12 Days of Xmas - Day 1: The Light Keeper Set

I. Love. Christmas. Call me a sucker, but when the lights go up, the holiday songs start playing and everything has pumpkin spice in it, I get all tingly inside. Stealing Alexander Wang's idea, we're doing a 12 Days Of Christmas gifts countdown (A.Wang will certainly make it on our list) to inspire your holiday shopping this year. If anyone would like to send one of my picks over to me, feel completely free to do so!

 Kicking off the list is a beautiful sterling silver "The Light Keeper" necklace set by James Banks. It comes with a set of tool charms: a screw driver, tweezers and a funnel along with a real glass light bulb. But the real kicker? The lightbulb is filled with 30 loose black diamonds and then some.

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Harmoniously working together, the purpose of the funnel and tweezers is to aid in switching out the jewels (or "the light") inside the light bulb. The filament can also be removed and worn as a charm. I love the ability to customize your necklace with this set, and how everything has it's utility: the bulb for keeping the light, screwdriver for opening the light, tweezers for choosing the light and the funnel for transferring the light. Being able to participate in the design process, however small a contribution, is always a welcomed element--although that might only be because I'm a jewelry designer myself!

How this set actually came to my attention was that one of the James Banks designers is Adam Shulman, a.k.a. actress Anne Hathaway's freshly minted fiance. Along with jewelrysmith Heidi Nahser Fink, who does stunning metal work herself, the duo has so far released a very small collection of antique-inspired necklaces.

The set comes in a beautiful leather "tool" pouch and a polished wooden box with instructions on how to use the precious tools. Any guy or girl will be thrilled to receive this set (I know I would), but with a $1,100.00 price tag, you may just want to keep it for yourself.

Check back tomorrow for #11!

5 Seriously Disappointing Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday gifts aren't always the easiest thing to shop for: There's the spoof gift, the generic gift, the guaranteed gift ($$) and the "ummm" gift. Browsing around the internet for some online shopping, I've come across some pretty interesting things that maybe I personally wouldn't buy, but I still admire and respect the creativity. But here's some gift ideas I've come across that inspire nothing but utter disappointment, second glances and spit takes. At least a goof gift is kind of funny for a second, and maybe the receiver can wear/use it once, but these will absolutely gather dust/be thrown away.
Bejeweled Mini Stapler - $3.80, Forever 21
I feel so terrible for the perhaps hundreds of children and teens that will get this in their stocking. It's like putting glitter on a jury summons.

World's Largest Gummy Worm - $35, Urban Outfitters
Do I really need to explain this?

More after the jump:

White Ever-Changing Leather Necklace/Bracelet by Dawn McKlevie - Sale for $94, Pixie Market
Close, but still can't get away from the fact it's just a bunch of purse straps.

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man by Comedian Steve Harvey - $16.31, Amazon
Because Steve Harvey knows the female experience better than most?

Bacon Scented Candle - $5.95, Hotwicks
For when that special someone comes over and you want them to leave immediately after.