REJOICE! LAST MINUTE GIRL GIFT IDEAS FOR THE CLUELESS MAN

Congratulations, dumbass, you’ve waited until five days before Christmas and still don’t have her present. Nice going. And if she celebrates Hanukkah? Well, then you’re really in bad shape.

But all judgment aside, if you haven’t wrapped her gift yet because you just flat out have no idea what to get her, then fear not – Miss Wingman is here to help. In an effort to keep you from being “that guy” who sprints to the mall the day before you swap gifts and pleads with the salesgirl to help you pick out anything – literally, anything – I’ve curated a few options for you. These fail-safe girl gifts are thoughtful, generally wallet-friendly and pretty much what you’d call a “sure thing.” You know, like that cocktail waitress you used to…never mind.

First up? For the techie, tune-loving girl…

This printed, portable speaker from C Wonder is perfect for the girl who wants to take the party along with her (or the soundtrack at least). At only $24 and available in a variety of colors/patterns, you can’t go wrong with the gift of gadgetry and music. Or, for the messaging-obsessed female…

These texting mittens, made by the folks at Twitten, are ideal for staying connected while still keeping warm. The thumbs and finger flaps fold back for easy typing access. The upside? They come in an array of fun designs, as well as in gloves, if mittens aren’t her thing. The downside? Now you’ll never get her to put her phone down.

Next up, for the girl who loves to spruce up her abode…

Jonathan Adler’s fig scented pop candle is, in a word, divine. Not too girly (hey, you have to like it, too) but still fresh and pleasant, nothing cozies up her place like candles. Or, perhaps, pillows…

Because you can’t always be next to her, but she still needs something to cuddle with, these “love” and “lust” needlepoint pillows are a playful addition to her boudoir. Though cost is on the steeper side ($165 each), Adler also makes a million other prints and novelty pillows in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points.

If bling is more her thing, try these pyramid stud earrings by Wendy Nichol. They’re dainty but still edgy, and can easily become her everyday accessory. Available in silver, blackened silver, 14K yellow and rose gold…but I’d go rose all the way.

For the adventurous, active girl, try buying her an experience rather than a thing. If she’s into heights and isn’t afraid to soar, try trapeze school sessions or an indoor rock climbing package. If you do a little digging, I bet there’s one in your area. For all you NYC’ers: urban playgrounds like Brooklyn Boulders and Trapeze School New York offer tons of solid options.

Or if she’s on the sportier side, a Chelsea Piers gift certificate offers everything from golf lessons, batting cages, adult parkour (yes, I’m serious) and even sailing instruction. Hell, there are even places that offer glass blowing classes, if she’s crafty like that (Beastie Boys pun not intended).

From hot air balloon rides, to helicopter tours, to language lessons, gourmet cooking and even wine classes, there’s an experience out there perfectly suited for every female. You just have to think outside the box. But beware of the gift of concert tickets, boys. Unless she seriously likes to rock (as some of us do), it might send the message that the only time you put into her gift was the five minutes it took you to buy them on Stub Hub. At least the other ideas took some thought (albeit on my part). But my lips are sealed.

And finally, if she’s more of an indoors girl, give her the gift of bliss instead. Not that kind of bliss – minds out of the gutter, please – the pampering kind. Bliss Spa offers the “Happier Holiday Package,” which includes a facial, pedicure and 75-minute massage for $268 (a bargain, by Bliss standards). Or feel free to find an equally serene (and less costly) option in your area. After all, beauty indulgences are never a bad idea.

And there you have it – the gift-giving gospel for all you last minute gentlemen out there. It might still require some tailoring to her specific tastes, but this is a solid jumping off point to start. Choose wisely, choose quickly, and remember – choose expedited shipping.ETIQUETTE WINGMAN

But just in case you’re still stumped, you can always call for reinforcements. Miss Wingman is available for your holiday shopping needs. For additional guidance or to schedule a consultation, email yours truly at misswingman@gmail.com for more details. Cheers –MW.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL WINGMAN: A LITTLE O’ THIS, A LITTLE O’ THAT.

It’s really hard to follow up yesterday’s Stamos-themed cuddle posting, but I’ll try…Big things are brewing here at Miss Wingman, starting with a little travel this week. Yes, starting today I will be bi-coastal for a bit – not to be confused with bi-curious, which is another posting entirely – but in the airport travel interim I’d like to leave you with some bits and pieces today. If we were playing Jeopardy, consider this, “I”ll take knowledge Potpourri for $1000.” Which I guess would make me Alex Trebek…bad analogy.

Anyway, with Valentine’s Day now less than a week away, I’m sure every attached male that is scrambling for ideas/gifts, if he hasn’t already. But rather than rehashing gift ideas we love once more, I thought it better to just refer you to my Fail-Safe Girl Gift Guide from the holidays, since most of those still apply. Turns out, judging from your feedback, many of you found great ideas in there, so feel free to revisit them again.

Here’s what women would want to unwrap if she’s into something: sparkly, sentimental, serene, sporty, boozy or intimate. If you’d like, you can resurrect something in the culinary idea vein, but be careful – the only things that are Valentine’s Day appropriate from that list are the glasses and the classes – and again, only if you take them together and she’s hinted at wanting them (otherwise it could be a very lonely holiday for you, my friend).

Aside from those offerings, be on the look out the next few days for a two-part list of stellar activities to do with your beloved. I’m covering everything and, since I’ll be out west, I’m including some love for the LA lovers this time, too. And yes, that’s how New Yorkers think, there are only two cities in America, and a whole lot of flyover stuff in between (or just refer to this map of our mentality). I kid, I kid!

Moreover, if you want a little extra Miss Wingman next week, you’re in luck. On Valentine’s Day, if you pick up an issue of USA Today and turn to the editorial page (or just check their website), you will find a love-themed Op-ed written by yours truly, as well as tuning into CosmoRadio’s Wake Up! With Taylor at 8:40am eastern on Sirius radio where I will be a guest that day. If you’ve never listened to Taylor and Kenny’s musings before, you’re missing out – and might I suggest starting on Tuesday…

Finally, since I would never just give you an entirely recycled post, here’s a little something – two little somethings, actually – that I stumbled upon in regards to starting your own company (How old is too old to be taken seriously? Ask these guys) and being at the helm of something huge as a youthful CEO (Are young CEO’s up to the job? Find out!).

Not only are they both interesting reads, but as someone who took the career plunge, I can appreciate the wisdom in both. Also, I know I’m not alone in dreams of lofty job pursuits, so maybe these pieces speak to you…. Go big or go home, that’s what I say.

So be good, kids (don’t fight with your brother), read up and I’ll be posting from sunnier skies before you know it. I’m contemplating provoking the TSA just to get some fun content out of it, but maybe that’s not such a good idea. I don’t play Words With Friends, either, so at least the plane leg of the trip should be smooth sailing. But probably not as good as this guy’s.

In the meantime, I leave you with this little slice of awesome for your mid week enjoyment. Because no one ever went wrong with a little Led Zeppelin.GEEK WINGMAN

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FAIL-SAFE GIRL GIFTS: SPA EDITION

Every girl likes to pamper herself from time to time. So why not give her the gift of indulgence this year? Spa gift certificates may not be the most original gift idea, but that doesn’t mean she’ll enjoy the services any less.

Generally speaking, a quick Google search will yield you tons of spa location options in your area. Or, you can always opt for a service like Spa Finder where your purchase one gift certificate that can be used at a variety of locations.

For the NYC girl, the undisputed champion of beauty and relaxation is The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental. Perched high atop Columbus Circle, this spa is the gold standard for everything from massages and facials to sunless tanning. Though it’s swanky affiliation comes with a hefty price tag, as would be expected, she’ll have an experience she’ll never forget.

Another notable spa find in Manhattan is The Peninsula Spa. No less expensive than the Mandarin’s luxury services, but if you really want her to have the best, look no further than these two hotels.

For a slightly more affordable alternative, Bliss spa offers just about every single spa service a woman could ask for, plus they have multiple locations throughout the city (Soho, midtown).

With a menu that includes everything from facials designed solely for puckering up (I’m not lying, Fabulips treatment is a real thing, $35) to a massage aimed at soothing tired holiday shoppers’ legs, Bliss has it covered. Plus, their reputation in the waxing department precedes them, they’re geniuses in that, um…area.

So, whether she likes getting her nails done, her muscles kneaded or her pores rejuvenated, you can’t go wrong with the gift of beauty.

Perfect for: any girl who likes to treat herself well (and doesn’t mind a stranger giving her a body rub…) Dating timeline appropriateness: Any. You can’t put a time stamp on awesomeness, after all. What it says about you: That you want her to be treated like a queen – and no girl is going to argue with that.ETIQUETTE WINGMAN

There are only three more days left of Fail-Safe Girl Gifts for the Holidays. Have a great idea? Share the wealth: misswingman@gmail.com.

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FAIL-SAFE GIRL GIFTS: DAY 3

After yesterday’s list of holiday gifts highlighted things that can’t fit in a box, it’s only natural that today’s list features things that only fit in an envelope. That’s right – put some tickets in her stocking this year. Whether for live music or sporting events, you can’t go wrong taking her to see something she loves in person.

While I lean heavily towards the “there’s nothing like a concert” direction – or maybe I’m just still disgusted by the NBA post-lockout – here are some of the more coveted (Big Apple) shows she might want to add to her stub collection (sorry other cities!):

  • Phish at Madison Square Garden (12/28, 12/29 and a 12/31 NYE show as well - if you can get tickets)
  • Also solid New Years Eve shows: Matt & Kim (Hammerstein Ballroom), New Kids On The Block (if she has a sense of humor like that – and you have nerves of steel – at Roseland), Fitz & The Tantrums (Blender Theater at Gramercy), Gogol Bordello (Terminal 5).

And if she can wait a little longer, some 2012 dates that could make for great gift options are:

  • Chris Cornell (1/7 Times Center)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band (1/7 Carnegie Hall)
  • Peter Frampton (2/18 The Beacon)
  • Flogging Molly (2/23 Roseland)
  • And the mother of all coveted tickets, the 3/22 encore date of The Black Keys’ already-sold out March show (3/12) at Madison Square Garden. But you better wake up early for these, tickets go on sale Friday 12/16 at 9am.

Of course, there are other 2012 tours in the works, like Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers, not to mention several more rumored shows (please please pretty please Beastie Boys), just in case this list doesn’t suit her concert palette.

And, since Santa wanted you to have other ticket options, if you can’t catch the end of the NFL season, you could always take her to an NBA game (insert eye roll – I’m sticking to college hoops this year) or hit up my favorite sport to watch live – hockey. New York Rangers fans don’t have to wait long to gift her, they play the Islanders on 12/26 – always a fun rivalry.

If you don’t live in the greater NYC area, you can always check what’s playing in your neck of the woods on sites like Citysearch, or just stalk the tour dates list on her favorite band’s website (or sign up for alerts, too).

So, whether you want her to rock – or be a jock – this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with the gift of paper…tickets. Ho Ho Hope she likes them! (OK, cheesy puns over, won’t happen again). And, make sure you keep it right here for much more of Miss Wingman’s 12 Days of Fail Safe Girl Gifts.ETIQUETTE WINGMAN

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