For the Fashion Chic BFF
Let’s face it – Forever 21 and H&M jewelry is great when you’re in a pinch, but everyone has it. So if you’re looking for something glitzy for your fashionable bestie but don’t want to blow more than $30, look no further than Zirconmania. We had the chance to review two of their bracelets and they are gorg! One set even comes with a cute little bow.
[Two Rows Bezel - $21.00, Zirconmania.com]
Just for Miss Fitness
For the friend who runs circles around you while you nosh on bread, cheese and wine, give the gift she’s always wanted to try: Belly Dancing. Amira Mor Belly Dance Fitness offers a DVD called The ABC's of Belly Dancing: Mind Body and Soul. Now she can get her Jasmine Princess on.
[The ABC's of Belly Dancing: Mind Body and Soul - 45 minutes - $18.00]
For the Girly Girl
She’s all grown up, but her favorite color will always be pink! For the friend who loves all things girly and will always have a classic touch, pick up Barbie: a Rare Beauty. Written by international Barbie expert Sandi Holder, this hardcover coffee table book is chock full of colorful images that tells the story of iconic, legendary Barbie and all her friends. She’ll love feasting her eyes on 50 years of fabulous Barbie - I couldn’t put my copy down!
[Barbie: A Rare Beauty - $19.80 on sale, Amazon.com]
For the Hipster Grifter
For your hipster friend who shies away from convention but loves overpriced real estate in Williamsburg, pick up this Flaming Bookmark so they can get even more curious stares on the W or glares of envy on the L. While I got mine for free in a gift bag, at $.70, you won’t give a cheaper gift these holidays.
[Burning Bookmark - $.70 on sale, Gama-go.com]
For Your Mentors
I have a confession to make – my first Christmas, I bought everyone a street scarf. At $5 a pop, it was an easy solution to an entry level gift buying budget. This year I’m graduating from street scarves to FRAAS cashmink scarves. They’re not real cashmere, but shhhh, no one can tell! Perfect for your aunt, mom, grandmother or boss. It's affordable luxury, my dear.
[FRAAS cashmink scarfs - $17.00, Amazon.com]
For the Boy Toy
Instead of stealing internet from the neighbors, get your man CLEAR 4G, a new wireless internet router that he can synch up with his laptop and take anywhere in the city. It might be more expensive than “free” internet from the Smiths next door, but now he won’t get kicked off while he’s in the middle of that freelance graphic design project due on Monday. And he can work in the park.
[$25 - $55/month, clear.com]
-Katharine Ricci, NYCRD Executive Editor.
*These products were provided for review by their respective companies.