Gifts that go outside the box
The weather outside may be sizzling, especially if you live in the east, but it's never too early to start shopping for Christmas and just thinking about Yule time can make you feel cooler. FYI: most of these products come from ideas pitched to me by savvy public relations people who understand that this guide is about exciting, interesting gifts, outside the usual box type items (with a couple of exceptions). Anyhow, one company told me about a personalized baseball bat. Well being an avid Yankee fan and having hit a few balls in my time, I was very excited about it and ordered a bat. It came and dudes and dudettes, it's soooooo cool. It's a numbered 125 Louisville Slugger powerized bat with my full name on it along with a Yankee logo. I mean is this a great gift any baseball enthusiast on your list will love. It's only $57 to $87 at www.sluggergifts.com.
I just died and went to chocolate heaven. I'm talking the best tasting chocolates my husband and I ever sampled from experience chocolate operated by an actual chocolate sommelier who does chocolate tastings. We dug into two sets Chocolate for the Vine--a collection that you can pair with different wines and Pure Rapture--varietals, single origin and estate grown chocolate bars that awaken the senses and sensuality in you. It's a must for holidays, Valentine's Day, birthdays, anniversaries or anytime you want to give great gift. check it out at www.experiencechocolate.com.
Wine 'em and dine 'em-- Napa Valley Kitchen -- offers Napa Valley wine sets with two delectable cooking rubs and a HALL Flour Sack Tea Towel. The fruit-driven 2005 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON with notesof ripe blackberry and cassis and the 2007 NAPA VALLEY SAUVIGNON BLANC comes packaged in a festive red gift box alongside Tulocay's "Made in Napa Valley" Asian Accents Herb Rub and Mexican Fiesta Rub. $84
Absinthe makes the heart grow fonder, and Pernod Absinthe is just the gift to give this year. For single malt lovers The Glenlivet XXV is just the right drink--smooth, rich and delicious and expensive at $350 for a batch numbered botle. www.theglenlivet.com/XXV.
For gym rats-- Wordlocks that use actual words in lieu of numbers and they look cool, too. One size fits all, too, so you can scratch several people off your list at one time by ordering from: Amazon.com, Target, Walgreens, Sears, or Kmart’s, or check out Wordlock’s Web site at www.wordlock.com. Words are easier to see and more fun to program from and they make cool stocking stuffers and are available in a range of colors.
Jet Setters will love mysmartpac personal care carry-on kit that comes with toothpaste, face cleanser,deodorant, razor, hair gel, body lotion and an approved plastic zip top bag. There's about a 3-4 day supply and it's much easier than measuring out each cosmetic to pass the security requirements. www.mysmartpac.com Also perfect for the jet set-- The T-Ion Mini Dryer compact and powerful as a regular size dryer but so portable it fits into the palm of the han. Also perfect for the gym or office. Can't wait to get mine and when I do I'll do a review, until then learn more at: www.MetropolisTechnology.com
For tyke-coons--, the Money Manger Kit for ages 4-7 is just the thing. The interactive toy offers a 7-step program to teach youngsters the basics of money and increase financial skills. Talk about a Yuppy gift. Anyhow it comes with three books, calculation, posters,job charts and a 3-part bank showing how to save, spend and share. www.tessyandtab.com/money
Perfect for those on your list who wear glasses-- Cocoons-- fashionable sunglasses that fit over any prescription eyewear. I love mine and so do many of my friends, who after seeing and borrowing mine, ordered their own. Everybody will flip over these. The skeek frames protect and look great especially the really big ones that I have.www.liveeyewear.com.
For the Linquist: if you have friends or relatives tyring to learn another language get them Earworms CDs. For just $24.95 you can give the gift of bi-linqualism. I'm learning Spanish right now, downloaded the CD into my MP3 player and take it to the gym. Its easy to grasp and you really get a handle on the language--18 different dialects available. www.earwormslearning.com.
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