Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Christmas Shopping Made Easy

Tory Burch loves color—and has chosen three distinctive shades for this unique, limited-edition set, each designed to flatter a variety of skin tones. These modern formulas represent the ideal balance of sheer yet vivid color and rich texture with a weightless finish, each subtly scented with notes from the Tory Burch fragrance—cassis, grapefruit, and mandarin. Encased in gold-toned and orange fretwork, each is a super-chic accessory in itself; available at Sephora stores, nationwide.
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Skinny Tie Madness is creating madness with their sharp, sleek, stylish, and sexy finely crafted and oh-so popular products. As one of this year’s hottest holiday accessory, turn your man into a trendy piece of arm candy this holiday season. As Skinny Tie Madness likes to say, “A tie is a win for more than one person.”

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These unique and limited edition home accessories, tee shirts, leggings, and bags are based on original artwork and guaranteed to be something your gift recipient does not have; available at

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The Woman’s Board of The Hadley School for the Blind has been holding its annual Braille Holiday Card Sale since 1956.

The cards feature greetings in both print and braille and all proceeds benefit Hadley. They come in boxes of 25 for $35. Coordinating gift tags are also available. These folded 3×3 inch gift tags come festively packaged in cellophane and tied with ribbon. The gift tags are $20 for a pack of 20, including shipping. This year’s cards, created by artist, Jennifer Beacom, feature an old-fashioned embossed sled resting against a snowy fence adorned with garland and winter berries. The cards carry the greeting, “Wishing you peace, happiness and the spirit of the season” in both print and braille.

New this year is a 4X6 notecard set of 12 cards and envelopes. The original watercolor artwork for the stationery was inspired by two nature scenes (six cards per scene) taking place in the Marylou Hayford Sensory Garden at The Hadley School for the Blind.

The cards will be available by phone (800-323-4238) and on-site at the school at 700 Elm Street in Winnetka, IL Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through December 17. They are also available for purchase online.

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Be Happy Canvas; available at
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PaperLove Boutique’s cards are written, photographed, and hand glittered by designer Susanna Young in her gorgeous studio (which she converted from her garage). As eco-friendly as possible, all cards are printed on FSC certified paper, and packaged in a biodegradable sleeve; available at
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Dream Canvas; available at
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Farmhouse Fresh warms up interiors with new holiday-scented cozy candles dressed in colorful knitted sweaters featuring cows, sheep, trees, and snowflakes.

Shining the light on the spirit of the holiday season, these two Cozy Candles, spread joy and cheer through colorful, knitted decorative sweaters that hug each soy-blend candle.

“We are showering the senses with great smells and colorful nostalgic images that make people reminisce about holidays past while celebrating the present,” says Shannon McLinden, President of FarmHouse Fresh. “The Cozy Candles, which feature spiced rum and fir scents, make excellent decorative gifts and are wonderful accessories to feature at a holiday gathering. They also complement festive offerings such as eggnog, spiced apple cider, chocolate bark, and other treats.”

Spiced Rum & Bunny Slippers offers delectable top notes of sweet orange, honey, cloves, and spice, while Home Fir the Holidays captures the heady, authentic, aromatic scent of a fresh-cut Fraser fir, which is deliciously woodsy and slightly sweet. Both candles retail for $29 each and come in a beautiful glass jar.
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Ideal for moms who have picky eaters who are in dire need of good nutrition: KidzShake does it all, plus it tastes great. “I love KidzShake products. The shakes are a great source of protein, which is perfect for picky eaters. All the products contain probiotics which are essential for gut health, a multivitamin, and they contain no artificial ingredients. They also contain no processed sugar which is a major plus with the obesity and diabetes crisis we are facing,” says Dr. Greg Wynn MD; available at
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The Viking 3-in-1 Tri-Ply Oval Roaster can be used for poultry and meat up to 14 pounds. With the lid clamped on, the roaster can be used as a family-sized Dutch oven and the lid on its own as a sauté or fry pan or as a 4-quart casserole pan; available at
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For the person in your life who has it all yet needs some giggles and kicks from their stocking stuffer: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus can eliminate their wrinkles on mornings when they late for a big meeting, zap static cling when they are running from the office to a date or dinner with friends. It¹s a powerful little bottle that belongs in every fashion emergency response kit; available at all major supermarkets.
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It’s no doubt that kids have the wildest imaginations and the biggest dreams! Thankfully Children Inspire Design has created modern, eco-friendly, and culturally diverse artwork that fosters children’s creativity and expands their knowledge of the world.

Made in the US and devoted to global education, their Earth Interactive Map teaches children about the people and things that wander the Earth and how to care for them. Children can travel the globe at home by using their imaginations. They will learn to appreciate all of the world’s natural wonders by playing with the 40 reusable nature-themed stickers. Available in print, tapestry, and gallery wrapped canvas, the map retails for $65 and up.

According to its 10 percent Giving Promise, Children Inspire Design donates ten percent of proceeds from sales to a number of global women and children-focused initiatives. The company also hosts limited time events, where 100 percent of proceeds from a specific design is donated to a partnering organization.
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GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils with Diffuser, an affordable aromatherapy starter kit that makes a great holiday gift and addition to any home. The kit houses two different oils—lavender and peppermint—and an ultrasonic diffuser that disperses them into the air, where they release their wonderful natural fragrance and the healing aromatherapy benefits. It can transform a room into a mini DIY spa in seconds. The diffuser also features a color-changing LED light to add to the atmosphere. Best of all, at only $19.99, it’s an affordable, thoughtful, one-size-fits all gift with tangible benefits; available at Walmart, nationwide.
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Schoola is a new online shop for gently used brand name clothes at major savings (think 90 percent off retail). The cool thing about the site is that 40 percent of the money goes back to help schools (more than 14,000 schools so far) for important programs like music and art. The site features kid’s clothes, junior’s, women, denim, plus sizes, maternity, and high end brand collections. Plus, it’s easy to donate clothes; Schoola will send you a bag for free. Just fill it and leave for the postman and Schoola will take care of the rest; and you can raise much needed dollars for the school of your choice; get shopping and start donating at
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Kent Stetson’s convertible crossbody clutches have removable metal chains and each are laminated with a unique craft cocktail design that’s digitally printed onto the bag. Once the magnetically closed flap is opened, you’ll see the glass empty inside. Adorned with a 3D element from a lime to a wine cork, these statement clutches will help you imbibe without feeling guilty this season; available at
Designed to make you feel like you’re walking on clouds, socks by the World’s Softest is an affordable and fun stocking stuffer. Available in a variety of whimsical and festive patterns to more traditional classic styles, their collection offers a unique design fit for any individual; available at

Fill your home with scents that truly capture the essence of the holiday season. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Paddywax is an artisan candle and home fragrance company that hand pours soy wax into unique decorative votives; available at Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters, and West Elm to name a few.
Chispa Magazine-Paddy Wax_HAPPY PEPPERMINT VANILLABobbi Brown Cosmetics celebrates the art of gift giving with a gorgeous set of luxe lip and eye palettes, glosses and brush sets—perfect for the beauty enthusiast who wants to give (or get) the gift of glam. Featuring a selection of rich, shimmering browns, and golden taupes, accented with pops of electric pink and red, Bobbi’s 2015 Holiday Edition has everyone’s “nice” list covered; available at Bobbi Brown counters, nationwide.
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Mia Guerra

Mia Guerra

Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine
Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.

Mia Guerra

Executive Editor at Chispa Magazine, Mia Guerra is a writer at heart. Regardless the topic, she loves to investigate, encourage, and ruminate on topics that can make us better people. Aiming to live a Proverbs 31 life, Mia is ecstatic to be following her calling with Chispa. At home she is her husband's sidekick and together they are raising a God-fearing family in Atlanta.