Published on December 23rd, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


10 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas For The 2019 Holiday Season

With the 2019 Holiday Season well underway, many of us still haven’t purchased gifts for our loved ones for the upcoming holidays. In turn, here are 10 gift ideas which you ought to be able to order online within the next few days and still receive in time this year’s Christmas and/or Hanukkah 2019.

The Grommet Copper Marakan Shaker Set

Few home-oriented brands signify quality-control better to me than The Grommet, and The Grommet’s Copper Marakan Shaker Set looks cool while also providing undeniable functionality. With this product you simply mix up a batch of cocktails in an eye-catching copper shaker. Ancient methods were used to handcraft each one in Mexico, where the tradition began over 1,000 years ago. The result is a highly-textured surface that shines with rich history.

Happiness Is

Aimed to inspire joy with what makes her happy, Happiness Is Inc. can make happiness contagious. Each of the company’s tees and sweatshirts is crafted with premium yarn that’s strong enough to avoid tearing, fraying, and pilling, but also soft and comfortable to wear. Then those wares are pre-washed and preshrunk for the perfect fit and that casual well-loved look.

With a theme for everyone on your list — coffee-lovers includes — Happiness Is makes the perfect gift. Its gear is made in Canada, fair-trade-style, and quickly ships to the States.


Looking for something to hang on your wall? Yet also looking for a way to warm up your home space? Invroheat — for lack of a better expression — kills 2 birds with 1 stone in the best of ways. Invroheat’s wall-hanging Infrared Room Heater is decorative wall art that is also a safe and energy-efficient way to heat any space. In turn, no more bulky space heaters that take up floor space or could easily get knocked over. Invroheat’s simple, safe and money-saving design makes warming up a room easy. Not only a space-conserving, functionality-heavy home fixture, but also quite the conversation-piece!

Fab Slabs

Speaking of top-notch home goods, this one is for chefs of all levels, background and culinary preferences. Cutting boards can traditionally be a hotbed for bacteria growth. However, each of these beautiful, richly-toned cutting boards and grazing platters from Fab Slabs is crafted from high-quality Camphor Laurel trees, a type of timber that is naturally and permanently anti-bacterial. Interestingly, they are all made in Australia.


Billed as a “Glass Tabletop Produce Saver,” this glass-top produce container keeps veggies as fresh as the refrigerator can while it places them front-and-center in the kitchen. The dome keeps moisture in to prevent fruit and veggies from drying out, and the lid allows natural ethylene gas to escape to prevent wilting. Now when they are in sight, these good-for-you foods are more likely to be eaten. In other words, with the VeggiDome you can keep your vegetables lasting longer, looking better and organized more easily.

Highlights’ Longest Hidden Picture Puzzle

This Guinness World Record-holding giant Hidden Pictures puzzle makes for the ultimate search-and-find challenge. With sturdy pages that fold out to 16 feet in length, this puzzle showcases an entire city relay race as runners work their way over giant bridges, through busy parks, inside subway tunnels, and more — all in a race to the finish line. In turn, it makes for a perfect and unique gift for “hidden pictures.” enthusiasts of any age.

Also available from Highlights is its Ultimate Puzzle Challenge. With more than 125 specially-created puzzles — including Hidden Pictures scenes, mazes, Sudoku, word searches, crisscrosses and logic puzzles — the puzzling experts at Highlights have assembled a brand-new, 256-page collection of their most challenging yet most rewarding puzzles yet. With a full-color interior of engaging illustrations and brilliant photos, this puzzle collection is sure to please the most discerning of puzzle-loving kids.

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Shinesty is a stand-out apparel company for a variety of reasons. Not only does it make entertaining and visually-grabbing garb that will get people talking, but the Colorado fashion powerhouse warmly — and refreshingly — encourages everyday people to “stay weird.” Shinesty makes attire for all sorts of ages, genders, holidays and climates, yet each piece it designs manages to be on-brand and fun.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with Shinesty CEO Chris White in November 2019 about the past, present and future of Shinesty for The Hype, which you can read here. Full disclosure: I wore Shinesty’s “Pac-Mac Waka Waka” suit I wore to my wedding a few years back. Those seeking more holiday-themed fare ought to check out the new-ish Christmas Pajamas Collection:


Beauty devotee and gel manicure fanatic Kim Motola was determined to find a better solution to keep skin safe and protected against UV Rays and LED lights during regular and gel manicures. As someone who always valued healthy skincare habits and understood the importance of applying and reapplying sunscreen even on cloudy days, Motola pondered why the nail salon should be any different. After months of research, she developed ManiGlovz, which set to rock the nail-care category by offering a protective solution for skin during gel manicure treatments. Simply put, ManiGlovz makes UV Protective gloves which can be used during gel manicures to protect skin from the harmful UV Rays.

Prior to her work with ManiGlovz, Motola launched her career with two internet start-up companies and continued on at Time Warner and Cablevision in their advertising and sales divisions. This busy, career driven mother of 3 also embarked on the adventure, of creating The Luxury Care Swag Bag, which provided a fun way to keep new parents well informed and up to date with the latest and trendiest products and services for their newborns. But nowadays, Motola is making an impact with ManiGlovz to help preserve healthy, radiant skin for gel manicure enthusiasts everywhere.

The Comfy

You can inspire both warmth and comfort with The Original Comfy. The highly-rated blanket/sweatshirt combo will keep you cozy, no matter whether you are snuggling up with a book or walking the dog outdoors. The Comfy was helmed by Brian and Michael Speciale, a couple of single dads living in the desert who had a “crazy idea” one day, made a prototype, found a manufacturer and got themselves on Shark Tank. In turn, you have the rare case of a fun item with all-ages-appeal also being well-made, acclaimed and successful.

Hercules Mulligan Rum & Rye

Carrying a retail price of $38 USD, Hercules Mulligan was named for the little-known tailor, spy and hero of the American Revolution who changed history and secured freedom for all. Hercules Mulligan is based on a unique recipe from the period. It’s what Mulligan — the man, of course — stood for, and it’s what this Rum & Rye blend embodies: a spirit of independence.

Simple in its nature — Rum, Rye Whiskey, Ginger & Bitters — yet utterly-complex and delightful, this unique composition tickles the nose and loosens the lips. It makes for a perfect ready-made Old Fashioned. You can expect an ABV of 43 percent and a retail price of $38 USD from Hercules Mulligan.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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