Comfy Critters

For an adorable last-minute gift kids will love, I am obsessed with these "Comfy Critters."  These plush toys transform into fluffy pillows, snuggable blankets and even hooded "capes" children can use as costumes for creative play!

These are perfect for nap time, play time, a long road trip, a holiday airplane flight - in short, anytime you want to keep your kids entertained (or, perhaps, encourage them to go to sleep).

With eight different critters - including the popular shark, monkey, cat and unicorn - there is something to fit any interest or personality. (Am I too old for one?)

Not only are the critters only $24.99, but the company has free three-day shipping for orders placed through this Sunday, December 20!

* Photos courtesy of Comfy Critters.

On-the-Air: Denver

With only one week until Christmas, there is still time to find creative gifts - many of which can be ordered online!  Here are few gifts you can send at the last-minute that I am sharing for several companies this week on Colorado's "Everyday" Show!

Texture - Magazine readers will love the digital magazine app Texture, which gives unlimited access to more than 160 magazines – including back issues – for just $14.99 per month.  That is what you would pay to buy just three print magazines, but this includes all of your favorites.  From People, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to favorite sports, home, fashion and food titles, literally thousands of issues are at your fingertips on any iOS or Android device. 

Omaha Steaks - Order through December 23, or find a local store.  If you really procrastinate, send an electronic gift card at (literally) the last minute.

Teleflora - Order through December 22 for Christmas delivery.  Since flowers are hand-arranged and delivered by a local florist, they will arrive looking fabulous and ready to enjoy!

SwitchArt - For someone who constantly redecorates, SwitchArt Magnetic Frames and Prints, available exclusively at Art.com, are ideal.  They can switch out magnetized prints on a magnetic frame base as often as they like, updating for each season!  Choose from thousands of art prints, or use the Photos to Art tool to transform your favorite photos into magnetized art to be displayed.  Order by December 20 to receive by Christmas.

CANIDAE - Treat your dog to all-natural Grain-Free PURE Chewy Pet Treats from CANIDAE.  With no corn, wheat, soy or fillers, they boast a simple ingredient list, so you actually know what you are feeding your pet!  Since they are available at more than 10,000 specialty stores - including Petco - you can pick up these yummy stocking stuffers at the last minute.  You can also find up to $8 in coupons on their web site.

 

Think Outside the Gift Box

Need a few gift ideas that are out of the ordinary?  Here are some creative ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour!

  • For someone who constantly redecorates, SwitchArt Magnetic Frames and Prints, available exclusively at Art.com, are the ideal gift.  They can switch out magnetized prints on a magnetic frame base as often as they like, updating for each season!  Choose from thousands of art prints, or have Art.com convert your favorite photos to magnetized art to be displayed. 
  • Magazine readers will love the digital magazine app Texture, which gives unlimited access to more than 160 magazines – including back issues – for just $14.99 per month.  That is what you would pay to buy just three print magazines, but this includes all of your favorites.  From People, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair to favorite sports, home, fashion and food titles, literally thousands of magazine issues are at your fingertips on any iOS or Android device.  Since subscribing two years ago, Texture has saved me hundreds of dollars on print magazines - and literally lightened my load during frequent travels.
  • For a festive gift or delicious wine for your holiday party, stock up on Yellow Tail Bubbles Sparkling Wine.  At only $9.99 per bottle, it's easy to buy a case so you always have a few bottles on-hand for hostess gifts or unexpected guests.
  • People who love to entertain will enjoy state-shaped cutting boards from Bed Bath & Beyond that are fashioned from either bamboo or slate.  Use them to serve fruit and cheese, or display them to accessorize your kitchen.
  • Celebrate the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” with an adorable Snoopy Cookie Jar Bouquet from Teleflora.  Seasonal flowers are nestled into a replica of Snoopy’s decorated house as seen in the classic Christmas show.
  • Fill that empty treat jar with all-natural Grain-Free PURE Chewy Pet Treats from CANIDAE.  With no corn, wheat, soy or fillers, they boast a simple ingredient list, so you actually know what you are feeding your pet! 

 

* Photos courtesy of Teleflora, Art.com, Texture, Yellow Tail, Bed Bath & Beyond, and CANIDAE.

Gifts for Guys

When it comes to choosing a gift, guys can be some of the toughest people to shop for.  Here are a few ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour!

  • Clothing always makes a great gift, especially classic pieces from Dockers.  For a refined look, Signature Khakis offer a straight fit, with No Wrinkles technology that keeps him looking sharp all day.  Dockers’ Alpha Athletic Fit Khakis are more casual, sitting lower on the waist and offering a roomier fit through the seat and thigh.  Prices range from $58 to $75.
  • Guys who enjoy a whiskey or brandy will love these Rocking Cocktail Glasses from Personal Creations.  When you set it down, the swirling motion created by the rounded base of the glass increases the oxygenation of the spirits.  The set of two glasses can also be monogrammed with up to three letters, making them an elegant addition to his bar.
  • You never go wrong with gifts of steaks – at least not in our family – and Omaha Steaks has packages to suit any taste or budget.  The Filets and Fun Package includes four each of their Filet Mignons, Gourmet Burgers, Gourmet Jumbo Franks and Caramel Apple Tartlets – plus a packet of Omaha Steaks Seasoning.  At $79.99, it also also ships free!
  • Grooming products are always popular, and American Crew, a leading men’s grooming brand, has products specifically formulated to promote a healthy scalp and hair.  To look good for holiday parties, their latest product, Liquid Wax, applies like a liquid but has the styling power of wax.  It gives the control and definition he wants, but it’s also pliable enough to let him restyle throughout the day.  I also love their Limited Edition Dopp Kit that includes the American Crew 3-IN-1, which is shampoo, conditioner and body wash; their Moisturizing Shave Cream; and their Firm Hold Styling Gel. You can find these online and at salons nationwide.

 

* Photos courtesy of Personal Creations, American Crew, Omaha Steaks, and Dockers.

Getting Personal

If you’re trying to come up with a gift that won’t get returned, why not personalize your holiday gifts?  Here are a few ideas I am sharing for several companies on my holiday TV tour.  (The final one is the gift my husband and I give to everyone in his family!).

  • To frame a special photo or piece of art, Art.com does custom framing by mail for a fraction of what it costs in a framing shop.  To use their new service called Frame Your Art, first browse their large selection of frame styles and mats.  You can even upload a photo to see exactly how your art will look in the frame you choose!  They will then send you pre-paid packaging, which you use to ship in your art.  I love this idea, because you can frame photos, prints, diplomas, children’s art projects or any other art you want to display.  Prices range from $59 to $189, depending on frame style and size – and you get free shipping both ways!  Just make sure to send your art back by December 11 to get everything in time for the holidays.
  • Rag dolls are a classic Christmas gift, and I love the Christmas Rag Dolls from Personal Creations.  Not only can you have them personalized with a name, but you can give a doll that looks just like her!  Choose from Hispanic, African-American or Caucasian dolls, and the Caucasian dolls have either blonde, brunette or red hair.
  • Wine lovers will enjoy a bottle of Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Chardonnay customized especially for them.  Buy the wine locally, and then create a free custom label on their web site that is designed especially to fit the Josh Cellars bottle.  Order by December 13 to receive it in time for Christmas.
  • Photo books are special gifts that will be appreciated for years.  Each Christmas, we “surprise” my husband’s family with what is known as the Sewell Family Yearbook, a photo book featuring hundreds of family photos from the previous 12 months.  Throughout the year, I collect pictures from family, and organize them into a photo book on Shutterfly.  It’s a great way to get pictures out of the computer and out where people can actually enjoy them.  The best part?  Sitting around the tree at Christmas, paging through the books and sharing memories of the last year. 

 

* Photos courtesy of Personal Creations, Art.com, Josh Cellars, and Shutterfly.