ONE. ghd Scarlet Collection –TDO Editor Stacey is totally obsessed with her new ghd Scarlet Collection styler, and it would make the perfect gift for any of friends or relatives that love playing around with different hair styles. It’s the easiest styler she’s ever used. It lets her straighten her “weirdly half-wavy, half-straight hair” in no time at all without drying it out, and leaves it shiny and healthy looking. You can also use it to create loose curls, so it’s really fun to experiment with. Plus, it comes in a fun Art-Deco-inspired bag for traveling. Finally – an easy way to make your hair look like a pro did it! (more…)
ONE. Tiffany & Co. Piggy Bank — Any expectant mother would love a thoughtful gift wrapped in a signature blue box- baby’s first Tiffany. Tiffany’s baby piggy bank comes in pink for girls and blue for boys and serves as the child’s first savings account (hey it’s never too early to start saving up for a Birkin). The ceramic bank with hand painted polka dots also adds warmth and character to any nursery. (more…)
ONE. Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock — With all the different technology we carry around with us every day, we’re constantly charging all their gadgets. This Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock is an adorable gift for anyone with a smartphone (which is pretty much everyone we know!). The old time phone design would look so much better sitting on a desk or dresser than just another plain old cord and it’s a fun conversation piece. So cute! (more…)
ONE. Raffine Jewelry Issabella Necklace – What girl doesn’t love a sparkly statement necklace? Every fashionista should have one in her jewelry box, and add to her collection with this one made with crystal and chain. Plus, you’ll be supporting an up-and-coming jewelry designer – and your fashionista friend will adore being in-the-know first. (more…)
We’re kicking off our gift guide this year with one of our signature categories…Cheap & Chic! We hope that you’ll find delightful finds for your friends and family through our guides in the upcoming month. From all of us at TDO, we wish you a very happy holiday season! (more…)
Another holiday, another panic attack: What on earth is there left to get for the man in your life? Well, a good home-cooked meal should work, but if that’s not your idea of a special gift, I suggest you say “I love you” with:
… a Hot Shave
I recently got the chance to check out Alexander’s for Hair, a mid-range, family-owned, all-in-one spa and salon in west L.A., and I thought, “What a great place to take my [insert any family member here]!” Formerly the male-targeted Reeder’s Barber Shop, complete with beers and flatscreen TVs, Alexander’s for Hair has undergone a recent makeover to suit its growing clientele base, offering more services for both men and women as well as eco-friendly hair products by Eufora and high-quality GRAM skincare by Dr. Bernard Gramlich (you should see his skin!). Helmed by new owner Krissy Smith and her mom Jeanne Phares, the salon has both a small-town feel and a cosmopolitan flair — perfect for those who want luxurious treatment but find super-high-end salons and spas either intimidating or just not worth the extra dough. Best of all, while you’re loved one is getting his Signature MVP Hot Shave, you can indulge in a Eufora Deep Conditioning and Scalp Treatment (free this month with any color service), a fantastic facial, a mani-pedi or a delightful (and affordable) deep-tissue massage (ask for Barbara!). Ah, the perks of co-ed bliss.
Alexander’s for Hair is located at 11515 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Call (310) 473-0462 to make an appointment. Readers, mention the code AFHGO through February and you’ll get 30 percent off your service!
… Custom Kicks
If the love (or like) of your life is a label-savvy jet setter who frequently blends street style and upscale threads (or just likes any of the aforementioned), he’ll appreciate the new G3 collection by Ryz, the brainchild of former president of Adidas America and Adidas Japan Rob Langstaff. (more…)
Need a little help for Valentine’s Day? Here are our suggestions for this year!
Annie Band – We fell in love with Annie Band’s Vintage Coral Glass Cabochon Ring at first sight. What makes it even more desirable? This made to order ring has “live” inscribed inside the band, custom inscriptions also available to ensure a personal touch. This comfortable fit ring gives off subtle glamour with its intricate vintage details and femininity. Available online at www.annieband.com for $368.
Olia – Everyone should have a personal mantra close to their heart! Olia’s Make Love Necklace, is an affordable and adorable keepsake. Simple yet statement making, this necklace is perfect for your former flower child mother whose heart will melt when she unwraps and discovers this special token on Valentine’s Day. Have a new mother to shop for or a friend expecting? The Make Babies Necklace will make them smile. Each hand stamped charm necklace is $47, available in gold and sterling silver.
Knock Knock – Knock Knock has plenty of playful and witty giftables under $5 this Valentine’s Day that are guaranteed to please. Already committed? Spice things up with their Sweet Nothing notepad ($3.75) and let your loved one know exactly what you’re thinking in one concise sticky note! Looking for love? The Paper Pick Up pad ($4.50) keeps things simple – the paper version of speed dating that allows you to show interest while saving face. (more…)
I don’t think I’m going out on a limb by saying everyone probably likes flowers, chocolate and/or fragrance as a Valentine’s Day gift. But do they LOVE it? Well, “mind-blowing” might not be the first thing I’d think … more like “predictable, but sweet. I’ll take it.” Leave it to Strange Invisible Perfumes to prove me wrong. Their creative take on the ol’ tried and true is simply eye-popping. (Oh men of our lives, are you reading this?!?)
A team effort with floral designer Holly Flora and San Francisco-based chocolate artisan Cocoa Absolute, SIP’s “ultimate Valentine’s Day delivery” offers four options of drop-dead gorgeous, creative bouquets paired with limited-edition organic, botanical perfumes and a delectable box of hand-crafted chocolates. (Just outside of L.A.? Call and see if they’ll make the trip.)
While pricey ($205–$542), the results are absolutely swoon-worthy. In addition, the flowers can be customized by request (if what you want is available), and since the chocolates are optional, you can always adjust according to your budget.
P.S. If you’re in the neighborhood, drop by SIP’s Venice, Calif., boutique tomorrow (Feb. 5) for a trunk show. There will be champagne, cupcakes, jewelry and plenty of limited edition fragrances to sample before you take the plunge!
Strange Invisible Perfumes is located at 1138 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice, Calif. To order a V-Day delivery, call them at 310-314-1505 by February 11, 2011.
ONE. Burberry Fine Cashmere Mega Check Scarf — We always think a gorgeous, warm scarf would make a lovely holiday gift. This one from Burberry is certainly a splurge, but one that your gift recipient will love. Not only is it so warm and soft, but it comes in a variety of rich hues featuring the classic check pattern. Something for everyone!
TWO. Weekend Getaway at Windham Hill Inn — I love the idea of giving the gift of vacation, and after I got back from Windham Hill Inn (full review coming!) a couple weeks ago I’ve been telling everyone I know to go. This is more of a gift for a significant other or a couple, as the Windham Hill Inn is one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been to! Set among the peaceful Green Mountains of Vermont, the Relais & Chateaux property is located at the end of a country road and nestled on 160 acres of pristine land. It’s one of the few places that I recommend visiting all year round as each season brings a different- but equally special- flavor to the Inn. Watch the sun set among rolling hills outside in the summer or read besides your private fireplace in the winter. Make sure to book in the Meadowbrook Suite- the creme de la creme of rooms, which features a double soaking tub by the hearth- and underneath low skylight- perfect for stargazing with your honey on a winter night.
THREE. Dylan Leather Chair — We have always been into mixing vintage items with modern, clean lines. Living in Hollywood and watching more old movies has also added a bit more of that old-school glamour to our style, and as such, we’ve decided that someone with $1,999 to burn must get us this studded wingback leather chair from Crate & Barrel. It’s the perfect combination of old meets new, and it would look fabulous in our office. In Java (or Stone). But we’re not talking about us; we’re talking about your very expensive gift to a very lucky person.
ONE. Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D Electric Razor — We have found the Holy Grail of electric shavers with the Philips Norelco SensoTouch 3D, and any man should be so lucky to get it as a gift this holiday season! The shaving heads follow contours and curves perfectly, allowing for a smooth shave every time, wet or dry. Its handle features an ergonomic grip for better control and precision, and it’s cordless, complete with a travel pouch. To sum up, it shaves well, handles well, and travels well – perfect.
TWO. Kenneth Cole Dress Belt Box Set — Our contributing LA editor says that almost every year, her husband requests a new belt, which apparently many men need. Over time, she’s realized that belts wear out, and it’s really hard to find a simple yet stylish, decent-quality belt that looks just as good with a suit as it does with jeans. We love that this box set offers four ways to wear a reversible leather belt: black, brown, dressed up or dressed down — and all for a good price, $58. And because it’s so multi-purpose, it almost qualifies as a gadget. So boyfriend, husband, brother, Dad … they’ll all get something out of it.
THREE. HTC Windows Phone –Guys always love the latest and coolest gadgets, so this is the perfect gift for the man who could use a bit of mobile upgrading. The HTC Windows Phone is currently carried on T-Mobile and AT&T (with Verizon coming in the near future) and combines the hardware prowess of HTC phones with the new Windows 7 mobile operating system. The work/personal phone is completely customizable and integrates all his social media accounts into one central place. Now he can open his phone and check your latest tweets, foursquare check-ins, and Facebook updates on one screen. Annoyed by your boyfriend working on the weekend? The HTC phone makes it easy just to turn off work email alerts until Monday morning. Though I generally shy away from touchscreen phones, the 4.3in screen is very user friendly, with typing feedback and the auto-correct is much less invasive than on the iPhone. Plus the 5mb camera is superior to any other phone camera I’ve tried (all the better to take pictures of you) and comes with XBox Live (for the guy guy in him.)