Get Gifty: Our Gift Pick of the Day

“Alpine” Chocolate Leather Insulated GlovesThose snow gloves – you know, the ones he uses to shovel the driveway? They won’t quite cut it with that dapper peacoat. Give him these gloves and he’ll have you to thank for the flood of compliments.

The Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique is now open.


December 20, 2012

Last-Minute Sparkle for Every Lady on the List

Any chances of getting holiday shopping done early this year are long gone – but, fear not. With this artful collection of jewelry on hand (from a necklace for Mom to a sparkly cocktail ring for your sister) every woman on your list is covered.

Choose from conversation-starting bracelets, earrings, rings, necklaces, and pendants, and you’ll see why last-minute shopping is not only well worth it, but much appreciated (their smiles will say it all). Plus, shipping is guaranteed before Christmas, so you can say goodbye to gift stress altogether.

Our Barbara Bixby Boutique opens Sunday, December 16, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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December 16, 2012

Keep Calm & Travel On: Tips for Flying with Gifts

 

When celebrating the holidays away from home, traveling with toys in tow can be a bit of a struggle. Whether you decide to pack, ship, or carry-on your gifts, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you avoid any unnecessary travel headaches.

To Wrap, or Not to Wrap?
Wrapped gifts are allowed in carry-ons and checked luggage, but keep in mind that TSA officials reserve the right to undo all your handiwork during security inspections. Gifts in your checked luggage are less likely to be unwrapped, but your best bet is to save the wrapping for your arrival – unless you’re flying on Virgin Atlantic, who (for just $2 per package) will wrap presents for departing passengers who have gone through security.

The Outlaws.
Wrapped or unwrapped, toys that resemble weapons are a no-no. And the same goes for sports equipment like baseball bats, golf clubs, and hockey sticks. Liquids are also prohibited – and yes, that even includes snow globes. For a full list of restricted items, go here.

Ship, Ship, Hooray!
Unlike your airline, FedEx Ground® includes insurance and tracking – so in most cases, you’re probably better off if FedEx loses your gift than if your airline does (plus, you can wrap them). Another smart idea is to order gifts online (Rue La La, anyone?) and have them shipped directly to your destination.

Home Sweet Home.
Remember, getting there is just half the battle. To bring the gifts you received back home, pack an extra duffle in your suitcase and surround fragile items with clothing.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 12, 2012

Inside Rue: Associate Gift Picks

 

Meet Maureen, an Event Producer on our Living team. She puts together our home-centric Boutiques, making sure that each and every part of the event (from the initial photo shoot to the finishing touches) goes off without a hitch. Check out the gifts she’s picked for those lucky enough to make her list. (Don’t I wish I was her cubemate!)

For my mom: “I love that these are classic but modern, and will carry through year after year.”

For my boyfriend: “He has a bar that he inherited from his grandfather, and this would be great for entertaining on it.”

For my cubemates: “My team is awesome and they all deserve some sweet treats around the holiday season.”

Find all these gifts (and lots, lots more) on Rue now.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2012

The Best Yankee Swap Gifts

 

It’s better to give than to receive – sage advice we should all be following, especially during the holiday season. This nugget is doubly important to bear in mind when shopping for your next Yankee Swap soiree.

I know I can’t be the only one who suffers from severe shopping anxiety when it comes to finding the perfect communal gift. Your purchase is bound to change hands multiple times throughout the night, so it needs appeal to everyone.

Whether you’re shopping for family or friends, men or women, or a mixed bag of the aforementioned, show up with any of the following and your gift will be the envy of the evening.

Wine. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to gifting a bottle of vino. Stick to classics like Malbec, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Riesling to accommodate even the most discerning of taste buds. Dress it up by pairing your bottle of choice with a set of new wine glasses or wine charms to adorn the neck. Voilà! Instagift.

Gift cards. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone at a party who won’t appreciate saving a few bucks on their everyday staples. Coffee, music, and book purchases all fall under this umbrella, but feel free to get creative – try filling a decorative coffee mug with eye-catching tissue paper and resting the gift cards on top.

Think cozy. Pair winter-friendly items together to create an irresistibly comfy gift set. A fleece throw and a lightly scented candle will make the weather outside seem not-so-frightful.

Gourmet touches. The holiday shelves are stocked with plenty of tasty, pre-packaged gift packs. From hot cocoa to pastry mixes, there are more than enough appetizing options out there for aspiring chefs (or anyone with a sweet tooth). Find a unique bowl or platter to jazz up your presentation.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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December 6, 2012

Love in a Jar: Five Mason Jar Gifts

Photo Credit: Handle the Heat

For years, Mason jars have been used to preserve food – but this holiday season, they’re adding gifting to their resume. Filled with sweet mixes, these old-fashioned, glass containers (which can be found at your local craft store) make for the perfect party favors and Yankee swap presents – just add a gift tag.

Spa Jars
Fact: the holidays can be stressful, so give tired coworkers and shopped-out friends (who knew there was such a thing?), a little rest and relaxation with these homemade candy cane bath salts and oatmeal cookie scrubs.

A Mason Jar Manicure
Filled to the brim with nail polish, cotton balls, and sparkles, this Mason jar has everything needed for an at-home manicure – and what young girl wouldn’t want that?

Contained Cocoa
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate during the winter? With all the fixings for a perfect cup of cocoa (from sugar and marshmallows to a jar to drink it out of), this gift is always a hit.

The Mini Sewing Kit
With a built-in pincushion, this Mason-jar-turned-sewing-kit has aspiring designer written all over it.

Candle-in-a-Jar
Candles have always been a gifting go-to for me, and these Mason jar versions give the holiday staple a thoughtful DIY spin. Plus, you get to choose a personalized scent the recipient is sure to love.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 28, 2012

The Gift List: Toys for Every Age

From play sets to pianos, these are the gifts we’re giving to all small fries, teeny-tiny tots, and kids at heart (whether they’ve been naughty or nice).

 

Our FAO Schwarz Boutique opens Tuesday, November 27, at 3PM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 27, 2012

Hello, Hanukkah: Gifts for Every Night

Some say Hanukkah’s giftiness was created as a response to the retail-heavy festivities of Christmas – it doesn’t have the same religious significance as Yom Kippur or Passover.

But regardless, ever since I was a little kid I’ve loved everything that comes with the eight-day celebration. Crisp golden latkes heaped with applesauce. That sweet little box of multicolored candles. The simple act of taking the menorahs (yes, plural!) out of the hall closet. And – of course – the presents.

This year, Hanukkah comes early – sundown on December 8 – so I’m already well into checking off my gift lists. Below, peek at eight day’s worth of go-to gifts (including two DIYs that cost under $10…. shh).

Day One 
Cookie mix in a mason jar. I plan on gifting this perfectly buttery sugar cookie mix – complete with Star of David cookie cutters – to the family friend who’s hosting this year’s annual Hanukkah party.

Day Two 
Cozy cashmere throw. Paired with a box of spiced hot cocoa and a New York Times bestseller, this luxe blanket is the ultimate cozy-day gift for Mom.

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November 26, 2012

Most Wanted: A Peek at This Week’s Boutiques

From boots fit for a good old fashioned New England snowdrift to an “heirloom” watch (for girls who don’t like waiting around), here’s a look at all the lovely things I’ll be snapping up off of Rue this week.

From left to right:

Rotary men’s watch. The heirloom-watch look? With a classic leather band and old-school Roman numerals, this timeless ticker is how I plan to achieve it (and without that whole waiting-around-to-inherit part). Our Arm Candy: Stackable Bracelets & Watches Boutique opens Tuesday, November 27, at 11AM ET.

French Connection dress. Hello, holiday party (or New Years party… or any party) no-brainer. Our French Connection Women Boutique opens Tuesday, November 27, at 11AM ET.

Sorel boot. A New England snowdrift? In these take-no-prisoners lace-ups, bring it on. Our Sorel Men & Women Boutique opens Monday, November 26, at 11AM ET.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 25, 2012

Gifting with Meaning

Sure, we love gifts of luxury. We love thoughtful gifts that speak to a need (finally, a decent coffee machine!). But there’s something about a present that packs an emotional punch. Here are five tips to getting – stylishly – heartfelt for the holidays.

 

1. Time for a photo op. Too often, old pictures end up piled in shoe boxes. Choose a photo that’s curling at the corners and give it the frame it deserves. We’re partial to silver and leather.

2. Charmed, we’re sure.  We’ve long been fans of the charm bracelet, and we’ve fallen hard for gifting PANDORA’s modern bracelets and necklaces. The right charm (say, a baby carriage with a pink or blue accent stone) commemorates a moment perfectly. And there’s nothing like starting someone out with a cord and her first charms.

3. Engrave – to raves. There’s something magical about a gift that carries a personal message (literally). Whether it’s a watch case or the border of a picture frame, adding a quote or even just “XO” and your name takes it to another level.

4.  Get the news. We love giving a newspaper from the day you met, or the day the giftee was born.  For a fun, bonus add-on, pick up a pair of luxe slippers or a chic welcome mat.

5. Make it happen. You have to love a handmade gift. But for those less-crafty types (guilty!), why not handcraft the card? It can be as easy as printing out an iPhone snap of the two of you, pasting it onto a simple notecard, and adding a sweet message with a Sharpie.

Our PANDORA Boutique opens on Saturday, November 24, at 11AM ET.

By Rachel Solomon, Associate Creative Director

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November 24, 2012