Our Gift Pick of the Day: Lilly Pulitzer iPad® Case

For the Lilly-obsessed college girl who wants to stand out in class

Gift Pick: Lilly Pulitzer iPad Case

Lilly Pulitzer iPad® Smartcase
Women of all ages can’t get enough of Lilly Pulitzer’s whimsical, happy, and oh-so-bright designs. And the brand’s preppy spirit? It resonates just a little more with college girls. Though her stellar grades are surely already getting her noticed, go ahead and send that print-loving daughter or niece back to school with a tablet cover that will (literally) make her a standout student when she starts a whole new set of classes next semester.

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December 6, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Phillip Lim Women’s Sunglasses

For the friend who spends winter behind the wheel

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Phillip Lim Women’s PLROCSNVY0067 Sunglasses
You’re driving down a snowy suburban street. It’s before sunrise, and the world is crisp and breathtaking in your headlights. Then the sun comes up, and – glare. Everywhere. And it’s the worst. Now think of your bestie, who drives to work each morning in this post–daylight saving wintry nightmare. The best way to say you care? With these chic, eye-saving shades. Because no one wants to squint through their commute.

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December 1, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Swarovski Crystal-Studded Earbuds

For the fashion-conscious commuter

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Deos “Shine” In-Ear Buds
She’s always the first to try out a new trend. Her mailbox is filled with every fashion magazine known to man. And when it comes to commuting, this fashionista wants two things: a seat on the train, and a stylish way to listen to her music. Meet these sleek Swarovski crystal-studded earphones. But, wait for it – she can actually personalize them to match her outfit. One day black goes best, the next? She adds the interchangeable embellishments and she’s rocking bedazzled earbuds from suburb to city center. Boom.

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November 29, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Cuisinart Espresso Maker

For the holiday host who could use a double shot (or four)

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Cuisinart 15-Bar Espresso Maker
Between getting up to put the bird in the oven and clearing the dessert plates, feeding the whole crew gets exhausting. The best way to say thanks to your favorite coffee-drinking host or hostess (besides offering to help with the dishes)? Café-style goods, right in their own kitchen. Maybe they’ll even brew you a cup while they whip up some next-morning pancakes.

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November 17, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Ruffle Touch-Tech Gloves

For the sister who is beyond addicted to texting

Gift Pick of the Day: Ruffle Touch Tech GlovesPortolano “Nuvola” Oatmeal Knit Ruffle Touch-Tech Gloves
Your sister’s never without her phone. And she’ll stop Instagramming, Tweeting, and texting at nothing. So the best way to show her you care? These touch-tech gloves that are stylish and functional. Complete with a ruffle trim and a super-soft cashmere blend, this pair allows her to keep up with the gossip – sans frozen fingers. You might even get a thank-you text.

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November 10, 2013

Our Gift Pick of the Day: Mustache Beer Mugs

For the craft-brew lover with a sense of humor

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Set of Four Beer Mugs
There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s ready to graduate from cans and bottles to full-fledged beer mugs. But there’s no need to make your guy grow up too quickly. Emblazoned with four styles of mustache, these mugs will ensure that sipping brews with his buddies will continue to be every ounce as fun and lighthearted as it should be.

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November 5, 2013

Rue Road Test: Personalized Photo Coasters

Gift friends a homemade trinket they'll use again and again

If you’re getting a present from me, you better believe it’s homemade. Don’t return the gift you got me quite yet, though – I’m not talking the ornaments-made-of-popsicle-sticks kind of homemade. This year, all the good girls and boys on my list will get DIY, personalized drink coasters, because ringing in the New Year shouldn’t include unsightly cup rings on your new coffee table.

What you’ll need:
• 4″ x 4″ tiles
• Self-adhesive felt or cork pads (those circular felt pads for chair legs work perfectly)
• Photos
• Mod Podge®
• Gloss sealer finish

How to do it:
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Flip each tile over and position one self-adhesive felt or cork pad in each corner so the tiles won’t scratch the table.
2. Cut your pictures to size using a ruler. Make sure no extra paper hangs over the sides when you lay the photo on top of the tile.
3. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge over the tile, position your picture carefully over it, and smooth down firmly. Ensure there are no wrinkles or bubbles in the picture.
4. Next, paint over the picture with a coat of Mod Podge. Make sure to coat the sides of the tiles and that all of your brush strokes go in the same direction.
5. Once the tiles dry, spray each liberally with a layer of gloss sealer. This will make them waterproof.
6. After the sealant has dried, stack the finished products in groups of 4 to 6, tie with a ribbon, and let the gifting begin.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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December 13, 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

Drop a Hint (and Get the Gift You Want)

 

While a boyfriend, best friend, or mother extraordinaire may know us better than even we know ourselves, that doesn’t always carry over into actual gift-giving. This is where you come in. Two words: Drop. Hints. There’s no rule against helping well-intended gifters out – you’re simply putting their money to good use for them (read: not purchasing a holiday fruitcake).

Create a Pinterest board, showcasing the gifts you want. And then title it, “These are the gifts I want.” You can’t get more straightforward than that.

Load up on the Post-it® Notes, then attack that stack of holiday-edition catalogs. Like little yellow beacons that simply can’t be ignored, flag every last dress, sweater, and food processor you could ever want – and then leave that Post-it–packed catalog out in a spot where it won’t go unnoticed. Hello, gift guide.

Post “Don’t you love this!?” links of your top wants onto accomplices’ – er, friends’ – Facebook walls. Just make sure they’re mutual friends with your gift-giver, of course.

A little recon shopping trip never hurts. Take your gift-giver for a totally innocent spin around your favorite shops – and make your likes known.

‘Tis the season to keep (computer) windows maximized. That deliciously structured bag you have your heart set on? Pull it up online, expand the browser window to its maximum size, then step away from the computer. Its next user will most certainly make note.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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December 3, 2012

A Little Sparkle (for Everyone)

 

Glittering crystals that catch every light in the room? They’re no longer reserved only for tiaras. Whether your list is still lacking a little something for the newest member of the family or the hard-to-shop-for minimalist, these sparkle-studded gifts are the special momentos that will delight any giftee:

Crystal Bib Necklace

Check off the girly girl: This is for the crystal die-hards out there. Straying from the typical fabric-based necklace trend, this statement-maker adds a rainbow of color and serious glam to any LBD or cashmere sweater.

Wrap Watch

Check off the minimalist: It may have some sparkle to it (a crystal-studded wristband never hurt anyone), but this understated watch is the dressed-up version of the classic ticker. Made modern by the sleek wrap strap, don’t be surprised if this piece becomes part of her everyday arsenal. 

Keyhole Keychain

Check off the non-jewelry wearer: Hard to believe, but jewelry isn’t for everyone. This beautiful handbag keychain, however, most definitely is. Perfect for adding a hint of glitter to any purse or set of keys, it’s the unfussy version of the long-time favorite tennis bracelet.

Crystal “It’s a girl” bear

Check off the new comer: Create a new tradition for every niece, grand child, and best-friend’s newborn with this stunning token to commemorate their first holiday. Beyond thoughtful (and, let’s face it, totally chic), this crystal bear will mark the beginning of a beautiful holiday season.

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By Abigail Kuzia, Editor

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December 1, 2012