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1 Day Until Christmas - Share Some Family Recipes


Gift idea: Favorite family recipes 

Makes a good gift for: Good last minute gift for someone who likes to cook or bake

I think most people have a secret stash of recipes – whether they be in their head or on paper – that are worth sharing. I am not necessarily talking about the secret family recipe for chocolate chip cookies or meatloaf, but more day-to-day recipes that can work for a weeknight dinner, and maybe a couple more special occasion recipes. Why not type up some recipes, print them out on index cards or card stock and put together a little bundle of recipes or a little family cookbook? If you want to do a little more, you could head to the grocery store and pick up any of the more rare ingredients (like special spices or herbs), a couple cute dish-towels, an apron or cooking utensils and make a little gift-basket.

9 Days Until Christmas - Sweets for the Sweeties


Gift idea: Candy 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone/ Stocking Stuffers/ Twelve Days Gifts

I certainly don’t have to tell you that everyone loves candy. And if I am wrong, well, you can get that person some carrots or something. I also don’t have to tell you where to shop for candy. You can go to the grocery store, the drug store, Target, See’s, or a local candy shop. Another great place to shop for candy, especially Christmas candy from around the world, is Cost Plus.

Here is just a small selection of the goodies you can expect to find at your local Cost Plus:



Chocolate Coins - $2.99 per bag

Chocolate Reindeer - four for $2.99

Chocolate Santas - ten for $2.99


Chocolate Snowmen - five for $3.99

Hard Candies - $3.99 per bag


http://www.worldmarket.com/product/lindt+mini+snowman%2C+5-pack.do?page=8&from=fn


28 Days Until Christmas - have some cheese with that wine!


The clock is ticking - four more weeks until Christmas!

Gift idea: Cheese board (with built in cheese tools) 

Makes a good gift for: The host or hostess in your life, the cheese-lover in your life

Last year we got a really cute one as a house-warming gift, and I enjoy bringing it out every time we entertain. It is really convenient to have the cheese knives stored right in the board, so you don’t have to go hunting for them. I don’t remember where ours was from, but here are a couple cute ones I found:

Festiva Cheese Board with compartment for four stainless steel cheese-tools (included) - $29.99

Pear-Shaped Cheese Board with compartment for three stainless steel cheese knives and a wine-stopper - $39.99

This deluxe cheese-board set comes with three wooden-handled cheese knives, three porcelain cheese-markers and a wet-erase pen for the cheese-markers - $55.95


31 Days Until Christmas - a gift anticipating spring time.


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Today's Gift idea: Picnic basket 

Makes a good gift for: The special someone in your life, a couple, foodies or wine-lovers (whats a good picnic without wine?) 

In most parts of the country, Christmas time is not the best time of the year for a picnic, but its always nice to have something to look forward to, like a nice spring picnic. You could give someone just a picnic basket itself, or a basket full of picnic-necessities.

Here is a nice basic picnic basket:

This one is vintage and has a handmade liner:
Etsy - $39.95

This one comes with service for four:
Amazon.com - $79.95

This one is a little fancier, a little bigger and also comes with service for four:
Amazon.com - $89.99
 
I have always thought these plastic wine-glasses were cool, and they would make a great addition to any picnic basket: 
Amazon.com - set of four for $12.95



32 Days Until Christmas - class up your next gift of wine


This weeks gift theme: gifts for wine-lovers

Gift idea: Leather Wine Carrier 

Makes a good gift for: Foodies, wine-lovers 

Once you become of wine-appreciating age (which, in my opinion, is different from wine-drinking age) a good bottle of wine is always a nice gift – whether it be for someone you know well, or perhaps as a host/ess gift for someone you might not know so well. Of course a bottle of wine does not need a bag or bow, but if you want to make the gift of grapes a little more fancy, why not consider a leather wine carrier like this one:

Red Envelope - $59.95

These carriers are super-swanky looking, and would be a great gift for someone who likes to bring their own wine to dinner or on picnics, or for someone who just appreciates fine leather goods. Either way, I think getting a bottle of wine in one of these leather wine carriers would be a swanky gift for the wine connoisseur (or just wannabe connoisseur) on your Christmas list.

33 Days Until Christmas - a pedestal for for holiday goodies


Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! 

Gift idea: Cake stand 

Makes a good gift for: The baker in your life (or the host or hostess in your life who might want to dress up a store-bought cake!) 

Cake stands seem to be somewhat popular these days – I see them in antique stores and in boutiques, and in lots of home stores. A cake stand would make a great gift for the baker or hostess in your life, and if you are looking to make the stand extra special, you could always present it with a cake already on it! For my birthday this past September, my soon to be mother-in-law baked me a delicious German chocolate cake, and found a box big enough to put the cake on a cake stand, and presented me with a delicious and functional gift! 

So, here are a couple cute cake stands in a range of prices: 






34 Days Until Christmas - cuter cleaning!


Gift idea: Tea towels 

Makes a good gift for: Someone who likes to spend time in the kitchen, or just someone who likes to have a good-looking kitchen

In an effort to be better to mother-earth and use fewer disposable things, like paper towels, I have been using my kitchen towels a lot more frequently lately, and I feel like I am always running out of clean ones. A lot of mine are rather dingy looking, so I would love to have the older ones to do the work (like mopping up dog-drool and spilled sauce) and have some nice pretty ones to hang on the oven door. Etsy has tea towels in every color of the rainbow and every imaginable pattern, Target has some cute ones out now, and Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table always have a good selection too. I know Williams Sonoma sells aprons, hot-pads and towels in matching patterns, so you could always put together a little kitchen-gift set with matching, or complementary goodies.

Here are some that caught my eye: 

Target - set of three for $7.00


Williams-Sonoma set of four for $9.95


Williams-Sonoma - set of four for $19.95

Etsy - one yellow and one grey tea towel for $23.50

Etsy - set of three for $37.95



35 Days Until Christmas - make any oven a pizza (or bread) oven!


5 More Weeks Until Christmas!

Gift idea: Pizza (or bread) stone 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who loves to cook or who loves pizza, and for the bread baker on your list.

Having a ceramic pizza stone in your oven will really up your ability to make a delicious homemade pizza and/or some crusty bread. The nice thing about a pizza stone is that even if you don’t have two ovens, you can just leave it on the bottom rack in your oven year-round. They are easy to take care of and easy to use, and make a thoughtful gift.  

This pizza stone is a standard size that should fit in most ovens, and can be left in the oven during other types of cooking and baking.

This pizza stone is actually a set of four smaller stones, which would be easier to move and maneuver than one big one, especially for someone with limited mobility or a smaller than standard size oven.
Amazon.com - $32.46

You could even pair a pizza stone with a pizza cookbook, like one of these:





Amazon.com - $11.96

a pizza peel, like one of these:



Amazon.com - $15.99


Amazon.com - $21.06


36 Days Until Christmas - a place for all the holiday treats!


Gift idea: Cake stand 

Makes a good gift for: The baker in your life (or the host or hostess in your life who might want to dress up a store-bought cake!)

I love housewares. I also love cake stands (oh, and I love to bake). Anyway, cake stands seem to be somewhat popular these days – I see them in antique stores and in boutiques, and in lots of home stores. A cake stand would make a great gift for the baker or hostess in your life, and if you are looking to make the stand extra special, you could always present it with a cake already on it! For my birthday this past September, my soon to be mother-in-law baked me a delicious German chocolate cake, and found a box big enough to put the cake on a cake stand, and presented me with a delicious and functional gift!

So, here are a couple cute cake stands in a range of prices:

This is the one I got for my birthday:

Lenox Butterfly Meadow Pedestal Cakestand - $49.95

A clear-glass cake stand is very classic, it can be part of an everyday kitchen, and also part of an elaborate holiday spread: 


This white enamel cake stand is very simple and elegant, and just a bit retro: 


This stoneware cake stand is nice to look at, and would be at home in most kitchens: 
 

37 Days Until Christmas - function and fun in the kitchen


Gift idea: Fun kitchen tools 

Makes a good gift for: Someone who likes to cook, someone who appreciates modern design, or maybe a college student or someone who just moved out on their own

At six bucks a piece, these fun, modern kitchen tools would make a great gift for someone who likes to cook, someone who appreciates modern design, or maybe a college student or someone who just got their own place. 







You could make a set of all four or just a couple of these tools, and then maybe find a fun crock or big jar to put them all in. Maybe include a couple of your favorite family recipes or a cookbook too.

The Curiosity Shoppe at Target has a fun line of products, including lots of home and kitchen wares.

38 Days Until Christmas - measuring up.


Gift idea: Earthenware measuring cups and spoons 

Makes a good gift for: Anyone who likes to cook or bake, or who likes nice design

Williams Sonoma is carrying a new line of “Bistro Francais” styled kitchen tools, and the measuring cups, measuring spoons and set of prep bowls caught my eye. All of these tools are made of earthenware, but are microwave and dishwasher safe. I know I have metal measuring spoons and measuring cups – but I think these would be great for a high-use kitchen because a lot of the handles on my metal measuring cups are bent from use – and I don’t think that would happen with these. They look sturdy and are easy on the eyes too! I think all three would make a nice set. If you look on the Williams Sonoma website, there are a few other pieces that match, as well as a dinnerware set with the matching blue stripe.

Bistro Francais Measuring Cups
Williams-Sonoma- $24.95
 
Bistro Francais Measuring Spoons
Williams-Sonoma - $14.95
 
Bistro Francais Prep Bowls

Williams-Sonoma - $12.95 





39 Days Until Christmas - spice it up a bit!


Gift idea: Spice sets – magnetic and otherwise 

This week's gift theme: gifts for the cook or foodie in your life.

Makes a good gift for: The foodie or cook in your life

I have had a crush on these spice-sets on Etsy for a long time, but having quite the spice collection myself, I have always wanted to give one of these sets as a gift.

Gneiss Spice on Etsy sells spice-sets, salt-sets and empty sets of bottles so you can make your own. The lids of the bottles are magnetic so you can stick them on your fridge, or you can buy a wall-plate from her to mount your spices right on the wall. I just think they are so cute, and its is such a good gift idea for anyone who likes to cook, or maybe someone who just went away to college or just moved out on their own. The sets range in price based on the size of the set.

Also, if you got a set of twelve spices, you could put one spice in each Twelve Days of Christmas Gift Box!

Spice Sets:

Salt Sets:

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