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Gifts for the Holidays

November 21, 2014

The holidays are right around the corner, and that means it’s time to get gifting! I have rounded up the absolute best items, all which can be bought right here in Newport Beach, to help you pick the perfect present for that special pal, family member, or office mate. Happy holidays — and happy shopping!

Holiday gifts For Her

For Her:

For the ladies who love candles you must go out and get her limited edition Rosie Jane tropical holiday set with notes of gardenia, coconut and pineapple. Fun facts: the glasses are designed to be used after the candles are long gone for water, juice or of course your favorite wine and the pineapple symbolize hospitality, luck and friendship. Get them now at Bardot, 2043 Westcliff Drive.

Perfect for the Hostess or your cheese loving gal; create a custom made monogrammed cheese cutting board at C. Wonder in Fashion Island.  This cheese board is in fine company when presented with their other monogrammed pieces such as cocktail napkins and porcelain monogram dishes..hint hint!

For the women in your life, young and old, makeup is always the perfect holiday gift, right ladies? And lucky you Urban Decay, now open at Fashion Island, is beauty with an edge. Feminine, dangerous and fun, it appeals to women who relish their individuality and dare to express it.

Let her curl up with a good book after a busy Holiday season. Stop by Laguna Supply’s newly opened second location in Corona Del Mar to grab a copy of How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits by Caroline de Maigret. It’s a compendium of essays on everything from dealing with men and ignoring fashion to being melancholy, the art of nakedness, and what to shut up about.

And while you’re at Laguna Supply CDM shop for your fashion gal who’s up on trends and buy the RtA Biker Space Cowboy Leather Jacket in Silver. She’ll make a bold statement and thank you profusely every time. They also wrap, which is pretty awesome!

For your sleeping beauty who keeps stealing your t-shirt, Maison de Soir pajama set found locally at Bardot are essential. Update her traditional sleepwear with these sophisticated and modern 100% floral silk pajamas that can also be worn as day wear separates. Two for one gift, score!

Holiday Gifts For Him

For Him:

For the guy in your life, give him the gift of never having to buy razors again. Sign him up for the Dollar Shave Club. For as little as $1 a month, he can have a new razor delivered to his home. The Dollar Shave Club is simple. Just choose the razor you want, $1, $6, or $9 per month and the club’s mission will be solved: “Preventing men everywhere from looking like they slept in a motel last night.” DollarShaveClub.com

For the surfer in your life, what about a locally hand-shaped custom surfboard from Almond Surfboards & Designs in Newport Beach? The boards range from 5’2 Twin-Fin Fishes to 10′ Nose riders and they carry Almond-branded or co-branded products from friends’ companies such as apparel, skateboards, wetsuits and bikes. Almond Surfboards & Designs is at 2429 West Coast Hwy Suite #101.

“Hip without the rip!” For the trendy guy in your life that might need a eyewear update. Check out SEE in fashion Island for a gouge-free environment for people who appreciate trendy luxury eyewear without the hefty price tag.

For the man that needs the latest and greatest when it comes to photography. Taking DSLR quality photos with your iPhone® 4/4S/5 has never been easier with this zoom lens and tripod found at Restoration Hardware in Fashion Island. Mount, pop on your phone, attach, and he’s steady to shoot.

Finally give him the socks he wants to wear! The Stance design philosophy believes in expression and function. Expression that creates an emotional visual connection and function that also provides comfort and performance. Find Stance socks locally at Jacks, 900 Avocado St. in Corona Del Mar.

Cheers for your dears! This festive duo from C Wonder at Fashion Island features the gold-finished likeness of a noble stag. Our favorite part? After you’ve knocked back a celebratory shot, you can rest the glass upside down on the antlers.

Corporate Gifts

Corporate Gifts:

Designed to mirror nature, These Dayna Decker Essence Diffuser, found at Z Collection In Crystal Cove, exudes an enduring fragrance emitting essence oils and complex fragrances to enhance any environment. Each of their essence diffusers is created utilizing natural and sustainable materials and hand-blown, recyclable glass vessels. Transform your employees work or living space into a sanctuary for life.

Le Creuset Cafe Stoneware French Press. This decorative item would be great in any office or kitchen and is just right for the true coffee connoisseur on your list. William Sonoma, Crystal Cove.

These USB Flash Drive Cuff Links add style, mystery, and a lot of coolness to any man’s life. At a moment’s notice, he can access important documents, pictures, and more with the 2GB USB flash drive cuff link. Ingenious, and useful, too. Found at Gifts.com

Written by Leslie Christen

Leslie Christen is one of Southern California’s most sought-after personal stylists and the founder of the region’s leading independent styling company: Leslie Christen | LifeStyling. Leslie’s stylish and educational Web site, LeslieChristen.com , gives her audience inspiring tips and showcases cutting-edge trends and images on the latest in designer fashions. Leslie spent years as a personal stylist and costume designer in the fashion and entertainment industries, and is also a fashion contributor for several local publications. Her extensive experience in the fashion world has given her the talent to quickly assess strengths, minimize body challenges and authentically express her clients’ individuality.

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