SMW’s Holiday Gift Guide for Lovers

By Josie Brown

Kissing under the mistletoe. Leaving presents under the tree. Both are opportunities for smooches that speak louder than words when it comes to love. Before you exchange some not-so-secret Santa gifts with your Mr. Right, here are a few suggestion that won’t deplete your bank account—or his…

For You…

Pleated Swingy Slip (Victoria’s Secret, $58)

A sheer winner in flirty sleep style. Adjustable straps. Lace hem. Knee length. Comes in platinum with gray lace, or black with cream lace. Imported polyester/nylon. Sizes S/M; M/L.

Floral Etched Purse Mirror (, $29.95)

Perfect for touch-ups and sized to tuck into a handbag, this nickel-plated compact features delicate floral scrolls and holds a regular and a 2x magnification mirror. May be engraved with a single initial (2 3/4″ diam.)

Believe Necklace (, $55)

A sterling silver circle suspended from an 100% pure black silk cord and accented with sterling silver bead work. The clasp is a hand-wrought sterling silver scroll closure. Approximately 18 inches long. Specify “believe” or “love” or “dream” for the circle in the comments. Says Poppy: “This is a piece I designed as gifts for my writer friends. Publishing is a world of ‘no’ and the messages on these necklaces are reminders for all of us to never give up on our dreams. I’ve seen this necklace dressed down with jeans at a picnic and dressed up for a formal cocktail party. I hope you love it as much as I do.”

For Him…

Bay Rum Men’s Shaving Kit, from Burt’s Bees (, $26.99)

He’ll experience the warm rich aroma of the tropical herbs and spices in this Bay Rum shaving line, which comes in a convenient, reusable drawstring pouch. Each kit contains everything he needs for a close, moisturized shave, including: Bay Rum Shaving Soap (3 oz.);  Bay Rum Aftershave Balm (4 fl. oz.); Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (.15 oz.); Porcelain Shaving Mug; and a Natural Bristle Shaving Brush.

USAopoly 21st Century Trivia Game (, $29.99)

Real men know sports trivia.  Which is why he’ll love this gift, that tests his knowledge of the game.  ESPN 21st Century Trivia brings your favorite sports indoors with 21st Century sports trivia questions and fast-action game play including Chalk Talk and Instant Replay challenges to get your head thinking and your heart pumping. “He shoots he scores!” Beat the shot clock as you battle your opponents, race around the board and win the game. “You could go all the way” by answering 1,000 questions about your favorite sports like football, skateboarding, BMX racing, baseball, college and more! Get your adrenaline rush by picking a “Chalk Talk” card and sketch sports terms like “Kiss the glass”, “Snow cone” or “Half pipe”; or pick an “Instant Replay” card and act out a “Hail Mary”, “No look pass” or “SportsCenter”. This game’s “got more flavor than Kool-Aid and cocoa!” “Boo-yah!” Game includes 1,000 trivia questions, 150 “Talk Chalk” and “Instant Replay” challenges, stopwatch, game board and 4 movers. Product Features: 1,000 trivia questions, 75 Instant Replay (charades-like) and 75 Chalk Talk (drawing) challenges five categories of trivia questions, 200 each of: All Sports, Pigskin, Hard Ball, Hoops and College Trivia questions have three levels of difficulty: Rookie, Pro and All-Star. ESPN stopwatch for fast-paced team play.

…And for Both of You.

Lacy Babydoll (Victoria’s Secret, $38)

Of course, he won’t wear this. But he’ll love it when you do. And no, he won’t mind that you were your own Secret Santa. Talk about eye candy!


Josie Brown, SMW’s relationship editor, is the author of two snarky Hollywood novels: Impossibly Tongue-Tied, and True Hollywood Lies. Along with her husband, Martin, she is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Finding Mr. Right [September 2009]

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