Holiday Gift Guides What’s Better Than Black Friday? Cyber Monday! Gina Vaynshteyn

Black Friday is really stressful. People get really worked up about toasters, flat screens, and there are mobs, and it’s really just not my thing. I’m more of a Cyber Monday girl. That sounds weirder than I intended. Anyway, Cyber Monday is the best because you can shop online while snuggled up in your PJs. No waiting in line, no violence, no crying children, nothing. Just you, your laptop, and Pandora. Plus, there are awesome deals around the web! Here are my picks:



Night Edge Dress, $30 (Reg. $48) at Nasty Gal

It’s that time of the year when I start looking for a New Year’s dress, because you have to wear something new for good luck, right? I like this dress because of its unique collar and simplicity. You can pair it up with some bright heels and jewelry.


COPE Acid Rain Tote Bag, $19.99 (Reg. $39.99) at Urban Outfitters 

I LOVE roomy tote bags that can hold my laptop, books, notebooks, lunch, and sweater (during winter it is keyto own a bag in which your sweater or coat can fit, because the second you step inside a heated room or building, you’ll be forced to adapt to the new climate, and I hate leaving my sweater around other people’s homes). This tote is also just rad! I love acid wash. I secretly have at least five acid wash shorts which means I should have been born in the 80s.

full The Tarte of Giving Collector’s Set & Travel Bag, $59 ($490 value) at Sephora

Unsure of what get your girl friend who you know pretty well but not that well? This set is one of those universally appreciated gifts for people who like make-up but can never make up(ha!) their mind when they’re at the store. Should you get the bronze eyeshadow or the brassy eyeshadow? The light pink lipgloss or the cherry lipgloss? This set has all the basics. Tarte is also a really great, trustworthy brand, so for $59 you’re really getting a good deal.


‘S Marvelous Heel in Scarlet, $18.99 (Reg. $37.99) at Modcloth

I think every girl should own a pair of red shoes. They stand out and they go with almost anything. This particular pair of heels is gorgeous; I love the vintage-inspired design, and the perfect length of the heel.


Canon EOS Rebel T3 12MP DSLR Camera, $449.99 (Reg. $649.99) at Target

I know $450 seems like a lot to ask for a camera, but it’s so so worth it. My big splurge of the year was this exact camera, and I can testify its awesomeness. I had been wanting a digital SLR for years, so about a year ago, I started saving. Unfortunately, I didn’t wait until Black Friday/Cyber Monday, so I ended up paying around $700, plus some for an extra lens. But I’ve been taking this camera everywhere I go because it’s so much lighter than most SLRs and the quality of the photos is just amazing. Plus, the Canon Rebel is super cool because it comes with all kinds of settings like fish eye and black/white, and it’s a touch screen. So, for $450 you are getting an incredible deal and I am so kicking myself for not waiting until today!


Transitional Blazer, $24.95 (Reg. $34.99) at Daily Look 

Ever since I started working for a place that requires at least a put-together kind of look, I’ve been on the epic hunt for cute blazers. You can generally find a black or gray one at any store, but the brighter colors are a little bit more tricky, because you don’t want to look completely ridiculous. This color is bright but the blazer itself is professional (and it doesn’t have those crazy shoulder-pads) and cute. If you want to spice up your work wardrobe, I suggest investing in a few of these!

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  1. I bought Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom 4G today – it’s more a camera than a phone, while it has 16 mpix/10x optical zoom, it still has a full Galaxy S4 with 4G inside it. I know, it’s like a Frankenstein monster, but he was a good guy.

  2. $400-$450 for a Canon Rebel T3i is a great price. Not only are you getting a great camera that takes beautiful pictures, but beautiful video as well. Especially when you download the Magic Lantern software for it that allows you to record in RAW!

  3. The Rebel T3 on is only $399.99 with free shipping. #justsaying