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Recession-Proof Gift Ideas For Him and Her

by Kenyatta D. Pious
1) Take Care of Her Hair and She Will Take Care of You

Sometimes it is the small gifts that get you the most points! Check out the MiniPro Ceramic Straightener with pouch - - item number CS56. With a fast 30-second instant heat-up, the ceramic-coated plates leave hair silky smooth! Salon style hair is minutes away and the ceramic technology prevents against damaging hot spots. Our last qualm with the last straightener was the lack of a pouch and this time, they got it right! The storage pouch features a heat-resistant inner lining and the worldwide voltage allows you to go in style everywhere you go! There is a limited 2 year manufacturer warranty and the straightener retails for: $23.00

The straightener should be paired with the Babyliss Pro (item BABNT052T) Nano Titanium Folding Travel Hair Dryer. Drying has never been easier. The dryer is lightweight and has a folding handle for better storage in your luggage or purse. A limited 1 year warranty is included and the dryer features dual voltage for world wide usage. Now touchups en route to your in-laws or holiday shindigs are a breeze and can even be conducted on layovers while waiting for a flight! The dryer retails for: $30.00

The socially conscience woman deserves to GO GREEN with Rusk! Rusk unveiled an eco-friendly professional straightening iron that delivers the same features you are used to, but allows you to do so while reducing the damage to our planet.

Rusk's Go Green Str8 Iron comes complete with: A paint-free body that lessens the impact on the environment, ultra slim housing that utilizes less material than traditional str8 irons, petroleum-free straightening surfaces to help conserve oil consumption, 446 Degrees Fahrenheit 1-inch plates that reduce heat when not in use, rheostat Dial, 9-ft, Eco-Friendly Power Cord, and smart packaging that is made with 100% recycled materials and printed with soy ink.

The Rusk Go Green Str8 iron retails for: $135.99

For more info on all three hair items, visit

2) Stall and Dean Bowery Jackets For Him

These Bowery jackets are 100% Cotton Canvas and feature a double layer canvas/rib front with inner zip through ribbing. Warmth is achieved with a quilted satin lined body and sleeves and hands can be tucked away in side entry double welt pockets.

There is a rib knit collar, cuff, and hem, embroidered "Stall & Dean" tonal logo on left chest, embroidered "S&D" tonal logo on lower right pocket, and embroidered "Stall & Dean" tonal logo on back neck. These minimal embellishments add a flair that he will thank you for and do not distract from the jackets stylish look.

The price point is $99.00 on - - Stall and Dean is running various money back promotions. For example, spend $100 and get $25 back!! Enter the contest below to win a Bowery Jacket!

3) Stuff a YB Timepiece In Their Stocking

Sleek, minimal and sure-fire attention getters! YB Timepieces offer the serene beauty and charm of higher marked timepieces, but have a versatility that is unique. These timepieces can accompany you from day-to-night without mitigating your inherent sense of style, but rather, impact it!

For men, we suggest Model : STX002 - - round chrono model (with stainless steel/leather band). This is a stainless steel chrono watch, made for movt OS20 Citizen, with mineral glass, printed dial, stainless steel/leather band, water resistant 3 ATM - - I just bought a pair and I am loving it!

For women, we suggest Model : CDG-W-002 - - long rectangular 3 hands watch (integrated solid band). This is a stainless steel watch, made for movt 5R32 Citizen, 1 real diamond on dial, Integrated solid band, water resistant 3 ATM - - a real fun design here.

YB Timepieces range from $79-$149 for women and from $195-$259 for men. Visit

4) Pirouette Into Her Heart With Classic Ballet Flats With a Twist.

Following the immense success of her flip flop line SwitchFlops, Lindsay Phillips introduces another must-have shoe style to her quintessential collection: Liz Ballet Flats. Bringing the interchangeability of Lindsay's trademark switchable flip flops to the classic ballet flat, the debut of Liz Ballet Flats allows you to experience the same versatility of SwitchFlops year-round.

Each flat comes with a removable flower secured by a snap. Just snap off the flower and snap on another design to revamp your flats--and your style--on a daily basis. Made from genuine Napa leather, the Liz Ballet Flat is available in brilliant bronze, shiny silver and basic black. The collection includes 12 snap options in three unique collections, providing an endless shoe wardrobe:

The price point is $64 for a pair of flats; $12 for each additional snap - - available at and select boutiques nationwide.

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