Monday, December 19, 2011

Go-To Gifts!

There are a few super-fun gifts that I stumpled upon this holiday season, and wanted to share.  Two of the items below I purchased knowing exactly who I would give them two.  The other two I purchased because they were awesome, but I wasn't sure who they would be for.  I think having a "grab and go" hostess and/or friend gift is a great asset during the holidays.  I personally don't want to show up to a party without a thank you gift, and someone always buys me a gift that I wasn't prepared to exchange for. So, want to see what I've got?

1. For the outdoor girl (or guy, I guess).  I have these gloves and they are my favorite for running, cycling, shoveling, you name it.  They're incredibly warm, even without liners, and I can still have some flexibility while cycling to change gears.  They did take some getting used to for cycling, but everything else they were perfect right off the bat!
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2. For the teeny-bopper.  Yes, I still consider the 16 year old a teeny bopper.  Why, you ask? Well because if she is still a teenie bopper, then I'm not old yet - right? Got it, good. I bought her a blinged out watch, because who doesn't love something shiny!

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XOXO Rhinestone Watch
3. Anthropologie Nostalgia Jar Candles - These were just the cutest thing in the store, and were one of the items I bought with no real destination in mind.  I am so glad I did though, as I was able to split up the set of 4 and gift two candles, each with some tea, and a good book to two friends.  It was a great way to give a "relaxing" gift, without breaking the bank! However, I may need to go back and buy a set for myself now too.
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Nostalgia Jar Candles
4. My favorite cookbook.  I adore Alton Brown, and I got this cookbook for Christmas last year and decided to pass on the awesomeness to someone else! I very much enjoy the technical exact science of cooking, while also enjoying the flexibility of some recipes.  This is obviously more the exact science, but I received such an education on so many things while reading this and cooking from it.
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The Good Eats 2: The Middle Years
So - do you have any go-to gifts for this Holiday season?  Or one I should add to my list for next year?

Baking Gals - Round 36

I can't believe that I've been a member of Baking Gals for more than 16 months now! Some months my boxes are plain and simple and some months are more elaborate.  Some months (last December for example), I baked more than 2,500 cookies and distributed them amongst 3 soldiers.  I know, I was crazy. 

I try to mix up the recipies so the soldiers get something new and exciting, but also because it's a great reason for me to try out new recipies.  I've got a few ideas for my second December box, which I'll be baking for tonight and shipping out tomorrow! Yes I said second - sometimes special soldiers get extra spoiled, and those that are deployed over the holidays are extra extra spoiled! I haven't decided yet which of the cookies below I'm going to make - but they all sound great! One bonus of shipping during the cooler months is that it's a little easier to ship gooey things, since they melt less!

Once I chose a recipe I'll be sure to let you know how it goes.  And maybe, if my soldier is extra awesome this month, I can let you know how well it travels too!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011