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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

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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

The holiday season’s been crazy. Now, go ahead and celebrate. (That’s our plan.)

And, on slightly softer note – we’ve been really moved by this. Check it out, then pay it forward. That’s what the holidays are about, after all.

 

December 25, 2012

 

In honor of the holiday season, I asked a few of my favorite tastemakers to share their best holiday gifts (both given and received). Their answers may surprise you.

Tastemakers Talk Best Gifts Given & Received

 

CHRISTINA CALDWELL, Online Director, W magazine
“My favorite gifts are always the sentimental ones – my father engraving his vintage Rolex for me, the blanket a friend knitted for the birth of my son, and a very simple gold star necklace from my mom that was the first present my father gave her 35 years ago.”

NEIL BLUMENTHAL, Warby Parker
“Do genetic gifts count? I endowed my teething two-year-old son, Griffin, with a love of Philly-style hard pretzels. Best gift received? Easy. Optimus Prime Transformer when I was eight years old. I’d just seen the animated movie the day before, so I was primed for maximum gift impact.”
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December 21, 2012

 

Meet Sam, a Manager of Partner Marketing here at Rue. She’s the point person for some of our very important partners, and she makes sure everyone is happy on both ends (and that our marketing looks awesome, of course). Check out the gifts she’s picked for those lucky enough to make her list.

For my husband: “He’s been hinting around for a new watch and this could be the one. I also think that it will look great on my wrist as well!”

For my sister: “She’s an avid reader and adores her Kindle. This cover will be perfect for her.”

For my son: “He’s 14 months old, and reading stories with him before bed is the best time of my day. This was one of my favorite books growing up and I know that he would love it, too.”

Find all these gifts (and lots, lots more) in our Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop Boutique, open now.

By Anna Kuchinsky, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

Kate Spade Women’s “Rory” SunglassesThe one accessory your friend will show off all year round? These paparazzi-ready shades that will have her looking like a Hollywood starlet as soon as she puts them on.

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December 21, 2012

With just under a week until Christmas, I’m still fighting the urge to go ballistic with a surge protector and a few dozen more strands of twinkle lights.

This season, however, I’m trying my hardest to prescribe to a “less is more” approach when it comes to decking my halls (please note: this does NOT apply to presents). So, I tried my hand at creating a simple (and season-friendly) twinkle light garland that you won’t have to stash in the attic with the waving Santa from your front yard come January.

What you’ll need:
•  String of lights
•  Fabric scraps (I suggest burlap, lace, or grosgrain ribbon)
•  Scissors

How to do it:
1. Cut your fabric or ribbon into pieces approximately 6 inches long (2 inches wide, max).
2. Tie each piece to the strand of lights in a single knot, allowing the two ends to hang down evenly.
3. Use about two pieces between each bulb, alternating in color or material for textured visual appeal.
4. When you’re done, the fabric should cover the majority of the green wire, so that just the lights poke through.
5. Use this to decorate a door archway, your tree, or even the posts of your bed.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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December 20, 2012

“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.

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December 20, 2012

 
Sure, eggnog and presents are crucial, but it wouldn’t be the holidays without these festive flicks playing on repeat. From all-time classics that tug at the heartstrings to a few newcomers that’ll have everyone laughing, these are the must-have flicks for a very merry movie marathon.

  1. The Polar Express
    This holiday blockbuster pulls me in with its spellbinding scenery – similar to the book’s illustrations, which I loved growing up.
  2. Home Alone
    Not only is this John Hughes classic hilarious, the dysfunctional McCallister clan always makes me feel better about my own slightly (okay, very) weird family.
  3. It’s a Wonderful Life
    Simply put, this touching holiday classic warms my heart better than a cup of hot chocolate.
  4. A Christmas Story
    I triple-dog-dare you not to like this classic flick.
  5. White Christmas
    With Bing “Mr. Christmas” Crosby himself, this holiday film is as charming as the beloved song.
  6. Love Actually
    Not only does it have a killer soundtrack, this romantic comedy reminds us that the holidays are about love, family, second chances, and making memories.
  7. Miracle on 34th Street
    No one does Kris Kringle better than Edmund Gwenn in this 1947 classic. Whenever I think of Santa Claus, he still comes to mind.
  8. Elf
    Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby, Buddy the Elf – when it comes to comedy, Will Ferrell can do no wrong (at least in my book). And when it comes to picking a favorite, Buddy takes the maple-syrup-covered cake every time.
  9. A Charlie Brown Christmas
    It’s a tradition – I fall in love with Charlie Brown and his sad little Christmas tree in this anti-commercialism classic year after year.
  10. The Santa Clause
    This Disney favorite is a movie the whole family can enjoy – and then rent sequels two and three.

 

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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December 19, 2012

One of the (many) perks of life at Rue: coworkers who love to bake, and then share their stellar confectionary creations. Yesterday, the Creative Team gathered for our annual cookie swap – and you’re invited to check out the to-die-for spread, straight from our kitchens to yours. Feel free to click on the titles below for printable recipe cards to add to your collection.

Candy Cane Oreo Balls
“The crushed candy canes added a minty flavor and crunchy texture that’s seriously amazing, and they look so festive!” —Melissa M., Copywriter

Joyce’s Molasses Cookies
“These are our favorite molasses cookies. The recipe is special in the sense that it’s from my fiancé’s grandmother, who unfortunately passed away some years ago.” —Shaina M., Copyeditor

Six-Layer Bars
“My aunt used to make these bars when I was little, so I snagged the recipe to bake them myself in college. They’re always a hit and perfect for the holidays (or any time of year).” —Brianna L., Junior Copywriter

Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
“These are for lovers of all things peanut butter.” —Julia I., Junior Copywriter

Rum Balls
“My father called these ‘decadent’ the first time he tasted them. They’re now the most requested treat not only during the holiday season, but throughout the year.” —Jess H., Copyeditor

Keep reading for more delicious recipes.

December 19, 2012