Susan Hornik's Holiday Gift Guide

So many of us love the holidays but stress over what to buy our special friend, family member, significant other, etc. With so few days left for shopping, Discover Hollywood's Susan Hornik offers readers an assortment of savvy gift options, so you can relax and enjoy this festive season!

The Gift of Wellness

Start the new year right with the Fitbit Charge 3, the latest advanced fitness tracker that helps you understand your body enabling you to take action to improve your overall heath. Features include 24/7 heart rate and sleep monitoring, daily calorie burn count, goal-based exercises, smartphone notifications and a battery life of up to 7 days.

Badass Body Goals Fitness Book + Training Journal by celebrity trainer Jennifer Cohen is a great book/journal combo. You get step by step image tutorials and areas for you to fill out your progress, plus a resistance band to accompany the exercises in the book. Each chapter comes with a video tutorial that readers can access via Habit Nest. Cohen has two prior best selling fitness books and has been a spokesperson for brands including: Nike, Muscle Milk, KIND Bars and Victoria's Secret Sports.

Badass Body Goals by Jennifer Cohen

Vanessa Petronelli's Passageway to Peace is a lovely guided meditation album that can calm and soothe your mind-body-spirit. You may well be able to sleep more deeply and soundly.and become more productive and focused. Might as well start 2019 feeling more grounded!

Wonder Drink Prebiotic Kombucha is the first and only kombucha with an organic, plant-based, prebiotic fiber called XOS Fiber known to selectively nourish certain naturally occurring probiotic bacteria in your gut. Each 12 oz, premium-looking can contains only 10g of sugar.

For Your Pet

My dogs are going to look stylish with their new GoldPaw rain jacket! This is a beautifully draped, easy-fitting design that provides a perfect balance of coverage and freedom of movement.

The Daily Dish stews for dogs from Caru Pet Food look, smell, and taste like a home cooked meal. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals to keep pets healthy, these delicious stews are made with non-GMO ingredients and do not contain any wheat, gluten, soy ingredients or animal by-products. Plus, they're packed Tetra Pak cartons, a BPA-free sustainable packaging that keeps the stews fresh without preservatives.

Biff the Dog is the character-based brand with a PAWSitively lovable vibe. Biff is known for sporting his signature plush spiked collar and he delivers inspiring messages through themes like "don't judge a dog by his collar" and "learn to celebrate differences." The unique SPIKED! by P.L.A.Y. collection lets pets of all sizes, ages and breeds unleash their inner Biff. This adorable array includes eco-friendly beds, toys and collars. Pet parents feel confident with these durable and playfully designed products that are thoughtfully made with non-toxic, sustainable materials.


For The Musician

VocoPro Pop-Up Oke - it's a handheld karaoke machine in a mic with mixer, bluetooth speaker and built-in lightshow. Perfect for your carpool karaoke too since it's rechargeable. ($50)

Playground Sessions - Co-created by music legend Quincy Jones, this #1 rated app is perfect for that person who always wanted to learn how to play the piano. With an annual membership and included keyboard, the whole bundle is just $200.

For The Foodie

A beautifully wrapped Gelson's Gift Basket worthy of any holiday party, filled with two hand-curated bottles of wine - Kendall Jackson Cabernet Sauvignon and La Crema Chardonnay - along with decadent Chocolove Bar Dark Chocolate Cherry/Almond, Guylian Masters Selection Mini Praline Chocolates, Walkers Shortbread Salted Caramel/Chocolate, J.Destrooper-Almond Thins, Carrs Crackers Entertainment Collection, Raincoast Crisps-Cranberry Hazelnut, Gelson's Finest Mix Nut Deluxe R/S, Roasted Salted Pistachios, Bonne Maman Preserves Apricot, Columbus Salame Dry Chub, and Giuliano Martini Pimento Olives to make that perfect holiday martini.

For the vegan or health food lover in your life, gimMe has organic seaweed snack brand featuring a tasty lineup of chips, wafers, and wraps.

If your friend loves chocolate, TCHO Chocolate Bars are super yummy. That initial rush of chocolate makes way for the swirling warmth of Korintje cinnamon, followed up by a cresting swell of heat from cayenne and ancho chilies. Also, the Pretzel Crunch bar and Snickerdoodle are lovely too.

Godiva Star Ornament

Delight little ones -and big ones, too!- with Godiva's pretty Star Ornament. A must for the holiday season, the ornament-shaped gift box holds 10 individually wrapped milk and dark chocolate truffles in festive seasonal wrappers. Hang it on the tree, then enjoy opening it on Christmas morning!

Stew Leonard's is a great place to order fresh-from-the-orchard fruits plus a selection of savory and sweet snacks. They have added a few new treats, like Smoked Gouda Cheese, tempting Dark Chocolate Dipped Mints, and sensational Milk Chocolate Cappuccino Biscotti Bites!

This holiday, Ovenly is offering a delicious Holiday Cookie Box packaged with festive flare. The Holiday Cookie Box includes their special-for-the-holidays Praline Pecan Bars (gooey pecan caramel filling over tender shortbread) and Minty Crinkle Cookies (chewy dark chocolate cookie with a hint of mint!

Double Chocolate My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is a lovely snack made with a scoop of premium chocolate ice cream mixed with crunchy chocolate chips and wrapped in pillowy mochi dough. At just 110 calories per ball, it is the perfect, portion-controlled snack to help you indulge guilt-free.

Sprinkles is spreading the joy to its guests with their 2019 Holiday Campaign, Sprinkle Joy, based on their ongoing initiative to give back, They also have a new collaboration with Skylar Candles, and recently launched a limited time candle available during the holiday season.

Cece's® Veggie Co. launched a new yummy product line of gluten free shells and cheese made from organic butternut squash. The items are available at Whole Foods.

The Copper Chef square pan replaces your stock pot, rice cooker, frying pan, steamer, fryer, wok, and roasting pan. The innovative square shape design creates 25% more cooking space as opposed to the same size round pan so you have extra room to cook more food.

Brazi Bites is bringing a new meaning to holiday snacking. Gluten-free, warm n' delicious and guaranteed to be devoured, these melt-in-your-mouth cheesy bread bites, with flavors like Garlic Asiago and Cheddar Parmesan, are as convenient as they are tasty. Just pop them in the oven for 20 minutes and voila.

Olli Salumeria's Antipasto Trays are as delicious as they are convenient - no cutlery or prepping needed! These trays come as a variety pack, and include olives, cheese, and salami - what more do you need at your holiday party? Simply compacted in a clear tray for easy serving, all you need to do is pop it open, throw down the goods, and be everyone's hero this holiday season!

For The Coffee Lover

Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur is a coffee liqueur made with cold brew coffee, which uses a bittersweet blend of top-grade Arabica coffees and Australian wheat vodka. With half the sugar and ten times the coffee of old-world liqueurs, Mr Black is the cold brew liqueur for coffee purists. Make an espresso martini, a coffee sazerac or negroni and you'll be the hit of the holidays.

Nespresso has a new coffee machine, the Lattissima One, which is equipped with a innovative fresh milk system that takes simplicity to the next level when preparing your favorite coffee and milk drinks.The Aeroccino 4 milk frother has even more versatile and convenient features than ever before, providing barista-worthy coffee and milk recipes with the touch of a button - with FOUR types of frothed milk!

Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother

If you need a little pick-me-up after allf of your holiday festivities, Secret Squirrel Cold Brew can help with that! The delicious cold brew coffee is made with handpicked organic beans that are roasted to perfection, cold brewed for 18-24 hours, double filtered and then bottled quickly. The end result is a delicious non-GMO cold brew coffee that contains twice as much caffeine as traditional cold brew coffee.

Bulletproof Coffee now makes delicious new collagen cold brew coffees. You get to improve your skin tone and get caffeinated!

Superiorly handcrafted by coffee-obsessed people in Austin, Texas, Cuvée Coffee's nitro cold brew has been around longer than cold brew has been on the lips of coffee nerds everywhere. Each can of their Nitro Hemp Oil Cold Brew contains 10mg of odorless, tasteless and water-soluble cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil for a deliciously smooth taste that keeps you functionally chill. This all-natural beverage contains zero sugar, is only 5 calories, and each can contain as much as 2 cups of coffee for an unadulterated caffeine kick.

For The Fashion Savvy Person

Just like the warm glow of a fire, a cozy knit scarf from Fuzzy Babba brings you the comfort of home. The classic Babba sherpa lining you know and love keeps you toasty and happy, while a fluffy knit outer and poofy pom-poms add comfort and character. Pull the ends through the loops to get extra snug!

Fuzzy Baba

The comfortable nylon/spandex blend of this 2(X)IST Performance solid and print leggings gives the appearance of performance but is made for everyday relaxation. The moisture wicking fabric features a gusset for comfort, and a logo elastic waistband and side seam zipper at bottom hems add subtle accents.  2(X)IST's French Terry Drop Shoulder Sweatshirt takes basic to a whole new level. It's crafted in a cotton blend for superior softness and comfort. A signature cross-over detail at the back hem completes the look.

Malvados is a lifestyle footwear brand designed for the girl who loves music, travel and fashion. The line boasts unique, comfort-driven design collections, often featuring vegan leather straps in a variety of beautiful colors and metallics. Malvados' chic designs move you from morning yoga to open mic night in complete style. Malvados now carries a men's line featuring suede and EVA styles.

Since 2015, Koy Resort has been creating effortless pieces for the sun-seeking traveler. We take inspiration from beach life and exploring cultures, art, and music around the world. Every piece is carefully crafted to be light and airy to keep you covered and cool, poolside or in the sand. Each style offers no-fuss fabrics and flattery for every body type. With looks that transition seamlessly from dawn to dusk, all your suitcase is missing is Koy Resort.

Stocking Stuffers

Finding the perfect present for a special dude is no easy task: look no further than Dr. Squatch Holiday Soap Box. Each package contains four bars of soap -- you can select from a trio of scent combinations -- as well as a personalized note.

Get your BFF something they're truly enjoy this holiday season, a Fatburger gift card! Fatburge serves fresh, made-to-order burgers, fries, onion rings, shakes and more! They even serve the iconic Impossible Burger so even your vegan fans can enjoy! Grab a gift card from your Weho location on Vista and Santa Monica! The manager on the premises is lovely.

With all new packaging and 18G of plant-protein per cookie, Munk Pack Protein Cookies are a delicious protein alternative. Not to mention, they're soft-baked, vegan, gluten-free and filled with fiber. ($14.99 per 6 pack box at and more)

Munk Pack also offers Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes, that are ready-to-eat pouches of oatmeal, packed with grains and fruit bites. Available in five delicious flavors, including Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Maple Pear Quinoa, and more, they are gluten-free, non GMO, vegan and high in fiber. ($13.79 per 6 pack at and more)

The new Welch's® Fruit Snacks Christmas-themed box and pouch now feature custom Christmas-themed graphics and pieces in seasonal shapes, including an ornament, Christmas tree, snowman, Santa Claus and a snowflake. These festive fruit snacks are the perfect snack to gift in any stocking during the holiday season!

Welch's Fruit Snacks

Even if you are on a limited budget, just sending a meal via Postmates is a lovely gift for a friend. And you don't even need to drive it over yourself, the app will coordinate it for you! Restaurants like Hollywood's Stella Barra Pizza and Hilltop Kitchen can deliver right to your door.

For The Teen/College Student

Starsona is a unique personal holiday gift for the celebrity-obsessed friend, family member or co-worker with personalized video shout-outs and Q&As from RJ Mitte aka Walter Jr. from Breaking Bad, YouTubers like Granny PottyMouth, MaxNoSleeves, and Rachel Farnsworth, reality stars like T-Boz (The T in TLC) and Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Eva Marcille and Cynthia Bailey to celebrate the moments of everyday life.

Mom in the Mail is a wonderful mail order cookie business that was started by award-winning baker Sharon Graves when her oldest child went to college! She wanted to send him a bit of home to brighten his day, with the hope that he would call or email so that she didn't have to dusturb him and cramp his style in school.

She sends a dozen treats in a variety of flavors, and every festive box comes with their trademark DIY Thank You Card (a Mad Libs like addressed and stamped post card, so there is no excuse not to send it), and a personalized note form the sender! Flavors include cult favorite Classic Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt, Toffee Bars, Kitchen Sink Cookies, Cookies & Cream Cookies, Fireside Blondies and Mint Chocolate Crinkles, Winter-Spiced Snickerdoodles, Maple Pecan Bars, Apple Cider Molasses. Gluten-Free varieties, too.

For That Person Who Loves Beauty Products!

While at a China skincare conference in Hollywood, I discovered YoRoyal, a delicious collagen drink that not only enhances skin appearance but also contains antioxidants key for fighting free radicals in the system. YoRoyal is dedicated to bringing organic products to the U.S. that really works to the global health and beauty market - with a commitment to excellence.

During the conference, bestselling author, Dr. Kristi Funk talked about the diet we need to prevent breast cancer. Dr. Funk is a fantastic speaker and her book, Breast's: The Owner's Manual, is a must read.

Breasts: The Owner's Manual

Brazilian Bum Bum Cream makes terrific skincare products that will have you glow! Infused with guaraná extract, which has almost 5 times more caffeine than coffee and is known to improve circulation and tighten skin. They make lovely gift sets where you can try their hand cream and shower gel.

With Flying Colors Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set, your bff can create the perfect power pout that lasts through a thousand sweet kisses. Their weightless, full-coverage, creamy matte lip color stays put all day...and night. Includes six travel-size shades in a range of nude to bold hues.

Who knew algae was so good for the skin?! Your beauty gal will use Algenist Secrets of Algae and see visible skin transformation in 10 days. This trio of Algenist best-sellers features products formulated with Alguronic Acid, a naturally occurring compound from algae that is naturally-sourced and sustainably produced. Skin appears nourished and radiant, skin resiliency and bounce are visibly restored, and fine lines and the appearance of deep wrinkles are visibly minimized.

Hollywood stylist Umberto has been transforming celebrity hair for years. Now you can bring some of his magic home, using his amazing array of products. His moisture shampooing conditioner, curl enhancing lotion, dry shampoo, conditioning hair spray, and Roman oil serum are truly fantastic haircare products.

BaBylissPRO created the MiraCurl®3, the 3-in-1 Profession Curling Machine for the ultimate in curl control! This tool can create three different curl sizes with one tool - perfect for stylists who are looking to construct modern looks with multiple textures. For that person who loves to create perfect curls, this is the perfect gift.

STARE Cosmetics has partnered with Rhonda's Kiss to launch a new lip color. Twenty-percent of the proceeds benefit Rhonda's Kiss, a national non-profit and movement that partners with hospitals to raise funds to provide immediate financial relief for cancer patients who are experiencing financial difficulties with the non medical costs of cancer. To date, they have donated over $900,000 to partner hospitals, to help support patient's rent and mortgages, transportation, childcare, utilities, wigs, and psycho-social service needs.


Winter is coming and that means the brutal bad hair days are coming with it. The people you love will be the most grateful when you help them incorporate a healthy beauty regimen for their locks. Joico offers several products that enhances and restores the strength and shine of hair during the most festive time of the year. Whether your hair is dry and staticky from those cozy wool hats, or shedding due to those daunting split ends from constant change in temperature, Joico has the perfect fix for all your winter hair troubles.

If you're looking to create your own fierce look during the holidays, Oscar winning makeup artist, Robyn Matthews recommends using a tool such as Lyda Beauty's Cleopatra Cat Eye Stamp, which enables you to have a perfect winged-liner look in less than sixty seconds. This creates a perfectly symmetrical "cat eye" or "winged eye" look in less than 60 seconds with minimal effort. The patent pending device is a compact, beautifully shaped applicator that delivers richly pigmented liquid eyeliner to a precisely angled stamp on one end, and a fine tipped point on the other.

Create an endless range of looks this holiday season with Shiseido's ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set. Inspired by the curated shades inside the reusable acrylic keepsake box, Ribbonesia's art creates a colorful statement on the outer package. Each tone of this expressive, ultra-thin lipstick draws its inspiration from Japan's captivating nightlife, eliciting visions of the vibrant neon signs and dazzling billboards that furnish Hollywood's trendy neighborhood. Glide past the velvet rope with shades: Disrobed, Rose Hip, Sling Back, Exotic Red and Dark Fantasy.

For The Wine or Spirits Lover

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey is impressively aged 12 years in American oak casks previously used for bourbon. It's a bright, light lemon-orange color, with an elegant fruit, and mildly spicy, citrus taste, 80 proof.

The South African wines of Indaba are available nationwide in Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Mosaic. Their purchase supports the Indaba Foundation (IF), a fully accredited 501(c)(3) that supports early childhood development by providing invaluable teacher training and learning materials at schools established in South Africa's winelands. Cheers to that!

El Silencio Espadín Mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, Mexico, El Silencio Espadín Mezcal is a full-bodied mezcal with notes of roasted figs and charred fruit stone which leads to a gorgeous finish and a myriad of baking spices; crafted to round out the perfect cocktail.

In an age of restless brilliance, Dorothy Parker was a singular sensation. Dorothy Parker American Gin - a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals including juniper and elderberries, citrus, cinnamon, and hibiscus - is as delicious in a Gin & Tonic as it is in a Gin Daisy.

Give the gift of gin this holiday season with Monkey 47! This one-of-a-kind spirit is a batch distilled, handcrafted dry gin that skillfully blends British tradition, the exoticism of India and unique botanicals from Germany's Black Forest. A special hidden gem that everyone will love is made up of 47 exotic botanicals including juniper, lavender and lingonberries (indigenous to the Black Forest) paired with citrus aromas. Its floral-forward eccentric recipe has won numerous awards and accolades from around the world and gained a cult following in Europe.

Monkey 47

Available at your local liquor store is Galliano L'Aperitivo, a well-balanced Italian bitter with fresh Mediterranean notes, mild sweetness and a long, gentle, finish, Galliano L'Aperitivo is a unique blend of 50 ingredients including herbs and Mediterranean citrus such as orange, bergamot, bitter orange, chinotto, tangerine and grapefruit. Also a lovely find is the passion fruit liquor, Passoã!

For The CBD Fan

BARBARI Herbal Blends are thoughtfully crafted smoking herbs to support mind, body, and energy with a delicious bouquet of flavorful and delicate herbs.

Beboe's CBD Calming is made from all-natural hemp plants. Their CBD Pen can help curb anxiety, relieve pain, and even reduce inflammation. Keeping you cool, calm, and collected, Calming Blend is the perfect way to unclench the mind and intended for all hours of the day.

CBD+nature makes health and wellness products that contain CBD (Cannabidiol) using the whole plant for superior absorption. CBD+nature products are made with only pure, holistic CBD that is created through a unique proprietary extraction process.

Sunday Scaries Vegan AF, $44.95 are sugar-coated gumdrops with 10mg of CBD that mirror the formula of their flagship CBD Gummies. The vegan gummies are great for animal lovers who desire a healthy relief from anxiety.

Dr Robert Flannery Ph.D is the #1 cultivator in the US and widely known as having the first PhD in growing Cannabis - he has appeared on Montel Williams, Dr. Drew and headlined many conferences on cannabis. His Dr. Robb Farms Moms Formula is a daily CBD tablet that will help with anxiety, stress and insomnia, and Eagle are pre-rolls that use whole flower.

Posted By Susan Hornik on December 14, 2018 03:25 pm | Permalink