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Great stocking stuffer gift ideas for every gal on your list from stylish finds to accessories to chic items for the home and even items that work for travel, decor and getting pretty. Small and wonderful Christmas gift ideas that will fit in a stocking hung with care.

Start a tradition of giving an ornament each year and watch a collection grow.

            

Carved Snowflake Ornament, $8 Anthropologie

Tree Topped Car Ornament, $7 West Elm

Small Gifts For Home & Away

    

Jonathan Adler Zebra Metallic Gold Dish, $30 Lilly Rain and Sphere Ice Molds Set of 2, $11 Sur La Table

    

Look stylish while listening to your tunes.

Frends 'Layla' Headphones Rose/White One Size, $149 Nordstrom

Fill a jar with a drink recipe or ingredients like cinnamon sticks.

Cathy's Concepts Mason Jars - Mr. & Mrs. (Set of 2), $22 Target

Love This Apron!

    

Eiffel Tower Bottle Opener, $18 Anthropologie

Royal Jelly Harlem Pom Pom Apron, $55 Royal Jelly Harlem

For the Jet Setter

    

Travel Wallet, $98 Neiman Marcus and Teas from Around the World Box Set, Loose Teas, $65 Food 52

    

Cool Cat Phone Case, $8.80 Forever 21

Bobbi Brown Fashion Week Exclusive Set, $80 Saks Fifth Avenue

Good Deed Gifts From TOMS

    

Lemlem Marine Zenna Gauze Scarf, $140 TOMS

With every scarf you purchase, you are helping Lemlem create economic opportunity and preserve artistic tradition in Ethiopia.

Denik Eye Candy Journal, $18 TOMS

Jewelry gifts that fit nicely in a stocking.

    

Kendra Scott 'Tessa' Stone Stud Earrings Iridescent Drusy/Gold, $65 Nordstrom

Sabine Feathered Drop Earring - Gold/Blue, $28 Piperlime

        

Kate Spade New York - Skinny Mini Pav Bow Studs, $48 Zappos and Gorjana Teagan Ring, $56 ShopBop

Avois the Tears & Enjoy the Scents

        

RSVP International - Onion Goggles, Pink Frame, $21 Green Cupboards

Archipelago Botanicals Red Amaryllis Boxed Candle Fragrance, $30 6PM

   

Kate Spade New York Framed Dot Scarf, $68 Kate Spade

This polka dot scarf from Kate Spade is perfect and goes with anything! For me, I wear scarves all the time...for keeping banishing the chill during winter, for a little punch to my outfit, and especially as stylish way to cover up when nursing in public.

Christina from Simply Modern Weddings Blog

 

USB Bracelet by Shipley & Halmos, $25 Ebay

If you're anything like me and your phone dies often, it's always good to have your charger on hand. I've struggled to find the right  cord to use to plug into my laptop since it seems like everyone's updated their phone to the new iphone 5. I find this USB bracelet to be smart and stylish. It conveniently wraps around your wrist and is there whenever you need the energy boost for your phone. Every girl-on-the-go could use this gift.
Christina from Street Swag
 
i.Sound 4 USB Wall Charger Pro, $18 Amazon
I recently graduated from my old basic phone into the world of smartphones and am now all too familiar with the mid-afternoon battery quitting time. To keep up with the times, I need all my gadgets to keep up with me, so this little stocking stuffer is the perfect fix. It charges my tablet, phone, and GPS all at once, in one place, so I'm not runnin' around the room searching for different outlets in a dead-battery panic.
Lauren from Endless Amusement
 
 
 

Shoes of Prey

In a city like LA everyone loves to stand out in a crowd.  With Shoes of Prey, custom design your dream pair of shoes via their innovative 3D technology. It’s super simple, with infinite choices of color and materials, heel height and silhouette. (We calculated over 192 trillion combinations). Prices range from about $150-350. Best of all, they’re fully refundable or they'll change the design to what you desire.

The Tasting Room

Special for KTLA viewers: http://www.tastingroom.com/KTLA

You get a selection of six small wines (4 red, 2 white) for $9.95 to taste and create a tasting profile. Then based on what you like, The Tasting Room will curate your first case of wine! The first case is $85, which means about $7 per bottle (awesome price!!) and then you can have them send you a case every few months after that with new choices. My husband and I tried it and love it!

Indie Film in a Box, $20

You choose a genre from romance to comedy to thrillers and more. The box comes with four films and an interactive game as well where you choose best picture, best performance, etc. Great way to choose a genre mom will love and watch with her.

Then add some organic popcorn into the mix with special flavors like rosemary, kettle corn or white truffle from Pipsnacks, 6 pack for $36

Picnic Basket for 4, Red Envelope.com  $199

Not your ordinary basket it's more like a cool tote. Perfect for the Hollywood Bowl this summer or movies outdoors. Comes with all the necessary accessories, but much cooler - like Mason jar drinking glasses!

Pastoral Artisan Cheese, bread and wine, PastoralArtisan.com

Create the picnic with these cheeses, like the Around The World collection ($59)

Bonsai Garden Growing Kit, RedEnvelope.com $33

Grow your own garden with a choice of Gardenia or Redwood Forest bonsai. The gardens come in beautiful metal boxes with their own gardening shears.  Add some pretty gardening gloves, and perhaps some gardening tools and you're set!

Plenty of invites and so many bottles of wine are endlessly toted to party after party. It’s time to be more thoughtful with your choices of gifts you bring to the hostess.  As the style contributor for Marie Osmond's show, I shared a variety of choices that satisfy everything from a host with a sweet tooth to a green thumb.

 

Let the host have a reprieve from the kitchen. Bring the hors d’oeuvres so friends and family can have a chance to socialize before sitting down to the main meal.  Or if it’s a causal gathering watching football or playing board games, this mix of savory and sweet options from Hickory Farms satisfies everyone’s snacking needs.

    

HickoryFarms.com $25-65

The host has enough to deal with after the party cleaning up so make the next morning easy by filling a basket with gourmet goodies to take care of breakfast. If you’re spending the night, be sure to get up and make the host breakfast as an extra bonus.

Gourmet goodies and basket all from HomeGoods, $30

Sure you could bring wine, but if your host is a dog lover, why not bring treats for their animals. Make sure it’s a healthy treat and add a dog toy or canister to hold the treats.

Dog treats from Wellpet.com

Does your friend have a green thumb? Everything he or she touches just grows with abundance?  Or perhaps a friend who would like to do some planting? Give them a garden they can grow inside or enjoy when the weather turns warmer.

Herb garden, butterfly habitat and bonsai trees from Overstock.com

Sweet tooth? Skip baking and bring the host some our her favorite candy and instead of wrapping it up put it into lacquer boxes that she can place on a coffee table or once empty use for jewelry. Going to home with kids then bring along Nestle holiday boxes with candy inside and trivia to keep them occupied.

Nestle holiday candy and lacquer boxes from Home Goods

The host has enough to take care of without taking out the camera and snapping lots of photos. Take the pressure off him or her and offer to take all the photos and instantly share with all the guests using the new free app from Familiar.

Free photo app from Familiar.com

Share one of your favorite recipes with the host and wrap it up in a new apron or pot holder, napkins and wooden spoon.  I’m a fan of sharing a carrot soufflé recipe that I make every holiday.

Apron, napkins, pot holders from HenHouseLinens.com

Carrot Soufflé recipe

A delicious side dish, dessert or breakfast!

Ingredients:

1-lb. cooked carrots

   (I use a 1-lb. bag of baby carrots)

3 eggs beaten

½ cup sugar

½ cup melted butter

2 tablespoons flour

1 cup milk

1/3 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon baking powder

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Cook carrots and mash them. 

Put mashed carrots into a blender and add milk. Blend.

         Mix all other ingredients together in a bowl. Then add mixed ingredients into blender. Blend again.

Pour into a butter greased round soufflé/casserole dish or small ramekins for individual servings. 

Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 350°.

It will rise like a soufflé and get slightly brown on top.

 

 

Skip the tie, socks or, worse, underwear and buy cool gifts for Father's Day that he really wants, will use and enjoy.

 

Black & Decker LDX112C 12-Volt Max Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver, $49.88

Even the full name sounds tough.

 

 

Crocs Hover lace up sneaker, $59.99

Cool vibe leather sneaker with the comfort of Crocs.

 

Cellairis Shell Shock G Class Protector, $39.99

You can slam a stapler on this protector and if your phone could talk, it would laugh at you.

This protector may be thin, but it's tough.

Justin Cronin's The Passage, $10.88

Last summer's must-read for the guy who has some catching up to do.

Rich in character description, awesome story telling filled with virals and apocalyptic possibilities.

Justin Cronin's The Twelve, $18.37

So after he finishes The Passage he'll be hooked and excited to get his hands on the next book in the trilogy. You'll have taken care of that by pre-ordering this one and be thanked for being the super cool chick that you are when it arrives in October. They're such good books you'll read it next.


Wahl Ion Stainless Steel All-in-one Groomer, $59.99

Just remember to tell him how nice it feels to kiss him with a smooth face.

 

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Series Basic Kit, $16.09

Give him this for his next camping trip.

John Hardy cufflinks from the Dot collection, $275

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Give Mom something sweet for Mother's Day that tells her you love her whether she eats it, wears it, or shows it off, but get to it, times a wasting.

An inspiration bangle from Red Envelope, $100

Give a place to set the jewelry you buy her like this LOVE dish from The Brick Kiln, $12 on Etsy.com

Blue Nile pendant XO necklaces, $41-42

Tell her with decor from Alexandra Ferguson, $69-109

Paloma's Nest customizable puzzle, $44 You choose what kind of love message they have to decipher.

Give her a fortune cookies filled with love notes, gift certificates for pedicures, a massage, take out meals and even some time off from the kids. Curly Birds on Etsy, $8-17

Photo Memories Capture all your memories in a custom designed family frame from Personalization Mall, $30

Time to finally make mom dinner. Get the instructions, recipe and ingredients from Destination Dinners, $18

Custom yummy cookies for mom from Katie's Creative Bakery, $11-40 from Etsy.com

And then of course there is always a gift at the top of every gal's list, A MASSAGE! One of our favorites in Los Angeles is Arcona in Santa Monica.

Don’t let guests leave empty handed. Write or print up the recipes from that evening’s dinner, roll up and secure with ribbon and tie around a mini bottle of wine or champagne.
I’m a big fan of vintage shopping and antiquing and had been making plans to shop the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena for months when lo and behold my hair stylist friend extraordinaire, Theodore Leaf  (www.theodoreleaf.com) and I learned that Eddie Ross (www.eddieross.com) was coming to town to lead a group through the masses of flea market finds.  We were both fans of Eddie’s work on Bravo’s Top Design and I’m always a fan of a preppy guy. So we signed up for the “walk along.”  There were about 15 of us and with coffee in hand and my tote bag empty and ready to fill with negotiated bargains we headed off into the rows of booths and tables filled with silverware, glassware, fabrics, knick-knacks and furniture.  Eddie would stop at a variety of outdoor booths and give the lo down on how to re-do furniture to update it, give advice on how to determine the worth of an object and what’s good stuff from the “trash.”  Let’s be honest it shouldn’t all be someone’s trash is another’s treasure, some of it is just junk.  Theodore, his boyfriend Matt and I had so much fun—how could we not?  A warm, sunny day, Eddie and his main man Jaithan to escort us through the finds of The Rose Bowl plus he gave us some nifty ideas on hostess gifts and table settings. It was a relaxed atmosphere and we met many other gals and guys to socialize with along the way. Eddie suggested and Theodore literally translated into a hostess gift a small jar of olives with the antique fork and personalized ribbon for me the next time he came to dinner. I added my version of a spoon with a colorful ribbon and lavendar honey. Anything can work just by taking antique silverware and pair with cheese, olives, jam, or chocolate sauce and tie with a ribbon and small note. I took his suggestions and created my own small, but charming gifts for my next dinner outings at friends’ homes. Besides, silverware and vintage cloth napkins I also bargained for this camel saddle (walked away only paying $25) that with new leather became a cool footrest in my living room.
Q. I’m getting married on July 1st and uncertain what to give my four bridesmaids as gifts. I’d like to stick to a budget of $100 for each friend. Help, I don’t want to disappoint them. -Giddy about Getting Married Alison: Don’t over think your gift giving. Remember that this is your wedding and a focused, prepared gift can be easily achieved and loved by all your friends without blowing your budget. Also, don’t assume the gift has to be a part of or worn on the wedding day. Since your wedding is in July, I have two suggestions: one that focuses on summer fun and one that is truly indicative of their styles. 1-Purchase canvas tote bags like the much loved ones from Lands' End and have them monogrammed for each of your bridesmaids. Then fill each with a big over sized beach towel , a cute photo album (include a special photo of you and your friend on the first page), flip flops and an inexpensive sunless tanner . All together these items should total about $100 spent for each girl. 2-Give a piece of jewelry that will be treasured and fits each girl’s style. Choose a pretty necklace, a beaded bracelet or dangly earrings that will dazzle with many outfits in your friend’s wardrobe. When buying jewelry for about $100 or less for each bridesmaid, don’t fret if one item is $99 and another is $60. The point is that you’re giving a gift that you believe they’ll enjoy.
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