Gift Idea: NAP Touch Throw Blanket

I’ve mentioned this awesome blanket before, but I don’t think it’s been a while — and if you order today you can still get delivery by Christmas, so today seems just as good as ever. I’ve bought these a number of times over the years — first for my sick grandmother who had broken a rib and needed to sleep sitting up — second for my television-loving mother to nuzzle under — and, more recently, for us. These things are amazingly soft, machine washable, and they hold up like iron — all of the ones I’ve bought (as long ago as ten years now) are still in great condition. Brookstone now sells several iterations of it — textured blankets, “luxury” blankets, bed blankets, socks, robes, etc. — but if you’re looking for an easy gift that will be loved, the nap blanket is a sure bet. It’s $49.99 at Brookstone, and eligible for free 2-day express shipping. Nice!  NAP Touch Throw Blanket



Gift Idea: Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker

slow-cookerHappy Thursday! As it’s getting down to the wire for holiday gift-buying, especially once you factor in shipping, wrapping, etc., Amazon comes through as always. I happened to find this great thread where readers were talking about their favorite kitchen gadgets, and one of the things mentioned was the Instant Pot. I don’t have one yet, but I keep hearing amazing things about them, and as someone who is into slow cooking myself I think this would be a really good gift for anyone else who’s a fan. It’s only $79 (list price $119) for this 7-in-1 that’s a combined slow cooker, pressure cooker, and rice cooker (plus other functions), and it’s eligible for Prime shipping. (Can anyone recommend an Instant Pot cookbook?) Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker


Gift Idea: ‘Vetiver 46’ Liquid Balm


vetiver-perfume-le-laboThey’re calling this product “the new way to carry your signature scent anywhere.” To me it doesn’t seem that different from the regular roll-on kind of perfume, although it might be slightly bigger. The scent itself is really lovely, a very deep and dark and sort of woodsy feel. I bought this for myself because I’m obsessed with vetiver — and I thought it was a men’s cologne when I got it. So if you knew a woman in your life who prefers less feminine scents and more masculine, dark notes, do took a look at Vetiver 46. It’s $90 at Nordstrom. Le Labo ‘Vetiver 46’ Liquid Balm


Gift Idea: Quilted Purse Shapers


Readers recommended these purse shapers in our last discussion on closet organization, and I think they’re a great solution to the problem of having purses that get slouchy if you don’t stuff them with papers when they’re not being used. I like the quilted look because it feels more luxurious, and these come in a variety of sizes. They are a little pricey at $14.99 to $29.99 (at the Container Store), but I think that’s one of the reasons they make a great gift idea for the women in your life who may be handbag fanatics. (And if you give one of these to someone who ends up not liking it — and returning it — there’s a ton of other stuff they can get at the Container Store.) These are well priced for a gift for a colleague or a mother-in-law, for example, and they have great reviews. Quilted Purse Shapers by Innies


Coffee Break: ‘Pass the Bubbly’ Scoopneck Long-Sleeve Pajama Set

best-pjs-for-giftsIf you’re looking for a gift idea for an older woman in your life — or really, for any woman — these are really nice pajamas. (This year, I’m buying gift cards to Soma for a lot of the older women I know.) I think the Cool Nights pajamas are intended for women who may be getting hot flashes at night, but honestly, they’re some of my favorite pajamas. I love that they come in short lengths (plus regular and tall), so if you’re a shorty like me at 5’4″ you don’t have to flop around in your PJs. They’re machine washable and they wash well, and the latest pair I bought has pockets, which is great. Soma has a lot of cute bras too, and readers have recommended their Vanishing Edge panties. This set is available in sizes XS-XXL and is on sale for $49 (from $70) at Soma. ‘Pass the Bubbly’ Scoopneck Long Sleeve Pajama Set


Coffee Break: Navy Blue with Pink Stripes Lunch Bag

cute-lunch-bag-cyntha-rowleyThis cute lunch bag is easy to clean and has adjustable shoulder straps and a small handle at the top. Of course, I love the colors, considering they’re the blog colors, but I also like how this bag is sort of feminine but also sort of masculine at the same time. If you’re looking for a new lunch bag for yourself or for someone in your life (holiday gift?), this one is $25 at Staples. Cynthia Rowley, Navy Blue with Pink Stripes Lunch Bag


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