Can you believe Christmas is just six weeks away! Have you begun your holiday shopping yet? If not, don’t worry! The entire Divas And Dorks team has scoured stores and the internet to find the best holiday gifts (so you don’t have to!) We’ve searched high and low for the best Christmas gifts of the year for practically anyone on your holiday list. Looking for a nice gift for that special man in your life? We’ve got you covered! Not quite sure what to buy for the office exchange? We’ve got all the gift ideas you’ll ever need this season!
We’ve got our biggest holiday gift guide EVER! Filled with 12 huge pages of tablets, wearables, smartphones, holiday fashions, beauty and more!
Make sure to log on to DivasandDorks.com, starting Thursday, November 20th - as we’ll unveil the best in unique and stylish gifts for any budget plus a chance to win some of the featured technology, fashion and more from The BIG Holiday Gift Guide below.
Page 1. Holiday Tech Guide for Parents
Page 2. Gaming Guide for Kids Of All Ages
Page 3. Smartphone gifts for Everyone on Your List
Page 4. Double Duty Tablet gifts That Pack A Productive Punch
Page 6. Household Gadgets At Any Budget For The Entire Home
Page 7. Quirky Holiday Gifts For The Oddball In Your Life
Page 8. Stylish and Tech Savvy: Gifts for Him
Page 9. Stylish and Tech Savvy: Gifts for Her
Page 10. Sentimental Gifts Perfect for Grandparents
Page 11. Gifts for the Office Holiday/ Gift Exchange Party
Page 12. Easily Accessible Last minute gifts under $50
Did we mention that you should probably check back everyday? We’ll be sprinkling in some unbelievable holiday prizes for you to keep (or giveaway) this season (Hint: Remember Diva Days Of Christmas prizes of yesteryear? We’re upping the ante and will be bringing you bigger and better prizes unlike anything we’ve ever done before! You won’t want to miss out!) Starting Thursday, November 20th make sure you check back daily for your chance to win!
Who’s been naughty or nice on your Christmas list? Need help finding the perfect gift this season? Tweet us “Hey @DivasandDorks I need your help finding the perfect gift! #BigGiftGuide” for personalized help finding the right gift this year!
Can you believe that one of the biggest shopping days of the year is just around the corner? If you hate the long lines, aggressive shoppers and overall Black Friday shopping experience why not get a jump on your holiday gift list and save money in the process instead? Join savvy customers in the know for the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this weekend!
I have plenty of gadgets on my gift list for family and friends this season and I’m excited about the chance to get some major gifts scratched off my gifting list at the Best Buy Holiday Shopping event this Saturday! On Saturday, November 8th from 1pm – 4pm Best Buy customers can preview and shop the Holiday Collection from the biggest brands including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and Sony. There will even be specialized experts on hand in-store to answer all of your questions and help you find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list this year!
Find holiday deals on the hottest gifts and get a few special treats for yourself including:
• Get a $100 Best Buy gift card when you buy any Apple® MacBook Air 1,2
• Get a $50 Best Buy gift card when you buy the new Apple iPad Air 2 or iPad Air 1,2
• Purchase a 55-inch Samsung UN55H6350AFXZA HD TV (SKU 4323009) for only $799.99
• Save $200 when you buy a Sony XBR55X850B 4K UHD TV (SKU 5005006) with a Sony PlayStation 4.
• Select PlayStation 4 games on sale for $24.992 (regularly $39.99)
• Get free Geek Squad Smart Device Online Setup (valued at $49.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection for Xbox One or PlayStation 4.
• Get free Geek Squad Virtual Smart TV Set Up (valued at $149.99) with the purchase of Geek Squad Protection.
• Get 20% off Geek Squad Protection with the purchase any Geek Squad TV Installation service.
One day offers in stores only (not valid on-line)
Are you looking forward to saving big on your holiday shopping this year? Which of the amazing Best Buy Holiday Shopping event deals are you looking forward to taking advantage of this Saturday? Share what’s hot on your holiday shopping list below!
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Christmas, Chanukah, Chinese New Year…Best Buy not only has the latest in gaming, electronics and accessories – but also a wide variety of Best Buy eGift cards celebrating the holidays (no matter which holiday you celebrate.)
Best Buy eGift cards come in practically any denomination that you want to send & it’s the perfect way to send joy and happiness this holiday season!
Best Buy supports events which they believe are of importance to employees, customers, and communities. The upcoming Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year is one of those important celebrations. For Asians all around the world, including Asian-Americans, Lunar New Year not only celebrates the beginning of the year but also the ending of winter and the anticipated arrival of spring. It is one of the most important holidays celebrated in countries such as China, Tibet, Korea, and Vietnam.
This upcoming year, Lunar New Year, which is based on the phases of the moon, falls on January 31st 2014 of our Gregorian calendar. Best Buy is helping celebrate the event with an Asian-inspired eGiftcard, available for purchase or gifting from BestBuy.com.
Don’t miss your chance. Give it to win it. Daily gift card prizes up to $10,000. Buy any Best Buy gift card, $25 & up, then enter for your chance to win.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
Are you feeling the stress that the holiday brings? Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you — and many things that you do yourself — put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. According to the American Heart Association, you can utilize positive self-talk or daily relaxation to cope with stressful situations or you could put these 5 apps to combat holiday stress to the test.
Headspace: Try the site’s guided-mindfulnes meditation sessions on the go, for relaxation sessions that are quicker than your average cab ride.
Cleveland Clinic Stress Meditations: Manage stress though any of the eight techniques in the is Wellness Institute – designed program.
Stress Check: Measure your immediate stress levels and track them over time, learning novel ways to cope in the process.
iSleep Easy: Deep breathing leads to deep sleeping with this app, a meditation-based substitute for sleeping pills.
Yogic Breath: Tap into pranayama, or yogic breathing, with easy instruction in a selection of breathing techniques.
Stress is always going to be apart of life, but it’s your reaction to stress that counts. These apps offer a great alternative to wrecking your holiday plans and ruining holiday memories this season. Do you have games or favorite apps that help you combat holiday stress? If so, share your favorite apps below.
Last week, I got a behind the scenes look at the WIRED Holiday Store in New York City for the latest in all things tech on wish lists everywhere. Check out just a few of the hot items found in this behind the scenes look at the 2013 WIRED holiday store below.
You still have time to check out the WIRED Holiday Store located on 14th Street at 9th Avenue until December 22nd. Stay up-to-date with the latest in WIRED events and promotion via #WiredStore or @WiredInsider on Twitter.
Want more details on the items explored? Check out more from the WIRED Holiday Store below.
- Bring music to your shower like never before with the new Moxie® showerhead + wireless speaker. Pair music, news and more to the magnetic wireless speaker. Then pop the speaker into the showerhead and get ready to shower out loud with the crisp, clean sound. Learn more at KOHLER.com/Moxie.
- Nest “Learning Thermostat” is a revolutionary tool that remembers your ideal temperature and can help you save up to 20% on heating and cooling costs by turning itself down when you’re away and offering control features from anywhere by using a phone, tablet, or computer.
- Fitbit’s “Force” is wearable wrist technology that measures your daily activity—steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, stairs climbed, active minutes, and hours slept – with the added bonus of measuring your progress over time on a computer or smartphone.
- Olloclip’s 4-in-1 Photo Lens offers 4 advanced lenses for stunning photos and video that can easily clip onto an iPhone or iPod touch, and is compatible with all your favorite apps.
- Designed for anyone who uses an iPhone to take photos and video, this superior telephoto lens delivers 2x optical magnification so you can get twice as close to what you’re photographing. The Circular Polarizing Lens (included) helps reduce reflections and makes colors truer to life.
- Powered by PrimaLoft® synthetic technology, our new ThermoBall™ jacket features down-like clusters that trap heat and retain warmth, even when wet. Ultralight and highly compressible, ThermoBall easily packs away and won’t weigh you down in the backcountry.
- Unleash the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create & command robots to do anything you can imagine. Use the 3D building instructions to create multiple models & bring them to life with an icon-based programming interface. Take on ready-made missions or download the free app using your smart device.
- OUYA is out-of-the-box fun for people who just want to game. It’s fast, sleek, and as easy on the wallet as it is to set up. With 500+ games you can try before you buy—and more every day—OUYA is where gaming is going. Exclusively for WIRED fans, receive a $10 FREE game credit with your order.
- Complete with carbon nano-hybrid composite, hydroformed aluminum, carbon-fiber hood and more, WIRED Magazine reported that in the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, “it all comes together in driving nirvana.”
Disclosure: I received compensation and information about dark chocolate from The Hershey Company. All opinions expressed within are my own.
There’s something downright magical that happens when you pair two unassuming opposites together to form something absolutely amazing! (No, I’m not talking about Divas And Dorks… I’m actually talking about HERSHEY’S dark chocolate treats!)
Looking for a little holiday pick me up? I really enjoy the rich savory taste of HERSHEY’S dark chocolate. Lucky for me, I can find all the chocolate I need at any given time at my local Duane Reade store. Duane Reade has convenient locations and I always have quick in and out shopping experiences with no long lines, and a great selection of portion-friendly dark chocolate treats – perfect for on-the-go, busy lifestyle.
After discovering the sweet savory treat a few weeks ago, it didn’t take me long to visit Duane Reade for some of my favorite dark chocolate treats. One bite of HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand SPECIAL DARK Chocolate is an instant chocolate treat that you’ll definitely want to enjoy while surviving the holiday season. I absolutely love that Duane Reade has a great selection of dark chocolate to fit any occasion, like HERSHEY’S BLISS Dark Chocolate and HERSHEY’S KISSES Brand SPECIAL DARK Chocolate. Discover your favorite Hershey chocolates at your local Duane Reade store today!
Check out my entire Duane Reade shopping experience as I explore my favorite chocolate aisle in NYC below…
After snatching up several bags of my favorite chocolate treats from Duane Reade, I am ready to enjoy my holiday moments my way, every day. Discover how you can survive the chaos of the holidays with sweet treats of your own by visiting themoderationnation.com and DuaneReade.com.
Shop For Good: Try Gifting for a Cause This Holiday Season
Combining your holiday giving and charitable kindness; what a wonderful thing. Support a charitable cause and also gift to the one you love with (RED).org. The organization helps bring awareness and lifesaving treatments for the fight against Aids in Africa. The anti-retroviral medications are helping to combat and manage the disease helping millions of women and children live a long and healthy life.
The (RED) Manifesto
Every Generation is known for something.
Let’s be the one to deliver an AIDS FREE GENERATION.
How does this work?
“When you buy (RED) from the world’s most iconic brands, they donate up to 50% of the proceeds to fight AIDS. We’re at a tipping point in the fight – with action and urgency, it’s possible for the world to end the transmission of HIV from moms to their babies.” (red.org)
Beats by Dr. Dre contributes $5 from each Solo HD (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition headphones to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The Beats by Dre mission is to provide a superior end-to-end music experience – with headphones, speakers, devices and services – so fans feel the emotion and hear the music the way artists intended it to sound from the studio
Starbucks is one of the key supporters of the Product (RED) campaign to raise funds to help those living HIV and AIDS in Africa, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The coffee company began a partnership with (RED) in 2008 with the concept, “Your handcrafted beverage an agent of change”. The Starbucks campaign includes donations from proceeds of handcrafted drinks, coffee cards, specially designed mugs and tumblers.
Mophie powerstation (PRODUCT) RED is reliable power, capable of quickly charging virtually any USB device in the world, including the iPad and other power-hungry tablets with ease.
With well known and popular brands like Apple, Starbucks, Morphie, Theory, and beats by dr. dre, you are bound to find that perfect gift.
So, gift someone you love and tell them how this gift will also help those in need.
If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then baubles should definitely be on every girl’s holiday list this season. With so many options, how do you determine which accessories are right for the loved ones on your lists? Check out a few of my favorite holiday baubles for any gift giving budget below.
Got a plain looking outfit? Spice it up with the latest accessories from 8 Other Reasons like the Loaded Earrings. They’re lightweight, multicolored, and super fun!
The Crystal Croc necklace is a bold statement piece to add to a simple look. This necklace features a neck-wide crocodile made from silver and rhinestones with black stone eyes and a chain necklace.
Boy Meets Girl x Roman Luxe ‘Funky’ Black Python Wrap Ring ($75)
Fresh from NY Fashion Week, this ring was inspired by the ‘Funky’ avatar from the latest installment of the ‘Just Dance’ video game franchise.
The Boy Meets Girl by Roman Luxe gold and crystal triangles double finger ring – delivering maximum sparkle to your lovely hand. This on-trend sparkler is just the thing to dress up a casual look, or accessorize a more formal one.
This Sterling Silver Rhodium 18K Gunmetal is a perfect Necklace for that “Rock and Roll” girl.
These Swarovski crystal-encrusted earrings with vivid starbursts. Post closure.
Made in the USA.
Length: 3.5in / 9cm
It’s so hard to please a techie with tech products. They know it all and seen it all. So if you want to impress them with some awesome tech gifts you got to go big. Well we can help you with that. Here are 3 innovative gift ideas for a techie that we love.
(Big Spender) Samsung 8000 Series Smart TV
You are winning if you gift your techie with this smart TV. The 65” LED smart TV has all the bells and whistle you expect from Samsung, including searching for TV shows and movies, connections with Netflix/Blockbuster, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Pandora, and social media updates through web services like Twitter and Facebook. But what really set this smart TV apart from the rest are the features to chat with friends, apps, and interactive TV content. With full HD 1080p display you can watch 2D and 3D quality content using 3D glasses to “immerse yourself in the picture.” But this is what your techie will love – the Smart Touch Remote with a built-in microphone and gesture control. Use your voice and gestures to control key features on the TV. Oh, and the remote control has facial recognition to log you into the smart hub. Your techie is going to geek out!
(Modest Gifter) TrakDot
Travel much? Then you should have this. Make sure your valuables never get lost while traveling with this handy little tracker. The Trakdot system, which includes a small sensor placed in your luggage and an app loaded on your smartphone that tracks the location of your luggage throughout your travels. The Trakdot sends to your smartphone text messages reporting the position of your luggage, so you know exactly where your items are at all times.
“Trakdot™ employs newly patented mirco-electronics and ground-based cellular telephone technologies to track and report its position on the ground even while inside metal containers, such as cars, hardened suitcases, and parked aircraft.”
The service can be linked to several smartphones.
Trakdot luggage Sensor $59.99
One-Time Activation $8.99
Annual Service Fee $12.99
(Budget Baby) Window Solar Charger
Save energy and use a solar panel to charge your phone. The Window Solar Charger charges mobile phones and MP3 players at home, in the office, or in your car – just stick the charger to a window facing the sun and the solar panel will soak up those rays.
Colors: silver, black, and green
Exercise Your Technology – Three Gift Ideas for the Athlete in Your Life
What’s the perfect stocking stuffer for an avid swimmer or runner? What do you get someone who workouts everyday with a vengeance? You gift them something cool so they can look good and something that’s performance driven so they can track their athletic progress. Here are a few gift ideas for the athlete in your life to keep in mind:
Music and exercise go hand and hand, but for swimmers it just got awesome. Neptune is a waterproof MP3 player that provides the highest quality sound in the water without the use of ear buds. Neptune uses revolutionary Bone Conduction audio transmission to transmit crystal clear audio through the cheekbone directly into the inner ear.
With 4GB of storage, aquatic athletes can listen to music, audio books, podcasts and more, all with incredible sound. The included charging cable also allows for quick song upload to the device. The 3-piece design has 2 side speakers and a high contrast OLED screen that sits comfortably on the back of the head. The screen shows the song, artist and play status for each use. Neptune attaches securely to Google straps and rests on the cheekbones as to not interfere with swimming technique. (Cost: $159.99)
Train like a professional. Touted as the ultimate electro muscle stimulator, the Compex Wireless Muscle Stimulator helps athletes reach ultimate performance and a better competitive edge. Using electrode placement it helps with training, injury prevention, and recovery and treating pain. Working wirelessly it tracks your progress and specifications by sport and body zone conveniently and available online. (Cost: $1,400.00)
Nike said, “It doesn’t just tell time. The Nike+ SportWatch GPS keeps you motivated and on track with unique features like automatic run-reminders. It’s like having your own personal running coach, right on your wrist.” The sport watch keeps track of your location, pace, distance, laps, and calories burned. It also keeps track of your heart rate – something smartphone apps can’t do. (Cost: $119.00 – $139.99)