Holiday Gift Guide 2013

We spend all year coming up with great holiday gift ideas but then low and behold, the countdown is nearing zero and all we have to show for it is great “ideas.” AHHH we were so close! Here at CyndiBands, we put together a collaborative Holiday Gift Guide and there were so many great gifts that we had a hard time narrowing down the choices. Here is a look at some of our favorites, categorized by staff member.  View more of our ideas on our Cyndi Bands Holiday Gift Guide on Pinterest.


The Personalized Mug

Stop hating white elephant gift exchanges! This gift is perfect; all you need is a mug, a Sharpie, and a steady hand for this personalized gift! Write love poems, holiday cheer limericks, little notes, or draw your idea of a perfect holiday present- that is a sure fire way to get a laugh!


The Ring Holder

This is one of my favorite finds this season and yes, I will be making it for my mother this holiday. Place your ring on this personalized ring holding frame when you wash your hands or apply lotion. Not only is it adorable but it also keeps your ring from going through all the wear and tear that your hands endure. Pretty and practical!


The Blowout

My roommates are lucky ladies this year because, although they are impossible to shop for, I know exactly what to get them! When I look good, I feel good and I love to give the gift of feeling great! Giving someone the gift of a blowout has a million incredible repercussions:

1) They will leave the dryBar looking F-A-B-ulous.

2) They will feel great all day because they look gorgeous.

3) You are entitled to take as many pictures of them looking and feel like a model the entire day.


Read our Dry Bar Review to learn more about this gift idea.

The Recipe Towel

This idea baffled me and I could immediately see the reaction on my Grandma’s face if I were to give her this gift for the holidays. The food stained recipes that overload her cookbooks and recipe boxes can finally be made invincible! My Grandma is all about gifts that can be passed down, and what better way to pass down Grandma’s recipe’s than through a practical towel that you can both use in the kitchen!

I can see it now: She will consult the recipe towel, then use it to wipe the mess off the counter that she just made. What a perfect way to cook. That’s the way Julie Child did it I’m sure…


The Reclaimed Bottle

This idea by BottleHood to “Innovate more. Waste less.” is great as a holiday gift for the eco-friendly friend of your group! Reclaimed classic Coca-Cola bottles and the light aqua green tint makes them a pretty and “green” gift for anyone.



Urban Decay Cosmetics: Naked Basics

Shopping for my friends and their different types of personalities can be challenging at times.   Luckily, this holiday season I have found a gift that is coherent for all of them to have: Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette.

For the friend that wears little to no makeup on the daily basis.  This palette contains 6 matte eye shadows that can be worn alone for a natural “no makeup” look.  For the friend that is a makeup fanatic and wears makeup everyday.  The colors this palette contains can be combined to form different type of looks.  From the natural look mentioned above, to the classic and seductive smokey eye.  For the friend that has a daughter and is on the run all the time.  The convenient size of the palette is not only  travel friendly, but it’s the perfect size to be thrown in your purse for a on-the-go makeup look.

The Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette can handle it all!

s1458157-main-heroAvailable at Sephora, Ulta and Urban Decay

Travalo Refillable Perfume Spray- Hot Pink

This is a great stocking stuffer!  It is not only cute but convenient!  This refillable perfume atomizer can be filled up straight from your favorite perfume bottle.  Keep it in your purse for every day use, or take it with you when you travel.  This little guy is TSA approved and travel friendly.   A little splash of perfume can go a great way.  Freshen up after a long day at the office, or right before a first date.

14659668Available at Target, and Amazon

Sephora Favorites: Fragrance Sampler For Her

Trying to figure out what fragrance someone likes is sometimes as hard as trying to find a needle in a haystack! With this gift set, you not only give the gift of a full sized fragrance, but you also give the friend the option to choose whichever fragrance they like best. With 14 fragrances to choose from, chances are they’re bound to like one of them!  Plus, it comes with a travel bag.  We love travel bags.   Even better, this set is also available for him!


Magazine Subscription

Magazine Subscription is a great gift that keeps giving all year long!  Give the gift of fashion, health, cooking, adventure, the list is endless!

3b0270378842adcab91e9da9c427f692Some of my favorites are: Glamour, Cosmopolitan, People, Women’s Health, InStyle

Mia 2: Facial Sonic Cleanser

Give the gift of beautiful skin with this brush deep cleanser.  With a frequency of more than 300 movements per second this brush is guaranteed to give a gentle yet effective wash every time for smoother more radiant skin.  Has two different speeds available: speed 1 for delicate skin, speed 2 for all skin types.  Cleanser also includes a travel case and charger.   Available in different colors.  What is there not to love about this?

Available at Clarisonic, Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s.


JCP Velvet Plush Solid Throw

The bad news is that you will need to buy multiple of these throws or else everybody in your family will fight over it.  The good news is that regular price for these is $20 and they are on sale at for $8.99.  This throw is super soft and lightweight so it is nice and cuddly even when it isn’t so cold outside.  The dog loves this blanket, my son won’t go to sleep unless he has his green one and every other family member now has their own.  I even gave one as a gift to my babysitter after she mentioned to me how much she liked ours!  This blanket is a great gift and I bet whomever you give it to will end up buying more!
JCP throw

Gorjana Pristine Stud Earrings in Gold

Jewelry is always one of my favorite things to give during the holidays, and there is no such thing as having too many accessories.  These simple and elegant Gorjana stud earrings will complete any outfit.   Don’t like the sparkle?  Gorjana has other “non-sparkly earrings”  available.  At only $40 for the pair my friends will not be the only ones thanking me, my wallet will too.

GOR151GAvailable at, and Gorjana & Griffin

Mondrian- Art Inspired Cake

I saw this on the Women’s Health Holiday Gift Guide and could not help but add it to my list.   I know of a number of friends that would enjoy this art inspired cake.   The makers were inspired by Piet Mondrian’s painting Composition with Red, Yellow, and Blue.  It is not only unique and clever but it  is a gift that will most likely be remembered for the years to come.


Available at Blue Bottle Coffee

Candy Cane ChapStick

There are many reasons why I enjoy the holidays and one of the things I look forward to every year is holiday packaging.  Knowing the item is only available for a limited time makes me want to buy multiples to have all year long.   If Candy Cane is not your favorite flavor, Chap Stick has created a Gingerbread Kiss version.  Who would not love this?

5674eaa8775ecbe5c15fcfe2f32eb6e3Available at Amazon

Winter Set of CyndiBands Hair Ties

Remember my favorite thing about the holidays?  Yes. Holiday Packaging.  This CyndiBands hair tie set is no exception.  Not only are the hues great blues and neutrals, but the hair ties come on this adorable yet simple snowflake design. These soft elastic ribbon hair ties are gentle on hair and don’t leave a big crease like traditional hair ties.  If you know somebody who hasn’t tried CyndiBands knotted hair ties yet then you can be sure that they will love this gift! If snowflakes are not your thing, there are other holiday inspired sets available.

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Available at

Jennifer Behr Starlet Headbands

If you have not noticed yet,  I LOVE the holidays.   Everything around this time is about how I can make my holidays even better.  There is no avoiding holiday parties, so for this reason I must find items that make me feel better about it all.   As I was browsing through InStyle’s holiday gift guide, I stumbled upon these lovely and sparkly headbands.  They are handmade in New York and have Swarovski crystal stars that adorn a silk ribbon wrapped skinny headband.

110413-gift-guide-hgga-79-400Available here

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