Every one knows that one person who is super green. They drive a Prius, make their own compost, and spend more time recycling than you or I sleep. Said person can be a difficult one to shop for, especially when the holidays come around. Whole Foods has just the gifts for them, though. Refresh Glass founder Ray DelMuro wanted to something with the plethora of wine bottles we waste every day. He has taken donated bottles and turned them into beautiful and unique glass products. Available are drinking glasses, carafes, planters, LED candle lanterns, and scented candles. All of these products will be available at Whole Foods, waiting for your purchase.
E-readers are perfect for those of you who love to read but hate lugging around books. The Amazon Kindle has pretty much dominated the market. Barnes and Noble’s Nook has always been a contender but their new Nook GlowLight might be what puts them in first place. The use of e-ink makes it easy to ready in sunlight and won’t nearly run down the battery as quickly, that supposedly can run for up to eight weeks. What an age we live in where your book can run out of battery, but we digress. Its four gigs of space can hold up to 2,000 books. You can get yours at Barnes and Noble for $120.
This Friday, November officially starts and that means it is the holiday season. Seriously? That sounds weird out loud. Anyway, with the holiday season comes the inevitable holiday gift shopping. If you have an foodies on your list, we’ve got the perfect idea for you. Starting Nov. 1, Roaring Fork and Salty Sow Restaurants will have gift cards available where if you spend $100, you will receive an additional $20 card. You can keep that card as a treat to yourself or you can give it away, too, because you’re a good person. The cards are available in all denominations and are good at all locations of the restaurants. The deal is good through Dec. 31. ‘Tis the season… Almost.
Did you just buy a new iPad? If so, that kind of sucks because the brand new iPad Air has just been announced. Don’t worry, we fall victim to the revolving door that the technology industry is, as well. The new iPad is 20% thinner than its predecessors and only weighs one pound. The Apple-designed A7 chip provides graphics and performance that can pretty much be comparable desktop computers. Its 10-hour battery life guarantees that you’ll have the media you need on the go. Updates to Facetime, iMessage, and its wireless capabilities are awesome. Expect to pay $500 at least for the new iPad.
Halloween is less than two weeks away. If you plan on having or going to a costume party, we highly recommend you have this in tow. The Pumpkin Tap Kit is a great accessory for any autumn-themed party. As you can see, there’s not a lot of maintenance in this product. First, you get yourself a pumpkin (duh). Then, you hollow it out like you would be making a Jack-O-Lantern. Finally, stick the tap through the gourd and there you have it. Fill it with your favorite pumpkin-flavored beer and you’re ready to party.
Reasonably priced electronics are becoming more and more available as of late. The HP Chromebook 11 is a shining example of that. It’s an HP laptop that is powered by Google. With 2GB of RAM and a 16GB Solid State Drive, it has everything you need in you’re not using it for anything too technical. Oh, in case you’re wondering, a solid state drive means there are no moving parts, are quiet, and resistent to shock. If you don’t think 16GB is a enough space for you, the computer also comes with 100GB of cloud space. The laptop comes in a range of color schemes and connects to all of your devices. You can get yours at just $279.
If you think the world of tablets is strictly reserved to the iPad, you’re sorely mistaken. There are plenty of top-tier competitors out there and Amazon is one of them. Yes, Amazon, the online-everything-store has their own tablet and it’s awesome. They released the original Kindle Fire last year but this new model has gotten a serious boost. The Kindle Fire HDX‘s 2.2GHz quad-core processor is three times more powerful than the original. It has a beautiful display and the ability to connect to 4G. Don’t worry, it has all of your favorite apps. The HDX also comes with a free month of Amazon Prime where you can stream music, movies, and TV shows. Available in 16g, 32g, or 64g, and starting at $229, we expect this tablet to fly off the shelves this holiday season.
This coming Sunday, arguably one of the greatest television show sof all time will be coming to an end. For five years, Breaking Bad has taken audiences on a roller coaster of emotions. Through all the ups and downs, millions of people have grown close to the characters. To commemorate the series, today’s object of desire is going to break bad. The Walter White prints are must for any fans living room. Available at 18″x24″ posters or as a set of 3 11″x14″ smaller prints, $50 is a small price to pay for the art.
Today’s object of desire is all about beer. Now, we know wine snobs exist but have you ever really met a beer snob? If you purchase these Pretentious Beer Glasses, then you can go ahead and play that part. Apparently, each kind of brew, from a lager to an IPA to an ale, all need a special glass in order to appreciate the beverage the most. This $170 (yes, $170 for five glasses) of glasses has one for hoppy beers, aromatic beers, malty beers, subtler beer, and one more for ales. Drink beer how it was meant to drink.
Sure, you got an iPhone last year when they came out. If you have the means and love technology, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted the iPhone 5s. The only real differences between the 5 and the 5s are a few things. First, they’ve updated the security. You now have the option of using biometrics (fingerprint scanner) to unlock your phone. But the idea of having our prints on record like that is a little worrisome, what with all the NSA stuff in the news. Second, the camera has an improved ability to take action shots, better image stabilization, and slow motion capture. Third, the performance was upgraded to a A7 chip making it a 64-bit phone. That’s good.
Samsung is a company that can do anything. Over the last couple of years, they’ve even given Apple a run for their money in the smartphone business. Now, they’re doing something different. The Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch is truly one-of-a-kind. The watch syncs up with any of your Samsung devices. It can give you previews of new text messages and you can control your music with the watch. Other features include microphone, bluetooth connectivity, a video and still camera, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a pedometer. At $300, the Smartwatch will be available in October, just in time for the holidays.
Bars with shuffleboards are a must for the weekend. Sometimes, it can be hard to find those places. There really is nothing quite like hanging out with some friends, grabbing some drinks, and enjoying a little healthy competition. If you have an five grand to spare, we recommend you purchase the District MFG Shuffleboard Table. Go ahead and replace your dining table with this bad boy, you’ll have more fun with it, we promise. Also, if this finds its way into your home, we’ll grab a case of beer and be right over.
This may be Arizona, but a lot of Valley residents find themselves in the ocean quite frequently. Discovery Channel’s ever-popular Shark Week has recently come to a close. The likelihood of you being attacked by a shark in the ocean is pretty slim but if you need a little extra peace of mind, check out these Shark Deterrent Wetsuits. These $450 wetsuits have specialized patterns on them that make it difficult for sharks to spot. Each wetsuit serves a different purpose, from shallow, murky water to deep ocean dives.
In the Valley, having a ceiling fan in virtually every room of your is a must. When you’re laying down, a nice looking and energy-efficient fan would be good to have. Big Ass Fans are not your stock fan in homes. These fans can move at a low speed but generate a lot of wind. They also range in size from normal to enormous. For instance, you can purchase one anywhere from 6 feet to 24 feet in diameter. The 24 foot fan can cool a place of 20,000 square feet. You probably don’t need that one, aside from not wasting energy and producing a high level of wind, they’re pretty cool looking
What happens when you combine one of last year’s biggest reading hits and the deliciousness of bacon? You get Fifty Shades of Bacon. Don’t worry, this book doesn’t feature erotic scenarios that involve the world’s favorite meat, but we do have to admit that it sounds pretty orgasmic. Fifty Shades of Bacon features every single bacon recipe your dirty mind can come up with. There are so many, you might feel a bit naughty staying up all night salivating to thought of them.
You like a good deal, right? What about a good deal on shoes, handbags, luggage, business cases, totes and wallets? We’re assuming that got your attention. Through September 30, Stefan Mann Boutique, located at the el Pedregal outdoor shopping area, will be having a ridiculous summer sale. Some deals include 50% off on discounted handbag styles from Peter Kent, Eric Javits, Viva, Hobo, Brahmin, Osgoode, Marley, Icon, and My Walit. Also, you’ll find yourself browsing ICON shoes that are being offered at 50% off as well. Discounted styles of Hobo wallets, discounted styles and colors of TUMI luggage, business cases, totes and wallets will also be in the mix. Make sure to take advantage of this summertime sale.
It’s rather unwise to walk around outside in the Valley without a decent pair of shades. Ray-Bans are some of our favorites, especially the Wayfarers. Speaking of Ray-Bans, check out their Remix Sunglasses. They are completely customizable. You start out by selecting a style. There are several Wayfarer and Aviator styles to choose from. Then, you can customize the lenses, the front, the temples, the case. You can even add your own monogram. Prices range from $160 – $210. It’s worth it because with the 3,000 variations, surely no one else with have your shades.
One of the main problems with cable TV and satellite today is price vs. content. You can have what seems like a million channels on your TV, most of them you don’t watch. So why should pay all that money? Chromecast will fix all that. It is an ingenious idea from the brilliant people at Google. Basically, it is a device that you plug into your TV that will turn it into a smart TV. That means you can stream videos from your computer straight to your HDTV. With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu dominating the market, it only makes sense that this would be the next step. This isn’t exactly revolutionary as there are other products like it. What’s best about Chromecast is the price. For just $35 you can ditch the cable and satellite.
Everyone has that perfect pair of jean. You know, the ones that just look great no matter what else you’re wearing with them. They also are the ones that you hardly wash because they have basically molded to your body. This is stuff that HUB Clothing owner Jennifer Mumford lives for. At HUB, where they believe in “inspiration, not imitation,” Jennifer has been bringing the hottest new trends to the Valley by traveling the world and discovering them for herself. For example, the store has introduced the Valley to top brands like Nudie, Diesel, and G-Star. HUB is also unique in that they have something called the “Butt Cam.” It’s exactly what you think it is. A camera in the dressing room allows you to see how your behind looks in those jeans you’re trying on. That’s some innovative stuff, right there. HUB is the Valley’s denim expert. Head to Fashion Square Mall the next time you’re looking for a great pair of jeans.
Being a parent is a full-time job. If you’re working a real full-time and are a parent at the same time, you’re in need of some serious rest and relaxation. That’s why the Playtime Back Massage T-Shirt is the perfect thing for you. With a child-like road map drawn on the back, it’s a great playtime toy for your kid. Just lay down and have the little one race up and down on your back with a toy car. Honestly, who doesn’t love a back-rub?
Making breakfast just got a whole lot easier. The Flip-Down Breakfast Toaster allows you to cook everything in one convenient location. There will be no more multiple pans to wash and areas in the kitchen to clean. About the same size of a regular toaster, this beauty has a flip-down griddle, where you can cook your eggs and breakfast meat while you wait for you English muffins to toast. Honestly, it may not be the most practical way took breakfast and may also be a little gimmicky, but it’s still kind of cool.
Okay. This is the coolest bathtub we’ve ever seen. We can be honest about that. It’s modern and sleek design makes us want to shell out all sorts of money for this baby. It’s comfortable design is pretty much begging you to spend an hour or more in the tub. The tub is suspended off the ground, like a real hammock. The carbon fiber it’s made from allows for this unique shape. It keeps your water warm for a long time with a foam insulation. Sure, there is no price yet, but the Vessel Hammock Bathtub is a thing of beauty.
When was the last time you treated yourself to a spa day? Well, if you needed an excuse to head back, check out the July 4th Recovery Package from Scottsdale’s Pearl MedSpa. Designed to help you beat the heat, guests can enjoy a hydration facial that will reduce puffiness, soften fine lines, release toxins and of course, hydrate the skin. You will also get a rejuvenation IV-drip which hydrates and nourishes the body with essential vitamins and minerals. Also available will be facial massages, the most overlooked area of massage, a refresh peel, a moisture mask, and more. All of the services are a $279 value, but for you, it’ll only be $150. This offer is good from July 4 – 7.
During the brutally hot summer, it seems as though everything in the Valley slows down. One thing that speeds up is the shopping. Summer sales is what gets you through the heat. Stick around for the Fourth of July and head over to the SHOPS at Gainey Village. They’ve got some killer deals coming up. Here’s a sneak peak:
Ritzy Rags and Shoes – Up to 75% off designer clothing, handbags, shoes and accessories! Shoes by Helle Comfort, Dezarizo, Onez, Mephisto, Vaneli, Donald J. Pliner, and La Plume.
Oak Creek – Summer Sale with the entire store 20% off July 1st-31st (limited to stock on hand). The store will also offer free shipping to purchases over $45.00 within the United States.
Kiss Me Kate – The Big Bang 4th of July weekend sale with savings from 20% to 75% off (July 5th and 6th only).
Sure, today’s object isn’t necessarily an object but we’re pretty sure you’ll want it regardless. Honestly, who doesn’t love bacon? Most people seem to have a certain love affair with the salty, fatty meat. If you take your bacon seriously, then check out 23k Gold Chocolate Bacon. Yes. Bacon covered in chocolate with 23 karat gold shavings on it. Made with Nueske’s Cherrywood Bacon, Guittard Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate, and edible gold flakes you’ll almost not want to eat it. Who are we kidding? You’ll totally eat it.