Hacks Newsletter Week 56 – Cyber Monday Hacks


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By now you’ve made it through the calories and the extra set of crunches that typifies Thanksgiving weekend. Next on the agenda if it hasn’t already started: Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping!

Here are my favorite online destinations for holiday shopping this Covid 2020 Holiday Season. I will return to non-holiday-related hacks starting next week!


Advent Calendars Gone Right: Lego or In Good Taste

My former Stanaford GSB student, Claire Waluch, is on the founding team at In Good Taste. I love their concept and her tenacity; although their wine advent calendar sold out in 2 weeks, other In Good Taste single-serving wines tasting kits are awesome holiday gifts – starting at $65 per 8 glass set. California sampler is evergreen.  Find it here!

Meanwhile, our girls will be devouring their Legos advent calendars courtesy of Uncle Jeff.  Suitable for adults and children, shop Legos advent calendars here.


Perfect Pajamas: Petite Plume

Cited by more celebrities than I care to count, my love of this brand started when I met its founder, now my proper friend, Emily Hikade. Who doesn’t like a woman who spent a career in foreign service before becoming a luxury goods entrepreneur? And the fact that her luxury pajamas are fit for royalty, literally and figuratively? They are on the top of our gift-giving list this holiday season. Buy Petite Plume here!


Brain-Stretching Puzzles

The pieces are as sculptural as the canvases are artistic when you work with a liberty puzzle. It makes me smile from ear to ear to see this dot.com boom during Covid: you now must sign up for a waitlist to get a 24-hour window in which to buy a single puzzle. But it’s worth the wait when you do! Van Gogh’s Starry Night is a family favorite. Shop Liberty puzzles here.   

High Tea Fit for a Queen: Tea Sets by Bernardaud 

Truth be told, I love all things Bernardaud, biased heavily by the facts that (a) my stepsister, Betsy Bernardaud, is of the Bernardaud family, and (b) their handmade, hand-painted porcelain from Limoges, France is as exquisite as it gets. As a tea lover and a high-tea lover, I particularly love their teacups/saucers for special events. Willing to indulge in a fancy tea set for two? Shop Bernardaud in the US at Neiman Marcus or shop their holiday collection at https://www.bernardaud.com/en/us

Coffee and Chocolate Lovers Delight: Shop Local, Think Global with Reprise Roasters Gift Boxes

Want to support local enterprise and enjoy the best of hand-crafted coffee? And a side of chocolate to boot? The gift boxes of coffee, mugs, and chocolate by this local entrepreneur are delicious. Shop Local, Think Global with Reprise Coffee Roasters gift boxes here. 

Happy shopping!


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