to bad wine in the morning. Woof. But this adorable monogrammed stopper is a foolproof present for someone who loves vino as much as I do.

8. Snuffer Set
Because who wouldn’t want a gift called a snuffer?

9. Woodland Park Elephant Salt & Pepper Set
I love elephants. It’s definitely something I picked up from my mom, who always had elephants around the house in different shapes and sizes. So when I find cute and fun elephant products, I feel obligated to share because I think everyone else loves them too. So gift these salt and pepper shakers made by kate spade.

10. kate spade wine tote
Oh look, more kate spade. Sorry, I can’t help myself, I love it all so much. But how amazing is this wine tote? With so many BYOB restaurants these days, it’s an appropriately priced hostess gift.

I hope you found something for someone on your list here, but if not, keep checking back, I’ll have plenty more Gift Guides to make sure that you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list.

L

2014 Holiday Gift Guides: The Chef

Hi friends.

Let’s pretend like I haven’t been totally absent blog-wise and move onto what is actually important: the holiday’s are here! Which means that the parties and the secret santa’s and all the gift swapping events are right around the corner, if they haven’t started already.

My favorite part about the holidays is finding the perfect gift for all my family and friends. Sometimes it’s easy and they just tell me exactly what they want in the form of an email which includes a direct link to the product, along with other pertinent information such as size or color. Then there are other times when I don’t get any help at all and I’m left to my own devices. But I guess I don’t really mind since I like to be on the hunt for something meaningful that I know will put a smile on their faces.

So since I believe so strongly in  gifting, I wanted to help you find the best gifts for each person on your list. So I’ve taken it upon myself to provide you with these fancy little Holiday Gift Guides. Keep any eye out over the next few days for gift guides for everyone.

Today, we’re going to start the show off with the Holiday Gift Guide for The Chef. If you’ve got someone in your life that lives in the kitchen because they WANT to be in there, check out some of these perfectly chef-y choices.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Chef

1. Sur La Table® Vegetable and Fruit Spiral Slicer
I’ve had an eye on one of these for some time now and hopefully this is the year someone feels like gifting it to me, otherwise I’m buying one as soon as the new year rolls around. By turning veggies into noodles, or what as close to carb free pasta as you’re gonna get, you’ll be eating healthier and fancier!

2. Mason Jar Measuring Cups
If you know me well, you know that I love me a good Mason jar, so this beautifully, blue measuring cup version is too adorable to pass up. Plus, it’s on sale right now for less than $10!

3.  Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes
You may have heard some rumbling this year about a whacky breakfast/dessert situation that was making people line up down streets like idiots. Yes, I’m talking about the cronut. And while I’ve never had the privilege of shoving one in my mouth, with this book, I imagine someone could get pretty close. Dominique Ansel is the creator of the cronut and author of The Secret Recipes, a cookbook documenting those delicious desserts from his bakery. Any sweet tooth baker would appreciate this one for sure.

4. Amco Rub Away Bar
This soap bar look-a-like is a chef’s new best friend. Know someone that loves working with those smelly ingredients like onions, garlic or fish? They probably hate themselves for hours afterward since their hands still stink of the stank. With this Rub Away bar, wash with it and all odors disappear. Plus it looks so pretty!

5. Nutri Ninja Blender with Auto IQ
Ok, so I just went out and bought this for myself after months of contemplating which smoothie blender I’d be replacing my Cuisine Art blender with. And this is the guy I decided on, and I’m definitely not complaining. It’s working like a charm and my smoothies have never been smoother, and isn’t that the point!?

6. Dash Greek Yogurt Maker
Everyone and their mother has jumped on the greek yogurt bandwagon. I mean Bobby Flay and John Stamos are even greek yogurt spokespeople. And I’ll agree, but what I won’t agree with is the price. Individual greek yogurt can cost upwards of $2 for a single serving depending on your brand. So why not throw your yogurt loving friend a bone and get them their own greek yogurt maker to make their own? Great idea, I know.

7. Le Creuset ® Signature 5.5 qt. Round Cherry French Oven with Lid
Every serious chef needs a french oven, and if you’re going to get one, you may as well get the best. Le Creuset has been ranked among the top in cookware for decades. Normally a go-to wedding gift, switch it up and gift one for Christmas.

8. Flag Conversions Tea Towel
I’ve always got a problem of needing to check a cooking conversion on my phone in the middle of the actual cooking process when I’ve got gunk all over my hands. It’s a real problem because touching my phone screen is most definitely the last thing I want to do. But with this handy tea towel, conversions are right at your fingertips, literally.

Hope you found something fun to get for the chef in your life. Share any other gourmet gift finds in the comments below and don’t forget to check back for more gift guides the rest of the week.

L