And don’t forget the product! Wonder Curl gives Curlies what their hair wants and needs: definition. The products are designed to leave your curls looking great and feeling moisturized. They use ingredients that benefit your hair inside and out. Superior butters and fine oils like Shea Butter and Castor Oil protect your hair, while exotic oils pair together in a unique formula that maximizes moisture, delivers definition and leaves your hair frizz-free. Celebrity hair stylist Felicia Leatherwood uses Wonder Curl’s Curl Control Styling Lotion on her clients such as Issa Rae, star of the new HBO show “Insecure.” WonderCurl.com
For my brother
Lazerwood Industries Wooden Keyboard Covers
My brother is a self-professed important scientist sure to love these cool new toys. Lazerwood Industries creates artisanal wood cases and covers, with finishes ranging from rustic to refined. Fans of beautifully designed tech gear know that this company is selective in the devices they design for. They’re perfectionists and their products reflect as much. Each cover enhances your tech gadget, personalizing it with choice of wood type, design and the natural patina of the wood over time. Available for Apple wireless, Apple extended and MacBookPro keyboards. Available in walnut or cherry wood. Created to perfectly complement the sleek style of Apple’s USB extended keyboard. Price: $40-45 USD. Shop.Lazerwood.com
AquaNotes Underwater Notepaper
Another way to describe my brother is as an “absent-minded professor” type. He has brilliant ideas we wouldn’t want him to lose just because he’s in the shower. The waterproof paper is so durable it can even be written on underwater. In spite of this paper’s durability, it is totally recyclable, environmentally friendly and nontoxic. Even soy-based ink and wind energy are used in the printing process. The waterproof notepads are $7 and contain 40 sheets of perforated paper so it can be easily removed and taken on errands or to the office. The AquaNotes design allows it to be quickly attached to any smooth surface with two suction cups. Comes with a pencil and a suction cup pencil holder. AquaNotes.com
For my son
My son loves basketball and I’m into fun ways for him to keep his room clean. Enter the Dirty Dunk, the original over-the-door basketball hoop laundry hamper. Kids love it because it’s fun and parents love it because it makes their kids want to pick up their dirty clothes. It works great in dorms too! We also have a product called the Document Dunk which is a trashcan basketball hoop that’s the perfect addition to any desk. It’s a big hit with teachers. Finally, the Scrub-a-Dunk bathtub basketball hoop makes the perfect stocking stuffer. TheDunkCollection.com
No Chimney? No Problem! Santa Book
When the holiday season rolls around, there is excitement in the air! Nothing is quite as magical as the joy a child feels when celebrating family Christmas traditions. No Chimney? No Problem! is just that, an all-new Christmas tradition to start with your family. When you don’t have a fireplace, the curious kids in your life will want to understand how Santa delivers presents. Now you can literally hold the key to the question! This children’s book comes with a green ribbon bookmark that doubles as a door hanger and a magical red Santa key keepsake. MoonJumpPress.com
For my cousin Coco
Enchantails! My cousin LOVES a good sleepover with her girlfriends. These beautifully vibrant slumber bags, crafted with lush, luxurious, COZY fabrics and glow-in-the-dark thread, will transform any child 4+ into the royal mermaid they dream to be, taking imagination and role play to a whole new level. The perfect gift for this holiday season, it can be used for play at home with siblings and friends, at sleepovers and at grandparents’ house. Wanting to be a mermaid never goes out of style. Includes an adventure book, a carry tote (and easy storage), a decorator pillow, a slumber bag featuring glow-in-the-dark-thread and wall decals featuring the Mermaids with their Sea Buddies. They can be purchased online at ToysRUs.com, BedBathBeyond.com, Macys.com and of course Enchantails.com.
For that special someone
Date Night at TopGolf Gift Certificate
Since my late husband was a Marine and a very macho man (LOL), the word “Dutch” is not in my vocab, but it is nice to treat every once in a while. If you’re looking for a creative, fun and easy gift idea, consider giving the gift of Topgolf this year. With two in the Atlanta area, Topgolf is quickly becoming a fan favorite among millennials, moms, dads, golfers and even celebrities. Whether you’re shopping for your boss or your teenager, a Topgolf gift card has something for everyone and can be used toward game play, memberships, food and beverages, apparel and lessons. The best part is they can be purchased online, customized and printed instantly—perfect for those last-minute shoppers.
Special treats for myself
Links by J. Kiere is a collection of handcrafted jewelry made in Atlanta by designer and Spelman College student Jaya Johnson. Each design, named after a woman in Johnson’s life, is meant to reflect the intergenerational relationships that link women. The most recent collection includes gold and brass designs decorated with gorgeous magnesite stones. In addition to her curated collections, Johnson also features a custom design service through Links by J. Kiere, taking requests that range from costume jewelry to bridal. Links by J. Kiere can be purchased online at LinksByJKiere.com.
Inspirational and Personalized Jewelry from Jenny Present
I LOVE a monogram! A #BlackSouthernBelle must have! And since my name is so unique, I have an unnatural attachment to anything with my name or initials engraved on it. And add to that the difficulty of widowhood. The LifeNotes bracelets bring some much-needed positivity! You can see why I love this stuff! JennyPresent.com
Seize Your Life: How to Carpe Diem Every Day, by Jasmine Brett Stringer
This motivational book has just the right pick me up and fits right in your purse or stocking! The book is a pleasure to read! Jasmine is a South Fulton native, so this is another Local Choice! Jasmine teaches and inspires others both in life and through her book. She guides people in identifying their goals and achieving their personal definition of success through her Seize Your Life workshops and seminars. As a strategist and master connector, Jasmine leverages her connections to build synergy and improve situations. Oprah Winfrey has called Jasmine a “carrier of the light” and Jasmine teaches and inspires others to Carpe Diem, or seize the day, in their everyday life. Go to CarpeDiemwithJasmine.com and pick up your copy!