A Guide 2 Giving

Lifestyle / Stories / November 13, 2014

Leigh Ann Berlener

From the techie to the sports lover, our team of personal shoppers have come up with great gift ideas for her, for him and items for almost everyone on your list. 

For Her

Who doesn’t like jewelry, especially the Jane Basch Sterling Silver Pierced Bar Necklace with Diamond Accent. (KasA Designs, $225)

Make your old jewelry like new again without any harsh chemicals. The high tech Ultrasonic Jewelry & Eyeglass Cleaner is also good for polishing watches and CDs.

Help rejuvenate your skin with the Skinmedia Starter Kit that will help utilize growth factors, retinols, antioxidants and sun protection. (JCMG Laser & Vein Center)

The sleek riding-inspired Frye Melissa Button Boot comes in a variety of buttery soft vintage leathers and the classic pull-on design offers timeless fashion and comfort. (American Shoe, )


Skinmedica Starter Kit

Say goodbye to tired and achy feet with a relieving HoMedics Shiatsu Elite Foot Massager. Rotating massage heads provide a therapeutic kneading action and soothing heat setting make it perfect for use throughout the winter.

Made of genuine leather and available in four different colors, the Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Checkbook Wallet is made for the woman on the go. At eight inches wide and about four inches tall, it’s compact yet holds cash, credit and identification cards.

One of the newest offerings from Bear Archery, the Bear Cruzer Bow is perfect for the beginner and can adjust to their skill level. It features a draw weight adjustment that ranges from 5 to 70 pounds and lengths from 12 to 30 inches. Available in shadow as well as a variety of female-friendly finishes from pink to blue. (Mercantile Valley)

Stocking Stuffer: Fashionista, foodie or sports fanatic, no matter what their passion a magazine subscription is sure to please almost anyone on your list and is a gift that keeps giving all year long.

Optishot Golf Simulator

Optishot Golf Simulator

For Him

Improve your golf swing and your game with an easy-to-use, award-winning OptiShot Golf Simulator. The high-def graphics provide instant feedback and results. Play alone or with 4 people. (Dick’s Sporting Goods, $399.95)

Parched after the first nine holes? With the touch of a button you can refresh yourself and your golf buddies with a cool drink from the Putter Drink Caddy. It keeps 38 ounces of your favorite beverage chilled or hot for up to 5 hours. WARNING: May impact the effectiveness of your golf swing.

Art of Shaving products

Art of Shaving products

Whether purchased as a gift package or separately, Art of Shaving products – pre-shave oil, gels, shaving cream and after-shave balm – provide the soft, smooth skin he wants. (Dillard’s)

A must have for the beer enthusiast, the home brewer Beer Machine uses all-natural mixes to produce quality beer that stays fresh for 3 months. All for just pennies a glass.

The Yeti Cooler with “cold-retaining insulation,” keeps your beverages cool for days and comes in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and colors, including special collegiate styles, perfect for tailgating. (Orscheln)

Stocking Stuffer: Sporting event tickets


A gift card from BedandBreakfast.com can be used at Bass and Baskets at the Lake of the Ozarks.

For Them

Gift cards from Bedandbreakfast.com are accepted at numerous B&Bs in the area for the perfect romantic getaway. Reviewers rave about the award-winning breakfast at Bass and Baskets as well as the spectacular view of the Lake. The private cabin at Huber’s Ferry Bed & Breakfast overlooks the Osage and Marie Rivers.

507123599What better way to unwind than with a soothing, side-by-side Couples Massage with that special someone? Choose from 30, 60 or 90 minutes of blissful relaxation to share in the luxurious couple’s suite. (Country Club Hotel and Spa at the Lake of the Ozarks)

A Hot Air Balloon Ride certificate is your own “magic carpet” for two, offering memorable views and photo ops that will last last long after you’ve come back to earth. (Jefferson City Hot Air Balloons)

Dinner and a movie, the classic date night with a twist. Dine at Cork Provisions and walk next door to Capitol City Cinema and catch one of the newest independent films.

Either privately or as a group, Dance Lessons for the Salas, Mambo, Waltz and Cha Cha Cha is a fun way to get some exercise, reduce stress, and improve mental health and romance at the same time. (Capital Ritz)


Perfect Drink App and Scale

Perfect Drink App and Scale

Entertaining is made easy with the Perfect Drink App and Scale. Just place an empty glass on the scale, select your mixed drink of choice and follow the simple directions provided by the app. Pretty soon you’ll be the best bartender in town.

Everyone has that one show or movie series they just can’t live without, so make sure they never have to. A boxed set of movies or the most recent season of a hit television show or favorite film can be enjoyed over and over.

For the first time, eight of director Steven Spielberg’s classic films are together in one DVD Boxed Collection on Blue-ray and DVD. The Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection includes his first film Sugarland Express along with Jurassic Park, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Jaws! The Blue-ray exclusive includes a 58-page book on Spielberg’s career. (Hastings)

A vintage vinyl record is a must for the serious music buff or an early issue of a rare comic like Spider-Man or Batman, or a prop replica of the hammer in “Thor” add to any collection. (In the Groove, Antiquarium Comics, $800 for the Thor prop)

Seeing a show at the historic Fox Theater in downtown St. Louis is an unforgettable experience. The theater is exquisite, the seats are great no matter the price, and the entertainment is first-rate. Check the upcoming shows and book your tickets before all the best shows are sold out.

Stocking Stuffer: Give them the best seat in the house with a pair of tickets to their favorite team’s big game.

2015 Scion FR-S

2015 Scion FR-S


For a serious scuba diver, the underwater delights found in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia make it one of the top diving destinations in the world. There are numerous packages for travel to Australia, including fishing trips, city sightseeing tours or helicopter rides. (Travel Answers)

A “toy” for all ages, the sleek, lightweight rear-wheel drive 2015 Scion FR-S 2-door Coupe 4660 is a driver’s dream. Head for the track or the open road. (Riley Toyota Scion, $26,393)

dv617054Nothing says extreme like Skydiving out of a plane at 12,000 feet. Whether it’s your first time or your tenth, the rush of air around you as you fall back to Earth is unlike anything else. The adrenaline junkie in your life will never forget this experience.

An all-terrain vehicle or Outdoor Roadster is the perfect extreme gift for the outdoorsman on your list. Farmers, hunters, and racers alike would enjoy the freedom and convenience of an ATV for years to come. (Larry’s Motor Sports)

See this full feature with more photos and plenty of additional gifts — including ideas in categories like Kids, Technology, Giving Back, and Pets — inside the November/December holiday edition of HER magazine.

Alvin Leifeste

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