I kinda felt dirty watching this. Once I got over it, all I could ask myself was how the heck can anyone lose weight from the Giddyup! Core Exerciser?! Yes, horseback riding is considered a sport, but I see this woman running her mouth a lot about the Giddyup, but as for actual exercise? Not so much. I'm sure the Giddyup! has "alternative" uses. . .
Ah, young love, so sweet and envy inducing. They've finally found one another, and since they can't stop yapping about their romance, you know them too well.
This year, get your favorite Young Couple in Love gifts they'll both enjoy, like these Jonathan Adler Mod Model and Disco Dandy Pillows ($165). Not that they need another reason to spend quality time together. Ain't love grand?
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Department and toy stores are filled with small trinkets and gadgetry this holiday season. Some of it is neat, some of it is the kind of junk that ends up in the back of your closet or in a box in the garage. How do you sort through the world of shiny items and get a growing geek girl cute stocking trinkets she'll actually like?
I suggest doing a bit of product and personality research. If your geeky gal isn't quite old enough for a fancy digital camera get her an inexpensive camera with fun features. If she's in school get her a flash drive that's as lovable as it is practical.
For a selection of my favorite mini geek treats scroll through the widget below.
My neighbor listens to The Postal Service, likes to run, and hails from Wisconsin. Other than that, as far I know, he has no other interests or qualities. That's often how neighbors work. Unless you know your neighbors personally, you probably know very little about them. That is, if you even know their names. So what to give to these mystery people? Give them something you yourself would enjoy owning that's useful, and suggests you actually know something about these people, even though you don't. Be sure to write something to the effect of "I thought of you when I saw this because . . ." and then finish with a generic phrase.
Or, take the one thing you do know about this person, and run with it. For the guy who walks his Daschund by your house each morning, this pillow is a good choice. I've rounded up several items at various price points that will be sure to please that nice person next door.
Every year, my mom gives a big box of cookies to all of her friends, neighbors and clients. I know because I spend the better half of a weekend curling ribbons for all of the packages. This year I'm helping her branch out of her comfort zone and have come up with a few fun ideas for her neighbors. She can present them with a cute set of holiday spatulas or she can update her tradition with a box of French-Style Macaroons. Either gift will definitely be well received. If you're looking for something for your neighbors, scroll through the list below.
Just this week I had my first holiday freak out when I realized I'd totally forgotten about end-of-year tipping. I don't have that many people that provide me services throughout the year but where would I be without my faithful dog walker and fabulous hairdresser? I certainly wouldn't be as Fab. So here's a little guide to answer those emergency tipping questions. The queen of etiquette herself, DearSugar, has one for you too!
Last-minute gift shoppers gather round: this one's for you. It's getting down to the wire and website shipping dates are limited — some of the big retailers stop shipping in time for Christmas after tonight. Eeek! I don't want you to get into a heap of trouble, so I put together a guide covering the last date and time you can order by at all my favorite retailers!
- Macy's: Order by 11:59 pm EST December 19 with standard delivery; Order by 11:59 pm EST December 20 with premium 2-day delivery or order by 11:59 pm EST December 22 with express overnight delivery
- Bebe: Order by 11:59 pm EST December 19 with express delivery; Order by 11:59 pm EST December 21 with overnight delivery
- Neiman Marcus: Order by 11:59 pm CST December 19, free delivery with code NMHURRY
For more holiday shipping guides, read more
When gifting the Big Boss — you know, the one you only get to talk to when something very good or very bad happens — tread lightly. Of course, you're going to earn brownie points by thinking of them during the holidays, but those can be lost just as easily if you pick the wrong thing. Sticking to a gift that is consummately professional is definitely the way to go.
Speaking of The Office, I suppose it's no surprise that much of my inspiration for this guide comes from Dunder Mifflin. For all those coworkers who deserve special recognition, why not pick up an armload of Dunde Awards? They come with interchangeable faceplates, so you can always give someone the Whitest Sneakers Award first but change it to the Bushiest Beaver Award behind her back.
For the regional managers on your list, consider some Michael Scott-endorsed desk decor, like this expanding sphere toy. (If you want to send some subtle hints about stress relief, check out these Dunder Mifflin stress balls.)
No matter how crazy your office, just remember: You could be working at the dysfunctional tech company of Douglas Coupland's Microserfs. The book is especially apt for any of your techie friends who might get a kick out of prose punctuated by emoticons and ridiculous acronyms.
And if you know someone in need of some cubicle "flair," consider these Office Space bobbleheads. There's one for Peter, his obnoxious boss Bill Lumbergh, and of course, the stapler-wielding Milton. These just may cure your friends' "case of the Mondays" for good.
It's the eleventh hour and you've totally forgotten about a gift for your cousin's new boyfriend whose name you picked out of the family grab bag. Since you're racing the clock to find something thoughtful and masculine that isn't overly expensive, I've got some ideas for you. A great starting point is to peruse some of my other gift guides, but if nothing strikes your fancy, here are a few more great drugstore beauty buys for guys. Good luck!