Words: 2018 Holiday Gift Guide in red and green


For those of you that started shopping in July, we applaud you and kind of wish you could be genetically modified and sold on Amazon.  For everyone else, grab a hot drink, peruse this list and get ready to start checking people off!  We’ve compiled our list of favorites for just about everyone. Tis the season, ya’ll! 




If you’re following any of the ‘it’ girls on Instagram  no doubt you’ve seen these bracelets.  A “grown-up take on friendship bracelets” this attractive trio is made from white enamel accentuated with rainbow tiles.  And if rainbows are not your thing, there are plenty of others to choose from – everything from personalized to pave and more.  The more bracelets, the better!



Celeste comes from the latin term Celestial which means Heavenly, or from the heavens.  A fine gold 18k Gold Vermeil chain necklace with a disc pendant of brushed Gold Vermeil who’s imperfect face is reminiscent of that of an ancient coin.  An emboss of our divine luna and two of our many bright stars in blue sapphire (known to represent purity, love, luck and intuition) and London blue topaz (healing qualities of calming nerves, emotional balance and tranquility) is featured on the gold coin pendant.

Courtney Adamo @courtneyadamo was a guest on our podcast (listen here) and we found this gorgeous piece on her website, babyccino.com.  Thank you Courtney – you wear it well!



These dainty earrings are made from 14-karat gold in the labels’s atelier and can be perfect for all ages.  Julie recently bought a pair for her daughter (9 years old) and herself (older than 20!). Available in every letter of the alphabet so you can mix and match initials.



As a woman, juggling multiple roles—at work, as a mother, spouse, and so on—often means coming up short in terms of your own physical health (from sleep and eating habits to exercise and self-care).  This is what integrative health and wellness expert Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. (known as Dr. Taz) has coined “Superwoman Syndrome.”  Eschewing a one-size-fits-all course of treatment, she’s distilled five “Power Types”—Boss Lady, Earth Mama, and Gypsy Girl, for instance—and, drawing upon Ayurvedic, Chinese, and Western medicines, created plans that target these blueprints. Whether you want to lose a few pounds, better manage anxiety, or achieve glowing skin, her personalized 21-day strategies are a practical jump-start towards the optimal health you deserve


Who said Advent calendars are just for kids?  This is the perfect gift for basically anyone on your list who loves a good beauty product or two, or 25?  This ‘calendar’ is filled with 25 products from best selling brands such as Le Labo, Charlotte Tilbury, Dr. Dennis Gross, Algenist, Oribe and Leonor Greyl.  Each ‘drawer’ will see them through the holiday season and help ‘detox’ when it’s all over.



Do you know we spend about a third of our lives in bed?  Sometimes we feel like that percentage is a little watered down but that’s neither here nor there.  So, why not invest in a product that helps preserve and protect your hair against breakage, safeguards against creases that cause wrinkles and makes you feel like you’re resting your pretty little head on a queen size pouf?

Made from the label’s high-grade mulberry silk that took over 10 years to perfect, we’ll be canceling our botox appointments asap.  Available in an array of colors.  We’re digging GOLD.



Want a sneaker that is both fashionable and ecological friendly?  Introducing the Veja.  What began as a summer in Brazil, ended up with the founders sourcing the perfect materials to make a trendy & sustainable shoe.  This particular shoe, the ‘V-12’ is made from recycled plastic bottles and nubuck and leather panels from wild rubber harvested from the Amazonian rainforest.  Run, don’t walk.  These sell quickly.



As the name suggests, there is something utterly classic with this incredibly soft loungewear line.  Made from the finest 400 thread count Pima cotton, we love every product this company makes. They even have a small line of products for kids.  “Spot of tea, anyone?”



This clear tanning water is an absolute dream to apply. It foams into a thick, hydrating mousse that is clear as water so there is ZERO risk of transfer, and it is super-fast drying so you can apply and go. Four hours later, you look sun-kissed and ready to roll.  An added benefit – Invisi is loaded with organic botanicals such as Ginko Biloba and Raspberry for the most hydrating and anti-age skin treatment.  Available in light, medium and dark and their products are organic, clean, vegan and natural.  You will look like you’ve been to St. Barths, minus the memories.




Backgammon is on our 2019 list of things to do and I can’t think of a better way to set the scene than with this gorgeous Lucite Backgammon Set.  Until we learn how to play, I am going to say the best part about this sleek set is that you don’t need to stow it away in your game closet when the fun’s over.  Its sheer Lucite and pretty pop-of-oranges pieces make it more functional coffee table decor than game.  Perfect for a housewarming gift or the ‘gamer’ in your life.



When we heard that this is the magic elixir of every supermodel,  we couldn’t help but want to try. DUH!  Infused with Stem Cell Extract, Time-Released Retinol and Red Algae Marigel and combined with Olus and caster seed oils, this is the holy grail of face creams.  We are addicted!



This is photographer and author Lizy Manola’s third book to be published with Assouline.  Lizy is a Greek photographer and has spent endless summers in Greece, beautifully photographing everyday life in its natural authenticity.  This book chronicles the culture and society that has defined Mykonos over the past century all the while indulging the reader with ruins and myths hidden in between. We’re sold on the cover alone. It is perfect for the traveler in your life or anyone that appreciates a beautiful coffee table book.



MORNING SKIN SUPERPOWDER – need we say more?  Infused with skin-supporting ingredients and a powerful antioxidant shot, this should become part of your morning ritual, yesterday.  Benefits – reduces effects of free radical agents (sun, pollution, stress, etc) and reduces signs of premature aging, dullness, uneven skin tone, fine lines and more. No need for any FOMO…just order now!


When buying “sweatpants’ for men, there is only one criteria – comfort.  So say the men.  But what if we can give men a pant that is not only comfortable, but chic and super stylish all in one?  The Runningman Sweatpants have a structured-yet-stretchy with a tapered leg that is sure to look cool hanging around the house or hanging around town.  No running required.  Your man will thank you forever.  



Love water bottles, hate cleaning them?  This bottle from Larq provides pure water in 60 seconds. Yes. Yes. Yes.  At a touch of a button, the 280nm UV-C light neutralizes up to 99.99999% of harmful, odor-causing germs.  And if that is not quite enough, every 2 hours, the Larq water bottle intelligently activates, basking the water and inner surface in purifying UV light. We will need to find some other germ-seeking item to self-obsess on.



Looking to kick up your morning coffee or tea routine?  Try Four Stigmatic’s Chai Latte with turkey rail and reishi mushrooms that will support productivity, focus and creativity.  Drink whenever your brain needs an “energizing get-it-together hug!”



The Soyabella soymilk maker (it heats up for making soy milk, and has a mill for blending nut milks) is ridiculously simple to use, yields the smoothest, creamiest milk ever, and cleanup is a snap.  No blending, straining or nut milk bags necessary.  Can also be used to make pureed soups and grind coffee beans and other dry ingredients.



We are French press junkies so this sleek and modern designed piece caught our eye.  Made with a heavy walled ceramic press pot, this beauty stays warm throughout the morning, making it both functional and simply beautiful.



If you’re about aesthetics as well as the environment, this counter top compost bin is your jam.  This simple and discreet container is waiting for your egg shells, coffee grounds and fruit peels.  Made from salvaged wood, like walnut and magnolia, from the urban forest, these pretty boxes add an artful component to your countertop and the interior is easily removable and easy to wash.  Now, no reason not to compost.



Who is on the Instant Pot train?  The Instant Pot Ultra electric pressure cooker covers just about anything you might want to do in the kitchen.  It has a whopping ten functions: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice/porridge cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg cooker, saute/searing, steamer, warmer, and sterilizer.  That means you can have just one appliance in the place of ten.  It’s also easy to use, with a central dial that makes it simple to select different programs, adjust times, and more.  Can we say “Magic”?



For those of you that have sweaty palms as you approach baggage check-in, sweat no further.  Loop this smart scale around the handle of your luggage and a beep will alert you if you need to start unpacking.  Weight is recorded up to 110 lbs.  Another nice plus, it looks cool.  A great stocking stuffer for those on the go – who like to overpack.



Many of our travel guests that we have interviewed on our podcast swear by packing cubes.  Not only do they organize and make the most out of a small suitcase, but they also help keep your dirty laundry and clean gear from mixing.  This group, labeled with “ small,” “medium” and “large” come in universally pleasing colors (i.e. navy, black & red) and their unique stretch-top mesh will compress more items than you can ever imagine.



This is a bike helmet inspired by kids and designed for kids.  Collapsing to the size of a book, this helmet can easily be stowed in a backpack for easy transport and no excuse for not wearing a helmet.  Its simple design will have kids and parents everywhere clamoring for one.



Help maintain your child’s healthy posture and engage their bodies and minds with this miniature chair.  Designed to help kids maintain their balance and keep them focused, this chair will provide active stability exercises for a stronger healthier back.



The title truly says it all: Strong is the New Pretty celebrates girls being 100 percent themselves, whether that means silly, stubborn, proud, or fearless.  This collection of 175 empowering photographs sends a truly meaningful message. Appropriate for any and every age!


For the wannabe DJ in your life, this tech-forward turntable, equipped with intricate pitch-control knobs and built-in speakers is a must.  It syncs to Bluetooth, comes with a headphone jack and RCA ports.  Sadly, cool music not included.


Tickets to ACL for Holiday Gift Guide 2018

ACL Festival Tickets, October 4-6 &  October 11-13 $255


For a gift that keeps on giving (no one goes to just one ACL festival), this is the perfect gift.  Come experience this live musical festival that draws some of the biggest names in the music industry. With 8 stages,  more than 125 performances and two weekends, this could be the best gift ever.  No one likes a rumor but Mumford & Sons and The Cure could be playing…well, just saying!  Buy now – tickets do sell out.



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