Last Minute Stocking Stuffers!

Hi friends! I cannot believe Christmas is only a few days away. I swear December flew by faster than any month this year – and I thought they all went fast. Tonight I thought I would share a few of my favorite Amazon finds that would make great last minute stocking stuffer gifts. I just placed my last Amazon order and my items are guaranteed by 12/24.

Fitbit Blaze Charging Stand – My husband has this and uses it all the time.

Healthy Human Tumbler – We have a few of the 12oz tumblers that we use almost every morning of the workweek for our coffee. I really like that this tumbler fits in our car cupholders.

Healthy Human Spill Proof Lid – The Healthy Human tumblers come with an open top, so I can’t wait to try this version to prevent spillage!

Echo Dot – We have the Dot and I like that it is small enough to be concealed behind a picture frame.

Fabric De-Fuzzer – I am obsessed with this gadget! It has done an amazing job of de-fuzzing throw pillows, the couch and my sweaters.

Women’s PJs – I love pajama sets and wear one every night. I grabbed this set over the summer when we went to the Bahamas. I would suggest sizing up in this set because the top runs small.

Shari Lapena’s Books – This summer I read all of the books by Shari Lapena. They are amazing! Each book is a suspenseful page turner that you won’t be able to put down. I am really hoping she releases another book in 2020.

Table Books – I have had my eye on this Cozy White Cottage decor book. Coffee table books are great pieces for living rooms, guest rooms and offices. Bonus points for the sleepy pup on the cover.

Eyeglass Cleaner – I rotate 2 pairs of glasses and sunglasses throughout the day. This cleaner comes as set of 2 and includes cloths. I keep one at work and one in my purse.

Laptop Camera Cover – This is one of the tiniest gifts ever, but very practical. These covers are magnetic and easily attach to your computer. You can slide the cover back and forth. I think this is a must-have for personal cyber security and the accidental camera slip during conference calls.

Clog Slippers – I have purchased these slippers twice. They are a great dupe for the Ugg clog slippers (which I’ve also owned). I recommend sizing up.

Kids Books – I love the idea of buying my childhood classic children’s books for the kiddies in the family. A great addition to or change up from toys.

Leggings – I recently got these leggings and highly recommend them. They are a great price and super comfy. I like that they’re high waisted, not see-through and hit just above the ankle.

Disclaimer: I am participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. All opinions/recommendations are my own.

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Party Host

The season of friendsgiving, holiday cookie swaps, cocktail parties and all of the ‘official’ holidays that take us through the new year is here. Today I am sharing a holiday gift guide for the party hosts you will visit during the holiday season. Hostess gifts can be tricky. Are they necessary? When are they appropriate? Do you give them around the holidays and not throughout the year? That all depends on what you are comfortable with, but I think something small is always appreciated. In this post I will share a few ideas so you can be prepared whether you’re gifting big or small.

I think it is safe to say that most people bring a bottle of wine, small dish or dessert to a holiday party. An easy and thoughtful way to give your host a gift is to incorporate it into what you are already bringing. If you bring a bottle of wine dress it up with a ribbon, festive wine topper and wine charms. These are small yet thoughtful gifts that can also be easily stored away by your host. A cheese board or knives are a great addition to an assortment of cheese and crackers. And for appetizers or dessert, you can dress them up with a gifted platter or bowl. All of these ideas are relatively inexpensive and can be found at your local Homegoods or Target. I recommend sticking with neutral colors {if possible} so your gift fits into any home or kitchen decor.

tree board | snowflake board | knives | tray | bottle topper | charms | food processor | skillet | Dutch oven

If you’re looking for larger gift ideas for the person who loves to host I have a few suggestions in mind to share with you. I love how versatile Dutch ovens are {read my top 5 reasons to buy a Le Creuset here}, so I think they are practical gifts. Macy’s Martha Stewart Dutch oven is a great dupe for the Le Creuset. I recommend saving this link to your favorites and checking it often. You can snag one of Martha’s Dutch oven at an amazing price during a sale which makes it an affordable gift.

Two kitchen staples that make great gifts for someone who loves to entertain are a small food processor and a cast iron skillet. Food processors are great time savers for party prepping. You can use it to quickly dice ingredients, shred cheese or whip together a salad dressing. I have this one and I love that it fits in my upper kitchen cabinets. Cast iron skillets can go right from the oven to the table which is perfect for appetizers like my favorite spinach and artichoke dip. They’re also perfect for searing steaks or browning chicken on the stove top. They double as cookware and servware.

A hosting must-have that I learned from my husband’s aunt is to have at least one food warming tray on hand. They’re amazing! If you are preparing a lot of hot dishes, it can be tough to shuffle them all in and out of the oven. I think sternos are a bit if a pain and also fire hazard. Instead, I use an electric warming tray similar to this one. It is great for keeping food warm before and during a party. Help make your host’s life easier by gifting him or here one of these!

Valentine’s Gift Guide for Cooking Lovers

Valentine’s Day. Some hate it, some love it. I am somewhere in between. Do you know how the holiday originated? I didn’t until recently. If you keep reading, I will share what I learned along with a holiday gift guide.

On February 15th, the Romans celebrated Lupercalia. During this festival of sorts, men and women took part in ‘activities’ that were believed to increase fertility. This celebration eventually became known as a period of both fertility and love. It is believed that the Catholic church disapproved of Lupercalia, but could not put an end to it. Instead, the church named festival after St. Valentine, who was executed on February 14th. Valentine was known for performing marriages in secret for men who were destine for war and forbidden to marry. Later, during the Shakespeare Era, love was emphasized and handmade Valentine’s cards became popular.  Then in 1913, a little company in Missouri began mass producing Valentine’s Day cards….that company was Hallmark (source: NPR and NatGeo).

There you have it folks, Valentine’s day may have some deep rooted history, but I suppose you could say it really is a Hallmark holiday in the U.S. If you chose to celebrate the holiday and embrace what it is about, here are some gift ideas that the home chef in your life will love. 

This marble cheese board is similar to one that a friend gave me. It’s pretty and great for entertaining. To keep holiday decor  simple, items like spoons, spatulas and dish towels are perfect. They dress up the kitchen, but are still practical. I also love this mason jar spoon rest. I use a spoon rest every day and love mason jar decor. Recipe boxes are little old school, but hand written recipes are special. My mom gave me a recipe box at my bridal shower filled with recipes from my guest. I love also trying out Ina Garten’s recipes; she’s is one of my favorite chefs to watch on Food Network. Her newest cookbook is all about cooking for her husband! I will be definitely be cooking up a special dinner for my hubby this Valentine’s day, which I am sure will include our favorite bottle of wine. This rose gold wine stopper is a perfect little gift for any wine lovers you know too.

If you have been following my blog and  Instagram account you probably already know that I am in love with my Le Creuset Dutch oven. I have seriously gotten so much use out of it since it was gifted to me in October. This is definitely a major purchase, but a great idea for someone who loves to cook. They come in a lot of fun colors too.  Pink or red would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Another great gift idea for your valentine who loves to cook is a class at Sur la Table. I have take a few classes there and think they’re so much fun. They usually schedule classes a few months in advance and they offer specific ‘date night’ classes {or ‘girl’s night’ for your galentine}.

Disclaimer: I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for me to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. All opinions/recommendations are my own.

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