with its graceful shape and charming image of a lady’s calves and feet, it’s a delightful piece for your shelf or coffee table or desk all on its own. Filled with a spray of delicate flowers, it takes on a charming yet surrealistic quality any Dali or Man Ray fan would find irresistible.
It’s handcrafted of lead-free glass in Sweden by designer Kjell Engman, and comes in a gift box just in case you can bear to give it away. Me? I think I would stick a bow on the box, leave it for myself somewhere, and then surprise myself with a lovely gift.
Then again, at this price, I might get generous enough to share a second one with a very, very good friend. You see, the retail price for the piece is $200.00, but right now Amazon has it for just $129.50. That’s a savings of more than $70.00!
But wait! There’s more! For a limited time, if you purchase $50.00 or more of Home and Garden products from Amazon, you can get a free one-year subscription to your choice of: GQ, SELF, Conde Nast Traveler, or Architectural Digest. See site for details and restrictions.
You know, you could always get the vase for yourself and the magazine subscription for a friend. I’m just saying.]]>
So, you’ve got kids on your gift list and nothing to give them? Fret not, for behold, I bring you tidings of great deals which shall appeal to kids both young and old.
There’s a certain time in life when a lot of kids become interested in magic tricks. If there’s a budding David Copperfield in your life (the magician, not the Victorian orphan), then you might want to head over to Smartbargains and take a look at this:
It’s the Melissa and Doug Apprentice Magician coin trick game. Included are instructions and tools needed to master sixteen different coin tricks. It may or may not get the kid cool status in Home Room, but it will definitely build logic and dexterity, in addition to hours of fun.
Best of all, you’ll save big time. The retail price is a cool $50.00, but at Smartbargains it’s just $34.99.
My mother used to tell me that people who spelled really well had nothing better to think about. I like to think she was just jealous because I could beat her at Scrabble even when I was eight.
What wouldn’t I have done to have the coveted Onyx Edition back then? Okay, so it’s mostly that the accessories are black, for that ominous look. Admittedly, I don’t need black to accomplish that. Mr. Twistie has been known to blanch when I bring out the regular board and suggest a round, but still, it looks cool and the board rotates!
Also, there is that bit where it’s on sale at Amazon. The retail price is $59.99, but at Amazon right now it’s just $29.99!
Of course, when I was a little girl, what I really had my heart set on was a pony. My parents never got me one. Some pesky excuse about there being no place to keep one on a crowded block on a busy street or something. Humph. But I would have been well satisfied with one like this:
This charming little bay is perfect for any child to sit on and dream of riding the range or winning a race. It holds up to 150 pounds, so it’s going to last quite a while, too. It even comes with its own pink curry comb and an extra-long mane that can be braided, if your child wants to grow up to be hairdresser to the Kentucky Derby winners. The saddle and bridle are also removable.
It’s even on a great sale. Exclusively available from Hearthsong, it was originally $74.98. Right now, though, it’s on sale for just $39.99! Oh, but there’s more! This is the last day, but if you spend $65.00 or more at Hearthsong, you’ll get a $10.00 reward card good toward your next purchase.]]>
Victoria’s Secret has made these slouchy pjs in a soft pure cotton flannel so that even when the weather outside is frightful, you’ll be toasty warm and stylish. Not wild about the print? Don’t worry about that! There are 24 colors/prints to choose from, ranging from plaid to polka dots to pink elephants (no, really, they do have a pink elephant print!). Taller or shorter than average? VS has got you covered. They come in both tall and petite lengths, as well as average.
Did I mention they’re on sale? Because they are. Regularly priced at $49.50, they’re currently going for just $39.50. And to sweeten the deal, order before Dec. 8, use code PJGIFT and get a matching pair of slippers for free!
That’s right, the slippers (a $25.00 value) are free! See site for details.
I think I’ll dream about this deal tonight.]]>
One of the handiest gadgets of all time is the classic Swiss army knife. Now Victorinox has reinvented it in a miniature size with stainless steel blades. At just 2 1/4″ long, it attaches to your key ring for your convenience. It comes with: one small knife blade, scissors, and a nail file. The practical soul on your holiday gift list will love this.
Normally, it runs $140.00, but Saks Fifth Ave is having a huge sale now through the 28th. Right now, even the sale items are on sale. The sale price on this item was $104.00, but now to Saturday it just $62.94!
Oh, and be sure to check out the bonus offers combined with the sale! For instance, you can get free shipping by using code HOLIDAY9. If you spend at least $400.00 in Contemporary, you can get a $100.00 off card with code CONTEM9. And if you spend at least $100.00 in beauty and you can earn a $25.00 gift card with code BEAUTY9.
Of course, not everyone on your gift list is going to want a knife. Some of us want something a tad more frivolous, possibly involving some gold. I know just what I would want:
These sparkly delights are designed by Anna Beck of sterling silver plated with dots of 18k gold.
Best of all, they’re on such a great deal at Nordstrom that you can get a pair for your best friend, or your sister, or your mom…and then get a pair for yourself. After all, they’re half off. You see, they were originally $128.00, but they’ve been marked down to a mere $63.90.
Oh, and if you use the code HOLIDAY09 at checkout, you can get free shipping on any order of $100.00 or more.
Of course, Christmas is a big day for kids. If you’ve got one (or more) on your list, you could do a lot worse than give them good books. Of course, if you can get a good deal on them, so much the better!
I have a great fondness for the modern classic The Polar Express. This gentle tale delights children of all ages, and the illustrations are beautifully rendered.
As for the deal aspect, Amazon.com is having a huge Black Friday sale, and this title is among the deals. Regularly priced at 18.95, it’s marked down to just $11.07 for a very limited time. Be sure to check out what’s on sale in toys, homewares, jewelry, and dozens of other categories. Who knows? You might be able to do most of your holiday shopping on one single site.
How about the world traveler on your list? I’ve got something for her, too.
This travel set by Kashmere includes a pillow, shawl, eyemask, and travel socks made of a snuggly warm wool/cashmere blend so that plane and train travel is more comfortable. It comes in this delicious red, a subtle oatmeal color, or classic black.
The retail price on the set is $375.00, which is more than most of us can afford to spend on one person, no matter how much we think this is the perfect thing for them. Bluefly to the rescue! They normally carry the set for $225.00, which is a lot less but still a little steeper than you might want to spend. Okay, this is never going to be a cheap gift, but for a limited time, Bluefly has sweetened the deal to just $159.99. At that price, you and your siblings could go in together to get dear old mom that Alaskan cruise she’s always wanted to go on and these goodies to help her enjoy it in style.
In fact, the fine folk at Bluefly will even throw in the shipping for free.]]>
Every year I swear I’m going to get new cookie sheets. I don’t have enough and I don’t have any that are nonstick. This year, I may just go ahead and do it with the deal I found on this Rachael Ray 2-pc. Nonstick Oven Lovin’ Cookie Lovin’ Set at Cooking.com.
You get two 17″ x 11″ nonstick cookie sheets with large and bright orange silicone handles for easy handling. They’re dishwasher safe and able to withstand heat up to 500f. What’s more, with every purchase, a donation is made to Rachel’s Yum-o charity dedicated to teaching kids and their families about healthy relationships with food, as well as feeding hungry children.
All that and a sale? Sign me up! Because right now at Cooking.com, you can save about a quarter of the price on these great cookie sheets. Regularly priced at 39.95, you can get them right now for just 29.99! Now that’s a great way to feel good about making those holiday treats!
One day some years ago, I found a book at a garage sale. It looked great and it was a dollar and I picked it up on a whim. The book was called The Cake Bible, and little did I know that I had just discovered my ultimate baking inspiration, Rose Levy Beranbaum.
Well now she’s come out with another gorgeous, inspirational, and utterly practical baking book, Rose’s Heavenly Cakes. Friends, this one is on my personal list for Santa, and if he doesn’t come through, I’ll get it for myself after the holidays. I would never miss a book this woman writes on baking.
Just because I’m eager, though, doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore a great deal. If you or someone you love needs this book, head on over to Amazon.com where you can get it for 46% off! The regular price is $39.95 (which is a steal for what you find between these covers), but Amazon is selling it for just $21.57 right now. Oh, and it even qualifies for Super Saver Shipping. See site for details.
Of course, once you’ve finished your baking you’ll need something to serve your delicious creations on. How can you do better than Lenox china? By getting Lenox china on sale, of course!
Put your cake – or even an artful pile of cookies or scones – on this subtly elegant cake plate and watch your guests grab them like they’re going out of style! And nobody will ever guess how little you paid for this pretty. The suggested retail price is $72.00, but you can get it for just $49.95 if you go to the official Lenox site.]]>
So which is the right one? Well, I have to say this one would be a great place to start:
Kara Ross designed this beauty of heavily textured brown enamel over 18k goldplate. That texture? Resembles a tree trunk, for an earthy look. A swish of gold decorated with five tiny tiger’s eye cabachon finishes the look.
All in all, it’s a look that nobody will forget.
What you can forget is the original retail price of $350.00. You see, if you act now you can get it from Bloomingdale’s for just $245.00.
Oh, and Bloomie’s has a special bonus deal going on now. If you spend a minimum of $500.00 on selected merchandise (including this bracelet!) you can get a $100.00 splurge card toward your next purchase of $150.00 or more!]]>
Of course, just because you’re not skimping doesn’t mean you’re not going to save money if you can. Wasting money is just foolish, and you are not a fool.
That’s why you’re going to head over to Cooking.com and take advantage of the
big sale they’re having on All-Clad cookware.
This is the good stuff. It’s three layers of bonded metal: pure aluminum sandwiched between a black anodized aluminum exterior and a stainless steel interior for excellent heat conduction in a non-reactive cooking surface. It even comes with a lifetime warranty.
Spend $250.00 on All-Clad LTD and you can even get a free bonus au gratin dish ($130.00 value, see site for details and restrictions) to boot. Or to cook in. It’s up to you, but I know what I would do.
As for this handsome, sturdy 4 quart saucepan with lid, it usually runs $210.00, but at Cooking.com right now you can get it for the bargain basement price of just $104.99.
All the looks, all the versatility, all the sturdiness, and all the extras for half the price? Now that’s what I call a good deal!]]>
On the other hand, as I said, good cookware is a big investment. It doesn’t come cheap. Every once in a while, though, it comes at a deal that makes the investment a lot less painful to your bank account.
All-Clad’s Master Chef 2 cookware is among the top-rated by professional chefs. Made of easy to clean, non-reactive stainless steel, it has a thick core of aluminum for superior heat conductivity. The three ply bonded construction distributes the heat evenly. The long handles are built to stay cooler, in case you forget to reach for the pot holder first, too.
This seven piece set consists of: an 8″ omelette pan, a 1.5 qt saucepan and lid, a 3 qt saute pan with lid, and a 6 qt stockpot with lid. That’s a great start to any kitchen!
The retail price of the set is $595.00, which really isn’t at all bad for that amount of that quality of cookware. Still, you’d like to do better. Cooking.com usually carries it for $559.95, which is better. But why settle for better when you can get astonishing?
Now through June 15, Cooking.com is having a huge sale on All-Clad cookware in which this set is marked down to just $288.99! That’s a savings of more than three hundred dollars!
But wait, there’s more! Spend at least $250.00, and get a free au gratin pan direct from All-Clad. Spend $500.00 and get the au gratin pan, a Dutch oven, and a mitt set. See site for details.
So, to sum up: seven pieces of top-notch cookware you can use for the rest of your cooking life, plus a freebie from All-Clad. The more you buy, the more freebies you can get.
I don’t know about you, but when I can get the best for the price of something in the lower midrange…I get the best. So should you.]]>
So what does this mean in terms of savings for the savvy shopper? Well, here’s a nice example. In fact, it’s the example I would probably choose for myself.
Simple, elegant, timeless, versatile…you can’t beat this for an investment piece of jewelry. This handsome bangle bracelet comes in your choice of gold vermeil or sterling silver , and will serve you well for years and years to come. It’s dramatic without being ostentatious. It’s now but it won’t look silly later on.
And of course there is that 15% off thing. The regular price is $195.00, but with the discount, you’ll save $29.25. That brings it down to a much more affordable $165.75, assuming my math is correct. Not bad.
Ralph Lauren then gives a percentage of what you have spent to, say, Autism Speaks, where it helps people advocate for the autistic. Or it goes to Habitat for Humanity, where it helps build a home for a family who otherwise would never own a house of their own. Or it goes to any of the other fine charities chosen. Just put the code for your chosen charity in the space provided when checking out. You decide what cause to support. You save some cash. You get something pretty you can wear for years. You do some good in the world.
Downside? I see no downside.
Be charitable. Be superfantastic.]]>
Me? I’m my mother’s daughter. Good cookware gives me a thrill. There’s nothing like holding a really good kitchen knife in your hand. Mom taught me a lot about the importance of really excellent knives in the kitchen. They hold their edges better so they don’t go dull in the middle of a job. The handles are sturdy and won’t come to wobble later in life. They’re comfortable in the hand so you can cut what you need without tiring your hands unduly. Oh, and that birthday gift? Outlasted Mom. That’s a good knife, when it can last more than thirty years of daily use and still be in good enough shape to keep on using.
There are several excellent companies making just such knives today, but my go to knife at home is a Wusthof. It’s incredibly comfortable in the hand, holds an edge beautifully, and is easy to manage. And that’s why I was so excited when I took a glance in the sale section at Williams Sonoma this morning:
The Wusthof 12″ chef’s knife is a full foot of fabulous disguised as kitchen equipment. With this baby you can handle anything from a roast to a cabbage with aplomb and precision.
Even on sale it’s not cheap, but then again, when you add up what you would spend on replacing a mediocre chef’s knife every few years against what you’ll spend on buying this level of quality once, it really is a savings.
And speaking of savings, they really are tremendous right now. This baby usually sells for a cool $500.00. Right now, though, at Williams Sonoma, the price has been slashed to just $399.95. What’s more, if you spend $299.00 worth on Wusthof Classic Cutlery, you’ll get a free in-drawer, seven-slot beechwood insert to hold your knives safely for free ($19.95 retail value, see site for details).
I don’t know about you, but I think this handsome knife would be the perfect first denizen of that insert.]]>