Sunday, November 25, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide! Review and Giveaway

Still need to check a few people off on your list but short on ideas?  Between now and the holidays, new innovative items will be featured.   Check out the fabulous gifts highlighted below

Women and Men: 

Bev's Beads is a site containing handmade items from artist and jewelry designer Beverly Moore.  Her work is very earthy as she uses primarily African Trade Beads and natural materials / gem stones.  Beverly's designs have been featured in Sports Illustrated and worn by celebrities such as Steven Tyler (Aerosmith lead singer and American Idol judge).

I received a sample of "The Ruinsfor review purposes and can attest that the quality is fantastic.  It is really a beautiful piece - the I am a beader and have always loved trade beads.  The fact that these are authentic, vintage  trade bead s(1700s and 1800s) is really appealing - aesthetically, historically and environmentally.   The thoughtful selection and composition of quality materials ultimately gives the wearer a piece that is artsy, funky, fun and sure to draw compliments.  The clasp is also beautiful which are also made from reclaimed items.

These items will vary slightly as the materials used are unique, being made from natural gemstones and reclaimed African Trade Beads.  This would make a truly impressive gift for someone on your holiday list.  Bev designs for both Men and Women, offering Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings.  If you want to purchase something extra special, Bev also offers collections and commissioned pieces.  Also remember - if you are purchasing one of Bev's beautiful creations, you are helping support an independently owned and operated business!


Fun at the Wheel!
From THQ and available on the Playstation 3, Wii U and Xbox 360 check out two new and improved games of family favorites

Challenging new game content 
More than 2,400 new puzzles on Wheel of Fortune (1,400 additional puzzles available via downloadable content)
 More than 3,300 new clues on Jeopardy! (600+ additional clues available via DLC) ·

Authentic voice-overs from your favorite hosts
Pat Sajak, Vanna White and Jim Thornton for Wheel of Fortune
Alex Trebek and Johnny Gilbert for Jeopardy!
The complete Jeopardy! Clue Crew

Unique and entertaining mini-games
Play commercial break mini-games to unlock new, trendy outfits and other rewards

Improved HD graphics 

Pre-teens / Teens:

Portable Nail Station:
My middle DD is obsessed with doing her nails.  Every other day she is sporting a new nail design.  I plan to start a nail blog for her to showcase her designs.  One of her big x-mas gifts is a huge nail polish set.

When the opportunity to review the Portable Nail Station came up I absolutely jumped at the chance.  I knew Miss N. would love it and I was right!  This product is SO COOL.  Perfect for who don’t have time or want to save money on visiting nail salons but want professional-style manicures & pedicures at home.  Here are some of the features:
• Self-adjusting stand positions hands and feet at the perfect angle in stable and comfortable position.
• Two removable, washable covers, made of 100% cotton terry-cloth, are included.
• Polish holder leaves hands free to work quickly and comfortably without spills, accommodates a wide variety of bottle shapes and sizes, can be swiveled and tilted for easy accessibility.
• Accessory tray holds everything you need – polish remover, implements and extra polish – all within easy reach.

Miss N. LOVED this.  It is so easy to set up and use.  It is ergonomically designed to make manicures a breeze.  Everything is within a hand's reach.  Miss N. said that she could not believe how much better the results were using this product.  If you have a nail affectionado in your life I think that this would be the absolute perfect gift!    Price: $29.99 Visit

 Salvador Kitti is a family-owned and operated small business with products that feature the original artwork of founder Amy Pugh-Campos. Part of their proceeds are donated  to wildlife conservation centers and zoos so in addition to owning a beautiful, and usuable, piece of art, you are also helping a great cause.

Their expansive library of images, taken from original oil paintings, includes over thirty different, colorful and cute images to suit many tastes! They offer great stocking-stuffers in their cosmetic bags, wristlets, keycases, change purses, and watches.

Pictured to the left are the Secluded Grace Key Chain.  I received the Secluded Grace (clouded leopard) Wristlet for review - it is super-cute image on a silky wristlet.  The key chain currently retails for $6.50 and the wristlet for $15.95.  At these prices these are perfectly adorable and perfectly affordable gift for tweens/teens.  Visit their homepage or Etsy shop!

Love Christmas Carols.  Kids do too so don't give them a cd that sounds like it was recorded 50 eyars ago - KidzBop CDs feature the same songs we know and love, but recorded by kids, for kids!
This year check out the new KidzBop Christmas CD:

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You 
  • Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  • Up On The Housetop 
  • Winter Wonderland 
  • Must Be Santa 
  • Silver Bells 
  • Mistletoe And Holly 
  • It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year 
  • Christmas Wrapping
  • I Saw Three Ships 
  • The 12 Days of Christmas
  •  Rudolph The Red-Nose Reindeer 
  • Jingle Bell Rock 
  • Go Christmas 
  • Auld Lang Syne 

Why not dress your dog up this year?  Don't like pet costumes?  Why not a personalized dog collar? has dog collars with removable fabric swatches.  I received a small sample - too small to use for my dog but big enough to handle and review.  The collar was very sturdy and the ribbon used seemed to be heavy duty.  Fabric/ribbon swatches simply attach to the collar via velcro.  The site offers a wide variety of options - perfect for your favorite little furball.

Thanks to Bev's Beads, THQ and KidzBob, I have a few items to giveaway - simply fill out the rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure:  I received products for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I would love the xbox games, they look so fun!!

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