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2019 Gift Guide

07 Dec 2019

written by Cindy Matalucci

Happy Holidays and YES it is time for my Exclusive Annual Gift Guide.

All year long we get products and gifts to review and that we try.

People go bananas over our choices every year and we absolutely love putting this list together.

It is 100% curated by MOI!

I have either used the product, tried the product, or am currently obsessed with the product, and most likely it is number 3 if it made my final list!

For The Foodie:

You Know cupcakes are my kryptonite and we are obsessed with Yummy Cupcakes in Encinitas!

They are perfect for the holidays and the person with the sweet tooth! Nominated as one of the BEST desserts in San Diego and we could not agree more!

It’s all about cakes, not pies for the Holidays and at Yummy cupcakes Renato and his team of bakers have you covered with custom cakes baked from scratch with custom recipes designed exclusively for Yummy Cupcakes by Chef Tiffany!

Their cupcakes and treats are baked fresh everyday and they have over 26 varieties daily. We love that these include gluten free, vegan, and sugar free options for people who have food allergies!

Local pick up, delivery, or shipped Nationwide, get your YUMMY CUPCAKES NOW!
Mention the Pulse for 10% off your order!

Yummy Cupcakes® Encinitas
1514 Encinitas Blvd
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 452.8136
Mon-Sat: 10am-7pm
Sundays: 10am-3pm



The foodie or health nut that wants the perfect protein snack especially after their workout, or has food allergies but wants something sweet:

We LOVE the Cookie Bar Queen!

We cannot get enough of these High Protein cookies low in sugar & carbs.

Owner Ashley out of Phoenix, Arizona has crafted a nutrient dense blend including flax, nutritional yeast, and pea protein for a plant based health boost!

She was inspired by her 2 small kids and living a healthy lifestyle when she started baking them.  She shared them with friends and everyone was hooked!

They are Free from gluten, dairy, soy, corn, and she has grain free and vegan options!


Blueberry Carrot Zucchini, chocolate coconut almond (FAVE), Cinnamon raisin, Double chocolate peanut butter lactation bars, Keto friendly and more.

Holiday Variety Pack: 12 cookie bars for $40.00
Promo: 10% off with coupon code “THEPULSE”



For the dreamer and Astronomy lover: Unique Gift Idea

We pick a glass from Well Told’s Cosmic Collection, created especially for them.

The glasses features beautifully rendered and customizable designs showcasing the starry mysteries and twinkles of summer and winter night skies across the cosmos.

Choose any date and location, customize the design elements to your liking, and add your personalized text, and your custom night sky gift will be meticulously etched across the entire surface.  So unique and different!

These Custom Night Sky Gifts range from $14.50 – $34.50.



To fill the glasses, you know how much I love my wine, so of course:

For the wine lover in your life we have: Pegasus Wines  

You know I am Super picky about my wine.  I met Sales Director Lisa, at the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe and of course I tasted many wines that day and LOVED hers!

I have been drinking it ever since!

The Winery is located in Solvang but the owners live in Carlsbad!  The Main office for winery is in Oceanside too!

They have won many awards and Produce the following 90 + Rated wines:

Cabernet Sauvignon
Bordeaux style red blend
Chardonnay we Love!
Sauvignon Blanc
Rose’ of Cabernet

The wines Start at $28.00 and they have a fabulous wine club which is free:) YASSS!

Find them in San diego: all locations on the website or order online and use our promo code:
Promo: THEPULSE40 (for 40% off all wines)



Gift of Fitness is Key in my book:

We start with being the fittest, healthiest version of yourself. You have seen my experience on social media with MarkShane Malone from Shape Up Studios.

He is the real deal and he has a passion for helping others.

He could not help his Mom lose weight and be healthy and it inspired him to go into fitness over 15 years ago! His motto is “Let’s get moving.” We could NOT agree more!

He specializes in weight loss and transformation and is very thorough with his process.

He does a consult and a series of tests which include, Polar Body age testing, VO2 max, oxygen intake, and body fat and mass testing.

He then prints you a detailed report (13 pages to be exact) and a customized work out and meal plan from MarkShane to get you on your way!

Mention The Pulse and receive 12 sessions for $480.00 which is $180.00 savings!

While you are working out you NEED the:

 Work It Towels!

We are obsessed with this line created by Mother and son duo Stacy and Harrison Pierce who were working out together and noticed all the grungy old bath towels people were carrying & using.

What did they do? They made their own!

These towels feature a super soft, 100% microfiber poly-fleece top with edge-to-edge color. It is not a scratchy screen print. Instead, the fibers are dyed, providing vibrant color that lasts with daily use.

Sized at 15″ x 25,” it’s the perfect fitness accessory.

Can we talk about the sayings and motivational mantras: The Limitless collection and the “Get it girl.”

Their New Thrive collection benefits ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association)

I have several and I love them all!

You can even order these with your logo for a custom print job!!!


They Start at $15.99 – 

Need to order by Dec. 13th for Christmas Delivery so order now with promo code: PULSE20 save 20% off order!!!


Gift of wellness and self care is so important:

We LOVE Firefly Wellness, a day Spa in Mission Hills which is the perfect place for your next massage!


Yes it is the Best Massage in San Diego!

We love owner Karen and her team of massage therapists and think they are CLASS A and top notch all the way!

We recommend their Massage membership programs for the perfect gift.

* Massage Membership:
Monthly 60-minute massage for $79 which includes several other member benefits (discounted products and membership rates on additional services)

* Resolution Package: a pre-paid package of 12 massages for $948.00. Perfect for those who want to gift others with a years’ worth of massage.

We love that they customize their massages and you can add on cupping, hot stone, or even CBD to your massage!

The tranquil environment is an added perk!

Firefly Wellness
4024 Ibis Street, Suite A in 
Mission Hills
~you can book on line or stop in and Get gift cards


Staying on Wellness and looking your best front we have some amazing packages at Restore Plastic Surgery in La Jolla.

We love Dr. Kat Gallus and her team who always want you to look and feel your best!

We recommend the Skinade!


In our 20’s we lose 1.5% of our collagen in our skin per year resulting in wrinkles, fine lines, dry, blemished, and thinning skin. AS IF!

Collagen is found in the dermal layer of the skin which is responsible for that PLUMPNESS in our skin that makes us look young!

Skinade works from the inside out and rebuilds and strengthens the collagen matrix repairing the tissue and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines!  YES PLEASE!

Packed with vitamins, & minerals it helps stimulate your body’s own production of collagen & hyaluronic acid, and we are talking 7000 mg of collagen peptides in each bottle! (oh and there are travel pouches for the person on the go!)

For the best results, start with a 90 day supply!
Cost is normally 165.00 per month but Mention ThePulseSD and save 10% off (148.50 plus tax)

Ring in the New Year looking your best, Mention THEPULSESD and get 15% off Botox and Juvederm!

It is the Perfect time to treat yourself ~Call before Jan 1st to book!

Restore SD Plastic Surgery
8899 University Center Ln #200
San Diego, CA 92122



The Perfect gift for the kiddos:

SO MUCH FUN! Pulse tested and approved!
ArmoGear: A Division of NessTOY

Armogear focuses on creating exciting toys that are top quality and entertaining.

They believe every child deserves a healthy outlet to channel their creative and physical energy and
their ambition is to provide kids with the ultimate tools of expression.

The action-packed toys they create really engage children of all ages while building self-confidence and teamwork skills.  (SAFETY IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THEM TOO)

Laser Battle Game:

At home laser tag with arcade style features, including a 150-200 ft shooting range, invisibility mode, night vision and wireless target vests. (indoors or outdoors, add batteries and go)  Not a violent game in any way!

Prices range:

2 pack $74.99 4 pack is 149.99

We love the Accessories like the voice changing walkie talkies 2 mile long 8 channel range outdoor 2 way radios: $24.99

Action camera with video recording: $39.99

Can attach to helmets and bikes too!

Interactive Sword Battle Game: (yes fun for the whole family)

Tap into your inner Game of Thrones:

~Action packed made of soft materials, and sound effects.
~5 lives for each player and the game let’s you know when you have expired lol!
~Around $50.00




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