When shopping for the perfect holiday gifts, it's so easy to get caught up in Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Then you find yourself 3-5days later with The Complete Series of Daria on DVD, two Honey Badger t-shirts, a brand new ceramic curling iron, and NO ONE to give them to! Oops. (who am I kidding....I bought these things for myself!)
And since I promised myself that I wouldn't shop for myself anymore (after today, that is) - I am publishing the 2011 HauteMess Holiday Gift Giving Guide as a way to "window shop" for myself and those I love.
THE HAUTEMESS HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING GUIDE: 2011 (click on the pics for links to online stores carrying these delightful goodies)
For the Music Lover/Curmudgeon:
I have been OBSESSED with procuring my very own pair of Beats since I tried on BlondeMess's "Solos" - it was like a dance club in my head! The music was crystal clear, there was nothing poking around inside my ears, and the rest of the world was non existent. PLUS, no one can hear your music! This means that you can listen to the entire Chronic 2001 album while sitting next to your 3 year old nephew or your 85 year old grandma...and no one has to know but you! These noise canceling bad boys would make the perfect gift for a true music lover OR the person who desperately dreams of drowning out the background noise at work, on airplanes, on public transport, or just when the fam is arguing over some dumb referee's call.
For the Practical Party Girl:
Tiny purses may be cute, but they make it very difficult to stash all your bad girl essentials. For the more practical party girl, you should consider a multi-functioning flask! Cigarette holder + Flask (left) or the Flask Purse (right) is the ultimate space saving fun bag! I don't personally smoke - but I am certain that the cigarette holder would make and excellent credit card/ID/cash holder. Just remember, get your ID out in advance, the bouncer may not think this space saving miracle is as sweet as I do!
The flask purse isn't actually a flask - but it is a damned cute wristlet! (and much classier than tying a string to your regular flask)
For the "Mustaches are SOOO Last Year" Trendster:
I proudly supported the mustache trend last year with my Mustache Masquerade Birthday Party - most of my Facebook pictures are with fake mustaches...but it is time to move on to the next big thing. Although my obsession with Tuxedo T-Shirts peaked in 2007, I think the tuxedo is on its way back in! I love everything about the new tuxedo looks - they say "I'm formal, but I also came to party."
For your Vintage Homies & Upcycling Friends:
You have to admit - the Dorian Gray iPhone charger is pretty fucking awesome! If you know someone who loves quirky accents and environmentally friendly solutions - then check out etsy for vintage nostalgia gifts or upcycled goods to spruce up their homes! The whackier, the better! You would be surprised at how affordable the priceless memories from our childhood can be on Etsy!
For the BadAss Klutz:
We all get boo boos...and sometimes we can even remember how we got them. For your colorful and klutzy friends, these band-aids make much better stories than tales of paper cuts, flat iron burns, and the special scars that epic nights of drinking leave behind. And, if your friend is really lucky, maybe one of these bandaids will be an accurate representation of what really happened! (except maybe the shark bite....that doesn't sound nearly as awesome as a Dance Off)
For the Cheeseball Pet Lover:
My mom nearly pees her pants every time she sees Boo. One day we had lunch in a book store and she literally talked about this pooch for at least 6minutes before I told her that I would rather buy her the book than listen to stories about how many shirts he owns for one more minute. Any big hearted pet lover will "Ooh" and "Ahh" over this little munchkin...trust!