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December 11th, 2013 2 Comments

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Readers, it’s that time!  Most of you should know the one very simple rule by now.  Share this gift guide on your social platform and be entered to win one of four gift bags stuffed with my favorite goodies.For each platform you share on, you get an entry.  Share AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT!  If you add a gift with a link to purchase in the comments, you’ll get two entries.  Easy enough?!

To enter, simply share something like this:

@MaryRambin just posted her #MTMgiftguide giveaway. LOVE some of her ideas and great products to win! http://ow.ly/rFLFy

SHARE TO ENTER BY 12 PM EST DEC 20, 2013

**Make sure to include the link and tag @MaryRambin #MTMgiftguide so I know to enter your name.  Remember, you can post as many times as you want.  Each post puts your name in the hat AGAIN!

There will be one grand prize winner (who will receive goodies below along with Sol Republic headphones and a Glow and Go Mask from January Labs), 2 runner up gift bags with all of the following products, and one goodie bag for a guy.

3 WINNERS RECEIVE:

MEN’S GIFT BAG GIVEAWAY:

The Gift Guide

My Top Picks for Women

My Top Pics for Men

Electronics anyone would love:

Accessories for athletes and active people:

Discount sites to browse

Brands to shop for…

Still stumped? How about random stuff my family loves:

 

 

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Is fitness an appreciated or offensive Christmas gift??

December 9th, 2013 1 Comment

BLAST900 interval training

 

Unfortunately, over the years this has become a loaded question.  If you buy a gym membership or gift card for someone, you believe you’re giving a thoughtful gift because you’re considering their well-being, financial situation, and what they like to do.  Unless the later is not true, in which case you’re perceived as saying they need to get in shape.  And even if they do, and have outwardly stated they WANT TO, you’re still the bad guy.

“Not so fast!” as Lee Corso would say.

Think about it as giving someone a massage or a day at the spa: you’re giving them something they usually wouldn’t splurge on for themselves.  ”Exercise” can be the same way.

To give fitness as a true GIFT, in other words as a luxury  and not as necessity, ask yourself these questions about your friend/family/signifigant other. We’ll call this person Alex to make things easier.

1.  What kind of physical activaty does Alex like to do?

If Alex doesn’t go to the gym, there are probably  more reasons other than time and money at play.  If Alex actually enjoyed it, s/he’d figure out a way to go.  So, what does Alex really like to do?  Tennis, yoga, group activities, basketball, surfing, skiing, racquetball, weight training?  Unfortunately I’m going to have to take golf out of this equation because it fails to get your heart rate up.

2.  Where can Alex do this?

Find a private studio, instructor, or group that specializes in the activity.  Tap into the luxury of the activity.  So you purchase hours with a trainer, not just a gym membership.  You get a package at a yoga, pilates, or spinning studio.  Find a tennis pro near Alex’s home or office.

Now the gift is truly a treat!

If Alex wants to be active but he hates the gym, your thoughtful gift of an activity s/he actually enjoys doing can serve as the gateway to getting Alex back in action!

Here are a list of studios I love in major cities:

Los Angeles

New York

Houston

Atlanta

Austin

Kind of a short list, but that’s where I rock out in town.

 

 

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The MTM Holiday Gift Guide 2012 + Giveaway

November 30th, 2012 18 Comments

‘Tis the season of gift giving to those we love, work with, and barely know. (You know it’s true in some cases.)  The thing is, we all want to extend the gesture of a gift to show that we care and appreciate someone, no matter to what degree, and we want the gift to be thoughtful, useful, and affordable.  Following are several lists that will hopefully satisfy all three for the different people in your life. Some of the items might seem mundane, but you should know the QUALITY of the products makes them a standout gift the recipient will appreciate.

Here’s the giveaway: 

Of course I want to give you guys a little something special for the holiday!

Tweet, Pin, or Post (on Facebook) this gift guide with this link http://ow.ly/fIajM and you will be entered to win a MTM Holiday Swag Bag which will include a few of my favorite products:  SOL Republic headphones, Jouer makeup, Archipelago body products, and much more! (You’ll see some of the items featured below with a *.)  Posting ends Dec 15.  Make sure to tag your post on all platforms @MaryRambin so I’ll see it!  You can get your name in the hat twice by offering your favorite gifts in the comments section below.  Links to any products are greatly appreciated!

Women

(Moms, girlfriends, in-laws, etc)

Men

(Dads, boyfriends, guy friends, in-laws, etc)

Co-workers, Acquaintances, Stocking Stuffers

DIY

Also see the Valentine’s gift guide I created this year.  I constructed it around how you feel about your partner :)

Also, keep up with my Gift Guide Pinterest board.  I’ll add more stuff there as the weeks go on.

When you’re ready to wrap these guys up, watch my How-To videos to create the perfect package and bow.

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I’m starting my holiday gift guide, follow along on Pinterest

November 19th, 2012 No Comments

 

The other day I saw Sol Republic, the company who makes the headphones I love, promoting a giveaway for people who start a holiday wish list board and pin a pair of their headphones.  This got me thinking that Pinterest would be a great place to store all of the things I’m considering for my MTM gift guide.  So, follow the board here, and then I’ll post the official list with links in two weeks.

I also searched through my previous gift guides to find many of the gifts are timeless.  I’ve put a link to the guides right there on the left hand menu so you can always access it easily.  Click and search for some great ideas!

(Photo via JCrew)

 

 

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DIY Mom’s gift instead of buying it, like the good old days

May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

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This is my mom and I last weekend at our friend’s outdoor wedding.  She’s actually taller than me, but I’m in heels and she, being a smart mother, wore flats.

If your mom is like mine, she can be hard to shop for. DIY projects can be fun to do, thoughtful, and impressive. Sounds like we’re on to something here :)

Here are a few suggestions I found really interesting for Mom gifts.

1. Tin can votive holders with a luminous design.

2. Glass magnets with letters and/or words.

3. Kodak collage mouse pad.

4. Exfoliating salt pouches.

5. Cake stand with character.

6. Dip-Dyed Stationary (maybe you get a stamp to personalize it more!)

7. Canvas tote bags with iron-on designs. Also see here.

8. Make your own vase for the flowers you buy.

Hope one of these is helpful for you!

 

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DIY at its finest

April 18th, 2012 No Comments

Have you see then the Craft of the Day feature on Stylist.com/Home?  Great ideas you can do to spruce up the house so easily! Also consider them for great gifts and afternoon activities for the kids.

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A THOUGHTFUL Valentine’s Day gift guide (with a great discount code!)

February 6th, 2012 2 Comments

Just when you thought the hunt for the perfect present was finally over, there’s another Hallmark holiday that strongly suggests you show your love with a gift.  What I like about Valentine’s day is that the gift(s) you give are truly about the thought, not the necessity or price tag.

Obviously I don’t know who you’re shopping for, but I thought it would be fun to offer little sentiments that might be appropriate along with items that represent them.  Make a card with the phrase and then the gift can be one of my suggestions or whatever pops into your head!

You were all sweet enough to participate and offer thoughtful gifts in January, so you’ll find those below as well.

 

My suggestion: tweet or link to this post on your Facebook so your lover will have a little guide to help him shop.

 

“Because you are my inspiration,

I want to give it back to you all year long.”



A subscription to Quarterly.com is probably the coolest idea I’ve heard as a gift idea in a LONG time. It’s thoughtful and delivers awesome gifts all year at an affordable price.  THANK YOU reader Chelsea for your recommendation!

Let me explain how Quarterly works.

For $25, you subscribe to one of their contributors you find interesting.  Four times a year they will send you a gift they love and believe you will enjoy.  The people and companies Quarterly has on board are innovaters in their space and seem incredibly interesting.  For example:

In this case, as a gift, you subscribe your friend and pick out who you think they would love.  See, it’s thoughtful, effortless, and affordable!  Click here to gift Quarterly.

 

“Because I can’t get enough of your lovin’ and cookin’”


It seems like all of you enjoy your time in the kitchen, so this rec isn’t as taboo as it used to be.

Reader recommendations:

(Image via She Knows)

“I want your beautiful eyes to only be for me!”

I am absolutely obsessed with KBL sunglasses for men an women right now.  They’re classic styles with a little unexpected color to give them an edge.  I know what you’re thinking, it’s hard to buy sunglasses for someone, but these look good on pretty much everybody. And they can always be returned.

For women I love my style – Warren’s Dancer – and the Malibu.   Sun Ghost 62 in light gold works on both men and women (this will be my next purchase).  Guys would also love a pair of Star Guitar.

PLUS I HAVE A 20% OFF DISCOUNT CODE FOR YOU!

Ask and ye shall receive sometimes!  I scored you 20% off your entire purchase.  Glasses start at $160 which is already reasonable, now you can deduct 20%.  Buy one for you and your valentine.  Or just share the code :)

At checkout simply enter MTM20 for 20% off.  Code lasts until April 1, 2012.

 

“Because it’s your favorite thing to do.”


Buy clothing or gear for their favorite activity: Lululemon for athletes, Nike or J. Lindenberg for golfers, Nike for tennis players, REI for hikers.

“My love for you shines brighter than the sun!”

 

“I want to take your clothes off and (fill in the blank).”


I guess I’m a sucker, but I always fall for a nice bottle of wine and some hot music. So you could prepare:

  • CD/Playlist of songs that turn you on
  • Basket of goodies – massage oil, CD, chocolates, candles, whipped cream, you get the idea ;)
  • Go to reputable wine store so you can get a good rec
  • Learn to make a cocktail he/she loves or you think he/she’ll like

If your music library isn’t extensive, join Rdio, MOG, or Spotify – three services that stream you unlimited music for a low monthly fee.

Let me make a recommendation here.  DON’T go out to a big dinner and drink too much before getting your groove on.  This is why I think making dinner is best because you can make something light.  Too much food makes you tired and you could fall asleep before the magic happens.  I know I don’t have to tell you, but maybe you need to hear it. :)

YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WITH THIS RECIPE FOR DINER. It’s a light and healthy chicken pot pie that is easy and something everyone loves.

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“I want to do nothing else but you.”

Plan a weekend getaway at a suburban resort.  No need to get on a plane for a little weekend escape of rest, relaxation, and (fill in the blank!). These are my current favorites! Texans should also consider the Saint Cecilia in Austin and Fredericksberg Herb Farm.  Readers in Phoenix look into Intercontinental Montelucia. Florida residents click here for ideas.

 

“I’m looking forward to another wonderful year with you.”


No doubt this picture I took of Becca and her new hubby David at their Starbucks wedding will make it to a frame.  My feeling is you don’t need a big event to celebrate your love and friendship for someone.  So why are we just tagging fleeting moments instead of framing memories?!

Grab your favorite photos of your honey or friend and make a little reminder of your fun times every day.

  • Framed photo (see, this gift seems a little more interesting with the phrase attached with the fun memory you’re referrencing)
  • Shutterfly calendar** (Thanks reader Amy)

 

“I’m having the time of my life and I owe it all to you.”

 

 

Watches don’t have to be a huge purchase anymore.  There are all sorts of interesting styles at affordable price points.  Look for Nixon (above on Amazon) and Michael Kors (above on Shopbop) online.  Also shop Editor’s closet for big discounts.

Editor’s closet ALWAYS has a watch sale around holidays.  You can find some good looking styles for under $100.  Click here to see if they have one up now.

 

“YOU are truly my best friend.”


And diamonds are hers.  Not really, but it’s a fun play on words, and diamonds will make her melt.  There are plenty of discounts to be had. I know it sounds cheesy, but check out Just Jared or Robbin’s Brothers if designer pieces are too expensive.  You can always place them in a separate, unmarked jewelry bag and box when you give her the piece.  Make sure to keep the original box if it doesn’t fit or she’d like to return it.

For something more unique and affodable, browse etsy.  I found the one above for $195 in about 2 seconds.

Reader Stephanie loved these diamond in pearl earrings she got for Christmas.

 

“You can be comfortable and still smokin’ hot.”

TOM’s shoes just keep coming out with cuter fabrics and styles! For women, they’ve just released a line of ballet flats.  Guys are STILL discovering TOMS so you can get him a classic pair.  If he’s hard on his shoes, buy the style with the enforced sole.

**Thanks reader Lily!


“Because you deserve a little splurge.”

Reader/blogger Julie and I are on the same page with this recommendation.  We buy our girlfriends expensive lipglosses and candles we know they’ll love but would probably not splurge on for themselves.

In this same vein, I’m going to HIGHLY suggest Lalicious Body Scrub. I know it seems like a nothing gift, but this stuff is impressive. It’s all natural with sugar to exfoliate your skin and coconut, almond, and essential oils to moisturize it.  You feel like silk after you get out of the shower!

“Something To Accent Your Natural Sweetness.”

There’s also perfume, which we don’t often buy for ourselves.  You probably aren’t familiar with these two brands; I wasn’t before this year.  Both offer an interesting twist on fragrance.

Juliette Has A Gun from Romano Ricci.  I love “Not A Perfume” which is light, fresh, and perfect for spring.  The main note is Cetalox.  $85 on Amazon

“I am good” roll-on perfume I take with me everywhere!  They have a variety of fragrances for $30.

 

For men, instead of cologne, buy a scented deoderant.  The smell is a lot more subtle.  Barney’s has the best selection, but you have to be in the store to shop it. 

Mark Birley Deodorant Block, $28.50 @ Barneys

Malin + Goetz Eucalyptus is another good one.

“Because you like to rock out anywhere and everywhere.”

 

 

It seems like everyone is talking about his Jawbone Jambox ($199).  If you didn’t give it for Christmas like Julie (whose husband loved it), then this is a no-brainer for V-day.

 

I hope you’ve found this helpful! After the insane amount of time I’ve spent on this, I hope you see it as my little gift to you.  I love you guys.  Thank you for all of your love an support over the years.

I wish you all a day full of love. x

 

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Win a CLICK bag in my gift guide giveaway

December 23rd, 2011 46 Comments

Well after this holiday it should be apparent I’m not very good at generating gift guides. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I don’t want anything for Christmas…The only thing I asked for was a professional teeth cleaning for Mason. Seriously. Plus, guides take a lot of time (which I don’t have these days), and I didn’t have anything revolutionary to post that I hadn’t already. If you scroll down, you’ll see some good recs! The gifts that I actually bought, aside from Advent Conspiracy water, were very specific.

So, I thought we would get a head start on Valentine’s day and every one’s birthdays together.And of course I’ll reward you for offering up your goods!

In the comments below

enter a gift you loved giving or receiving along with the link to purchase or instructions how to make it.

For every gift you recommend, I’ll enter your name into the hat to win

a CLICK BAG with UltraFresh beauty products!

You can also get an entry by tweeting:

Gift guide contest on @MaryRambin’s blog helps all of us in 2012.

Rec your favorite gift & enter to win a CLICK bag! http://bit.ly/rCY07L

This way, we’ll have an awesome guide to reference in 2012!

Go here for more details on the CLICK bag. You have until Jan 3, 2012 12pm EST to write anything and everything you can in the comments below.

**Please note: you must include the links where to buy the items (or instructions how to make it) in order for your entry to be valid.

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