If you’re still shopping for the holidays and need some suggestions, I’ve got just the gift guide for you. These eight items are not just ideal for Christmas gifts for your friends and loved ones; but these great suggestions will make the perfect gift all year long.
Slate Collection Duffel: There’s nothing like looking the part while traveling. And a great way to upgrade your first impression while on the road is with the Slate Collection Madrona Duffel. Available in a variety of colors (my favorite being the Indigo featured here); this full-grain leather duffle bag is unisex and made in America right in Minnesota. This travel companion is water-resistant, has a removable shoulder strap and side buckles that adjust capacity. Its brass-tooth zipper with leather stops provides a secure smooth-action closure, and the metal feet protect the bottom of bag. It’s stylish; it’s fly and its made to age gracefully over time. A classic piece. (Price $500 / Go to SlateCollection.com)
UglyChristmasSweater.com: Ugly Christmas sweaters have become as big as the Christmas holiday season itself. Whether you’re rocking yours at the holiday office soiree, as part of the twelve days of Christmas or to an actual ugly Christmas sweater party; everyone is always trying to find ugly Christmas sweaters that are unique and will stand out amongst the pack. That’s what makes UglyChristmasSweater.com so great. This site has ugly Christmas sweaters for every occasion. They have sweaters themed after sports, action figures, movies, politics and pop culture catch phrases. They’re witty, they’re clever and despite having sweaters for men, women and children; most of the styles are really unisex. Whether late planning for this year’s Christmas or getting a jump on your 2019 holiday season, try UglyChristmasSweater.com for your ugly holiday sweater needs. (Price $19.99 to $69.95 / UglyChristmasSweater.com)
Fritz Eyewear By Tasha Cobbs Leanoard: On her song “I’m Getting Ready” featuring Nicki Minaj, Grammy-winning Gospel superstar Tasha Cobbs-Leonard sings a the line “I’m getting ready to see/Something I’ve never seen.” Well, looking ahead towards your future may look a lot better when you’re rocking Cobbs-Leonard’s new Fritz Eyewear Collection. The line of glasses and sunglasses created and named in honor of her late father, Bishop Fritz Cobbs, this line has become a must-have item for fans of the singer and lovers of good eyewear alike. With the brand motto of “Love Everybody,” Cobbs Leonard says “it is my desire that people are inspired to literally see things the way my Father, Fritz, saw them… through the lens of LOVE!” (Price $59 to $199 / Go to FritzEyewear.com)
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Scotch Porter Beard Collection: Part of being well groomed is taking good care of your beard. And whether you’re grappling with no-shave November or always have a manicured beard, a great product to offer some tender-loving-care to your facial hair is the Scotch Porter brand.
Scotch Porter has a four-product collection that includes their moisturizing beard wash; beard balm, beard serum; and leave-in beard conditioner. My kit even came with a luffa. The sulfate-free product aims to deep-condition your beard, while working to prevent beard shedding and promotes a soft, thick-growing beard. (Price $69.99 for kit / Go to ScotchPorter.com)
Bose SoundSport Free Wireless Headphones: Can you hear me now? Of course you can on these Bose SoundSport Free Wireless headphones. Unlike other headphones made by competing brands, these Bluetooth-connected earbuds are durable and resistant to both water and sweat. You can wear them for an intense workout or a jog; and they comfortably sit in your ear during travel or an extended business call on your phone. The earbuds are larger than most of their competitors (some could argue that it helps with them staying situated in your ears), but they remain lightweight. And like most Bose products, the sound quality is exceptional. (Price $199 / Available at VerizonWireless.com)
Buttah by Dorion Renaud: Dorion Renaud is an actor, singer and Hollywood personality known for having flawless skin. And what do you do when people constantly ask about your beautiful skin? You launch a skincare line! Renaud now has Buttah by Dorion Renaud, a three solution combo kit that includes a cleanser, serum and facial shea butter. The cleanser doubles as a mask; the moisturizer works to keep skin healthy and hydrated; and the Vitamin C serum aims to correct dark spots and the main ingredient to glowing skin – pure Shea Butter in its original form. This line is targeted toward ethnic and non-conventional skincare types. (Price $59.99 for kit / Go to ButtahSkin.com)
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FragranceNet.com: This site is the perfect place to get all of your fragrance gifts this holiday season. Whether it’s a great Tom Ford cologne for him or a Thierry Mugler for her, you can get your ideal scent and some holiday gift sets in this one-stop shop for fragrances. FragranceNet.com will also help you save money while shopping, leaving a little extra money in case you want to buy something for yourself from this leading beauty e-retailer. FragranceNet.com offers hundreds of options and all at a discounted price with bargains ranging from 2% to 16% off the regular retail price. (Prices vary per fragrance/ Go to FragranceNet.com)
Out Of Office (OOO) Luggage: I used to be one of those people who didn’t believe in investing in luggage. For many years, every couple of months I went to T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or Ross to find discounted luggage (typically by Nautica) that the airlines could tear up as they tossed it around with all of the other checked luggage. But then I got a designer backpack and realized that it looked rather weird for me to be sporting a designer bag on my back, but I was rolling with cheap, very pedestrian-looking luggage.
Most recently, I’ve taken a liking to Out Of Office (OOO) Luggage. This sleek, durable hard case bag has quality construction and is highly functional. It’s stylish design comes in several colors including black, teal, vanilla, orange and navy (I have this color). OOO Luggage offers amenities like an external charger for your phone and an international power adapter for trips abroad. The bags also have a convenient back pocket for storing your phone while you’re in line for airport security or charging it on your way to the gate. It’s also extremely lightweight – an additional blessing for me, as my previous luggage set was very heavy even before packing it. And the wheels on these bags roll smoothly, making your dash through the airport (especially with the carry-on) even more easier. For pricing, the carry-on is $248.00; medium bag is $278.00; and the large is $298.00. Trust me; this is an affordable price for such high-quality luggage! (Go to OOOTraveling.com)