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Alex & Isabelle Classic Hair Ties: Gift of the Day

Christmas may be over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. We still have a few more days before 2012 resolutions kick in. Take advantage of the opportunity to treat yourself and anyone else left on your list. We’ll keep you inspired.

Why this makes a great gift: Colorful hair elastics are way more fun than the standard variety. Aside from spicing up a daily hair style, we really appreciate these snazzy accessories because they don’t leave creases in our hair. They look pretty cute on our wrists, too.

It’s perfect for: Your pre-teen or teen cousin. Not only will she use them all the time, but you’ll get bonus points for being cool since these bright elastics couldn’t be any more on trend.

Price: $12, available on birchbox.com.

For more great gift ideas, visit our Holiday Gift Guide.

Don’t Be A Hot Head…Or Do

Colorful Braided Headband, $3.80, forever21.com; Neon Hair Ties, $11.99, emi-jay.com; Heart Bobby Pin Set, $1.50, forever21.com; Hair Tie Ball, $3.50, forever21.com; Electric Safari Hair Pins, $8. sephora.com

Is it hot out or what? As temperatures continue to rise, good hair accessories become a must to have on hand. There is nothing worse than being caught outside in 90-degree weather (plus humidity) and not having an easy way to put your hair up or get it off your face. I actually walk to work everyday and now that it’s July, I don’t even think about wearing my hair down because it’s just too sweltering. While I have plenty of beige ponytail holders and blonde bobby pins lying around, I need to incorporate some more color into the mix. Here are a few of the bright doodads that have caught my eye and given how affordable they all are, I have no reason not to experiment.

—Meredith

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