The holidays are here again, and everyone is crazy busy. My shopping is nearly done for the year, but if you’re still looking for that perfect gift, let me offer a few suggestions, à la Oprah. Dear readers, these are a few of my favorite things:
FOR THE TEA DRINKER: White Ceramic Bake Mug
My favorite mugs are all quite large; they’re the kind you fill with delicious drinks and use to warm cold hands. This mug, which I received for my birthday, is perfect for tea, coffee, cocoa or any liquid you intend to imbibe.
FOR FOODIES: Farmbox Direct
Ever thought about joining a CSA? Or perhaps your friends/family just want access to more fresh fruits and veg without the hassle of trekking to the grocery store. Then check out Farmbox Direct. I use this service every other week and I just love it. Not only is the product seasonal and organic, each box also comes with free recipes featuring the included ingredients.
FOR THE GADGET GURU: Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press
My old garlic press bit the dust this year. America’s Test Kitchen recommended the Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press, and after several months of usage, it has not disappointed.
FOR THE PET LOVER: iRobot Roomba 595 Pet Vacuum Cleaning Robot
We have a lot of pets, and come springtime, shedding season will begin in force. That’s when you really need one of these ‘bots. Just turn it on, let it run and once the room is hair-free, it’ll return to its base for charging. You can even schedule up to seven cleaning sessions a week.
FOR THE FASHIONISTA: Charms for Fitbit Charge & Fitbit Charge HR
Dress up your Fitbit with slide-on jewelry created by Mary Beth Neyland. I picked up four of these charms and every time I wear one, I receive compliments.
FOR THE LONGTIME FAN OF “BACK TO THE FUTURE”: “Back to the Future” Paper Prop Set
Created by Nina Bergeron, these props are the perfect gift for someone who’s a big fan of the time travel flick, “Back to the Future.”
FOR THE INSOMNIAC: Ultrasoft Comfort Flannel Sheet Set
As many of you know, I adore cold weather. One way I know winter has arrived is when I take these flannel sheets from Portugal and place them on the bed (or, to be more precise, when M does so for me). This set is soft, warm and it holds the heat you generate while sleeping.
FOR THE PERSON WHO SPENDS FAR TOO MUCH TIME AT A DESK: 3M Gel Wrist Rest
Ease aching wrists with this gel-filled wrist rest. I prefer the 18-inch model, but you can buy a smaller one for typing on a tablet or a bigger one for use with full-size keyboards.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVER: Fran’s Mint Thins
Fran’s is, by far, my favorite chocolatier. Whenever I’m in Seattle, I stop by her shop to buy the most scrumptious chocolate mint cookies. Alas, these treats are not available for sale online, but her mint thins are a delicious substitute. The dark bittersweet truffles and the dark salted caramels are divine as well.