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.

Best of Boston 2012 Award by Boston Magazine
We are honored to be the 1st in history and the only eyeglasses store in Boston’s history to win “Best of Boston” four times.
On July 27, we were truly surprised, floored, and genuinely honored to receive the highly prestigious Best of Boston Eyeglasses 2010 award from the Boston Magazine.

Since this is our 4th time, we simply couldn’t believe our eyes and ears.  Vizio Optic was chosen by Boston Magazine as the “Best of Boston Eyeglasses” in 2006, 2007 and 2009 and now to be at the top again in 2010 is beyond our belief.We just don’t know whom to thank at Boston Magazine as we are genuinely grateful to their wonderful team for choosing Vizio Optic again. Boston Magazine writes that they give their experts top-secret assignments to go out and seek out the best while being completely anonymous during their shopping assignments. Apparently they are instructed to keep their Boston Magazine association highly confidential and not reveal the secret to the shop and restaurant owners.  Well, we must admit that they did an excellent job because after the 4th time of winning this coveted award, we still cannot figure out who came in from Boston magazine, who selected us and how it was done.  It’s truly a mystery and we are in awe of Boston Magazine to do this so well.

In this new August 2010 special issue of the Boston Magazine, the editors wrote about Vizio Optic: “The petite Brookline Village shop is a four-time Best of Boston winner, and for a good reason: Vizio Optic’s top-notch service starts with the on-site optometrist and ends with the 360-degree photo booth, which allows buyers to see how those glasses look from the side, too. More than 1,000 frame choices include high-fashion, time-honored favorites from CHANEL, Alain Mikli, and Robert Marc, as well as funky, lesser-known lines like Kata and Lafont.”

We just cannot thank Boston Magazine enough!!!  And we are also grateful to our customers for their love and support.  And we are also grateful to our Customer Loyalty Team for helping Vizio win yet again!

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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