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Published on December 16th, 2011 | by Ruth

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Gift Guide: Stay Warm, Stylishly Comfortable, And Environmentally Conscious

Check­ing your hol­i­day list, but find­ing your­self stumped for a few names? If you’re not sure enough of their size for sweaters, feel jew­el­ry would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate and aren’t sure what elec­tron­ics they have, we sug­gest you buy some­thing for their nest. At worst, they’ll be able to regift it (we hope we’re the re­cip­i­ents). At best, they’ll think of you with a smile ev­ery time they use it at home. We found gifts at three dif­fer­ent prices points- $25, $50 and (a splurge) $410.

We love curl­ing up on the couch in a blan­ket. As win­ter sets in, the idea grows more and more ap­peal­ing. When it’s re­al­ly cold, we wish that we could turn the space heater in­to a blan­ket and wrap that around us in­stead. With the heat­ed blan­kets from Sun­beam, we were able to do pre­cise­ly that. The mi­croplush throw is uber soft and cozy. The di­men­sions- about 4′ x 5′- make it big enough for a cou­ple peo­ple to share, and small enough to curl up in it alone with­out feel­ing like it’s eat­ing you. It’s ma­chine wash­able and dry­er safe, so if, say, a cat has a fur­ball on it, there’s no need to de­spair. Avail­able for about $50 on Ama­zon, we think this is a great gift for any­one prone to cold­ness in your life. We’re not sure how we end­ed up try­ing out one in leop­ard, but we’ve heard that it’s com­ing back. Right? If an­i­mal print isn’t your thing, the blan­ket is avail­able in many oth­er col­ors.

For the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly aware per­son on your list, we rec­om­mend the Belkin en­er­gy con­ser­va­tion prod­ucts that we dis­cussed ear­li­er this year. For un­der $25 you can get ei­ther the en­er­gy mon­i­tor or an en­er­gy-con­serv­ing serge pro­tec­tor/out­let split­ter. Good for the en­vi­ron­ment and for your pock­et­book. If you are a pas­sive-agres­sive pre­sent buy­er, first let us say we’re glad we don’t know you. Sec­ond, we would like to point out, you’re in the per­fect po­si­tion to get these for ev­ery­one in your life who is less aware of their car­bon foot­print.

If you’re in the mood to splurge on some­one, much of the fur­ni­ture from De­sign With­in Reach usu­al­ly oc­cu­pies our wish­list. Re­cent­ly we’ve been drool­ing over the Louis Ghost Arm­chair. Right away the idea of a ghost chair hits the hill­side ro­man­tic is us. The in­jec­tion-mold­ed poly­car­bon­ate is avail­able in ei­ther translu­cent or opaque black, and is su­per sol­id. It is tout­ed as good for in­doors or out­doors, but we know that if we had this love­ly, it would stay in­doors. If you and some­one else both get the same gift, no need for em­bar­rass­ment- they stack. At $410 we’ll ad­mit that it’s a bit rich for our gift-giv­ing blood, but that doesn’t seem to stop the drool.

Up­on con­sid­er­a­tion, please feel free to be add our staff to your hol­i­day gift list. Each of these very dif­fer­ent prod­ucts would fit right in­to our homes. For $25, you can make an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist quite proud. For $50, you can warm some­one up right away with a cozy throw. If you re­al­ly want to make a big im­pres­sion, try the Louis Ghost Arm­chair- it will leave more than a ghost of an im­pact.

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The ampersand tattoo on her shoulder goes a long way towards explaining Ruth's outlook on life: there's always an "and." With TrulyNet, Ruth enjoys working on social media and writing... and editing... and... Ruth went to the University of Oregon, where she studied music, dance and cognitive psychology (and sleeping very little). While there, she designed classes and taught arts enrichment to talented and gifted grade-school students. After graduation, Ruth spent several years as a Market Analyst at a large law firm in New York. Feeling the pull back to the west coast, Ruth moved to San Francisco and worked for Stanford for a year before deciding to pursue dance. She now runs dance events (wejustdance.com) and travels around the world teaching Argentine Tango, Blues Dance, Street Jazz, and as many other dances as she can get her feet on (danceruth.com). Ruth is also the founder of Just Dance Project (justdanceproject.com), a collection of recordings of people dancing to music - a living anthropological study. Ruth spends more time on Facebook that she cares to admit. When not attached to the computer, working for TrulyNet, or dancing, Ruth rock climbs, knits, swims, obsessively plays Boggle, plays games, plays tennis, cooks, sips beer, wine and whiskey, and travels seeking adventure.



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