Still haven't found the perfect outfit for that New Year's Eve party that's just FIVE days away? Check out these options that can be found on the racks . . . hopefully with all of the after-Christmas sales you can walk away with a great steal! Enjoy!Last Minute Off-the-Rack Party Looks by curvyceo
I'm sure many of you are heading to the malls for their post-Christmas sales. Whether your goal is to make an exchange of that ugly, ill-fitting sweater or to cash in that gift card to your favorite shop, I hope you get yourself something fabulous!
Just six more shopping days until Christmas! I am almost done, but have one more major purchase to make . . . thankfully I am able to take some time off from work this week to hit the outlet malls. (Lord, help me.) In the meantime, several of the ladies of Capital Area Fashion and Beauty Bloggers have created awesome holiday shopping guides. Check them out for some great last minute gift ideas!
"Christmas is awesome. First of all, you get to spend time with people you love. Secondly, you can get drunk and no one can say anything. Third, you give presents. What's better than giving presents? And fourth, getting presents. So, four things. Not bad for one day. It's really the greatest day of all time." - "Michael Scott", The Office
With Christmas less than a week away, I hope you are enjoying what is, in all seriousness, the most awesome time of the year!
Today, I am so excited to feature this guest post from my girl over at Traveling Trips. She's the ultimate world traveler and I knew she would have a ton of great ideas!
Here it is!
So when Curvy CEO asked me to do a blog post on good gifts for frequent travelers, I was thrilled! I love to travel. I also love giving great gifts. Combine that with my recent three-week stay in Africa that I am blogging about on Travelinga Trips (travelingatrips.blogspot.com), and I have fresh ideas for great travel gifts.
Here are five items with price ranges for everyone, from the budget-friendly to the budget-conscious.
1. Laptop bag. I know what you are thinking, but consider a laptop bag where you don't have to remove the laptop to go through airport security. You like that, huh? A guy on my last trip showed off his cool laptop bag and I thought, Finally! No more frantic rushing to get the laptop out of its case while praying that it doesn't get stolen between the time it hits the conveyor belt and the time needed to walk through security. Several travel luggage manufacturers from Samsonite to Briggs & Riley worked with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to design laptop cases that meet "checkpoint friendly" standards. Instead of removing the laptop, simply unhinge the laptop compartment and lay the bag down flat in a butterfly position to go through the scanner. Eureka!
2. Travel socks. Ok, so how many times have you boarded a plane with cute open toe shoes or sandals only to freeze your tootsies off during the flight? One too many? Well, how about a good pair of travel socks! For the transatlantic flier, compression socks help to prevent deep vein thrombosis. For those who make quick trips every now and then, try warm non-socks with grippers on the sole to provide added comfort. Tucked in a carry-on bag, they can be pulled out anytime for a cozy treat on board.
3. iTunes gift card. As Apple products grow in popularity, the hotel industry is catering to iPod, iTouch, and iPhone users by providing docking radios in rooms. That said, you can never have enough music! Switching up playlists is a must for today's frequent traveler. The best thing about gift cards is that you can give as little or as much as you want.
4. Universal plug adaptor. As I discovered on my African trip, you can never have too many adaptors when overseas. Why you ask? Because one adaptor is not enough to charge your notebook, Blackberry, camera, iPod, and any other electronic device one may have when traveling. So when it comes to adaptors, the more the merrier! Kensington and Magellan's Travel Supplies both sell all-in-one adaptors for less than $20 that allow travelers to charge their devices in over 100 countries.
5. Memory cards. Given that I ran out of space on my memory card taking once in a lifetime pictures while on safari in Kenya (yes, a panic moment that I will never forget!), you would think this would be my number one gift idea. After spending hundreds of dollars on a new camera, I simply opted to stick with an old memory card as I thought I had enough space remaining. Boy was I wrong! So, memory cards are great pick me uppers for people like me who simply don't think enough to pick these up before long trips. Gift a memory card with a nice size flashdrive so that if the memory card gets full on the trip, the pictures can be downloaded to the flashdrive for immediate storage. Both are very lightweight, easily portable, and under twenty dollars.
"Presents are the best way to show someone how much you care. It is like this tangible thing that you can point to and say 'Hey man, I love you this many dollars worth.'" - "Michael Scott", The Office
Gift-giving, in general, can be pretty tricky. Office gift-giving can be even trickier. ("Do I have to give a gift to everybody? What if my boss doesn't give me a gift in return - would that embarrass either of us?") But, by implementing a few simple tricks, you can come up with just the right gift giving strategy for your office colleagues.
DO pay attention. Take a look around. Do you have a co-worker that has an unnatural obsession with, say, a sports team, rock band, or clothing brand? If so, you will most definitely knock the ball out of the park by getting that co-worker a gift that fits in with that theme. So, for example, if you have a colleague who's got Beiber Fever, why not spring for a gift certificate to Ticketmaster so she (or, well, he . . . no judgment) can see the Beebs the next time he's in town. If a concert ticket is a little out of your price range, then maybe go for the super-deluxe-bonus-footage-galore concert dvd. But be sure to do a little investigative work first to find out whether she . . . or he . . . already has it. (Most hardcore fans will already have every version of every item ever released by their favorite performer *looks lovingly at my Michael Jackson dvd library*.)[pullquote]A great place to find gifts for the office sports nut is SportsFanOutlet.com. This site has paraphernalia for virtually every team - collegiate, NBA, MLB, NHL, etc., etc.[/pullquote]
DON'T offend. So, you've been paying attention to your co-workers - what they like, what they don't like - and you decide that you've figured out the *perfect* gifts. Well, the next important step is to think about how those gifts will be perceived by the recipients. For example, you know for a fact that front office receptionist adores Victoria's Secret. You've often seen her return from lunch carrying those unmistakable pink-and-red shopping bags. Well, I can tell you that, as a working professional woman, I would be highly offended by any co-worker who calls him- or herself giving me some panties for Christmas. Even the beauty products can be tricky. I can just hear the internal dialogue now. ("Oh, so you're givin' me Heavenly Angels Dream Mist, huh? Whatchu tryna say - I stink?!?!?!?")Yeah. Save the gifts from Vickie's for your close, personal friends and significant others.
DO be practical. It's important to think a lot about who the gift recipients are and how they spend their time. Whatever items you decide on, make sure they fit within their lifestyles. So, for instance, if he or she doesn't drive, don't bother buying your iPhone-obsessed colleague an iPhone car cupholder. But, let's say that person does a lot of business travel. Perhaps you can give the iHip 6-in-1 travel kit as a gift?
DON'T be boring. While you want to get your co-workers something they'd like and that fits into their lifestyles, you don't want to be completely boring either. Also, re-visiting our last "don't", you want to be careful. The recent college grad working as a file clerk? You know he makes NO money, so you think about simply getting him a gift card to the local grocery store (so, you know, he doesn't have to keep subsisting on ramen noodles and the free coffee in the break room). But that is a little . . . tacky. And, utterly boring. (It's the office place equivalent of getting socks from Santa when you're eight years old.) Perhaps you can put a fun spin on the practical gift by linking it with our first "do" - paying attention. So, maybe get the impoverished kid a gift card to Target - that way he can buy food or cds or whatever!
DO think carefully about to whom you should gift gifts. [/grammar geek] You have to ask yourself, "Will this create an expectation? Will it be considered improper protocol for me to give or not give this individual a gift?" I think that it goes without saying that you must give your boss a gift. Even if you don't want to . . . even if he or she won't ever return the kindness or even appreciate the gesture . . . it's something you simply must do. By the same token, employers are well-served to give at least some small token to their employees. Yes, you give them a paycheck week after week. But, by doing that little bit extra, you're reinforcing the fact that their work and presence are appreciated . . . and that is a huge boost to workplace morale. Ultimately, though, you have to keep our last DON'T in mind . . . .
DON'T expect anything in return. Regardless of how you feel about your workplace family, you should give willingly and without any expectations - not favors, not promotions. Just give because you want to give and all will be well. But, if you truly can't give from your heart, then don't . . . I think most people would appreciate the lack of a gift more than that "stocking stuffer" you grabbed off the shelf at the Walgreens down the street from the office. If nothing else, just buy or bake some holiday treats and bring them to the office. Even the person who is dieting or doesn't eat chocolate will appreciate the gesture.Stay tuned - tomorrow's blog entry features a guest post from Travelinga Trips, listing the Top Five Gifts for Frequent Travelers!