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Kristin Booker • December 19, 2012

Holiday Gift Ideas: Robert Verdi’s Annual Holiday Gift Ideas

Robert Verdi working his magic at the Annual Holiday Tweet-Up.

Robert Verdi working his magic at the Annual Holiday Tweet-Up.

So, those of you who have been following this site for a while now know that every year, the entire beauty and fashion blogging planet stops when celebrity stylist/lifestyle guru Robert Verdi has a little online media party (also known as a “Tweet-Up”) to show off his Holiday Gift Ideas. It’s basically the only time you can be assured that we’re all in the same place at the same time.

This year, I was covering for two outlets, FSB and StyleUnited (the post of which you can read here) and it was a BLAST. Honestly, these are perfect gift ideas for you and they will be insanely popular, even at this late stage in the game. Meaning that even if you can’t pick up these EXACT items (which I hope you do,) you’ll get the general idea and wind up giving really useful items in unexpected, crowd-pleasing ways.

Me with my friend, Creative Director of PAPER Magazine, Mickey Boardman. This was the first time we'd seen each other since Fashion Week. Ah, Robert, bringing the people together.

Me with my friend, Creative Director of PAPER Magazine, Mickey Boardman. This was the first time we’d seen each other since Fashion Week. Ah, Robert, bringing the people together.

Without further ado, here’s what Dr. Verdi prescribes for Gift Giving Euphoria:

YOU: You will need a rather stylish Santa sack in which to place all these fun items, so try a rockin’LL Bean Zip-Top Hunter’s Tote Bag($29). Also, if you’re playing Santa (or want to reward someone who is), why not up the cookie ante with custom-made cookies that can resemble ANYTHING (like, people you know.) Social media mavens will love these Custom Twitter Handle Cookies (prices available via request) from Brooklyn’s Tasty Morsels Bakery.

BLOGGING BUDDIES: As Robert says, “Any socialite knows that a mobile devise can keep you connected; but only the savviest understand how the HTC Windows Touch Screen Phone 8x  ($199) is a powerful window unto the world, able to keep you in the loop and chic at all times.” Agreed. Don’t tell anyone, but this is one of the gifts that Mom Booker is getting for Christmas. The woman has a flip phone. It’s time to move on with life.
DO-IT-ALL MOMS: Moms are so busy that the moment they come to a full and complete stop, it should be mandated that it includes some pampering. Create a kit for your favorite busy mom by placing a P&G Shower Sensations Kit ($9.99) along with Robert’s new favorite can’t-put-it-down tome, The Lion, The Bitch, and The Wardrobe’ Book by Allie Kingsley, Featuring Styling by RobertVerdi by Allie Kingsley ($15) in a Tea Forte Skin-Smart Event Box  ($48) on a Tea Forte Ceramic Tea Tray  ($6.)
DEAR OL’ DAD: Robert loves packaging useful things in unexpected ways, like putting grooming essentials like the Gillette Fusion ProGlider Styler ($20) with Duracell Ultra Power Batteries ($2.99) and a nail kit in a 15″ Steel Gadget Tool box from Stack-On.
21st CENTURY TWEEN: These impossible-to-shop-for youngsters love technology that has a cool edge, so go for Zinken Headphones with Turncable and Zoundplug from Urbanears ($155) and a Bluetooth Silicone Keyboard from Brookstone ($59) for gifts that will inspire screams of joy, a true Christmas miracle from a picky crowd.
Robert reading his picks for the Furry Little Critter, accompanied by his adorable rescue dog, Winky.

Robert reading his picks for the Furry Little Critter, accompanied by his adorable rescue dog, Winky.

THE FURRY LITTLE CRITTER – Pets deserve holiday gifts, too, so why not package some Iams ProActive Health Food for Cats and Dogs: in a Rugby Stripe Bin from The Container Store ($14.99). He’s also a fan of FabDog Rain Apparel ($32) for stylish doggie rain gear. I’m saving this idea for 2013, which is when I’m going to rescue my own little bundle of love.
THE HIP HOSTESS – Honestly, as someone who loves to throw parties, I love when people help clean up. Therefore, show up ready for duty with Thomas Paul Printed Hand Towels ($52), and a Droplet Soap Pump from Umbra ($15) filled with Dawn Dish Soap ($4.99). Help her clean up, leave her the loot. GENIUS. 
This is the example of the Glam Gal gift idea. Genius, RIGHT?

This is the example of the Glam Gal gift idea. Genius, RIGHT?

THE GLAM GAL PAL – I LOVE THIS IDEA. Pack a ton of glam-on-the-go essentials into a glittering clutch she can use over and over again. Robert packed CoverGirl Blast flipstick Lip Duo ($8.49), CoverGirl Clump Crusher by LashBlast Mascara ($6.99), CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss ($5.49), Crest 3D 2-Hour Express Whitestrips ($54.99), Oral B Glide 3D White Floss Picks ($3.49), and Tide-To-Go Pens ($2.99-8.99) in a gorgeous Lauren Merkin Eve Glitter Clutch ($180.)
THE GADGET GURU – For those who love gadgets that streamline their lives, get them the Perry Go Watch by Rumba Time ($50), which is lightweight and powered by VITA, which connects to your VISA card account, makes running errands and grabbing post-workout coffee easier than ever. Also, flying anytime soon? Talk about the easiest way to grab a bite to eat EVER.
OH SO LOVELY IN-LAWS – I don’t have this issue yet, but I’ve heard that it can be tricky. Show you’re a lovely houseguest by bringing a ton of awesome household cleaners (who doesn’t love free cleaning supplies?!?) in a gorgeous Rope Handled Canvas Tote from Jessica Kagan Cushman ($95.) Robert packed Febreze, a Swiffer WetJet ($21.99), Cascade Complete Dishwashing Pacs ($10.95), Bounty Paper Towel Picker Uppers ($4), Puffs Ultra Soft & Strong Facial Tissue ($3.50,) the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original ($1.75) and Tide Pods into his. 
THE BUSY BOSS – Office holiday parties are abounding this week, so show your support for your super-busy manager with a Parker Pearl Urban Premium Pen with Parker 5th Technology ($350) paired with a gorgeous Moleskin Daily Diary/Planner ($21.95), presented in a sleek Large Lacquered Rectangular  Box from The Container Store ($17.99.) sure of writing with a stylish, high-end design.
THE JETSETTER – People who love to travel also love things that make traveling easier. Robert suggests sunnies (particularly his The “Lizzie” Aviator Sunglasses from Robert Verdi for HSN ($29.90)) along with this ingenius Rise & Hang Portable Shelving System Duffel Bag ($125.00, it has tons of compartments to separate dirty from clean clothes, shoes from soft items, etc.) and the Hickies Elastic Lacing System for Shoes (14 Unit Pack ,$19.99), which turns any pair of lace-up shoes into instant slip-ons. So good for security check-in.
THE FIT n’ FUN FAMILY – Finally, you need to stay together AND stay fit, so grab the Microsoft X-Box Game System, Plus Kinect ($299) for tons of family fun, particularly if you pick up the Dance Central 3 ($49) to bust a move together.
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