By Tracey Lomrantz, Glamour magazine
Fact: 'Tis better to give than to receive.
Fact: Payless is making it really, really easy to do just that this season--even if you're so busy shopping, cooking, traveling, baking, entertaining, schlepping, and wrapping that you can barely get your own gift list checked off--with the Good Shoe Project.
Starting this week and continuing through February 2011, The Good Shoe Project gives shoppers a chance to purchase the Airwalk Hope shoe (above) for $19.99, and for each pair sold, the store will donate a pair to a child in need. Impoverished youth in Central America will benefit from your holiday donation thanks to a partnership with the humanitarian organization World Vision, and you'll get a cute and comfy pair of shoes for less than the price of a week's worth of lattes. The concept may look pretty familiar--TOMS shoes has been operating on what they call a "One for One" model for years, where they give away a pair for each one sold--but this
- Slaves to Fashion, Glamour Magazine | Holiday Guide – Mon, Dec 13, 2010 7:24 PM EST
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- Daily Grommet | Holiday Guide – Mon, Dec 13, 2010 7:23 PM EST
Here's the place to make your holiday dream desserts a reality. Step one: Behold delicious desserts online. Step two: Choose the gourmet sweets that tempt your taste buds. Step three: Have desserts delivered to your doorstep. Step four: Enjoy. Yes, it's a dream come true.
Goat's milk adds a unique, buttery complexity to this Vermont family's hand-crafted 'cajeta' caramel sauces, available in four tempting flavors. Buy Fat Toad Farm's cajeta gourmet caramel here.
Fairytale Brownies - Gourmet Belgian Chocolate
Best friends armed with a secret family recipe and rich Belgian chocolate created Fairytale Brownies. A few bites and you'll be on your way to happily ever after. Buy Fairy Tale gourmet brownies online here.
Maryland's official state dessert boasts layer upon layer of cake and a coat of delicious frosting, made right on Smith Island and shipped straight to you.Read More »from Heaven: 9 gourmet desserts delivered to your friend's (or your own) front door
What makes a man happy? Trust us, it's not as complicated as you may think. We've got your list all wrapped up with cozy hats, cool drinking glasses and toiletries even a guy could love.
Hats off to the Stormy Kromer cap. Function and rugged good looks have kept it around for 107 years; eleven colorways will keep it going for more.
Available at stormykromer.com, $35.
A woven Nepalese-pattern cotton and tooled leather belt has just the right amount of culture and color to spruce up drab winter outfits. Plus, no one ever has to know you didn't actually travel to the Himalayas to score it.
Available at urbanoutfitters.com, $34.
The little metal-cased gizmo has fourteen (count 'em) functions, which means he can cut through wire, open cans and bottles, and slice just about everything like one Tim Taylor.
Available at swirl.com, $15.
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- Daily Grommet | Holiday Guide – Mon, Dec 13, 2010 7:06 PM EST
It's not uncommon to feel vulnerable when you're walking alone at night, heading for your car in a parking garage, or traveling in an unfamiliar city. Today's Grommet can't promise invincibility, but it can provide another line of defense if you feel threatened.
Ila Security's personal alarms.We're featuring three personal alarms from ila Security that are designed to shock and disorient potential attackers and draw attention to dangerous situations. Simon McGiver, James Phillips, and Neil Munn set out to design alarms that are easy to carry, so a woman is more likely to take one along. These three founders of ila Security were inspired by their wives and daughters to create safety devices that are small, appealing, and easy to integrate into everyday life.
Buy Personal Security Alarms here.Named after the Hindu goddess of speech, the Dusk alarm emits an extremely loud female scream when it's activated. The super-small ila Pebble sounds a piercing 130-decibel alarm when it's activated. Both can attach to a key chain or clip onto aRead More »from Would you carry a personal alarm? 3 loud but awesome security keychains
During these difficult economical times free gifts should be high on your list. Many people simply cannot afford to go on a spending spree to purchase gifts for anyone, and that is where free gifts come in to play.
Each of us has some sort of talent and your inspiration, for a free gift, should stem from your particular talent. Here is a list of ten possible gift ideas which should get you on track for using your unique talent for a free gift.
1. If you play a musical instrument, write, perform and record a song as your free gift.
2. If you write poetry, write and perform your poem as your free gift.
3. If you have the gift of sewing make some warm pajamas for your kids with materials that you already have. When I was a boy, my grandmother made some warm pajamas as my gift for Christmas. When I received the gift I was disappointed, however, I loved those pajamas for years and years.
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Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can go around smelling like an evergreen tree or a wood-burning stove. So we enlisted the help of fragrance ambassador Michael Edwards to choose the seven sweetest and spiciest scents to try tonight. Then, take a walk down memory lane with these scents, and take our quiz to find out what your signature perfume is.Read More »from 7 Perfect-for-Winter Sugar and Spice Perfumes
Burberry, Burberry Brit
Scent Family: Floral Oriental
Smells Like: A fruity, green oriental that features a surprising mix of sugar and spice. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Christian Dior, Poison
Scent Family: Floral Oriental
Smells Like: Sensual musk, exotic spices and delicious berries. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Lovely Collection: Twilight
Scent Family: Soft Oriental
Smells Like: "Day kisses night with a romantic scent that's pure sensuality," says Edwards. (Learn even more about this scent here.)
Aquolina, Pink Sugar
Scent Family: Woody Oriental
Smells Like: Cotton
Giving a homemade present is awesome. One that can be devoured? Nothing better.
By Katie Lee
Holiday shopping is a challenge. Stores are crowded; people are stressed and rude…not exactly the spirit of the season. Save yourself the hassle (and money) and make these gifts at home. Your friends will love them way more than anything with a price tag.
Orange Poppy-Seed Pound Cake
This cake is an indulgent treat! I like to give a box of tea along with it.Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1½ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon orange zest
½ teaspoon orange extract
6 large eggs
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, and poppy seeds. In another bowl, use an electric mixer on medium to beat the butter, sugar, orange zest, and extract untilRead More »from 3 Great Foodie Gifts
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1. Barefoot Bubbly Rosé Cuvée
Barefoot Bubbly started out as a "garage wine" back in the '60s, but luckily, the team's winemaking process has improved - not to mention that their inventory has skyrocketed while their prices have delightfully not. A bottle of their sparkling, citrus-flavored Rosé Cuvée is the perfect toast-worthy gift to celebrate the season. $11 at The Barrel Room.
2. Shoes Page-a-Day Gallery Calendar
Wish you could have 365 pairs of shoes for less than $20? Well, that's just what you get with this daily calendar of pumps, platforms, sandals, and slingbacks. Photographed in full color, this is the best way to let your favorite shoe lover enjoy Manolos and Jimmy Choos - without the sore feet. $16 at Workman Publishing.
3. Thymes Frasier Fir Soap Set
Know someone who loves the smell of a Christmas - you know…that crisp pine scent? Well, for those who want to smell like Christmas, this all-vegetable soap set offers the aromatic snap of fir needles and heartening
- Claudine Zap | Holiday Guide – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 9:14 PM EST
Squinkies: A top-searched gift. (Image from Amazon.com)
By Claudine Zap
'Tis the season to frantically search for the perfect presents. Hey, you're not alone. Plenty of shoppers are hitting the Web to find their favorite things -- to give. Here, we lay out the list of top searches on Yahoo!.
If there's a kid or two who have been mostly nice, there are plenty of toys to choose from. Some very happy children may get a set of "squinkies," the squishable, affordable tiny toys that come by theme so your favorite tot will want to collect them all. A chenille "pillow pet," part plush toy, part head rest, is also a popular pick.
For the more automotively inclined, "john deere toys" may be the way to go. Playful lookups also include "yo gabba gabba toys," "how to train your dragon toys," "toy story 3 toys" and traditionalists searching out "back to basics toys."
For the gadget geek, the e-reader "kindle" is a popular pick. Bookish searches were also big on theRead More »from Searching for the Perfect Gift: What's Hot on the Web
- MomFinds | Holiday Guide – Thu, Dec 9, 2010 8:47 PM EST
Want a sure-fire way to book your favorite babysitter for New Year's Eve? Get her something special for the holidays. Don't think of it as a bribe, just a friendly way to remind her why you're her favorite family-wink, wink.
Every girl loves Hello Kitty, so start with this cute Hello Kitty Jewelry Box. This jewelry box plays a sweet song, with a dancing Hello Kitty inside, and it's only $10, so you can surprise her with something special inside.
Stuck on what to put inside the jewelry box? How about some designer Marc Jacobs Silly Banz ($15)? The set of five multicolored jelly bracelets spells out the designer's name with gold-plated logo charms.
TKO Slapper Watch
There's more room in the jewelry box, so add this TKO Slapper Watch ($50). Not only is it fun (it slaps on any sized wrist and comes in a rainbow of colors), but it's functional, too-she'll never be late to your house!
Find more great gifts for kids in our sold-out guide.
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