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Chic Luxuries Holiday Gift Guide 2013



HO HO HO! Welcome to our Holiday Gift Guide 2013. Our elves have been busy gathering their favorite holiday gifts for everyone in the family. Make your lists, check them twice and have a very merry time shopping from the comfort of your favorite chair. Of course, we couldn't have a gift guide without a giveaway! Read through the article to find out how you can enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet. Happy holiday shopping!


Topping our list of gifts that represent the spirit of giving is the Special Edition Time to Give Watch from GUESS Watches. Not only will she think of you each time she wears it, the watch will benefit the Chosen Children Village, a permanent home for 78 special needs children in Manila who have been abandoned. A leather band in python-inspired metallic silver coordinates with any outfit. The silvertone case shimmers with a bezel of crystals while a silver sundial face with four interlocking G logos add the finishing touch to this stunning watch. GUESS Watches has donated over 4.5 million dollars to more than 7 charities on 4 continents. Available mid November for $95 at GUESS Stores.



We found the perfect gift for business associates or to serve at holiday parties, it's the A Feast of Appetizers from Gift A Feast. It starts with an express delivery of a beautifully wrapped tower of packages {your choice of chic packaging}. Included is Rustic Bakery Flat Bread {delicious}, Central Coast Creamery's Seascape Cheese {heavenly}, Salame Calabrese, Salame Piemontose {both fantastic}, Rustic Bakery's Cheese Coins {melt-in-your-mouth goodness}, Toffee Talk Toffee {addicting} and other yummy surprises. To say we were overwhelmed is an understatement, it was as though we were dining in countryside cafe in Tuscany. This will be a gift the recipient will be talking about all year. $99.95 at giftafeast.com. Use coupon code chicluxuries for 20% savings.



Whether you want an entire carafe of fresh-ground coffee or just a cup, the Capresso Coffee a la Carte does the job quickly. Even better, coffee strength can be adjusted to your taste. A single cup brews in less than 60 seconds and a 42-oz. carafe in less than 6 minutes. A separate filter cup is available for loose tea or tea bags. Its compact 7" wide design makes it ideal for small kitchens and the office. Dishwasher-safe drip tray, glass carafe, tea filter and coffee filter included as well as a removeable water tank. Retails for $179.99 at capresso.com.



Capture all the special holiday moments with GE's X2600 Power PRO Series Bridge Camera. Even a beginner can take professional-quality photos. Features include 16 mega pixels, 26X optical zoom with wide-angle lens, face detection, and high-def video. Uses two AA batteries. Available in Black or Midnight Blue, it will be on the top of many lists this year. $169.99 at general-imaging.com



We introduced many of our readers to Beatriz Ball in our Fall Favorite Things and we are still in awe of their creations. Actually, more so now that we've seen their stunning Organic Pearl Casserole in person. Perfect for holiday entertaining and gifting, this beautiful piece will be the focal point of buffets and dinner tables. Oven safe it can be used with or without a 9x13" pyrex baking dish. This striking casserole measures an impressive 19-3/4 x 15 x 2-3/4". Absolutely EXQUISITE! Retails for $171 at beatrizball.com.


I have to say I'm not easily impressed, yet Misikko continues to amaze me. Their HANAair 1.5" Elite Flat Iron can safely straighten even damp hair in minutes. Its plates are 100% true ceramic which means it will never chip, peel or expose hair to damaging metal. An adjustable temperature dial with 5 settings heats from 140 ~ 450°. And that's not all, this company is so generous they include enough goodies to fill a Christmas stocking ~ a hairbrush, nail files, an eyelash curler, hand sanitizer, makeup, two travel pouches, silicone heat pad, rose petal soaps, and an angel ornament! A gift any teenage girl or woman will surely adore. A 2-year warranty is included. $259.99 at Misikko.com



Anyone who travels will adore OROGOLD's 24K Travel Daily Essentials Kit. It includes 24K Deep Day Moisturizer Cream {ultra hydrating}, 24K Deep Peeling, a powerful cleanser which removes a thin layer of dry skin cells to reveal a more youthful complexion {LOVE this! My alternative to a spa facial peel}, and 24K Cell Renewal Night Cream {simply luxurious}. I'm so happy OROGOLD came out with this kit, it's a good way to try different products to see which work best for your skin. The products are superior and leave skin glowing and feeling as soft as silk. Each jar is .5 oz., the gift boxed set of 3 retails for $218 at orogoldcosmetics.com


Just in time for hot cocoa season, Pelcor has introduced a line of cocoa-hued handbags, wallets, belts and accessories. Crafted from cork, Pelcor's environmentally-friendly products are distinct with no two being exactly alike. We received the Pelcor Color Mood Wallet which has a leather interior, coin pouch, two bill/paper compartments, 7 credit card sleeves and a snap closure. An engraved logo plate adds a chic finishing touch to the wallet. Perfect size to fit in just about any handbag...and Christmas stocking! It retails for 225 which equates to $304 as of this writing. Pelcorusa.com.



Can't decide between a fragrance or jewelry? How about both! She'll be thrilled to find a sparkling surprise inside Elizabeth Arden's UNTOLD Holiday Gift Sets. A modern rendition of a sensual floral composition, UNTOLD celebrates the intrique and sophistication of the multi-faceted woman. Holiday Gift Sets include Eau de Parfum Spray and either Swarovski Earrings, Swarovski Necklace, Body Cream, or Body Cream and Shower Gel. The UNTOLD Swarovski Earrings Holiday Gift Set retails for $79. Available at your favorite retailer and ElizabethArden.com.



Bring on the cold, she'll be read for it in Flojos Artic Boots.  Made of soft suede with fur lining, they can be worn turned down allowing the lining show for a different look. Too cute and oh-so-comfy. Every girl from teens to Mrs. Claus will want a pair! Available in Chestnut {pictured above}, Charcoal, Black and Sand in full sizes 6-10 for $72. Flojos.com.



Pursuit of Happiness is the perfect name for this beautiful scarf from Bindya NY. The gorgeous combination of colors make it a must-have accessory to brighten Fall and Winter days. The cashmere-silk blend scarf is ultra soft and luxurious. Women of all ages will simply adore it. Measures 28x80". $165 at chictweak.com.


For the student, traveler or business person the AirTech Backpack from AIRBAC is the only patented backpack with an air support system which makes it feel as though half the actual weight is being carried. Features include a pocket to accommodate a 15" backpack, 2 medium-size pockets and an iPad pouch, front pocket with clip and side mesh pockets. Santa needs one of these! Available in a spectrum of bright colors. $89.99 at airbac.com.



Every woman needs a green handbag to add a pop of color to an outfit and the Angie Bowler Satchel from Handbag Heaven has it all. It's more of an emerald green than appears in the photo which is perfect for the season and has plenty of room for all her essentials. Features include outer zipper compartment, two inner slip pockets for phone and keys, two zippered interior pockets, detachable shoulder bag, detachable logo tag. It measures 16"Lx8"Wx10.5"H and retails for $66.95 {on sale as of this writing for $56.91} at handbagheaven.com.



For the wine lover, business associate, client, or as a luxury hostess gift, the Automatic Lever Corkscrew by Trudeau makes opening a bottle of wine effortless. It is a sleek attractive device packaged in a luxurious gift box. Comes with a lifetime warranty. Wine Wednesday just got a whole lot easier. $89.99 at shoptrudeau.com.



For the tool-loving gadget guy, the TaskOne Multi Tool iPhone Case doubles as a swiss army knife. It contains 22 tools including wire cutters, pliers, sawblade, and bottle opener (he's gonna LOVE this!) Hey, and no more excuses for the "Honey-Do" list not getting done, this cool tool case does it all! Oh yeah, it protects his iPhone too so he can call home when he's off building you something pretty with his new toy! ☺ Available in Black, Red, or Gray for the 4/4s or 5 for $99.95 at thetasklab.com.

Christmas is all about the kiddies! Encourage their creativity with the Woofer Hound Dog Guitar from B. toys. Little ones may have a hard time prying it from Mom and Dad's hands though...it is soooo cool. Plays in three modes: acoustic, electric or hound dog. Includes 20 sing-a-long favorites, 9 puppy songs and a volume control to keep everyone happy. Guitar strings plays chord progressions or pre-recorded songs. You can even record your own song! Powers off after 2 minutes of non-use. Strap and 3-AA batteries included. Check out a sample of the sounds on their website; and for cat lover's, don't miss the Meowsic keyboard {love this company!}. The Woofer is available for $22.99 at Target.


We think she'll love the Organic Open Circle Cuff from chloe + isabel, a social-selling jewelry company we recently discovered. They have a large selection of chic and trendy jewelry that won't break your bank account. Designed in NYC, each piece is hypo-allergenic, nickle free, and comes with a lifetime replacement guarantee. And if you're looking to earn some extra cash for holiday shopping, independent merchandisers earn 30% of sales. The adjustable Organic Cuff retails for $58 at chloeandisabel.com



One of my sister's favorite gifts to send is a goodie box from Omaha Steaks. We sampled the Family Value Combo which includes 4 Chicken Breasts, 4 Omaha Steak Burgers, 2 Filet Mignons, 2 Top Sirloins, 4 Gourmet Jumbo Franks and 4 Stuffed Baked Potatoes. The meat was fresh and tender, the chicken plump and juicy and the twice baked potatoes very yummy! Ships in a styrofoam cooler, it's so much fun discovering what's inside! The Family Value Combo is regularly $154, on special as of this writing for $39.99 plus 4 free burgers, but hurry! OmahaSteaks.com

Chocolate-covered strawberries anyone? Frieling makes it easy with their adorable Fondue Set. It's the perfect size for a party of 2-4 and portable enough to take along to a friend's home. Includes a porcelain base, melting bowl, 4 color-coded forks and a tea light. Makes a sweet gift for the chocolate-lover in your life and is ideal for small living spaces. Available in 5 colors for $27.50 at frieling.com.



Little ones will love these bright colorful Wheely Bugs by Prince Lionheart. Parents will love that they're padded with a 1" soft sponge layer. Children learn motor skills while having tons of fun scooting around. Adorable designs include LadyBug, Cow, Bumble Bee, Pig, Tiger and Mouse. Available in small for children 1.5+ years and large for children 3+ years, $69-79 Princelionheart.com.


I love to send {and receive} beautiful gift baskets. The Christmas Snacks Gift Basket by Tasteful Treats & Treasures Gift Baskets has something for everyone in the family and will delight the chocolate-lovers in your life. Overflowing with gourmet treats including Ghiradelli Chocolates, Truffles, Chocolate Pretzels, Pirouttes, Caramel Popcorn, Chocolate Coffee, Buttercrunch Toffee and more! Lovingly arranged in a pretty basket decorated with holiday ornaments. $48.99 at tastefultreats.com.


For the teen or music lover in your life, look no further than OrigAudio for headphones designed by their favorite artist, athletes or musicians. The headphones pictured were designed by Pro Surfer, Cory Lopez and feature custom graphics on the ears and top headband. The stereo sound quality is outstanding and includes outside noise reduction and built-in volume control dial. Mom and Dad won't hear a sound coming from them. Custom designed headphones also available. Includes a hard travel case. $50 at OrigAudio.com.

For the hostess, client, or employee exchange give a gift that supports the arts and will delight the senses all season long. The Met Opera Sputnik Candle in Spice combines the rich warm scents of cinnamon, clove, ginger and vanilla. The luxuriously gift boxed candle is hand-poured in a refillable glass jar containing the signature Met Sputnik starburst and Met Opera logo. Burns for 70 hours. Available for $35 {$31.50 for members} at metoperashop.org.


In addition to custom-blended fragrances, Memoire Liquide also makes five ready-to-wear eau de Parfums. We tried Fleur Liquide, a light and flowery bouquet of Orange Blossoms, Mimosa and Night Blooming Jasmine reminiscent of a beautiful garden. The Parfum is delightfully pure, light as air, and is exquisitely gift boxed. It's a lovely scent for daytime or for those who don't like a heavy fragrance. Available at Nordstrom and other fine retailers for $95. Beautiful gift sets including the Parfum and Body Creme also available for the holidays. 


Chic Giveaway! ~ One lucky reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

To Enter: Email chicluxuries@nc.rr.com and include the following:
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    Contest ends 11:59 PM ET December 24, 2013. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.


    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial. 

    4 comments:

    Iyah Negrite :

    Entered again! would LOVE to WIN the GE's X2600 Power PRO Series Bridge Camera! super awesome giveaways!

    Contest Queen :

    I love these contests

    pc3574 :

    WOW!! Such unique gifts to choose from! *Fingers Crossed* Thanks for the opportunity to win! xoxo

    Anonymous :

    wow

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