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It’s a Jam Jamboree!


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.

  1. This Wild Maine Blueberry Jamicon from Stonewall Kitchen is the best we have ever had!

  2. These jams are made by artisan Bonnie Shershow using traditional preserving techniques without using pectin.

  3. We discovered Sand Hill Farms while spending some time in Pennsylvania a while back. Their yummy jams are made on their farm and are great for gift giving.

  4. The jams from Blackberry Farms are quite delicious. This PB&J Collection comes with strawberry rhubarb jam, blackberry jam and, of course, peanut butter.

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More Gift Ideas for the Traveler

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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.

  1. Artist Renée Leone creates watercolor paintings inspired from her travels. Pictured here is her piece of the Brooklyn Bridge,icon but be sure to check out the other amazing works in her travel series.icon

  2. Is there a special place or city that has captivated the heart of your friend? This Latitude Longitude Pendanticon is hand-forged with the coordinates of that special place.

  3. The Eagle Creek Undercover Money Belt is great for people who travel. Wear it under clothing to keep passport and currency safe.

  4. 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.

  5. Relive the fun of traveling when you assemble one of these City Puzzle Maps.icon Choose from London, New York City, or Paris.

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Salty & Savory Food Gifts for Christmas

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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.

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. These organic artisan crackers are delicious. Pair them with cheese or jam or eat ‘em straight from the box!

  4. If you like savory nuts, you have to try the delectable nuts from Oren’s Kitchen. They are fabulous!

  5. This sampler includes cheese, salami, crackers, and preserves from Utah’s Beehive Cheese Company. For Christmas delivery, order by Sunday, December 15, 2013, 5PM PT.

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More Gift Ideas for the Green Friend

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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.

  1. Replace plastic snack bags with Bumkins Reusable Snack Bags. They are great for packing up snacks and lunches. Machine washable, line dry.

  2. Send a gift box of gift box of fair trade goodies—this box is bundled up with beautiful handmade accessories.

  3. This beautiful Jewel Toned Sari Scarficon is handmade from upcycled, vintage, silk saris. Be sure to check out the video to see how the saris are made.

  4. 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.

  5. Bye-bye chemical air fresheners! Hello Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag!icon 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.

  6. 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.

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More Gift Ideas for the Geek

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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.

  1. Geeks will be able to solve the math problems on this Mathematics Blackboard Pop Quiz Clock in no time.

  2. Filled with iron-based particles, this Super Magnetic Puttyicon 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!

  3. Put those geeky, puzzle skills to the test with a Hanayama Enigma Puzzle.

  4. Remember computers from the 1990s? Your friends who are computer nerds will get a kick out of these Floppy Disc Sticky Notes.

  5. This Periodic Table bow tie is a great gift for scientists and nerds. Made from 100% silk.

  6. Hold the phone! This pair of Bluetooth glovesicon is a pretty cool way to talk on the phone in cold weather. Now you can talk on the phone and keep your fingers warm, too!

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More Gift Ideas for the Home

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Trudeau Floral Wine Charms are perfect for a hostess gift or for using at a party.

  4. Cozy up with a cup of hot cocoa and a Woodwick Candle. This one has a ribbon wick and comes in a beautifully textured container.

  5. This water pebbleicon is ingenious! It helps you conserve water by tracking the water used in your shower. Click hereicon to read more about how the water pebble works.

  6. The tiny tree on this small oil candleicon casts a beautiful shadow on your wall. Watch the shadow branches sway as the candle flame flickers. Available in 5 different styles.

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More Popular Toys for Kids

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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:

  1. The TOMY Pokémon Battle Arena playset comes with one arena, three Pokémon figurines, 2 battle shields, and attack tags. Recommended age: 4–6 years

  2. Watch this charming Flutterbye Flying Fairy Dollicon spread her winds and magically fly. Recommended age: 5–10 years

  3. Little ones can imagine they defending justice alongside Batman and Robin with this Imaginext Super Friends Batcave. Recommended age: 3–8 years

  4. 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

  5. Meet Zoomer.icon 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

  6. Big Hugs Elmoicon is interactive! He gives hugs, sings songs, and even gets sleepy when you lay him down. Recommended age: 14 months–4 years

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Green Monday is Here

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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!

If you’re looking to buy gifts for moms, sisters, or daughters, find the perfect gift at Get $15 off your $75 purchase at! Good through 12/21/2013


Cookies are a yummy holiday treat for family and coworkers, and Cheryl’s are delicious. Take 30% off a delicious assortment of Holiday Gifts at! (Valid until 12/09/2013 or while supplies last) Use Coupon code SNOWFALL


Looking for something funky or innovative? InnovaToys is a great place to find unique toys, gifts, and tech gadgets.

Check out the daily boutique deals on You’ll find trendy gifts for your BFF, mom, or the fashionista in your life.


Shop at Kohl’s to find great deals for all your holiday shopping. 25% off Orders $100+ with Code FFDEC25 or 20% off Everything with Code FFDEC20 icon Good through 12/9/2013.

Miles Kimball

Miles Kimball has neat gadgets and gifts for just about every interest. Green Monday 15% Off + Free Shipping on all orders! Use Code MKGMDFS15 Good through 12/9/2013

Modern Artisans

Modern Artisans has lots of one-of-a-kind gifts handmade by skilled craftsmen from across America. Get free shipping on orders over $100.


Find popular toys and gifts at Walmart. Limited Time Only! Get Free Shipping on Orders of $35 or More at!

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More Gift Ideas for the DIYer

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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.

  1. 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.

  2. A funny and literal interpretation of a nail brush, this scrubbericon will bring humor whenever it is used.

  3. Although this multifunction sharpener is lightweight and compact, it doesn’t skimp on performance.

  4. This pocket screwdriver is a handy tool for daily use. It has two double-tipped screwdriver bits.

  5. For the handy person in your life who uses Duct Tape to fix anything, give them a Duct Tape mug or a Duct Tape Necktie.

  6. These cut resistant gloves are great for someone who handles glass, carves wood, or works in other trades where their hands need to be protected.

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More Holiday Gifts

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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.

  1. A little deer finger puppet is the perfect accompaniment when reading Christmas stories.

  2. I {heart} this chubby snowman ornament!icon He just looks so squishy! :)

  3. Cozy up in front of the fire with this throw blanketicon which has a vintage drawing of old St. Nick and a snippet of a beloved Christmas poem.

  4. Teehee! I love this Christmas tree haticon! It is handmade in Peru from fair trade yarn, so I bet it is as warm as it is festive.

  5. These sterling silver snowflake earrings are a perfect winter accessory.

  6. A vibrant red amaryllis is a lovely flower to see blooming in the heart of winter. This Red Lion Amaryllisicon 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!

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