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Birthdays And Social Distancing: 5 Unique Gift Ideas

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Today we want to share with you 5 unique gift ideas for birthdays and social distancing. Social distancing has been tough on all friends and groups who used to meet up once a week for drinks and conversation. It’s been tough on people missing their families, who had special ties with their colleagues, and anyone who loved and valued people in their lives that they didn’t live with. 

This doesn’t mean that you can’t still show them love, though, and we’re here to give you five amazing ideas for gifts that will blow them away, and remind them that you’re thinking about them. Our list has everything from DIY ideas to thoughtful gestures, so keep reading! 

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1. A Custom Portrait 

With everyone stuck indoors, people have occupied themselves with redesigning their homes. While some moved the furniture in their rooms around, those who could afford to, changed things up completely. If you know someone like that in your family, consider giving them a custom portrait painting as a gift! 

Choose a photo that they love the most, and have it turned into a masterful work of art. When it’s done, you can have it delivered straight to their doorstep. 

2. A Self-Care Package 

Who says you only have to give your loved ones a single big thing? Get yourself a pretty box, and fill it up with all sorts of knick-knacks, self care products, snacks and whatnot to cheer your buddies up. 

You can pick a theme for your self-care packages, like a movie night or a spa-day, and add things that would help them have the best day ever. A self-care package may include face masks, a bottle of wine, bath bombs, and chocolates, but a bake-day package may include instructions for your friend to bake a certain cake or pastry, and the ingredients they need to do it. 

3. Book Subscriptions 

If you have a friend who’s missing the library, or someone who generally just loves books, you can subscribe them to a service that sends them a book of their choice every month. Book of the Month has options you can choose from, and there are countless services just like this for things ranging from watches to art supplies. 

4. Supplies For Their Hobbies 

For the artist in your friend groups, what’s a better gift idea than a bag full of art supplies? If you’re looking this hard for gift ideas for the people in your life, you probably know what their hobbies are – orgift ideas for birthdays and social distancing what hobby they wish they could get into.  

Take the time out to do some research about what they’ll need for their hobbies, be it candle making, working with epoxy raisins, cake decoration, arts and crafts, or even building legos. There are bundles and information all over the internet that can give you all the information you need, and it might be a push in the right direction for many of your friends. 

5. Handmade Cards- With a Twist! 

If all else fails, go the classic route and make a thoughtful card for them. Choose the colors they love, use inside jokes, and make the card as special as you can. Then when you’re done, put a gift card for their favorite place to shop in there – or even for amazon for some extra sweetness. 

We all know how families and individuals alike are struggling in these times, and this kind of present might help your friends get things for themselves that they couldn’t afford but needed. 

In the end, gift giving is all about the thoughtfulness of the gift, and not the money that went into it. That said, don’t let the physical distance come between you and your loved ones! 

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7 Reasons Socks Are Actually a Romantic Gift Idea

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Today we want to share 7 reasons socks are actually a romantic gift idea. For a long time, socks have gotten a bad rap when it comes to gift-giving. Cue the 1960s footage of boys with well-combed hair, ripping open holiday presents, only to reluctantly hold up a pair of wool socks. But that’s not the case anymore. Today, socks are some of the best socks when you’re shopping on a budget.

And in case your budget is light though your heart is full, socks are not only affordable but they can also be really romantic. That might seem like a crazy statement at first, but there is actually a lot of good reason behind it: socks are warm, they can be funny and silly, they can be luxurious. 

Socks Are Actually a Romantic Gift Idea

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If you’re wondering if giving socks to a romantic partner is an appropriate gift, here are seven reasons why those socks are actually a great choice:

1. They keep you warm and cozy

The number one reason to wear socks is to keep your feet warm and cozy all year long. This is an especially tough challenge during the winter months or if you live in a cold environment.

If your partner is always complaining that their feet are cold, give them the fuzziest, warmest, most luscious pair of socks that you can find. Most of us would not purchase those kinds of socks for ourselves because they can be expensive — at least, they’re expensive compared to other pairs of socks. On the gift-giving spectrum, they’re actually very affordable! That’s why they’re the perfect way to spoil your partner while you’re on a budget.

2. They can be part of an at-home spa routine

Self-care is essential to our overall well-being. One way to practice self-care is to take care of your body’s physical needs, making time to relax. This could include getting a good night’s sleep, eating well, and sometimes pampering yourself. Creating an at-home spa routine is the perfect way to pamper yourself in a practical way. 

To boost your partner’s spa routine, give them the gift of a pair of gel-infused socks. These socks help to moisturize their feet and keep them warm. Have them put them on just after a bath or foot-soak and lotion application to lock in moisture and hydrate dry skin. And if your partner wears them overnight, the results will be even better.

3. You can never have enough

Socks Are Actually a Romantic Gift Idea

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Socks wear out. The elastic stretches. Holes appear in the heel or in the toes. One sock mysteriously goes missing between the washing machine and the dryer. We replace socks all the time. Often, we buy ourselves just plain packs of socks because they’re cheap and practical. That’s why receiving a silly or colorful pair of socks from a loved one is so much fun!

And, because you can never have enough socks, they’re the perfect gift for that person who has everything. Help them stock up on the coziest, silliest socks you can find. They’re sure to be put to good use.

4. Customized socks can play on inside jokes

Customized socks are the most fun way to gift socks. The New York Times puts it in their top 20 list of best stocking stuffers. You can choose the color and style of the sock and also choose pictures to appear in a pattern on the sock.

I’ve seen this done with pets, loved ones, favorite actors, TV/movie characters, you name it! These socks can be romantic because they are fun, thoughtful, and silly. Most importantly, it shows your loved one how well you know them. They can be as goofy as you want, as long as they feature something that your partner loves.

5. They’re practical but playful

Socks Are Actually a Romantic Gift Idea

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For many of us, work attire can be pretty boring. Slacks and button-ups get old pretty fast. But you can always add a pop of personality and color with your socks. Because they’re hidden most of the time, they aren’t too distracting. But when you get a peek of a brightly colored sock or something with a silly pattern, it can be kind of fun!

If you’re buying for someone who has a 9 to 5 with a strict dress code, try and track down socks with fun patterns and prints. When they have a tough day, they’ll see them and think of you!

6. You can shop for themed socks

As No Cold Feet notes, there’s even a case to be made for giving Valentine socks as a gift. Just about every store that sells socks will sell socks specifically designed for Valentine’s Day. No Cold Feet takes it one step further though. You can buy a two-pack of socks in any color and style of your choosing. Once you have the socks picked out, you can choose one of three V-Day themed packaging options, or choose a custom one. You can also take an eco-friendly approach to this process and gift your loved one sustainable socks made from bamboo.

Sometimes, socks get pigeon-holed into being an add-on gift. You have your main gift and then you have the socks as an added bonus. But themed socks packaged up just for the holiday are a perfect standalone gift.

7. Every style is represented

While we’ve spent a good deal of time talking about silly socks in this article, it’s also important to note that classic sock patterns and styles make for great gifts too. Not all of us want brightly-colored goofy socks. Some would rather stick to solid colors, stripes, argyle, and other classic patterns.

The great thing about socks is that they come in just about every style, color, and pattern imaginable. No matter who you’re shopping for, you can find the perfect pair of socks to fit their style. Even if the socks seem plain or boring to you, your partner might love them and will think of you when they wear them.

Socks might not be the first thing you think of when you start shopping for a romantic gift, but they should definitely be considered. Whether your partner likes funny gifts or serious ones, luxurious gifts or practical ones, you can find the perfect pair of socks to fit their preferences. The next time a romantic holiday comes around, pick out a pair of special socks for the occasion.

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Celebrate Your Everlasting Love This Valentine’s Day with East Olivia’s Valentine’s Day Collection

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Normally, when we think of the ideal Valentine’s Day gift, we think of classic roses. However, live flowers don’t have much of a shelf life. East Olivia has remedied this situation by offering a beautiful selection of preserved roses, each with their own beautiful vase, in their 2020 Valentine’s Collection. We had the chance to catch up with East Olivia founder Kelsea Olivia about her stunning new collection, as well as how the pandemic prompted her to reinvent her business. Check out the Valentine’s Collection HERE!

Cliché: What is it about flowers that speaks to you as an artistic medium?

I believe beauty is a human right, not a luxury, and nature is evidence of that. That belief and that truth is what made me fall in love with flowers. When I began working more with flowers, which started when I worked at Anthropologie and BHLDN in NYC and taking many visits to the NYC flower market, I got exposed to hundreds of varieties of flowers I had never experienced before. That experience helped me realize the connection between the human spirit and our exposure to beauty and how important that relationship is. Even though flowers aren’t the only way to experience beauty, they are the medium that inspires and excites me most. 

Tell us about your company, East Olivia

We are a female founded, women-led creative agency based in NYC who (pre-covid-19) specialized in large scale floral installations. Post-COVID-19, we have shifted gears to launch our direct to consumer online forever floral shop and our fresh-flower therapy boxes in an effort to still bring beauty and blooms to the world while we’re all stuck at home.  

We want to hear all about your new Valentine’s Day collection!

The new Valentine’s Collection is so exciting because we are introducing a brand new ingredient which we have never used before, where our persevered roses are scented! Most other companies that sell preserved roses keep them in boxes – we believe the beauty shouldn’t be kept in a box and these roses should be displayed in an arrangement instead. The roses are 100% bio-degradable and last a year if taken properly and the scent lasts up to a month.

Why did you want to create preserved roses?

Preserved roses have been a trend for a long time, but they are always contained in a box. I have been working with preserved roses for a long time and believe that beauty doesn’t belong in a box. Being a floral designer, I like to take our ingredients and be expressive with them, rather than keep them contained. 

What message did you want to send with your Valentine’s Day collection?

The collection represents everlasting love – how beautiful is it to be able to express your love to somebody with flowers, but with flowers that will last more than a week?! There’s nothing wrong with fresh flowers, however it’s a great medium to be able to express love and admiration for somebody with flowers that last longer. 

What are some Valentine’s Day gifts that you would recommend?   

I would recommend any and all of the gifts in our Valentine’s Collection at shopeastoliva.com. We’ve curated a beautiful collection of not only forever florals with scented roses, but a variety of fun, and on-trend candles and cards to complement our forever florals. 

As a creative agency, what was your process in terms of cultivating a unique floral experience for every event?

Our floral installations have always been bespoke and have always been the result of the narrative of our clients. We partner with our clients to create a unique floral expression of their overall vision. It is always about connecting with the client and being clear about the narrative and purpose of the event and what they want their guest to feel like. It always starts with a story. It’s so fun to bring clients purpose and vision to life with our florals

How has the pandemic impacted your business?

It completely destroyed our events business overnight, cost us millions of dollars in 2020, and wiped out my ability to maintain my staff. It was through launching the forever floral shop and fresh flower therapy boxes that made it possible for us to hang on this long. That being said, the road ahead is still very tough and it’s quite challenging financially for us and millions of other small businesses that relied on events. We hope and pray each day that that part of our business will come back very soon! 

What lessons have you learned thus far by switching to e-commerce?

I’ve learned that customer #1 is our staff and team, meaning that our customers from our e-commerce can’t have a great experience if our team and staff aren’t taken care of. This is extremely challenging amidst a global pandemic when resources are extremely scarce. Also, the creative process is just as fun as events. Myself and my team have a blast creating each collection – coming up with the names for the arrangements and shooting the products. It’s just as fulfilling as the creative work of events – but nothing can replace the in-person connection that we had during events and that part we still greatly miss. Lastly, the finances are far more complicated. Bootstrapping a direct-to-consumer business is very challenging – if you want to scale your business, you have to spend more money in order to make more money. 

Do you have any advice for businesses that are struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic and (different degrees of restrictions) but are nervous to make the switch to e-commerce?

My advice would be to begin inward within your own industry. We turned inward towards our industry first for support and also to see how we could support one another. That’s how the flower therapy box came to be. Shifting to an e-commerce platform is something I had been wanting to do for many, many years. I think staying true and authentic to your own brand and offerings is most important and don’t necessarily think that shifting to an e-commerce platform is the right answer for everybody.  

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Incredible Gift Ideas For All Ages And Relations

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Let’s take a look at some gift ideas for different ages and relations in this post. We know it is not easy to buy a gift for someone, so we hope that this will help.

Gift idea for a special woman in your life: A silver locket

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Buying a present for the one you adore can be a difficult process. After all you obviously want to ensure that you buy them something which will impress them and make a lasting impression. There are the obvious choices such as flowers and chocolates, but these only impress in the moment and there is not a lot of thought and consideration put in to such gifts. One present which most women seem to love is jewellery, however it is hard to stray away from the obvious options, such as diamonds or a heart necklace. You want to make sure you get your loved one something which is unique and special to them personally, and one of the ways you can do so is by buying them a silver locket.

Silver lockets are the perfect gift for any women as they are everlasting and can carry a special meaning for eternity. The locket itself is obviously the most special part of this gift as inside the person can place a photograph or memento which is particularly important to them. Most people use this to put a picture of the one they love or their children. It is a way of carrying your loved ones close to your heart at all times and thus the message a silver locket carries is extremely heart warming and touching.

Another great thing about buying a silver locket as a gift is that it will never go out of fashion. They are a jewellery piece which is timeless and their stunning appearance is something which can be appreciated for years to come. This is a reason that a lot of people pass on their lockets to their children and grandchildren and they consequently become an item which can be passed down generations for eternity.

So if you are looking for the perfect gift for a special women in your life then why not look online and see if there is a silver locket for them. There are an array of different styles and designs available thus you can be assured to find the perfect present.

Gift idea for someone who loves gadgets: a drone

In addition to the suggestions that have been made so far, if you’re looking for a gift for someone who is a fan of electronic items and gadgets, a drone is a good idea. You can head to https://www.drdrone.ca/ for some ideas and inspiration, as there are so many different drones on the market today. This means that there is something for all personalities and all budgets, so you should have no trouble finding a drone for a friend or a family member.

Low-cost gift for any girl: Handbag charm

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Every girl on the planet has a handbag. We keep our lives in them; mobile phone, make up, money, keys, diary… the list is endless. It is thus vitally important that our bags are not only attractive fashion pieces but that they also sum up our personality and who we are, after all, we are going to be carrying them around every day. One of the ways you can add an extra element of excitement and individuality to your bag is buy purchasing one of the many quirky bag charms available on the market today. 

There are so many different bag charms available for you to choose from, ensuring that you are bound to find something that suits you, your style and who you are. Here are just a handle of some of the designs you can find out there today; handbags, teddy bears, pearls, lockets, hearts, stars, jewels, diamonds, angels, to name but a few. 

Not only do bag charms add character to your handbag but they also ensure that your trusted bag is individual as it is highly unlikely that someone will have exactly the same bag as you and exactly the same bag charms attached to it. If you like your style to be one of the kind and pride yourself on being individual then this is the perfect way to achieve that. 

In addition to this, these jewellery charms are the perfect present idea for any women or girl. There is no way that the person you are buying a bag charm for will be unsatisfied with their gift. At the same time it is highly unlikely that anyone else will have thought to buy the same present, so it looks like you have put a lot of effort into finding the perfect gift. 

So if you want to express your character, add some life to your handbag or find a great present for a friend, why not consider a bag charm?

A gift idea for your grandparents: something personalized

It can be difficult to select a gift for your grandparents because they are from a different generation and so it can be challenging to know what they like and what they don’t like. However, getting your grandparents something personalized and family-related is a good place to start.  A personalized jewelry design with grandchildren names for instance. This is the sort of gifts that grandparents love because they just want to be noticed and appreciated. Plus, it shows that you have put a lot of thought and effort into the gift that you have chosen, and this will not go unnoticed. 

A gift anyone would appreciate: a massage

There is nothing worse than getting in from the gym and feeling strained and tight. You wake up the next morning and even walking seems to be a struggle. You convince yourself it is because you have worked too hard and need a break. But, it happens again, and again, and again. The truth is you probably need some body massage therapy. You need to look after your body and this does not only involve working out and being fit. You also need to ensure your body cools down and your muscles relax. Whether you are an athlete or simply exercise regularly, this is a concept that applies to all. 

There are many benefits linked with booking in a body massage. In fact you should try and do this on a regular occasion. One of the main advantages related to body massage therapy is the relief of any pain or stiffness. It is not unusual to feel stiff after a workout. A full body massage can help your body feel relaxed and at ease. Furthermore, a massage can help to eradicate any pain being experienced. From pulling a muscle to a more serious injury a massage is always a recommended part of the recovery process. 

In addition to this, a massage is recommended in order to increase an individual’s blood circulation. This

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is crucial because it ensures that all of the necessary nutrients and oxygen reach the organs and tissues. This is imperative for your body internally. After all, if your blood circulation is weak then you can suffer from high blood pressure. This can seriously damage your well being and affect your level of fitness. Furthermore, increasing the blood circulation helps individuals to recover better from any injuries they may be experiencing as well. This is because the nutrients target the muscles and help them to rebuild themselves. 

Another reward connected with massage therapy is the fact that it helps individuals to sleep better. There are many studies that have proved this point true and they have concluded that this is the case because the therapy affects the delta waves. Delta waves are the brain waves that are connected to an individual’s deep sleep. As everyone knows, if you don’t have a good night’s sleep then you can end up feeling grotty and out of sorts in the morning. Exercising whilst being tired is not recommended because your body will not be able to adjust properly. You then increase the potential for stiffness and pain. 

Apart from the points already stated, massage therapy is valuable because it helps individuals to constantly improve their level of fitness. A massage will help you to be able to develop your level of muscle flexibility and potential for more motion. The more you engage in this massage therapy the better your performance will be. If you continue this circle of exercise and massage you will be able to achieve your optimum level of health and fitness. 

If you partake in regular exercise and are concerned about your health and fitness levels then it is essential you couple your excursions with body massage treatment. This will ensure you repair quickly from injuries, aid proper blood circulation, eradicate any stiffness or pain, get a better night’s sleep and continue to improve your fitness levels. 

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Doria Adoukè and the Importance of Diverse Gifts

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Today we want to talk about Doria Adoukè and the importance of diverse gifts.  Our world is changing before our eyes and though we are stepping in the right direction there are still many things that need to change. Diverse gifts are something that you may never have thought about depending on who you are, but they are something that is becoming more significant for minorities in particular.

Why Are People Frustrated By Not Being Represented In Gift Stores?

the Importance of Diverse GiftsA lot of people have grown more and more frustrated at the non-representation of minorities within gift stores. This is beyond frustrating for many because different races are still being viewed as more sought after, therefore creating a sense of rejection for others. This is even worse for a child as children’s brains are growing and these are key learning stages, by seeing no dolls and toys of their skin color they will start to see one skin tone as better than the others. It is not fair that mostly white gifts are making it onto the shelf and diverse gifts are possibly more important than you think.

Why are diverse gifts important?

Diverse gifts are a huge part of your upbringing and how you later view the world and yourself. During the 1900s, and only in recent years has it really changed overall, toys, in particular, would lean towards a certain look. This was the white skin and blue eyes that were featured on millions of dolls such as Barbies. Luckily now barbies and other children’s toys have become more diverse, such as barbies with hijabs. This is vital for children growing up because it is someone for them to look up to and to see themselves in. It is shown in multiple studies that the models shown to children during their upbringing have a huge effect on them. By adding diverse gifts, we can look towards a diverse and compassionate future, and eventually equality.

How Are People Changing The Gift Industry?the Importance of Diverse Gifts

Many people of all ethnicities and backgrounds are coming together to create gifts that empower one another and show that you are not worth any less because of your skin tone. This is a great step forward and it is one that will change the upbringing and futures of many, many people. Doria Adoukè is a French illustrator that has made artwork that is based on empowering people’s bodies and skin tones. Being the only black person in her class in France, she was brought up in a mono-cultural environment. She now works towards creating this environment for others through her art that shows the diversity that we all need to see. She creates artwork in multiple forms including illustrated prints. These prints showcase women in their multi-cultural background and each print is empowering in a strong way. She also wanted to help join others together to celebrate black women and showcased it in her 2021 African American Calendar that is filled with beautiful illustrations that will catch your eye.

Diverse gift shops are improving but we still have a long road ahead of us.

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Fashionable Accessories and Jewelry Gift Ideas for Her

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Fashionable accessories and jewelry are an essential part of a fashionista’s wardrobe, taking an outfit from fine to fabulous just seconds, whether it is a pair of shoes, a new bag or a simple hair accessory. Whether she wants zebra-print boots or a Simone Rocha tote, she’ll be delighted with a gift that helps her both look and feel amazing.

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Fashionable accessories gift ideas

Designer bags

One of the last bags designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the Chanel 19 Bag is inspired by the classic 2.55 bag which was designed by Coco Chanel in February 1955 and is likely to become the brands next classic.

For a larger tote bag, consider the acrylic and faux pearl-embellished leather tote from Simone Rocha. This stunning bag is shaped and polished to look like a pearl that can also be worn across the body.

Animal-Print Boots

Tap into her wild side with animal print boots that can be worn with a day dress, denim or her favorite little black dress. It’s your choice for the style of boot, from cowboy boots with zebra stripes to leopard print ankle boots from Yves Saint Laurent. If you’re not sure which animal print to choose, try a simple mixed animal print ankle boot with brown-striped zebra and leopard. Slouchy silhouette boots have a sexy look when paired with a LBD, making it perfect for date-night. Knee-high boots look great with skinny jeans.

Hair accessories

Hair accessories are an easy way to change up a look from season to season. Choose from ribbons, scarves, and flowers, but also jewels for fancy occasions, including cascades of Swarovski crystals over the head. Scarves have a hippie and retro vibe depending on the way they are styled, without acting like a cover.

Jewelry gift ideas

Fashionable Accessories and Jewelry

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There are major trends in jewelry this year. Some of these are new takes on old themes. This makes your gift choices a lot easier, as if they liked a similar style in the past, they’re likely to love the new take by modern designers.

Bold colors

Jewelry is the perfect way to add color to a look. Bright floral and beaded pieces, gemstones and mismatched colors are all about having fun with accessories to make a statement. This trend means it is simple to find awesome anniversary gifts for her since each year is marked by a particular gem that you can match to your gift. Whilst pearl is for 30 years of marriage and diamond for your 60th anniversary, the lesser-known stones include the fifth anniversary stone is sapphire and the 16th peridot.

Super-sized jewelry

Hoop earrings in gold have been supersized to wear with everything from power suits, to LBDs and jeans. Chain-link necklaces have also been seen on the catwalk at far larger sizes than previously. The key to styling an oversized piece of chain-link jewelry is to contrast the size with something more delicate like a single diamond necklace.

Single earrings

Instead of matching earrings, catwalk models were wearing just one earring. Crystal styles that cascaded past the shoulder and ornate gold version earrings are on-trend in an explosion of color. Bright floral and beaded pieces, gemstones and mismatched colors are all about having fun with accessories to make a statement.

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Pearls

Pearls are one of this year’s hair accessory trends, pinned into braids, the base of ballerina buns or dotted through the hair for a romantic touch to glamorous retro hairstyles. You can buy pearl earrings where you have the option of detaching it whenever you wish, leaving a simple hoop earring. 

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Our Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

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The neighborhoods are filled with soft lights and bright lawn ornaments, peppermint is added into everything, and holiday classics are playing on the radio. We say it every year, but we’ll say it again: my, how fast the holidays have come. As we fill our handbags with shopping lists, try to score the best deals out there, and decorate our homes in time for our family visits, it’s quite incredible how we even manage to get gift shopping done. If you’re not an early bird who gets everything crossed off their list by the end of November (guilty as charged), don’t stress yourself out over it. We completely understand how nerve-wracking this time of year can be, but remember it is also the most wonderful time of year. Keep your holiday cheer in full motion—even as you’re fighting your way to grab that last limited edition lipstick set on sale—with our holiday beauty gift guide for every makeup lover, junkie, shopaholic, or whichever term of endearment you call them, in your life. Whether it’s this season’s most sought out perfume or the must-have metallic shadow to wear on New Year’s Eve, we’ll help make every beauty babe you love be giddy with joy when she opens up your gift. Just be sure to tell her it’s from you to them and from us to you. *Wink, wink*

 

Doucce’s Winter Gift Set, $76, www.doucce.com 
Your makeup essentials—from lipstick to eyeshadows to blush—are all set to gift in a festive red travel makeup pouch. All you have to do is just add a bow on top.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Ultimate Glow, $45, www.sephora.com
A beauty babe can never have too much glow, especially during the holidays.

Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, $16.05, www.barnesandnoble.com
Skincare, hair products, cosmetics, and perfumes aren’t the only thing you can gift a lover of beauty. This book by makeup legend Kevyn Aucoin is something we’ll treasure as much as our favorite highlighter.

Grande Hotel Cafe, $49, www.toofaced.com
Not only is this the cutest gift set ever, but it’s filled with plenty of goodies that would cure beauty tooth.

Honest Beauty Rose Gold Glimmer Kit, $35, www.ulta.com
Rose gold + glitter. Enough said.

Bite Beauty Best Bite Redux, $25, www.sephora.com

NARS Mind Game Velvet Lip Glide Set, $45, www.sephora.com
We couldn’t pick just one lip set, so I’ll leave the decision up to you. Don’t worry—either or is a win in our book!

CHANEL Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum, $72, www.sephora.com
A little Chanel is just good for the soul.

La Mer Mini Miracles Duo, $85, www.shopnordstrom.com
The best makeup application starts with fresh skin. Any beauty babe would appreciate this thoughtful gift.
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The Perfect Gifts For Faraway Friends

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Holidays can be stressful enough without worrying about presents, but what do you do when your BFF lives states away? Sure, you can mail them a gift, but shopping around for goodies can be exhausting; not only do you have to find something they’d love, but it has to be under a certain weight and size so you don’t get hit with high shipping costs. Not to mention, it may have to be heavy-duty bubble-wrapped so it doesn’t break. Forget that. Make the holiday season easier with these gift-delivery services.
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The holiday season is a time of celebration. Why not encapsulate that feeling with your gift? Send your friend a party in a box with Packed Party! Each Packed Party package includes four to five handpicked items relevant to the theme of the box. Exact items change every few months so this company is a keeper for future holidays! Packed Party also offers Liddle Bit of Party, a package similar to the Packed Party boxes, but with fewer items and a lower price tag.
Top Contender: You Pampered Thing, You, $52, packedparty.com

Give your friend a spa day! This Packed Party package includes items like a silk sleep mask, a soy candle, soothing hand cream, a bar of lavender soap, and lip oil.
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Sometimes the best way to a friend’s heart is through their sweet tooth. Gift Tree offers a huge selection of tasty goodies—cookies, chocolates, candy, and more. Find your friend’s favorite, and you’re all set! If that’s not for you, Gift Tree also offers a variety of other themed gift goods like wine, beer, fruit, flowers, and spa products!
Top Contender: Classic Holiday Gift Tower, $29.95, Gifttree.com
Delicious delivery! This gift tower features six stacked boxes of snacks such as Lindt and Ghirardelli chocolates and truffles, gourmet popcorn, old-fashioned candies, snack mix, milk chocolate malt balls, toffee peanuts, and chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels. This package even includes a complimentary pair of scissors so your friend won’t have to wait a moment to receive sweet satisfaction!
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Craving a more personal touch to your gift? Put together a package without the hassle of store-hopping or shipping! BOXFOX allows you to choose from their list of available products to curate a box tailored to your friend’s interests. Products include sweets, chocolates, workout accessories, literature, stationery, and even relaxing bath goods. There’s something for everybody. Still like the option of a premade box? BOXFOX has ready-to-go packages as well.
Top Contender: Jet Set, $60, shopboxfox.com
If your bestie has big dreams of adventure and travel, this is the box for them. This BOXFOX package includes a luxurious pashmina, a Kate Spade canvas travel bag, Static Solution from The Laundress, Rifle Paper Co. Pocket Notebooks, and 3 Herban Essentials hand wipes.
Read more Holiday articles at Clichemag.com.
“The Perfect Gifts For Faraway Friends” originally appeared as “You’ve Got Mail” in Cliché Magazine’s Dec 2015/Jan 2016 issue. Photos courtesy of Packed Party, Gift Tree, and BOXFOX

Makeup Stocking Stuffers

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Hello, my blushing beauty babes! Our favorite time of year has made its appearance once again as we’ve snuggled into cozy sweaters with steaming mugs of hot cocoa. Amongst the endless array of holiday decorations, the smell of pine, and peppermint-flavored goods, the beauty world has gone into a frenzy with deals and bargains galore. We at Cliché know how exciting and terrifying shopping can be during the holidays, so just like Santa has a list to keep everything in check, we’re more than glad to help with a shopping guide of our very own. For all of you beauty lovers out there, move the old school idea of stocking stuffers to the side and make room for bags of beauty topped off with a bow. From glittery nail polishes to rich colored lippies, I’ve looked high and low for the best and most adorable makeup bag “stuffers” available. This year, give beauty aficionados (or yourself!) a lovely makeup bag filled with goodies that can be used year-round. Don’t forget to check your list twice! Happy holiday shopping, beauts!
Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Rollerball Trio

(Marc Jacobs Fragrance Daisy Rollerball Trio $45, www.sephora.com)

One for your mother, one for your BFF, and one for you! You go, Glen Coco!
Tony Moly Panda's Dream White Hand Cream

(Panda’s Dream White Hand Cream $12, www.sephora.com)

A.) It’s in the shape of a cuddly panda. B.) It’s a Korean beauty product, which means you know anyone’s hands will be totally covered throughout the winter season with this product. They’ll feel just as soft as panda fur!
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(O.P.I Infrared-y to Glow $9.50, www.ulta.com)

Essie Luxe Effects

(Essie Holiday Luxe Effects Fringe Factor $8.50, www.ulta.com)

Sparkly nails every day are perfectly acceptable.
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(eos Holiday 2015 Limited Edition Decorative Lip Balm Collection $9.99, www.evolutionofsmooth.com)

What’s cuter than festive eos lip balms? Being able to decorate them yourself!

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(Stila Eternally Yours Liquid Lipstick Set $39, www.sephora.com)

These lippies will last through any winter storm.
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(MAKE UP FOR EVER Lash Show Instant Drama False Lashes $18, www.sephora.com)

Holiday parties call for a little sparkle and shine with dramatic lashes.
Smashbox Art Love Color Eyes

(Smashbox ART. LOVE. COLOR. EYES $42, www.sephora.com)

Get colorful eyes to enter the New Year.
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(Kate Spade New York ‘glitter bug – ezra’ cosmetics case $60, www.shop.nordstrom.com)

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(H&M Makeup Bag $12.99, www.hm.com)

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(Breakups to Makeup Canvas Pouch $35, www.urbanoutfitters.com)

The cutest makeup bags to store the best beauty goodies in!
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Makeup Bag Stuffers originally appeared in Cliché Magazine’s Dec/Jan 2015 issue

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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As Father’s Day (June 21) approaches, thinking of a way to show appreciation for your dad may seem daunting. But if you’re struggling to find a gift for your father, have no fear! There are plenty of options out there. The first step is recognizing what interests your father has—whether sports, cars, tools, what have you—and seeking out something he doesn’t yet have.
If you’re looking for gift ideas for dads that are part of fandoms, appreciate a great film, or make sure to catch new episodes of their favorite shows each week, here are some great Father’ sDay gift ideas for you.
DVD Sets
Is your dad a huge fan of Western films? Does he quote movies you’ve never heard of? Does he consistently watch reruns of his favorite TV shows? Is he a movie buff? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, buying DVDs for your dad isn’t a bad idea. You can find complete seasons—or even the whole entire series (depending on your budget)—of his favorite shows on sites such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble. From classics, such as The Munsters, to today’s most popular shows, such as True Detective, you’ll be able to find some show your dad adores. As for films, you can likely find franchise DVD collections and special editions of his favorite films, which are sure to make your dad a happy camper.
Game of Thrones Beer
If your dad enjoys a good drink now and again, as well as watching HBO’s Game of Thrones, Ommegang Brewery’s Game of Thrones beer series is just the thing. The first beer released was Iron Throne, a blonde ale. Now, the NY-based brewery features four additional types: Take the Black Stout, a dark malt; Fire and Blood, a red ale; Valar Morghulis, an Abbey Dubbel ale; and Three-Eyed Raven, a Dark Saison ale.Check local stores to see if the beer is in stock or order from Craft Shack. Three-Eyed Raven is sold for $9.49 a 750ML bottle.
Books
For a more in-depth look at some of your dad’s favorite films and shows, there are a number of books available that delve into the filming process or into the fictional worlds created to entertain. Many shows and films are based on books, comics, and graphic novels, so you can always get your father something to show him what inspired those favorites of his. There are even some cookbooks (such as this Star Wars cookbook) inspired by films.
Kitchen Items
If your dad likes to cook, you can find a number of useful gadgets inspired by his favorite shows to use in the kitchen. From measuring cup sets to bottle openers, you’re sure to find the perfect gift.
Posters
If your dad has a study, garage, or room that he uses to relax in, help him spruce up the walls with some posters of his favorite movies and shows. Redbubble, Etsy, and Amazon offer a number of posters, from minimalist designs to certified movie posters for entertainment buffs everywhere.
Read more Father’s Day posts on ClicheMag.com
Father’s Day Gift Ideas: Featured image courtesy of HBO/True Detective

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Best Friends

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Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday for couples to celebrate; it’s a day for us to show the special people in our lives how much we appreciate and love them for everything they do. We can all agree that one/some of those top people on our “I Love You” lists are our BFFs, the gals and guys that never let us down, especially on this occasion. They’re the ones we can call at any time of the day just to talk when we need someone. The heroes in our lives when we’re having major meltdowns over relationships or life worries. Our personal pick-me-up’s whenever a day has gone sour. The best adventure buddies to go on a trip with just because. They’re the pieces that make us whole, and we totally love them more than we can say! Make sure to show your love for you BFFs with our list of Valentine’s Day Gifts for Best Friends—pizza and cheesy romance flicks included, of course!
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(Partners In Crime Charm Bangle $58, www.katespade.com)
Because they’re the ones we call about whatever crazy, tactical plan we’ve come up with!

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(You Are My Person Card $4.50, www.forever21.com)
This was made famous from Meredith and Cristina’s awesome BFF relationship on Grey’s Anatomy, so making a card from this perfect saying is a must! They totally are our person.

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(The Break-Up Activity Book: Crafting Your Way Through a Broken Heart by Lynn Change $14.90, www.forever21.com)
What better way is there to help your BFF get over a fresh break-up around V-Day than by handing them this book and helping them complete it? BFF’s unite!

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(Hearts Woven Boxer $12/3 for $24, www.urbanoutfitters.com)
Boxers or trunks? This print is made in whichever one your guy BFF prefers! Laughs and giggles will totally be shared. If you have three guy BFFs, this is perfect too—talk about a bargain!

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(I Heart My Cat Mug $12, www.urbanoutfitters.com)
We all have that one crazy, cat lady/man BFF.

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(Get Around Keychain $12, www.shopbando.com)
To remind your best gal friend every day that she truly is a mega babe.

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(Billy Jealousy ‘Beard Envy’ Kit $25, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
Once that beard is grown, your best guy friend can enter into tons of contests. If he wins, call dibs on half of the prize. You obviously helped in that victory!

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(Pave Initial Bar Pendant $32, www.baublebar.com)
Something sweet, simple, and gold.

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(The Tie Bar Silk Stripe Bow Tie $15, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
A bow tie for all of those other fancy occasions. Hey, your guy BFF can even wear it while you watch those sappy romance films!

 

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(Charlotte Tilbury ‘K.I.S.S.I.N.G.’ Mini Lipstick Charm Trio (Limited Edition) $39, http://shop.nordstrom.com)
What better way to end our gift picks than with some lipstick? Mwah!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your BFF!
Read more Holiday posts on ClicheMag.com

Distant Lover

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Plato’s theory has probably become a cliché by now, but after searching endlessly through local bars, having a track record of failed relationships, and going on too many bad dates to count, an ancient philosopher’s idea of having to search far and long for one’s other half is probably all we’ve got left to hold onto. Okay, I’m being melodramatic, but the same holds true; some of you have found love in distance places. That’s beautiful, but relationships are hard enough, and with miles, states, and sometimes even oceans between you and your mate, “it’s complicated” takes on a new meaning. There are communication issues, the longing for each other’s embrace and company, and the ever-annoying PDA by those lovebirds surrounding us. What’s worse is that all of these daily factors suddenly become pressing issues on the day that celebrates love.

But while distance says nothing about the bond between two people, it says a whole lot about the strength of commitment. So although the vast majority of us may enjoy receiving chocolates, roses, Hallmark cards, and teddy bears, if you believe you’ve found “the one” but cannot see and hold them as often as you’d like, why not give a gift with a little more sentiment this Valentine’s Day?

 Etsy.com is the perfect source for such a gift. If you simply type “long-distance relationship” into the website’s search engine, dozens of gift ideas will pop-up which are all personalized by order and handcrafted by the artistic and crafty shop owners themselves. Listed here are just a few of Cliché’s favorites.

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How nice would this look hanging next to your wedding photos or family portrait someday? These chalkboard map prints feature the states in which both you and your lover reside, your names, anniversary date, and an optional quote. These prints are created and sold by Earlybirdink and cost $24.00-$28.00 each.

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 Want something to warm each other up when cuddling isn’t an accessible option? These hand-painted mugs by AbigailDee are the cutest thing! These personalized mug sets cost $32.00 and feature both states, a personal quote, and a dotted line connecting one heart to the next.
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Check out these adorable, personalized keychains made by PureImpressions and sold at $17.00 each. They’re simply perfect for that special someone who has the key to your heart.

Valentine’s Day can be a bummer if you can’t spend it with the one you love, but it’s great to let them know you love them regardless. Besides, distance may be a temporary thing, so why not have something to remind you both where it all began?