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Last Minute Gift Ideas

Everyone has at least one, and maybe several, hard-to-buy-for people on their holiday shopping lists. For the ladies who aren’t giving any hints this year, we have a list of last minute gifts that will surprise and delight them!

derbyFor the edgy friend, Scars & Stripes: The Culture of Modern Roller Derby is a great gift! Photographer and skater Andréanna Seymore documents her experiences with roller derby from 2008-2014. This book contains photographs and commentary from people involved with the sport revealing moments both good and bad. A great coffee table book for the 20-something in your life!

In need of a cute stocking stuffer that she will use all year long? Try one of these adorable keychains from Capturing Couture! Their size makes it difficult for her to misplace her keys and easier for her to wear them around her wrist when she doesn’t have pockets. Choose from several designs to find the keychain that reminds you of her!

11.25 Train Case Gold GlitterThe Caboodles Train Case in Gold or Silver Glitter is perfect for any makeup lover! You will not believe how much you can fit in to one of these gorgeous makeup cases– stay tuned to our Facebook page for a chance to win one in silver!

For a gift that EVERY girl can use, try these Gold Dot Printed Flannel Pajamas from Aegean Apparel! They will keep her warm and stylish all winter. And you might just want to order a pair for yourself to wear on Christmas Day!

Pick up the December issue of Bella while they last for more great holiday ideas! And stay tuned for another great 24 Days of Prizes giveaway!


Holiday Gifts: The Perfect Book

Giving the gift of literature this holiday season? Good for you! Here are some of our favorites for the book lover in your life:

Helen86_Final Cover.inddHelen on 86th Street and Other Stories by Wendi Kaufman: This compilation of short stories is perfect for women of all ages. The trials faced by each character will make you laugh on one page and cry on the next. Although some of the circumstances are very dark, they are very relatable in the sense that we have all faced challenges with family, relationships, and friendships. Kaufman writes intimately of daughters, mothers, and lovers, of first loves and difficult truths. This is a wonderful gift for your adult daughter, mother, or friend.

Chasing the Sun by Natalia Sylvester is set against the backdrop of political turmoil in 1992. Fans of Gone Girl will be on the edge of their seats with this suspenseful novel about a man whose wife is kidnapped just as their marriage is falling apart. This is a great gift for the mystery lover in your life and would also be an excellent choice for your book club!

The Vines is the most recent horror thirller by best-selling author, Christopher Rice. It focuses on the dark history of Spring House, a restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. The past is unearthed when the current owner attempts suicide in the gazebo and awakens forces in the ground below. Perfect for the reader whose bookshelf is filled with vampires, ghosts, and other monsters!

textsTexts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg is full of hilariously imagined text conversations from classic and modern literary figures such as Scarlett O’Hara and Jessica Wakefield. Glimpse into re-imagined conversations between Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, and texts from Daisy Buchanan! This is a unique gift for the classic literature fan on your list– a great coffee table book that is sure to spark conversations each time it is opened.    

Biscuit for Your Thoughts presents an aphorism every dog owner (past or present) will understand, paired with a lovable and outrageously funny pet portrait by NYC photographer, Andrew Darlow. Buy this book for your own home, and take in the wisdom that dogs have “cultivated over thousands of years” to help humans relax and live the good life!