Five Holiday Gift Ideas ~ Something for Every Style of Giver

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Need an idea?  Cheap?  Do it yourself?  A little pricey but nice?   Blogger Dorothy’s recent post on Shockingly Delicious reminded me to post MINE.  I really DID have a gift ideas post in the works.  Where’s my list, where’s my list?  FOUND IT — under a pile of recipe pages torn from magazines.  Here you go:

  1. CLEVER, GOOD, CHEAP GIFT – bottle of awesome olive oil.  Unisex, office exchange, Secret Santa, hostess gift.  My favorite is the Greek Arianna brand — not only is it a rich yet light oil, it has an impressive bottle (helps with the oohs and aahs).  And a fun story (owner and importer, George Menzelos, and I went to college together.  His older brother, John, was my then-boyfriend’s BFF.  I lost track of George until very recently.  Food brought us back together.  Just saw him again yesterday).
  2. HOMEMADE GIFT BY MAIL – bake and mail my famous Kahlúa Chocolate Decadence Brownie.  I formulated the recipe specifically to be mailed the cheapest yet fastest method possible to arrive intact and fresh.  Note: it requires an inexpensive but specific pan.  Invest in the little pan now and you’ll become known for your mail order gift.
  3. GIFT FOR ROAD WARRIORS – a ScotteVest.  Designed for travel, has a bazillion secure pockets, manages to look fashionable, not frumpy.  I own the VEST and I own the TRENCH COAT.  Highly recommend – but I’m personally not keen on the red or blue colors. I’m a tan/beige/black/gray girl.
  4. MANLY GIFT a set of quality steak knives like these from Cutco.  Women want them, too.  But a guy really seems to appreciate a knife he can use at any meal and to cut anything.  And enough of them that several can be in the dishwasher and there’s still a clean one in the drawer.  Give eight.  Ours (not Cutco, tho) were a convention gift from the Idaho Potato Commission at least 15 years ago.  We use them every meal.  It was a set of four and (true to my nature) I snagged TWO sets, brought home in my carry-on flight bag with no issues, pre 9-11.  Great gift.
  5. DO-IT-YOURSELFER GIFT – budget-friendly and anybody can make, you don’t have to be a crafty person.  Minestrone Soup Dinner Kit.  If you are a food snob, skip this idea because it features cans of ingredients, packets of dry pasta and baggie of spices.  For the rest of us, put into a basket the following items, plus the “official recipe” which is here:  Mmmmm minestrone
    • 1 can kidney or black beans
    • 1 can low-salt diced tomatoes, Italian-style is fine
    • 1 can low-salt corn
    • 1 can low-salt chicken broth
    • 1 Tbsp. Italian spices and a bay leaf in a ziplock bag
    • 2 cups dried pasta, such as bowtie, elbow macaroni or shells
    • Bottle of red wine, box of crackers and some chocolates.


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1 Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious November 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Love your list! I wouldn’t mind getting a brownie in the mail. Was that enough of a hint, or was it too subtle for ya?

Thanks for mentioning my list!

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