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Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide
By: Kellie Speed   |    December 16, 2013   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

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Need some last minute gift ideas for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? Here are our picks for some fun products that they will love this holiday season: For the liquor or wine lover, we introduce the Stone Drink Dispenser by Funky Rock Designs. Simply uncork and place the rock dispenser on top of the bottle. Turn over and then pull to open the faucet for a fun display.Artisan Jeff Henderson creates these unique handcrafted designs using diamond bits and water for grinding, cutting, drilling and polishing. Who doesn’t need an alarm clock? Instead of the traditional kind, we prefer the eco friendly Bedol Water Alarm Clock. Not your typical clock, this battery-free unit that resembles the shape of a drop of water, doesn’t use electricity either. It’s powered entirely by water that channels the ions into a current that powers the clock and alarm. Best of all, the unit runs for nearly a year before needing more water. For any man on your holiday list, be sure to check out Wahl’s Lithium Ion Clipper. The trimmer comes complete with styling combs, a cleaning brush, blade oil, scissors, brow, ear and hair clips. What makes this compact unit so unique is it holds a full charge for an hour and 40 minutes and has magnetic motor clippers that provide an event cut and do not pull the hair. The kit includes self-sharpening high carbon steel blades, 14 guide combs, nine cleaning and care accessories and a carrying case. One of the most fun gifts you can give this holiday season is Don’t Shake It’s new concept – sound effects for gifts. Ideal for the person who loves to shake the gift box before opening, these hilarious cards have four motion activated sounds of breaking glass, a cash register, car alarm and a recordable unit that allows up to 10 seconds to create your own recording. For the techy woman, who has it all, don’t miss Vanesa Rey’s fashionable Necklace Case for the iPhone 5. Made of genuine and vegan leather, the functional wallet cases come in seven different colors with three slots for cash or cards and is attached to a removable jewelry chain for a stylish look. You can even use the touchscreen without having to open the wallet. It doesn’t get more functional or stylish than this. Women love jewelry and the folks at LibaStyle know just that, which is why they have a line favored by celebrities like Jessica Alba and Jessica Biel. We love the gold mat 30-inch Asymmetrical Long Medallion Necklace by French jewelry designer Karine Sultan that is beautiful for layering or simply wearing alone long or doubled. The necklace is also available in silver plated or rose gold with a matt, antique or oxidized finish. Speaking of hands free simplicity, Jabra has recently introduced Style, its latest Bluetooth headset. The brushed steel unit looks sleek but we were impressed with its HD Voice clarity for exceptional call quality. It is super easy to pair this unit up with your mobile device for up to six hours of talk time. The unit will also provide helpful spoken battery and connection status updates to ensure you are connected at all times. For the athletic woman, she will love Brooks LSD Lite III Jacket. Designed forrunning, walking, and traveling, this lightweight jacket is windproof and water resistant and features double back ventilation, an easy cinch hood, and pack-in-pocket capabilities. The semi fitted jacket is ideal for cool rainy days when you need to keep the body heat in and the rain away from your body. Best of all, it weighs just 4.3 ounces so it won’t weigh you down. Every woman has been in the situation where you want to wear that sexy formal dress and don’t want to have to bring a handbag along but need pockets to hold a few things. What to do? GirlyGoGarter is just what you are looking for – a secret purse tucked away where you can hold lipstick, money, IDs and even a cell phone. The silicone treads keep it secure to your leg and the lock flap pockets hold money and keys in place. For the woman that loves to follow celebrity fashion trends, Hope Paige Designs has created a line of celebrity designed beautiful medical ID bracelets that are not only fashionable but benefit charities. We love the brightly colored charm braceletdesigned by Mayim Bialik, whose sales benefit Golisano Children's Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center. This bracelet comes with a custom medical ID heart charm that accommodates up to four lines of engraving with 15 characters to each line. For the girly girl on your holiday gift list this year, be sure to check out True to Us’ line of body products, fragrances and candles. We love the creamy tube of Linden hand crème that comes in a beautiful flower box. Dry skin soaks up this rich lotion made with cocoa butter and shea butter when applied day or night. All candles are not created equal. When you smell the Cabochon Glass Belgian Berry Scented Candle, you will know why. The hand poured soy wax candle in a pressed glass vessel with milk finish is made with a delicious blend of European red and black currants offering a heavenly scent when lit.

Who doesn’t love candles to produce a beautiful holiday glow? We love Ana Candles’ gorgeous collection of striped pillars and tapers. All of the candles are made in the US with paraffin wax and are smokeless and drip-free. The 4” x 4” pillars have an 80 hour burn time while the striped tapers will burn for 14 hours. The ivory and scarlet tapers, which resemble striped candy canes, are the perfect way to dress up any table or add a beautiful touch to any room this holiday season. Handymen on our holiday list this season didn’t ask for that unwanted sweater that will soon be returned. Instead, we are giving them Craftsman’s 245-piece Mechanics Tool sets available at Ace Hardware, which we know they will love. Inside the set is a three drawer chest that features all of the standard and metric corrosion-resistant alloy steel tools he will need, including wrenches, sockets, hex keys, a screwdriver and nut driver bits. If your guy needs a little help to get a project finished, this may just what he needs to get started.

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