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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More holiday ideas!
· How to Host a Holiday Dinner for Eight People Under $50
· How to Host a Holiday Cocktail Party

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2012 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

holiday gift guide The holiday season is in full swing and if you are like me you are still getting your shopping done and presents wrapped.

I am excited to have partnered with Apartment Guide to bring you a two part series of my holiday gift picks.  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.  After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, if you’re ready for a whole new space or looking to move, ApartmentGuide has the photos, floor plans, features and tips to help you search for the perfect apartment community.

All of the gifts are hand picked by me and are some of my favorites gifts to give or even items I own and use myself.   The best part, all the gifts are under $65 and there is a variety of gifts that are perfect to take as a hostess or housewarming gift as you go out to holiday gatherings.  If you are looking for even more ideas, Apartment Guide provides a list of the 10 best housewarming gifts to ensure you are always on the party invite list.

Stay tuned next week for even more of my holiday gift picks and a giveaway!

Let’s get shopping!

 

a. Corkcicle
Under $25.00
This is a great hostess gift to bring to a holiday party along with a bottle of wine.  It keeps white wines chilled and cools room temperature red wines. I think this gift is perfect for any wine lover.

b. Anchor Bar Wing Sauce Gift Set
Under $25.00
For anyone that is a Buffalo wing lover, give the gift of the original Buffalo Wing sauce from right in my neck of the woods, Buffalo, New York.  Bring this gift along with some Buffalo Wing Dip and you’ll be the hit of the party!

c. Prepara
Under $30.00
This is one of my favorite items I own. It is the prepara herb saver, and it does just that, saves your herbs.  There is nothing worse than spending money on a bunch of herbs for them to only wilt in a few days.  The Prepara Herb Saver keeps your herbs fresh for a long time.  This remains in my kitchen door, and is always filled with herbs that stay fresh.   A great gift for any foodie on your list that loves cooking with herbs.

d. Crock-Pot Little Triple Dipper
Under $30.00
This makes a great hostess gift and perfect for holiday entertaining with each compartment holding 16 ounces each.  It even comes with a travel bag.  If you know someone that entertains often, this is a great gift for them!

e. Market Basket
Under $50.00
I love these baskets.  The are collapsible and perfect to have stored in the car and ready to use if you are heading to the Farmer’s Market or a picnic.  Give alone as a gift or even fill it up with some homemade goodies for that extra special touch.

f. 6-quart Popcorn Popper
Under $30.00
For the popcorn lover on your list, this is an excellent gift.  I own one of these and use it often.  It pops the kernels to perfection.  Give as a gift with a jar of popcorn kernels, seasoning such as Kernel Seasons and a holiday movie.

g. Tea Towels
From $9.00 each
Everyone can use new tea towels. They are definitely on my Christmas list.  These adorable kitchen conversion tea towels are great for any cook.  Wrap a towel in a bottle of wine and tie with a ribbon for an easy housewarming or hostess gift.

h. Luminara Candle
Under $65.00
Give the gift of light with a luminara candle.  Having little kids running around my house I don’t use real candles often, but I have these candles and I love them.  They look just like a real, flickering candle.  Best part, they are on timers so just as it begins to get dark your home is instantly filled with the warmth of candles.  Your recipient with think of you all year long with this beautiful candle displayed in their home.

i.  The Republic of Tea Holiday Tin Gift Set
Under $30.00
For the tea lover on your gift list, give the gift of holiday teas with this Republic of Tea Holiday Tin Gift Set.  Cozy up by the fire with a cup of Dream by the Fire, a rooibos tea or enjoy a warm cup of Comfort of Joy, a black tea.

j. Serendipity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate
Under $17.00
The perfect gift for the chocolate lover on your list, Serenditpity Frrrozen Hot Chocolate.  This Frrrozen Hot Chocolate has been popular since it originated at Serenditpity in New York City.  It’s a favorite of mine, and I actually developed a recipe for it in my Holiday Thyme cookbook.  Gift this mix with large mugs and cute straws for a sweet holiday treat.

More holiday favorites coming up next week in Part 2 along with a giveaway!
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More holiday ideas!
·        How to Host a Holiday Dinner for Eight People Under $50
·        How to Host a Holiday Cocktail Party
·        How to Make Your Guests Feel at Home

Stay connected with Apartment Guide
“Like” Apartment Guide on Facebook
tweet at  them @AptGuideon Twitter
“circle” them on Google+
follow them on Pinterest
for real-time tips and updates on how to make the most of your small space.

Disclosure Statement:
Apartment Guide and owner Consumer Source, Inc. partner with bloggers such as me to participate in blogger programs.  As part of that program, I received compensation.  They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about any products and believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. Consumer Source’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

This post contains affiliate links. 

Home Sweet Home

The front entry.
Welcome to our home.


It is nestled in the hills outside of Buffalo, New York.   Everyone says it reminds them of driving up to a chalet in Germany or Switzerland the way it is perched. In the winter with the snow glistening from the roof, it looks like a gingerbread house.  We love our home.

The house was built in 1981 and includes four bedrooms and two and a half baths.  It has a living room, a sitting room (which could also be used for a dining room), kitchen overlooking the beautiful backyard and first floor laundry.

Our “Chateau”.  
The house sits on five and a half acres, most of which is wooded.  A ravine going down to a babbling slate stream runs through the property.

We get a ton of wildlife in the backyard including deer, flocks of turkey, fox and an array of birds to name a few.

The outdoors is our haven.  In the summer months we can enjoy dipping into our in-ground pool, enjoying a glass of wine and star gazing while in the hot tub, relaxing by the fire pit my husband made and enjoying entertaining on our back patio with family and friends.

The fire pit in at the end of the yard before heading in to the woods.  Perfect place to roast marshmallows.

The patio off the back.  Perfect for barbecues and entertaining.  
This is certainly our dream home, and to think we almost didn’t look at this house!  It was the last house we viewed when we were house hunting and I told the realtor I wasn’t interested based on the pictures I saw on the computer.  What I learned was never go by what you see online if you are house hunting!  When we pulled up to this house my husband and I looked at each other and said, this is it!  We didn’t even need to see the inside.  

The inside needed just a little TLC and basically it was just paint.  The previous owners had an eclectic taste in paint color and had pretty much every room decked out with a border.  They were also smokers, so the house had an intense smell of smoke.  Which probably worked in our favor since we looked beyond the smell and the colors on the wall and saw the potential. 

The view from the patio looking towards the back.   

The view from the back looking towards the house.   The pool is enclosed off the patio.  
Within a day after moving in to our home, the smell of smoke went away, thanks to striping the curtains that were hung and washing and painting all the walls.   The house now smells like fresh apple pie baking in the oven.

I look forward to you joining me on Mother Thyme at Home as well as cooking with Mother Thyme as we journey through my home including my decorating, entertaining, family time tips to name a few.  Mother Thyme will be a personal journey of what I create, and time spent with my marvelous family.

The driveway heading down to the road.  
Welcome, come on in!