It’s the Holidays…

November 27, 2012

I can’t believe my last post was just as the storm was hitting the east coast — NOT FUN, people, let me tell you. We were hit with loss of power here in downtown NYC and our community by the beach was just rocked, to put it mildly. One day it will all be back in action but it’s going to take a lot of healing, for sure.

Anyway, to escape the doom and gloom I have been focused on the new and shiny. It’s gift season! And I think we all could use a gift right about now, big or small. 2012 has been a doozy…Which is why I think we should all make it easier on ourselves this year with the gift-giving, but no less thoughtful.

Some people say gift cards are impersonal or a cop out, but who wouldn’t want some cash to spend? The trick is to get it for a store that you know the person loves. I don’t want to offend anyone, but someone used to get me a gift card from Best Buy every year. Now, I like a lot of stores, but I had a really hard time finding something to buy at Best Buy, given that we already had all the TVs we wanted. But the gift cards I got from Sephora were all spent easily. Like most things, it’s about knowing your audience. Or what about a gift card from a restaurant? You can frame it as “a night out on me.” Who wouldn’t covet that? Better yet, they just might take you along!

If you’re in the mood for something more concrete and don’t have a lot of cash, what service can you offer? Parents would love to receive babysitting, or maybe you can offer your organization skills for a messy garage? If you’re a good cook, offer to make dinner one night — shop, cook and clean, and I guarantee it will be one of the best gifts they get.

If you’ve got money to burn but no time, hit up one of the fancier stores online and they will wrap it and ship it for free. Neiman Marcus and Tiffanys are just two good ideas. Who wouldn’t want to open up a box from either of them? (And if my husband is reading this, I like this ring. But since you don’t have money to burn I am sure you are rolling your eyes right about now.)

Better yet, call a gift truce with your close friends and take the money and spend it on a nice night out together. I have done this with a few different people and the results have been far more rewarding, frankly, than another sweater on the shelf…


It’s the holiday season, which means lack of sleep, a little overindulgence, too much makeup — well, so what else is new, really. At the very least, save your skin. I’m into replenishing oils lately. They’ve come a long way and are no longer so heavy and zit-inducing. I really like Tata Harper’s Replenishing Nutrient Complex. It’s like a multivitamin for your skin. A little goes a long way — put it on before bed or under your makeup in the morning, and gives you a little extra glow. For $45, I’ll take it. (You can get it online at

I hope none of you braved the craziness of Black Friday. Or if you did, that you got some really fantastic deals to make the madness worth it. There was a woman who called in to a show I was watching and said that she took Wednesday off to have Thanksgiving dinner, so that she could go to all the sales on Thursday. Yes, it’s true. It’s enough to make one a little queasy, and not from all the pumpkin pie.


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