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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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DIY Embellished Gift Tags

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Store-bought gift tags are fine, but handmade gift tags can really make a Christmas present feel special. You can easily make the gift tags in this post using your favorite paper—the great thing about paper crafting is that you can adapt these ideas and use whatever paper you want. Adhesive-backed cardstock is especially nice because you can just cut and paste, minus the messy glue part.

Cheery Christmas Blooms


No fussy measuring here! I simply cut a strip of felt, then cut one petal and use it as a guide to measure the rest. Make them big or small, red or white, and use them to decorate anything. I love how these flowers have a number of layers and plenty of dimension. In this post, I’ll show you have to make this flower two different ways. One way makes a lovely semi-flat flower, while the other technique makes a beautiful, more dimensional flower. Leave your thoughts/questions in the comments below!


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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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