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Holiday Gift Guide

05 Dec 2021

written by Cindy Matalucci


Every year, I curate the best gift guide for you and take the stress out of holiday shopping!

I pick the products and brands that I am obsessed with and that I have personally tried and tested for you!

I also give you exclusive savings on these brands!

This year we have an amazing selection and something for everyone! It is all about Experience Gifts and the gifts that bring you closer to your loved ones! It is also about shopping small to support our local and small businesses!


The first gift we have is one of my all time fave local companies, Pop Up Picnic!

Owner and friend Lauren Kimmons created the Original Southern California Pop Up Picnic….

They are San Diego’s luxury picnic company and they’ve been popping up for over 10 years with everything you need for the perfect picnic!

They take care of all the details- they scout the perfect location, bring the food and set it up to look amazing. Plus, they clean everything up when you’re done so you can walk off into the sunset.

Israel and I have done this for our Anniversary and we LOVE it!

Currently they have The Gathering/Winter collection set up with jewel tones and even a Christmas Tree!

For the gift guide, we are spotlighting the grazing Boards, a brand New edition to Pop Up Picnic.

Their gourmet grazing boards are perfect for home parties, special occasions and office events- just in time for the holiday season!

Pop Up Picnic Co is BIG on supporting local businesses + serving the very best quality. Every grazing board you buy supports at least 4 other local businesses, and each board is carefully curated with gourmet bites from San Diego + beyond.

* The Signature Charcuterie Grazing Board features farm-fresh, local produce and the highest quality imported cheeses + artisanal meats plus a variety of sweet + savory accoutrements!

$80 feeds 6-8

* The Vegan Grazing Board is full of nut cheeses + dips that you won’t believe are plant-based! Plus tons of fruit, veggie crudites, vegan crackers + nuts, dried fruits + more!

$80 feeds 6-8

* The Dips Grazing Board has 3 of their favorite dips: spicy cheese, spinach artichoke garlic dip + hummus with chimichurri drizzle.

$80 feeds 6-8

You can use our Promo code: ‘THE PULSE’ for 10% off plus free delivery in San Diego now through January 2. Click here to order!

What pairs perfectly with a grazing board?



Owner Veronica Carrillo of All About Wine Tasting, is amazing! She offers All Inclusive Private Wine Tours to Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California and to the East County of San Diego to Ramona, Escondido, and Jamul, all to bring you closer to nature and the wine culture in the Cali-Baja region.

She also does In-home Private Baja Wine Tastings and Special Events.

Can I mention she recently did a wine education at my women’s group and blew us away with her knowledge! She is very passionate about what she does!

She can curate the wine for you and you can purchase these wines from her directly.

What I love about Veronica:

She is a-Wine Enthusiast and an ambassador of Baja California Wine Country!

She has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry on both sides of the Border!

She loves to share the stories she has learned and the flavors she has enjoyed by the different pairings of wine & food of this particular region.

She has a special offer for our viewers too! Mention the pulse and receive a special discount when booking your Baja Wine Tasting Event or Wine Trip to Baja.

The Personalized Gift:


We love unique personalized gifts here at the Pulse and we have found a company that delivers on this!
InkPixi: Personalized gifts made easy!

InkPixi is a small-town American company in western Pennsylvania. They make top-quality, personalized gift items, perfect for the people you love.

I wanted to do something special for my Italian Family so I am spotlighting some of the amazing products I personalized for them with our name on it and the saying in Italian “Family is everything.”

I bought sweatshirts, coffee mugs, wine glasses, monogrammed Cheese boards and more! My sister is a chef, so she is getting a beautiful apron!

The prices are amazing and range from $24.99-$67.99.

You can add your name to any gift and shop by themes, occasions, you name it!

Order by Dec. 8th for guaranteed Delivery before Christmas!

The Gift For The Fashionista:

Tina Frantz Designs

Ok so what do you get for the FASHIONISTA in your life that is always in style? I gotchu!

We have The Annalis Armhole Tote from Tina Frantz Designs! I AM OBSESSED!

This was one of her original designs way back in 2012, and has been a best seller ever since.

What I love about Tina and her brand:

Tina Frantz Designs is an eco-conscious, zero-waste, women’s handbag brand and the styles and patterns are amazing!

She specializes in one of a kind pieces which makes everything she does very unique!

The Annalis tote is beautiful, Cheetah, hair-on-hide GENUINE, lightweight Leather, with large interior pocket and magnetic closure. This Armhole Tote, if you don’t know, is incredibly comfortable to carry with heavy items in it, as the aerodynamic design takes the weight off your shoulder.

All the comfort of a backpack, three times the style. Plus it’s CHEETAH! Need I say more.

This is available exclusively for pre-order now and believe me, it will not be in stock for long. Everyone in my women’s group ordered this as soon as they saw it at our last event!

The tote retails at $195.00 but we have an exclusive PROMO CODE/coupon code for you! Use PULSE for 20% OFF SITE-WIDE for the entire month of December.

Yes folks so with your discount it comes in at $156.00!!! Order here:

We are also showcasing the signature Luella Extra Wide Clutch which is also now available in Cheetah print GENUINE Leather, (Yaaasss!)

This is a style statement NOT your average clutch. It has a little more width, it provides plenty of room for everything a girl needs to feel secure AND its much easier to throw under your arm all night long.

Roomy enough for all your daytime essentials, but makes a smooth transition into night.

This is also available in numerous one of a kind options and patterns! (11 on the site)

The clutch retails at $135.00 but with your 20% off comes in at $108.00!

The Feel Good Gift That Gives Back:

Blissful Seeds

You know we love a feel good gift that gives back! We love local company Blissful Seeds and their amazing subscription boxes!


As a mother of a child with autism, she wanted to create an inclusive environment, where young adults with autism can have meaningful jobs and a sense of community with like-minded people!


You can receive these subscription boxes monthly by subscribing to the mailing list, sign up and then get ready to be pampered with handmade artisanal items curated specifically for you once a month.

Each purchase of a box helps provide employment and empowers those with autism spectrum disorder.

The retail price of this items is $70.00 but you get the box for $49.99 every month.

We are also showcasing her Holiday boxes:

Get a set, combine with a bath bomb or combine with a soap dish or decorate the table with festive coasters.

Price varies depending on your choice but range from $18.00-25.00.

Mention the Pulse for 10% off your order!!! Order by Dec. 5th for guaranteed shipping!!!

Gifts to ease Anxiety:


A lot of us are having trouble sleeping…We are anxious about the holidays, the in laws…you name it. Do not fret, we have the perfect solution for you:

The CBD Holiday Survival kit by PlusCBD!

The PlusCBD Holiday Survival Kit promotes healthy sleep patterns and reduces tension and stress around the holiday craziness with fruity Sleep and Calm CBD gummies.* Give the gift of peaceful days and tranquil nights to your loved ones (or treat yourself!) and make the holiday season a little brighter.

PlusCBD Calm Gummies are doctor formulated with clinically researched ingredients like L-Theanine for a Zen-like calm and 5-HTP for a positive mood and mental well being.

PlusCBD Sleep Gummies are doctor formulated with clinically researched ingredients like melatonin to promote proper wake/sleep cycles, magnolia bark to soothe nerves and encourage relaxation, and lemon balm to help calm you before bed.

Sleep Gummies can be used each night about an hour before bedtime and won’t leave you feeling tired or groggy the next morning.

I take these and LOVE them!!!

Use our promo code PULSE25 to save 25% off your order!

Price: $44.99

They even have goodies for your doggies!

For the Children in your life:

We can’t forget about the KIDDOS and the perfect gift for the children in your life!

We love KIDZLANE toys, a division of Nesstoy!

They make Educational, fun, and bright colored toys for toddlers to pre-teens.
At Nesstoy, their goal is to create toys that will engage and develop kids imaginations and we love this!

We are spotlighting:

1.) The Wooden My Body Puzzle (BOY and GIRL VERSIONS) Fun and Educational!


Let your child discover the wonders of the human body with a 5-layer wooden puzzle that explores the skeletal, respiratory, digestive, and muscular system. Promotes body positivity and confidence with a child-friendly diagram of correct anatomy.
$19.99 Price

2.) The Color Changing Dinner Set – Play Food & Dishes:

Add water to bring your pretend play meal to life! This pretend kitchen dinner set changes color upon contact with water.
It is a 22 PIECE SET – play food dinner set includes one realistic frying pan and spatula, 2 table settings and 2 servings of dinner: sausages, steak, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes, and eggs all but the eggs change color!

It is DISHWASHER SAFE – Run this durable kitchen set for kids through the dishwasher anytime it needs a fresh start. The dishwasher won’t affect its color changing abilities!
Made for kids ages 3 and up!
Price: $19.99

3.) The Voice Changer Megaphone:

Camouflage your voice in 5 different ways with the Kidzlane voice changer device that features hilarious Robot, Spooky, Monster, Ghost, & Alien sound effects! Flashing LED lights and a bright, child-friendly design makes this toy a blast of fun for kids ages 5+

~VOICE AMPLIFIER: Press a button to turn this kids voice changer into a megaphone that’s great for making grand announcements! The adjustable volume lets you set the noise at a level you can handle.

I am Obsessed and I am keeping this for sure to yell at my neighbors!
$19.99 Price

4.) The Arcade Style Dance Games with Built in Music Tracks and Bluetooth Wireless Technology


Step, hop and jump onto the blinking arrows in this addictive new dance game! Follow the beat of its’ built-in music, or connect your own fave track via AUX or BLUETOOTH. A well- padded dance surface & large light-up arrows make this the perfect activity from toddler to teen.

Get your kids to work out in the most entertaining way! This light-up dance mat features 3 interactive games with 5 difficulty levels. Dance to the cues of the blinking arrows, test your brain to a “Simon Says” memory game, or make up your own rules in Free Dance Mode!
Price is $69.99

The Gift Of Exercise and Activity!


Last but certainly NOT least, we feel that one of the BEST gifts you can give your loved one, or anyone in your family, is the gift of activity and exercise.

We love local company EZE Ryders in Point Loma, San Diego’s Finest Electric Bike Sales, Service, and Rentals!
They have a massive collection of Electric beach cruisers, Moto style, kids bikes, conversion kits and more!

We are spotlighting the Escape 750w moped style electric bike!

Best selling moped style E-Bike equipped with 48V Samsung battery and 20 x 4 inches fat tires. The multifunctional LCD display can be precisely set and displayed every detailed parameter you expect.

Dual Suspension and puncture-resistant fat tires provide incredible braking performance and stability. 750W motor power and 7 gear shift system make your riding easier under any cycling conditions.

Includes Front Basket!! Price is $1899.00

Eze Ryders is also a onewheel headquarters!

We are spotlighting the OneWheel Pint X which is Brand spanking new!

It is mighty, mini, and ready to take on any adventure! Double the range of the Pint, a higher top speed, but with the same portability and size for life on the go.

Top Speed 18mph
12-18 mile range
27 inch length from tip to tip
Simplestop dismount technology
Lightbar integrated into the front footpad for sense pad indication, battery monitoring and in-ride alerts
Sync to your board from the Onewheel App. Customize the way your board rides, check your battery status, connect with friends and more.
225 minutesRecharge time for a full charge. 110 minutes with Optional Pint Ultracharger

Retail $1400.00

Eze Ryders also has a plethora of products to go with your e bike or onewheel.

They have shredLights and Bundles like the surf bundle and the essentials bundle!

Surf Bundle

USE coupon code PULSE2021 for 5% off any purchase

Stop in and see them at 4051 Voltaire St Ste C San Diego, CA 92107

CALL Them: 619-786-7161



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Friday 12–5 PM
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Cindy’s outfit provided by Rent The Runway: Dress is by Dress the Population, shoes Jimmy Choo

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