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Holiday hostess gift idea : Serving Trays

Serving trays make a great, practical hostess gift for the holidays and beyond. I use them around the house to corral everything from keys to stacks of magazines and manuscript pages. When people come over, I clear them out and use them to serve drinks. Visit today’s One King’s Lane sale to see trays in a beautiful array of shapes and sizes, from brightly colored lacquered trays to luxurious statement pieces made of  leather, onyx, and bone.

Love the green chevron pattern and tasteful green of this tray made of inlaid bone.

This bright red tray with handles would be perfect for serving up holiday cocktails.

Or get a set of four brightly colored wooden lacquered trays and spread the love.

 

I love this metal lazy susan in tangerine orange.

The cowhide and leather tray, crafted by Columbian artisans, is too pretty to put anything in! It would make a great coffee table centerpiece.

As always, new One Kings Lane members receive a $15 credit for purchases of $30 or more. Membership is free.

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3 Great Last Minute Gifts for Men

Give your man a classic: the Fred Perry Polo. This is the only polo my husband will wear. Very comfortable, roomy in the shoulders, in traditional colors with not-boring trim. Purchase the Fred Perry polo for $59.50 – $85.00

Not sure of his size? Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, with their iconic design and made-to-last frames, are flattering and practical across the board. Purchase for $134.24 (regularly $179)

Whether he’s a couch potato or a fitness geek, the Fitbit Wireless Tracker is a fun, useful, and utterly addictive little device that tracks your steps and your sleep. You wear it on a band on your arm, and it tells you how many times you wake up each night, when you’re sleeping restfully and when you’re sleeping fitfully, as well as how many steps you’ve taken and how many calories you’ve burned. I’ve had one of these for more than a year and can recommend it without reservation. Read my full review of the Fitbit here.

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Gifts for the Home : Ralph Lauren Home Sale + Martyn & Mary

Luxe items from Ralph Lauren and Martyn & Mary make great gifts for the home. They’re also terrific hostess gifts. Here are my top picks, all on sale now.

The Ralph Lauren Home Charles Bowl 89.00 (originally $195)

Classic. Elegant. Refined. This stunning fruit bowl crafted of luxe silver-plated brass is so chic and timeless, you’ll want one to gift and one to keep.

I absolutely love this Highball glass with gold stripes – so Don Draper! Great for curling up with a Scotch by the fire on a cold winter night, and slinging about snarky witticisms. Or a lovely gift for the man who has everything, except good glasses for his whiskey. $19.00 (regularly $40)

The Spencer Modern Lantern would look stately in a home library or entryway. It would also cast an elegant glow over your holiday party. At $349 (marked down from $750), it’s a worthwhile splurge. A beautiful hurricane lantern featuring an angular modern design. Crafted of black leather and shimmering nickel-plated brass, it’s a classic piece that will add style and glamour to any space.

See the entire collection in the Ralph Lauren Home Sale from One Kings Lane. (And take $15 off of your first purchase of $30 or more.)

Create a cheerful holiday table on a budget with this red chevron stripe table runner from Martyn & Mary, just $29

I love the bold graphic appeal of the striped bone and horn box from Martyn & Mary. Very luxe, for keeping jewelry, cufflinks, special photographs, and keepsakes.

You might also like: Simon Doonan wrapping paper. Whimsical, beautiful papers for everything under the tree. $15 per roll

 

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Deal Dash Tips & Tricks

Can you really get $50 Gift Cards to Sephora, Walmart and Amazon for $2?

That’s the claim that penny auction site Deal Dash makes. One morning, while doing internet stuff before coffee (never a good idea), I clicked through a friend’s link on facebook and followed the Yellow Brick Road to Deal Dash. Minutes later, I’d dropped $36 on my “first bid pack.” Since Deal Dash offers a money back guarantee, I figured there was no risk involved. I didn’t count on the site being so addictive.

What I discovered:

  • Deal Dash does actually refund your first bid pack if you don’t win anything, so in sheerly monetary terms, it is indeed risk-free if you only buy one bid pack. Only your first bid pack is fully refundable. After that, buyer beware.
  • For most of us, time is money. You can fritter away quite a bit of it before your first bid pack runs out. I spent way more time on Deal Dash than I anticipated. For some reason, it’s addictive to watch that auction clock run down, to look for new auctions, to check the winners’ list to see how much items have gone for. Before you know it, it’s time for dinner, and you’re wondering where the time went. (more…)

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