Practical Makes Perfect: Last Minute Gift Ideas #ACTOPPICS

Sometimes the best gifts are the most practical ones. I recently went to an event held by The Accessories Council and hosted by Jene Luciani and discovered new brands and items that are essentials and great gifts.
When it comes to gifting for a loved one...or anyone for that matter and you are in a pinch for time think about what they might actually use. This doesn't mean utilitarian or basic, far from it. Shoes, sock or sunglasses are things we all use but finding that cool item or special detail is where the love is! See what what we mean...
Here are the top selections from The Accessories Council (and EverSoPopular):

Sierra Tortoise Sunglasses, $99 at 
These ultra-light ArmourFusion frames are built from a combination of titanium and grilamid for superior strength and flexibility. Featuring a Patented Multiflection lens coating, which eliminates visual obstructions by repelling water and resisting scratching, smudging, and staining. The three-point grip ensures a comfortable and secure fit. All Under Armour® performance eyewear lenses block 100% of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. 

Small PVC Studded Crossbody, $48 available at 
Steve Madden’s small studded crossbody is the perfect Valentine’s Day bag for the city girl with a little edge! Featuring gunmetal studs and matching chain-link strap, this bag is just big enough for your lipstick and cell phone – perfect for a Valentine’s Day date! 

Lilly Pink Socks, $12 
The "Lily" represents the LilySarahGrace Fund (, which was created by the surviving father of Lily, Sarah and Grace who lost their lives in a horrific fire in Stamford, CT. Sales proceeds for the "Lily" Soxxy go to their fund. The LilySarahGrace Fund mission is, "To challenge and empower teachers in underfunded elementary schools across the United States to teach their curriculum through the universal language of Art and Creativity." 

Men’s Bulova Precisionist Wilton Chronograph Collection, $699 available at Macy’s and on
Most quartz watches are accurate to 15 seconds a month – Bulova Precisionist is accurate to 10 seconds a year. The key is Precisionist’s unique three-prong crystal, which produces a vibration frequency of 262.144 kilohertz (kHz), eight times greater than the usual two-prong crystal and the highest of any watch available today. Features include chronograph, precision timing with 1/1,000th of a second, signature continuously sweeping second hand, and accuracy to 10 seconds a year, versus traditional quartz watches which are accurate to 15 seconds a month. 

Auto Open Umbrella, $25 
Madden Girl Auto Open Umbrella offer 42” of coverage with a black rubber coated handle and 2-colored bungee cords. Available in 3 assorted prints – Mustache, Neon Aztec, and Polka Dot. 

Justify, $70 available at Nordstrom & 
You can't go wrong with a classic style like the Women’s Justify oxfords from Dr. Scholl's. Patent or textile upper in a casual oxford style with a lace-up front, textile lining, cushioning insole with Memory Fit(R) foam, and smooth outsole with a 3/4 inch heel.

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