This year’s gift guide is a mash up of wonderfully creative products which make shopping so much fun.
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John Legend’s new CD, A Legendary Christmas, features Kelly Clarkson on the remake, ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” The popular vocalist brings his A-game on his holiday gift to his fans.
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The spirit and sound of the iconic angelic voice of Diana Ross rings bright again this holiday season with the vinyl reissue of her classic Wonderful Christmas Time. The 20-track collection is available for the first time in two physical configurations, a standard black 2LP, a limited-edition translucent red 2LP. Wonderful Christmas Time is also available on CD and all major digital platforms from Ross Records/UMe.
“There are so many things I love about the holiday season,” Ms. Ross shares in the album’s liner notes. “Decorating the tree with the family, the lights, the mistletoe, having family and friends and lots of kids around with the sound of their laughter and the feeling of joy and fun … It’s a happy, happy time.”
The album features covers of standards, from “Sleigh Ride” to “White Christmas,” to more recent season favorites from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” to Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed.” Ms. Ross is also accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra on five stunning recordings: “Sleigh Ride / Jingle Bells,” “O Little Town Of Bethlehem,” “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” “The First Noël,” and “I Heard The Bells.”
Wonderful Christmas Time was personally curated by executive producer, Ms. Ross.
Just in time for the holiday season, Take My Face Off has a Poinsettia Gift set
comprised of Makeup Mittys and Minis that are “better for the environment’ and are cute as well as useful! www.takemyfaceoff.com
Inspired by the provocative true story about a crew of former strip club employees who turn the tables on their greedy Wall Street clients, HUSTLERS arrives on Digital November 26, 2019 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray TM, DVD and On Demand December 10, 2019 from STXfilms and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The bold and gritty narrative is led by Constance Wu and Jennifer Lopez and features an all-star supporting cast, which includes Cardi B and KeKe Palmer. HUSTLERS follows Destiny (Wu) a young stripper struggling to make ends meet. That is, until she meets Ramona (Lopez), the club’s savvy top earner, who shows her the way toward making big bucks. But when the 2008 economic collapse hits their Wall Street clientele hard, Destiny and Ramona concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players. Visit www.universalhomevideo.com.
Unique scents that make sense. Demeter Fragrance fragrance offers over 300 fragrances created to make fragrance fun, including Kitten Fur, Salt Air, Ocean, Elvira, Churros, Christmas Tree, Mistletoe, and many many more! https://demeterfragrance.com.
And what’s a day without coffee? Holland Valley Coffee is the necessary indulgence of CEO Sean Holland and COO Tony Hansen. Their highly select
offerings are the embodiments of their coffee philosophies – profiles in the unique and rare, the rich and bold, and the extra- caffeinated. www.hollandvalleycoffee.com.
Real dolls rule, especially since Barbie made wise choice by adding Sally Ride and Rosa Parks to
their Inspiring Women series which includes Frida Kahlo, Katherine Johnson and Amelia Earhart. www.instagram.com/Barbie
Mickey and Minnie Mouse get their shine as BedHead Pajamas recently unveiled a Disney collection, which includes classic women’s PJ sets, a shorty PJ Set and a crew & jogger set. Visit https://bedheadpjs.com/collections/disney-colle
Are you health conscious? Hamptons Salt is a great alternative to refined or processed salts and they contain no potentially unhealthy additives like anti-caking agents. Each salt has a unique taste profile based on the sea from where it originated, making these raw, smoked and flavor infused salts a unique component to dishes and a favorite among foodies and professional chefs. Available in 29 different varieties, there is a flavor of Hamptons Salt to suit everyone’s taste buds – from raw salts to the unique tastes of flavor infused salts, which run the gamut from tangy Lime to the super spicy Ghost Pepper to the sweet Vanilla bean or the ultra-decadent Black Truffle salt, fans include Swizz Beatz and other tastemakers. Available at www.HamptonsSalt.com.
Big G Creative has games that will keep you from being “bored.” Carpool Karaoke Game is inspired by The Late Late Show with James Corden’s hilarious car ride sing-alongs with famous celebrities. And game night just got saxier! Keepin’ It Saxy, a board game for ages 12+, is a cooperative board game (and a great party game) where players work together and use the power of jazz to keep Kenny G in the groove. Available at www.target.com.
Gabrielle Union’s NY&Co. line offers styles that are cool, fly and dope! The collection includes a range of dresses, tops, bottoms, denim, outerwear and accessories. www.nyandcompany.com
Everybody loves makeup and RoseArt/Mattel launched a new line of DIY makeup kits called BeYouTology, which appeals to tween girls who love watching DIY
makeup and craft channels on YouTube. these kits encourage girls to get creative and play with color as they mix and blend their own personalized makeup. Available at https://www.target.com/p/beyoutology-create-your-own-luxe-cosmetic-bar-kit/-/A-76153798
Celebrated humanitarian, civic leader and recording artist Trae The Truth has jumped into the toy manufacturing business. He is the co-owner of an educational, English and Spanish speaking line of teddy bears called Cubby Love Bears. The innovative toy teaches kids words and phrases in both languages simultaneously through a simple click of the bear’s paw. Just in
time for the holiday season, creator and co-owner Tameka Maiden and Trae are announcing that Cubby Love Bears will introduce the Zoli Tablet & Smart Phone Holder. The innovative product can cradle a tablet or phone in both portrait and landscape mode, allowing kids to watch their favorite shows, YouTube channels and apps hands-free. “Zoli” grasps phones and tablets, keeping them steady so that the child can enjoy watching movies on his or her favorite device. https://cubbylovebears.com/store/
Mr. Cory’s Cookies is a tasty company formed by teen entrepreneur Mr. Cory, who has been seen such major TV shows as Ellen. What started off as a small dream has turned into a big business, especially since he has customers loving his assortment of treats. Visit www.mrcoryscookies.com.
We hear a lot about this elected official but who is she? AOC: Fighter, Phenom, Changemaker
by Jezebel, Cosmopolitan and Salon contributor Prachi Gupta is a celebratory biography of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (aka “AOC”), the youngest congresswoman in United States history, detailing not only her life but the movement she inspired. Available at www.workman.com.
REPRESENT: The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World by June Diane Raphael, star of Grace & Frankie (Netflix) and co-host of the popular How Did this Get Made? podcast and Kate Black, former chief of staff at EMILY’s List, is an energetic, interactive, and inspiring step-by-step guide that shows readers how to run for the approximately 500,000 elected offices in the US. Hailed as a “a wonderful resource for women as they think about taking the leap” by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Represent covers everything from the nuts and bolts of where to run, fundraising, and filing deadlines to issues like balancing family and campaigning, managing social media, and how running for office can work in your real life, plus infographics and profiles—including wisdom and advice—of various female politicians such as Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi, Lisa Murkowski, and Ayanna Pressley. Available at www.workman.com.
The incomparable, multi-platinum, multiple Grammy award-winning global superstar Mariah Carey (the best-selling female artist of all time with 18 Hot 100 #1 hits) releases Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition).
The legendary icon commemorates the 25th anniversary of her landmark holiday album—Merry Christmas—with a definitive two-disc set, wrapping it up with previously unreleased recordings, bonus material, and new packaging. Physical albums and merch from the official artist store also ship today. Merry Christmas (Deluxe Anniversary Edition) is now available everywhere in stores, online, and at all streaming platforms!
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