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THE GOODS: Great Gift Guides for Last-Minute Finds – GBN

Best Gift Guides

Today for the GOODS we are doing a serious full court press and bringing you some of the best gift guides out there. The clock is ticking… and the shipping days are dwindling, so here’s a quick collection of guides with something for everyone (cross fingers). And, yeah… there are always gift cards… or simply the gift of your company and LOVE. So don’t stress… and enjoy the holidays!

Elle Gift Guide’s got something for everyone:


Target Hot Toys of the Year:


GQ Ultimate Gift Guide for Everyone


Consumer Reports Holiday Gift Guide:


For Tech Lovers check out:


Harpers Bazaar Holiday Gifts:


Barnes & Noble Holiday Gift Guide


The Honest Company:


Yahoo Tech Gifts For DAD:


Global Grind Last-Minute Gifts for Bae:


Urban Outfitters:


And one final guide for kicks and giggles… and honestly, she does curate some cool (if stratospherically overpriced) items. GOOP is always worth a look… and there are affordable finds.

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

THE GOODS: Gadgets and Goods Holiday Gift Ideas for Teens – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

Today we’ve got gifts we think any teen would appreciate. Yes, that age group can be a little tricky to buy for, but we think we’ve picked some good GOODS. Yes, I will certainly be doing the “gift card” thing… but I like to throw the teenagers off a bit and actually wrap a gift that scores and surprises them.

We’ve compiled a short list of goods they just might like.  I’ve certainly got a little perma-teen in me, and I’d love just about any of these…

Skull Candy

SKULLCANDY – CRUSHER – $99.99 (some colors on sale 79.99)

We LOVE the way these headphones look and sound. They come in nine stylish color combos. Crusher brings the sound and feeling that you get from sitting front row at a concert. The headphones’ design features a slider to control the bass and customize your music. Dual ear cup articulation and premium materials deliver long-lasting comfort.

http://www.skullcandy.com/headphones/CRUSHER.html?cgid=1000&color=Bunny %20Teal#6lZUfLFXFpvBWuzJ.97

Naughty or Nice Decorative Pillow, 10" x 14" - 100% Bloomingdale's Exclusive

NAUGHTY or NICE DECORATIVE PILLOW, 10″ x 14″ – 100% Bloomingdale’s Exclusive – $70.00 (each)

These Alexandra Ferguson Naughty And Nice Pillows are the perfect fun gift for anyone on your list. These stylish 10”X14” are pretty fun and irresistible. Machine washable.

http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/alexandra-ferguson-naughty-or- nice-decorative-pillow-10-x-14-100-bloomingdales- exclusive?ID=1538137&pla_country=US&cm_mmc=Google-PLA-ADC-_-Home-NA-_- Alexandra%20Ferguson-_- 818635012752USA&catargetid=120156070000345783&cadevice=c

Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard


This multi-device Bluetooth universal keyboard is simply the best we’ve seen. It can go in between devices with the click of a button (Mac, PC, Tablet, Smartphone). This keyboard gets our vote. Comes in blue & dark grey.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0148NPAT0/ref=asc_df_B0148NPAT04049958?smi d=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=cnet-pc-20&linkCode=df0&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B0148NPAT0

Polaroid 300 Instant Camera


Remember instant photography? Well here’s a modern version of the old throwback Polaroid camera. Exceptionally stylish –the Polaroid 300 instant analog camera is beautifully designed and comes in different colors. We LOVE the red. It’s one of the more reasonably-priced instant cameras out there and makes a great gift.


Film: $16.99 (sold separately)


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THE GOODS: Do Some Good, Get Some Good – H&M Garment Collecting – GBN

Dr. Thomas G. Lakin
Dr. Thomas G. Lakin

Today we are doing the Holiday Gift Guide a little differently. We’d like you to GIVE for sure. But this time how about giving AND helping the planet at the same time?

The picture above is of my father, Dr. Thomas G. Lakin. He was an educator, the first African-American chancellor of the Ventura County Community College District in California, in fact.

He believed whole-heartedly in the art of giving back… that knowledge is power… and that the Earth was ours to protect and nurture. With that instilled in us, my sister decided to do her part in giving back by creating what she hoped would become an online archive of all the great things that African-Americans do. Thus, Good Black News began. And yes, it is great to have a site that only reports on the GOOD we do (because, um…there is a lot of it!)

No doubt Dr. Lakin (if he were still alive) would be really proud of Good Black News. I am, and that is why I help out when time permits. In the photo above, our Dad is wearing a “Funky Planet “ T-shirt from a now-defunct, eco-conscious clothing venture of my sister Lori Lakin Hutcherson and her partners Teddy Tenenbaum and Bill Kuluva (I was the artist). My Dad loved it… and would often be photographed in Funky Planet product since it was “his daughters’” and well, he liked the idea of a cool planet.

Logo of an H and M store pictured in WarsawMy father was also one of the first guys I knew to get into health food and recycling… and that whole “earthy” thing way before it was the norm. So today, we’d like to help the Earth and get you a little discount on holiday shopping at the same time.

H&M is doing something great for the planet. Bring in your old clothes – no matter what brand or condition. And for every bag you turn in, you get a 15% discount card to be used on any purchase. Its GARMENT COLLECTING initiative earns H&M the proud label of being the first fashion company to collect clothes we no longer want and recycle or repurpose them. And for this we receive a 15% discount! Yep… it’s a Win Win.

For more information:


Shop H&M for affordable fashion: http://www.hm.com/us/

Lesa Lakin
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THE GOODS: So Good for Her – Target Plus Size Finds – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

I’m not one of those types of people who can stay in Target for hours combing through everything. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Target, but shopping there for me is always purposeful. I go early when nobody is there. Pass on the crowds, the parking hustle… “in and out” is my motto. But on the rare occasion when my daughter is home and suggests going to Target, I suck it up and go for the “bonding” time. But it’s usually only ten minutes before she wants to stay and I want to leave.

The other day we ventured out and I’ve got to say, she was relatively quick. She’d only tried to stick a few extra things in my basket (deodorant, razors, toothpaste, a random pair of Little Mermaid pajamas)… okay you’re a college kid… my treat. But then we chose to separate. I went to the travel section and she to electronics. I grabbed my travel accessories in two seconds and she was NOT in the electronics section when I went to find her. The frantic, ignored “Where are you?” texts started poppin’.

Okay, okay, I know… I was with one of those professional Target shoppers and I let her loose. Who can blame her… they’ve got everything. But come on, she has to scour every little inch of the store until I pop and give her the old, ”I’m getting in line and leaving in five minutes with or without you!”? Really? Every time? But this time, I actually got a little sidetracked when I saw a flash of leopard out of the corner of my eye. It called me.

I knew whatever I was seeing was going to be perfect for my mother, the collector of leopard apparel. Eureka! It was a robe… who doesn’t need a leopard robe? (I imagined her saying that after opening her present). And I was thrilled to see that it was in plus size… in fact, I had ventured into the plus-size section and was LOVING what I was seeing. Jackpot! Not only had I nailed the perfect gift for my mother… the robe also came in sizes XS – 3X! I had flashes of being in it on a cold morning with a cup of whatever doing whatever. Thanks for covering all bases, Target. I needed the robe, too. It was somehow chic and I had to have it.

By the time my daughter found me, I had the robe over my clothes looking completely nuts, admiring myself in a column that wasn’t exactly a mirror. But that’s the beauty of Target – nobody really questions or cares. We are all on our individual adventures. I guess it was my turn to be dragged out of Target… but not before seeing some great plus-size finds (and giving my daughter a lecture about driving herself next time)…

Women's Plus Size Cozy Robe - Gilligan & O'Malley®

WOMEN’S PLUS SIZE COZY ROBE – Gilligan & O’Malley® $27.99

I have a running dialogue with my brother-in-law about women and their animal prints… yeah, we like them… what? This robe is screaming my name. LOVE it! Want it! #leopard

http://www.target.com/p/women-s-plus-size-cozy-robe-gilligan-o-malley/-/A- 21552899

Plus Size Long Sleeve Knit Top - Lily Star


This lightweight sweater is a cool find that makes for a nice, reasonably-priced gift.

http://www.target.com/p/plus-size-long-sleeve-knit-top-lily-star/-/A- 46783683#prodSlot=large_6_26&term=plus+size+women

Women's Plus Size Flannel Pajama Set - Nick & Nora®


Every year, I ask for a new pair of pajamas and I make it super easy. “Please get me Nick & Nora p.j.’s from Target.” But without fail, I amend my list because I really don’t like being cold and I get my own way before Christmas rolls around. Great buy and they last a long time. They come in sizes XS – 3X. Highly recommend. Great gift.


Women's Plus Size Faux Leather Sweater Jacket - U-Knit


It’s still in! Faux fur. This vest gives a special touch with leather accents.


#GBN #goodblacknews.org #giftideas #PlusSize #Target

THE GOODS: Party Season with Banana Republic – Gift Ideas – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

It’s holiday party season and we found a few reasonably-priced items from a store I hadn’t been in for quite some time. No reason in particular… Banana Republic has just never really been my speed (a little conservative – or so I thought). But when I walked in, I was surprised by how far Banana Republic had come.

Full disclosure – I was in there trying to exchange a birthday gift. And after my no-nonsense return haggle… I really looked around and boy, was I pleasantly impressed. Yes, you can still find and always will find classic and conservative pieces, but there are also edgier, fun pieces throughout the store.

First, I have to commend Banana Republic on the store lighting. It looked great in there. Good enough for the woman “on day five” of her facial peel to take her glasses off and sit next to me to try on shoes. She’d made the assumption I was staring at her face. I wasn’t – I was looking at the shoes in her hand – but I was happy she was comfortable enough to sit with me and explain what the big black spots on her cheeks were. Banana Republic actually felt very warm and friendly.

I was shown the following pieces and I gotta say… I bought myself a few things. Sales are going on now and there are some serious on-line and in-store bargains to be had:

Braided Chain Line Bracelet - Banana Republic


Not everyone is a jewelry person… but here’s an easy piece even jewelry lovers may want. It’s a great bracelet to spark up any outfit.


Faux-Fur Trim Open Sweater Vest - Banana Republic


A young saleswoman looked at me and in whisper tones she said, “I have something you will appreciate. Not everyone gets it, but I know you will.” Even if it was a hustle, I bought it. She had me because she liked my style. She was right… I got it and I like it! Look, sometimes I like to save my faux fur for my Vegas trips… but other days I’m in my faux fur, T-shirts and jeans and shopping at Whole Foods. This piece isn’t your average vest… it’s different and special!


Daphne Lace-Up Bootie - Banana Republic

DAPHNE LACE-UP BOOTIE $148.00 (Check in-store I got these for 60% off)

While these camo booties may not be the most practical choice, they are certainly a fun wardrobe addition. I have no idea where or when I am wearing them, but I know it will be a good fashion moment.


#GBN #goodblacknews.org #giftideas #holidaygiftideas #women’sfashion #bananarepublic

THE GOODS – Holiday Gifts GAP for Kids – GIRLS – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

Today we are going back to the GAP in search of the perfect gift for GIRLS. There is just so much to choose from, and so many deals to be had. We’ve found some good ones.

Take it from me, it’s not always easy to pick for a girl with her own very distinct sense of style… but cute is cute… PERIOD. We’ve taken a stab at finding some things she may enjoy.

Here are a few of our affordable finds…

Happy face pom-pom beanie - The Gap

HAPPY FACE POM-POM BEANIE $13.56 (on sale)

It’s cheeky, fun, and we LOVE it. It’s the fun-colored beanie for the youngster that likes a smile.

Embellished love sweater dress  - The Gap


This cute message dress has just the right combination of comfort and fun.


Shine long tie-belt puffer - The Gap


I want one! This classic puffer has a sophisticated feel, but it is still kid friendly enough to make a statement. Comes in a matte putty color as well.


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THE GOODS: Festive Affordable Holiday Gift Picks – GAP – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

This year give the gift of peace and love with the cozy beanies we found at the GAP.  Affordable and practical these hats make for great gifts.  I LOVE the LOVE hat!

Also we found sweaters on sale now. Have you checked out the GAP lately? There seems to be a sale every time I blink.  They’ve got great things right now, so don’t miss out.  Here are a few of our finds….

Word Logo Pom-Pom Beanie


No one can argue that we don’t need a little more peace and love in our lives. These beanies make for great gifts.


Floral jacquard pullover sweater


On sale now, this 100% cotton floral sweater is a great buy.


Slim cropped pants  (in garnet)


These stretch double weave pants in garnet are perfect for any festive occasion.


#GBN #goodblacknews.org #giftideas #gap


THE GOODS: Holiday Gift Ideas – Star Wars Themed – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

This holiday season, awaken the force with Star Wars-themed gifts. Star Wars opens  midnight December 17th, so why not give the gift of Galactic-themed products.

I remember loving Star Wars back in the day. My mom took my sister and I, and it was more than magical. Admittedly, I went kicking and screaming and had no interest in seeing the film, but by the time we got to the parking lot when it was over, I was begging to see it again and acting out every part I could remember. No doubt all generations will love Episode VII.

We’ve found a few items that the child and sci-fi fanatic in all of us might enjoy.

Star Wars The Black Series 6 Inch Finn (Jakku)


This Finn figure is sure to be a hit. Finn is described to be a trained warrior escaping his past. His adventures drive him down an heroic yet dangerous path.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00SD8I0SK/ref=s9_acsd_al_bw_sfg_r0_1_t? pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=merchandised-search- 4&pf_rd_r=1EPPRYKCS8E2DDKVS677&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=2328311462&pf_rd_i =9059017011


LEGO® Star Wars Millennium Falcon


Aim for the stars with the Millennium Falcon, featuring streamlined design, detachable cockpit, spring-loaded shooter, holo-chess board and lots more.


Hot Wheels R/C Star Wars Darth Vader Vehicle


Star Wars and Hot Wheels team up for the galaxy’s most powerful villain in vehicle form.

#GBN #goodblacknews.org #giftideas #StarWars

THE GOODS: Fragrant Holiday Gifts- SMELL SO GOOD – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

Jo Malone is known for its unique fragrances for bath, body and home.  Jo Malone’s origins are often told to have began when founder Jo Malone first blended oils in her kitchen.

Her first scent was nutmeg and ginger – created as a bath oil gift for a small group of skin care clients.  The response was overwhelming.

Today, Jo Malone is a global luxury lifestyle brand. It’s always a safe bet during this holiday season.

Jo Malone Bath & Body Collection

http://www.jomalone.com/product/12032/38351/Gifts/Gift-Sets/Bath-Body- Collection

THE GOODS: Holiday Gifts for Him – Superdry – GBN

Lesa Lakin
Lesa Lakin

Superdry is an exciting brand that offers high-quality products that fuse vintage Americana and Japanese-inspired graphics with a British style.

The pieces are unique, fun and super comfy. Here are a couple of gift picks for him.




Check out the entire online selection here:


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