Great Gifts For Any Occasion
Spirits: Ole Tequila. Fastbecoming one of the most popular drinks in the world, tequilais great for sipping straight on cold winter nights or mixing in a Margarita in summer, but only when made with 100% agave (be sure to check the label). After years of dedication to Patron and Don Julio, I just tasted Partida Reposado and well while I won’t throw out the others, I must admit this one is sensational. Winner of the Double Gold at the 2006 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the gold liquid slides down like silk leaving a sweet, honey-like taste accented by chocolate, chili pepper, milk and cocoa. The price is right at about $55.Yet to be tasted is the Blanco and Anejo, which I’m sure areequally as palatable. Check out www.PartidaTequila.com.Lift Their Spirits with Finlandia Vodka's Wild Berries, Mango, Lime and Cranberry, perfect on the rocks, or with one of the cool recipes provided by the importer such as: Christmas Cantini: 2 ozs Finlandia Cranberry, 1 oz cranberry juice poure dover Sweet and Sour mix; or a Mistletoe Martini, a dozen or more peppermint sticks placed in a 2/3 full bottle of Finlandia vodka and left to dissolve for about 4 hours, then shaken and served in martini glass, perhaps with a candy cane garnish. Yum.Finlandia is made from pure glacial spring water in what the comany calls "a pure environment." All I know is it tastes great and I don't get a hang-over. Your friends will thank you for it.
Heal Thy Car: with the CarMD--a diagnostic tool that plugs into your automobile that nips problems in the bud, or validates your mechanic's prognosis. It fits into any Christmas stocking and cars made from 1996 and later and plugs directly into your vehicles diagnostic system. It tells you why the engine light is on, when you car needs servicing, if it will pass a smog test and if your mechanic is telling the truth. Affordable, convenient andeasy to use, it's the perfect gift for any car owner. Order it on line at: www.CarMd.com.
Sports Fans-- team bracelets made from genuine leather from actually baseballs. I have three a pink and white New Yankee wristband, a blue and white one and one for my favorite player, NYY team captain, Derek Jeter (#2 in case you don't know). They go perfectly withmy NYY jacket, T-shirt, helmut, hat, pennant and signed DJ baseball. Created by a couple of athletes, Nick Iovannchini and frank Cerullo, co-founders of GameWear, the wristbands are part of a line of basebal and basketball logoed items available at FootLocker, Bob's Stores, Lids or at www.wearthgame.com.
Hygienic stocking stuffer with a benevolent twist.... Orawave Two Minute Timer Pink Ribbon Twinspin battery operated toothbrush that not only helps fight plaque, cavities and other dental problems but also helpsin the war against breast cancer. The Clawson, Mich. based company donates 10% of the proceeds from each sale to The Susan G. Komen Breast CancerFoundation! Available in pretty pink and white, raspberry, purple or peppermint it's perfect foranybody's stocking , especially those of us who don't brush for the recommended two minutes--because of the special timer. $6. www.orawave.com. auromere herbal toothpaste, all natural, non-foaming, Ayurvedic formula that leaves a clean and fresh and herby taste from 25 botanical extracts, whitening and purifying benefits. www.auromere.com; 800-735-4691.
Gifts That Make Scents-- Like men's colognes that make an imprint like sexy Halston Z-14, the signature scent of NASCAR champion racer Jeff Gordon, created by Halston. It's a definite turn on with a clean, masculine aroma created by bergamot, mandarin, galbanum, coriander, pimiento and other heady herbs and oils. No wussy perfume,this colgone speaksmojo manly. After he opens the package, give him some of Gordon's pointers, "spray, delay and walk away." This trick workswith women's perfumes too, justspray in the air and walk through the mist to avoid over-powering aroma, dab your "hot spots" like the pulsue point on the neck, inner wrist and back of ears and under arm pit.
It really makes scents.. The Hush Aroma Pulse--an automated home fragrancer filled with zesty, fruity, crisp flavors of bergamot, jazmine, musk or other sensuous aromas is bound to be a big hit. I must admit, klutz that I am, it wasn't easy for me to assemble and set the timer, but once I did, I love how it sprays heady scents into my office while I peck away at my PC. It's great for bed,bath and beyond, too. The rich-smelling oil fragrances were developed by one of the world's most respected fragrance houses. www.hushfragrances.com.
Essencia dynamite gift basket--be the star Santa with a scent-sensational basket of aromatic goodies from Essencia, one of the best collections of natural skin care products available today. You can mix and match baskets withshampoo, conditioner, body butter, soap, pedicure necessities, and more. There's even nifty male-friendly skin care like after shave skin saver and lavender mint shaving syrup. Ideal for new moms on your list: baby bouquet body lotion, nursery mist, oil, milk bath, shampoo and body wash, and even a "nana's ouchy stick" with botanical ingredients to treat bumps and bruises-gentle, aromatic, all natural blends bound to please mother and child. You can simplify your Christmas shopping by giving everybody on a your list a special gift kit or products. And you can buy it on line at www.essenciaonline.com.
The Body Perfect providesgifts of beauty from face saving cleansing milk, toner, day and night cream, super peel off and mud masks, to hydrating body shampoos and splashes and a whole lot more. I tried this line and love it, love itand so will the folks on yourshopping list. www.thebodyperfect.com.
Environmentally-friendly, fun and definitely novel, Mad Gab's all natural body creams and lip balms bring an inviting twist to any Christmas stocking. I love that the company started with an enterprising college coed who created the concotions in hermother's kitchen and now runs a thriving business in Westbrook, Maine. I also appreciate the purity of the products which are made with olive oil, beeswax, Vitamin E oil, Shea butter and the like. Mad Gab's Christmas selection includes tin of Candy Cane Moose Balm and Moose Smooch, and Sugar Cookies. www.madgabs.com, or call: 800-547-5823.Puzzle Solving Solution--the Franklin Crossword Puzzle Solver provides access to more than 250,000 words, phrases, and other posers are displayed on a large, high-contrast screen. It can also be used to solve Scrabble and Jumble puzzles. Go to www.franklin.com/estore/dictionary/CWP-206/. Stuffing Stuff:Creative Tools Hair Brushes from Triage Thermal Collection. “A brush with greatness”and girls it is. They have brushes right for all tresses priced around $13 at www.creativetool.com, 888-577-2566. Iam sitting at my desktop sporting Skinvitals G-Energize Anti-Stress Cloth Facial Treatment Mask, which after a sleepless night is tingingly rejuvenating my skin and actually waking me up. Packaged in 0.83 ounce packets of 3 that also includes T-Purify, C-Brighten, this perfect stuffer for $9.99 a box. www.cosmeticamall.com. Mix and match with Andrea Spa Packets for face, feet and body. I’m particularly interested in the “Foot Spa” which claims “say bye-bye to calluses" Everyone will love the Japonesque Artisan Tweezers—an elegant, ergonomic, precision tool with art-brushed stainless steel covered with colorful enamel that goes outside the brow with flat, point or slant tips . $20 at Nordstrom or www.japonesque.com. Give a 6-piece Alexis Eye Make up kit in a silver mesh with three handy compartments stuffed with eyeliner, shadow, glow dust parfait, lash-curling mascara, and triangle sponge. $29.95, www.alexisstyle.com. Hey I just finished your Christmas shopping, I’m here to help.When the weather outside is frightful give a stunning, snuggly 100% super soft, alpaca wool shawl from www.World-Shoppe.com. Give adorable, handmade albums, picture frames, lampshades and mirrors covered inluscious lace, vibrant fabrics, funky butones or flowers created with and by Love,Jen Warren. They'll flipover her ribbon-tied, pink plaid set of cosmetic cases in three sizes. She also makes cool loungewear. Your friends will love her stuff and so will you, www.jenwarren.com.