Saks Fifth Ave has some brilliant deals on goodies to deck next year’s hall. Ornaments by designers like Christopher Radko
, Kurt Adler Polonaise
, Michael Storrings for Landmark Creations
, and even Versace
are being blown out at prices that will allow you to play Santa for your nearest and dearest. Twistie’s pick? This:
This is the Sultana Egg ornament by Jay Strongwater. It’s made of mouthblown glass painted with brilliant metallic colors and studded with tiny jewels. Gorgeous. The regular price is $140.00, and I think it’s worth that. Still, I’d rather pay the sale price of just $56.00.
Of course Saks isn’t the only place offering ornaments for next year at great prices, and some nice ornaments aren’t made my famous designers.
These charming tree-shaped woven wire lights may not have a designer name to them, but they’ll still add to the festivity of your home next year. Each string has ten lights placed 10″ apart and is UL listed for safety.
As for the price, well, they started out at $29.95, but they can be yours from Wrapables.com for just $19.99.
And we all know that Christmas ornaments don’t need to be in the shapes of Christmas items. They can be shaped like famous buildings, flowers, and all sorts of things. How about one shaped like a beloved pet?
This little cutie is a Norwitch Terrier, but there are other breeds available from Joy to the World Collectibles at Nordstrom, including goodies for us cat lovers. Made of beautifully painted glass, you can feel good not just about the look, but also from the fact that Joy to the World donates 10% of their annual profits to the Morris Animal Foundation.
Besides, it’s on a great sale! Regularly priced at $38.00, it’s been marked down to a mere $24.90.
Whatever holiday you celebrate, I hope it has been a happy one this year, and that your savings were merry and bright.]]>
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.]]>
You can always give them the gift of a great monument without flying them to another country to see it.
Whether you’re buying for someone into alternate spiritual concepts or simply a fan of Spinal Tap, this miniature Stonehenge is sure to please.
Originally priced at $75.00 for a set of three, it’s been reduced at VivaTerra to a thrifty $29.00. At that price, it’s practically a stocking stuffer.
Or you could give a great Christmas ornament…in a motif not precisely standard for Christmas:
Even someone who doesn’t have a tree could find a place to display this gorgeous mouth blown, hand painted snapdragon ornament from the New York Botanical Garden Gift Shop.
As for the price, well, it’s normally $48.00, but this weekend only it’s half off with the sale code 50Holiday.
I know this one doesn’t look like much. It wouldn’t in the light. This is more for fun in the dark. Not that kind of fun, you naughty people! Get your minds out the the gutter. This is a family blog.
You see, this is the Can You Imagine Jumbo Light Doodler with white LED lights. Just turn it on in a dark room and have fun making patterns. You can even set it up for musical cues with the sound activation switch. It’s just the thing for the person who has nearly everything.
Better yet, it’s on sale. The usual price at QVC.com is $28.25, but they’re giving the great deal of just $16.39 right now.]]>
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.]]>
First up from Nordstrom is the Cloud Nine space dyed beret
It’s warm and pretty and comes in four attractive colors. Originally priced at $28.00, it’s been marked down to just $17.90! At that price you can get one for everyone on your holiday gift list.
While you’re at it, don’t forget the matching scarf
. It’s just $27.90, marked down from $42.00.
Oh, and keep in mind that for a limited time orders over $100.00 ship free from Nordstrom with promo code HOLIDAY09.
These luscious slippers are made of gold dupioni eco-silk with an organic cotton lining. They even come with a matching eco-silk bag with a coconut button. I think they prove categorically that eco-friendly doesn’t have to be frumpy!
If you agree with me, head on over to VivaTerra and snag a pair. The slippers and the bag combined were originally priced at $69.00, which was also wallet-friendly. Right now, though, they’re marked down to just $49.00.
Even when you’re broke, you need a coat when the chill hits the air. And with the half off outerwear sale at Old Navy, even those of us with just one penny to rub together can afford to get one. My choice? This adorable wool-blend, double-breasted swing coat.
With its cozy funnel collar and range of sizes (comes in regular, tall, and petite sizes XS – XXL) chances are you can find a way to keep warm in this one.
Best of all, it’s on that great half off sale I mentioned. The regular price is $69.50, which is a steal as coats go, but right now it’s just $34.50! A decent winter coat for less than fifty bucks? That’s unheard of…only you heard about it here first.]]>
To get the best out of a vase, though, you need a particularly nice one. The good news is that this needn’t break your bank – not even the piggy one!
Don’t believe me? How about a few examples.
The first one comes from Bellacor. One look at the pretty stripes and charming shape made me want to gaze at it in perpetuity.
So very pretty. It stands some 18″ high, so it will look quite impressive on its own. This is a good thing because it’s designed to be used with only dry displays. Remember those feathers I was talking about? This would be a wonderful place for them.
This is also a case of a tremendous bang for your buck. The retail price is a $80.00, which is quite a nice price for something that will look so handsome in your home. But why pay retail when you can get a deal? Bellacor usually carries it for a thrifty $68.00, but right now – if you hurry – you can get it for the basement bargain price of just $28.00!
Or you may want something a bit more light-hearted in basic appearance. How about these?
How charming is that? Two pretty tropical fishes that will hold a pretty bud or two each. They are both mouth-blown borosilicate. But that’s not the important thing. The important thing is that they used to cost $45.00 at Viva Terra, but have been marked down to just $18.00 for the pair!
At that price, why not buy an entire school? It would show no end of class.
Of course if you’re looking for a classy accent for your home, you could do a lot worse than choose a lovely vase from Lenox.
How pretty is that? With it’s dramatic band and vine design in green on white frosted glass, it’s a gorgeous addition to any home, but it won’t upstage your flowers. It would also make a wonderful wedding, birthday, graduation, or anniversary gift…but you might want to get one for yourself while you’re at it. After all, the suggested retail price is $58.00, which is quite reasonable, but if you buy it right now from Macy’s, you can get it for a mere $39.95.
As I said, get one for yourself, too. You won’t regret it.]]>
For instance, that pesky question of how to store your delicates en route. I don’t recall my father and brothers discussing that matter when preparing to go to Scout camp back in the day. Tent stakes, yes. Silky undies…not so much.
Luckily enough, we have other resources than the Boy Scout manual to draw on for our needs. We have places like Wrapables.com.
See, they have this practical and attractive set by MaggiB for handling your undies and for pampering yourself en route. The set includes: an 11″ x 13″ pouch for your lingerie, and a second pouch containing a pair of slippers (for shoe sizes up to 8.5), and an eyeshades, all in a matching satin brocade in your choice of black (shown) or mint. Just slip one pouch into your luggage and the other into your carry on, and go, all for just $16.99 (regular price $34.95).
One thing that always makes travel more difficult is identifying one’s luggage if it has been out of one’s hands during transit. So many suitcases look alike, it’s easy to wind up with the wrong bag and thus the wrong belongings.
After all, I once read the cautionary tale of a woman who was traveling by air to do a film with Andy Warhol. She packed her costume and wig into a black briefcase and checked it in when she boarded the plane. On arrival, she grabbed her black briefcase and headed to the hotel…whereupon she opened up the briefcase and discovered that it contained a man’s white dress shirt and two pairs of boxer shorts. She said she often wondered what that poor businessman thought when he opened up her briefcase to find a silver minidress, silver wig, and go go boots.
Do not let this happen to you.
Instead, consider getting a really distinctive luggage tag like this one by Toss. The leopard print will catch your eye as soon as your bag arrives on the carousel, the sturdy trim around the edges will keep it handsome and in good repair for dozens of trips, and the window is sized to hold a business card perfectly.
And then there’s the bit where it’s on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue for just $14.90 (regular price $25.00).
Of course, one reason to get away from it all is so that you can relax. That doesn’t mean you can’t pack a little insurance.
This is the Collective Calm Collection by Origins. In the set, you’ll get 6.7 oz of Body Souffle, 3.4 oz of Body Smoother, and 3.4 oz of Body Cleanser all in a relaxing lavender and vanilla scent along with a matching bath mitt. The retail value of this spa in a bag is $54.50, but you can get it from Beauty.com for just $42.50.
And what is a vacation without a good book? Don’t answer that, just head to Amazon and take a glance at some of the great deals they have on equally great summer reading.
If you’re one of the few people who hasn’t read Kitchen Confidential, now is a great time to change that sad deficiency. This no-holds-barred look at the goings on in restaurant kitchens is by turns hilarious, horrifying, and generally outrageous. From tales of drug-fueled chefs, to patrons gone wild, to the reason why you should never, ever order fish on a monday, you’ll learn more than you ever would have thought to ask about the world of professional cooking, all told in a breezy yet crude style that rings true on every page.
In short, it’s perfect summer travel reading: fun, engaging, but easy to put down and pick up again should something more interesting come along.
Oh, and it’s on sale, too. The regular price is $15.95, but you can get it from Amazon for $10.85.
Wherever you go this summer, have safe, fun, and superfantastic travels!]]>
And, of course, I can’t help thinking about bargains, too. Here are the few of the bunny bargains I’ve found for your shopping pleasure.
We start our journey at Cooking.com, where I found this adorable
Chef’n Grabbit Salt Grinder, complete with lovely long bunny ears.
How cute is that? Not to mention practical. Oh, and it also comes in a pepper grinder version. They normally sell for $24.95 each, but right now at Cooking.com you can get them for $17.99 apiece.
If you’re looking for a fun springtime touch for your table when company comes over, you might consider this delightful covered vegetable dish from Fitz and Floyd
in the Florentina pattern. It’s hand painted right down to the bunny on the lid. Hand wash to keep it nice for years to come.
The regular price may be $90.00, but it can be yours right now for just $45.00. Oh, and if you order $75.00 or more from Fitz & Floyd right now, you can get free shipping! See site for details.
When I was a child, I had a very special thing: my own place setting of dishes. My mother would pull it out for me to eat from on my birthday and on other special days through the year. I loved it. I particularly loved the bunnies on it. This isn’t quite the same set, but you can’t go far wrong with either Wedgewood or Peter Rabbit.
Combine the two, and there’s just no denying the superfantasticness. This beautiful set by Wedgewood includes both quotes and original illustrations from the Beatrix Potter classic. Included are a mug, a bowl, and a plate, all perfectly sized for a child. Then again, you could use it for display or eat dainty carrot-flavored nibbles off the plate.
The set usually costs $35.00, but is on sale at One Day Sale at macys.com! Offer Valid 07-Apr-2009 through 08-Apr-2009.right now for just $24.50.]]>
In honor of the event, I’m celebrating fruit in today’s column.
One of my all-time favorite fruits has to be apricots. They’re the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and I adore the texture of them as much as the aroma and the flavor. Imagine smelling like apricots and cream.
You can do just that with this apricots & cream bath set by Philosophy. You’ll get a 24 oz bottle of shampoo, shower gel, and bubble bath, a 24 oz bottle of body lotion, and a 0.5 oz flavored lip shine. Delicious and clean. I like!
I also like the price. The retail value is $67.00. But you’re going to race over to QVC.com to get it. Their regular price is a thrifty $52.50, but right now you can get the superfantastic introductory price of just $48.06. Again, delicious.
Many of us like to show some sign of the season before you come into our homes. One way to do that is to get this cheerful coconut fiber doormat, painted with fade-resistant inks.
It would put a smile on my face to see this outside my door every morning when I go out to get the mail. Apples, cherries, pears, oranges, lemons, strawberries…I smile just thinking about the abundance of nature.
Another thing that makes me smile is the price tag! It was originally $32.95, which is a pretty decent price for a good, long-lasting doormat. Now, though, it’s on sale at Wrapables.com for just $19.99! I call that a small price to pay for that many smiles.
Speaking of putting smiles on faces, I dare you to look at this Watermelon Platter from Cooking.com and not smile.
There’s a close-up photograph of delicious sliced watermelon fused into a 12″ square glass platter. What could be more perfect for a summer barbeque or graduation party?
Oh, and if you know a friend who needs one of these, you won’t even need to hesitate before ordering one for each of you. The price used to be $39.95, which was a great deal. On the other hand, the current price of $29.99 is even better.
Sometimes you don’t need the thing you buy to do anything at all. Sometimes it’s enough for it to be pretty. If that’s what you’re looking for, take a glance at this decorative nickel pear ornament from the New York Botanical Gardens Gift Shop.
At 9¼” H x 9 2/3″ W x 5¼” D, it’s a great piece to add a graceful touch to a mantelpiece or china cabinet, or even a coffee table.
At the original price of $88.00, it made a nice dream, but now that the price has been slashed to just $22.00, that dream is completely attainable.]]>
There are a lot of statement totes out there if you’re willing to spend hundreds of dollars on them, but let’s not kid ourselves. Totes are not staples, they are short-term trends. If you want one, it’s best to find a budget model that merely looks like you spent hundreds on it.
So how should you spend your tote dollars? I have a couple suggestions right here.
For starters, you could do a heck of a lot worse than this fuchsia quilted faux leather tote.
Between the bright color, the quilted material, and the convenient zipper closure for security, it’s a great choice for a warm weather carryall. On top of all the style, the price is definitely right.
You see, it started out at $82.99, which isn’t bad. It’s better now, though, at just $40.99 at <Amazon.com. Now that’s the sort of price I want to pay for a tote!
Of course, there’s nothing like a classic canvas tote for long-term usability
This one is from Gap.com and it’s perfect whether you’re headed out to lunch or off to the beach with its leather trim, including the sassy tassel. It’s even big enough to fit your laptop in case you want to write the Great American Novel at your local coffee house.
Even better than the clean, classic look is the classic price. Originally priced at $49.50, it’s now marked down to a mere $29.99. Now that’s what I call budget friendly!
Then again, not all of us are classic girls. Some women want something a tad more Bohemian in style and socially responsible. Not to worry, I’ve got you covered, too.
Not only is this unique bag sure to catch peoples’ eyes in the streets, it’s also doing good for the world. They’re made by hand by Nepalese and Tibetan natives using natural dyes. This provides crucial income for the people making them while providing you with a one-of-a-kind accessory.
So who brings this wonder to your door? Why, VivaTerra, of course. As for the price, it used to be $69.00, but has been marked down to just $34.00!
One of the great things about tote bags is that they can be a touch on the outrageous side. If you need to carry a lot of stuff and are dressing down a bit, this Hurley canvas Poppy tote just might be the ticket for you.
Hurley – Large Canvas Poppy Tote (Blue) – Bags and Luggage
Between the bright stripes and the clever rope handles, this is a great bag for busy but casual days.
Speaking of casual, the price is low enough to make this an entirely casual purchase, too. It was originally priced at a thrifty $38.00, but now it’s an absolute steal at a mere $22.23 at 6 pm
Tote up the savings and you’ll agree that you need a great tote this spring.