With just a little over a week until Christmas, we decided to take some of the guesswork out of your holiday shopping and take a look back at some of the best Fab or Flub? products from the past year.
From beauty must-haves to fun foodie inventions, these stocking stuffer suggestions are all hits and no misses.
HISY Bluetooth remote control
Know someone obsessed with taking selfies? Then the HISY Bluetooth remote control is for them. Allowing users to snap pictures and video from up to 90 feet away, the mini remote eliminates selfie woes such as leaving someone out of the shot or having the extended arm ruin the picture. Since I reviewed the product, the HISY is now available in a variety of fun colors and the brand has developed a version for Android users called the HALO.
Cost: $25 at www.hisypix.com.
Color Wow’s Blow Dry Spray
If there’s one thing I learned this year, it is that, sometimes, the best products are unexpected. Designed for color-treated hair, Color Wow’s Blow Dry Spray promised to help users reduce their blow drying time and minimize heat damage. Turns out the spray is great for those who don’t have dyed hair (like me), too. In addition to cutting my styling time in half, it left my hair super-soft and shiny.
Cost: $24, available at Ulta or www.ulta.com.
Boscia’s Charcoal Blotting Linens
When it comes to blotting linens, it’s hard to go wrong with the ones made by the brand Boscia. Add charcoal (one of the hottest trends to hit the beauty market this year) and you’ve got a product that both removes oil and keeps it from returning. Even better? The linens are super-sized, which means even the oiliest of faces need only one cloth at a time.
Cost: $10 for a pack of 100, available at Sephora or www.sephora.com.
Perfect for vegans, vegetarians or anyone who likes to try something new, the Veggetti gives users the ability to turn lowly produce into delicious, healthy pasta. Easy to use on vegetables like zucchini and squash, the As Seen On TV product features two different types of blades to give you the option of making either thin, spaghettilike noodles or thick, fettuccine ones. My favorite dish to make with the Veggetti? Zucchini spaghetti topped with sun-dried tomato pesto.
Cost: $10, available at Walgreens or www.buyveggetti.com.
Anyone on your list who needs help keeping used produce fresh and full of flavor could use Food Huggers. Great for when you just want to use half a lemon or a pepper, these colorful silicone covers helped me cut down on wasted food considerably this year. Best of all, they’re BPA- and phthalate-free.
Cost: $9.99 for a four-pack of Food Huggers or two-pack of Avocado Huggers, available at http://foodhuggers.com.
Bobbi Brown limited edition mini lip & eye palette
Packed with all the must-have makeup essentials, Bobbi Brown’s mini lip and eye palette is perfect for stylish girls-on-the-go. Carried on trips or in your purse, this universally flattering palette includes three light-to-dark eyeshadows, a mini shimmer lip gloss and two creamy lip colors that can also double as blushes.
Cost: $30 at Nordstrom or online at www.nordstrom.com.
DUBS acoustic filters
Whether your rocking out at a concert, chanting loudly at a sporting event or jamming out with your guitar, the DUBS acoustic filters keep ears protected without ruining your ability to enjoy yourself. Ideal for both music lovers and sports fans, these high-tech ear plugs use dynamic attenuation to reduce volume while maintaining the proper balance and clarity of the audio you hear.
Cost: $25 at www.getdubs.com.