Monday, January 30, 2023

Web Extra: Present Company, Part II

Our November/December issue features a wide array of some of the season’s hottest gifts, from Dior bags to diamonds, and state-of-the-art speakers to Swarovski stemware, all with an eye to luxury. In this exclusive continuation of our holiday gift guide, we suggest a few more budget-friendly options for the stocking or for under the tree—as well as a couple of mid-range, perhaps eccentric choices. Consider ordering these now; the big day will be here before you know it.

Fly By Jing Xtra Spicy Chili Crisp hot sauce

Inspired by the “soulful hole-in-the-wall eateries” of her native Chengdu, founder Jing Gao developed this brand of Sichuan hot sauces that, in only four years on the market, has become a cult favorite. Not for the faint of tongue, the Xtra Spicy variety is marketed with thrice the heat of the original model—not to mention it uses non-GMO ingredients and offers umami distinction without MSG. $15,

JUDY Mover Max emergency preparedness kit

Between the next pandemic, the Second Civil War, the perennially possible asteroid collision and that old warhorse, the zombie apocalypse, there are more reasons than ever that you need a go bag. JUDY has you covered with this 15-pound container of survivalist essentials for four people: food and water rations, a hand-crank radio, a 101-piece first aid kit, four rescue blankets, two whistles and much more. There’s even a set of glow sticks, in case there’s a rave on the way out of Dodge. $195,

iRobot Roomba i3 EVO Robot Vacuum

The scurrying black discs are getting smarter. The latest Roomba can link up with your smart home, allowing you to schedule cleanings on-demand or in advance. If you purchase the add-on Clean Base® Automatic Dirt Disposal, the Roomba will even empty itself. $249.99,

Beardaments beard lights  

Statistics say that 55 percent of men have some sort of facial hair. That number may just skyrocket if the popularity of Beardaments continues to light up the sales charts for the “Shark Tank”-vetted entrepreneurs behind them. Turn all of that scruff around and below the chin into prime real estate for untapped holiday revelry, complete with 6 red-and-green lights and 10 mini ornaments in each set. $14.99,

La Mer Indulgent Body Collection

Beginning in the 1950s, it took 6,000 experiments for aerospace physicist Max Huber to discover the fermentation process that led to the creation of skin care bellwether La Mer. The fruits of his labor are evident in high-end gift sets like this one, a five-piece spa-in-a-box that includes the brand’s Rejuvenating Hand Serum, Reparative Body Lotion, Neck and Décolleté Concentrate, Lip Balm and La Mer Facial Massage Tool. $475,

This web extra is from the November/December 2022 issue of Boca magazine. For more like this, click here to subscribe to the magazine.

John Thomason
John Thomason
As the A&E editor of, I offer reviews, previews, interviews, news reports and musings on all things arty and entertainment-y in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

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