The part of the Rosebud Garland Collar ($36) that involves a gilded gold chain and lilies with turquoise centers is lovely, like a 1920s art deco masterpiece. We're not quite buying into the so-called "rosebuds", as those pink stones are skewing a little carnivorous to us, like the piranha plants from Super Mario Brothers, or a certain singing Venus flytrap named Audrey II. Perhaps these associations say more about us than this necklace, but hey, just watch your fingers.
Less of a candy cane and more of a cane made of candy. The Bah, Humbug! Candy Cane ($6) is stripped of its stripes and is as devoid of flavor as a real wooden cane - the perfect stocking stuffer for the Scrooge in your family.
Even if you don't technically have a guest bathroom in your current residence, you can still treat out-of-towners to a luxurious bath experience. These Extra Pur Bar Soaps ($20 for three) are French-milled by Compagnie de Provence and made from vegan ingredients. Hand over a bar with an extra fluffy towel (and possibly a few travel-size bottles of shampoo and conditioner that you swiped during your last hotel stay?). Your guests will appreciate that you went the extra mile for them.
Elegant. Timeless. Make-believe. Isn't it time to hang up that necklace with a boring old real animal in favor of something more...legendary?
Since no one in our generation actually uses landline telephones with handsets, they've become a novelty item. Case in point: the Off the Hook Shower Head ($19). It's a bit beyond us why anyone would purchase this, except maybe for a kid's bathroom...but would kids even know what this rare object is?!
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Channel the golden age of travel, when the idea of being charged for a carry-on bag would have sounded ludicrous and bulky rolling suitcases were but a bad dream. The Claire Vivier Flat Clutch ($195) comes in many patterns and shades, but this one's our favorite, ready for transatlantic travel with three bold stripes that evoke the most popular airline colors, vintage luggage tags, and flags from all around the world.
Purses can be such baggage! If you're going out dancing or doing anything requiring a lot of mobility, you don't want to be clutching your clutch all night! The JoeyBra Fashion-Pocketed Bra ($30) is a lightly padded push-up with two convenient side pockets for your phone, IDs, keys, etc. Available in Black or Snow Leopard.
Now you know: randomly placed zippers, neon stitching, and fronds are apparently three ingredients that work together to elevate a boring gray sweatshirt to something exciting like the For You Jumper ($168). It's comfy enough to wear on errand days but stylish enough to wear to places where people who know your name might see you.
This badge set ($35) is great for your secret club of designers, makers, and thinkers, three of the trendiest professions around today. With these badges, you'll be able to easily identify other people who create stuff. Does it even matter? What matters is that you do, not don't.
Finally, you get to make the lip balm of your choice...as long as it's Cocoa-Peppermint. Still, the Brooklyn DIY Lip Balm Kit ($25) lets you choose the flavor strength, the scent, and the feel. Comes with everything you need, including instructions.
We're no strangers to the awesome value of e.l.f. cosmetics, but their 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette ($10, on sale) takes the cake. The palette doesn't just look pretty - it delivers richly pigmented shadows in both neutral and trendy shades. Layer on a basic matte shadow and highlight it with one of the shimmery shades. You'll get the same great depth you'd get with a pricier palette.
What's a Cheap Thrill? Just our shameless way of getting you to impulse buy! Cheap Thrill items are under $20, including shipping.
Ahh, the good ol' days when we could get away with wearing comfy jumpers in the shape of our favorite animal's face. We were about four, so we barely remember it, but we're pretty sure it was awesome. Keep your kiddo dressed in cutesy clothes, like the Reindeer Dress ($70) from Wild Things, for as long as she'll let you. She'll stir the heartstrings of even the most miserable of holiday scrooges.
Getting our holiday glow on usually involves a glass of champagne, but Veuve Clicquot isn't the only thing that can put a few roses in our cheeks. This One Love Organics Winter Glow Gift Set ($159) is a refreshing alternative. Two vitamin-packed products - serum and mist - hydrate, brighten and protect skin while a Skin Protecting Treatment Powder helps hide those pesky imperfections.
The Triangular Reversible Sterling Silver Ring ($62) by Tanuki Jewelry is definitely one of those "why didn't I think of that!?" pieces. This stylish, modern ring has a design on either side, so you can flip it around for two accessories in one - or just flash a little extra shine in the palm of your hand.
The whole Tanuki line is hand-carved and cast in Brooklyn, and if triangles aren't your thing, there are also perennial favorites like skulls and bows too. Why are we telling you all of this? They've offered up free shipping for Outblush readers - just use coupon code OUTBLUSH2013 before January 31, 2014.
Bake up a perfect loaf every time by following the easy-peasy directions on the Banana Bread Art Print ($20). Twenty clams is a steal when you think about it: you're getting both a good-lookin' piece of artwork to hang on your wall and a tried-and-true recipe for delish banana bread. The only thing you'll have to remember is that 180 degrees Celsius is around 350 Fahrenheit.