This isn’t always the most wonderful time of the year despite what the fat guy in the big red suit may say. Thankfully, fake smiles and plenty of vodka can at least numb some of the joy that’s all around. Sharing the holidays with someone you love, or at least care deeply about, also helps. Here are some gadgety ways to bring the two of you closer this holiday season.
Jack Threads: The invitation-only site for men offers hip clothing at a reasonable price. That special New Year’s Eve dinner out in the city? The first time meeting your girl’s parents? Indeed, Jack Threads has it covered.
Gilt: For the prettier sex, Gilt is the place to go. Offering trendy wares for women, men, and children, Gilt was born to help celebrate the holidays. Best of all, many of their most fashionable offerings are still available for Christmas Eve delivery.
Fab: From Rough Diamond Earrings to an Art. Lebedev Verbarius Clock, to a Crosley Keepsake USB Turntable, Fab is a great place to find a gift for that special someone who has everything.
Uncommongoods: Like Fab, Uncommongoods puts a unique spin on holiday gift giving. From warm or cool face mugs, to a stone drink dispenser, Uncommongoods helps show off your crazier side.
Plan on getting away to celebrate the New Year, but haven’t had time to make a reservation? Deals are still available online, but you can’t wait much longer.
The hottest spots to celebrate 2013 shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as Paris, Tokyo, London, and Boston remain popular choices. For those seeking a wilder experience, Rio de Janeiro and Las Vegas never disappoint.
Decided on New York City this year? The Times Square Party Pass is available beginning at $235 per person, as are plenty of deals on special New Year’s Eve dinners around the city.
Popping the question
Ready to ask your special someone for their hand in marriage? Good for you! Still haven’t bought the ring? How lame can you be?
While your favorite local jeweler is almost certainly the best place to look for the perfect engagement ring, some online sites are also good. One of the best is Blue Nile, which promises custom diamond jewelry in as little as four days. Also available are preset diamond pendants and earrings for the holidays.
Our favorite jewelry store on the planet also has a superb online presence. Tiffany & Co. promises that most orders will arrive by Christmas Day if ordered before Saturday, Dec. 22.
For your favorite techie
Diamonds remain a girl’s best friend, but Apple’s new iPad mini will certainly work in a pinch. Same goes for the company’s newest full-sized tablet, the so-called iPad with Retina display. If you want either of these as Christmas gifts, you better hurry.
Are gifts developed in Cupertino, Calif., not your thing? Consider the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by Amazon.
Finally, amateur photographers will absolutely fall in love with the Lytro, the first consumer camera based on light-field technology. Orders received before Dec. 20 will arrive before Christmas.