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Holiday Recap from the ZFC Family

TZFC Santa and his Helpershe Holiday Season signifies countless things to different people.  For some, it is time with family and friends.  For others, it’s the chance to give back to their community.  There are individuals that thrive on the celebrations and songs, and still more live for the gifts they give and receive.  At the Zappos Fulfillment Center, the holiday season means all of these things and more. 

Whether taking time out of a hectic year to enjoy a meal together, or simply utilizing dress-up days to honor team unity and personal creativity, the Zappos Kentucky Family has always had a knack for closing out the year in style.  This season was no different, including potluck lunches, charity outings, and even a genuine Santa’s Sleigh parading through the warehouse. Welcoming the winter months has never been as warm as in 2011.  

With a busy Peak Season in full swing, and long hours away from family at home, the Zappos spirit truly ZFC Holiday Hatscame out. Several groups brought joy by caroling through the Fulfillment Center with original jingles, creating a little fun and weirdness and serenading with a whole lot of cheer.  Santa, along with his elves and reindeer, delivered candy canes, smiles, and delight.  From a ZFC-wide gift drive, to serving hot meals, to fixing up a home in need, the family circle enveloped not only the walls of the FC, but encompassed the community as well.  And for those dedicated to WOW-ing customers through the holidays, parties, celebrations, thumb wars, and theme days allowed team members to join together to ring in a great end to 2011. 

Now, with both peak and the holiday season in the rearview mirror, there is one more event around the corner.  Tonight, the Zappos Kentucky Family, along with some very special guests, will put the exclamation point on a fantastic year with our annual holiday party!

Happy 2012 from the Zappos Kentucky Family!  May this year be merry and full of possibility!

ZFC Season's Greetings

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Home for the Holidays: Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets

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Time is a hot commodity during the holiday season. That’s why we love anything that helps us save time, particularly in the kitchen.

Whipping up those holiday meals will be a snap with some of our favorite kitchen time savers:

1. Cuisinart Smartstick® Hand Blender: Cut down on the number of dirty bowls you use when whipping and blending with this versatile gadget.

2. Kitchenaid 12-Cup Food Processor: Chop, blend, mince and mix your way into culinary perfection with this powerful must-have tool.

3. Bodum Eileen French Press 4-Cup Coffee Maker: This aesthetically-pleasing coffee maker lets you to brew a delicious cup of coffee on the go!

4. OXO Stainless Steel Mandoline Slicer: This versatile and handy slicer comes with three different blades and a soft-touch dial to adjust slice thickness. From making homemade fries to fresh veggies for dipping, this tool is a definite must have.

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Zappos HQ Thanks Our Troops on Memorial Day!

As we enjoy a nice holiday weekend, we would like to take a moment to give a huge "thank you" to the men and women who sacrifice so much in service of our nation and to protect our freedom. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Memorial Day!

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5 Gifts For Your Golfing Dad

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There’s nothing a golfing dad likes more for the holidays than some new equipment and clothes for his next tee time. Great brands such as Travis Mathew, Callaway and J. Lindeberg will put you on the “nice” list this holiday. Check out our top picks for golfing dad gifts below:

1. Callaway Odyssey® Black Series Tour Designs 2 Putter – Help Dad score on all of his money putts with this tour-ready putter that features A.R.T. (Advanced Roll Technology). The squared off heel-toe weighted blade with a crank-neck hosel and full-shaft offset. The TD Milled Face has a precise, deep milling pattern that generates consistent impact performance across the face, resulting in better feel, distance control and a smoother roll. He’ll be sinking all of his putts.

2. Callaway Tour i(s) Golf Balls – Help Dad concentrate more on shot-making and his short game and driving distance - everything else will fall into place. Switch him over to the Tour i(s) Golf Balls from Callaway and watch his game improve by leaps and bounds.

3. J. Lindeberg Slater White Leather Belt 92 – Get your dad the Slater White Leather Belt 92 from J. Lindeberg to instantly kick his style level up to par. J. Lindeberg is an international lifestyle brand that bridges fashion and sport through modern design.

4. Taylor Made R9 Radar Hat – Make Dad look like a pro in the iconic R9 Radar Hat from Taylor Made. The 100% performance polyester fabric wicks moisture and glare-reducing dark under bill make this one of the top hats in golf.

5. Travis Mathew Brasher – The golf course is supposed to be a quiet, subdued place. This shirt from Travis Mathew will help Dad shake it up and look like a million bucks. The poly elastane fabrication provides durability and flexibility. The tonal stripes and straight hemline make the Brasher a winner.

From clubs to bags, belts to ball caps, Zappos.com/golf has everything you need to make dad a happy golfer this year.

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Fashion Forward Meets Function

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French Connection clothing has grown steadily to its current size. Their long history of success has been based on the quality of the fashions, supported by highly successful advertising and marketing for the French Connection clothing and French Connection accessory brand and the fcuk branding, resulting in one of the most highly recognized and respected clothing brands in the UK.

Blow away your holiday party guests in an elegant dress from the French Connection. The Iron Eagle dress features a boned sweetheart neckline, embroidery and sequins on front and around bottom hem. If you already have a trusty LBD little black dress, switch it up with the Bonny Cotton dress. Go easily from daytime dazzling to elegant evening with this chic French Connection dress. The pleated bow on the right show and asymmetrical neckline make this fashion-forward dress a fashion blockbuster.

French Connection designs a range of both men’s and women’s products from underwear to outerwear, casual wear to suits, denim, accessories and kids wear. French Connection’s success is rooted in producing hip, fashionable, well-made products. Their business is fashion.

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Stuff Your Stockings With Vera Wang

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Finding exciting stocking stuffers can be one of the most fun parts of holiday shopping. This year, we recommend giving the gift of beautiful fragrance. For the princess, the limited edition Anniversary commemorates Vera Wang's 20th anniversary in the fashion industry - a celebration of love, happiness and modern femininity. This sensuous woodsy floral creates a bright and lovely bouquet for the senses. The beautifully faceted bottle is topped with a clear glass crystal top with a shiny platinum collar. For the prince, Vera Wang For Men exudes the seductive and masculine aura of oriental aromatics for the man of impeccable taste and refinement. This passionate fragrance starts off with top notes of fresh green mandarin leaf and crisp yuzu zest. Warm and sensual nutmeg, leather and anise create depth, and a warm blend of sandalwood and tobacco finishes off this refined and unforgettable scent. Don’t leave it up to Santa this year – leave it to Vera Wang.

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Peugot Spices Up Your Wine Tasting

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It’s a wonderful time to host a holiday wine tasting and our friends at Peugot have everything you need to make it a successful event. Uncork your finest bottle with the Peugot Elis Rechargeable Wine Opener. Don’t struggle with a manual opener. Remove any type of cork from practically any size bottle quickly and efficiently. The party never stops with the convenient rechargeable battery pack. Cradle and pour your wine with the Peugeot Col De Cygne Decanting Cradle. The heavy-duty nickel-plated spring steal with genuine leather covers makes for an exceptional presentation. The bottle is held in perfect position for proper sediment separation when pouring to allow for the best wine experience. Turn to Peugot for spicing up your holiday party this year.

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Trends: Holiday Party Chic

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Whether you are attending a work-sponsored holiday party or throwing your own, your holiday party outfit can get you in the holiday spirit. Our stylists have put together a few looks that should help you prepare for your upcoming party.

Spice up your Holiday look with a strapless, tiered Betsy Johnson dress such as the Evening Pleated Organza Tiered Dress paired with matching color-family heels like the RSVP Effie heels. A gal can never go wrong with amazing accessories, so make sure that you're shining with a perfectly placed bangle and necklace. Add a cropped leather moto jacket like the True Religion Leather Moto Jacket for an edge.

A gal can never go wrong with a little black dress and this year is all about the details. The Calvin Klein Lace Sleeveless Dress offers a flirty overlay of lace and can really come to life with some eye-catching pumps like the RSVP Rain heels. Accentuate your posh look with a cluster bracelet and a sparkling necklace. A cute Franchi Handbags clutch like the Marge Nappa is all you need to finalize your elegant look! You'll be turning heads and knocking them dead in this gorgeous ensemble!

A seductive dress like the Nicole Miller Techno Metal Sleeveless Halter Dress is sure to get you noticed in all the right ways. Complete your look with a bold statement necklace and bracelet. The shoes make the outfit so turn to the Nine West Booboo Heels and a simple clutch to carry you through the night!

Our stylists have much more in store for you on the Trends page. Dressing up for the holidays can be a fun and creative way to showcase your individuality. Happy holidays from your fashion helpers.