Posted by: Viviana M. Rueda Image | December 20, 2007

For All: 5 Days Til Christmas

Hello My Peoples! 

It’s five days til Christmas – Do you know where your holiday shopping list is?  No?  Well, I’ve done some groundwork for you.  Check out my suggested gift ideas and for goodness sake, splurge for next-day air or you shall be “sans gift” for Christmas!!! Oh-la-la!

The Vivendi Fashionista Gift Guide:

1.  For the travelers in your life – Get them noise-canceling headphones.  They make a flight sooo much more enjoyable and you honestly don’t feel as tired at the end of the flight if you aren’t listening to jet engines for hours on end.  Opt for the economically priced Nady’s or splurge on the mack-daddy of headphones…Bose:

Nady Noise-Canceling Stereo Headphones – QH-30NC
Bose® QuietComfort® 3 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones

2.  More goodies for jetsetters – Check out these travel accessory goodies!   This is a wonderful gift for travelers.  It includes a travel blanket, a pillow and an eye mask.  If you want to customize it for your loved one, head over to Bed, Bath & Beyond and buy the items seperately but the cool thing about The Pambee is that it is all designed to fit together in the same fabrics, matching colors and carrying case.

3.  Books – Here are some of my favorites. 

Unleash your professsional  and personal potential with the 4-hour work week by Tim Ferris.  Even if you don’t agree with his ideas, his writing is hysterical!

The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book has touched many people and they absolutely rave about it.  Eat, Pray, Love

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

This book is a collection of some of the world’s most gifted writers, poets, philosophers and artists.  Wayne Dyer has taken excerpts of their works and provided some commentary.  In this book you get a snapshot of some of the most talented people that have graced this earth.  A truly beautiful and inspirational compilation.

Wisdom of the Ages: 60 Days to Enlightenment

4.  Candles are a beautiful gift idea and are appropriate for all homes.  Red Flower candles are some of my very favorites.  Their scents are subtle and elegant.

Red Flower Italian Blood Orange Petal Topped Candle 6oz

Red Flower Indian Jasmine Candle

5. Bath products – I LOVE Molton Brown bath products.  They are so luxurious.

Molton Brown HYPNOTIC Winter Holiday Gift

6. A yearly magazine subscription – People love these and they think of you every time they receive their magazine (hopefully this is a good thing…).  Some options can include The Economist, Vogue, Vogue for Men, Elle Decor, Vanity Fair or The New Yorker.  Go online…it’s usually faster and easier especially this close to Christmas,  they may even still be able to send the Holiday Card for you by Christmas.

7.  A donation in their name to their favorite charity.  This is a very touching and thoughtful gift.  Think of what your friend or loved one may appreciate.  Some ideas:  Want to stop the subjagation of women and world hunger?  Donate to The Hunger Project.  Know anyone touched by cancer or brain tumors?  There’s The National Brain Tumor Foundation.  Are they involved or supportive of “Green” causes, find a charity that works with “Green” efforts.  This one is in the U.K. but there are a ton of them in the U.S. too – Green Charities.

8.  Wine Club Memberships.  Wino-philes (I hope that’s not really a dirty word in some language…) LOVE wine memberships.   This site not only offers Wine of the Month but Everything Else of the Month clubs too.  Who knew you could have a Sauce of the Month club…hmmm…Amazing Wine Club.

9.  Cooking Classes.  These are great for couples.  That is, great for couples who are getting along.  Sign a disclaimer form before giving this gift to angry couples as they could cause damage with a meat cleaver and in this litigous society you may get the blame…better yet, just stay away from angry couples-Send them couple’s counseling gift certificates via FedEx. 

Sur la Table

Chef Makers 

10.  Gift certificates.  You can get really creative here.  Think about the sports, and leisure activities that they love.  Think of the things that they say they’d “love” to do but never get around to doing it.  Think surf lessonskitesurfing lessons,  a session with a life coach Electric Kites, a membership to a matchmaking service, a gift membership to the local gym, Equinox Fitness or a gift certificate from Vivendi Fashionista.  How about a gift certificate for a weekend away at an amazing resort – Think Bacara Resort or The Montage, Laguna Beach, or Casa Que Canta. There are a TON of services and gift certificates that you could get creative with here – Just think of what makes them light up when they talk about it and they’ll love the gift!!!

Merry Christmas!!!  Wishing you all much joy and love in this Holiday Season.

Viviana M. Rueda
Creative Founder
Vivendi Fashionista


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