Fashion, Gift Guides2012 Holiday Gifts for the Office

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ONE.  Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush – If you (or your office-mates) are anything like me, your office desk makeup stash grows throughout the year. First it’s a lipgloss or lipstick in the pencil tray, then as spring rolls around, you add a couple bronzers or blushes, and during the summer (aka when going-out-after-work season is in full force) you  start keeping a stash of mascaras, eyeshadows, etc ,etc alongside your Scotch tape and Post-It Notes. But you know what we never have? A handy brush set to help us actually apply our makeup properly throughout the day. Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush set is the answer, featuring a powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, and concealer brush — everything you need for a full face touchup. It also comes in a snazzy shimmery case that fits in even the most compact spaces. Plus for only $15, this set probably only costs half as much as your favorite lipgloss. One for each of your office BFFs, one for youself, (and one for me)! Carolyn 

TWO. Poppin – “I’m a moleskin kind of girl, too,” someone confided to me recently, glancing approvingly at the sunshine yellow soft color notebook I was using to take notes. “Actually, I’m a Poppin girl!” I replied, “It’s the new office concept from Chris Burch.” Burch, more fondly known round Poppin parts as Poppa Poppin, is the creator of the Staples meets Pantone meets C.Wonder lovechild. Ever wish that all of your office supplies, from notebooks to pen to stapler, was color coordinated in the same vivid shade of royal purple? Poppin can help. Do you have a serious fetish for high performance Japanese ballpoint pens? Poppin can help. Do you want to match your ruler to this season’s “It”, aqua blue eyeliner? Poppin can help. And for this holiday season, Poppin is doing holiday bundles of its best-sellers. Among my favorites is the “All Bundled Up” package, with scissors, a ball-point pen, folio, and two notebooks in lime green and a grown-up shade of Elle Woods pink. So Pop, Poppin it up. Kathleen

THREE. Working Girl’s Survival Kit – Whether you’re gifting this to a recent college grad getting ready to start her first job or an old friend who has been at the same company for over a decade, any woman will appreciate opening the Working Girl’s Survival Kit.  (Even the name is cute!)  The small aluminum attache case has 22 different health and beauty items and can be stashed in your desk (or even your car) to get you through any beauty emergency that could possibly happen at work.  I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly on the hunt for most of the items in it, so it’s a genius idea to be able to stash them all in one place.  The kit includes things like an emery board, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, mints, a stain remover… even shoe shine wipes.  I kind of want to buy one for all of my friends… and get an extra one for myself.  What working girl wouldn’t want one? Stacey

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FOUR. Knock Knock It’s Gonna Be OK Book – Just when we thought we had a notebook for everything Knock Knock does it again! KK reports that science has proven that optimism is actually good for your heart, and this amusing writer’s journal affirms the notion that it’s also good for your brain. With playful prompts and witty quotations, It’s Gonna Be Okay is smart yet comforting—like a pair of horn-rimmed rose-colored glasses. A good sized paperback that still fits neatly into your bag, delights you with over 70 witty quotes $16 for both the glass-half-full and half-empty colleagues on your list. Liz

FIVE. Case-Mate iPhone 5 Case For the gal who’s always working, Case-Mate’s iPhone 5 cases will keep her working in style. I love this glossy, semi-transparent, hardshell one because the hand-painted pattern goes with everything. It’s also impact-resistant. No iPhone 5? Case-Mate makes similar cases for the iPhone 4, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy S III and more. They’ll even customize them if you want to upload your own photo! Charli

SIX. Caldrea Balsam Fir Plum Candle Trio  – Gifting a co-worker is always tricky, but we think any office mates will enjoy these affordable Caldrea candle trios, with its lovely fresh scent and sleek metallic jars. As a bonus, this gift might secretly benefit you…if your co-worker decides to keep one in the office, making the entire space smell beautiful whenever he/she lights these candles. Connie

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