2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

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Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

Tobi Tobin Chalet Holiday Candle Collection

The Tobi Tobin “Chalet” Holiday Candle is a sublime blend of fragrances which include invigorating wood, pine and eucalyptus oil and comforting cinnamon bark, clove bud, ginger and nutmeg. The final touch of sandalwood and Middle Eastern frankincense creates an even more uplifting effect.

The Wall Street Journal selected this candle as one of the “best of 2014.” Stellar clients such as Ryan Murphy, Sean Combs, Robert Downey Jr., Reese Witherspoon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kevin Costner, Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Aniston, Steven Spielberg, Diane Sawyer, Chelsea Handler, Bob Dylan and Renée Zellweger have repeatedly selected this Tobi Tobin candle as their top choice for holiday gifting. 

The Tobi Tobin “Chalet” Holiday Candle is available at www.tobitobin.com​.

About Tobi Tobin: 

Founded in 2008 T​obi Tobin is a luxury lifestyle brand rooted in historical design and principles reinterpreted for the present. The candle collection of 18 home fragrances, including seven newly released​ is inspired by the brand’s mission statement: fragrance reminds us all of architecture, environment, and ultimately of our place. Tobi Tobin is launching nine unisex personal fragrances in two sizes of 1.7 oz. and 3.3 oz. for Fall 2015.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Charles Viancin Kitchen Accessories

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Beautiful Poppy Lids for b bowls or pots and pans.

Beautiful Poppy Lids for b bowls or pots and pans.

Charles Viancin has a wonderfully beautiful selection of silicone lids, potholders, cutting boards, and other kitchen accessories for under $30 each. I love the Poppy lids. They can be used on bowls to keep bugs out of food, and to help keep it warm before a meal; or on pots and pans that have no lids while cooking to prevent splatters. The lids are 11″ in diameter so they will fit a large variety of container. Since they’re made of silicone, they can go in the oven, on the stove, and in the microwave. See their accessory products here. 

Charles Viancin has a large variety of styles and colors.

Charles Viancin has a large variety of styles and colors.

In addition to Poppy, they also have Grape, LillyPad, Hibiscus, Sunflower, and more to choose from. These are perfect for the foodie, the hostess, a newlywed, or even for a housewarming gift. And, they make great stocking stuffers! 

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Vim & Vigr Compression Socks

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Your friends and relatives who fly a lot, either for work or leisure, will love to get a pair of these VIM & VIGR  Compression Legwear. Compression socks have always been associated with hospitals to me, and they look like the medical compression socks you are given to wear after you have surgery, or have to lay in bed a long time. The socks from VIM & VIGR, however, are so pretty! You won’t believe they are actually compression socks.


VIM & VIGR Women’s Fun Stripes, Blue and Gray Compression Socks


VIM & VIGR Women’s Nautical Stripes, Fuscia and Light Brown Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Women's Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Women’s Nautical Stripes Navy and Cream Compression Socks


VIM & VIGR, a line of high-quality compression socks for men and women, works to combat cankles and the detriments of poor blood circulation that is common during travel. VIM & VIGR Compression Legwear for women come in lots of pretty styles and colors, from knee hi socks to tights to sleeves, and retail from $24.95 for the sleeves to $49.95 for tights.


VIM & VIGR Men’s Compression Socks Straight Up Argile Charcoal & Orange

VIM & VIGR Men's Compression Socks

VIM & VIGR Men’s Compression Socks Straight Up Argile Black & Brick


VIM & VIGR Men’s Thick Stripe Dark Brown & Brick


The Men’s VIM & VIGR Compression Socks retail for between $32.95 to $34.95  a pair. Your traveling friends will thank you!

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Books For The DIY’er From Quarto Books

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Everyone knows the do-it-yourselfer, that girl or guy who always has a project going on. These books are perfect gifts for the D-I-Y’er on your list:

The 5-Gallon Bucket

The 5-Gallon Bucket

The ubiquitous five-gallon bucket can do more than carry things!  It can also be hacked, hot-rodded, reengineered, and upcycled to create dozens of useful DIY projects for homeowners, gardeners, and hobbyists.  Each project has simple step-by-step instructions, as well as parts lists and images of the completed projects.  The wealth of projects collected in this book includes inventions that range from useful to just plain fun, and from as simple as it gets to fairly involved. These can serve apartment dwellers (Small-Room Air Conditioner, page 12); homeowners (Cyclone Dust Collector, page 34) and their children (Air Cannon, page 94); small farmers (Chicken Feeder, page 72); hobbyists (Post-Mounted Birdhouse, page 137); and even back-to-the-land homesteaders and survivalists (Camping and Composting Toilet, page 48).  The odds are good you’ll find something to make that’s fun and handy!  Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $19.95. It is also available at Amazon.com in paperback or for Kindle.

Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook

Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook

Every homeowner should know the answer to these questions, and many more, but keeping up with every little thing can be a challenge. It helps if you have a system! That’s where the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook comes in. This book tells you what you need to know, how to get the information, and gives you lots of room to keep records about everything you do to your home, including:

  • House History
  • Financial Information and Warranties
  • Scheduled Maintenance Log
  • Appliances
  • Heating & Cooling
  • Repair Projects
  • Decorative Log including Paint & Floor Coverings
  • Outdoor Areas & Home Exterior

Why not just use a blank notebook? Because the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook is full of photos, illustrations, and tips to help you decode every system in your house, such as how to read a water meter or estimate the shelf life of paint.

The book is organized in four segments. The first three, “Understanding Your Home”, “Your Home’s Systems”, and “Your Appliances” gives a tour of the various components and systems of a home that need ongoing vigilance, inspection and maintenance. These are organized with intuitive logic, starting from the roof, moving down to the foundations and landscape, then moving indoors to examine the structural and surface elements, like walls and floors, and examining the appliances and other add-ons. The fourth section, “Home Logbook” is the journal itself, where the homeowner can document everything that has been done to the home, or who to call when your home needs attention.

Two large pockets attached to the back cover help you securely store receipts, warranties, manuals, and other documents, so you won’t have to scramble to find your plumber’s phone number during an emergency!  Whether you’re an avid-do-it-yourselfer or a novice to the complexities of owning a home, the Black & Decker Home Planner & Logbook is the all-in-one repository for keeping track of everything that’s done to your home

Preview the book here: http://bit.ly/1FxvmWT Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $24.99.  Also available on Amazon.com in Flexbound.

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide to Raising Animals

Barnyard Kids: A Family Guide to Raising Animals

Parents and young kids now have a go-to resource to get started on raising chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and rabbits. Written so parents and kids can read the book together, it’s filled with essential information, from choosing the right ones animals, to the work, time, and space that’s needed. Each chapter on each animal has four sections. “What Makes Them Tick” discusses food and water needs, hygiene, instincts and the animals’ social needs.  “What Makes Them Sick” includes signs and causes of illness, medical supplies and vaccination info.   “Where Do They Live” covers housing the animals.  “What Can They Give” covers just that – from the various by products each animal gives – from food to milk to the usefulness of excrement.

Kids have helped take care of animals for generations, learning responsibility and self-reliance  in the process. Barnyard Kids gives kids and parents the tools to dream about and plan for raising farm animals, empowering anyone who reads it to imagine a life with farm animals and make it real.

Preview the book here: http://bit.ly/BarnyardKidsPDF Available for purchase at Quarto and retails for $24.99. Also available at Amazon.com in Flexbound and for Kindle.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Axel & Ash’s Luxe Unique Journals

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Axel & Ash is a design duo from Bondi Beach, Australia who publish and create funky journals and products that are stylish, full of happiness and inspiration for you to “Insert YOUR Story.” The adventure started in 2012 when the two wanderlusting souls shared their bucket lists with each other and realized they both had a dream to start a creative business. Sharing a common passion for the art of journaling they decided to start designing chic, inspiring journals filled with writing prompts for everyone who wanted to capture their days, thoughts and memories in style. For more information, visit www.AxelandAsh.com, or via Instagram at AxelandAsh.

Swept Away by Wanderlust by Axel

Swept Away by Wanderlust by Axel  & Ash

Swept away by WANDERLUST is a charming travel journal, bound in a premium, earthy latte-colored cloth, for the boho-chic traveler who wants to document her journey in a unique way.

an inside page of Swept Away by Wanderlust.

an inside page of Swept Away by Wanderlust.

Each page is filled with fun questions, original writing prompts and witty ‘to-do’ notes enticing the traveler to jot down her thoughts, feelings and experiences while adventuring our big beautiful world. Whether taking the train down the California coast exploring the beaches or honeymooning in Paris, each journey can be celebrated and documented beautifully.

My Bucket List by Axel & Ash

My Bucket List by Axel & Ash

Beautifully bound in stylish black cloth, My BUCKETLIST is a funky new journal that invites you to decide what you want to do with your one wild and crazy life by collecting all your dreams, desires and ideas in one place.

Whether it’s to travel Route 66 in an open Cadillac, eat pizza in Naples, ride a zebra or just dance in the rain, this book is buzzing with tips, motivation and everything you need to start your life’s greatest adventures. Quirky, individual and so much fun, My BUCKETLIST inspires you to live life to the fullest and capture all the incredible experiences and moments along the way.

These travel journal books are very nice quality, and something you will be proud to give as well as to receive. Travel in style and share your story in one of these hardbound books. Either book  would be appropriate for either a man or a woman. They retail at the Axel & Ash online shop for $39.99 AUD, which converts to about $28.47 USD, making it a bargain to purchase. Also available on Amazon.com.




2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Kuhn Rikon Knives

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Kuhn Rikon Colori+ Knives stand out for their sharpness, secure-grip handles and colorful, lightweight design.  Ultra-sharp Japanese steel blades feature a silicone-based non-stick coating for easier, neater cutting.  Each comes with a safety sheath for safe and easy storage or transport for camping or picnics.  Over 20 color/style combinations.

Kuhn Rikon Switzerland knives

Kuhn Rikon Switzerland knives

These knives retail for from $10 to $30 at kuhnrikonshop.com. They are also available at Amazon.com.