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30 Etsy Finds For $30 Or Less
DIY GIFT IDEAS:
Caramel & Chocolate-Covered Apples (above)
DIY Vanilla Extract
DIY Body Scrub (don’t forget to include an expiration date on the label)
DIY Flavored Table Salts (package with some pretty vintage shakers)
DIY Linen Water
DIY Reed Diffuser
And don’t forget: if you’re shipping out a DIYed gift that includes liquids (like linen water), you might want to consider packaging it in a plastic bottle rather than glass.

DIY GIFT IDEAS:

Caramel & Chocolate-Covered Apples (above)

DIY Vanilla Extract

DIY Body Scrub (don’t forget to include an expiration date on the label)

DIY Flavored Table Salts (package with some pretty vintage shakers)

DIY Linen Water

DIY Reed Diffuser

And don’t forget: if you’re shipping out a DIYed gift that includes liquids (like linen water), you might want to consider packaging it in a plastic bottle rather than glass.

 
A gift suggestion that’s 100% my kind of present: 
 
A tarot deck (Golden Tarot is the one I own, and it’s a great one for beginners; very pretty and user-friendly), either by itself or accompanied by a New Moon Creations Nature’s Power Pendant (Lapis, pictured above, is to inspire a positive change).
The pendants come in a wide variety of stones intended to bring the wearer everything from luck to love to protection against negative energy, and are hand-made in Canada by my Aunt Trudy, who’s offering RG readers 15% off of any purchase from her site. (She also does thoughtful and scarily accurate readings, which make a unique holiday present for anyone with introspective leanings.)

A gift suggestion that’s 100% my kind of present: 

A tarot deck (Golden Tarot is the one I own, and it’s a great one for beginners; very pretty and user-friendly), either by itself or accompanied by a New Moon Creations Nature’s Power Pendant (Lapis, pictured above, is to inspire a positive change).

The pendants come in a wide variety of stones intended to bring the wearer everything from luck to love to protection against negative energy, and are hand-made in Canada by my Aunt Trudy, who’s offering RG readers 15% off of any purchase from her site. (She also does thoughtful and scarily accurate readings, which make a unique holiday present for anyone with introspective leanings.)

Present perfection: fill this Leaves of Gold jewelry box ($39.95) with a handful of bangles ($8.97).
(Both from My Mela; check out the site for tons more gorgeous - and affordable - gift finds.)

Present perfection: fill this Leaves of Gold jewelry box ($39.95) with a handful of bangles ($8.97).

(Both from My Mela; check out the site for tons more gorgeous - and affordable - gift finds.)


1. Jonathan Adler Zodiac Pillow ($98): It’s expensive, but I love this as a gift for a newborn (or anyone, any age, really).
2. OshKosh Thermal Bodysuits ($20): I have a few of these, and they’re great – really sturdily made and cozy.
3. Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Soft Chew Toy ($16): It’s the same company that makes the classic Sophie Giraffe, but it’s a Chan Pie Gnon. Whatever that is.
4. Leonor Greyl Mousse Douceur Fleurs D’Oranger ($25): For the baby (or mom) with fancy bathing habits.
5. Hello Mello Kiddo Massage Oil ($22): A gentle massage is a lovely way to wind down baby for bed, and this stuff smells delicious.
6. Manhattan Toy Whoozit ($20): My sister-in-law gave us this, and while Indy is still too little to play with it, she swears up and down that it’s the perfect toy, and that kids go crazy for it. I just love it ’cause it’s funny-looking.
7. Steiff My First Steiff Teddy Bear ($21.99): Every baby needs a classic bear, and Steiff is as classic as it gets.
8. Indie Rock Coloring Book ($9.95; nonprofit organization): Obviously.
9. Manhattan Toy My Snuggly ($15): These are so soft and adorable, and destined to be dragged everywhere.

1. Jonathan Adler Zodiac Pillow ($98): It’s expensive, but I love this as a gift for a newborn (or anyone, any age, really).

2. OshKosh Thermal Bodysuits ($20): I have a few of these, and they’re great – really sturdily made and cozy.

3. Vulli Chan Pie Gnon Soft Chew Toy ($16): It’s the same company that makes the classic Sophie Giraffe, but it’s a Chan Pie Gnon. Whatever that is.

4. Leonor Greyl Mousse Douceur Fleurs D’Oranger ($25): For the baby (or mom) with fancy bathing habits.

5. Hello Mello Kiddo Massage Oil ($22): A gentle massage is a lovely way to wind down baby for bed, and this stuff smells delicious.

6. Manhattan Toy Whoozit ($20): My sister-in-law gave us this, and while Indy is still too little to play with it, she swears up and down that it’s the perfect toy, and that kids go crazy for it. I just love it ’cause it’s funny-looking.

7. Steiff My First Steiff Teddy Bear ($21.99): Every baby needs a classic bear, and Steiff is as classic as it gets.

8. Indie Rock Coloring Book ($9.95; nonprofit organization): Obviously.

9. Manhattan Toy My Snuggly ($15): These are so soft and adorable, and destined to be dragged everywhere.

Classic clothing with a bit of a retro twist always makes a great gift, and these items from Appaman and PaigeLauren Baby (all but the vest are available in a variety of colors) work for both boys and girls.
From Left: Appaman puffy vest ($60); PaigeLauren henley bodysuit($15.50 on sale); Appaman cords ($42); Appaman racing jacket($84); PaigeLauren union suit ($44.00)

Classic clothing with a bit of a retro twist always makes a great gift, and these items from Appaman and PaigeLauren Baby (all but the vest are available in a variety of colors) work for both boys and girls.

From LeftAppaman puffy vest ($60); PaigeLauren henley bodysuit($15.50 on sale); Appaman cords ($42); Appaman racing jacket($84); PaigeLauren union suit ($44.00)


1. This Flameless Candle 3-Pack in Night Splendor ($36 from OpenSky) is awesome: the “candles” are set in beautiful (and big!) gold glass holders, flicker realistically with just a single battery each, and even feel and smell like the real thing.
2. For the orgasm-lover (hee), a full set of NARS’ classic products in the perfect peachy pink with flecks of gold: the Yorokobi Super Orgasm Set ($39) includes a blush, nail polish, and lip gloss.
3. A customizable gift that anyone would love: at Anthropologie, you can buy a chain necklace for about $18, and then customize it with the charms of your choosing – everything from initials to feathers to teeny-tiny hand mirrors.
4. I discovered MCMC perfume oil during an AOL shoot at Bird last summer, and have been obsessing over it ever since. The Noble fragrance ($45 for 9mL) contains notes of jasmine, vetiver and chai tea, and is one of the most sultry, unique scents I’ve ever come across.
5. Two necklaces that I’m obsessed with: chloe + isabel’s Spike Ball Pendant ($168) and Cosmic Thread’s Buoyant Form Necklace ($161).
6. The perfect pair of sunglasses makes the perfect gift, and these D&G cat-eyes ($150) would look great on anyone. Click here to browse Sunglass Hut’s Holiday Gift Guide (you can sort by “what she/he is into”).
7. Melinda Maria’s Gwyneth Marquise Earrings ($98) come in a bunch of different metal and gemstone colors, are a beautiful take on classic-with-a-twist, and are easy to dress up or down – perfect for the holidays.
8. I have a little porcelain bird-shaped jewelry dish sitting on my windowsill (a gift from my aunt), and it makes me happy every time I look at it. This one($19, from Pottery Barn) is just as sweet.
9. It doesn’t get much more adorable than this leopard fedora from Albertus Swanepoel for Target, and the price – just $19.99 – is adorable, too.
10. Borghese’s Fango Ristorativo ($33.50) mud mask for face and body isone of my favorites, and makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for a skincare-obsessed friend.
11. Old-school planners make beautiful, timeless gifts, and while there are lots of options out there, my very favorite is this black leather version from Christian Lacroix ($135).
12. Everyone needs a medium-to-large sized pot with a lid that moves seamlessly from stovetop to oven, and psst! There are lots and lots of majorly discounted, candy-colored ones at HomeGoods – on my last trip I even spotted that Cuisinart pictured above. In lime green. Growl.
13. These studded Portolano driving gloves ($75) are just sexy. And on sale.
14. A super-sweet monogram mug from Anthropologie ($8) makes a perfect (and perfectly affordable) gift for everyone on your list.
15. Open up this Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Sampler ($35) yourself and use the contents to stuff a whole bunch of stockings, or give the entire set to one lucky (and soon-to-be-well-moisturized) recipient.

1. This Flameless Candle 3-Pack in Night Splendor ($36 from OpenSky) is awesome: the “candles” are set in beautiful (and big!) gold glass holders, flicker realistically with just a single battery each, and even feel and smell like the real thing.

2. For the orgasm-lover (hee), a full set of NARS’ classic products in the perfect peachy pink with flecks of gold: the Yorokobi Super Orgasm Set ($39) includes a blush, nail polish, and lip gloss.

3. A customizable gift that anyone would love: at Anthropologie, you can buy a chain necklace for about $18, and then customize it with the charms of your choosing – everything from initials to feathers to teeny-tiny hand mirrors.

4. I discovered MCMC perfume oil during an AOL shoot at Bird last summer, and have been obsessing over it ever since. The Noble fragrance ($45 for 9mL) contains notes of jasmine, vetiver and chai tea, and is one of the most sultry, unique scents I’ve ever come across.

5. Two necklaces that I’m obsessed with: chloe + isabel’s Spike Ball Pendant ($168) and Cosmic Thread’s Buoyant Form Necklace ($161).

6. The perfect pair of sunglasses makes the perfect gift, and these D&G cat-eyes ($150) would look great on anyone. Click here to browse Sunglass Hut’s Holiday Gift Guide (you can sort by “what she/he is into”).

7. Melinda Maria’s Gwyneth Marquise Earrings ($98) come in a bunch of different metal and gemstone colors, are a beautiful take on classic-with-a-twist, and are easy to dress up or down – perfect for the holidays.

8. I have a little porcelain bird-shaped jewelry dish sitting on my windowsill (a gift from my aunt), and it makes me happy every time I look at it. This one($19, from Pottery Barn) is just as sweet.

9. It doesn’t get much more adorable than this leopard fedora from Albertus Swanepoel for Target, and the price – just $19.99 – is adorable, too.

10. Borghese’s Fango Ristorativo ($33.50) mud mask for face and body isone of my favorites, and makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for a skincare-obsessed friend.

11. Old-school planners make beautiful, timeless gifts, and while there are lots of options out there, my very favorite is this black leather version from Christian Lacroix ($135).

12. Everyone needs a medium-to-large sized pot with a lid that moves seamlessly from stovetop to oven, and psst! There are lots and lots of majorly discounted, candy-colored ones at HomeGoods – on my last trip I even spotted that Cuisinart pictured above. In lime green. Growl.

13. These studded Portolano driving gloves ($75) are just sexy. And on sale.

14. A super-sweet monogram mug from Anthropologie ($8) makes a perfect (and perfectly affordable) gift for everyone on your list.

15. Open up this Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy Sampler ($35) yourself and use the contents to stuff a whole bunch of stockings, or give the entire set to one lucky (and soon-to-be-well-moisturized) recipient.

If you’re going big with a holiday gift for a special lady in your life…I say jewelry and bags. There is no one who doesn’t like jewelry and bags. (Fine, thatKitchenAid stand mixer works well, too.)

Jewelry (clockwise from top left)Alexandra Moosally Yellow Gold and Pave Diamond Artichoke necklace (price upon request; click here for contact info and use code AMGLAM for 20% off of any order through December 10, 2011); Swati Jr* Selene’s Dangles earrings ($108); Lanvin Gourmette Bracelet ($390).

Bags (clockwise from top left)Milly Victoria ($380); Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal to the Metal Pouchette (not a new style, but absolutely perfect for a wear-everywhere black purse…I’ve had my eye on this one forever; $248); House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Box Clutch ($225); Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Clutch (a mini version of that perfect bag, in goes-with-everything navy-and-gold; $195).


1. A cozy, wintry (and affordable) sweater, like these from Chaps (approx $50)
2. For the foodie, some Acetaia Leonardi Saba ($37), a legendary condiment/sweetener similar to balsamic vinegar (click here for more OpenSky Holiday Favorites)
3. StriVectin’s new Men’s Wrinkle-Fighting Tool Kit ($79), which protects skin from both dryness caused by daily shaving and aging
4. A classic, sexy perfume, like John Varvatos’ namesake scent ($60), with sage flower and leather essence
5. Gloves that leave his fingers free for iPhone fiddling; I love this pair with knit cuffs from UGG Australia ($115)
6. J.Crew does men’s accessories seriously well, but few are finer or more likely to be universally adored than this Marled Wool Scarf ($58)
7. For the clean-cut man in your life, Votre Vu’s Smooth Operators Shave Set ($79): it includes a shaving cream, a skin balancer, and a moisturizer in one pretty package
8. And for the home entertainer, a set of crystal glasses (these are $64, from Williams-Sonoma) for on-the-rocks beverages.

1. A cozy, wintry (and affordable) sweater, like these from Chaps (approx $50)

2. For the foodie, some Acetaia Leonardi Saba ($37), a legendary condiment/sweetener similar to balsamic vinegar (click here for more OpenSky Holiday Favorites)

3. StriVectin’s new Men’s Wrinkle-Fighting Tool Kit ($79), which protects skin from both dryness caused by daily shaving and aging

4. A classic, sexy perfume, like John Varvatos’ namesake scent ($60), with sage flower and leather essence

5. Gloves that leave his fingers free for iPhone fiddling; I love this pair with knit cuffs from UGG Australia ($115)

6. J.Crew does men’s accessories seriously well, but few are finer or more likely to be universally adored than this Marled Wool Scarf ($58)

7. For the clean-cut man in your life, Votre Vu’s Smooth Operators Shave Set ($79): it includes a shaving cream, a skin balancer, and a moisturizer in one pretty package

8. And for the home entertainer, a set of crystal glasses (these are $64, from Williams-Sonoma) for on-the-rocks beverages.


If you’re looking to go big this holiday season, gifts for the guy in your life don’t get better than these.
Try an old-school-upgraded record player (it records LPs onto CDs, too) and an assortment of vintage (or new) vinyl, an extremely badass leather jacket (this is the same one that Gregory House wears on the show), a rugged watch (either classic or carabiner), or a wireless speaker system perfect for everything from camping to conference calls.
Ion Turntable with Direct CD Recording ($299.99)
Vanson House Jacket ($575)
Timex Vintage Field Army Watch ($150)
Orvis Carabiner Sport Watch with Compass ($98)
Jawbone Jambox ($199.99)

If you’re looking to go big this holiday season, gifts for the guy in your life don’t get better than these.

Try an old-school-upgraded record player (it records LPs onto CDs, too) and an assortment of vintage (or new) vinyl, an extremely badass leather jacket (this is the same one that Gregory House wears on the show), a rugged watch (either classic or carabiner), or a wireless speaker system perfect for everything from camping to conference calls.

Ion Turntable with Direct CD Recording ($299.99)

Vanson House Jacket ($575)

Timex Vintage Field Army Watch ($150)

Orvis Carabiner Sport Watch with Compass ($98)

Jawbone Jambox ($199.99)

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