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Gifts inspired by Lent (or Mardi Gras): Sloth

March 3, 2011 |  8:31 am


Through Mardi Gras on March 8, we're giving you gift ideas inspired by the seven deadly sins you'll be regretting come Lent.

Calling all slobs. Honey, we’re talking to you!

Have a slob you'd like to shape up -- discreetly? Next time the occasion arises -- whether a birthday or the launch of spring cleaning season, slip him or her a little Trash-Chic. Yes, that’s actually the proper name of Seletti’s trophy-like garbage bin (metal with a rubber paint finish, $139 at Nothing like a little design inspiration for anti-sloth motivation.

Alternately (or in addition for those extreme cases), we suggest Caldrea’s latest Mandarin Vetiver cleaning products with uplifting notes of blood orange, grapefruit and tangerine blossom, balanced by a twist of earthy vetiver and white thyme. The fresh citrus scent takes clean to a higher level and is available in the form of dish soap, all-purpose cleanser, laundry detergent, counter-top spray and more (from $9 at This little everyday upgrade with its alluring fragrance is sure to have them at hello. Just don’t be surprised by side effects such as obsessive, absentminded dusting during your next meet-and-greet.

-- Ingrid Schmidt

Left photo: Trash-Chic trash can by Seletti. Credit: Yoox

Right photo: Mandarin-Vetiver dish soap. Credit: Caldrea

Friday: Lust