Poppin’ Bottles

Happy (almost) New Year!

And what better host / hostess gift then this fabulous cork cage?! Give the wine-lover in your life a fun place to keep and collect their corks.

The wine bottle cage is around $25, and comes in a few different shapes (champagne bottle, wine barrel, pocketbook).


Holiday Cheer

I picked up a rosemary tree this year at Trader Joe’s, and let me tell you – it really is the gift that keeps on giving (even though I got it for myself)!

If you have a holiday party to go to and need a GREAT (and festive) hostess gift – look no further. Especially if the person loves to cook – this makes a very thoughtful gift because they can use the fragrant herb long after the holidays have passed!

The tree pictured above is from FTD and retails for $34.99 (perfect if you want to send some holiday cheer via mail): http://www.ftd.com/the-night-before-christmas-holiday-tree-prd/p368/

Otherwise, check out trader joe’s or your local grocery store / florist to find one near you!

Ring Ring

This is a great gift for the iphone / gadget lover in your life!

The iCooly handset and sync stand is perfect if you (or someone you know) is constantly on their phone and would enjoy picking up an old school handset.

It charges your phone, and retails for $39.99


Cuddle UP

A few weeks ago, I was sick with a cold.  I was laying in bed flipping through the channels when I stumbled upon QVC (my husband would tell the story that I purposely WENT to QVC- but that is not true – I literally stumbled on it).  I am not a big QVC shopper, but I have ordered a few times before.  Fast fwd to 15 mins of them pitching me (and they were talking to ME) on these luxurious throws, and I was SOLD.

The Berkshire Blanket is by FAR the softest and warmest throw I’ve ever owned.  And, the price is RIGHT – $28.24 for TWO – that’s right TWO (insert qvc pitch here)! They are huge: 50×70 – big enough to cuddle up with the one you love, but you don’t have to because you get TWO! They warm you so quickly, it almost feels like an electric blanket.

This makes a great holiday or anytime gift – I would love to have these scattered all over my home!


Squeaky Clean

Until this gift showed up at my door, I didn’t know Mrs. Meyer’s offered gift sets!  Now, this idea is definitely NOT for everyone.  It is, however for that person in your life that will get excited when a box of cleaning products shows up at their door (I was almost jumping up and down)!

Mrs. Meyer’s offers a line of all natural cleaning products (hand soap, dish soap, counter spray, bathroom spray, surface scrub, all purpose cleaner and more).  Not only do they actually WORK (unlike some other natural cleaners), they smell AMAZING!

This is the perfect gift for that Neat Freak in your life!

The gift sets are $24.99:



If you’ve ever purchased a Groupon, you know how amazing it feels to get a bargain at a local hot spot, or take 1/2 off at your favorite retailer.

This is one of those gifts that you might not think to give, or even KNOW that they offer a gift card, but I think it makes a fabulous gift!

Groupon offers gift cards in $15 – $200 denominations.  You can send them via mail or email, and you can even purchase them in-store at Target, Walgreens, CVS, and Sam’s Club.



I love the gift of soap / lotion, and William Sonoma has one of the best soap lines out there.

Pictured above is the Winter Forest collection – a “woodsy” scent with hints of pine, cedar, thyme and cinnamon.

WS has many scents to chose from – you can’t go wrong with my personal fave, Meyer Lemon.

The soaps / lotion sets range in price from $9.95 – $58

I love this gift, because who CAN’T use soap?!  It works for everyone and smells GREAT!


Stick it to ’em

This is an ADORABLE gift, that is actually USEFUL!  Mabel’s Labels is a genius creation by a bunch of mommies that were sick of misplacing their child’s belongings at friends houses, daycare, etc.

The labels are microwave, dishwasher, and laundry safe and are around $20 for a pack of 40!

Check ‘em out at: http://www.mabel.ca/

An Old Standby

This is a CLASSIC gift for anyone that loves to cook, or is learning to cook.

The 75th Anniversary Edition of The Joy of Cooking has an additional 500 recipes, for a total of 4500 recipes!

This is a “go to” book for many cooks – and it is a great addition to any cookbook collection.  Perfect gift for the holidays, birthdays, and especially makes a great host or hostess gift!

The book retails for around $25:


Geek Chic

Anyone that loves Jewelry will LOVE the Brookstone Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner.

No chemicals or solutions required – it uses water and soundwave technology to remove dirt and clean your valuables (jewelry, eyeglasses, dvds).

It retails for $49.95: