Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Gifts For All!

Some people are so hard to buy for!  So what I love to give are fun gifts, like food, novelty items and toys!

Below are some fun gifts to give, plus some festive stationery to give or use this holiday season:

Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket

GourmetGiftBaskets.com Winter Wonderland Holiday Gift Basket ($59.99 USD) – Send holiday cheer with this delightful gift! Inside a beautiful bright blue basket, your recipient will discover an enticing arrangement of favorite wintry treats and delicious holiday snacks. Complete with delicate wafer cookies, a decadent dark chocolate bar filled with sea salt caramel, and handcrafted gourmet popcorn, this festive gift is the perfect way to spread merriment this holiday season! Contains:

  • Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt Caramel Filled Bar by Ghirardelli – 3.5 oz. – This decadent dark chocolate bar is filled with creamy caramel that has been lightly salted.
  • Sugar Cookies by Kimball Lake Bakery – 4 oz. – Deliciously crisp and delightfully sweet cookies that are baked according to a family recipe.
  • Almond Nougat by Golden BonBon – 1 oz. – Following a time-honored family tradition, this nougat is handmade from only the finest almonds and the freshest ingredients.
  • Chocolate Wafer Rolls by Fusion Gourmet – .9 oz. – Delicate wafers that are gently rolled into crisp cylinders and filled with creamy chocolate.
  • Buttered Peanut Crunch by Old Dominion – 3 oz. – These crunchy peanut squares are made with butter and a deliciously sweet hint of brown sugar.
  • Sea Salt & Cracked Pepper Kettlecorn – 4 oz. – Gourmet popcorn that’s expertly handcrafted and generously tossed with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  • Vanilla Wafer Rolls by Dolcetto – 4.4 oz. – Crisp, European style wafers that are rolled and filled with a delicate vanilla cream.

Purchase at http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com

Bigmouth Inc. Color Changing Santa Mystery Mug ($9.99 USD) — Just add hot liquid to our Santa mug to watch it’s artwork change before your eyes. When hot, Santa’s clothes disappear, forcing him to deliver the goods in his “unmentionables”. It’s a perfect for gift swaps, stocking stuffers, and holiday parties. Check out the Snowman and Gingerbread Man heat-sensitive mugs, too!

BigMouth Inc Holiday Cheer USB Phone Charger for Android ($11.99 USD) — You could charge your phone with the cable that came with your phone—just like you could watch paint dry. But where’s the fun in that? The new LED Phone Charger series is glowing with a better way to charge your phone’s battery. One side is a USB-A plug—you know, the one that goes into your computer or wall-charging adapter. The other end is a USB Micro-B connector (for use with most Android™ devices).

BigMouth Inc Original Wine Bottle Glass – “I only have time for ONE glass of wine”($17.99 USD) — This hilarious wine glass holds an entire 750mL bottle of wine—or just one glass. Even the busiest people carve out some time for a sip or 47. A viral sensation, our patented Wine Bottle Glass design has been featured on the Today Show, The Tonight Show, and more.

Learn more at http://www.bigmouthinc.com

 

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Resistance A-wing Fighter ($19.99 USD) —Battle the forces of the first order with the resistance A-wing fighter! This detailed authentic movie 85-1639 kit includes 25 easy snap together pieces. Features a battle ready pilot, light up engines and battle-action sounds.You are now ready to recreate your own great movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! First Order Heavy Assault At-M6 Walker ($19.99 USD) —Drive the Assault on the resistance troops with the first order heavy Assault at-m6 Walker. This impressive, highly detailed 85-1649 kit includes 46 easy snap together pieces and features a light up cannon blaster.Battle action sounds and full-motion Positionable head, legs and feet.Buy more than one to recreate your favorite movie battle scene from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Revell Snaptite Build and Play Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Kylo Ren’s TIE Fighter($19.99 USD) —Track down the resistance with Kylo Ren’s personal tie fighter! Highly detailed 85-1647 kit includes 20 easy snap together pieces and is loaded with features. Including Kylo Ren, light up engine, battle action sound and opening cockpit hatch. You are not ready to hunt down the enemy and play out movie scenes from Star Wars: the last Jedi!

Purchase on Amazon

Papyrus Santa’s On His Way Boxed Holiday Cards ($18.95 USD) — The moon shines down on a snowy landscape while Santa waves as he flies by on this delightful holiday card that really captures the anticipation of Christmas Eve.

Herbie & Friends Letters to Santa (Set of 10, $7.95 on sale for $3.98) —  Send your wish list to Santa or a letter to loved ones on these lined sheets. The festive Christmas themed border is sure to put anyone in a holiday mood.

Penguins in Card Sound & Light Christmas Card ($9.95 USD) — Send your loved one this adorable Christmas card that lights up and plays a commercial on the radio.

Available at http://www.papyrusonline.com and great stores everywhere!

What fun finds have you discovered for the holidays?

 

 

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Gorgeous Beauty Gifts

Still looking for that perfect beauty gift or stocking stuffer?  I have some great choices for all price ranges today.

I usually do a favorites post on Sundays, but instead I am featuring gorgeous makeup, body care and an amazing skincare set that will makeup perfect gifts for any beauty junkie you love:

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit

The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit ($50 USD) — Keep your skin merry and bright this holiday season with Meaningful Beauty by Cindy Crawford. Infused with powerful antioxidants and anti-aging technology, The Meaningful Beauty Beyond Starter Kit includes a 4 step regimen that will keep you glowing all winter long while revealing a perfectly polished, radiant complexion. The kit includes:

Youth Activating Melon Serum harnesses the anti-aging power of Meaningful Beauty while leaving the skin looking and feeling younger with twice daily use.

Intensive Triple Exfoliating Treatment works hard to give you spa-at-home results with no down time. Simply use twice weekly in the shower to banish dull, rough texture, dirt and impurities and reveal more visibly smooth and supple skin.

Environmental Protecting Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is a multi-tasking moisturizer designed to visibly firm, plump and hydrate the skin and to reduce environmentally induced damage that can lead to the visible signs of premature aging.

Overnight Retinol Repairing Crème is an intensely hydrating overnight that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and increases the look of visible firmness and impart a smooth overall texture.

Purchase at Ulta and Ulta.com

 

Merle Norman Holiday 2017

Merle Norman Lush Lips Gift Set ($36 USD) Prep lips for a kiss with Merle Norman’s nourishing Lip Revive and an assortment of lip color treats. Top-selling Lip Pencil Plus in Mocha and Tender Kiss are paired with Creamy Lipcolor in Gold Illusion. This new, innovative limited edition shade adds a shimmer to any lip color or can be worn alone for a light blush of shimmering color.

Merle Norman It’s In The Eyes Gift Set ($66 USD) — Make an entrance with Irresistible Eyes. This set features limited-edition Soft Touch Eye Pencil Duos in
Meteor/Bordeaux and Pacific/Lilac, a full retail-size Mascara Primer and the Fat Lash Mascara Black.

Merle Norman Blissful Body Butters Gift Set ($25 USD) — Soften and smooth skin all over with this ultra-rich set of body butters in 3 delectable flavors that smell like your favorite holiday desserts! Cocoa & Vanilla, Apple & Cinnamon, and Sugar Cookie make the perfect.

Available exclusively at Merle Norman Studios beginning November 1st

 

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection Easy on the Eyes Eyeshadow Palette ($36, on sale now for $25 USD) — This palette of 30 shades in not-quite nudes with matte and metallic finishes creates flattering looks that are anything but ordinary. Shades are grouped by tone and depth, making it easy to find a custom color just for you. Large matte pans are used as a base, while smaller pans offer subtle pops of color in matte and metallic finishes. Whether your look is natural or bold, fair or deep, you’ll be sure to find color combinations that must have been made just for you.

Purchase at Sephora

Pixi Beauty Lid Lovelies Eye Shadow ($22 USD)  — A swish of these shadows illuminates eyes while adding depth & dimension. These 18 soft silky eye shades come in a natural mineral formula. Blend with a fluffy eye brush for a sheer natural looking effect.

Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen Trio ($14 USD) — This limited edition kit includes some of our classic bestselling shades. Included is a limited edition colour exclusive to this kit in our bestselling award winning formula. Replace cap after use. Paraben Free

Purchase at http://www.pixibeauty.com

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection

ybf Your Best Friend majestic matte lip collection ($28.80 USD) — A glorious girlfriend such as yourself deserves lips that can last while you’re taking names and conquering your dream! From all of us at ybf, we declare that all girlfriends near and far shall love their lips in our new majestic matte lip. Let your lips do the talking, girlfriend; they’ll love the all-day stay! This new formula bonds to your lovely lippies the way girlfriends bond to each other. This lip is going to stay put through your morning (and afternoon!) coffee. That’s a matte-er of fact!

Colours:
peachy keen
proud pink
magnificent magenta
awe-inspiring apple

Available at http://www.ybfbeauty.com

Buxom Lips Off Leash

Buxom Lips Off Leash ($59 USD) — This 15-piece mix of lip plumpers includes shimmer-shine lip polishes and glassy-smooth lip creams for two different finishes. With lip-loving vitamins and richly pigmented color, this collection is formulated with a unique peptide and hyaluronic acid booster to help stimulate collagen, build volume, and plump look of lips without irritation.

This set contains:
– 7 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Polish in Brooke, Clair, Sophia, Jasmine, Stacy, Jill, Kayla
– 8 x 0.07 oz/ 2 mL Lip Cream in Pink Champagne, Peach Dacquiri, Dolly, Mudslide, Berry Bramble, Wild Orchid, Cherry Flip, Sangria

Purchase at Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder

Sephora Puff & Shine Shimmery Body Powder ($13 USD) — This shimmering loose powder with subtle color is perfect for lighting up features. With a super-soft brush, it’s easy to apply to the body, face, and hair for a light sparkle that amps up any look for the holidays.

Purchase at sephora.com and Sephora stores

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Mini Sets ($9.99 USD) — Jazz up those tips and get jolly with the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ holiday collection of mini sets; quaint quartets of festive polishes in festive hues. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure™ offers 7 benefits in 1 bottle, allowing you to skip the salon, for a party ready manicure. The chip-resistant polish with Keratin features all of the elements you know and need: base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, salon color in chic shades, top coat, and gel shine finish. The Complete Salon Manicure mini sets are ideal for stocking stuffers and holiday gift exchanges- or just a treat for a bit of self-indulgence.
Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil in Peppermint and Vanilla Buttercream, ($6.99 each USD) — For a limited time only, Sally Hansen’s Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils come in two delicious holiday scents. The oils are available in either tasty vanilla buttercream or refreshing peppermint. Indulge your senses with the creamy and merry aromas that celebrate the holiday spirit. Your cuticles and nails crave moisture and protection during the cold holiday season, so grab these Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oils for the perfect stocking stuffer gift. Enriched with a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, its formula leaves skin and nails feeling hydrated, soft, and healthy while helping to protect nails.
Purchase at a mass market retailer near you.
What fabulous beauty gifts are you giving – or wanting – this year?

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Luxe Beauty Products

I love receiving beauty gifts.  I usually don’t get them, since I receive lots of fun stuff to review on my blog, so I am the beauty giver!

These are fantastic ideas that maybe the beauty lover hasn’t thought about before:

Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold
Demarche Labs Roloxin Lift Gold ($33 for 3 pack) — Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Mask formulated with opulent 24K Gold to deflect light for exceptional radiance. Roloxin Lift GOLD acts immediately to reduce the appearance of both wrinkles and pores, giving skin a smoother look and texture. For beauty gifters that love to wow, your search is over!
Purchase at shop.dermarche.com
ISDIN Skin Drops
ISDIN Skin Drops ($52 each)  TotalBeauty.com 2017 Editors’ Pick Award Winner! Just a few drops of the foundation conceals skin imperfections, such as vitiligo, discoloration, varicose veins, bruising, scars, burns and even tattoos. Isdinceutics Skin Drops come in two shades, Sand and Bronze and work for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-4. Give the gift of luxury this season.

NEOCUTIS MPC Line ( MicroDay $166, MicroFirm $135, MicroNight $130)

To combat wrinkles and enhance elasticity NEOCUTIS created the MPC™ line which is a patented anti-aging technology that offers Matrikine-like benefits, using a proprietary blend of synthetic peptides. Key players in the MPC line include MicroDay and MicroNight for the face, and MicroFirm for the neck and décolleté. Plus, NEOCUTIS is including a stylish cosmetic bag as a holiday gift with purchase from October 2- December 29 (or while supplies last)! Science driven beauty gifters who like to spend look no further.

Purchase at LovelySkin.com
Foreo Berry Best Friends Set

Foreo Berry Best Friends Set ($39 USD) — A burst of beauty in a super sweet set. The tiny but mighty LUNA play offers big results from its 100 uses to gently remove 99.5% of dirt and oil*, as well as makeup residue and dead skin cells while this Tony Moly lip balm duo offers fruity flavors to freshen up your look!

Berry Best Friends Set includes:

  • LUNA play
  • Tony Moly Mini Peach Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
  • Tony Moly Mini Cherry Lip Balm (0.25 oz.)
Purchase at Ulta and other fine stores
Milk Makeup The A Team

Milk Makeup the A Team ($39 USD) — The minis are here! Try out all of the best-selling, illuminating, and skin-perfecting sticks in mini size — then, take ‘em with you — in this super giftable, easily portable limited edition box.

SET INCLUDES

Blur Stick to blur pores, prime skin, and leave a smooth, matte finish.

Highlighter in Lit for that dewy, everyday glow.

Matte Bronzer in Baked for summer skin all year long.

Holographic Stick in Mars to highlight lips, cheeks, and eyes in a golden peach holographic hue.

Cooling Water to de-puff eyes + energize skin in an instant.

Speical Edition Glitter Stick for glitter, everywhere.

VEGAN, CRUELTY FREE, GLUTEN FREE

Available at milkmakeup.com.

 

Holiday Gift Guide 2017 — Beauty Bonanza!

There are so many amazing holiday beauty sets out this year! Gifts of skincare,  candles, hair care and fragrance are all great ideas for the beauty junkie on your list!

Below are some of my top picks for Holiday 2017:

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Dewy Duo ($30 USD) — Oasis Hydrating Treatment is clinically proven to keep your complexion noticeably softer, smoother, and continuously hydrated for 24 hours
– Oasis Smooth Lip Conditioner nourishes, smooths, and seals in moisture

H2O+ Beauty Oasis Lip Service Trio ($20 USD) — Lip Gels feature a minty fresh flavor and provide rich hydration with their innovative gel texture. Smooth, add shine, and finish with a watercolor tint in blushing pink, cheeky plum, or sheer shine.

Purchase at http://www.h2oplus.com

Yes To Tomatoes Charcoal Detox Skin Care Kit – 2pc ($12.99 USD) — Say Yes to™ your new favorite LBM (little black masks) with charcoal to naturally deep clean and detoxify your skin all winter long (all you need now is a good juice cleanse!) In Just 10 minutes, your clear skin will be revealed. Includes our Charcoal Peel-Off Mask and Charcoal Paper Mask.

Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Mini Duo – 2pc ($5 USD) — Yes to™ charcoal, a natural detoxifier and impurity remover to deep clean skin! Use the Charcoal Cleansing products to help clear skin and fight breakout prone skin. Kit Includes our Charcoal 10ct Facial Wipes and Trial and Travel Size Charcoal Cleanser.

Purchase at Target and Walmart stores

Commodity 3×3 Exploration Kit

Commodity 3×3 Exploration Kit ($38 USD) — A giftable ensemble that includes a sampling of Commodity’s most-coveted scents – Orris, Oolong and Book. The kit includes a trio of NEW 2.5oz soy-based candles and their corresponding 5ml Eau de Parfum travel-sprays.

  • Orris – A blend of sparkling freshness and warm sensuality.
  • Oolong – A soothing and warm scent that evokes a relaxing afternoon.
  • Book –    A fresh and woodsy fragrance inspired by the great novels of Hemingway and Fitzgerald.

All Commodity fragrances are unisex, paraben-free and cruelty-free. Candles are hand-poured and blended.

Purchase at us.commodity.co.uk

 

 

Hot Tools CurlBar

Hot Tools CurlBar ($99.99) — Unique to the CurlBar is the rotating dial which controls the temperature and timer settings with a digital temperature read out.  It has  variable heat settings up 450ºF and a glowing light ring which flashes while heating up and remains steady when set.  This iron also features a built-in Curl Timer which lets you select the time needed (from 1-30 seconds) for the type/texture of hair being styled with a vibrating notification in the handle when the time is up. CurlBar offers universal dual voltage which is great for travel.  Available in 1” and 1 ¼” 24K GOLD barrels which provides even heat distribution and is ideal for creating long-lasting curls. Additional features are the 9 ft. Professional Tangle-Free Swivel Cord, a heat-resistant glove and a 3 year limited warranty.

Purchase at Ulta and http://www.ulta.com

ColorProof Shiny & Bright CrazySmooth Holiday Kit

ColorProof Shiny & Bright CrazySmooth Holiday Kit ($78 on sale $110 reg. price) — Our revolutionary CrazySmooth® system features our proprietary blend of rare essential oils including Camellia and Abyssinian, as well as seaweed and shea butter, to instantly eliminate unruly frizz, repair and infuse with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy youthful condition.

Purchase at ColorProof.com

The Hard Candy Fragrance Set ($19.99 USD) — The fragrance Hard Candy Pink is a floral gourmand blend, a luscious, juicy and divine scent that playfully teases and arouses the senses for an overdose of passion and spark. She’s a young woman who is fashion and trend conscious. Her style fits her personality. She’s outgoing and has a great sense of humor. The Hard Candy girl is one of the cool chicks and she likes to stand out.

  • Includes: Hard Candy Pink Eau de Toilette Fragrance Spray 1.7 fl oz, Body Mist Spray 8.0 fl oz and Fierce Effects Lipstick 1.8 oz

Purchase at Walmart stores and http://www.walmart.com

 

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide — Delicious Food Gifts!

Still looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?  Sweets are always a fun gift to give, even if you don’t know the person’s particular tastes.  Giving a fun assortment of candies, cookies or other treats will please a loved one (or loved ones)!

Below are some of my favorites to give and receive:

From the Heart Gift Tower
From the Heart Gift Tower

GourmetGiftBaskets.com From the Heart Gift Tower ($49.99 USD) —This gift tower contains four beautiful boxes overflowing with delicious French chocolate truffles, caramel filled chocolates, our gourmet handcrafted popcorn and so much more. Included is:

  • Cinnamon & Brown Sugar Kettle Corn by KingOfPOP.com – 1.4 oz. – Gourmet kettle corn coated in freshly ground cinnamon and dusted with sweet brown sugar.  
  • French Chocolate Truffles by Truffle Basket – 3.5 oz. – Elegant, French truffles that are hand rolled and dusted with cocoa powder.
  • Dark Chocolate & Caramel Smothered Grahams by Annalie’s Chocolates – .65 oz. – Crunchy graham crackers are topped with gooey caramel before getting dipped into a bath of rich, dark chocolate.
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels by Sanders – .5 oz. – Sweet, buttery caramel is coated with decadent dark chocolate and delicately sprinkled with gourmet sea salt.
  • Milk Chocolate Lindor Truffle Bar by Lindt & Sprungli – 3.5 oz. – Squares of milk chocolate are filled with smooth and creamy milk chocolate truffle centers – it’s the perfect bar to share with your Valentine since the bar is made up of individual pieces!
  • Sweet Onion Kettlecorn by KingOfPOP.com – 1.8 oz. – Sweet and savory come together perfectly in this flavor of our hand popped corn – sweet sugar, a sprinkling of salt and our proprietary blend of sweet onion seasoning make foryour new favorite snack.
  • Chocolate Wafer Petites by Dolcetto – .7 oz. – Bite-sized pillow cookies that wrap around centers of creamy chocolate.
  • (5) Lindor White Chocolate Truffles by Lindt & Sprungli – Delicate white chocolate shells encase irresistibly smooth and creamy white chocolate centers.

This gift and so many more including spa gifts, wine and beer gifts and so many other yummy food gifts are available at http://www.gourmetgiftbaskets.com

Whaddyaluv Chocolate Valentine’s Bar ($4.95 USD) –Give this limited edition bar to someone you love this Valentine’s day! We added a pinch of salt and threw in some cacao nibs for some added crunch. The result is an amazing chocolate square that will delight your taste-buds over and over.

Ingredients: Pure Cacao Beans, Cane Sugar, Cacao Butter, Himalayan Salt, Cacao Nibs.

Purchase at http://www.whaddyalovechocolate.com

Cheryl's Hearts and Flowers Treats Box
Cheryl’s Hearts and Flowers Treats Box

Cheryl’s Hearts and Flowers Treats Box ($35.36 USD) — I love Cheryl’s Cookies!  I have a Valentine’s assortment I order coming tomorrow, yay! I will be giving and keeping some of the cookies because they are individually wrapped.  I think this gift box is so cute and perfect to give.  Cheryl’s Cookies are so soft and fresh, perfect for everyone on your list!

Includes:

  • Two fudge brownie minis
  • Two buttercrisp cookies
  • Two chocolate chip cookies
  • Two confection pretzel clusters
  • One buttercream frosted ladybug cutout
  • One Cheryl Oh sandwich cookie
  • One white buttercream frosted flower-shaped cutout
  • One Valentine decorated gourmet pretzel

Purchase at http://www.QVC.com

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Holiday Gift Guide — Cool Gifts For The Hard To Buy For Part 2!

There is still time to purchase some cool gifts for the people you love!  Below is a mix of items — a personal card gift, stylish readers and a beauty parody book:

Awesomebox
Awesomebox

10-card AwesomeBox for $19 (Save 25% with coupon code: HOLIDAYGIFT)– What’s included:

  • New, beautifully designed box.
  • Add pictures from Instagram, Facebook, your phone or computer.
  • Sequence your cards to tell a compelling story.
  • Add music to your card to co-create a custom playlist.

We all want to give the most meaningful gift possible, but sometimes it can be a challenge coming up with something both fresh and heart-warming. AwesomeBox is the ultimate solution to creative gift giving!

AwesomeBox allows users to build a customized box of memories, stories and photos packaged into a one-of-a-kind printed gift. Group gifts with family or friends is easy with AwesomeBox! In fact, our favorite part about the AwesomeBox experience is how easy it is to get everyone involved in the gift giving process. I love AwesomeBox for celebrating someone special for Christmas.

It’s so simple to create, and the memories last a lifetime. In three simple steps, you’ll have the perfect gift:

  1. Create private online webpage to honor your special someone.
  2. Invite friends and family to upload photos and heartfelt messages from around the world.
  3. AwesomeBox turns everything into a box of 10 to 100 colorful printed cards that they’ll pore over for years!

Create the most touching group gift that will be laughed and cried over for years! AwesomeBox is the perfect gift starting at $19 for a 10-card box.

The Lennon from Readers.com
The Lennon from Readers.com

The Lennon from Readers.com ($15.95 USD) —  Inspired by the late, great Beatles musician who made round glasses a pop culture phenomenon, our Lennon reader is fittingly a best seller too! This full framed style has a lightweight plastic frame with a retro inspired, round shape. Available in a variety of solid or two-tone fade colors to please everyone from the musician to the teacher.

Available at http://www.readers.com

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious
Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious

Glop: Nontoxic, Expensive Ideas that Will Make You Look Ridiculous and Feel Pretentious by Gabrielle Moss ($19.99 USD) — A wickedly funny, full-color, illustrated sendup of the trendy lifestyle publication GOOP.

What is Glop?

Glop is a business and a website. But Glop is also a feeling. It’s about picking the right expensive organic eye cream that will make you a tall, thin, wealthy blonde WASP who fits seamlessly into the top tiers of high society and sits next to Bono at a 42-course seitan tasting dinner held in a sex dungeon deep beneath the North Pole. Glop is about being conscious to the tiny details of our lives—what to eat, where to buy your cashmere yoga pants, which juice cleanse will remove the most mercury toxins from both your body and your cashmere yoga pants. Glop is about you.

Purchase this funny book at http://www.harpercollins.com

 

Holiday Gift Guide — Fun Books That Make Great Gifts Part 2

Looking for a great book for someone who loves a fun gift? There are some cool gift books out there.  When you know what someone likes or what their sense of humor is, a book can be a really personal gift.

Below is a list of some of the books I’ll be giving this year:

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts
Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts

Emoji Pride and Prejudice: Epic Tales in Tiny Texts by Jane Austin ($12.99 USD) What would happen if the characters of Pride and Prejudice could text each other? Would Elizabeth call Mr. Darcy a [poop]? Would Darcy drink and dial and accidentally reveal his true feelings [heart]? In this laugh-out-loud re-telling of Jane Austen’s famous work, you’ll get a condensed modern interpretation of the world’s greatest love story . . . all told through texts and emojis. Featuring hundreds of classic and new emojis along with a removable poster (featuring all the emojis), this is the perfect gift for the Austen lover. Available at http://www.barnesandnoble.com

Flying Dogs
Flying Dogs

Flying Dogs by Julia Christe ($14.99 USD) — An expansion of the photo essay that went viral and was featured everywhere from the Guardian to the Huffington Post and Today Show, this fun and stunning photography book captures adorable dogs from a unique perspective: mid-air. This hilarious collection of photos is perfect for any animal lover. And never fear! Vets and the dogs’ owners were always on site. Available at Amazon.com

Pusheen Coloring Book
Pusheen Coloring Book

Pusheen Coloring Book by Claire Belton ($12.99 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for $11.69) — Pusheen returns in a delightful coloring book perfect for fans of I Am Pusheen the Cat. The Internet’s favorite chubby, tubby tabby is back in a purr-fectly cute coloring book featuring adorable kitty drawings that will charm cat lovers and coloring book fans everywhere! Purchase at Amazon.com

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2017
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)
Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap)

Life Works Itself Out: (And Then You Nap) by Keiya Mizuno and Naoki Naganuma ($14.99 list price, $11.32 on sale at Amazon.com) — Humans could learn a thing or two from cats—and Life Works Itself Out is here to relay all of kittendom’s accumulated wisdom to mankind, one loveable photo and wise aphorism at a time.

A mega-bestseller in Japan (where it has sold more than 700,000 copies), this book is filled with inspirational quotes and entertaining four-color photographs of cats that range from the heartwarming to the humorous. Whether you’re feeling down and looking for a lift, or you need some lighthearted life advice, who better to turn to than man’s TRUE best friend—the trusty feline. The purr-fect pick-me-up or gift book, Life Works Itself Out will have cat lovers pawing through its pages over and over again. Purchase at Amazon.com

Creative Origami & Beyond
Creative Origami & Beyond

Creative Origami & Beyond by Jenny Chan ($19.95 list price, on sale at Amazon.com for 15.36) — A centuries-old art form, origami has taken on new depth in today’s art world, influencing trends in fashion, interior design, exhibition art, and more. Creative Origami & Beyond takes this traditional art form to new levels, guiding readers through a dynamic exploration of numerous ways to fold paper. This inspiring, interactive project book demonstrates both traditional and contemporary origami methods – from working with unique materials and creating custom origami papers to crafting amazing works of art. A general introduction to origami and an overview of basic folding techniques sets the foundation for the book, which is divided into six engaging sections, including modular origami, giant origami, tiny origami, wet origami, and more. Each chapter, taught by an expert origami artist, features clever exercises and prompts to inspire and spark creativity, while step-by-step origami projects for creating wall art, jewelry, decorative objects, and more, help turn origami novices to pros. Includes eight pages of patterned origami paper to help get you started.

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other great book sellers

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover
The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover

The Fireside Grown-Up Guide to the Hangover by by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris ($9.98) — The international publishing phenomenon and ridiculously funny new parody series that helps grown-ups learn about the world around them using large clear type, simple and easy-to-grasp words, frequent repetition, and thoughtful matching of text with pictures.

Have you been having trouble with the How, Why, and Wheres? Well fear no more. The Fireside Grown-Up Guide series understands that the world is just as confusing to a forty-year-old as it is to a four-year-old. We’re here to help and break down the most pressing and complex issues of our day into easy-to-digest pieces of information paired with vivid illustrations even a child could understand. Available at Amazon.com

Do you purchase books as gifts?  Have you found any great ones lately?