"I call these rain boots that don’t look like rain boots, because they are waterproof, but they have high heals. A friend gave them to be about a year ago. They are perfect for those days when it’s raining and I’m running all over town. Instead of having to bring an extra pair of shoes with me, I can stay dry and still look professional. SheFinds.com did a whole buying guide on fashionable rain boots, and that’s when I knew I wanted a pair."
--Michelle Madhok, publisher, SheFinds.com and MomFinds.com
"A friend at Apple gave me an iPad, and it is an amazing product. I use it to check baseball scores, get traffic updates, and check the weather at our five locations around the world. Our Rollercoaster Rush games are also a lot of fun on it. I like the fact that I can play a game with friends on the tablet while chatting over drinks and snacks. It's more social since you're not all staring at the screen all the time."
--Trip Hawkins, founder, Electronic Arts and Digital Chocolate
"A friend found this book at a garage sale and gave it to me for my 30th birthday. There are only 1,000 first edition copies in the world. I have been a fan of Henry Miller’s for many years and I read the book at least once a year. There’s something twisted and mischievous about Miller that reminds me of the work we do at Kidrobot. We take things like toy characters and twist them in a way that many people love, and at the same time occasionally find offensive."
--Paul Budnitz, founder, Kidrobot
"My husband and co-founder, Rob, bought these [sunglasses] for me to wear while I’m biking and running. They’re well made but inexpensive, so I don’t have to worry about losing them. They are also flexible so you can bend the frames any which way and they won’t break. Now, we give them to franchisees to wear when they’re popping popcorn. They’re a lot cooler than goggles and have become part of our company look. It’s also a symbol for how we strive to be flexible with our customers."
--Renée Israel, co-founder, Doc Popcorn
"This rugged twill bag, which my son gave me two years ago, is perfect for short camping and trail-riding trips. I can just throw it in the back of a truck without worrying about it. I love bags, and always have a lot of use for them. I also take this bag with me whenever I go out to my vacation house in the Hamptons, because I only need to pack a small amount."
--David Yurman, founder and designer, David Yurman
"I am obsessed every year with this soft backed leather diary, after having received one as a gift about 10 years ago from one of my spa clients. I write everything in it, and glue in tear sheets, business cards, and even thank you notes. It becomes a bit of a ‘year in the life’ bible for me, collecting everything that has happened along the way. Every year, I can look back on the things I’ve seen, where I’ve been, and have something in a visual format."
--Marcia Kilgore, founder, Bliss Spas and FitFlop Footwear
"I received a gift of a small bottle of pure lavender oil from a family friend. I knew that lavender is used to soothe and heal but I wasn’t familiar with the concept of having it in pure bottled form. I now use it every day. I leave the bottle right on my desk, and open it as soon as I walk into my office. It is very soothing and helps me relax. Being a CEO has its stressful moments, so any trick for staying calm is good for me."
--Tariq Farid, CEO, Edible Arrangements
"My husband gave me a fresh flower lei from Hawaii for Valentine’s Day a few years ago. The box isn’t fancy, but when you open it, the scent wafts out. I’ve received several since, including one with orchids and tuberoses. I wear them around the house and hang them on my bed so I can wake up to them."
--Lisa Price, founder, Carol’s Daughter