Dec 18, 2014 8:50 AM
Sure, black is a little more classic and innocuous, but we promise that you'll praise your smarts for investing in this incredible Red A-line Midi Skirt ($50). You'll immediately feel sexy and confident as you step into a room filled with people who settled on safer styles and colors. And don't hang it up for the year post-holiday. It'll serve you well on Valentine's Day and even through the busy wedding season.
Dec 18, 2014 8:45 AM
Movies and media may often make fun of the Brooklyn accent, but after seeing Fishs Eddy's Brooklynese "Shuguh" Sugar Bowl ($13), we can't help but feel like Brooklynites are on to something. In fact, every time we see the word "sugar" from here on out, we're going to be silently (or maybe not so silently!) thinking, "SHUGUH!" It's much more fun to say than "sugar," don't you think?
Dec 18, 2014 8:40 AM
You've spent all this time telling your kiddos not to put marbles in their mouths, and then you go ahead and give them these very marble-like Nebula Lollipops ($24 for 10) and tell them to eat them. Oh well, hopefully your little space-obsessed astronauts are past the marble-eating stage anyway, and will be very excited to report that interstellar clouds of gas actually taste like fruit (specifically guava, blackberry, or cherry).
Dec 18, 2014 8:36 AM
Aw, this Sock Monkey Wrapping Paper ($4) would make the perfect adornment for those Christmas gifts you got your nieces and nephews. Plus, it's not specifically holiday-themed so if you have any leftover after the holidays, you can use it in March when your sister-in-law welcomes another one into the family or your BFF's kiddo turns four.
Dec 18, 2014 8:30 AM
Okay, so this amazing pair of Attilio Giusti Leombruni Scale Oxfords ($390) isn't as cool as actually having a mermaid tail, but the iridescent sequined pattern all over the upper definitely makes us hum the tune to "Under the Sea." If you foresee yourself raking in the holiday cash, then we think these ought to be a front runner when you go to spend it (bathroom towels and a new pots and pans set can totally wait).
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Dec 18, 2014 8:26 AM
Rolling out a billion batches of sugar cookies is only fun during the first dozen you make, and then you start to hear that voice in the back of your brain telling you to just eff it and go buy some from the supermarket. While we can't say that this Poppy Ring Rolling Pin ($18) will make your job any easier, it may improve your mood with its cheerful pattern and stoneware body (that ought to keep dough chilled longer than a wooden one). If not, you have our permission to listen to that lazy voice and swing by the grocery store or bakery on your way to the potluck.
Dec 18, 2014 8:25 AM
We were going to suggest reading the love letters printed on these napkins by Sir/Madam ($48, set of 4) the next time you set the table for a romantic dinner for two, but upon reading these missives from Jack London, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, and D.H. Lawrence, we might not. They're love letters, yes, but London's is filled with frustration and Twain's with disdain, and the other two aren't exactly filled with rosy sentiments either. Therefore, we think these napkins might be better suited to your next book club.
Dec 18, 2014 8:20 AM
As much as we love the felt Charley Harper birds, they mostly just sit on the shelf and look cute. For some useful Charley Harper goodness, pick up this set of Oldham + Harper Bird Glasses ($35). Good water glasses aren't hard to come by, but people rarely have a nice set for the dinner table. So be that person!
Dec 18, 2014 8:20 AM
Candle sets are always a bit of a gamble. You risk only liking one or two scents and then being stuck with an extra candle (or more!) that you just never light. You could pawn 'em off on friends, but we think you should just stick with a sure thing from the get-go. Byredo's Mini Candle Set ($120) is a total winner. The three fragrances, Bibliothèque, Cotton Poplin, and Fleur Fantôme run the gamut of notes, from woodsy, to musky, to citrus-y. They're robust and layered, and you won't find any cheap fabricated floral or food scent in this refined set.
Dec 18, 2014 8:15 AM
Move the rickrack from overdecorated stockings and sweaters and put it into creating a perfect holiday shoe and we're pretty sure you get this Reina Kitten Heel Sandal ($295). Of course, we're talking inspiration only. The wavy accents on these Loeffler Randall shoes are made from top-notch "gold vintage mirrored leather," not craft store remnants.
Dec 18, 2014 8:15 AM
You gaped in horror when you went to your parents' house for Thanksgiving and discovered that your mom had given away all of the old Pyrex that you remember from childhood, out of which you ate casseroles, in which you mixed cookie batter, all of it... ah, the memories! She said, "Look, I didn't need all of it anymore, and it's really old." So while you went back home, defeated, dreams of inheriting the colorful, retro kitchenware dashed, your mom ordered you this "Wheat Fields" Retro Pyrex Print ($24). "It will take up less room in your kitchen, anyway!" she wrote helpfully on the card.
Dec 18, 2014 8:10 AM
Forget spoons. You need to be stirring up your hot chocolate with one of these bad boys ($15)! The dark chocolate will melt into your cocoa making it taste extra rich, and the peppermint stick will add a little minty flair. If you're not a cocoa drinker, these will work just as well when fancying up a coffee or a hot toddy.
Dec 18, 2014 8:10 AM
Pug lovers, here's your uniform for this month's standard Ugly Christmas Sweater party. There's only one problem: this Bah Hum Pug Sweater ($31) is not even ugly. How can it be, with the smooshy face of your little angel on it?
Dec 18, 2014 8:05 AM
A colander is just a colander, right? Well, we guess so, but these 5 Quart Savora ones ($40) are stylish. From their colored stainless steel bodies to their sleek swirled openings, the colanders ooze elegance. Maybe it'll make up for your own personal lack of finesse in the kitchen.
Dec 18, 2014 8:00 AM
Okay, so they're not going to have the sound quality of a pair of noise-canceling Bose headphones, but these UGG Tech Earmuffs ($65) will help you hum along to the new She & Him album while also keeping your ears toasty warm as you scrape the windshield of your car after work. That seems like a decent compromise to us.