Great Gift Ideas, from a Great Gift-Giver

I love giving gifts! And with Christmas less than a week away, I’ve curated a quick list of little luxuries, hoping I can ease any last-minute shopping all you present procrastinators might be stressing about right now.

I like Out of Print eBook Jackets, which are hardcover reproductions of famous titles like The Great Gatsby or Moby Dick. They stand up to the wear and tear of opening and closing constantly, and instantly class up whatever you’re reading. Also fun to give is Travalo, a refillable perfume roller ball (also comes with spray nozzle) that you fill with your favorite fragrance. Perfect for throwing in your bag for a night out.

Then there’s Shavetech USB Rechargeable Travel Shaver, which charges via USB slot; the charge lasts a good long time. It’s quiet, sleek, and comes with a nice velvet pouch that can also double as a coin purse.



Who wouldn’t love tangle-free earbuds? I tried chicBuds—and they work! As a bonus, they sport fun printed patterns, and they’ve got an option to answer a call while you’re listening, or control your music with just one touch.


Slim and Sage Portion Control Plates claim to help reduce caloric intake by up to 59 percent, with a design helping eaters to remember that one-quarter of the plate is for lean protein, one-quarter for whole grains, and one-half for vegetables. They’re pricy ($99 for a set), but the company gives 2 percent of their profits to childhood obesity research.


Finally: Late to the party, maybe, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out about Heifer International, which helps you gift livestock and many other items to help poor communities. I gave a flock of chicks this holiday season—the best $20 bucks I’ve spent all year.


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