Last month, we went to all this trouble to put together a list of great gift ideas for the holidays. But some of you didn’t listen. You didn’t go Black Friday shopping or Cyber Mondaying and now you’re panicked.
Well, that’s what we’re here for. Here’s our last-minute guide for you to get what your giftee wants, needs or just deserves. You can thank us with cookies.
Toys for big boys
Guys are notoriously hard to shop for, but no matter how old they get, all men are boys at heart. And boys like toys. Alta Mere is all about toys for your car, so consider a gift certificate that allow the gearhead in your life to go hog wild with a rear-view camera, custom wheels , radar detector (for the speed demon — you know there’s one in your life) or anything else his heart desires.
Available at Alta Mere, 4302 Lemmon Ave. 214-521-7477.
Oh won’t you stay
You’re always getting your man a nice shirt. And no matter how nice, it always has those plastic collar stays that melt the first time you put it in the dryer. And each shirt is a different size anyway, so you can’t reuse them. Well, Swiss Stays make finalizing that dressy look a breeze. Available in stainless steel, brass, titanium (and even an extra-special sterling silver with leather case), these metal stays come three to a pack and are fully adjustable to any color and oh-so-elegant. And they literally go with any color. $20–$150.
Wanna know what happens when Martha Stewart meets Carmen Miranda? Measuring spoons and bowls in colors so vibrant you’ll think your kitchen is in Rio. The set is dishwasher safe, and it consists of five measuring cups, small and large mixing bowls, a 3-liter colander and a 1.65-liter sieve. The nine-piece set nests inside of each other, ending all that kitchen clutter. Now glue a few bananas and a pineapple to your hat and get to measuring. $51.95.
Betty Lou, 3207 Knox St. 214-206-9514.
Suck on this!
Norma Desmond never did have anything on you. When you take a drag from your Ecavape1 e-cigarette, everything you say will be dramatic. The rage in smokeless devices not only saves your lungs, it also does away with those tacky ashes on your shoulders. It’s the way you hold your cigarette, dear. (It may not make you smarter, but you may look smarter, and that’s what counts.) And with the purchase of $50, $100 or $200, you get a free gift. Now let’s say it together. “I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.” And long drag on your E-cigarette. You’re ready for your close-up.
Ecavape1, 2525 Inwood Road. 214-357-VAPE. Ecavape1.com.
The sweet smell of success
Hanae Mori Parfums introduces you to HiM, the proud result of more than a decade of sculpting, refining and finishing the best ingredients demanded by man. Meet HiM and find a masculine blend hand carved from nature to please him and her. Own HiM and know a well constructed scent that fits a man like a tailored blazer or his best cut blue jeans. Be HiM and live the Hanae Mori Parfums proverb: “Fragrance accomplishes in moments what conversation achieves in hours.” $50–$95.
Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s and select Macy’s. Nanaemoriparfums.com.
All the farm-fresh, savory and sweet flavors you love are packed into this abundant extra-large gift crate. Hickory Farm’s Signature Beef Summer Sausage, creamy cheddar cheeses, extra-large Crown Comice & Red D’Anjou Pears, bright Fuji apples, crunchy nuts and delectable chocolate-covered cashews come to life when enjoyed with a bottle of La Crema Chardonnay. $99.99.
Available at Hickory Farms, Grapevine Mills Mall, 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine. Hickoryfarms.com.
Perk up! We offer this toast
So you have only five minutes to get your trick out the door before you need to get to work? No problem, darlings. The Bella Toast & Brew Breakfast Station lets you — wait for it — make toast and brew a cup of coffee at the same time!!! Calm down, multi-taskers. Yes, we know it’s divine, but there’s more. The unit comes with a USB port on the front. Now you can squeal. And get this: It comes in three colors: teal, purple and red. The same colors as that Christmas sweater Nana gave you. $34.99.
Available at Amazon.com.
Crafted in a splendid patterned-velvet, Robert Graham’s handsome two-button velvet sport coat can be worn with jeans for a laid-back look. Or, pair it with a dress shirt and tie for dressier occasions. The coat is detailed with twill silk piping and a single welt chest pocket. Flap pockets at the waist add to the refined look. And — the vivid abstract geometric print lining make it just as pretty on the inside. $698.
Available at Neiman Marcus, NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. RobertGraham.us.
Eau, the places you’ll go
Jack Black the skin-care line is sure better on you than Jack Black the actor. Its blend of the finest essential oils are crafted with an artisan’s skill by world-class perfumers to deliver an exquisite blend of Watermint, Bergamont, Japanese Juniper, fresh Ginger, Thyme and Vetiver to flood the senses with freshness. $70.00.
Available at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. GetJackBlack.com.
Strains the imagination
Oh, what Aunt Bee could have done with this colander. Pick from one of six sassy colors and get to straining those vegetables and pasta. When you’re done, this jewel collapses to 1-½ inches. Now when’s the last time you had anything that small in your kitchen? Mmm hmmm, that’s what we thought. Speaking of steaming, you can use this colander to steam food, so finish folding your tea towels and order you one. $60.
Gimme some sugar
You’re all the sweetness anyone would want, but go ahead and show more love with a customized candy box from See’s (its first Dallas storefront is now at NorthPark!). We all know the heart beats fonder when you throw sugar in the mix, so go ahead and buy a few boxes. We heard he’s a hard catch.
Available at Sees Candies, NorthPark Center, 8687 North Central Expressway. 469-232-9279. Sees.com.
Boom goes the dynamite
Make music social with UE BOOM, the wireless speaker made to rage, riot, party and play the music you love, out loud. UE BOOM’s 360-degree design blasts bold, immersive sound into any space. Its versatile, go-anywhere shape is designed to be as spontaneous as you — it brings the music, you bring the friends. And with a water and stain resistant acoustic skin and rechargeable battery up to 15 hours, you’re ready for wherever the day or night takes you. $199.
Tie one on
It takes one helluva man to pull off our metallic tie collection but we’re pretty sure you wouldn’t be checking it out if you weren’t up to the challenge. Pair them with a formal tuxedo and make a big statement of color or go monotone and match silver with a gray suit for a sleek and sophisticated look. We recommend a solid white pocket square when matching this product as you’ll want to make sure your neck is the center of attention. $120.
Available at Nordstrom, NorthPark Center, 8387 North Central Expressway. Hookandalbert.com.