2012 Holiday Gift Guide Part 2 + $50.00 Target Gift Card Giveaway

2012 Holiday Gift Guide It’s the final stretch.  Only 10 more days until Christmas.  Who’s ready?

If you still have last minute shopping and parties to attend, I have a list of more of my holiday gift picks to share.  I have partenered with Apartment Guide to feature my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide.  Apartment Guide also provides a list of the 10 best housewarming gifts to ensure you are always on the party invite list.  Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide offers tips on how to decorate and host a holiday party to make your guests feel at home on the Apartment Guide blog.

My picks for this list are all great gifts and hostess gifts under $20.00!   I always love to stretch a dollar.  Here are some great gifts that won’t break the bank!



a.Bodum Double-Wall Travel French Press
Under $20
Take your freshly brewed french pressed coffee on the go.  Perfect for the coffee lover on your list.  Just add your favorite coffee grounds, fill with water and plunge.

b.OXO Pop Cookie Jar, 3-Quart
Under $17
This makes a practical hostess gift.  Instead of filling homemade cookies in a holiday tin or disposable bag, place them in this container tied with a ribbon.

c. Dibon Cava Brut Reserve
Under $15
This crisp and refreshing bubbly was recently recommended to me by my dentist who just happens to be a sommelier.  If you are looking to bring a bottle of wine to a holiday party or even to ring in the New Year this inexpensive brut is an excellent choice.

d. Tovolo Pancake Pen
Under $8
If you are staying with family or friends over the holidays bring the gift of breakfast with this pancake pen.  Place in a cute gift basket with pancake mix, pure maple syrup and some fresh oranges.

e. CucinaPro 270-01 Stovetop Espresso Machine, 1-Cup
Under $15
For the person on your holiday list that loves their morning jolt of espresso, give the gift of this stovetop espresso maker.  Add a bag of espresso beans to complete the gift.

f. Gingerbread Recipe Kitchen Towels
Under $5
Instead of wrapping presents with paper, for the perfect size gift use a kitchen towel like this Gingerbread Recipe Kitchen Towel.

g. Ergonomic Salad Hands
Under $15
Bringing a salad to a holiday party?  After the salad is tossed and served, leave these adorable salad hands for the hostess.  Perfect to use for salads or pasta.

h. Prodyne Fruit Infusion 93-Ounce Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher
Under $18
Make natural flavored water with this infusion pitcher.  I own this pitcher and love it.  Gift the pitcher alone or if you are bringing this as a hostess gift, fill it with fresh fruit and crisp water ahead of time so everyone can enjoy a refreshing drink at the party.

i.Organize Now! A Week by Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Life
Under $11
How many people do you know that are trying to get organized, especially after the holidays.  I am reading this book now and it is filled with amazing tips and ideas to help simplify your life.  It is a great gift for anyone on your holiday list that is trying to become more organized.  Gift this book in a basket with organizing labels (you can find a ton of printable labels online), a sharpie and either a memo board or dry erase board.

j. Hamilton Beach 51101R Single-Serve Blender with Travel Lid, Red
Under $20
For the person on your holiday list that loves smoothies, give the gift of a travel smoothie maker.  Just make and go for fresh smoothies everyday.

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· How to Host a Holiday Dinner for Eight People Under $50
· How to Host a Holiday Cocktail Party

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  1. I usually give something homemade for them to eat or I will give a large mixing bowl and a spoon and apron and a favorite recipe.

  2. I love to give a loaf of pumpkin bread or homemade chocolate truffles :)

  3. I’m a homemade person, too. I like to give out homemade cookie platters and a bottle of wine.

  4. A pretty serving dish!

  5. Awesome giveaway! My favorite gift to give is cookies in a jar!

  6. I make homemade cookies/pastries and would love give them on decorative holiday plates for the receiver to re-use.

  7. Homemade cookies or bread.

  8. I bring wine. Or something to make cocktails.

  9. love bringing wine– and i found the cutest holiday wine sweaters :)

  10. I like to give a homemade goodie on a special plate or in a nice bowl.

  11. I love to make cinnamon-spiced pecans as a gift!

  12. I like to give something the hosts can use after the party for themselves, like a nice breakfast bread or a batch of muffins.

  13. I love giving gift baskets full of things specifically picked for the person!

  14. Amanda Thompson says:

    I like to bring wine!

  15. I usually give baked goods. Either pumpkin bread or cookies.

  16. I love to take homemade treats to the hostess. She can serve them or save them for later

  17. It says I need to leave a comment. Does this count?

    Oh, and I, too, prefer to make things to give as gifts. Buying has become too impersonal for me.

  18. I usually bring some form of baked yumminess!

  19. Ellen Wexler says:

    My Christmas Jewels cookies in a pretty bag with ribbon.

  20. Home made bars, bread, or muffins!

  21. Dianne Shaw says:

    I like to give wine or some home baked goodies.

  22. Flowers are always nice, with a bottle of wine.

  23. I love giving an edible gift like biscotti, bark, or truffles!

  24. Great giveaway, thanks for sharing! I usually give an assortment of Christmas cookies in a nice holiday tin.

  25. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    i love giving candles

  26. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like to give wine

  27. Nataly Carbonell says:

    Chocolates, coffee, cocoa, etc

  28. I like to bring a bottle of wine or a box of chocolate

  29. Mary Happymommy says:

    A bottle of wine or a vase with flowers.

  30. Jennifer Marie says:

    I like giving a fruit basket.

  31. Flavored coffees if they drink coffee or a nice selection of tea.

  32. Stefanie Gladden ( Ann Lyfe ) says:

    I love to give a bottle of wine or homemade cookies!

  33. courtney b says:

    i like baking goods- or wine glasses!

  34. Barbara Montag says:

    We like to take fresh cut flowers – thank you!

  35. I love to bring some homemade cookies or jam!

  36. Jessica To says:

    I like to bring brownies or cookies.

  37. amy pugmire says:

    I love to give candles

  38. chocolate is my favorite

  39. Kellie Rose Wilson says:

    Homemade cookies!!

  40. i would make cookies

  41. I love giving plants. It’s a green gift too!

  42. A basket of wine, cheese, and crackers is a practical and delicious gift!

  43. I like to give candles

  44. cookies or some type of cake

  45. I love to give and get candles.

  46. I love to give candles or wine

  47. Tammy Anderson says:

    Everybody loves candles, I love giving candles

  48. Two pounds of chocolate covered Macadamia nut candy.

  49. It depends on the person, I like doing gift baskets themed for them-whether its cooking, or pets, or a mix of their favorite drink, some unique glasses and even CD’s or DVDs. I have so much fun building them-I could go on & on lol.

  50. Coffee and biscotti

  51. holiday gift basket

  52. Ashley Hatten says:

    a bottle of wine!

  53. Holiday cookies

  54. Candles

  55. Tabathia B says:

    chocolate chip cookies

  56. Michelle P says:

    I usually bring a bottle of wine. It is universal!

  57. Laura Jacobson says:

    I love to bring candles !

  58. alcohol… if it is allowed, or else baked goodies

  59. I like to bring candles or some sort of dessert.

  60. anything from our local Godiva boutique

  61. Homemade: my delicious caramels. Store-bought: Lindt truffles.

  62. A bag of truffles or dark chocolate squares- perfect for sharing!

  63. Savannah G says:

    Fun ideas! I like to give books to the kiddos!

  64. I like to give homemade baking mixes in a mason jar (scone mix, cookie mix, cupcake mix, etc.).

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