Be honest: In your tireless quest for the perfect gifts to give to your friends and family...as you're running breathlessly from store to store and website to website...do you ever give in to the urge to buy one--okay, maybe two or three--cute items for yourself? We're as guilty as the next woman, but guess what? We're proud of it! So in that same spirit of giving back to the one person who deserves it most, we present the coolest, prettiest and most self-pampering gifts you can't help but want this holiday season. Enjoy...
Save the best page-turner of the year for yourself: Rachel Kushner's Telex from Cuba ($20, bn.com), a 2008 National Book Award finalist about the country's final years before Castro. Told through the eyes of children who are watching their privileged family's fall from grace firsthand, this is one novel you won't want to put down.
You know you'll look adorable in this girly, ruffled pink chiffon necklace from Anthropologie ($118, anthropologie.com). You've worked hard all year, now go ahead and treat yourself to something really pretty.
The Flip Camera ($149, bestbuy.com) is a high quality video recorder that's also small enough to fit into your clutch. How many times have you found yourself in a situation where you only wish you had your camcorder handy to capture a special moment? Well, you can carry this everywhere. It also comes with built-in editing software that lets you easily share your films online. Who knows? Maybe you'll be the next big You Tube star.
Whether you're napping, taking a bubble bath, housecleaning or just daydreaming about your new love interest, Gotan Project's limited edition box set, Gotan Object ($81, amazon.com), provides the perfect tango chill-out soundtrack to help you tune out the rest of the world...if only for a few blissful hours.
In search of a festive frock to help you ring in the New Year? Robert Rodriguez's draped asymmetrical dress ($374, shopbop.com) is sexy enough to turn heads and comfy enough to keep you partying 'till dawn.
Even Radio Raheem would be jealous of this modern version of the '80s boom box. There is a built in iPod dock, AM/FM radio, 12W speakers, and a remote control included with the iPod Boom Box ($220, urbanoutfitters.com). Go get the party started!
This 14k yellow gold necklace features dangling citrine and blue topaz stones ($239, finejewelryvault.com). It'll perfectly compliment your holiday party looks, plus your neck is looking a little bit lonely.
What better way to treat yourself than with the season's ultimate must-have bag? Marc Jacob's Casey Double Quilted Tote ($1,295, eluxury.com) is so roomy and supple, it can stand in for your pillow. Sweet dreams!
This 8" x 5" tray ($90, abitareshop.com) by New York designer John Derian is the perfect place to put all your favorite things whether they be chocolates, jewelry or cookies for Santa.
Pampering yourself will be a breeze, thanks to these oh-so-soft Peeky Toes cashmere pedicure socks ($60, peekytoes.com - enter the promo code LATINA1 at checkout for free ground shipping). Pick up Essie's mini 4-pack of wintry polishes ($15, nordstrom.com) to complete personal spa experience.
We think our sangria will taste a lot more yummy coming out of this beautiful hand-painted pitcher ($45, tienda.com). Throw in Sangria, a book of festive sangria recipes ($14.95, amazon.com), and we'll find any excuse to whip up a new batch!
Chocolate lovers, don't be shy! Give in to your addiction with Vosges Haut-Chocolat's Aztec Gift Tower ($51, vosgeschocolate.com), featuring truffles and cocoa mixes flavored with ancho chilies, Ceylon cinammon, Mexican vanilla beans and Argentinean dulce de leche. Our mouths are watering already.
Lava lamps? Puh-lease! The Crystal Cloud ($100, momastore.com) by Japanese sculptor Yumiko Yoshimoto is way cooler. It creates weather conditions like rain and clouds inside the water-filled glass sculpture. Indulge your inner scientist.
There's a reason why everybody wants a Kindle ($359, amazon.com). In a nutshell, it's because you can have anything you want--from newspapers to blogs to your pick of over 200,000 books--delivered straight to this handy device, and it will read as clearly as that quaint little thing known as paper. Believe the hype!