Nov 7 2011

2011 Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift Giving Advisory Board

The Gift Giving Advisory Board (GGAB for short) is announcing our top holiday gift recommendations of 2011! Our board members have been working hard the entire year to seek out the most meaningful, unique and one-of-a-kind gift ideas and have compiled them into our sponsored, but oh-so-highly-curated, 2011 Holiday Gift Guide.

The expert advisory board members of the GGAB include the well-known women and editors,, and We KNOW gifts. We live and breathe gifts every day and that’s why we are here to help you find the perfect thing for everyone on your shopping list. You are a just a little bit of browsing and a few clicks away from an easy, stress-free and happy holiday shopping season

Wine Cork Candles
These clever candles will bring a warm glow to your dinner table as quaint miniature lighting. Place one in the mouth of a wine bottle to turn it into a candlestick. Check out the candles and other wine gifts from Uncommon Goods.
Brand name quality ties, minus the price
Give the gift of class & style with exquisite Jack Franklin ties, made from the finest silk and wool interlining. Choose from over 50 styles that will suit every man in your life. New customers save 30% with code: TSW2093. Visit us today.
The Beautiful Gift
Makes extraordinary gift giving simple & practical. The Beautiful Gift offers exquisite gift bags made of luxurious fabrics. The gift bag is completely finished, including a bow & everything is reusable. Shop for gift bags here.
ila Wedge
Frequent fliers, college students & others who are uneasy about staying solo at home or in a hotel room need the ila Wedge. Jam it under a door to make it harder to open. If an intruder tries to force entry, you (& hotel staff) will be alerted with a 130Db ear-splitting alarm. Buy it here.
You put it in the freezer then add it to your chilled wine to keep it cool. Beautifully wrapped for $24.99 at TWEAK99, LA’s best holiday pop-up shop for Value Smart Design. All gifts are pre-wrapped and under $99! Shop at 8384 Beverly Blvd, LA 90048 or online at TWEAK99.
Schoolbags for Kids: The Give Back Backpack!
In a holiday season that can seem like it’s only about receiving, here’s a way to teach your child about giving. For each backpack purchased, Schoolbags for Kids donates a schoolbag filled with school supplies to a child in need. One Here. One There.™ Shop here.
zBoost SOHO Cell Phone Signal Booster – Boosts indoor cell signal, prevents missed or dropped calls, speeds up data and prolongs battery life. Works for multiple users on multiple carriers simultaneously. The zBoost SOHO is available on for $200. Shop here.
Miss Malaprop
Handpicked, handmade, fun. Miss Malaprop is your source for unique, handmade and eco-friendly products that you can feel good about buying. Use code GGAB for 10% off now through December 31, 2011. Shop here.
Bathed & Infused
We specialize in custom scented bath and body products. From perfumes to lotions. Choose your signature scent or experiment to your hearts content with our list of over 1,000 fragrances. Shop here.
Charmed Design
Add meaningful signs & symbols with the coolest silk ribbon & wrap charm bracelets. “My first bracelets were something positive to do while recovering from a sudden life threatening illness. Surviving a near death experience has made me believe that I am indeed – CHARMED.” Shop here.
she hit pause studios
Whimsical polaroid transfers of girls, surfing, vintage finds, coney island and flowers by Matt Schwartz. 8×10 + 11×14 framed and unframed images printed on watercolor paper. Shop here.
The Adorned Article
Give the gift of style this holiday season with these gorgeous leather charm bracelets customized with the initial or design of your choice & beautifully gift wrapped. Shop Here for modern classics infused with timeless style by The Adorned Article Jewelry.
Buttoned Up
The Weekly.agenda by Buttoned Up is a great tool to help you organize 2012 with ease. Bonus 2 months lets you start planning 2012 today. Quantities limited. Click HERE to buy.
Luna Bazaar
Well known for their wedding & party decor, Luna Bazaar also has a wonderful selection of HOLIDAY gifts & decor. Gift ideas: shimmery mercury glass ornaments, all kinds of colorful & elegant candle holders, cool paper star lanterns & more. Shop here.
One Sydney Road
Treat your family & friends to unexpected delights this holiday season. Lovely, unique gifts and fresh, inspired finds for you & your home. We believe in surrounding yourself with things you love! Enjoy free shipping on your order of $50 or more! Use code FREESHIP50 at checkout.
The SittingTaller Backpack
Made from recycled rice bags this portable lightweight booster seat is perfect for restaurants, movie theaters or concerts! Kids love carrying it as a backpack. Plus it has a large convenient pocket to fill. Buy directly from Sitting Taller Kids.
Czech Glass Earrings
Handmade with purple Czech glass beads, gold plated wire.The center embellishment consists of a gorgeous 13 x 15 mm aqua quartz faceted briolette dangling from a string of gold plated beads. Shop Here.
Give the Gift of Growing
Grow up to 1½ lbs of tasty oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days…right out of the little brown box! Just mist and watch them grow! Use code Mushrooms4me10 for 10% off & free shipping when you buy 2 or more at Back to the Roots. Shop here.
Tired of wearing tank tops & camis that ride up, slip down & bunch around the middle? Need a new layering accessory? Let the Cleavitz fashionable half-top revitalize your closet. Pull out your low-cut tops & pair them with Cleavitz. Use Codes NOV35 & FREESHIP to get 35% off!
Soirée Signature Series
The essential gift-set for any wine lover. It features the top-rated Soirée wine aerator, stand, carrying case, and wine preserver. Luxurious, sophisticated, and yet a great value. Available at Nordstrom &
Guardian Angel Candlestick
Whether it’s a piece of home décor, jewelry or this iron Guardian Angel Candlestick by designer Jan Barboglio. The Picket Fence has the most unique and beautiful gifts for everyone on your gift list. Shop gorgeous gift on Picket Fence.
Energy Muse
is a wearable crystal energy line that combines the natural healing power of gemstones to create a specific intention. Our Dazzle wrap line combines a silk wrap, sparkle & energized crystals to help tap your inner shining star. Enter DAZZLE5 at checkout for 15% off!
Buy Green
Your Trusted Source for Green Products. BuyGreen is your go-to website for green products, offering the widest variety of quality items, the best information for consumers & the most enjoyable shopping experience. Receive 10% discount at checkout with any order.
Sticky Bellies Milestone Stickers
Peel, Stick & Snap! Adorable, removable stickers provide the appearance of a custom shirt but with the ease & convenience of a sticker! A gift every new parent will adore! Shop Here.
Gallery Quality Art From Your Photo
Your friends and family will love a unique gift from Bumblejax. Transform your digital photo into stunning gallery quality art using bamboo, acrylic, aluminum or foam. Comes ready to hang! Enter xmas2011 for 10% off. Shop here.
Bath Nation
Bath Nation offers a passport to renewal that begins with a simple step into your bathtub. Indulge in rich fragrances & exotic ingredients designed to pamper, invigorate & restore. Use code giftguide25 at checkout for 25% discount on all orders. Shop here.
Vintage Fashion Illustrations
Hilda Glasgow’s original fashion drawings from the 40’s-60’s were hidden away for 50 years. Her daughter is now offering them as custom notecards, prints, calendars and more. For a truly unique gift, these are simply divine! Coupon Code “giftinsider” for 10% off prints and notecards. Shop Here.
Simple Shapes
The perfect holiday gift! Our unique Chalkboard Calendar wall decals will keep you organized for 2012 and beyond! FREE Chalk Ink Pen offer! Enter code FREEPEN and receive a FREE Chalk Ink Pen with your Chalkboard decal purchase! Shop here.
A “Swaggie” is a Swimsuit Baggie. They have an easy to use zipper, they’re washable/reusable, and look more stylish than an ordinary plastic bag. Swaggies are a fun, fashionable, and eco-friendly way to carry around your wet bathing suit! Shop here.
MyZaic a gift like no other!
MyZaic Custom Tile Mosaic kits let you design on any of 5 wood products with 44 colors of hand-fired miniature tiles. Start from our designs or “Kre8” your own. Go to for a preview, ideas & selections.
Beautiful Beaded Clothing Hangers
Hangers Couture are designer beaded hangers, and the perfect gift for the girl who has everything. Not only do they add “bling” to your closet, but they also keep thin straps from slipping, everyone uses hangers! Shop Here.
A Gift as Unique as the Person…
…starring on their own personalized magazine cover. Features your photo & custom headlines. 60+ templates to celebrate every holiday/milestone/interest. Download photo file to self-print or let us print it for you! Shop here.
Make Love Not Trash
Inspired by the Southeast Asian rainforests with their natural foliage that grows in soft layers, comes our first collection of vegan friendly bamboo knit handbags. Use code NOVWICKED2011 for a 20% discount through 1/31/12. Shop here.
The Paper Puddle
Holiday cards hand printed by small, family owned studio. All materials are 100% eco-friendly: paper & envelopes made using hydroelectric power from pulp grown in sustainable forests; inks are water based & non-toxic with natural metallic pigments. Shop all cards made with love.
Beatrice Holiday
Looking for the ultimate gift for your bike riding friends this season? Beatrice Holiday has a line of handlebar bags, seat covers and inner tube jewelry that will have any biking fashionista cruisin’ the streets in style! Use code ILUVBEA at checkout for 10% off. Shop here.
Silvery Ever After
DO: think, believe, dare. DON’T: think we must be identical, believe you don’t matter, dare nothing. SAVE: 15% with code: holiday15. Sterling silver, copper, & gemstone jewelry handmade in the USA for thinkers, not sheep. Shop here.
Natural Clothing Company
Look fantastic and help the planet! We carry beautiful organic clothing – hemp, organic cotton, bamboo. Natural products make wonderful, responsible gifts. 10% off any order with code Fall 2011 till 1/31/12. Shop here.
The choice is completely yours but may we recommend naughty? What’s inside: “The CHOOSE NAUGHTY” charm, decorative matchbooks, mercury glass ornament. Lumps of COAL. Chocolate coal, that is. NAUGHTY or NICE? Shop other Bento gift boxes here.
Goat Milk Stuff
This holiday season, buy sweet smelling, long lasting & good-for-your-skin soap in a variety of scents such as Black Raspberry, Evergreen, Cranberry Spice & Kool Koala & many more. Full line of products made from goat’s milk. Perfect for everyone on your list. Shop here.
Pictures on Gold
Pictures on Gold will exclusively laser your photo on a gold or silver locket taking the guesswork out of how to add a photo inside. Lockets become 100% waterproof and all locket jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee. Shop here.
Happi Hoops
“WISH LIST” Feature – log in, make your selections using the Wish List Button & then “he pays” using our auto email notification system. Perfect for MEN. Everything is gorgeous & gift wrapped – how simple is that? Stock designs ship 2 business days. FREE SHIPPING! Shop here.
Soaptopia makes all natural vegan soaps and body products by hand in their California shop. Heavenly scents and rich healthy ingredients make everyday luxury at people power prices. Sold at Whole Foods, delightful boutiques and in our online shop.
Beecology is a family run business that produces a full line of natural products – lip balm, soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, & lotion. Their happy customers enjoy keeping their skin & hair healthy the natural way. 30% off of your first order! Free shipping on orders over $40.
Exquisite Handbags with Heart
No Two are Exactly Alike –The exquisite handbags are handcrafted on a non-electrical single treadle sewing machine by the women who survived the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia. The traditional Aceh stitching is done by “Memory”, not a pattern. Proceeds are used to create more jobs & build homes for survivors. Shop to give “Hope for a Better Future”.

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