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Indulge 2009 Gift Guide: Everything Under $50

Dear Indulge readers,

Happy holidays! I had a big “indulgent” gift guide ready to go, but then I got a funny feeling about promoting a list filled with expensive items after such a poor economic year.

These days more than ever people are lucky to have a job, and the last thing I want to do is put together a gift guide filled with caviar face cream and cashmere pashminas. This year’s gift guide is dedicated to 20 fashion and beauty gifts for men or women that are all under $50, unique in some way and come with an added bonus. I hope this helps you give a great gift without
spending a ton of money! Below is the first half of the list and the second half will be posted on Tuesday along with the name of our prize winner.

Happy shopping!


PS… read to the end and see the awesome gift basket our friends at Glade are giving one lucky winner!

1. Rollable Flats
Why they are unique:
They are black or silver shoes that roll up to fit in your purse or glove compartment anytime you need to switch shoes. These ballet flats will provide you great comfort from those stilettos you thought were such a wonderful idea!
Added bonus: They come with a pink organza storage bag. Use code NOEL15 for 15% off all orders at http://www.goodtobeyou.com/ (through 12/31/09)
Price: $15
Purchase at: http://www.goodtobeyou.com/nefaflrosh.html

2. RIPT Apparel Tee-Shirt
Why they are unique: Each shirt is on the website for 24 hours, then heads to ‘rest in peace’ in the t-shirt graveyard and will not be sold again.
Added bonus: Very few people will own it and there is a great story behind it.
Price: Today's was $10
Purchase at: http://riptapparel.com/

3. Banglz
Why they are unique: Banglz are ½ pound weighted bands that look like trendy bracelets and give the wearer a workout throughout the day.
Added bonus: Mix and match with different stylish interchangeable sleeves. All online orders $50 or more will receive 20% off with the coupon code “CHEERSTOYOU.”
Price: $24.95
Purchase at: https://www.banglz.com/

4. Shower Steamers
Why they are unique:
These mood-buster steamers pack a powerful punch of aromatherapy in any shower.
Added Bonus: Choose from steamers designed to help with a cold, hangover, headache or stress.
Price: $3.95
Purchase at: http://www.catchingfireflies.com/products/mood-buster-shower-steamers.html 5. Shower Spex
Why they are unique: For the man or woman in your life who wears glasses, these bands glide over your shampoo and conditioner bottles and make it easy to identify one from another in the shower.
Added Bonus: They come in a variety of prints and will hopefully ensure hair doesn’t get accidentally washed or conditioned twice!
Price: $9.99
Purchase at http://www.showerspex.com/

6. Twitter ID necklace
Why it is unique:
Get a Twitter name or hash tag made into a sterling silver necklace.
Added Bonus: This a totally customized gift for the tweeter in your life. Also, for $12 you can add a diamond to the necklace.
Price: $49.95 (sterling silver no diamond)
Purchase at: http://survivalofthehippest.com/order.html
7. L’Occitaine Experience VivaBox
Why it is unique: This gift box includes 4 deluxe samples of L’Occitaine creams and 1 gift certificate to get a full size bottle of whatever type of cream ends up being the favorite.
Added bonus: Comes with a bonus shea butter hand cream. Use code viva09 for 10% off through 12/22.
Price: $39.99
Purchase at: http://www.vivaboxusa.com/secure/productdetail.aspx?pr_id=13
8. Return to Beauty
Why it is unique:
This elegant hardcover book by Narine Nikogosian is filled with simple recipes for beauty products and solutions for men and women. I own this book and love how so many of the ingredients are basic products most of us have handy.
Added bonus: There are so many recipes in here it can be used all year without a repeat. A gift that keeps on giving.
Price: $16.50
Purchase at: http://www.amazon.com/Return-Beauty-Old-World-Recipes-Radiant/dp/1439126062

9. iPosture
Why it is unique:
By sensing when a body is slouching, this tiny device it alerts the user with brief vibrations to correct it.
Added bonus: It is on sale for the holidays and made it into our list by a nickel.
Price: $49.95
Purchase at: http://www.iposture.com/
10. Aquabag
Why it is unique: This is an insulated bag that holds a water bottle, but also contains a built in wallet and two side compartments
Added bonus: Coupon Code CAPAQUA2 good for 25% off Aquabags beginning now through 12/31/09
Price: $29.99
Purchase at: http://www.myaquabag.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=28

Giveaway! Courtesy of our friends at Glade (love the holiday collection- see my post) we are giving away this awesome gift basket to one lucky winner! Just email your name and mailing address to JPini@captivate.com I'll announce the winner in round 2 of our holiday gift guide on Tuesday. Contest opens 12/10/09 at 12am EST and closes 12/15/09 at 12am EST. Official rules are below.

It contains:

  • Two Glade Candles from the Holiday Collection, in Apple Cinnamon and Bayberry Spice

  • Bellagio® Gourmet Cocoa Chocolate Truffle, a true liquid chocolate bar

  • Home Classics® Fleece Throw

  • Mineral Bath Soak Stress and Tension by The Village Company, made from natural lemon oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus,

  • A Holiday favorite, 'The Polar Express' DVD

  • Woven Strap Small Shelf Tote, great for both stylish display and storage of accessories

GENERAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR TO WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING. ALL FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS APPLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.2. ELIGIBILITY: Each promotion is open to legal residents of the U.S. (excluding Puerto Rico) and Canada who are 18 years or older at the time of entry unless otherwise stated. Employees of Captivate Network (“Sponsor”), Gannett Co., Inc., and each of their subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies, and the immediate family members of, or any person domiciled with, any such employees are not eligible to enter or win. You are not a winner until you have been notified as a potential winner, your eligibility has been verified, and you have complied with all terms of these rules.3. HOW TO ENTER: [Send an email to JPini@Captivate.com with your name and address where prize can be shipped. Contest opens 12am EST 12/10/2009 and closes 12am EST 12/15/2009] THE FIRST NAME LAST INITIAL AND CITY OF WINNERS WILL BE POSTED ON INDULGE, PERMISSION IS GRANTED BY THE WINNERS BY SENDING IN THE EMAIL ENTRY. The Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or illegible entries, or for failure to receive entries due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender or Sponsor. All entries become property of Sponsor and none will be returned4. SWEEPSTAKES WINNER SELECTION & ODDS: Sweepstakes winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by Sweepstakes deadline. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.5. PRIZES: [
Two Glade Candles from the Holiday Collection, in Apple Cinnamon and Bayberry Spice
Bellagio® Gourmet Cocoa Chocolate Truffle, a true liquid chocolate bar
Home Classics® Fleece Throw
Mineral Bath Soak Stress and Tension by The Village Company, made from natural lemon oil, rosemary, and eucalyptus,
A Holiday favorite, The Polar Express DVD
Woven Strap Small Shelf Tote, great for both stylish display and storage of accessories RETAIL VALUE$41.41, excluding tax 6. WINNER NOTIFICATION AND ACCEPTANCE: Winners will be notified at the email address and/or U.S. mail address provided on winner’s entry form. Email or mail notification: Sponsor will email or mail notification and affidavit/release forms at the address provided. Return of prize notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected from among all remaining eligible entries. Winners are required to confirm acceptance of the prize, complete an affidavit of eligibility/liability and publicity release which must be returned within the time period specified. Failure to sign and return the affidavit or release or to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, may result in a winner’s disqualification, the forfeiture of his or her interest in the prize, and the award of the prize to a substitute winner.7. PRIZE TERMS: PRIZES WILL BE MAILED TO THE ADDRESS PROVIDED BY THE WINNERS Winners may waive their right to receive prizes. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable. No substitutions allowed by winner. Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value. Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. If the prize involves travel or other benefits for a companion in addition to the winner, persons traveling as guest of the winner must also sign any affidavit or release as Sponsor may require. Acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of his or her name, biographical information and likeness in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation or further compensation. Prizes not won and claimed by eligible winners in accordance with these Official Rules will not be awarded and will remain the property of Sponsor.8. PARTICIPATION: By participating, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons found tampering with or otherwise abusing any aspect of this Sweepstakes as solely determined by Sponsor. In the event the Sweepstakes is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the promotion. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate any promotion at any time. Should a promotion be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award prizes based on the eligible entries received before the termination date.9. CONSTRUCTION: The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.10. The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners and all other aspects of a promotion shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to the promotion. If you have questions on a specific sweepstakes, contact: [Jacqui Pini 978-845-5042], or for a list of winners: send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Jacqui Pini Captivate Network 2 Executive Drive, Suite 301, Chelmsford, MA 01824].


“Indulge 2009 Gift Guide: Everything Under $50”