2012 Holiday Gift Guide Part 1

holiday gift guideThe 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!
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

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