Phew! I really worked up an appetite after making those North Pole Jam Pies this morning. As I fumbled through the kitchen trying to decide what to eat, I went for the—you guessed it—jam! We really appreciate a good jam because not just any ol’ jam will do. Here are some of our favorites that would make a tasty gift or stocking stuffing for anyone on your list.
There are many parts of traveling that one might find enjoyable: the release of responsibility, the down time while waiting for the plane or train, the anticipation of the destination, or being immersed in a different culture to experience new things. Wherever the traveler’s voyages take them, give them a keepsake, a memento, or something they can take on their journey.
Artist Renée Leone creates watercolor paintings inspired from her travels. Pictured here is her piece of the Brooklyn Bridge, but be sure to check out the other amazing works in her travel series.
Is there a special place or city that has captivated the heart of your friend? This Latitude Longitude Pendant is hand-forged with the coordinates of that special place.
This Postal Travel Journal Kit is a really great way for your loved ones to document their travel adventures. After they fill out the notebooks, they can mail them from their destination to have a postmark and a stamp from that city.
Relive the fun of traveling when you assemble one of these City Puzzle Maps. Choose from London, New York City, or Paris.
Looking for more gift ideas for the traveler in your life? Click here.
We all love to eat the special treats and foods that are given and received at Christmas. Sometimes there is an overload of sweets and sugary treats since many of us are happily baking cookies, breads, and cakes. So if you’d like to give some yummy food gifts that won’t send your friends into a sugar coma, send some savory goodies instead.
Wisconsin is the home of many a cheesemonger including Wisconsin Cheese Mart. Their Nibbler Crate is a collection of Smoked Gouda, Baby Swiss, Cheddar, and Colby cheeses. Yum!
If your friends are looking for a healthy alternative to potato chips, give them some SeaSnax. These sheets of roasted seaweed are delicious as is, but you could also add them to salads or rice!
For your earth-loving, tree-hugging, health-minded, and crunchy friends, check out these gift ideas. Looking for something that is repurposed, upcycled, or sustainably made? How about handmade goods to help support local artisans in small communities? The elves have got you covered.
This beautiful Jewel Toned Sari Scarf is handmade from upcycled, vintage, silk saris. Be sure to check out the video to see how the saris are made.
This Suncoat Polish & Peel Nail Polish is water-based, non-toxic, and is even safe for kids. If that wasn’t enough, it is a vegan (cruelty-free) product. How to remove? Just soak your fingertips in water and peel. It’s that easy! This peely polish only lasts a couple days, so if you’re looking for one that lasts longer, try this one or this one.
Bye-bye chemical air fresheners! Hello Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag! This handy charcoal filled bag will eliminate odors in your home, apartment, or car. Set it out in the sun for an hour each month, and it will last 2 years.
Reduce waste and save trees by using Squeeze Cellulose Cloths as an alternative to paper towels. These cloths are made from biodegradable cellulose and can be used for months! Dishwasher safe.
Looking for more gift ideas for your green friend? Click here.
When I think of geeks, I think about brainy smarts, rockin’ glasses, and wild hairdos. How about you? One of my friends doesn’t have a crazy hairdo or glasses, but is really smart—he can solve a Rubik’s cube in less than 2 minutes! For your friends who are math wizards, science geeks, and appreciators of techie things, here are some gift ideas.
Filled with iron-based particles, this Super Magnetic Putty is just that—super magnetic. When placed near the magnet (included) the putty will slowly stretch and engulf the magnet. When you click the link above, be sure to check out the video of the putty in action!
When I go out shopping, I generally spot things I’d like to have in my home even if they are not on my shopping list. I enjoy spotting gadgets and things that make the house feel cozy, and I’m sure you do, too. Any of the gift ideas in today’s post would be great for friends/family or would make a nice hostess gift.
This handy scrubber, the Original Spaghetti Scrub, is made of polyester, cotton, and peach pits. Its unique shape allows it to scrub in hard-to-reach places, and it is perfect for cleaning wooden, non-stick, or plastic surfaces.
This tube wringer will come in handy for tubes of toothpaste, paint, ointment, or whenever you want to squeeze out the last drop from a tube.
You may recall that we blogged about some popular kids’ toys a few days ago, but there are so many great toys out there that we couldn’t fit them all into one post! We wanted to give you some more ideas, so here they are:
The TOMY Pokémon Battle Arena playset comes with one arena, three Pokémon figurines, 2 battle shields, and attack tags. Recommended age: 4–6 years
Anyone who loves Despicable Me will be endeared to this talking action figure. Listen to Dave the minion talk when you press his pocket or move his head. Recommended age: 4–12 years
Meet Zoomer. He’s a robot dog who can bark and play and loves to do tricks just like a real dog. He’s a smart puppy, too! He understands English as well as French and Spanish. Recommended age: 5–10 years
Big Hugs Elmo is interactive! He gives hugs, sings songs, and even gets sleepy when you lay him down. Recommended age: 14 months–4 years
Looking for more popular toys for kids? Click here.
As Christmas rapidly approaches, I am reminded of how much there is to do before the big day. If you’re like me, you probably still have some holiday shopping to do. It is Green Monday today, and some retailers are running deals and sales. Take advantage of these deals and specials while they last!
DIY is a broad term that has come to include home repairs, arts and crafts, as well as fashion. If you’re looking for gift ideas for crafters, go ahead and check out this post. Today’s selection focuses more on gifts for the handyman (or woman) who fixes things around the home.
Don’t be mistaken—this tool is actually a saw pizza cutter! It’s a great gift for a carpenter or someone who works with wood.
A funny and literal interpretation of a nail brush, this scrubber will bring humor whenever it is used.
Of all the gift ideas we have posted thus far, we elves are thrilled to bring you some seasonal gifts. Nothing says “Christmas is coming” like the smell of evergreens, the taste of peppermint, or the beautiful decorations. If you want to send some holiday greetings or spread Christmas cheer, take a peek at the gifts below.
A vibrant red amaryllis is a lovely flower to see blooming in the heart of winter. This Red Lion Amaryllis arrives as a bulb planted in soil, so you just water and wait for it to bloom. After it blooms, keep the bulb so you can enjoy a bright amaryllis next year!