Recipe4Living Holiday Gift Guide 2011
Everyone deserves a glass of wine once in awhile, and Personalization Mall has the personalized wine cradle just for that special vino-lover in your life! After using their personalized bamboo cutting board to create a fabulous meal, mom can relax with a glass and unwind after the busy holiday.
What should you put in that cradle?
Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvee is a great hostess gift or celebratory beverage that can be mixed or enjoyed plain! We loved the versatility of it, and the pretty bottle. It's affordable at $10/bottle, and makes a great gift. Apothic Red wine is also a great value at $14/bottle, and pairs well with a heavier dinner such as steak or spaghetti. Choose this one for date night, or give as a gift to a foodie friend! Naked Grape Pinot Noir makes a budget friendly gift at just $9 a bottle, and makes the cutoff for all of those $10 grab bags! Pair this lighter red wine with many different types of food from pasta to chicken!
Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato is the newest product in the lineup and was our personal favorite! Not too dry, this champagne was sweet and festive, perfect for a Christmas or New Year's celebration. Whatever your pick, be sure to add some of these drinks to your holiday wish list, gift list, and drink menu! All of these beverages are available at your local beverage store.
The Mini Dipper from The Olive Tap ($19.95) is a terrific gift for any holiday host or hostess. It includes Arbequina 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil, dipping seasonings and a decorative dipping bowl. Their oils are so flavorful and make a wonderful appetizer dip option that is a pleasant change from your typical ranch dip!
Brother P-touch PT-1290 is an electronic label-maker like no other. It is a unique organizational tool that will enable you to create an efficient system and can be can used over and over again. Besides labeling household essentials and creating recipe labels, the creative Deco Modes and unique label tape colors can also be used for creative projects such as scrapbooks and DIY gifts. It’s so easy to use! Whether you’re storing food or labeling folders or recipe collections, the P-touch lets you get creative while staying organized. Not only do you have font options, you also have stylish frames and 15 deco patterns to choose from to make every project unique, discernible and special!
Belkin has created a terrific Kitchen Cabinet Mount that allows you to bring your tablet into the kitchen without cluttering the counterspace. Your tablet is securely suspended on any cabinet or shelf, and there are zero tools to worry about! All you have to do is attach the mount using the adjustable clamp. The mount can be repositioned at any time, so watching a cooking video or demo on your tablet just became that much easier.
SmugMug is a platform for sharing, storing and selling photos. They provide a free trial of their platform and the basic package only costs $40 a year. What exactly can you do? Just about anything! You have the ability to upload, store and back-up an unlimited amount of photos and videos, whether they be professional hi-definition photos or low-res versions of your favorite pics! It’s easy to transform a simple photo into a quality gift. Take photos of your favorite food creations and send them our way! Adding a recipe just got easier and better now that you can include a beautiful photo of your culinary delights!
The tasting notes indicate that the 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is "a profound fruit-driven wine from a great California vintage. It has a dark ruby color with a pruple edge and an inviting nose of ripe black plum, blackberry, baking spices, and soy sauce. On the palate, the wine is rich and full, reminiscent of the flavors of a berry cobbler. It has a long fruity finish" (Silver Oak). To match the heavier feel of this wine, we paired it with fettucine alfredo, and it was delicious. We recommend this wine as a gift for a great friend or family member. Bring a bottle as a hostess gift or gift exchange item!
We had the delight of trying Q Tonic waters, and they make a great part of any beverages gift! According to the brand, "Q Tonic is a superior tonic water that makes for a perfect gift for him, host gift, or beverage for any party planner to stock to enhance spirits on special occasions. Pair it with a nice bottle of gin or vodka, and a couple of low-ball glasses, and this gift is sure to be a favorite at this year’s festivities!" We can definitely agree, and after making gin and tonics, we can say that this ingredient is a must for any bar or drink enthusiast in your life! Use their site to find out where you can purchase Q Tonic at a store near you!
Hawthorne and Wren offers exceptional holiday gift packages. We had the delight to try two: a cheese sampler with honey, a spreader, platter, and porcelain markers, and a birdhouse package with two beautifully hand-crafted pottery birdhouses. Both sets were a hit with us, but our favorite was the cheese package. This gift set gives you everything you need to have deluxe cheese as your appetizer at the cocktail party, and the presentation is impeccable. Both gifts came in beautiful wrapping, the birdhouses in a large woven basket and the cheese in a nice box. Check out the full selection of Hawthorne&Wren products to learn more.
Butterball is the authority on holiday cooking. From their fresh and frozen turkeys to recipes and expert entertaining advice, Butterball has you covered this holiday season with their detailed directions in their amazing How-To guides! Celebrate the season with a lovely entree from Butterball.
The La Famiglia DelGrosso Tri-Pack ($24) includes pasta sauces from the heart of Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Mountains. The company is the oldest major family-owned manufacturer in the U.S., known as the “First Family of Pasta Sauces.” Their ultra-premium and all natural line of sauces utilizes imported whole plum tomatoes from Italy in addition to fresh vegetables, herbs and spices. Gift packs are available for purchase in a variety of combinations of their eight classic family recipes, making a perfect hostess gift! Their vodka sauce is up there with the best of them, rich and flavorful. Certified Kosher gift packs are also available.
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur ($24.99) is the cure for the common cocktail with its sweet-tart combo flavor. Mix it with any favorite spirit base, like a quality white rum. Its color makes it the perfect choice for a holiday party. For the true cocktail enthusiast, give PAMA’s holiday gift pack, which comes complete with a classic Collins glass and bar spoon to aid your creative drink-making process! PAMA is available at retailers across the U.S.
Kitchenaid has long been the authority on knives, and beginning on KitchenAid 12/10, you will be able to buy their 14-piece Knife set on ideeli.com. Whether you are a new foodie or a seasoned chef, this set will get you on your way to slicing and dicing with style and precision.
Stew Leonard’s Gift Baskets ($19.99 - $49.99) are terrific gifts, whether you love seasonal fruit or have a bit of a sweet tooth. Stew Leonard’s offers a variety of options for gift givers looking for the perfect “Sweet Treats,” “Just Right Fruit,” “Half Gallon Brownie Bucket,” and the “Jumbo Cheese & Fruit.”
The first of its kind, Corkcicle ($22.95) is an innovative product designed to keep your white wines chilled and bring your room temperature reds down to a ‘cellar’ temperature. The Corkcicle is super easy to use! All you have to do it place it in the freezer to chill. When ready, uncork your wine and insert the Corkcicle into the bottle (in place of the cork). In minutes, you can enjoy wine that is at a perfect temperature!
HomeGoods knows that you have a variety of needs and options when it comes to holiday shopping, and their cocktail set is shiny and pretty and perfect for holiday mixing! it is easy to use, and even comes with a bucket to chill your favorite sparkling wine.
After you have a night of cocktails, finish off with a coffee. The HomeGoods espresso maker, priced at $19.99, is colorful, playful and easy to use. Please note that styles vary by store location.
Adult Chocolate Milk is a fun holiday-time drink, and is simple to enjoy. According to the brand, "Retailing between $17.99 and $19.99, it is a premium pour-and-serve cocktail that dazzles with quality ingredients and one-of-a kind taste making it the perfect gift for any home-bartender in your life. " Buy some for your holiday party, or give one as a gift to a good friend or family member!
With Lindt's new bear character, they offer lots of new holiday chocolates in beautiful packaging that are perfect for many purposes. Give them as a gift, add to the stocking, or set out in a bowl for decoration for a festive treat. Lindt bears aren't hard to find, just check your local retailer! View all the treats and decide which one is your favorite at lindt.com.
Lastly, save the day and the mess at your holiday gathering! Use Ultra Palmolive Antibacterial Dish Liquid, a great smelling dish soap that leaves hands soft and no residue on dishes. Get this for your kitchen this season at your local supermarket.