The 3 Fabulous Gifts Anyone Would Love

New York Smash Magazine  

Read on for our favorite gift ideas of the season.

1. Indoor/outdoor comfort shoes or slippers

Orthaheel Geneva Slipper

Geneva Slipper, $69.95 at

Orthaheel Whistler Slipper

Whistler Slipper, $89.95 at

When you’re lounging around the house, there’s nothing like a plush pair of slippers to sink your feet into. Giving the gift of high-quality slippers will make just about anyone feel pampered. We recommend a shoe that’s cozy, yet durable enough to wear outdoors (a versatile slipper will impress the recipient of your gift even more so). Of course, buying shoes as a gift may seem tricky (what if they don’t fit?), so we suggest the stylish and ingeniously-designed Orthaheel brand, designed by podiatrists to support feet and relieve heel, leg, back and knee pain. Snag Orthaheel’s Geneva Slipper ($69.95) for women or Whistler Slipper ($89.95) for men.

2. High-end skin care products

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream

Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream, $49 at

Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream

Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream, $51 at

Skin care is more popular than ever, and with so many new anti-aging and cosmetic innovations, there’s a product for everyone out there. Woo your loved ones by gifting trendy products, like BB Cream, a multipurpose balm that also covers imperfections for men and women, and luxurious moisturizers. Our top picks are the best-selling Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream ($49), which is infused with rare argan oil and caviar extract, and the matching Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ($51), which noticeably smoothed our tester’s fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Wine from Napa Valley

Mira Winery

Mira Winery

An average bottle of wine is a common, yet well-received, gift, but the finest wine from Napa Valley? Now, that’s special. Just about anyone, even the most discerning connoisseur, will be hugely impressed when presented vino from one of the premier wine regions in the world.

Mira Winery, one of the most celebrated vineyards in Napa, offers special wine gift packages with holiday discounts and shipping included through Jan. 2014. To add a personal touch, your gift can be customized with a note on corporate or personal stationary for no extra charge. Mira’s 2010 pinot noir received a 94-point rating from Wine Enthusiast and was named May’s “Editors’ Choice.” The Mira 2009 syrah received a 92-point rating.

“Using the most exceptional grapes from Napa Valley Mira produces a unique multi-vineyard portfolio of the finest high quality wines. Mira Winery uses 100% Napa Valley grapes to produce not just a single outstanding varietal, but rather a portfolio of outstanding wines sourced from multiple vineyards,” Jim “Bear” Dyke, Jr., president of Mira Winery, told New York Smash. “We’ve been a disruptive force in an industry that prides itself on ‘old world,’ which led us on a quest to better understand the elements that impact aging wine through our historic ocean aging experiment known as ‘Aquaoir. What we learn has the potential to alter how an entire industry approaches aging on land.”

We recommend the Two Under The Mistletoe package, which includes one bottle of cabernet sauvignon and one bottle of chardonnay, with free shipping, for a total of $60. If you need a larger gift option, check out the Holiday MIRA-cle, which includes a total of six bottles of cabernet sauvignon, syrah and pinot noir for $240, shipping included.

We received product samples from Amarte. All opinions are our own.