Last Minute Gifts That Go the Distance! Lots of Choices for Everyone on Your List!

Ok.. so it’s now the Christmas Eve and you wmight be sheepishly realizing you waited to the last minute (again) for Christmas gifts.
Here are a range of ideas- somme I found online, some I found on TV, some I found on other blogs — credits will follow as I can remember them.

For those who want the easy peasy, no sweat shopping, check your local drugstores or mass merchandise stores like Target! There’s a lot there and things that you could give to anyone of almost any age! For general purposes, here’s a couple of suggestions
For the beauty junkie in your life: the Covergirl LashBlast & ShadowBlast duo— perfectly timed for holiday and particularly New Year’s Eve glam looks and it’s entirely affordable!


Love this combo set– it makes a great gift or stocking stuffer for anyone from little sister, cousin, work colleague even a BFF. It’s easy to use and perfectly affordable.

For those who love the beauty of a white smile (and these days, who doesn’t! It does affect how you see yourself! With Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips Dental Whitening Kit, you can get a nicer smile with whiter teeth in 2 hours!! That’s right– you can get whiter teeth in two hours. There’s a complete kit with a mult-pack of strips and you can have whiter teeth so fast!
Ok so maybe you should buy 2– one for someone else and one for you!

You can find this in larger drugstores and stores like Target and on drugstore.com

Another product that will interest the girls but also some guys too if they have longer, curly, frizzy hair. Braun’s Satin Brush is ” a-maz-ing!” I saw a difference when I used it once not even trying to do anything other than brush my hair without a mirror. It was great a smoothing out the split ends and fly-aways and hair that’s growing out (I have layers so there are often fly-away ends”

You can buy this brush on QVC or Amazon.com and if you want next day delivery, it can be had for a price.
Here’s something from PoshGlam.com and Chris Collins– if you need to get a gift for a guy.


Granted.. not all of these are affordable.
I love the “thought” of the journal (what he would think about it is for you to know). It would be a great thing to have when you are on a plane to pencil in lists of things to do.. because it’s more portable and doesn’t require wifi or a charge to make the notes… just a pen and your brain.

The Varvatos sunglasses are terrific but I think that anyone would love to have more than one pair.
Love the Earnest Sewn jeans for men and women but for those who can’t afford that price tag– head to GAP or Banana Republic for some seriously discounted prices.

Love the Converse shoes!! Yeah man– they are truly unisex so for those peeps out there wondering what to buy a woman– Converse rocks. However they are from John Varvatos as well. Prices start at $55 and go up to $150. Depends on your budget– you are the master of that one.

Looking at personal grooming, skincare or hair care products are very personal choices but there are some lines that people can’t deny are awesome- and uniquely unisex (meaning they don’t smell all foo-foo girly). While the video above talked about Votre Vu skincare for guys, here are a couple other lines that I know work quite well for guys and since they are either very cosmeceutical or natural based, shouldn’t be a problem for a girl or a guy — particularly since they are going to help combat winter weather ravaging the skin.


Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream is to die for!! It’s awesome! Naturally made from grapes, it’s formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Synthetic Dyes
– Petrochemicals
– Phthalates
– GMOs
– Triclosan
This highly active formula targets all signs of aging around the eyes: wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dehydration, dark circles, dark spots, puffiness, malnourishment, and loss of radiance.
Bottom line, if you are up too late, drinking or eating the wrong things, you can’t go wrong with this. Order this or get a gift card and tell the recipient to buy this– or get this from Sephora stores or other stores that carry Caudalie!

Giorgio Armani skincare has a newer line that’s been created by scientists from Stanford. Regenessence 3.R skincare is the next level of cosmeceutical skincare. With 3 different types of cleansers, a pre-serum, a serum, an eye treatment (killer) and also a cream you have several options from which to choose to bring your skin back to life after this harsh winter and holiday frivolities are over. This is something worth buying.

The hero product is the Giorgio Armani ‘Regenessence 3.R’ Youth Regenerator a powerful concentrate with 3.R technology with accelerated regeneration: thanks to more doses of key ingredients. Linseed extract regulates extra-cellular communication, vitamin CP for collagen regeneration, ProXylan remodels skin matrix. 24-hour hydration.
Available at ArmaniBeautyUSA.com, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus stores– you can go into the store and walk out with a dream someone will die for because this is cutting edge skincare .

For those looking for a less expensive, easy, small gift to give to someone, check out Spongeables and Spongelle sponges with soaps and suds built right into them. Spongeables come in a variety of various configurations (check on their site for where to buy but they do sell at Target stores and online at drugstore.com

Spongeelles are more upscale and cost a bit more and found at spas or online at Spongelle.com . Spongeables are available in larger mass retailers and drugstores and are extremely affordable for men, women and also children with seasonal shapes and an array of fragrances making them very popular this time of year.

Pedicure 4 pack (each one individually wrapped) for men and women. Such a bargain on this one! Find it at Target!

Home decor is often a great gift. Doesn’t have to be expensive– just look great. Entirely depends on the person’s style and taste. Here’s something else from John Varvaatos that will appeal to most guys and music junkies. Varvatos launched a photographic collection of famed musicians for sale online and in his stores. He recently had a party in LA for the launch of this promotion and these are really awesome photos– not seen by most of us before. Priced from $600 to over $5000, these are one of a kind photos that are a highly curated collection and if you have the bucks for this, then I say go for it.
John Varvatos Photo Collection (and books)

Most people these days would appreciate gift cards depending on what it is you are giving them. If they aren’t into coffee, Starbucks isn’t going to mean a lot to them. However if you try Target, iTunes.com or even an Amazon.com gift card, typically you can’t lose that way. OR get them a gift card for their favorite restaurant or a gift card for car washes or gas. That tends to be a great gift for teens and college age.

Happy Shopping and in case I don’t see you before the big day– Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa.. (belatedly happy winter solstice).. and may your year end on a higher note than the lowest of 2011..

Stevie Wilson,
LA-Story.com

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