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VUE 2019 Digital Gift Guide

Lifestyle

The holidays are a time for indulgence. Whether it’s of the gift or food variety, there’s something to be said about enjoying the season’s offerings to their fullest. However, wise shoppers know that the hunt for the perfect present is no easy feat. And when it comes to the most discerning people in your life, you won’t be satisfied until you’ve found something that leaves even them grinning from ear to ear. Luckily, we’ve laid out this year’s best finds in a one-stop guide that’s got everyone covered from avid travelers and entertainers to techies and the “have-it-all” types.

For Him

giftRoka Cambridge Sunglasses

The Cambridge shades from Roka offer a stylish yet versatile alternative to traditional eyewear. The mixed-metal frames are super lightweight, as well as sweat and chemical resistant, and the lenses come in a variety of classic, cool color options. $170 at www.roka.com 

giftGrand Seiko SBGC230

This limited-edition timepiece comes as the newest addition to Grand Seiko’s Sport Collection. Marking the 20th anniversary of Seiko’s Spring Drive, this design carries an 18k rose gold lion insert denoting power and strength, a burgundy case representing the lion’s mane, red alligator strap and white contrast stitching. Price available upon request at LaViano Jewelers in Westwood.

giftAthletic Propulsion Labs (APL) Men’s TechLoom Wave

Make the most out of your workout with these high-performance sneakers from APL. They have a lightweight design and flexible knit uppers that are woven to move with your feet, ideal for long or short-distance running. $225 at www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com

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Ekster Parliament Wallet

Crafted from premium top-grain leather, The Parliament will kick your old wallet to the curb. It allows for quick card access at the click of a button and is outfitted with solar-powered tracking technology that’ll keep you from misplacing your belongings ever again. $79 at www.ekster.com

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Patagonia Men’s Crestview Pants

Give the hiker or backpacker in your life these ultra-comfortable hiking pants from Patagonia. They’re made from 91% recycled polyester/9% spandex stretch making it easier trek the trails and are Fair Trade Certified™ sewn. $129 at www.patagonia.com

Xenolith Sweater in Steatite Grey

Made with Hima-Layer Yardang 240 fabric, the Xenolith is the ideal gift for the winter athlete that matches comfort with utility. Combining the benefits of natural performance wool, the Xenolith is an insulating technical mid-layer made with  for the modern mountain adventurer (or anyone who just wants to keep warm while tackling the outdoors). $250 at Kora.net

Kahu Pahaha Men’s Leather Sneaker by OluKai (in Espresso/Tapa)

The Kahu Pahaha is a great holiday gift for someone who likes to add a bit of style and creativity to their everyday shoe game. OluKai’s Kahu Pahaha, was born with local Honolulu creative personalities in mind. Using a patented drop-in heel, the shoe offers both function and swag. Using full-grain leather with a sift lining and flat laces, the Kahu Pahaha might look delicate but is primed for everyday, all-weather use. $130 at OluKai.com

Bislett Pants by Tracksmith

The Bislett Pant is a new take on an old classic silhouette for winter running. Cut from Tracksmith’s four-way stretch shell, the Bislett features pockets and stirrups reminiscent of Bislett Sports International design in the late 1980s. With improved design and durability, Tracksmith’s Bislett was reborn in 2014 in homage to the original–combining the quality of the past with the innovation of the future. $168 at Tracksmith.com

 

Tact & Stone Traveler Walk Short

Versatile, breathable and stylish, Tact & Stone’s Traveler Walk Short is great for just about any activity. Designed to be worn above the knee, its unique design wicks moisture and is completely wrinkle-free. Using 90 percent organic cotton, the Traveler Walk Short is the perfect adventure companion. $78 at tactandstone.com

Samuel Hubbard Snow Lodge 2.0

If you’ve got an outdoorsy-type on your gift list this year, rest assured these leather snow boots from Samual Hubbard will get them through every winter weather condition. A cozy shearling lining keeps the wearer’s feet insulated and warm, while Gore-Tex ensures the elements stay out. They also feature Vibram’s most advanced gripping system which prevents one’s soles from slipping and sliding about. $425 at www.samuelhubbard.com

OROS Orion Parka

The latest launch from OROS is their new men’s Orion Parka. Using aerogel (the same materials as NASA space shuttles) to insulate, this jacket is perfect for the cold-weather months ahead. OROS’ SOLARCORE insulation while fully breathable and flexible, provides a top level of warmth with just 3mm thickness. Whether you’re out for a winter weather retreat or simply commuting against the elements, the waterproof Orion Parka is our choice this year. $350 at OROSapparel.com

Khumbu 5-Pocket Trail Pant

The Khumbu 5-Pocket is Sherpa Adventure’s new take on their top-selling hiking pant. Made with state-of-the-art fabrics, the Khumbu is wrinkle-resistant with four-way stretch comfort- making it ideal for travel. Our new favorite for hitting the trails, the Khumbu 5-Pocket is the only hiking pant you need this year. $69.95 at sherpaadventuregear.com

Annapurna Featherless Down Hooded Jacket Trail Pant

Made with 3M Thinsulate (Sherpa’s 75 percent recycled featherless down insulation), the Annapurna is a timeless Nepal-inspired coat that’s than standard down when wet. Whether on the slopes or on your morning commute, the Annapurna is perfect for just about anything. $199.99 at sherpaadventuregear.com


For Her

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Elizabeth Sutton Collection ‘Black and White Starburst’ Clutch

This Elizabeth Sutton clutch is crafted from the signature acrylic material that the designer uses for all of her handbags. Made in a sculptural box shape, its exterior features asymmetrical lines that alternate between shimmering silver, black and white pearl. $295 at www.elizabethsuttoncollection.com

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Christian Louboutin Xili Disco Ball Sandals

Taking cues from 1980s disco culture, these silver sequined Louboutin sandals will inspire you to get up and dance. Set upon 100mm stiletto heels, two embellished straps crisscross over the foot making an ‘X’ shape, and they’re complemented by an open-toe silhouette, specchio leather and iconic red bottoms. $745 at www.us.christianlouboutin.com

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Three-Stone Diamond Ring

When in doubt, diamonds make for an unforgettable gift. This three-stone, halo-style diamond ring in 14k white gold is no exception. Starting at $4,165 (price does not include cost of center stone). Please contact Braunschweiger Jewelers in Morristown for final price.

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Kendra Scott Remington Necklace in Gold

Classic and elegant, this subtle studded chain necklace from Kendra Scott will accompany any holiday look. $800 at Kendra Scott at The Mall at Short Hills.

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HANRO Lynn Kimono in Cypress

Shiny satin and lace trim give leisure time a luxurious touch. This kimono-style wrap robe from HANRO is sure to keep you cozy and stylish all winter long. $298 at www.shop.hanrousa.com

                         

HANRO Woolen Lace Legging & Long Sleeve Shirt in Camel

What’s more comfortable than warm Merino wool? We swear by this soft sleep set from HANRO with delicate, ornate lace trim. $163 for the leggings & $163 for the shirt at www.shop.hanrousa.com


For the Techy

Custom iPhone 11 Pro Max Case in Ultra Impact

Protect your most precious device with this sleek yet durable phone case featuring extreme drop protection and QiTech bumpers. Take it to the next level by adding your favorite photos, stickers or text to make it your own. $54 at www.casetify.com

 

Echo Show

Another Alexa-enabled smart device is making its way onto holiday wish lists everywhere, this time with a touch screen and forward-facing camera. Ideal for streaming shows, video chatting, or serving as your trusty kitchen companion, there’s little that the Echo Show can’t do. $229.99 at www.amazon.com

Oculus Quest

What’s next for VR gaming? The Oculus Quest is the company’s first all-in-one gaming system. Requiring no wires, all users need is a headset, controllers and room to play. $399 for 64GB or $499 for 128GB at www.oculus.com

Ember Mug² Copper Edition

Our favorite temperature-controlled smart mug has been re-engineered to include a longer battery life, new charging coaster and a hidden touch display that allows you to adjust the temperature directly on the mug—keeping your coffee or tea as warm as you want, for as long as you want. $129.95 at www.ember.com

myCharge Portable Charger Power Bank – HubPlus Turbo 6700

Portable chargers have come a long way in recent years; what was once thought of as a tech convenience has now become a necessity. We can’t tell you how many we’ve been saved by having a portable power bank handy during our travels. The myCharge HubPlus Turbo 6700 just might be our favorite one yet, charging devices up to 75 percent faster. With built in cables, you also have the added convenience of less dangling wires, which is especially ideal when you’re on the go – or really anywhere. $89.99 on Amazon.com


For the New Mom

4moms mamaRoo4 in Dark Gray Cool Mesh

This infant seat will be a lifesaver for new moms with a fussy baby. It soothes newborns with bouncing and swaying motions,  has a built-in sound system and is able to fully recline depending if your baby wants to lie back or sit up. Starting at $219.99 at www.4moms.com
 

Nuna PIPA lite LX

A car seat is a must-have for that first trip home from the hospital. The PIPA lite LX from Nuna is ultra-portable, lightweight and features aircraft-certified side-impact protection. $349.95 at www.nunababy.com

Silver Cross 2019 Wave Stroller

The Wave Stroller by SIlver Cross is ideal for those seeking comfort, yet a contemporary design. Depending on what you need, it functions as a double stroller and bassinet, accommodating up to three passengers at one time. This new model is also three pounds lighter than its previous, making for easier handling. $1,299.00 at www.silvercrossus.com

Nuna CUDL

Keep your baby close, but your hands free with the CUDL carrier. Padded shoulder straps and a thick waist belt keep the wearer feeling supported, and your baby has four different options for being carried. An integrated infant booster for newborns comes built-in and can be unzipped. $219.95 at www.nunababy.com
 

Nuna COVE aire

Traveling with a little one doesn’t have to be a hassle with Nuna’s convertible crib. This two-in-one napper and bassinet will ensure your baby has a place to sleep, no matter where you go, and can convert into a play yard when they get a bit older. $449.95 at www.nunababy.com
 

Hatch Mama Belly Oil

If you’re trying to get ahead of the game, this stretch mark-reducing oil is specially formulated to support the skin as it expands during pregnancy and recovers postpartum. The oil itself is quick-drying and stars calendula and sweet almond oil for moisture, grapefruit peel for a citrusy scent and doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy. $58 at www.hatchcollection.com

Hatch Mama Belly Mask

This secret weapon for moms is essentially a sheet mask, but for your belly! Not only can you use these during pregnancy as your little one grows, moms postpartum can also apply these hydrating masks to their stomachs to reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. $12 at www.hatchcollection.com

Hatch Mama Wellness Oils

The magic of essential oils is undeniable and these three offerings from Hatch will bring any expecting mom the relief she deserves. Relax with their lavender calming blend; soothe nausea with the ginger extracts in “Rescue”; and gain some energy with the pick-me-up powers of eucalpytus. All oils are alcohol-free and contain zero parabens, phthalates, dyes or artificial fragrances.  $26 each at www.hatchcollection.com


For the Home

Nespresso Lattissima Touch

The coffee enthusiast in your life will love this easy, one-touch espresso machine. With six different coffee and milk recipes to suit everyone’s tastes, it’s the ultimate barista experience at home. $335.30 at www.nespresso.com
 

Cultiver Linen Duvet Cover in Cedar

There’s no one on your list that won’t want to cuddle up with this ultra-soft linen duvet cover from Cultiver. It’s woven from 100 percent European Flax for maximum comfort and is finished with hand-stitched button closures along the bottom. $245 at www.cultiver.com

 

Brooklinen Luxe Hardcore Sheet Bundle in Window Pane

This bedding from Brooklinen will quickly become your must-have for getting a good night’s sleep. It includes one sheet set, duvet cover and two pillowcases all made out of 100 percent long staple cotton. From $219 at www.brooklinen.com 
 

Dyson Lightcycle

Developed with the intent of minimizing eye strain and increasing productivity, the Lightcycle is one of Dyson’s latest home products that gives us a glimpse into the future. It is able to simulate natural light and automatically adjust its color, temperature and brightness based on your age, tasks or environment. $599.99 at www.dyson.com
 
 
Epson EcoTank ET-2760
 
Epson’s all-in-one cartridge-free supertank printer is this year’s best home office hardware gift. The wireless printer can save up to 90 percent using affordable replacement ink bottles. Each ink bottle can print up to 7,500 pages which is equal to nearly 80 individual cartridges. The ET-2760 truly is a printer of the future. $299 at Epson.com
 

Marc & Parc, Andy Blank Home Art Decor (Skateboard-Insitu)

From Brooklyn artist Andy Blank comes a series of eccentric pieces which stem from his vision to creative art for under $199. Using top materials and hand-making each piece, every work is produced in limited quantities which will never again be duplicated. Endeavoring to set a new standard for design-forward customers to purchase artwork online, Blank’s work goes against the mass-production of cheap canvases or low-quality framing. Each work is signed by the artist and numbered as per each set. From $175 at andyblank.com

TRX HOME2 SYSTEM by TRX Training

Starting ones journey into fitness isn’t always easy. It’s even more challenging when at home or on the go, especially if you don’t have the right tools. Enter the TRX HOME2 SYSTEM by TRX Training, the ideal way to workout no matter where you happen to be. Workouts can be completed in as little as 20 minutes and it can fit just about anywere. The purchase of the TRX HOME2 SYSTEM also includes a one-year sub to the TRX App. $195.95 at trxtraining.com


For the Beauty Insider

Pat McGrath Blitz Astral Quad in Iconic Illumination

This limited-edition palette from makeup artist Pat McGrath combines all the best elements of powder, cream and fluid eyeshadow textures. The metallic, warm tones will be the perfect complement to any holiday attire. $65 at www.patmcgrath.com
 

CHI Rose Gold Spin N Curl

For those with even the smallest amount of hairstyling capabilities, this self-curling iron couldn’t make getting ready any easier. At the press of a button, the hair gets wrapped around the internal iron for 15 seconds before revealing soft, shiny and effortless curls. $99 at www.amazon.com
 

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet Liquid Lipstick

The words weightless and liquid lipstick don’t usually go hand in hand, but Giorgio Armani has cracked the code. The Lip Magnet formula is said to be four times thinner than their traditional lipstick and packs in twice as much color. $38 at www.giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com

Pai Skincare Natural Treasures Hero Collection

Right in time for the holidays, Pai has released a trial-sized trio of their best-selling products. Formulated for sensitive skin, this three-step regimen will clean, condition and calm the skin. $90 at www.paiskincare.us

U.SK Under Skin Revitalizing Collection

The Revitalizing collection by skincare brand US.K Under Skin will be the magic ingredient to keep your skin glowing all winter long. Their four luxurious elixirs are individually formulated with gemstones including pearl, gold, platinum and diamonds that act to return strength, firmness and moisture to the skin. $149 each/available for purchase via authorized physicians.


For the Traveler

Master & Dynamic MW50+ Headphones

Don’t deny yourself a premium audio experience while on the road. These wireless, on or over-ear headphones from Master & Dynamic don’t cut any corners—with a soft leather and lambskin surface, Bluetooth 4.1 signal range, 16-hour battery life and stylish retro design. $349 at www.masterdynamic.com

Moral Code Small Excursion Weekender Bag

When it comes to weekender bags, you want something that won’t weigh you down. This petite offering from Moral Code has an interior pocket for storage and features a detachable shoulder strap and adjustable side buckles. Available in shades of black, tan and green. $428 at www.moralcode.com

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The G-RO SIX

At VUE, it’s no secret that we love G-RO. And this compact carry-on is made for the everyday commuter, the weekender and everyone in between. This versatile new bag from G-RO, aptly named “SIX,” is a must-have for any kind of journey. It has plenty of storage space, and can fit both overhead and under the seat when jetsetting. $495 at G-RO.com


For the Entertainer

Camus XO Storybook

By now, it’s no secret that Cognac is here to stay in the Northeast. From one of France’s top Cognac houses comes Camus XO, a multitude of flavors and aromas made with eaux-de-vie from all six of the terroirs. If you want the entertainer in your life to be up on latest spirit trends, Camus XO is your go-to. $150 at select local retailers

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Billykirk Bartender Bag

From Jersey City brothers Chris and Kirk Bray, Billykirk is a leatherworking design duo that is an antidote to inferior quality and mass production. This year, Billykirk teamed up with Cooper & Thief to create a bar bag that will make anyone the envy of the party. With room for bar tools, a bottle and then some, this handcrafted bag made in New Jersey might just be the answer for the cocktail enthusiast who has everything. $250 at www.billykirk.com

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Cooper & Thief Red Wine Blend 2017

Sometimes, you just need to shake things up—literally. Cooper & Thief’s red wine blend will make any average party host look like a cocktail nerd. The unique blend, a dark purple and jammy red featuring Merlot and Cabernet (among others), is aged for three months in bourbon barrels. Its soft, velvety taste is a cool new ingredient to add to anything from an old-fashioned to a sidecar. $29.99 at select local retailers


For the Reader

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“The Style of Movement: Fashion and Dance” by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory

From the husband-and-wife duo behind NYC Dance Project comes a 305-page photography book that explores the relationship between today’s most renowned names in fashion and dance.$44.99 at www.amazon.com

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Mrs. John L. Strong Leather Notepad Holder

Handcrafted from crocodile embossed Italian leather, this handy notepad holder will make for the perfect desk accessory. $150 at www.mrsstrong.com

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“The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes

Based on the remarkable true story of Kentucky’s horseback librarians, this historical fiction novel follows five young women on their journey through Depression-era America. $28 at www.amazon.com

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All-new Kindle

Amazon E-reader now with a built-in adjustable front light, glare-free display screen, 4GB of storage, faster downloads and at-a-tap controls. $89.99 at www.amazon.com
 

For the Pet

Fi Smart Collar

In today’s world, dogs have become more than just companionsthey’ve become an irreplaceable part of our families. That is why Fi’s Smart Collar just might be the perfect gift for any dog owner in your life. The Smart Collar instantly tracks location just about anywhere in the continental U.S. on the new LTE-M Network. With its companion app, you can even set alerts for when your dog has left designated safe zones. In addition, the Smart Collar is fully chew and water-proof, compiles data on their daily activity, and has an average of three months between battery charges. $149 at tryfi.com


For the Golfer

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adidas Tour360 XT Twin Boa Shoes

The design of this golf shoe takes inspiration from the sport of cycling and is Boa’s first-ever golf shoe to feature two dials. It offers a supportive, locked-in feel that’ll keep you secure during the big swing and its trademark is its weatherproof wraps and Boost cushioning midsole that provides plenty of comfort. $250 at www.adidas.com
 

Wilson Staff D7 Men’s Irons

Debuting a sleeker aesthetic with their D7 irons, Wilson intends to give golfers the increased distance of a longer iron combined with the precision of their shorter clubs. The D7’s feature straighter lines, a cleaner top line and the thinnest club face in Wilson’s history. $599.99 Steel, $699.99 Graphite and $799.99 Combo at www.wilson.com
 
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Bushnell Golf Pro XE

The latest edition of Bushnell’s Laser Rangefinders will up your golf game thanks to patented Slope technology that can now predict the “elements” out on the course. The new-and-improved Pro XE will also vibrate when you’ve locked onto the flag, in addition to signaling a flashing red ring, and provide enhanced magnification seven times greater than previous models. $549.99 at www.bushnellgolf.com
 

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Cobra King F9 Speedback Driver

As Cobra’s fastest and longest driver to date, the revolutionary King F9 Speedback is the brands first driver to combine an aerodynamic club head, a low weight structure and a CNC milled face. Translation: more distance, less spin and maximum speed for the avid golfer in your life. $449 at www.cobragolf.com

By VUE NJ