Erin Condren: Founder,

Erin Condren: Founder,

This Design Pro & Gift Guru Shares Her Top Picks

If you want a spirit-lifting holiday card or gift, you're going to Erin Condren, who's brightly-colored designs practically insist that the new year is going to be a great one. This popular product designer is also a bonafide. "Mompreneur," balancing her happy home life with her now, uber-successful business. She tells her story in the "about" section of her site,, which really made me appreciate her talent and point of view. Since the initial launch of her paper line, she has grown to include a huge variety of punchy and bold, personalized gift ideas, stationary and labels, that definitely make my personal give-list. In fact, I happened to have listed her gift labels on a Holiday Gift Guide I recently contributed to, as well [See Left]! Today, Erin tells us what's on her personal Gift-Giving List.

  1. A Jewel Of A Designer: Brooke Gregson brooke gregson VISIT WEBSITEI truly adore ANYTHING that Brooke designs...she is such a gifted jewelry designer, pairing unexpected combinations of gems with custom twists and turns of Gold.  I was surprised with the most incredible  "group gift" from all my friends when I turned 40.  It was from her Geometric collection and had 40 diamonds of many different colors.  Her jewelry makes the perfect gift to commemorate a special birthday, anniversary or special occasion. Prices Vary.
  2. The "Catch-All" Of The Day: Erin's Personalized Lucite Tray lucite trayVISIT WEBSITEMy new Lucite trays make the perfect gift this holiday season! My kids have personalized trays to hold their DS, iPod Touch, Lego guys and more!  My Tray is beside my bed and holds my reading glasses and vitamins i take each night.  The larger trays are so fun to deliver breakfast in bed or cupcakes to a coworker.  With or with photos, the trays will be cherished for many years to come. $119 for medium designer tray
  3. Kate The Great: Metallic Wristlet By Kate Spade kate spadeVISIT WEBSITEI have been a huge fan of Kate Spade since the early 90s, and I truly think her collection just keeps getting better and better.  My latest purchase was a gift to myself! I absolutely adore my glittering metallic wristlet!  I had intended on using it as a "date night" or girls night purse, but those nights are few and far between.  I've decided to use it as my wallet so i can enjoy it everyday. $125
  4. A True Original: Jonathan Adler, "Design Your Own" jonathan adlerVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION: Jonathan Adler 8125 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles [West Melrose]As a gal that loves to PERSONALIZE gifts, I fell in love with JA's collection of "Design Your Own" pillows, rugs, tote bags and more.  They are a bit pricey, but well worth it, and make a very special gift for a housewarming.  The throw pillows are my favorite, I just love that I can choose the yarn colors to customize both sides.  I can enjoy one side for a while, then flip it over and feel like I did a mini remodel! $125 for small, 2-sided pillow
  5. Seeing Things Clearly: Moda Vision Reading Glasses moda visionVISIT WEBSITEAs I approached my 40th birthday, it was like a hourglass of sand was timing the last days of 20/20 vision! As I purchase my first pair for reading glasses for myself, I thought a variety of funky colors and cases would make the perfect "party favor" for dinner out with my girlfriends on the night I turned 40.  However, just like losing my eyesight, I also constantly lose my reading glasses.  I found a great collection online for under $15 so i can keep a pair by my desk, in the kitchen, by my bed, in the kids room....$12.99
  6. Party Perfect Seating: Pantone Folding Chairs pantone chairsVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION:A + R Store 1121 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice [Venice, Abbot Kinney]It was love at first sight! My daughter took an art class this past summer, and the teacher had a pink Pantone chair in her office! I knew that I must have ALL COLORS for my new office, and found them online that same day!  I bought all 7 colors offered and continue to get compliments from every single person that visits our corporate office. It would make for an excellent seating option when you're entertaining or such a cute gift for any artsy gal....I know my daughter wants one for her desk in her bedroom...i'll be sure to let Santa know :) $84
  7. Body Bling: Gleam Body Radiance gleamVISIT WEBSITEMelanie is best known for her INCREDIBLE work as head makeup artist on "Dancing with the Stars."A friend introduced me to her "gleam" body potion, and I feel like a million bucks when I wear the Rose "liquid metal" for the skin! It gives my legs a sun kissed tint, but with a sparkle that makes my legs and arms look like the celebrities on the show.  This makes such a fun gift for girlfriends and coworkers too! $40
  8. Disc-over A Great Mommy Gift: TJ&CO Sterling Silver Name Discs name disksVISIT WEBSITEI love to give these name discs as baby gifts.  I have two discs, one for each of my kids, and I wear them with mommy pride! They really go with gold or silver accessories since the disc is silver but trimmed in 14K gold.  I also love the photo charms from TJ&Co too!  My favorite is the dog tag, just the cutest gift for pet lovers....I just love it. $75
  9. Sweet Skin Care: Lalicious Sugar Souffle Scrubs sugar souffleVISIT WEBSITEThis Scrub is by far the best in the biz! I have tried so many other scrubs that leave my skin feeling too oily, but this perfectly formulated "souffle" is a favorite of mine and all my girlfriends.  It is the perfect gift to bring to a Holiday gift exchange...all the gals will be fighting to keep your gift! My favorite scents are Brown Sugar & Vanilla, or Peppermint during the Holiday season. $34
  1.  Great Gifting Resource: Gum Tree in Hermosa Beach gum treeVISIT WEBSITE | LOCATION:Gum Tree Shop and Cafe 238 Pier Avenue, Hermosa BeachWhen in doubt, go to Gum Tree! It is the one stop shop for all gifts in the South Bay!  Lori Ford is the owner and has the most incredible design style in all things for home and body.  I know that i can stop in after work and grab a gift for a girlfriend or coworker, and of course while I'm there, a little sumthin for myself.  Her adorable aussie husband is the chef at the cafe inside, always serving up the most delicious salads and sandwiches while we shop!

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