According to behavioral researchers, the best gift you can give someone is a gift card, but let’s face it, not many people dream of eagerly tearing the wrapping paper from an envelope, however fabulous it may be!

That said, we know that shopping for others can sometimes be really difficult, so our Vizio Optic Elves decided to put together a small list of our favorite gift-able frames! There are recommendations that work for men, women, and we’ve even included treats that fit perfectly in anyone’s stocking.

Gifts for Him

 

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Randolph Aviators (Color: Gunmental, $129)

Proudly worn by US Airforce pilots and Navy submariners, Randolph aviators are a popular choice for the athletes, sportsmen, and adventurers in your life! Choose from a variety of color options.

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Oliver Goldsmith Vice Consul (1959) (Color: Electric Tortoise Sunglasses, $405)

Oliver Goldsmith designer sunglasses are hand-made in Notting Hill, England using only the finest materials. They are especially known for lasting quality and craftsmanship. These Vice Consul sunglasses give the wearer an intriguing, bold look and are the perfect pick for fans of vintage style.

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ic! berlin Die Wetterfahne (Color: Matte Gold, $459)

ic! berlin frames combine style and German functionality into sleek and timeless looks. Give the Die Wetterfahne aviator sunglasses to a sophisticated man with impeccable taste. He will be sure to appreciate the modern silhouette and trademark screwless, spring-hinge design that never loosens up overtime.

Gifts for Her

 

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Lafont Hampton (Color: Tortoiseshell, $411)

Vintage-inspired, cat-eye silhouette, and a tortoise shell frame… Lafont’s Hampton sunglasses meet every fashionista’s list of the requirements and come in a variety of colors. The hardest part will be picking just one pair!

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Oliver Goldsmith Manhattan (Color: Dark Tortoiseshell, $440)

Oliver Goldsmith was behind many of Audrey Hepburn’s famous shaded looks in the fifties and sixties and they have been selling ever since! Perhaps the most iconic and recognizable pair are these shades from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Every girl wants to wear them paired with a little black dress and pearls!

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Mykita and Bernhard Willhem Franz (Color: Gold, $522)

Our love affair with these frames began when we first saw Sarah Jessica Parker wear her gold Franz shades and it continued as they kept releasing them in a multitude of colors. These stand-out designer sunglasses are perfect for the fashion-forward woman in your life and are only available during this limited edition run.

Stocking Stuffers

 

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La Loop Necklace ($125) and SportLoop Necklace ($26)

If your gift recipient is the type of person who misplaces things, you may also want to give them an eyeglass necklace from La Loop. These aren’t the librarian-esque glasses holders that are attached to the hinges! They are fashionable necklaces with a simple ring to provide a place for glasses to rest.

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Holiday Themed Cleaning Cloths ($15)

Your giftee will be amazed at how great it feels to wear a brand new pair of lenses! Help them keep their new gift in pristine condition and fight fingerprints, dust, grease and other dirt with these festive, high-quality microfiber cloths.

…but, wait, we want to give you a gift too! Because we love celebrating the holidays with our customers, we’re offering one lucky person the chance to own a pair of our favorite sunglasses of 2014.

To enter, simply do one of the actions below. Each point you earn is one entry into the contest. So, the more you do, the more chances you have to win! You can earn up to 6 entries. Good luck!

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P.S. Still not sure what to buy for the holidays? Contact us! We take pride in our stellar customer service.

The perfect way to spruce up your child’s school wardrobe is with a new pair of glasses. Vizio Optic has an amazing selection of kids eyeglasses just in time for the holidays!

LINDBERG Kids 1501 eyeglasses are great for any occasion. They are sophisticated, yet still young and fun. They are perfect for the upcoming fashionista.

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Especially in tortoise, these frames are an amazing back to school look!

For your son, LINDBERG Kids 1505 frames are the next big thing.

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These glasses are stylish and won’t cause an argument about having to wear glasses to school. And, the best part about LINDBERG Kids frames is their durability. No matter how rough and tumble your son is, you won’t have to worry about his glasses snapping! These glasses are long-lasting and won’t need regular repairs . The screw-less hinges and titanium temple design are super durable, so no need to fear playground damages!

If glasses tend to get lost in your house, we recommend keeping a backup just in case! Your kids could even have a pair for school and a super fun pair for playtime, like these Etnia Kids Metroville eyeglasses. The transparent turquoise bottom and patterned black and white top of the frame is so fun and stylish!

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Etnia Kids has eyeglasses in so many colors and shapes, your kids won’t know how to choose! These Etnia Kids Melmac eyeglasses are a perfect look for your daughter if she wants a more simple, yet still fun, look!

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When choosing a new pair of glasses for your children, style and fit are of the utmost importance and here at Vizio Optic, those are our top priorities!

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So many products are made out of our country these days. However, one of our favorite brands of designer eyewear is made right here in Massachusetts! Randolph Engineering was founded in Randolph, Massachusetts in 1972 and remains there to this day! The company is most well known for their aviator sunglasses US fighter pilots have been wearing for almost forty years!

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These aviator sunglasses were invented by Jan Waszkiewicz. As the current CEO of Randolph Engineering, his son, Peter Waszkiewicz, is proud to keep his company in the US. When Randolph was first founded, 90% of eyewear was made in the United States and at the moment only 3% of designer frames are currently produced here!

While most companies took their production overseas, Randolph kept their company in the US. Waszkiewicz is thrilled to have stayed right where his father built the company. “We stayed. … And we love it and we’re on the forefront of bringing optical manufacturing back to this country” he said.

Putting the “Made in the USA” stamp on their eyewear is only one of the perks of their high quality production. “We’re well-known for our quality and are so confident, we’ll guarantee our frames for life” said Waszkiewicz.

Vizio Optic now carries a wide selection of styles from Randolph Engineering and we are proud to welcome this all American brand to our designer collection!

 

We are so excited to introduce Lunor into the Vizio Optic family. Founded in 1991, Lunor has always strived to be a unique brand. The name Lunor came from the French “Lunette d’Or”, or golden spectacles. This name is a result of Lunor’s first collection of eyeglasses, which were made out of gold.

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Founder Gernot Lindner was motivated by his collection of antique eyeglasses and cases. Some of his most popular acetate frames get their inspiration from the 1930’s and 1960’s, some of his designs even get their inspiration from the 18th and 19th century! The modern twist is that they are now made from acetate but have the original retro design.

Did you know that each pair of Lunor frames goes through up to 200 steps to create the perfect frame? The many years Lunor has spent working closely with manufacturers in southern Germany, as well as the abandonment of mass production, gives strength to the designs and ensures quality products.

Lunor eyeglasses are all made with the utmost care and specificity, down to the hinges, which are hand crafted piece by piece from a metal rod and functional rivets providing durability and style.

 

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Our gorgeous Lunor frame selection contains so many well-made, stylish, and distinct frames that are a must-see!

All images from http://lunor.com/en/kollektion.html.

 

 

 

Tortoiseshell eyeglasses have been a trend for as long as designers can remember. Whether you want to add a bit of a classic flair into your look or just want to keep up with current fashions, tortoise frames can do both.

At Vizio Optic we carry a huge selection of tortoise eyeglasses. Some of our favorite designer tortoise frames selection include the brands LINDBERG and Oliver Goldsmith.

If you are in the market for a modern style, but enjoy the classic appeal of the LINDBERG design, LINDBERG 1020 in tortoise is a great option, not to mention that it comes in 4 sizes to ensure a really great fit.

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These frames work for both men and women and are the perfect everyday accessory to complete a look.

Oliver Goldsmith Annabel eyeglasses are a perfect example of classic tortoise frames. These Oliver Goldsmith designer spotted tortoise frames are a great option as a pair of up-to-date stylish women’s eyeglasses.

The classic pattern and modern shape of tortoise designer frames can dress up even the most boring work outfit and turn it into a chic look.

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In 1993, LINDBERG introduced the revolutionary Air Titanium Rim collection. These frames feature a hypoallergenic titanium alloy that lends an unprecedented amount of flexibility to the design, which is further enhanced by a unique spiral hinge with no screws or soldering.

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After the titanium alloy is formed, it is stretched and straightened by machine, creating a specific wire thickness. Titanium, while it is very light, is immensely strong, so Air Rim frames are special in that the wire is only one millimeter thick! All the frames are then assembled and adjusted by hand and lenses are grooved to allow the frame to sit inside the edge.

In order to create a wide variety colors in both matte and shiny finishes, the titanium is exposed to a specific number of volts. This electrolytic process, called anodization, “pulls” the color out of the metal itself and cannot be scratched away. Some specialty colors, such as red and orange, are painted onto the wire.

LINDBERG Air Titanium Rim frames are available in a variety of shapes for both men and women. Pictured below are the Glenn and Hermod LINDBERG Air Titanium Rim frames.

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Vizio Optic is honored to once again be named the optical of choice in Boston Magazine’s Best of Boston 2014. This is the seventh time and third consecutive year Vizio Optic has won this prestigious award.

Every year the editors at Boston Magazine, with the help of an online readers’ poll, chronicle the best this city has to offer and we appreciate the recognition of not only our vast selection of designer eyewear, but also our amazing staff.

Thank you so much Boston Magazine! We can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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Best of Boston Party 2014

 

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A little while back we showed you some of the available styles of Face a Face Bocca glasses, a collection of various styles from the French brand that all have a unique detail that’ll put a little spring in your step, literally! Each frame has a pair of legs as its arms, which have stiletto heels decorating the end. What started out as a novel creation has turned into a full collection of little legs, and now with a variety of shoes that may even rival your own closet. Take a look at some of the new styles, some of which recently debuted at the Silmo optical exhibition in Paris.

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Face a Face Little Bocca eyeglasses are for kids, with legs that feature tube socks and purple sneakers. Children will love this quirky style – it’s different from anything they’ve probably ever seen, and their friends will get a “kick” out of it too!

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The Smoking2 is a new version of the original Smoking1 style, which traded in the red hot stilettos for a pair of smoking shoes and tuxedo pants. The first edition was black with white socks and black shoes, and this new version gets a colorful update with its transparent pink and purple design.

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This new frame, known as Bocca Sixties, is one of our new favorite pairs of Face a Face glasses. We didn’t think they could get any cuter,  then they debuted the patterned capris and pink flats. Does the outfit come with the glasses?

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And if you missed it, these are the originals, a sexy collection of voluptuous legs and hot heels. There are optical versions as well as sun, and you can see the blue version here.

 

This week we debuted a new brand on in our online shop, with 15 new styles available that add to our expanding collection of innovative designer eyewear from German brands. That’s right, yet another eyeglasses company out in Europe has caught our eye, and it sure keeps us entranced with its crazy silhouettes and funky color combinations. Check it out:

Wissing 2653 eyeglasses

Wissing eyewear has some amazing styles that you’ve never seen before, like the above Wissing 2653 eyeglasses. This asymmetrical frame comes in navy blue, with a slim plastic frame, a bridge that is both straight and arched, and, oh yeah, one square lens and one circular lens. If you take a look at local fashion blogger HollyDolly’s blog, you’ll see her wearing this exact pair on her visit to Vizio last year.

Wissing 2340 eyeglasses

In this pair of Wissing 2340 eyeglasses, have pronounced rectangular lenses separated by a center-set bridge with an arch in the middle, decorated in red, blue, yellow, orange and purple stripes. This bold frame is by no means for the fashion timid. It’s the perfect style for someone who wants to stand out from the rest and be their own person!

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In the  more “subdued” part of the collection is this pair of Wissing 2635 eyeglasses, wish a nice, classic silhouette colored in beautifully with various shades of purple stripes. While this is on the softer side of the brand’s offerings, it’s still a great standout piece that’ll separate you from the crowd.

Are you brave enough to wear bright specs like these? Check out the collection on our site and let us know which frames you’d be bold enough to wear in the comments!

 

Lafont Lin eyeglasses

Our friend Laurence picked out a perfect pair of designer glasses. The color, the shape, everything about this frame looks fabulous on her! We love how the purple complements the shade of her hair with its red undertones, while the rectangular silhouette fits nicely with her angular features. The slight curves of the brow line are what gives this frame a nice balance as well.

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The pair Laurence chose are Lafont Lin eyeglasses in color 744. What we really like about this color is that it’s dark, but not your typical dark pair of specs. Rather than going the typical route of black or brown, Lin gives you that same artsy/intelligent look in a whole new way. Did you notice the little design on the inner arm, too? Others might not see the pattern unless they look closely, but that’s why we like details like this, it feels like a personal touch only known to you and the designer.

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Lin is also available in several other colors, including black with a brown inside pattern, navy blue with a pink inside pattern, brown with a green inside pattern, orange leopard print, and a black and pink pattern. The silhouette is a classic, with its rectangular lenses and top-set arms, so we’re leaning towards the more exciting colors to give the timeless shape a modern boost. What do you think, do you prefer classic colors or patterns and prints?