Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday and Cyber Monday are behind us, and the shopping season is in effect. Have you already finished your purchases? If so, you’re an overachiever. Maybe you’re like the rest of us who haven’t even begun to swipe a card for our loved ones’ presents. We’re all about food around these parts, so those are the gifts that come to mind right now. If you’re wondering what’s out there, look no further. Here are a few ideas to get you going. Keep an eye out for discounts and free shipping, and make sure you get your orders in early, so everything arrives on time!
Food52 Shop is stocked full of items that will appeal to food lovers. Who wouldn’t want beautiful pots and pans, or a new bar set? If you have a green thumb or a love for planting, they can also hook you up with a little greenery. Prices range from $40-500. If you’re edging towards the higher end, we know you must really love somebody.
Handmade Vintage Copper Cookware and Bakeware
Adopt a Truffle Tree or an Olive Tree
Japanese Yarai Crystal Mixing Glass, Barspoon and Spherical Ice Tray
Oyster Mushroom Growing Kits
Black Walnut Trencher Board
iPad Kitchen Stand and Protective Covers
We met the folks behind Pinch Me Seasonings at this summer’s GLAAD Top Chef event. The collection of spice mixes are outstanding. Without delay, a purchase was made for a quartet of jars–Pimento Sea Salt, Sweet Orange Sea Salt, Citrus and Honey Ginger. Try the Salish Smoked Sea Salt with smoked paprika or Kala Namak Sea Salt with amchoor or the adventurous type, Tomato Oregano and Mushroom Sage for the savory lover, or Pepper Pepper Pepper, for those who like it spicy. Catch the special deal for the holidays! Prices have been lowered to $9 a jar, which is quite a deal.
Harney & Sons Fine Teas are some of the best. The containers alone are worthy keepsakes. With a multitude of blends, you can find a new favorite for anyone. It is hard to go wrong. Harney & Sons took a lot of the work out of your hands buy creating their own gift guide, but we think it’s worth the time to peruse the site. In addition to tea, the site also offers coffee, accessories and some of the best goodies to enjoy with your hot cup. For anyone living in New York, it is worth a visit to one of the shops in SoHo or Millerton. The average price for a tin of tea sachets is about $6.
Jars, jars, jars. They are washable, reusable, airtight and gorgeous. The rubber-lined clamp lid lends an old school vibe to each one. Perfect for storing staple ingredients, baked goods like cookies or granola, fresh squeeze juices and anything else in the kitchen. Crate & Barrel sells Italian glass Fido jars in various sizes starting at just $5. Be sure to buy extra rubber gaskets, so you don’t have to worry about replacements for a while.
This final gift is for our Angelenos out there! Do you know someone with a green thumb who is just itching to start planting fruit trees? Thanks to the Social Justice Learning Institute, you can sign up for a tree for yourself and someone else. Fill out the application here, and specify which tree would float your boat. On Saturday, January 26th, the non-profit will distribute trees for you to plant. And the best part…it’s free! If you need gardening and planting help, the SJLI has your back. Attend one of the free workshops on December 15, 2012, January 19, 2013 and any third Saturday thereafter for the Healthy Eating Active Living seminars that will provide you with information and assistance with not only your tree, but other aspects of health and wellness. It’s truly a gift that keeps giving.
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