2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Seven Perfect Gift Ideas

Are you looking for wonderful, unique gifts for the holidays? I have seven amazing recommendations that will take care of even the most finicky gift-getters.  Some were sent to the BIZ for consideration, some were bought by me, all will make those ‘special someones’ very, very happy.

So many choices!!

Fortune Keeper – so many choices.  Check out the kitty cat one!

1.  For the spiritual deep thinkers who love holiday decor, check out Fortune Keeper Dream Wishes Collection Rhinestone Holiday Ornaments ($24).

The ornaments come gift-ready in silver organza tie bags along with a beautiful card.


Fortune Keeper ornament in a pretty silver bag


such a beautiful card!!

Each ornament is hand crafted and has a resin image tile along with a clear resin tile (7/8″ x 2 3/8″). They are crowned with rhinestone beads and a silver wire star topper. The ornament slides open and holds a paper upon which the owner writes his/her wishes and dreams for the new year.


how it works


this is the Red Dream Wishes Ornament


from the side


rhinestone beads and silver wire star topper


take the paper out, write your dreams and wishes, and it’s a beautifully personalized gift

There are lots of other great gift ideas at Fortune Keeper as well, including bracelets, key chains, and necklaces.  Let the browsing begin!



Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Case in Truffle

2.  For the gorgeous guy or gal who wants to wake up to perfect skin, Savvy Sleepers Satin Pillow Cases (from $36) are a perfect choice.

When I saw Dr. Oz recommending satin pillow cases in an episode last January, I knew the Savvy Sleeper was something I needed. Silk pillow cases are too slippery…the Savvy Sleeper satin is perfect, super soft but you don’t slide off the pillow.

I absolutely adore my satin pillow case in Truffle, which is a pure black. This pillow case hides all sins, even the occasional ‘oops I fell asleep in my makeup!’ sin. It comes in both standard and king size and is machine washable. I have my special satin pillow on my bed and my hubby knows – don’t even think about stealing this pillow from me while I am sleeping!!

Why is a satin pillow case essential? Dermatologists recommend it for keeping skin smooth and free of wrinkles. You won’t wake up with the dreaded ‘facial crease’ after a night of heavy sleeping. No matter what, skin looks smooth thanks to the low sheen satin pillow case. Plus it is fantastic for preserving hair styles and blow-outs.

I also adore that the Savvy Sleeper Satin Pillow Cases have a secret pocket. Put hair ties, earrings, or headphones into it…I keep hoping my hubby will slip a cute little note in one day.


What can you hide in the secret pocket…how about ear plugs?


Or even better, breath mints!

Besides Truffle, other shades available include Nappacino, a creamy light tan, and White Russian, which turns pillows into white satin clouds.

Great news -Savvy Sleeper has created a 20% off code for Beauty Info Zone. Use BEAUTYINFO through Dec. 20, 2013 for 20% off your order.



Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense

3.  For the guy who wants to smell like a million bucks, there is no better gift than Paco Rabanne 1 Million Intense ($84 for 3.4 oz, $63 for 1.7 oz) men’s fragrance.  

Not only does it smell like a million bucks, it looks like a millions bucks…quite literally.


1 Million Intense


fantastic packaging

looks just like a bar of gold

looks just like a bar of gold

1 Million Intense is a very manly, sexy scent that was just released in September. This cologne is not for wimps – check out the notes: top notes are blood mandarin, cardamom, black pepper and saffron; heart notes are rose absolute, neroli, and cinnamon; base notes are white leather, orris root, patchouli, and sandalwood. All together it equals fresh and spicy with a touch of leather. And the packaging is nothing short of brilliant – it looks like a bar of gold. Guys who like some bling will love this gift.




4.  For the do-it-yourselfer who loves ingenious inventions, a fantastic option is the Bango Hair Cutting Kit ($15.99, available at Ulta, Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond).

Celebrity stylist Trey Burnette invented the Bango® after he got tired of his clients attempting to do their own trims in between haircut appointments. This neat little package really has everything you need to keep your hair looking perfect in between salon visits.


Inside Bango


2 sectioning clips and comb


Instructional DVD and 5″ Precision Shears

You can trim bangs, split ends, and top layers to keep hair looking fresh. It’s nicely affordable, and this is one practical gift that people will be thanking you for again and again. It comes with an instructional DVD, 5″ Precision Shears, 2 hair clips, a comb, and the Bango® tool. The Bango®  tool is “a patented at-home hair trimming tool that is calibrated with three comb tension to hold hair as tightly as a stylist and has straight and arched cutting edges and cutting teeth for texturizing ends.” What that means is it’s easy to trim hair – plus you can trim a little at a time to avoid the dreaded too-short bangs.


three comb tension


holds hair in place just like your stylist would

The Bango® tool has both straight and arched cutting edges with teeth so it’s easy to do all sorts of things, including blunt bangs, textured bangs, side bangs, top-layer trims, short hair, men’s bangs and children’s bangs. This is THE practical gift of the season.



Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel

5.  For the girly girl who loves her showers and baths, you can’t go wrong with Juara Skincare Tiare Jasmine Tea Bath and Shower Gel ($28).

Oh my goodness…this is a huge bottle of shower/bath gel that has beautiful packaging and the most gorgeous scent ever.


one huge bottle of showering bliss


love the packaging, it’s so pretty and elegant

I am a huge fan of jasmine, so this shower/bath gel was right up my alley with its sweet but not cloying scent of jasmine tea leaves.  It’s a perfect skin cleanser that doesn’t dry out skin and in fact nourishes it with white, black and green teas.  There is no sulfate in it, so it’s super gentle and non-irritating.  And the bottle is so huge, it will probably last until next Christmas!

The packaging is just plain gorgeous, with a beautiful and elegant floral design.  Anyone who loves bath and body products will be completely thrilled to find this under the tree.




6. For the good smelling friend who believes in supporting small businesses, I highly recommend SunyIslandBlu Soap Company on Etsy.  

I recently bought five body sprays from SunyIslandBlu Soap Company after I found them on Etsy, and I am totally bowled over by the high quality and the absolutely yummy scents.

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

SunyIslandBlu Body Sprays

Mmmm....loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

Mmmm….loving the Cabana Coconut Body Spray

I am on an eternal quest for the perfect body mist fragrances, a lighter way to wear fragrance…which led me to SunyIslandBlu.  All of Suny’s products are made by herself and her daughters in small batches by hand with only high quality, natural ingredients.  Her products have an island inspired theme, and the emphasis is on “using bold colors, unique fragrances, and high quality skin friendly ingredients with none of the icky stuff.”  You can also find handmade soaps, body lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, and perfume oils at Suny’s shop.

I love my fantastic body sprays so much, I placed another order as gifts for my friends!  Here’s what is on the way to my doorstep right now:  Island Chic Whipped Cream Soap, Tobacco Caramel Soap, Shampoo and Conditioner in Island Coconut, Hair Detangler in Island Chic, and a Perfume Oil Set of three roll-on fragrance oils.  I chose Exotic Coconut, Island Coconut, and Toasted Marshmallow.  Hmmm…come to think of it, a lot of these might just be under MY tree with my name on the tag!!

Suny is a real sweetheart, and has offered a special code just for BIZ readers!!  The coupon code is “BEAUTYINFO” and it is for 20% off.  Now you definitely have reason to buy for the people on your list…and also for yourself.


Shinola in Detroit

Shinola in Detroit

7.  Speaking of supporting small businesses, an absolutely fantastic local company – everything is made in Detroit, by people who live here and raise their families here – is Shinola.

Shinola is a small manufacturing company that creates handmade watches, bicycles, and leather goods.  This  amazing local company makes beautiful, unique, sturdy pieces that will last through generations in your family.

On my Christmas wish list is the Women’s Bixby Bicycle ($1950).  Yup, pretty spendy…but this vintage looking yet totally modern bike makes my heart go pitter-patter.

The Women's Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

The Women’s Bixby Bicycle by Shinola

What does the hubby want?  This watch:

The Runwell Watch

The Runwell Watch

This particular version of The Runwell ($550) has a huge 47 mm face that fits my husband’s Popeye forearms. The watches are Shinola are truly spectacular, do yourself a favor and check out the colors and styles for both women and men.

Honestly, my husband and I would both love just about anything from this store. You’ve got to take a look at the online website…simply gazing at the handcrafted products put together with so much love makes you feel like everything is right in the world.

Any one of these seven items/websites will make those on your gift list happy…so what do you think will make it under that tree this year??  - Lisa

*some items were sent for review, some purchased by me, all opinions are completely my own.


  1. Thank you so much for including Savvy Sleepers and all of these are amazing gift ideas. I hope your hubby reads this post too so he sneaks a little note in there. :)


  2. So many great things. The gold bar cologne and the Juara gel look nice! :D Great ideas!

  3. The Juara and SunyIslandBlu products look really nice!

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