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Gift Baskets: Savory Seasonings

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As much as we love our sweets, you can bet that we unequivocally love to nosh on some savory grub. What is better than the Christmas meal? Pre-dinner snacks! My family usually grazes on an assortment of appetizers like cheese balls, spinach dip, crostinis, and bruschetta. If you are looking for a unique gift to give the hostess at an upcoming Christmas party or your loved ones near and far, send a tasty gift basket.

  1. Wildtree offers several different types of infused oils, but we are partial to the garlic infused oil. It is great for sautéing veggies or meat, but it can be used however you like. This Garlic Lovers Gift Set has a bottle of Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil and 2 jars of Wildtree’s seasoning blends. The Scampi Blend is their most popular, and after tasting it, you’ll know why.

  2. This Gift Hamper is a perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain. The large wicker basket comes beautifully packed with an assortment of olives, almonds, dipping oil, crackers and cocktail mix. These edibles sound like the makings of a delightful dinner party.

  3. Penzeys Spices is a fabulous place to order quality spices for nearly any type of cuisine. Peruse their online store if you’re on the hunt for something specific, but don’t forget to check out their gift crates. This Pasta & Salad Seasonings Crate is chock full of 20 different seasonings!

  4. Stonewall Kitchen has lots of scrumptious foods, and we are simply delighted to say that we like everything we have tried. This Antipasto Gift Basketicon is filled with everything a person needs to prepare the first course of dinner: bread mix, dipping oil and assorted spreads. These goodies are wrapped in a crossweave basket and are ready to be given to your recipient.

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More Gift Ideas for the Sports Nut

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“He shoots, he scores!”
“And he’s safe!”
These are all things that you may hear when your loved ones are huddled around the TV or at a live sporting event. For all the sports enthusiasts, fans, and nuts in your life, here are some gift ideas.

  1. This “Safe” Paperweighticon is perfect for anyone who loves baseball.

  2. These College Football Helmet Cufflinksicon are made from helmets that have actually been worn during a game!

  3. With this Putter Cup Golf Mug, the avid golfer can practice putting at his desk whilst enjoying a cup of java.

  4. A Ticket Stub Diaryicon is a great way to preserve memories. Slide ticket stubs into the clear sleeves and jot down notes about the event in the margins.

  5. Welcome friends, family, and visitors into your abode with this Home Plate Doormat.icon

  6. Hockey lovers will take a liking to this Hockey Stick BBQ Set.icon These grilling utensils are made from repurposed hockey sticks!

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More Gift Ideas for the Health Conscious Friend


As the holidays are upon us, I’m sure that many of us are indulging in home baked goodies like cakes, breads, and cookies. The sweet indulgences need not be guilt-laden. When healthy ingredients are coupled with the right recipe, you can treat yourself to sinless decadence. So whether you’re looking for gifts for pre- or post-holiday resolutions, take a looksee below.

  1. Control the ingredients that are in your food when you make your own yogurt with this Euro Cuisine Yogurt Maker. You can make up to seven different flavors at once!

  2. My mom has this cookbook, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts, and she has made a handful of recipes from it. My favorite is the Country-Style Apple Cobbler—it is a real crowd pleaser!

  3. This Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System by Cuisinart is really handy. My favorite thing about this blender is that you can mix your smoothie in the portable “to go” cup. It definitely makes it easier to be healthy on the run.

  4. Do you like frozen treats? Say good-bye to the chemical- and sugar-laden pops from the store. Make your own popsicles with Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds.

  5. Give the gift of some highly nutritious, super food snacks such as these pumpkin super chips or these organic cacao goji snacks.
    Another tasty treat is a Larabar; my favorite flavor is the chocolate chip cookie dough.

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More Gift Ideas for the Crafty Kid

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Build, create, paint, preserve, and repeat. That’s what kids can do with these different crafts and activities. Watch out—you might want an extra one for yourself!

  1. Throwback! I remember playing with a Spirograph for hours when I was younger. I loved watching the designs unfold and drawing in different colors.

  2. Collect and press flowers to make lovely keepsakes with this Pressed Flower Art Kit. The kit includes a flower press, brush, glue, and double-sided tape.

  3. Assembling this Build and Paint a Birdhouse is easy and requires no hardware. Once assembled, little Billy can paint his heart out!

  4. This Kaleidoscope Kit includes everything a child needs to make his/her own kaleidoscope. What’s more, they can make the kaleidoscope over and over again with all the included embellishments: flowers, gemstones, and glass marbles.

  5. Girls’ crafty fashion alert! They’ll have fun making jewelry and other fashion accessories with this All Duct Out Kit.

  6. Simple and classic. Kids can have fun decorating racing these wooden Fast Car Race Cars.

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Gift Ideas for Kids: Ages 3–6


Today I’ve picked out some gifts that are appropriate for boys and girls around ages 3–6 years. In the mix you’ll find toys for pretend play, role play, and bit of educational fun!

  1. This cookware set will be a great addition to your child’s play kitchen. It contains 11 pieces, which includes 2 pans, 1 pot and lid, a ladle, a spatula, and some play food.

  2. These HABA Biofino ice cream cones would be a fun addition to a child’s toy box. The scoops of ice cream are reversible, so you can mix up the “flavors.”

  3. The B. Critter Clinic includes a hospital, 5 vet tools, keys (color coded to open doors), and 2 plush animals.

  4. Little ones will develop hand-eye coordination, matching, and sorting with this fun Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game.

  5. Little ones can play with these adorable, finger puppetsicon When they’re ready to clean up, simply put the animals in the boat (or inside the bag).

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Monogrammed Wine Glasses

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Let’s get crafty by making monogrammed glassware! You can use a stencil to paint the letter on the glass or you could freehand it, if you are so inclined. Don’t want to buy stencils? Make your own by printing text on paper and cutting it out with an X-Acto. Have fun designing and painting your custom glassware. For more painting ideas, check out these Wintery Candle Holders.

Gift Baskets: Delectable Sweets

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If you ask anyone at the North Pole, they would agree that Christmas season is synonymous with sugar season—we love sweets! If you and your loved ones have as much of a sweet tooth as we do during the holidays, you’ll be interested in today’s picks. These gift baskets are from some of our favorite makers. We love these confections and are confident you will, too! Have family members that live out of state? Show your love by sending a mouthwatering gift basket.

  1. The Savannah Candy Company has lots of delicious treats in the Sweet Treats Gift Box, but our favorite is the peanut brittle. In fact, one family member (who shall remain unnamed) loves the brittle so much that he eats it until he gets tummy ache!

  2. Cheryl’s has some seriously tasty cookies, not to mention other sweet snacks. We like this Elegant Holiday Treats Box because it comes with classic cookies and brownies, sweet pretzel clusters, and chocolate sandwich cookies. Yum!

  3. It is an understatement to say that I love chocolate. Really, it is. In fact, I have quite a reputation for consuming chocolate treats. Oh, shucks. Now I’m blushing…it is a little embarrassing to be known for being a piggy when there’s chocolate around. Despite the temporary shame, I will gladly tell you that one of my favorites is Godiva. Their chocolate is, in a word, amazing. I haven’t had a flavor of Godiva chocolate that I haven’t enjoyed. With all that being said, there is something for everyone in this Holiday Treasures Basket.

  4. Since we love to bake our own treats, every now and then it is fun to receive a baking mix as a gift. King Arthur Flour offers some exceptional baking mixes, but we are partial to the scones. This scone gift basket comes with 2 scone mixes, a scone pan, and 2 different spreads. It is packaged in a lovely and reusable wooden crate.

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More Gift Ideas for the Cat Lover

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If you heard my friend’s cat purr, you would think there was a motorcycle nearby. Seriously—it is loud. With our loved ones and their feline family members in mind, what will you get them this Christmas? Take a peek at the curated cat presents below, and I bet you’ll find a purrfect gift in no time.

  1. A charming decoration for any cat lover’s yard, the Cat Balancer Stakeicon displays two fish mobiles that dangle gracefully in the breeze.

  2. The KONG ZoomGroom grooming brush helps to remove loose hair and stimulates the skin for healthy coats.

  3. The PetFusion Cat Scratcher Lounge doubles as a scratching pad and a piece of feline furniture. I’m digging the sleek design and can’t believe it’s just cardboard!

  4. This colorful blanketicon displays silhouettes of a cat’s favorite things. It is made from recycled cotton in New York.

  5. Give a kitty an attractive new domicile. Cats will love to sleep, nap, and take shelter in this teepee. The Cat Teepeeicon is made from 100% recycled cardboard.

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More Gift Ideas for the Gardener

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Does your bestie have a green thumb and an affinity for plants? Gardening comes in different forms and fashions. Whether your loved ones have a container garden on their balcony in the city or raised bed in their back yard, they’ll take a fancy to these gifts.

  1. Display this Everybirdy Welcome Sign inside or outdoors to welcome all friends—feathered, furry, or otherwise!

  2. This colorful windchime is made from recycled wine bottles and accented with large glass beads. Each windchime is handmade in northern Georgia by a family of glass artisans. It’s a perfect for a gardener or anyone else for that matter!

  3. Reduce, reuse, and recycle! Make your own seedling pots from newspaper with this handy DIY Plant PotMaker.

  4. When this Tea Leaves Tea Infuser sits in the pot stand, it looks like a sprouting seedling. Cute! Made of BPA free silicone.

  5. Made of sturdy poplar wood, this large Acorn Birdhouse will provide a haven for birdies. Handmade in North Carolina.

  6. Cast in copper and then layered with gold, these Hosta Spoons are sure to make an impression! If your gardening friend doesn’t like hosta, check out other flora-inspired tableware by this artist.

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More Gift Ideas for Dad

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It can be a challenge trying to find the perfect gift for your dad since he is always giving and never asks for anything. Whether your dad likes practical gifts or tech-savvy gadgets, he’ll be pleased with any of these items.

  1. Google Chromecast is a nifty little gadget that allows you to wirelessly stream videos, music, etc. to your TV from your laptop, tablet, or phone. Sounds cool, right? Check it out!

  2. Stowaway cash or up to 3 bank cards in the storage space of the EYN iPhone 5 Case. It also has a kickstand so you can prop the phone to watch videos or chat via FaceTime.

  3. Help dad to condition and style his beard with this Beard Pack.icon It includes whisker wash, beard oil, and moustache wax.

  4. If dad needs (or wants) a new razor this year, give a Norelco Electric Razor.

  5. Tech Armor is no ordinary screen protector! They offer screen protectors for many phones and tablets, plus a lifetime warranty. The most unique one is the Ballistic Glass screen protector; it’s made of temped glass and covered with an anti-fingerprint coating.

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