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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 1)

The Holiday Season has arrived! It is finally December and I can (without judgment) start celebrating, decorating, present shopping and wrapping.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! So to make things a little more wonderful for you guys and with the help of some uber fabulous bloggers, fashionistas, chefs & DC stars I present you with Garden of Glam’s Second Annual Holiday Gift Guide.  Each day Garden of Glam will host a different contributor who will share their wish list and give list with me (and you) in an attempt to inspire and ease your holiday shopping.  So sit back and relax and let Garden of Glam act as your compass as you navigate your way through this holiday season.

Day One of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Carlis of Spicy Candy DC

To start off the Holiday Gift Guide I turned to the lovely Carlis Sanchez.  Carlis is half of the dynamic duo that makes up Spicy Candy.  Spicy Candy is absolutely one of my favorite blogs that is endlessly inspiring.  I am beyond obsessed with Carlis’ wish & give lists, which is not surprising because Carlis has an impeccable, adventurous and eclectic sense of style.  She is a girl after my own heart, not to mention she is the best brunch date.

CARLIS’ WISH LIST

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Peaked Lapel Cape (get it here)

“Say hello to my dream cape! It’s been on my wish list since I saw it on Aliza Litch the DKNY girl her self. It’s so chic and I really hope it finds its way to my closet soon. 😉 ” – Carlis

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Ultralight Multi Wheel Suitcase (get it here)

“Next year I plan to do a lot of traveling and the suitcase I have is literally falling apart and screaming to be replaced! This Rimowa ice blue suitcase is exactly what I need and def on my wish list. ” – Carlis

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Urbio Magnetic Modular System Components (get it here)

“I’m working on building a little office space in my living room and after visiting the container store a few weeks ago, I discovered the Urbio magnetic modular system components and what I need to keep my little office space organized.” – Carlis

CARLIS’ GIVE LIST

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Personalized Placemats (get it here)

“I’m so excited to give my nephews their new personalized plates and placemats! This is such a cute and thoughtful idea. If you know of a friend who has kids, I think this would make a thoughtful gift for them.” -Carlis

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Philosophy Shave Kit (get it here)

“I plan on giving this Philosophy shaving kit to my brother. It’s also perfect for your father, husband or guy friend. It has all the essentials to keep any man looking fresh!” – Carlis

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iPhone Photo Printer (get it here)

“This awesome iPhone photo printer has been ordered for my mommy. She misses the days where we used to print photos. This will also encourage her to use her iPhone more often! 😉 This gift is perfect for any member of your family or friend with an iPhone that loves photography. I want one too!!” – Carlis

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Day Twelve of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Tony & Sadiki (Gentlemen’s Brim)

Tony and Sadiki are the dapper men behind Gentlemen’s Brim, which is a blog dedicated to effortless, sharp, dynamic menswear.  Their styles are classic yet have a certain edge to them and are simply to die for!  Each post contains innovative combinations that look straight out of GQ, but are more relatable and real.  Stay tuned for future collaborations with Gentlemen’s Brim.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

TONY & SADIKI’S WISH LIST

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Homemade Gin Kit.  Why not! It’s a no brainer. Who needs Boardwalk Empire, Moonshiners, or even Sons of Anarchy when you can become your own bootlegger in the convenience of your own home!

This kit is so amazing and perfect for the adventurous drinker in your life.  Great for a significant other, sibling, parent or aunt/uncle.

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Multi Tool.  Having a multi tool is great especially if you are stranded somewhere, you never know when you might need this.  

I’m definitely not a handy person, but know that his would be perfect for any handy-man or woman in your life.  Great for a dad, mom, uncle, aunt, brother, sister or in law.  Also check out this nifty tool recommended by Gentlemen’s Brim.

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Jack Black, Turbo Wash.  Jack Black’s Turbo Wash washes your daily stresses and grime away.  It also leaves the bathroom smelling fresh.

I love giving products to men, because I find they don’t typically buy nice products for themselves, when some things are really worth the splurge!  This would be great for a friend, boyfriend, dad, uncle, roommate or cousin.

TONY & SADIKI’S GIVE LIST

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Interchangeable Watch Straps.  Arm yourself with an assortment of watch bands and you now have as many watches as the amount of bands you can count.

This is such a great idea and an easy and affordable way to help someone expand their watch collection.  In need of the base watch?  Check this one out.  I love wearing men’s watches so this is a gender neutral present.  Perfect for a friend, roommate, significant other or sibling.

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Chemex Coffee Maker.  Personally I have always been attracted to the design of this classic 1941 coffee creation by Peter Schlumbohm.

This coffee maker is so sleek and fabulous!  Wonderful gift for a friend, co-worker, significant other, in law, aunt, uncle, cousin or parent.

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Branch Earphone Splitter.  I have this gift in mind for my twin sister because people like to listen to what she has on her mp3 player.  This way she can share.

Um yes please!  This has been added to my wish list!  Just this weekend, my boyfriend and I had to share a set of head phones on the train to NY, which was fine but obviously the sound quality was degraded.  These are a perfect stocking stuffer and great for anyone in your life!  Also, check out these super cute headphones that are also on Tony’s give list.

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Day 10.5 of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Samantha (Marketing for Warehouse)

Warehouse and Oasis are fabulous UK street style fashion brands that are finally expanding to the U.S.!  Samantha is the E-commerce and Marketing Assistant for Warehouse.  Living in London, Samantha is inspired by the fearless approach to fashion that comes from living in one of the world’s style cities (mark my words, DC will be on that list one day!).  Warehouse and Oasis perfectly reflect London’s fearless approach to style and make fashion affordable.  I am very excited to collaborate with Warehouse and Oasis so stayed tuned for future W&O features and enjoy this promotion and an introduction to their brand!

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

SAMANTHA’S WISH LIST

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Studded Leather Biker Blazer by Warehouse.  I have my heart set on a new leather jacket so I’m hoping to unwrap this super soft Biker Blazer on Christmas Day; studs and leather together are my perfect combo and my fail-safe for any event this season.

I completely agree with Samantha, you can’t go wrong with leather and studs, they are the ultimate combination!  This would be perfect for a sister, cousin or girlfriend…absolutely to die for!

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Faux Fur Slipper Boots by Warehouse.  I am also in need of a new pair of slippers so these are perfect to snuggle up and get cosy in on winter evenings.

This slippers are perfect for the winter and great because they can be worn outside! Great for a roommate, friend, cousin or sibling.

SAMANTHA’S GIVE LIST

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Black Embellished Bodice Dress by Warehouse.  I plan on treating my sister to this dress.  I LOVE buying presents and when working so closely with amazing products my family and friends get very excited this time of year-I do tend to get carried away though.

This dress is so fab and perfect for New Years Eve! Such a wonderful gift for a sister, girlfriend, friend of cousin!

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Metallics All Over Glitter Deco Box Clutch.  I plan on treating my sister to this clutch.  It’s true what they say–a girl can never have enough in her wardrobe…..

This clutch is so fabulously festive and also perfect for New Years Eve!  The embellished dress and the deco clutch make an incredible NYE ensemble!  This clutch would be great for a friend, sister, cousin, girlfriend or roommate.

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Day Eight of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Dan (Marketing Director for Etre)

Dan is the Marketing and Press Director for Etre, a clothing line that draws its inspiration from traditional British workwear.  Etre looks to the best time-tested solutions from the past, as well as pioneering innovative techniques.  Each piece is lovingly crafted in the British Isles, using ethically sourced, time-honored British materials.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

DAN’S WISH LIST

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YMC Navajo Umbrella.  Given the poor weather that we’ve been experiencing in the UK this year this is at the top of my wish list.  Like our AW12 collection, London Undercover has Britishness at its core and has returned the umbrella to its rightful position as a fashion accessory.

An umbrella is such a great an unexpected gift! It is incredibly practical and thoughtful and perfect for both genders.  I never want to spend much on umbrellas so always end up with the cheapo ones that turn inside out with the slightest breeze.  A well made umbrella is necessary, but isn’t something people typically buy for themselves.  Check out this purse friendly vibrant umbrella! Great for a friend, roommate, significant other, parent, sibling, in law, aunt, uncle….anyone!

DAN’S GIVE LIST

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 Etre Touchy  or Five Point Wool Gloves. Our Etre FIVEPOINT gloves have been designed specifically for use with touchscreen devices. Thanks to their special contactwoven® fingertips, they do what other gloves don’t: They let you use devices without having to take them off.  The Etre Touchy gloves have missing thumb and index fingertips to provide additional dexterity. They have proven popular not only with mobile phone users, but with photographers, portable videogame players, e-reader/Amazon Kindle users and the visually impaired (who use them to read Braille in wintry conditions).

Gloves are crucial for surviving winter and these are perfect because they still allow you to use mobile devices!  Gloves are on my wish list every year!  These would be perfect for significant others, parents, friends or really anyone that you need to buy a present for.

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Day Three of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Dzifa (MrDzifs Tumblr)

Dzifa is the innovative blogger behind MrDzifs Tumblr.  Dzifa is always dressed to impress and is dashing in his preppy chic attire.  Obviously, if you haven’t already checked out Dzifa’s blog you must & dig through the archives of Garden of Glam and find his feature in the “work wear” post.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

DZIFA’S WISH LIST

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Classic Ascot, Sturhling Original Men’s Watch.  The watch is very simple. I’ve bought a Sturhling watch in the past and what I love about them is they look pricey and stylish, but are still very affordable. The one I have has had no issues so far. 
This watch is fantastic & the style is in its simplicity!  This would be a perfect gift for a sibling, father, uncle, boyfriend (or girlfriend….I love wearing men’s watches), in law or good friend.  You can’t go wrong with a well made stylish watch.
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Anchor Leather Belt by Vineyard Vines.  This belt has been on my list for some time now.  It’s the perfect way to be preppy yet a bit edgy. Everyone has a logo on their belt buckles these days. Its either the Hermes H, LV Louis or a Ferragamo buckle. Why not switch it up w/ an anchor? Plus the cognac leather is one of my favorites.
Such a cool take on the classic brown leather belt.  It is interesting and different, yet classic enough that it could be worn with anything!  This would be a great gift for a brother, father, boyfriend, uncle, or in law. 
DZIFA’S GIVE LIST 
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Link Up, Bucket of Golf Ball Cufflinks.   The cufflinks are the perfect gift for you dad or uncle who’s an avid Golf player.  The perfect accessory to put on his shirt when going to work w/out being too flashy.

Cufflinks are a wonderful present for men who find themselves spending most of their time in suits or tuxedos.  Cufflinks are also great, because they allow you to add a subtle touch of personal style to your ensemble.  Not a fan of golf?  No problem, cufflinks come in many different styles acting as a true reflection of your taste.  For more cufflinks check these or these out.  As Dzifa said, these would be great for a father, uncle, in law, boyfriend or business associate.

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This Sweater is perfect for the chilly weather.  The color will match pretty much anything in your closet, and its from ASOS, meaning it’s slim cut, which is perfect for me.

I am obsessed with this sweater!  I spend most of my fall and winter in search of the perfect cozy sweater and Dzifa found it!  This sweater is a great gift for anyone and everyone, father, brother, cousin, friend, uncle, boyfriend, girlfriend, sister….the list is endless.

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This Holiday Season Garden of Glam will be dedicated to making your lives a whole lot easier!  With the help of other bloggers, fashionistas, chefs & DC stars I have compiled a thorough and accessible holiday gift guide.  I absolutely love this time of year, not only because there are twinkle lights on every tree and “Love Actually” is always on TV and Christmas carols are played on the radio, but also because there is extra cheer in the air as everyone gets in the Holiday Spirit.  With that said, this can also be a stressful time of year.  I normally drive myself absolutely insane trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones and spend weeks scouring the internet, malls, and stores in search of THE gift.  So I would like to help you out this year and hopefully save you some of the stress that inevitably comes with this magical season.  Each day Garden of Glam will host a different contributor who was kind enough to share their wish list and gift list with me (and you) in an attempt to inspire and ease your holiday shopping.  So sit back and relax and let Garden of Glam act as your compass as you navigate your way through this holiday season.

Day One of the Garden of Glam Holiday Gift Guide: Meaghan (District Sparkle)

Meaghan is the ultra fabulous blogger behind District Sparkle and G.L.A.M. (Giving Labels a Meaning).  G.L.A.M., which Meaghan is the founder of and yours truly is the Director of Operations of, is an organization that uses fashion as a way to raise money for local child advocacy groups.  G.L.A.M.’s Inaugural Fashion Event raised money for CASA DC, a non profit that works with children in the foster care system, by bringing together local vendors and fashionistas.  Stay tuned for details for the next G.L.A.M. event!

MEAGHAN’S WISH LIST

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The Palma Leather Crossbody Camera Satchel by Ona.  I’ve been searching high & low for a classic camera bag for my new treasure & the palma. 

This bag is so chic and the perfect present for any blogger, photographer or camera ready user that is sick of the bulky old camera bag.

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Sequin Sleeve Blouse by Ark & Co.  I’ve never met a sparkle I didn’t like & this Ark & Co blouse is no exception.

I love this blouse and it is perfect for the holiday season! It can be dressed down with jeans or up with a high waisted skirt.  It has just the right amount of bling for the day to night transition. The blouse is an excellent gift for a girlfriend, friend or family member.

MEAGHAN’S GIFT LIST

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Emily Shuman’s new release: Cupcakes & Cashmere (the book).  While Emily is a favorite fashion blogger of mine, she’s also super crafty & creative in the kitchen. Her latest book shares great secrets for entertaining, amazingly glam fashion advice & the pictures are absolutely stunning. Blogger or not, I highly recommend this chic coffee table book for your girlfriends this holiday season.

So much inspiration can be found on Emily’s blog Cupcakes & Cashmere, and her book is a compilation of her best posts & work with special extras that are great for the DIY aficionados.  Cupcakes & Cashmere is the perfect present for a friend, girlfriend, co-worker or sister.

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