Box It, Wrap It, Bow It: Last-Minute Gifts

 

From private jet trips to cross-continental adventures, our Ready-to-Give Gifts Boutique has the last-minute presents of a lifetime. The only problem? Plain old white envelopes are no fun under the tree. Choose one of these fun and festive wrapping solutions and strike awe in every giftee even before they discover what’s inside.


1. Bury it in a jar of candy or in a tray of chocolates.
Place the voucher in an envelope, hold it upright inside a Mason jar, and pour your giftee’s favorite candy (jelly beans, Skittles®, chocolate kisses, etc.) over it. Seal the jar, wrap the lid with ribbon, and put it under the tree. Similarly, pick up a gourmet tray of chocolates and place the voucher inside the box (or tape it to the bottom). They’ll never see it coming.

2. Attach it to a helium balloon.
Nothing will catch their attention like a bundle of floating balloons. Use a hole punch at the office and swing by the party store on your way home.

3. Frame it.
If this last-minute gift is a trip across continents, put the voucher in a colorful frame and wrap it up. The frame will be waiting on the mantel for the perfect picture when they return.

4. Create a DIY bow or envelope.
If you’re feeling especially crafty, or you have a knack for origami.

5. Hang it from the tree.
Put the voucher in a gift box or envelope, tie it with ribbon, and either tuck it cozily in the branches or hang it with the ornaments. Tell your giftee there’s something waiting for them in the tree – they just have to find it.

Our Ready-to-Give Gifts: Just Print & Add a Bow Boutique opens Friday, December 21, at 11AM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 21, 2012

Signed, Rue: Our Very Own Branded Boutique

 

You asked, now we’re answering. An entire line of Rue-branded style is here for the taking – and giving. From calendars (like this one) to coffee mugs, iPad® cases, cheeky onesies, and more, gift your favorites some Rue love – and you can be sure they’ll keep you in mind come next 11AM.

Check out all of our Rue-branded events in our Get Gifty: Very Rue Gifts Boutique, now open.


December 20, 2012

Guests are Coming! It’s Time to Prep the House

 
Have a horde of house guests coming for the holidays? (Can’t they just stay in a hotel? Kidding, kidding. We love them.)

Don’t panic. The Home Sale has everything – and I mean everything – you need to make every out-of-towner feel at-ease and leave ever-impressed. Here are a few quick tips to get you started.

Bedding
Tuck some crisp sheets in tight and load up on the pillows. It’s probably a tad chilly outside, so leave a few extra blankets stacked on a chair, just in case. Guests are always apprehensive about asking for things (even when we tell them to make themselves at home).

Coffee & Toast
Is there anything better in the morning? (Okay, maybe pancakes.) But there’s no need to go overboard – you’re probably preparing the big dinner feast. Have coffee brewing, offer some fruit or toast, and take them to your favorite breakfast diner.

The Bar
Keep it stocked. Come 3PM (it’s the holidays, we don’t judge), someone will be jonesing for eggnog, and you’ll be ready with the rum. From ice buckets and decanters to every type of cocktail glass and goblet, this Boutique has everything you need to become the world’s best host(ess).

Our Get Ready, It’s a Big One: The Home Sale Boutique opens Friday, December 7, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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December 7, 2012

Check It Twice: A Holiday Gifting List (for You!)

With Thanksgiving (and, sigh, leftovers) a thing of the past, gift-giving season’s now 100% in effect.

First order of business? Naturally, it’s making “The List” – and we’ve totally got you covered. Just click on the above image, print it out, pour yourself one very festive cup of hot cocoa (because, priorities), and – without further ado – it’s time to get listing.


November 26, 2012

Yes, You Can: Layer Your Outerwear

With New England’s will-they-ever-end winters, I refuse to stay bundled in my heaviest furs, woolies, and puffer coats for possibly four months of frigidity. To both remedy the freezing temps and stick to my refusal to reach for my down parka until January, I rely on one simple trick: the vest layer.


From leather to fur, vests have been running rampant on the sartorial radars of editors and bloggers for seasons now. Finally choosing to toss one over my coat might have been the best decision I’ve made as of late (no judgment).  Why didn’t I try this sooner?

For those who live in warm climates (I’m increasingly jealous of you), a vest layered over a medium-weight jacket is ideal for mild winters too.

Convinced yet? Here are a few things to think about (or not) when adding a vest to your winter outerwear repertoire. Continue reading “Yes, You Can: Layer Your Outerwear” »


November 20, 2012

Introducing: The Rue Reveal

Win Style, Swag, and Serious Bragging Rights

There’s only one thing that beats the arrival of a Rue La La box, and that’s uncovering what’s inside. So we’ve put that same excitement and anticipation into The Rue Reveal: our shiny new Facebook app that delivers coveted prizes and sparks a little (friendly) competition.

Every day throughout the holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to open your own (virtual) Rue box for the chance to win style swag and well-deserved bragging rights. We’re talking $500 shopping sprees, one-of-a-kind experiences, and envy-inducing products you can only get on Facebook.

So what are you waiting for? Play The Rue Reveal now to unwrap great style.  (Just remember: you’ll want to choose wisely.) Good luck!

Love The Rue Reveal? Want more? Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook and Twitter pages for more exciting things to come.

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Continue reading “Introducing: The Rue Reveal” »


November 20, 2012

Dream Closet: Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree

Dream closet, is that you? Enter to win a $2,000 shopping credit at Rue La La and that fantasy wardrobe just might call. (We’d answer if we were you.) Choose from anything on the site – from clothing and accessories to furniture, kitchenware, and more. This is one spree that can restock your party-dress closet (and knock everything off those wish lists) just in time for the holidays.

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November 18, 2012

In Good Fashion: Hurricane Sandy & Rue

There’s no denying we have one of the greatest Member bases a company could ever ask for. So when trying to figure out the best way that Rue could contribute to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, calling upon our amazing Members – you – was a no-brainer.

As our CEO, Ben Fischman, explained in an email that went out this past Monday, help is just a click away.

“We want to invite you, and all of our Members, to join this effort. It is our hope that many of you will donate $10 (or more if you like) to the American Red Cross 2012 Hurricane Fund. And just as we’re doing for our own Rue team, donate here, and we will match your donation.*”

*Rue La La’s total donation capped at $75,000 now through November 12, 2012.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 8, 2012

November is Holiday Prep Month! (Get Excited)

While December may reign as the month of holiday cheer, much of it wouldn’t be possible without its supporting act, November – the ultimate month of festivity prep.

In the name of said prep, here’s a list of what exactly Rue has to offer this month that’ll cater to your holiday needs – be it entertaining, gifting, or finally replacing those sheets on the guest bed.

24 Hours of Today’s Fix. Yes, you read that right, and yes, we’re talking about that Today’s Fix. From 8PM Thanksgiving Day (November 22) through 8PM Black Friday (November 23), a new Today’s Fix will launch every hour, on the hour. The twist? The most coveted items (“it” bags included) will go live at the oddest of hours. (If you happen to be standing in a checkout line before sunup, though, and your phone bears the Rue La La app, perhaps those hours will be the best of hours.)

Get Gifty: Our Holiday Gift Shop. While this one was introduced a few days ago, a refresher never hurts. Think of it as your one-stop gift-getting destination, open 24/7, all holiday season long – and with every last member of your gift list in mind.

12 Days of Merry. As in, “My true love gave to me…” indeed. While partridges in pear trees won’t be found in these Boutiques (blame transportation logistics), holiday décor musts – think ornaments, wreaths, gourmet goodies, and more – most certainly will be. The event kicks off Saturday, November 10, at 11AM ET, and will continue for 12 whole days (just as the carol instructs, of course).

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

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November 7, 2012

In Good Fashion: Hurricane Sandy Relief

While Hurricane Sandy’s come and gone (for the most part, at least), the storm’s impact was – and continues to be – felt by millions. We’ve all see the flood footage in New York, New Jersey, and beyond – clearly, there’s a huge need for help.

Looking to do your part in providing relief? Check out these opportunities:

Tonight, at 8PM ET, NBC will be airing a telethon in the name of Hurricane victims. Slated to perform? Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, and Christina Aguilera, to name a few. Be sure to check it out – and donate. (All proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.)

United Way has set up a donation fund to “address the near-term and long-term recovery needs of individuals, families and communities along the Eastern Seaboard that were impacted by Hurricane Sandy’s devastation”. Donations can be made here.

Feed The Children continues to dispatch truckloads of disaster-relief supplies, food, toiletries, clean water, and more to areas in need. Help get as many trucks on the road as possible by donating here.

Habitat for Humanity has taken action by assisting in home re-builds. To contribute to this initiative financially, call their Partner Service Center at 1-800-HABITAT (422-4828), then press “0”, to provide a representative with your information over the phone.

To aid in providing medical assistance and supplies, donate to Americares here.

Check out Hope for New York for a continually updated list of specific spots in need – all in the New York City area.

Eager to lend a hand? Volunteer organizations abound. Check out opportunities within the American Red Cross, Team RubiconNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster,  The Corporation for National and Community Service, and The Humane Society of the United States (to name a few). For a list of emergency shelters in the New York City area, click here.

And, of course, it’s critical to be sure that your contributed dollars are actually making it to the right place. The Huffington Post suggests keeping these tips in mind as you look to donate.

By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer

For more on stylish acts of charity, check our In Good Fashion column every Thursday.

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November 2, 2012