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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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Etsy Item of the Day: Neva the Christmas Hippo

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Oh. My. Goodness. Is Neva the Christmas Hippo not just the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen? Hippos are my second favourite animals, so I melted a little when I saw this cutie-pie. Made of red fleece with green cotton ears and tootsies, Neva would make a fun, whimsical addition to anyone’s holiday decor, especially those of us who really do want a hippopotamus for Christmas :)
Neva the Christmas Hippo

Etsy Seller: Jessie’s Toy Box

Raymond Around the World: Atlanta


Raymond has been such a good little reindeer this year that I planned a fun surprise for him during the autumn before we started getting really busy preparing for Christmas. Remember Raymond’s dream from the springtime when he was obsessing about baseball? Well, I took Raymond down to Atlanta, Georgia to attend an Atlanta Braves game! We had a fabulous time watching the Braves take on the San Diego Padres, and Raymond had an absolute blast taking everything in—the organ music, the lights, the grass, the wave, the nachos, and of course the game!

Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameRaymond rooting for the home team
Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameOne happy reindeer
Raymond at the Atlanta Braves GameScoping out the outfield

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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Etsy Item of the Day: Wood-Burned Ornaments

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One of the things I enjoy most about Etsy is discovering unique handmade items like this wood-burned ornament. I like the stars scattered above the snowcapped mountains with pine trees nestled at the base. The wood used to make this ornament was harvested from fallen branches, so you can rest assured that no trees were harmed in the process of making these ornaments.

Etsy Seller: By the Rock and Weed

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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