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Holiday Gift Ideas 2011

It’s that time of year again to distress over selecting the perfect holiday gift for someone on your list without breaking the budget. Our fashion consultants and beauty experts have been shopping in retail stores all over the country and talking with companies that produce unique holiday essentials in order to compile an affordable and favorable gift guide for all the people on your holiday list this year.

For the desperate or real housewife, sister or mom:

Knotty Daughters Apron. Knotty Daughters is a family owned and operated company that includes three sisters who design, produce and market their “Bakin Babe” aprons to females who are creative in kitchen. Their aprons are hand crafted with care and include bright colors and patterns that will match any outfit. Each apron is made from a woven kitchen towel to withstand everyday use and comes with contrasting ties so that you can knot them in the front or back for a perfect fit. These aprons are great for the ladies who enjoy hosting parties or cooking and baking for houseguests. Our fashion consultants tried these on with a little black cocktail dress and it looked like the apron was part of the outfit. If you want something affordable and unique, then I certainly recommend Knotty Daughters “Bakin Babe” apron. If you call in advance, they may be able to embroider something special on your apron! Buy a few them so that when the box is opened, there is an array of colors and patterns to make any fashionista’s mouth water!

Adea Italian comfortable fashion basics. Our fashion stylists can get enough of Adea’s camisoles, leggings, and bodysuits. Each garment is crafted in a luxurious fabric that feels amazing against your skin leaving a feminine fit. These are great “under-layers” for sweaters and other garments that need additional layering in the colder months. All of Adeas product line is produced in Italy with the highest quality and craftsmanship. We recommend buying several basics that include: a camisole, leggings and bodysuit. These pieces are diverse and can be mixed with essentially any other garments. There are several colors and style to choose from and if you have any questions, this family owned business is quick to offer help and advice.

My Image Expert Beauty Makeover: The Holidays are about relaxing and enjoying friends and family. Why not give the the gift of a beauty makeover so the person on your list can relax in style. My Image Expert’s beauty makeover is the perfect way to celebrate someone special. It includes a hair makeover and makeup application and lesson. This is a great gift idea for a sister, mother or wife who is too busy to pamper themselves. Sometimes, life gets busy and we forget to stop and schedule a beauty day for ourselves. We are all guilty! My Image Expert also offers other holiday packages that include a fashion makeover and wardrobe styling. They also put together customized packages to meet the needs of most individuals based on their gift budgets.

Hobo hand bag: Hobo is one of those companies that you just fall in love with. The company is a family based business operated by an amazing and dynamic husband and wife team who pride themselves on quality, passion and craftsmanship. They offer gifts under $100 and up to $300. Our favorite fall item under $100 is the Zoe teal leather clutch. This is a great item to add color and style to any outfit. For the woman who needs more handbag space, we recommend the “mariella” or “drew” handbag. Their website offers every type of handbag you can possible imagine and their price point is affordable for different holiday budgets!

For the man of the household, brother or father:

Finding the perfect gift for the men in your life requires thinking about what he likes and what he interested in. A great gift idea for dad is the Amazon Kindle. The newest version has great contrast and a longer battery life. Make sure to buy the optional cover, which comes with a built-in book light. This is a great item to take to the beach or use outdoors because it works best in bright light.

The 3-D TV: Great gift idea for the husband who loves his gadgets. Many movies are being converted into 3D and the graphics on this slice of heaven are phenomenal. You can also watch 2D on this television and connect it to the internet through a wireless connection which will allow you to watch movies from Netflix, on demand as well as cable.

Personal Stylist: give the man in your life the gift of a personal stylist or shopper. It’s no surprise that men hate shopping, with a personal stylist he doesn’t have to shop for himself or think about clothes at all. The stylist will select garments based on his body structure, weight placement, personality and lifestyle. This is a great gift for someone who is very busy and could use the help of an expert to make him look professional and stylish.

For your co-workers or Boss: Below are just a few gift ideas that can be customized to the likes of the person on your holiday list.

· A gift certificate to their favorite restaurant

· Gift bags compiled of nuts, chocolates, popcorn, holiday CD, etc... Be sure to include a nut cracker

· Coffee cups with teas or coffee blends stuffed inside and wrapped in a bow

· Homemade snacks are always appreciated and a thoughtful gesture as well


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