Rita’s Holiday Gift Guide 2015

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As you put together your holiday Christmas list and try to figure out the perfect gift for that per-fect someone, here are some items we found that could really put a smile on the one you love’s face come Christmas morning.

Stocking Stuffers You Can’t Refuse
For the hard to shop for person on your list try the Hanging Air Plant Terrarium – certainly a gift that can be used and admire, $24.

Classic Cocktails Bar Set,

Automatic Electric Corkscrew

Whiskey Glasses

Happiness Is…Magnetic chalkboard $8.95

Just about the best holiday mugs we’ve ever seen, $36, www.whitepeachpottery.com

From jetsetters to mountain men, everyone can appreciate the fuss-free portability of Union Wine Co’s wine in a can available in Rosé, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. $6 at www.Unionwinecompany.com


Archipelago Botanicals is a national candle and fragrance company specializing in natural soy candles, scented diffusers, natural fragrances and bath & body products including lotions, body scrubs, body wash, hand crèmes, hair care and more. With a variety of collections, Archipelago Botanicals draws inspiration from natural botanicals and uses care in the selection of premium natural ingredients. Light one of Archipelago’s scented soy candles, draw a hot bath, and prepare to be pampered. The Havana Parsons Candle features a warm blend of Bergamot, Tobacco Leaf and Ylang Ylang. It’s a favorite from the Excursion Collection – consisting of 22 location-oriented scents for the jet-set decorators that love the collections diversity of color and fragrances. The candle is presented in a dramatic white glass, topped with a black lid and adorned with a colored fabric swatch. Designed to create an unforgettable gift that needs no spe-cial wrapping, and can be placed around your home year round, as this candle burns for approx-imately 100 hours!
Havana Parsons Candle, $30, www.ShopArchipelago.com

Winter Candela Collections classic Winter Home Fragrance scents are now housed individually in beautiful gold embellished cartons and each is a limited edition scent that is hand-poured into custom designed scalloped glass, perfect for gifting that something special with a burn time of 45 hours. Choose from scents like sweet tabak and vanilla, the essence of rosemary or the nostalgic scent of pine.
TOCCA’s Winter Candela Collection $45 each for 7 oz. candle, available at Nordstrom

Monogram Series Lovespoon Candles, $23.95 (jars) and $27.95 (tins)

Don’t let your love one struggle to fall asleep ever again! The S+by ResMed is the world’s first non-contact sleep sensor and offers a better sleep from the very first night.
$99, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Best Buy and Amazon

Here’s the vibe, welcome to the world of CÎROC® – where the jet-set mingle with stylish sophisticates in the hotspots where next-generation luxury comes alive. CÎROC enthusi-asts embrace celebration from the sundrenched private beaches of Ibiza to the star-studded hotspots of Los Angeles now so can you.

The ultra premium tequila is Herradura 100% agave tequila since 1870 and crafted using only the most mature blue agave and artisanal methods. Distilled twice and aged to perfec-tion in American white oak barrels. Since Herradura means horseshoe in Spanish each horseshoe on the bottle is applied by hand and the colored embossed ribbon seal references the tequila ex-pression type. $37.95

How do you drink the best? The Prosecco Al Fresco flutes with a bottle of Prosecco couldn’t make anyone happier. It is the Riedel Veritas Champagne Wine glass, the world’s first ever Champagne-specific shape designed to optimize the flavors and aromas of Champagne and spar-kling wine. The dramatic, all-new glass, which features a wider bowl than a flute and a tapered rim, unlike a coupe, offers a way to toast to a moment of happiness with bubbly that tastes better than ever.
$69/set of 2, www.Riedel.com

Tom and Teddy of Australia are a man’s best friend. They offer men’s and boy’s matching swim trunks in a variety of styles, colors and prints that capture the spirit of Australian summers. Tom & Teddy founders are beach enthusiasts that were inspired by memories of sand, surf and the special bond fathers and sons share. The company also offers men’s and boy’s short and long sleeve rash tops. Their rash tops each have 50+ UPF, which barriers over 98% of the sun’s intense rays. Starting at $55, boys and $95.

Kahtoola’s winter fitness gear could be a perfect fit for him. Both the NANOspikes and MICROspikes are the ideal fitness routine helper for the wintertime. They slip over running shoes and stabilize anyone like a parent with a stroller to the most skilled athletes when the ground starts to get slick and dangerous and super lightweight too.
NANOspikes $49.95 and MICROspikes $69.95 at REI

For the frequent traveler, Peace Love World is a brand that embodies the sentiment of the season. No matter how hectic holiday travel gets, Peace Love World’s new luggage col-lection will help you jet set in sanity and style.
$100 to $250. Also, the 4 set travel kit has a different sized bag for all of your needs, $118

For the frequent travel these stylish Psi Bands are acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to motion sickness/travel, as well as morning sickness/pregnancy, anesthesia, and chemotherapy.

Laptop messenger bags, laptop backpacks, carry-on luggage or laptop/tablet sleeves, ecbc is de-signed with the modern, gadget-bearing traveler in mind and is TSA-friendly too. All the rolling luggage comes with a portable power pack included, so modern travelers with ecbc bags are al-ways fully charged and stress-free.

A trip through Paris as it will never be again—dark and dank and poor and slapdash and truly bohemian in “The Other Paris” by Luc Sante $28, Farrar, Straus & GirouxElf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas on DVD and Blu-r, Warner Bros. Home Entertain-ment Group, $14.99/$19.98KindNotes are a beautiful and unique glass jars filled with 31 thoughtful, personal messages that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Each message is individually enclosed in a decorative linen envelope with messages that cover a wide range of sentiments: inspirational, love, friendship and many more. Choose from messages already available or customize what you want the letters to say. KindNotes retail from $29.95 to $41.95, www.kindnotes.com

Beautiful color photos, honest reviews, helpful insight and extraordinary depth make “The Complete Walt Disney World 2016” a must-have tool if you’re out to make your next Disney World trip your best vacation ever. $24.95, Keen Communications

The Smart Charging Station at www.GreatUsefulStuff.com is available in Bamboo, Hi Gloss Cheery or White or Black Leatherette and perfect for charging anytime and anywhere. Starting at $90 to $110 at www.GreatUsefulStuff.com

Boombotix is a leader in audio and portable technology with many products availa-ble for that someone on your Christmas list. Boombot PRO – Gold, Gunmetal Gray, Black is a waterproof speaker that includes 2GB of flash storage, meaning you’ll never need your phone for more intense outdoor activities. The improved acoustics with professionally tuned amps from previous models make it the highest rated speaker in its class. The ultraportable, rugged speaker has a rechargeable battery that keeps playing all day long, Siri integration, and a one year no-matter-what warranty. $99.99 – $120 at www.boombotix.com

Boombot MINI – Pitch black, Gunmetal grey, Electric Blue, the featherweight design of the Boombot MINI enables marathon runners, triathletes, or anyone needing premium acoustic qual-ity sound to clip anywhere and everywhere. With 6 hours of long-lasting play, this mini driver boasts tons of power for such a small speaker. $39.99 at www.boombotix.com

Motorola Talkabout T460
$89.99 at www.MotorolaSolutions.com/Talkabout

Altec’s Bluetooth is indestructible, the Boom Jacket is waterproof, sandproof, shockproof and snowproof and it is submersible, inpervious to indignities like dirt and sand and has the longest battery life up to 40 hours, comes with mounting options for the adventure / thrill seeker. $199.99 at Best Buy

TomTom has something for everyone on your list – whether you’re shopping for an adrenaline junkie, aspiring triathlete, golf aficionado, or someone who’s simply trying to be a little healthier in the new year, TomTom has you covered. The Golfer Watch is the ideal gift for any golfer on your list – beginner or pro; the Multi-Sport Cardio GPS Watch featuring a built-in heart rate monitor is the perfect accessory for anyone trying to improve their fitness routine and the Bandit Action Camera is TomTom’s newly launched and the market’s first ever 4K HD action camera featuring a built-in media server that cuts the editing process down from hours to just minutes. Prices vary visit www.tomtom.comVivitar 40″ Smartphone Selfie Monopod with Bluetooth Enabled Remote atAmazon.com

Women’s Stocking Stuffers
Gorgeous gifts just as sophisticated and timeless as her
-Elemis Enriched Future Gift Set (Nordstrom.com, $172)
-Oscar de la Renta Signature Gift Set (Macys.com, $92)
-Cartier MUST de Cartier GOLD (NeimanMarcus.com, $150)
-Tweezerman Candy Apple Red Petite Tweeze Set (Tweezerman.com, $30)

Gifts with a touch of sass for girl who’s not afraid to break the rules
-Cartier La Panthère Légère EDP (Macys.com, $128)
-Tweezerman Fashion Leopard Mini Slant Tweezer and 10x Mirror (Tweezerman.com, $25)
-Tweezerman Onyx Value Gift Set (Tweezerman.com, $25)
-Tweezerman Glitterati Python Slant Tweezer (Tweezerman.com, $26)

Killer kits sure to excite any beauty guru or girl who has it all
– Tweezerman Ultimate Brow & Lash Set (Tweezerman.com, $85)
-Elemis Forever Frangipani Collection (Nordstrom.com, $66)
-Oscar de la Renta Extraordinary Gift Set (Macys.com, $95)
-Also, the Extraordinary Rollerball & Lip Gloss Duo ($22) is great for gift exchanges or as a stocking stuffer!
-Tweezerman Gold Star Gift Set (NeimanMarcus.com, $85)

Cross off everyone on your check list with one unique item by O-Venture. Big O Key Rings are available in a variety of colors in leather or silicone. These round keychains are 4” in diameter, making it a great bangle/accessory to wear up the arm, hung over door knobs/gear shifts, or as stocking stuffers. Each ring comes with a secured magnetic clasp that makes it possible to hook onto totes and gym bags. Whether you’re gifting these functional items for the hostess or the individual on-the-go, O-Venture provides the ideal solution to all your stress of holiday shop-ping.
Leather: $55/Silicone: $28; www.O-Venture.com

Kent Stetson’s convertible crossbody clutches with removable metal chains. Each laminate coat-ed envelope clutch has a unique craft cocktail design that’s digitally printed onto the bag. Once the magnetically closed flap is opened, you’ll see the glass empty inside. Adorned with a 3D el-ement from a lime to a wine cork, these statement clutches will help you imbibe without feeling guilty this season. $190, www.O-Venture.com

Ecco Bella is an organic skincare and cosmetics brand that formulates their products with VitaminCells—trillions of microspheres that deliver the world’s most powerful skin vita-mins (lutein, lycopene, astaxanthin, CoQ10 and Vitamins C & E) deep into the skin to protect and rejuvenate it from stress, sun damage, environmental aging. Organic Eau to Parfums ($30) are mood alterting and their collection of Anti-Aging or Anti Blemish foursomes ($140) are en-riched with their powerful VitaminCell formulas; www.eccobella.com

Goldfaden MD Plant Profusion Collection is a breakthrough luxury anti-aging collection inspired by science and powerful natural ingredients. It is the first physician strength, naturally-inspired skincare and the collection features the exclusive GOLDFADEN MD Plant Profusion Extract Complex, PURFLORA, a proprietary complex blend that is simply nature at its best.
$145 to $235 and is available at www.goldfadenmd.com, www.spacenk.com and www.net-a-porter.com.

Unlike traditional aromatherapy oils, xSense functional scents’ specially formulated, pure essen-tial oil ingredients have been clinically found to improve daily tasks. Simply apply one of xSense’s three scents, PlaySense, WorkSense or RestSense, directly under your nose and allow the scent to work for the holiday season and into the new year.
Deluxe sample pack of 3 multi-use vials of PlaySense, WorkSense, and RestSense: $14, 10 milli-liter (0.3-oz) roller-applicator bottle of PlaySense: $45, 3-pack of 10 milliliter bottles each of PlaySense, WorkSense, and RestSense: $95 at www.xsense.com

This holiday season, give the gift that keeps giving all year long – flawless, beautiful skin. Nerium International’s Age-Defying Night and Day Creams, NeriumAD Formula, provide a 24 hour skincare regimen, featuring a patented, next generation ingredient, NAE-8. With two innovative products that promise youthful, beautiful skin, Nerium is the one gift you may even want to keep for yourself.

Age-Defying Night Cream, NeriumAD Formula $110 or the Age-Defying Day Cream, NeriumAD Formula $165 with the purchase of the Night Cream at www.MyNerium.com.The best boot ever is the Waldläufer Dove Boot and comfortable for her too. $190 at www.waldlaufer.com

The first gel mask to provide year-round hydration it’s the Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Profes-sional Treatment Masques that can be used at home. The Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Profes-sional Treatment Masques consists of Red Wine (Anti-oxidant, pink) – An antioxidant mask for-mulated with Red Wine rich in polyphenols making it an ideal addition to any anti-aging regi-men; Deep Sea Soil (Nourishing, black) – A nourishing mask formulated with pure Deep Sea Soil, Allantoin and Hyaluronic Acid; Aloe Vera (Soothing, green) – A soothing and calming mask containing Aloe Vera, Collagen and Allantoin to calm irritated or reddened skin and to provide mild hydration and Pure Collagen (Hydrating, white) – A deep hydrating mask containing Glycerin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid to boost skin’s moisture.
$39.00 for a set of 4 masks and available in each of the four formulations or in a Variety Pack with one of each formula at CVS Elevate Beauty Pharmacies and www.wilmaschumann.com.

Arcopédico’s L31D Tall Riding Boot made from Lytech material, which is vegan, water-resistant, washable, and flexible. Featuring a interior zipper for ease of wear and fashion-able and functional back lacing for a custom fit.
$180, available in Brown, Black or Black Lava at www.Zappos.com

The hottest address in New York, Bond Street, has inspired both the scent and the name of this elegant and eclectic new eau de parfum. At its heart is intoxicating, traditionally ultra-feminine gardenia–given a whole new spin that renders it fascinatingly gender-fluid. Women will adore it; men will find it amazingly wearable too. With citrus and spicy saffron topnotes surrounded with sensual jasmine and delicate, mood-lifting orchid, and, most compel-ling of all, sultry but sustainable with masculine-leaning base notes: amber, sandalwood, musk, vetiver, and oakmoss. The bottle is gender-free deep aubergine, the color of understated ele-gance and power. It displays just one embellishment—the name of the scent: a deliberate abbre-viation, which also serves as its own logo and as a curvilinear design element, rendered in touch-able raised gold. 100ml, $320; 50ml, $260 at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom and www.bondno9.com

The Pipefish bracelet is a light, flirty bracelet to wear with everything from sundresses to jeans. Sleek organic lines mean this beautiful pipefish can be worn from day to night. Meant to be worn fitted, the pipefish is life-sized and wraps around the wrist and is sterling silver. $359 at www.alohikai.com.

C.O. Bigelow Perfume Oil available in Amber, Magnolia, Patchouli, Musk, Vanilla, Rose, Ver-bena, Freesia, Cinnamon/Orange, and Lily of the Valley. $15 at www.bigelowchemists.com

#LiveHappy Long Sleeve Tee makes life fun and sends a good message. $28.95 atwww.Livehappy.com

Whether your little one is heading off on a Jungle excursion or just going to Grandma’s for the day, this rolling Wildlife Trolley from Lassig will help make traveling a little easier. Not only will little ones love venturing around the train station or airport with luggage just like the grown-ups, but it allows for adults to focus on juggling their own bags! In addition to the wheels, features include telescoping pull handle, deep main pocket with mesh pockets and zipper divider within, carrying handle, and front zipper pocket. Available in six bright Wildlife designs: Elephant, Turtle, Birdie, Tiger, Giraffe, and Rhino. All materials used to manufacture Lassig bags are free of PVC, AZO, Phthalates, Nickel and Cadmium. For every product purchased from the Wildlife Collection, Lassig will donate a portion to support the Momella Foundation and two of their conservation projects: the Big Cat Guardians and the Sparkling Elephant Project, which aim to enhance creativity while educating and creating awareness for endangered wildlife species throughout Tanzania. Brand: Lassig’s Wildlife Trolley, $49.99 athttp://www.habausa.com/wildlife-trolley.html

BSensible makes a revolutionary 2 in 1 Waterproof Fitted Sheet made of 100% Natural Tencel®. This thermoregulatory fiber stays coolest in the summer and warmest in the winter. It also dries more quickly for maximum comfort and is ideal for sensitive skins. Available in 8 different col-ors.
Brand: BSensible® Baby’s 2 in 1 Waterproof Fitted Sheet, $39.99

Candide’s Luxury Baby Wrap is an incredibly easy to use baby wrap sleeping bag, specially designed in lightweight or padded material to suit the changing seasons. With no zip-pers or snaps, this soft and comfortable wrap is available in padded jersey material for cool win-ter nights or lightweight cotton specially designed for those hot summer nights. The Luxury Baby Wrap is recommended for ages 0-3 months and is available in White, Hazel or Grey. Brand: Candide Baby’s Luxury Baby Wrap, $24.99

Who or what am I? A baker, a lion, or even a watering can? You need a ‘cool head’ to win this game! Only those who ask just the right questions and combine them in just the right manner can figure out the solution and keep a hold of as many of their counting dice as possible to earn points. The aim of the game is to have the most points at the end of the game. A funny, classic guessing game for 2 or more players 5+. Includes neat metal tin. Perfect for travel! Brand: HABA’s Who Am I?, $13.99

The Original Squeeze™ is the original reusable squeeze pouch with a spill-proof spout. Perfect for beginning eaters and kinders, the patented spill-proof nipple spout makes mess-free eating a cinch. Fill your Original Squeeze™ with homemade baby food, healthful smoothies or wholesome purees and pack it up every day for all life’s adventures! The Original Squeeze is perfect for babies 6 months and older. Brand: The Original Squeeze Company’s The Original Squeeze™, $13.99/2 ounce size or $15.99/6 ounce size

Tug and the Tooth is a new Tooth Fairy tradition that celebrates and supports chil-dren as they lose their baby teeth. Tug, a lovable tooth-shaped character has a backpack to hold a child’s lost tooth. He exchanges the tooth with the Tooth Fairy for something special left for the child in his backpack. Tug comes with a beautifully illustrated story about a little girl’s first loose tooth. She is introduced to Tug who comes to life in her dream and takes her on an adventure to the Tooth Fairy’s Castle. Tug and the Tooth is a premium keepsake for children losing their baby teeth. $29.95

Axial has joined forces with the most recognized name in off-roading – Jeep®. The SCX10 Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon was designed to resemble its full sized “scale/1:1” counterpart.

Little Cosmetics is a line of pretend makeup for preschool children ages 3 to 5 that looks and feels just like real makeup, but is completely fake – no color transfers or applies to skin.