Nov 26, 2014 9:25 AM
Don't let that perpetual scowl fool you. Your cat actually loves the holidays. How do we know this? Just take a peek at Catmas Carols ($10), an adorably illustrated volume containing 20 kitty-themed takes on classic holiday tunes. Sing with your pet about the tribulations of road trips, the joys of catnip toys, and how great sleeping is.
Nov 26, 2014 9:20 AM
Need a few gorgeously packaged gifts to keep stockpiled for those lovely people who weren't on your Christmas list, but who put you on theirs? The price tag on these Winter Blossom Hand Creams ($10 each) from Soap and Paper Factory is small, but the impact is big. The creams are lush and rich, the scents - vanilla, peppermint, and sugar pine - are deep and lovely, and the packaging makes it look like you thought ahead!
Nov 26, 2014 9:15 AM
We get a little nostalgic when we look at this Parisian Holiday Tin Candy Box ($16) from Maison Boissier. Oh sure, our parents never had tins of candy from France sitting out on side tables at Christmas, but we remember the sweet flavors of fruity hard candies like we were sneaking a handful of them just yesterday. This year, we'll gladly deviate from the supermarket bulk section variety to eat some of these gourmet lovelies!
Nov 26, 2014 9:11 AM
Forget apples. With this Ineke Deluxe Sample Collection Vol. 5 ($25), "A" is for After My Own Heart, a luscious blend of lilac, sandalwood, and bergamot. This elegantly packaged gift pack contains sample-sized portions of all eight of the brand's Alphabetical Collection fragrances, from brightly floral Balmy Days and Sundays to the richly exotic Hothouse Flower. Pick a favorite character and try one out.
Nov 26, 2014 9:05 AM
For the most part, his large penlight and bulky, dangling multi-tool are a clear indicator that you've accidentally swiped his keys, but occasionally you make it all the way to your car without noticing. You can blame it on the insufficient amount of coffee you consumed and then install the His and Hers Key Holders ($17) by your back door. The cute set is full of whimsy, but more importantly, it should prevent you from getting into a terse early morning argument when you realize you've gotta trudge all the way back to the house to exchange sets.
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Nov 26, 2014 9:00 AM
How seriously do you take your chilling? While the weekend dilettante might be satisfied drinking lukewarm Coors out of a Styrofoam bin, a true connoisseur of cold demands something superior. The Brute Box Cooler ($229) is made to hold up to the most vicious demands of man and nature. Dense, thickly insulated walls ensure that your stuff stays cold for days, while some seriously rugged construction means that everything from gaskets to hinges has been built to take abuse and come back asking for more. And, of course, they're made right here in 'Merica.
Nov 26, 2014 8:55 AM
We'd love to celebrate the holidays like Elton John! No, we don't mean with oversized sparkly glasses and a conspicuous toupee. We're thinking of this Sir Elton John Holiday Candle ($38), a delightful blend of citrus and spruce presumably approved by the Rocket Man himself. Enjoy the seasonal aroma with the warm, fuzzy knowledge that a portion of proceeds go to support AIDS treatment and prevention.
Nov 26, 2014 8:50 AM
You love your pup, but he has a tendency to slobber his dinner all over your clean kitchen floors and it makes you see red... in the way of this doggie placemat ($5), of course. The cheeky vintage diner font lends a fun element to your decor while keeping Fido from grinding kibble into your tile and splashing water in all the spots you'll step later in the evening. If you're feeling extra generous, you can order the matching bowls, too.
Nov 26, 2014 8:45 AM
We are tickled pink about NARS's new limited edition cheek palette ($65). The holiday collection of shades includes some of our favorites, like their Laguna Bronzing Powder and sheer peach Deep Throat Blush. The palette also includes a few products we've been meaning to try out, like the Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder. Combined with the bronzer, it'll help make contouring a cinch - everything we need to get a naturally gorgeous glow is now in one cute little compact.
Nov 26, 2014 8:40 AM
Did someone mistakenly ask you to bring dessert to the holiday dinner? Yeah... you've been known to burn a bag of microwave popcorn so baking a few pies is completely out of the question. Turn, then, to the Little Pie Company and their famous Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie ($40). The two-day shipping ensures that it'll show up fresh and ready for slicing. Dinner attendees will rave over the apple and sour cream combo, which gives the pie a sweet and complex flavor. Whether you 'fess up to the fact that you bought it is up to you!
Nov 26, 2014 8:35 AM
You won't find these at the Circle K. Atlanta-based Bacon's Heir have taken that traditional staple of redneck gas station cuisine and transformed it into something you won't be secretly embarrassed to stock in your pantry. Pork Clouds combine all the joy of deep-fried pieces of crispy fat with gourmet touches like rosemary and sea salt or Malabar black pepper. Give them all a whirl with this Artisan Pork Rinds Sampler ($14).
Nov 26, 2014 8:30 AM
We know, "your mom" jokes are so 4th grade, but we couldn't help but chuckle at this Dear NASA Tee ($28). Poor Pluto. It never seems to get the recognition it deserves!
Nov 26, 2014 8:25 AM
Don't let the cover fool you. Though The Essential Bar Book ($15) does contain over 115 recipes for both classic and modern cocktails, it's a heck of a lot more than yet another bartending manual. Set up in a simple A-to-Z format, it covers everything from the tools of the trade to history and mythology. Think of it as your personal encyclopedia of booze.
Nov 26, 2014 8:20 AM
It doesn't matter how well you tuck it in. Your dog will find a way to nudge that blanket onto the floor and get his fur all over the upholstery of your car. Thankfully, there's a solution that doesn't involve pumping quarters into the vacuum machine at the gas station. The CarPET ($11) is covered in grippy plastic nubs that cling to pet hair, making it a breeze to de-dog your back seat.
Nov 26, 2014 8:15 AM
Forget cheesy neckties and golf print boxer shorts. What your man really wants in his stocking this year is the same thing you do: chocolate. This Delysia Chocolate Gentlemen Collection ($27) comes in flavors designed specifically for the lads. Think rich dark cocoa spiked with the aroma of scotch and cigars. Just make sure not to hang it too close to the fire.