gift guide

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide – For Her

ValentinesDayGiftGuide11As seen in our January issue of LatinTRENDS Magazine. Here are some affordable Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the special lady in your life.

New Michael Kors Glam Lip Lacquer – A Macy’s Exclusive $24 each Colors: Diva (Sporty), Bombshell (Sexy) and Dame (Glam)

New Michael Kors Glam Lip Lacquer

Michael Kors Sexy Collection Lip Lacquer & Nail Gift Set – A Macy’s Exclusive $32 Colors: Lip luster in Siren and nail lacquer in Sensation.

Michael Kors Sexy Collection Lip Lacquer & Nail Gift Set

Marcia Maizel-Clarke Small Golden Taken Ring – at Neiman Marcus $42.00

Marcia Maizel - Clarke Small Golden Taken Ring – at Neiman Marcus

Tiffany & Co alphabet heart tag letter charm and chain $150

Tiffany & Co alphabet heart tag letter charm and chain

Coach legacy slim clutch in leather $198

Coach legacy slim clutch in leather

Fanniemay.com – Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries $59.99

Fanniemay.com - Love & Romance Chocolate Strawberries

1800Flowers.com – Vintner’s Choice Wine Hamper Basket $59.99 -Basket includes: Geerlings & Wade 2011 Merlot wine and a selection of gourmet delights including Cranberry Almonds with Honey and Sea Salt, Smokey Mozzarella Mini Baguettes, Chocolate Filled Pillows and more. It’s sure to make a memorable impression!

Vintner's Choice Wine Hamper Basket

Great Gift Guide For The Men In Your Life

Ladies, it’s that time of the year and I am here to make your search for the perfect gift a little easier. As much as we are tempted to buy tio, papi, primo, hijo, hermano, the hubby or the main squeeze a gift card…I have some awesome gift ideas that will make them feel happy and appreciated this year.

El cocinero
We all have a cocinero in the family who is in the kitchen more than the ladies. These two gift options are perfect for him.

T-fal OptiGrill is an indoor grill with amazing features like a built-in cooking sensor that automatically adapts to the thickness of your food and 6 automatic cooking programs. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

OPTIGRILL FACING

NuWave 20326 Oven, Pro Infrared might be his new go-to kitchen appliance. This oven can broil, bake, roast, bbq, grill, dehydrate, steam and rir-fry. Available at Macy’s.

NuWave 20326 Oven, Pro Infrared

El hombre con estilo
There is nothing wrong with a man who loves fashion and here are some amazing gift options for him.

Nike’s new SneakerBoot Collection are so cool and stylish. Just released this October, Nike took 8 classic and popular styles and elevated them for winter performance. Here are some of my favorites. Available on www.nike.com.

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El Fanatico
Unless you know his schedule it’s always hard to surprise him with tickets to a game. So here are some options that I am sure will still excite him.

Ultimate Tailgate Chair is the greatest thing to hit tailgating since chicken wings and beer! This tailgate chair features a fold-out table with expandable shelves and a detachable cooler bag with multiple pockets. Available at www.orvis.com.

Ultimate Tailgate Chair

The personalized Washington Post sports book is perfect for any sports enthusiasts. The sports book contains historical facts, figures and events from his favorite NFL, MLB or golf team. The cover may be personalized for a truly unique keepsake your sports fan will love. Available at www.redenvelope.com.

personalized washington post sports book

A brand new car is hard to wrap so why not give him the next best thing? The Ferrari/Lamborghini Experiences will allow him to drive the car of his dreams on an actual racetrack with no speed-limit. No worries… professional instructor will ride as their passenger and provide helpful racing tips and techniques. Available on www.cloud9living.com.

Ferrari Lamborghini Experiences

Still not sure what to give him? Here are some gift ideas under $25.

Whiskey stones: The alternative to ice for the whisky connoisseur. They will keep your drinks cool without watering them down. Available on www.crateandbarrel.com.

whisky-stones

Shot Glass Checkers Set – The adult version of checkers. Available at www.homewetbar.com.

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Earbuds Tie: It’s both hip and fun. Available at www.ties.com.

Earbuds Tie

Plaid shirt: Great wardrobe piece for men of all ages. Available at H&M.

Plaid Shirt

12-in-1 Multi Flashlight: Features a super-bright LED flashlight with a red flashing emergency light, plus 10 handy tools. Available at www.orvis.com.

12-in-1 Multi Flashlight

The Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide—Non-traditional that is

Stocking StuffersTraditional stocking stuffers can have all kinds of things inside like gift cards, candy, small travel items, jewelry and even makeup. These stocking stuffers are great for any person in the family, but we have to admit that it becomes a little mundane every year of getting the same gift for people. Coming up with some new stocking stuffers ideas, especially if most people in the family have no idea what they want for Christmas, can become a challenge. Make it a goal this year to begin a new tradition and give some more non-traditional stocking stuffers.

Toothbrushes

It may sound strange, but here is something that children could actually get excited about when they are brushing their teeth. The toothbrush is called Brite Beatz from Brush Buddies and it features a synchronized light and music show while playing Jingle Bells, a classical holiday song. The time that dentists recommend to brush your teeth is two minutes. This gives a reminder to children to brush until the song is done. Other songs are from musicians like Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. The toothbrushes with replaceable brush heads include a tongue and cheek cleaner and batteries that are replaceable while designed to help clean plaque in hard to reach places.

Also, available, are the Brush Buddies The Smurfs Talking toothbrushes. Once the belly button is pressed, the brush pops up and the bristles are gentle on children’s gums.

Ornaments

It sounds a bit strange to give an ornament as a gift mainly because there are plenty already on the Christmas tree. But more often, ornaments have become available and can be given out for the holidays. We are not talking about the traditional red, blue, gold, green and silver balls, but rather the non-traditional and more personable ones. These can include a photo of the family, a sled, cross stitched patterns, snowmen and countless of the many more designs to represent the person or family. Many stores sell these unique ornaments and there are plenty of how-to websites to make some of your own, without having to spend a lot.

Little books

Little books with simple phrases are not just for youngsters anymore. There are many books that offer inspirational sayings, jokes, and even prayers to get through difficult times. These books are simple, yet meaningful to someone that not only likes collecting books, but can also find them useful beyond the holidays. With many different topics and choices, this may be the small and perfect gift for that always ‘hard to give’ person on your list.

There are some many more things to put in the stockings and there may be some favorites that you do every year. But if you are looking for a way to break out of tradition and give something new, try these ideas. One of these stocking stuffers may become the new tradition in your family year after year.