The Bees’ Holiday Gift Guides 2013

Hi hive! It’s about that time that our parents and SOs are asking us all, “What do you want for Christmas/Hanukkah?”

This is going to sound ridiculous, but I have a hard time each year with this stuff. The balance is weird: it’s like, I’m an adult now. So if I need something, I buy it. The only things I covet are kind of ridiculous; things that are expensive that I wouldn’t buy for myself, and I’d likely not ask for my parents or husband to buy me either. What do I REALLY want? A Tesla. Or another Lhasa Apso. Or a Lhasa Apso driving a Tesla. (HINT HINT RICH SANTA. THAT’S WHAT I REALLY WANT.)

Anyway…as I navigated the Amazon abyss for sparkly pink iPhone covers, moisture wicking sports bras, and those other things to somehow cobble a list from, I realized that the bees probably have some pretty great gift recommendations. Not just for themselves, but for their SOs and parents, too. A few years ago Mrs. Lemon recommended a company called Nudo, where you can adopt an olive tree in Italy as a gift; then they send you four shipments of olive oil from that tree (Really, that tree grove—I mean they’re not individually harvesting each adopted tree. That’s just crazy talk.) throughout the year. My in laws thought this was the best gift ever. I think they even declared it as the best gift they got that year, right in front of their other children who got them equally thoughtful (but let’s face it, lamer) gifts. #winning

So, this officially kicks off a series of the bees’ holiday gift guides. Each bee will talk about what they’re hoping/asking for, what they’re thinking of getting their SO, their parents/in laws, and their friends/siblings. Hopefully you’ll discover some cool gift ideas in the series!

And with that…Pengy’s gift guide!


Jawbone UP ($130)

I had the first clip on version of the FitBit (since retired, now this) and I was OBSESSED with it. It really helped me lose weight and have some accountability to stay moving throughout my day. I lost it on the BART train a few months ago and was super super sad. Also, I stopped trying to get my 10,000 steps in a day, mostly because if nothing’s counting my steps, I thought it was just as fine for me to sit on my ass and eat Cheetos instead. That fitness plan doesn’t seem to be working out, so I’d love a Jawbone UP as a replacement. Why not just get the latest FitBit you ask? Simple. Because I think Jawbone UP is cuter than its FitBit Flex counterpart and I am vain.

WHAT I’M THINKING OF GETTING MY HUSBAND: 365 day calendar – a calendar made up of your Instagrams. ($40)

My husband has a 365 day desk calendar (I think this year he’s got the F in Exams one—pretty funny!). Rudely enough he has NO pictures of me or our pup Billie Jean on it. I plan on printing out a 365 day calendar for him with all the collective Instagrams we’ve taken—mostly of Billie doing adorable stuff, and some of me in my natural habitat doing THIS. (If you don’t have 365 pics to print, you choose what you want to use and Printstagram just repeats images after you’ve cycled through. Easy peasy!)

Cards Against Humanity ($25)

I hear it’s like Apples to Apples, except everyone that plays walks away with a higher possibility of burning in hell. Sounds like our kind of game.


Bottega Copper Tumblers ($99 for 4)

We went to Michael Chiarello’s Bottega restaurant in Yountville with my in laws and we all absolutely fell in love with the copper tumblers they served the water in. They’re absolutely gorgeous and there is just something about them that’s so unique, you walk out of the restaurant scheming as to how you can possibly steal them. Of course, stealing is bad, and our chances of going to hell are already upped from playing Cards Against Humanity, so luckily Michael’s retail store, Napa Style, sells them. I mean, they’re so special, they deserved their own YouTube video…right?


Jouer…everything. #AlltheJouer!!! (prices vary)

Jouer is my favorite, favorite makeup line ever. The colors palettes are modern but timeless—perfect for everyday wear. The best part is the intelligent, click-together packaging. You can customize and put together different shades and products—bronzer, eye shadow, powders, tints, even lip glosses all click and slide together, which means you don’t have to dig around in your purse for each individual makeup item you’re looking for.

Each year for the holiday they come out with a new mini makeup bag, wallet, or something “special” that I absolutely covet. They’re the perfect price point for friends and siblings, so it’s easy to stock up on four or five and have them on hand for hostess gifts, friends that pop by, etc.  One of my faves from this year is the mini “IT” bag, below. Pop in a Nordstrom gift card, and it’s a done deal for my sisters in law and best GFs.


Spacepaks from Flight 001 ($28 and up)


If you travel, these will change your life. I have the whole SpacePak system. They’re compression packs that you put your clothes in prior to putting them in your luggage, and mash down your clothing so that you can pack a TON of stuff in a small suitcase. In the blue spacepak you can fit 14 shirts and four pairs of pants, and they magically come down in size to something akin to a 12 pack of bottled beer. (Sorry—I’m looking around my living room for something to compare the blue spacepak to, and this is the only thing that makes sense.) I travel with notoriously smaller suitcases than everyone I know; this is why. (Although fair warning, because you’re able to jam so much into a suitcase, it can get HEAVY!) I’ve gifted these in years past, and will continue giving them away for years to come.

Is Santa bringing you a Lhasa Apso driving a Tesla for Christmas? If so, can I come over and play?

See all the bees’ 2013 gift guides here.


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008
Classifieds: November 27, 2013
Happy Thanksgiving, Hive!
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  1. msfilly Member
    Mrs. Filly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 4:37 pm

    Pengy, you are spot on with Cards Against Humanity – it is the BEST GAME EVER.

  2. pyramid Member
    Mrs. Pyramid 104 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:03 pm

    I’m the worst gift-giver, so thanks for some ideas! Especially this year, Im trying to stay out of the malls since I’m trying to save money for the wedding. And now I have no ideas for presents! I’m looking forward to the bees suggestions!

    And you’re going to love Cards Against Humanity. It’s hilarious and we can play for hours! Just…watch who you play with.

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    MsGinkgo 8808 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 5:22 pm

    Cards against humanity is one of the best games I have ever played. So wrong and so fun!

  4. camel Member
    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 5:31 pm

    ^^ THIS. Love that game!! Great ideas Mrs. Penguin. As a teacher, I love the “F in Exams” calendar. I think I know some co-workers who would enjoy that. :)

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    brookebq 604 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    Realize that you can’t check your steps throughout the day with the Jawbone UP- I’d suggest looking at the Fitbit Force or the Polar Loop because of their displays. May not be “as” pretty (though they are in my opinion), but a bit more functional. Thanks for the list!

  6. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 6:28 pm

    I LOVE that Instagram calendar, thanks Pengy!

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    fionak 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:57 pm

    Cards Against Humanity is fantastic!!

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    scottishmrs 3213 posts, Sugar bee @ 7:20 pm

    I haven’t gotten through the whole post yet, but Teslas are currently my favourite car ever and DH and I totally want one! Maybe when we win the lottery…
    I have no idea yet what I’m going to ask for, but so far I’m getting DH: a beard brush, a safety razor with replacement blades, and the Game of Thrones box set. Those are his main present and he’ll be getting a stocking full of yummy goodies and a few useful little things.
    His birthday is at the beginning of December too and he’s getting a new zip-up, hooded sweater with a soft fuzzy lining, a box set of the Hobbit and LOTR trilogy (books, not movies), and Machiavelli’s The Prince. He asked for the books for this one and the sweater’s a surprise.
    I love buying people presents! I am terrible at knowing what I’d like for myself though.

  9. penguin Member
    penguin 3490 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:19 am

    @BrookeBQ: OOOH good call! I check my steps all throughout the day so that is a huge disadvantage! Thanks for the heads up!

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    MmeSilverBullet 2553 posts, Sugar bee @ 9:51 am

    I LOVE CAH!!!!

    …that is all :)

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    MrsSaltWaterTaffy 24423 posts, Honey Beekeeper @ 11:32 am

    OMG Pengy I need those space packs! Thanks for sharing them!

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