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.

There are people who become icons for their style. There are styles that become icons for their people. And then there are Ray Ban Wayfarers.

Tom Cruise was wearing them when he shimmied in his skivvies in “Risky Business.” Billy Joel donned them in concert. They were Michael Jackson’s shades of choice at the zenith of the “Thriller” era. And Don Henley made them symbols of all things hot, cool and unapproachable in “The Boys of Summer.”

Sunglasses weren’t always wardrobe essentials; they were once associated with weak eyes. If any one accessory can claim credit for turning a medical must into a fashion must-have, it’s the Ray Ban Wayfarer. Eclipsing decades of ephemeral fads, this emblematic style has now been rediscovered by a new generation.

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Rise of an icon

First sold in the early 1950s, the Ray Ban Wayfarer was a dramatic departure from familiar eyewear. Suddenly, plastic was in, and metal was out. Wayfarers found favor throughout the 1950s and 60s, but never did the design see a greater resurgence than in the 1980s. Featured in pop-culture classics like “The Breakfast Club” and “Miami Vice,” Wayfarers became symbolic of what it meant to be cool, imperturbable, skating on the fringe of mainstream society.

If it’s true that imitation is the best form of flattery, Wayfarer Sunglasses enjoyed heightened appeal based on the sheer numbers of similar looks flying off the shelves. Their design spawned an influx of lookalike styles sported by luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Jack Nicholson and Roy Orbison.

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Return of the inimitable

By the 1990s, new wrap-around sunglasses threatened to unseat Wayfarers from the eyewear throne. As it happened, it was the wrap-around that was marked for extinction; by the 2000s, Wayfarers were back.

“Antique” versions are the darlings of eBay, but the original design has also given way to many fashionable descendants. Unlike their predecessors, Wayfarers now come in more than one color and style, in keeping with the pace, tastes and preferences of a new age.

Ten years ago, it seemed that Wayfarer Sunglasses had passed their halcyon days. Today, nothing is further from the truth. Don Henley didn’t describe imitations in “The Boys of Summer.” Corey Hart didn’t wear fakes when he performed “Sunglasses at Night.” Neither song is new, but both are classics.

Ray Ban Wayfarers have always been star-makers. And like the icons they accessorize, their ageless style is anything but a has-been.

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Celebrities have expressed great interest in Ray Ban sunglasses over the years and in particular the Ray Ban 3025 sunglasses have been the most popular. Model 3025 is a classical and signature pair of Aviator Sunglasses. They have been extremely popular for celebrities to wear for years. It is likely that more celebrities have purchased and worn Ray Ban 3025 sunglasses than any other type of sunglasses in history.

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These sunglasses have even made appearances in movies by celebrities. Both male actors and female actresses wear these sunglasses because these aviators have unisex frames.

Here is a short list of celebrities who are known to have worn these Ray Ban 3025 sunglasses:

•    Tom Cruise in Top Gun
•    Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days
•    Bradley Cooper in The Hangover
•    Zak Efron in 17 Again
•    Nicholas Cage in Bangkok Dangerous
•    Kevin Spacey wears them in Casino Jack
•    Hugh Jackman in Real Steel
•    Will Forte in MacGruber
•    David Duchovny in The Joneses
•    Lamman Rucker in Why Did I Get Married Too?
•    Tom Cruise in Knight and Day
•    Aaron Stanford in How I Got Lost
•    Danny Glover in Shooter
•    Rob Lowe in the series Brothers and Sisters

In addition to this, female actresses have been spotted wearing these aviators in movie scenes too.

•    Sarah Jessica Parker wears them in Sex and the City 2
•    Julia Roberts wears them in Eat, Pray, Love

Musician Michael Jackson also wore Ray Ban 3025 Sunglasses to his announcement of his last shows in London and has been wearing them many times in the past too.

Ray Ban Sunglasses have been sighted all over Hollywood throughout history. Because they are comfortable and fashionable, these celebrities enjoyed wearing them and also influenced movie viewers. The lenses are also available in different tints. Some are tinted light and some are tinted dark, and each pair comes with its own case. Because of their comfort, style, and great features, these Ray Ban Sunglasses are forever in style and yet legendary. It is likely that they have been chosen and worn by more celebrities than any other pair of sunglasses throughout history.

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People love getting Prescription Sunglasses because they don’t have to choose between being able to see well and read a book on the beach and wearing a regular pair of sunglasses to protect the eyes from the dangerous ultra-violet sun rays (but without seeing well as they don’t have your Rx lens in them).  But with Prescription Sunglasses you can get sports or designer sunglasses look for an individualistic appeal into which we or your optician can put prescription lenses.  And the UV coating on the prescription sunglass lenses are an absolute necessity to protect your eyes from the dangerous ultra-violet rays.

Some of our customers ask about a slightly less desirable choice – the sunglass clip-ons that get clipped on top of your regular Rx prescription glasses. But do you really want to walk around with these two sets of lenses or worry about losing the clip-on when you misplace it?  So prescription sunglasses make all this a non-issue for the glasses wearer, who would otherwise have to settle for a combo of non-prescription sunglasses and contact lenses or the fashion limitations of the aforementioned clip-on lenses.

Whether you wear reading glasses and you dream of flipping through a magazine on the beach or by the pool or you’re a full-time glasses wearer who wants UV protection, you may want to look into getting prescription sunglasses that will help you do both.

An incredible variety of sunglasses can be made with prescription in them – including bifocal and progressive lenses. And it’s even possible to find wraparound styles in certain prescriptions. Polarized prescription sunglasses are yet another option and Maui Jim and Oakley as well as Ray Ban make excellent Rx sunglasses.  We prefer having prescriptions in your sunglasses over clip-ons.  But what do you prefer?

Even if the name Aviator sunglasses (or just Aviators) doesn’t immediately ring a bell, we guarantee you’d know them on sight. You may have missed them in the 1960s when they were a hit with all the cool kids, but it’s the rare person indeed who wouldn’t recognize a photo of a young Tom Cruise in his Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses from the 1986 movie Top Gun.

Also known as “pilot shades,” Ray-Ban’s Aviator sunglasses feature one of the most recognizable – and most copied – frame styles out there. Developed by Bausch & Lomb (who later founded Ray-Ban) in 1936, the original Aviators had oblique teardrop frames made of gold-plated metal and featured green lenses made of mineral glass to filter out infrared and ultraviolet rays.

The unique teardrop shape that have made Aviator sunglasses an enduring classic is more than just a concession to style – the frames and slightly convex lenses work together to cover close to the wearer’s full range of vision while also preventing as much light as possible from hitting the eye.The end result is a slick pair of sunglasses that cancel glare without
sacrificing visibility.

Is it any wonder that Ray-Ban Aviators became an almost immediate favorite of military aviators, and then civilian aviators and law enforcement officers? America’s love affair with Aviator Sunglasses began early on when photographers captured General Douglas MacArthur sporting a pair when he landed at Red Beach in Palo, Leyte in the Philippines during World War II.

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But as much as Ray-Ban’s Aviator sunglasses have always been associated with man’s man generals and Air Force hot shots, most people love Aviators because they’re still the epitome of cool. Just ask Hollywood! This is one pair of sunglasses that literally goes with anything – they look as great paired with an elegant suit as they do when worn with jeans and a faded t-shirt.

Need more proof that Aviator sunglasses never stopped being hot? Ray-Ban recently celebrated the birth of the iconic brand and their most famous sunglasses, the Aviator, with a re-launch of their signature frames and live shows in New York and London featuring infamous punk-rock legends Iggy and the Stooges and the New York Dolls.

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The first thing most people look for when it comes to sunglasses is design and fashion, and you’ll never hear us debate that style is important to look attractive and modern. But it’s easy to forget something else that is even more important for the health and safety of your eyes – the lenses which protect you from dangerous sun rays.

One such option is polarized sunglasses – or those shades that have polarized lenses. Once the purview of fishermen and boaters along with truck drivers and outdoor enthusiasts, polarized lenses have hit the mainstream, and are now essential for everyday wear. In fact, sunglasses with polarized lenses are the fastest growing trend in eyeglasses according to sales figures.

Why Polarized Lenses?

Simply put, the lenses in polarized sunglasses are treated with a special film that blocks reflected light, reducing glare to a minimum, and making it easier and safer to engage in certain sports and other activities. But even for those who aren’t driving, golfing, biking, or skiing, polarized lenses are still a great choice because everything the wearer sees stays true to life on even the sunniest days.

When you put on a pair of some of the best made polarized sunglasses such as the Maui Jim polarized sunglasses or any other sport or designer sunglasses such as the Ray Ban sunglasses for example, that nebulous, washed-out look the world gets when the sun is shining brightly is immediately replaced by beautiful, saturated colors and crisp edges. You’re suddenly seeing the world as it really is, which can add a whole new dimension to any outdoor experience.

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Not all polarized lenses are created equal

The cheap polarized sunglasses won’t block nearly as much glare as manufacturers would like people to believe, and the worst lenses will actually distort your picture of the world. That’s why, when it comes to sunglasses with polarized lenses, we always recommend designer brands that have proven their ability to block glare without sacrificing style or elegance.

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We really love Ray Ban sunglasses – lots of customers come by every summer to see the newest styles from the most recognized sunglasses brand in the world. One of the most popular styles all over the world and of course at Vizio Optic is the Ray Ban Wayfarer. This design started in 1952 by Raymond Stegeman with amazing contours combining the mid-century and the classic eyewear designs. It was fabricated with a trapezoidal frame that makes it look attractive that confers a masculine guise. Wayfarer is the design that first applies plastic technology on Ray Ban eyewear that marks the evolution of metal frames into plastic frames.

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In 1982 when Ray Ban was worn by Tom Cruise in “Risky Business” in 1983. This launched the Wayfarers phenomenon and made them an instant classic. In 1986 Wayfarers sold 1.5 million sunglasses after it appeared in “Miami Vice”, “The Breakfast Club” and “Moonlighting.” The popularity soared even more when Madonna, Micheal Jackson, Debbie Harry, Elvis Costello, Ana Wintour and Jack Nicholson began wearing them. From the 2 models of Wayfarer in 1981, Ray Ban was able to spread about 40 models all through 1989 but it became unpopular again in the 1990s.

In 2001 Ray Ban Wayfarers took a remarkable revamp. Acetate frames were replaced with lighter injected plastics and the shape was made smaller and become a bit rounded. And Ray Ban Wayfarers were back in fashion. In 2008, Wayfarers were made available with more models and colors and Ray Ban later added several new designs that looked similar to Wayfarers such as the Ray Ban Myth and the Ray Ban Meteor. Now, there are a lot of sunglasses from other manufacturers that are inspired by Ray Ban’s products. A lot of Wayfarer-inspired sunglasses have been released in 2008 such as Oakley Poolside and Jupiter.

 

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