6 Super Stylish Gifts Guaranteed to Arrive On Time

Regardless of how far in advance we mentally prepare ourselves for the inevitable holiday shopping rush, there are always a few gifts that we subconsciously leave room to scramble for at the very last minute. If you, too, are on a serious hunt for quality items that will impress your pickiest friends and relatives, we’ve scanned the web for six foolproof favorites that are sure to satisfy—and deliver—in a timely fashion.

1. Cambridge Satchel Company – Metallic Satchel: There’s no denying that CSC’s fluorescent satchel was the it bag of NYFW. Their limited-edition metallic satchel is destined for the same success, so grab one in silver or gold before it’s too late. Buy it now and you’ll have it on your doorstep in two to three business days.   

2. iPad 2: The iPad is convenient, compact, sleek, and tech-savvy stylesetters like Kate Lanphear never leave home without it. Not only does Apple offer custom engraving to personalize the gift, but they’re also hosting free 2-day shipping now through the holidays.

3. Birchbox Subscription: We first told you about this makeup sample hoarder must-have last year. For the ultimate gift that keeps on giving, buy your best ladyfriend an entire year’s worth of high-end beauty samples, which will be delivered to her mailbox every month. Once you order their subscription, Birchbox will provide you with a downloadable gift card to hand to them for instant gifting gratification.

4. Noir Jewelry – Neon Crystal Pendant Necklace: When in doubt, always opt for statement baubles. This neon number is a surefire crowd-pleaser, and a steal at only $88. And you can order stress-free, because the good folks at Shopbop are offering free 2-day shipping and 15-day returns.

5. Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson: A great gift for Gaga’s Little Monsters and Terry Richardson advocates alike. Today’s the last full day to score free standard shipping for a December 24 delivery, so get on it!

6. StyleMint Gift Card: Hook your little sister up with one to six exclusive pieces from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s new T-shirt line. Once the giftee digitally receives the gift card and creates their style profile, all they need to do is browse the site’s recommended tees and select which styles to use their credit for. 

‘The Diary Of Anne Frank’ Becomes An IPad App

A new iPad2 app providing an "immersive experience" of The Diary Of Anne Frank will include audio passages of the journal read by the actress Helena Bonham Carter.

Penguin’s Viking imprint debuted the interactive app yesterday to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, the UK’s Telegraph reports. The app includes images from Anne Frank’s original diary and also video footage of her only living relative, Buddy Elias. Sort of like a "pop up video" for the text, readers see buttons like "View Photo" or "Read Information" which take them to additional information about the text.

The $11 app can be purchased on iTunes and was created with the approval of the Anne Frank Foundation.  

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RIP The Daily, 2011-2012

Farewell, News Corp. media property The Daily, and flights of angel investors sing thee to thy rest. Your iPad-only content was too thrilling for this world. I mean, probably. I don’t have an iPad (or any comparable tablet), so how the hell would I know? I’m just assuming that anything Rupert Murdoch pours $30 million into at the outset is really going to pop.

The future of magazines will be officially shuttered on December 15, ending a nearly two-year run of stellar pop culture aggregation that you definitely couldn’t find for free almost everywhere else on the web, so enjoy these final two weeks before darkness descends and you can no longer enjoy playful listicles of suggested names for Kate Middleton’s baby. Except on Tumblr, Facebook, Reddit, Twitter and the sides of graffiti-prone buildings.

Some of the assets and 120 employees—though how it took that many people to produce something that apparently no one read is a mystery; I’ve often accomplished the same all by myself—will be shifted to other News Corp. companies, The New York Observer reported. In particular, editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo “will serve as the new publisher of the New York Post.” Might that fabled paper be next on the chopping block? Well, they’d have to lose a lot of money each year. Like, even more than they already do.  

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The Real Reason Not To Use A Kindle

Book fetishists are a little gross, let’s admit. I can appreciate musty library stink as much at the next reader, but we can stop acting like that’s cause enough to dismiss Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, iPads, Sony Readers, Kodles, iNoods, SonyPads, Kinkos, and PackNobs out of hand. I’d argue that it’s the built-in disposability of books—not their enduring, sentimental charms—that make them essential.

Simply put: you’re afraid to break your Kindle. You’re afraid to even get it wet (you pussy). Books, meanwhile, are designed to be lovingly abused unto their destruction. To be hurled across the room in anger. To be lent to a friend who will take it to a rodeo where it falls in the mud and is trampled by angry bulls. You get sand in them at the beach, soap on them in the bathtub. You mercilessly break the spine to mark your place. Maybe you leave it outside on the porch to finish later. Who cares!

So don’t buy this nonsense about the book as a pristine, holy artifact that must be protected from the onslaught of digital tablets. Because aside from the scrolls in the Vatican Library, there’s usually at least a thousand copies too many of any given book out there. Go ahead, destroy a few. Knowck yourself out. There’s more where that came from. They still punch a hole in the Farmer’s Almanac so you can hang it in your outhouse and rip out pages for toilet paper, you know.     

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Here You Go, Paper Haters: The iPad Edition Has Arrived

There’s something poetic about the perfect bound magazine. There’s also something paper about it. Some people hate paper—the paper-haters!—and so we’ve unveiled our iPad edition of BlackBook magazine. 

Imagine BlackBook magazine but filtered through the mind of Steve Jobs, bought at the iTunes store and automatically downloaded to your iPad wherever you are. There are videos and slideshows, exclusive images, added content, more stuff. And yet, it weighs less than a mote of sand. (This got us thinking; Does digital data have a physical weight? The answer is yes.)

Want to see Josh Brolin swan around Times Square to a Harry Nilsson song? We’ve got you covered. Or, perhaps, Amber Rose playing strip poker with a bunch of male models is more your thing. We’ve got that too. 

So if you’re, God forbid, more than five minutes from a newsstand, don’t panic. Go to iTunes and scroll away. 

Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending, Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Robert F. Kennedy

RFK Jr. is trending today because yesterday his estranged wife, Mary Kennedy, died, reportedly from having hanged herself at their Westchester, New York estate. It’s just the latest tragedy for the seemingly cursed American political dynasty, which has seen more than its fair share of members die in tragic and untimely ways. The Kennedys were married in 1994, but last year Bobby filed for divorce amid rumors of Mary’s substance abuse issues and of his own philandering. “We deeply regret the death of our beloved sister Mary, whose radiant and creative spirit will be sorely missed by those who loved her,” the family said in a statement.

Nick Stahl

In other curse news, people are searching up a storm (both online and in person) for actor Nick Stahl of Terminator 3 is the latest cast member of that franchise to run into trouble. The 32-year-old’s wife has reported him missing, saying the last time he was seen was May 9 and adding that Stahl had been frequenting a down-and-out part of Los Angeles, perhaps a hint at drug use. Stahl took over in the Terminator franchise for Edward Furlong, who left the series to find his own problems, including stints in rehab and accusations of rather serious violence against his wife. Troubled actors including Christian Bale and Thomas Dekker have also been part of the series of films.

Tyra Banks

Over at Yahoo!, things are a little more lighthearted; the site’s number-one search term is “Tyra Banks Too Fat.” But the readers there aren’t hating, they’re searching for an essay the America’s Next Top Model host wrote  for The Daily Beast supporting the new Vogue rule banning underage and malnourished models. In the piece, Banks discusses her own battles with weight and how difficult it made her teenage life. Then she explains what exactly it is about her modeling competition show that is healthy for young viewers. No, of course she doesn’t do that part. 

iPad Mini

People are nuts about Apple products—spending money on them instead of more valuable Apple stock—but this is crazy. The internet is wild with iAddicts searching for a report that says that Apple might be planning to release a 7-inch version of its tablet, which would retail for about $250, to compete with the Kindle. There already is an iPad Mini, guys, it’s called an iPhone. Whatever, see you all in line.

John Travolta

Bing users are still a bit hung up on movie star and pubic hair hippie John Travolta and the mounting lawsuits against him for making homosexy advanced toward masseurs and other guys. Too bad searching for Travolta news on Bing doesn’t bring you this hot nugget: According to the wife of late Grease star Jeff Conway, Travolta once tried to wake the now-deceased actor with oral sex, leading to a rift in their friendship and what might have been a lasting distaste on Conway’s part for morning action.

Lil Kim

Twitter is bonkers for the Queen Bee this morning, due to her appearance on a New York radio show and also the news that she has taken in her estranged father, who’s reportedly suffering from Alzheimer’s but could also be a spy sent by Nicki Minaj and Foxy Brown to attack from inside her home. The story is developing.

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Stupid Baby Can’t Make Magazines Work

Hey, baby! That’s not an iPad! That is paper! Why are you so stupid, baby?!

This is either completely darling or terrifyingly prescient: a one-year-old seems to be frustrated when she tries to interact with a magazine after playing with an iPad:

Can we blame Steve Jobs for rewiring the human brain? Or is it just that one-year-olds do not have the mental capacity to tell the difference between a pretty back-lit iPad and a print magazine? (I think this video shows questionable parenting. Marie Claire is not appropriate for infants!)

Take Our Survey, Win an iPad2

We need you. We love you. We want to know everything about you. And we’ll give you a present to prove it.

You know who we are, and you know who you are, but we only know a little bit about you. And we’d like to change that. We want to give you even more of what you want, love, and need from BlackBook. So, if we might just have a moment or two of your precious time, you could snag one of four free iPad 2s, all shiny and nice. Check it out by surfing on over to survey.bbook.com, and enjoy our little questionnaire. You’ll help us help you, and you might win a new toy in the bargain. Sadly, this is only for our pals Stateside; you must be in the United States to enter. Let’s talk!

Fotopedia: Paris in Your Lap

Ambitious image site Fotopedia aims to become a sort of high-octane Flickr — a global compendium of extremely high-quality photos touching on any and every subject, eventually. The focus is on careful curation of imagery from skilled photographers, rather than globs of party photos and amateur cellcam shots. To that end, they’ve released an increasingly focused line of mobile apps for iPhone and iPad: First the general Heritage app, followed by the very pretty but similarly nebulous Memory of Colors, and then the naturally inclined National Parks collection. But the real bell-ringer is the new Fotopedia Paris, a browsable portfolio showcasing the best pics and places from the City of Lights.

The subtle interface gets out of your way almost immediately, as the experience here is all about the photos. You can simply surf through a slideshow of more than four thousand Parisian delights. Or, you can cruise along various programmed and themed excursions (or brew your own from favorite images you stumble across). There’s also the usual assortment of mapping and sharing features, seamlessly integrated with the larger visuals.

Much like Fotopedia’s overall approach, the star is the selection. Yes, you can ogle the Eiffel Tower all you want, but the real pleasure are the hidden, small scenes — alleys, cafes, subway stops, quiet corners of cemeteries and squares. It really feels like a stroll through Paris, and it accomplishes the foremost goal of a travel app: making you want to go there, and soon.