Shop Etc. magazine Editor in Chief Mandi Norwood gives a gift of sorts to viewers of The Early Show Tuesday, in its "Simple Solutions" series, when she offers ideas on how to make your chosen recipients happy without spending too much.
In fact, how does $65 or less sound? In some cases, much less.
OSCAR PURPLE FRAGRANCE, $39. Purple Liquid! Purple was a huge trend for fall in clothing, so it's no surprise that this gorgeously packaged fragrance is by Oscar de la Renta. At $39, this is a great way to give a high-end designer-name gift. Mandarin and pear are softened with violet and a heady dose of dark chocolate and vanilla. A fabulous winter weather scent. Sold at Bloomingdales and Macy's. Check out oscardelarenta.com.
FAR EAST FINDS: MISO PRETTY SET, $19.99. There is a huge upsurge in 'East Meets West' products in the market right now, and with Memoirs of a Geisha coming out this week, Eastern-themed products are very hot. The Miso Pretty gift set is under $20, and has cute packaging and mini sizes of the entire product line: hand and body cream, body wash, lip balm and bar soaps. sesto-senso.com
DESIGNER MEN FRAGRANCES
ESSENZA DI ZEGNA, $65. Women's designers have been creating scents for years, and now the men's market is sitting up, taking notice, and making its own news. We have Oscar for women; Zegna is an extremely popular and hot men's line. Fragrance speaks to the heightened awareness men now have about their appearance. The bottle looks extremely masculine; Zegna even put men's shirting material on it to make it unmistakable. Also, we adore the way it smells. It's very expensive-smelling. Sold at Bloomingdales and Dillards.
COMPACT & EASY
ANTHONY LOGISTICS FACIAL KIT, $45. Great for travel or for the bathroom, this men's comprehensive set includes a glycolic cleanser that exfoliates gently, and men need that, especially now in the colder weather. Also, facial scrub, shaving cream and after-shave balm, all for under $50. The packaging is very simple and masculine and the micro suede picture frame lets him show his soft side. Put a photo of your child in there or a photo of yourself. A percentage of the proceeds is donated to prostate cancer awareness charities. anthony.com
PUCCI COTTON SCARF, $40.The Pucci scarf is a classic, chic gift and can never go wrong. Stylish all year round, and at only $40, this is a fab find for your friends in warmer climates. Celebrities such as Kate Hudson and Kate Bosworth have been wearing them, and now you can get the exact same thing. This is also a cute accessory to tie around the handle of your purse or thread through belt loops. Henri Bendel. pucci.com
H&M TASSEL EARRINGS, $7.90. Tassels are everywhere this holiday season. They offer a popular and fun moment on clothing and accessories such as handbags and shoes, and now it's being seen everywhere in jewelry. These earrings will keep you sparkling all night, guilt-free. Gold is always hot. Sold at H&M Stores.
NEW YORK AND CO. SEQUIN CLUTCH, $28.50. This bag comes in three different colors to go with all of your celebratory holiday outfits this season. It might look hand-done, but the clutch is nothing but a brilliant buy! Gucci and Fendi did sequined clutches. New York and Company Stores. nyandcompany.com
BANANA REPUBLIC MONEY CLIP, $38. It's great looking, genuine leather. Comes in black and brown. Much cheaper than many of the top designer money clips out there. For example, Tiffany's money clip is $95.
GAP HAT AND SCARF: Hat is $16.50. Scarves range from $9.50-$29.50. Stumped on what to give? Staying warm is never out of style. Mix and match colors and patterns; stripes are very hot right now. Nothing is over $46. Lambswool makes them very cozy. gap.com
SMITH & HAWKEN GARDEN TOOL CARRYALL SET, $69. Gardening is always hot, and this is an all-in-one kit to make even the hardest soil a pleasure to till. Includes shears, knee pads, a pruner, and 10 plant markers; it has everything you need in a great sturdy cotton canvas bag. This is great for beginners and pros alike! smithandhawken.com
BROOKSTONE BBQ SET, $60. Barbecuing has become a year-round pastime. Extra long for use for any size grill, and comes in its own carrying case. Rosewood handles are easy to grip. Extremely masculine. BBQ sets are extremely popular this holiday season, but most are extremely expensive. This set is affordable and easy to use and store. brookstone.com
IMOI (EYE-M-MOI) PAPERWEIGHTS, $35. Monograms are still in! With over 50 different patterns to choose from, these are friendly, bright little paperweights. You can get your initials, your entire name or a couple's name monogrammed inside. Put it around the house, or even the office. iomoi.com