you smell like beef and cheese, you don't smell like santa

Like most everyone, holiday time tops my most favorite times of the year. In this most likely annual installment, I will be going over some lovely gifts to give to people in your life that you like enough to give gifts to. I hope I covered all the personalities, and you can even mix and match the gifts even if they don't exactly match the personality. Unlike WhoWhatWear's gift guide featuring $750 Phillip Lim and $1,995 Proenza Schouler handbags and a $498 Marciano dress (along with many other ridiculously overpriced items), all of these gifts are affordable. Be forewarned: about 75% of these come from Fred Flare. They are absolutely the best place to find any kind of gift.

1. Cool Green Stuff by Dave Evans, $14.95 at Urban Outfitters

This entire book is filled with fashion, jewelry, gadgets, home decor- all environmentally friendly. Wine bottle hanging lamps, floral bracelets made out of vintage fabric. It's all in here.

2. Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Save the Pole' bag, $99 on sale at Barneys New York

I put these in a previous post and I still think they are adorable. Any friend would enjoy having a Marc Jacobs bag anyway, even without the organic hemp.

3. Flowers in a Can, $11 at Fred Flare

These would be so pretty in a house. With the packaging plus little flowers growing inside? That would just be darlin'.

4. Yesterday's News Colored Pencils, $10 at Fred Flare

Just some cute little colored pencils made out of recycled Chinese newspapers.

5. Squeaky Green by Eric Ryan and Adam Lowry, $17.95 at Fred Flare

This book is written by the people behind Method products (mmm...) and tells you how to get your house "squeaky clean" without chemicals or all of those nasties.

1. Stila Step Out & Shine Collection, $50

All of Stila's products are fabulous, and this kit is a fantastic value. Considering the eyeshadow quad alone is nearly $40 and the whole kit, with all full sized products, is $10 more, I don't think you can go wrong. It comes with the...
  • Montmartre Eye Shadow Quad
  • Convertible Color in Orchid
  • Pomegranate Crush Lip & Cheek Stain
  • Multi-Effect Mascara
  • All-Over Shimmer Luminizer
2. Tarte Tres Cheek Mini Cheek Stain Set, $25

Tarte's cheek stains are gorgeous and long lasting. It's difficult to use up a product like the full sized cheek stains, so the fact that it's mini makes it so much better. Plus, you get three colors.

3. Urban Decay Deluxe Shadow Box, $36

All of Urban Decay's palettes are unbelievably great, so any can be substituted for this, but I own the Deluxe Shadow Box and have fallen in love. These shadows are absolutely divine. They are so smooth, the colors are vibrant, and the 9 shadows can be mixed to create endless looks.

4. Stila Blockbuster Set, $150

It sounds like a lot, but these are TWENTY-ONE FULL SIZED PRODUCTS, valued at nearly $500.
  • Stila Sun Shade 01
  • Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
  • Lip Glaze in Apricot, Fruit Punch, & Watermelon
  • Perfecting Foundation in Shade C (don't ask me why they put foundation in this, but okay.)
  • Fiber Optics Mascara in Black
  • It Gloss in Amazing & Interesting
  • Hi Shine Lip Color in Ariel & Lana
  • Convertible Eye Color in Port
  • Color Push Up in Berry & Nude
  • Eye Shadow in Mystic & Summer
  • Eye Shadow Duo Salome & Sea Foam
  • Glitter Eyeliner in Blue Pink & Purple Pink
  • All Over Glow in Peachy Keen
How fun would it be to have this. Really.

5. Sephora Scent Sampler Bestsellers For Her, $50

This is such a bloody brilliant idea, I don't know why someone hasn't thought of it sooner. You get samples of ten of Sephora's best selling perfumes. You pick out the one you like the best and then...you get to redeem a voucher for a full sized bottle of your favorite. How cool is that. Considering most of the perfumes run for over $50 itself, and you get 10 samples! I barely go through samples of perfume, so you do the math. It's a good deal.

1. Cringe: Teenage Diaries by Sarah Brown, $22.95 at Fred Flare

It's a book filled with actual diary entries from actual teenagers. Sure to be hilarious.

2. Juno Cheeseburger Phone, $26 at Fred Flare

It's the cheeseburger phone. If you have it, you are officially the coolest person alive.

3. Desktop Ping Pong Set, $12 at Fred Flare

Now sold out. I'm sorry.

4. Gryffindor beanie, $I dont know how much it is because it's ALSO sold out

What is up with this? I made this thing on Sunday and they're already out?

5. Bacon & Eggs Bandage Assortment, $9 at Fred Flare

It would be amazing to start a collection of these things- they have bacon, beef, pickles, toast, tattoos, "crime scene", enchanted unicorn, the whole shebang.

1. Influence by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, $35 at any bookstore

I still haven't gotten this and it would be a fantastic gift for any fashion lover. I have yet to meet a person interested in fashion who doesn't worship the Olsens.

2. Tux Delux jacket, $135 at Topshop

Topshop carries an absolutely amazing line of tuxedo jackets by Tux Delux that I have been lusting after for the longest time. They have so many varieties- black with gold studs, pink and black leopard print, a snakeskin pattern. I can't decide which is my favorite, but this red and black zebra Balmain knockoff definitely tops the list.

3. DL by Dirty Librarian Chains Rhinestone Knotted Necklace, $38 at Urban Outfitters

This is such a great necklace because it goes with everything, both clothing and jewelry-wise. Since it has both gold and silver chains in it, you can use it with both your gold and silver jewelry. It's perfect with anything.

4. Fred Flare lipstick ballpoint pen, $5 at Fred Flare

A lipstick pen. What else can you say about it?

5. Fred Flare Fashion Origami, $12 at Fred Flare

I can definitely envision myself locked in my room all Christmas break, fashioning little tiny shoes and dresses and emerging with a miniature wardrobe and then not knowing what to do with any of it.

6. Charm School Design headband, $32 at Fred Flare

A very Waldorf-y choice that I love.

We all know there's one in all of us, I actually ran into a situation where it would help me to have a calculator watch.

1. Fred Flare geek glasses, $11 at Fred Flare

Every inner geek needs a nice pair of Buddy Holly glasses!

2. 3-D doodle kit, $10 at Fred Flare

I want this so much. You draw on it with red and blue pencils, then with the PROVIDED 3-D glasses, your drawings LEAP to life! How cool is that.

3. Calculator Watch, $35 at Urban Outfitters

See introduction. You actually need one sometimes, really you do.

4. Vacuum USB cord, $15 at Urban Outfitters

A USB CORD SHAPED LIKE A VACUUM. Cool USB ports make me so happy. I hate mine. It's dull. This would make my life complete.

5. Napoleon Dynamite sleep mask, $9 at Fred Flare

Napoleon Dynamite is arguably the greatest film ever made and it would be fantastic to have his glasses like, semi-permanently on your face. Plus, how creepy would it be for someone to walk in on you sleeping with it on?

6. LED Motherboard Menorah, $25 at Fred Flare

"This menorah brings new meaning to the Festival of Lights!"


I'm unusually drawn to black & white house accessories, so excuse that. I just love them.

1. Thomas Paul plate set, $40 at Fred Flare

Aren't they gorgeous?

2. Chalk Candle, $20 at Urban Outfitters

You can write anything you want on this candle, then erase it and write or draw a new thing. I just love this concept, and I've heard it smells great too.

3. Nice Shades Pillowcase Set, $24 at Urban Outfitters

All of Urban Outfitters' pillowcases or any of their home decorations are unbelievably awesome.

4. 3-D Chandelier, $36 at Urban Outfitters

This is so much cheaper than a real chandelier and so much cooler, too!

5. Jade Gallup Diamond Vase, $12 at Urban Outfitters

I love how this just looks like a porcelain Mason jar, with a beautiful little diamond etching on it. It's so simple but it makes such a big impact.



  1. Wow! Amazing selection,
    It is nice to see some cool selections around fashion, I'd have to either pick 3 or 4 from the Green, 5 for fashion, 5 or 1 of the Geek selection and 2 hands down for the home furnishings as I love that candle! :-D