Good gift giving is a bit of an art form, isn’t it? It starts with a good eye and, of course, an understanding of the gift’s recipient, but a little extra inspiration can come in handy.
Hopefully these gift-worthy finds from 2012 will make your holiday shopping a little easier this season. From stocking stuffers to gift items, here are 10 great ideas I’ve found for under $50 and a chance to win each one!
What to get this year…
AVAILABLE AT: Amazon
NOTES: This is my second Eat Smart kitchen scale and I just love this one. It works well, is easy to use and looks great in stainless steel.
The digital read out is easy to read thanks to the large numbers and the generous square platform allows you to place big bowls on it while still being able to read the display, or you can just place the food directly on the platform as it wipes up easily. The rubber anti-skid pads on the bottom of the scale keep it firmly in place while you’re measuring. It’s easy to go back and forth between the different units of weight (ounces, pounds, grams, and kilograms) and the tare function is great for measuring out different ingredients into one bowl. I’m thoroughly enjoying this scale for all my cooking and baking.
2. The Spatula by GIR (Gear that Gets it Right)
AVAILABLE AT: GIR
NOTES: Available in eleven bright and vibrant colors this spatula by GIR is one of my new kitchen favorites. I like the one piece design and how versatile it is, I’ve used it every day since I got it.
You can use it to mix, fold, sauté, and stir foods at any temperature up to 464°F. The Spatula’s strong flexible blade easily scrapes and stirs and is made of heavy-duty molded silicone. It won’t get hot to the touch; melt or burn is easy to clean and is dishwasher-safe.
PRICE: $15.00 each
AVAILABLE AT: The Sweet Tooth Co.
NOTES: A part of the Kitchen 101 series from the delicious blog chasingdelicious.com, these refrigerator magnets are a convenient way to keep basic conversions handy while cooking and baking. Eye catching and functional, with six color options these will look great in any kitchen.
Knowing your ingredients is the key to fresh seasonal cooking. The seasonal produce magnets include information on various fruits, vegetables and herbs and shows what’s in season. The produce is labeled not only by name and season but by color as well. These would make a great gift for any cook or anyone interested in eating fresh and seasonally.
4. Photojojof/60 Lens Kitchen Timer
AVAILABLE AT: Photojojo
NOTES: I love Photojojo for fun and quirky photo-related gifts and this lens timer makes a great gift for any food and photography lover.
The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer is a kitchen timer disguised as a lens. This inventive kitchen timer shaped to look exactly like a camera lens is perfect for anything that takes an hour or less, twisting it starts the countdown; no batteries required. Hear your “lens” ding when your cookies are ready!
5. White Jacket Required: A Culinary Coming-of-Age Storyby Jenna Weber
AVAILABLE AT: Amazon
NOTES: A classically trained chef, recipe developer and the creator of the popular blog EatLiveRun.com, White Jacket Required is Jenna Weber’s inside look at what went on behind the scenes at culinary school and during the year that followed
Jenna’s story follows her as she confronts the rigors of school, work, family and love. Scattered throughout are dozens of her delicious recipes. Fans of Jenna’s blog will enjoy getting to know her on a more personal level as will any young women searching for direction and discovering their place in life.
AVAILABLE AT: Target
NOTES: I’ve mentioned Shaina’s book Desserts in Jars here before but I want to highlight it again because the clever concept of cute desserts in jars is perfect for the holiday gift giving season. Gift the book itself or make one of the many homemade desserts inside.
You will find lots of great ideas for creating unique portable and giftable desserts that travel and stay fresh and can be delivered with the lid on and with gift tags, ribbons, and other embellishments.
7. Found in Translation: How Translation Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche
NOTES: When I read this: “Plenty of companies get international brand names wrong. But there’s something about food products that just “don’t translate well” for the English-speaking market. If you’re thirsty and speak English, you probably won’t be enticed by Erektus (a Czech sports drink), Bra (a Swedish yogurt), or Baldanis (a French liqueur). Likewise, if you’re in the mood for candy, you probably won’t want something named Asse (Japanese), Big Nuts (Belgian), Crap’s (French), Creamy Ball (Japanese), or Plopp (Czech).
Yes, these are all actual product names from different countries around the world. They are included in a new book, “Found in Translation: How Translation Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World” (Perigee Trade, Oct 2, 2012) by Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche” I knew this was just the kind of book I’d love to read. Whether you are bilingual, a linguistic nerd or just a curious person by nature this interesting inside look at the translation industry will keep you captivated.
8. Photojojo Easy Macro Cell Lens Band
NOTES: Another great find from the people at Photojojo, the Macro Cell Lens Band is a sturdy band with a built-in macro lens that works with any cell phone. Get a close-up on whatever crosses your path with this small macro lens that you can carry in your wallet.
The Macro Cell Lens Band has a tiny lens incorporated into a rubber band. Keep it around a card in your wallet or on your wrist for easy access. The band fits around your phone and even works over a slim case. It produces pretty impressive macro photos and its small size make it a fun tool to add to your mobile photography arsenal.
PRICE: average Notebook $12.00 Mechanical Pencil $14.95
NOTES: Moleskine Notebooks are a classic and always make a great gift. I use mine everyday for virtually everything I do from organizing my schedule, writing down ideas for blog posts, keeping notes on things I’ve read, making to-do lists and testing recipe ideas. It has helped keep me more organized and focused. Add on a moleskine mechanical pencil which is specifically designed to clip onto the front of moleskine notebooks and you have a nice gift set.
*And coming soon, the classic pocket moleskine notebook is being introduced in 4 new colors (brilliant violet, orange yellow, oxide green, magenta). Thanks to Moleskine the winner of this item will win one of the new colors not yet in stores!
PRICE: average $49.95
NOTES: Moleskine isn’t just about notebooks anymore. The iconic brand has ventured into the digital age with its eReader Shell, a wonderful multi-use case for iPads and other devices (Kindle 2, Kindle 3, Nook Color, Samsung Galazy P1000, Blackberry Playbook, and Kobo Wireless).
The shell is a molded case with a smooth matte-black finish that’s soft to the touch and water- repellent. Inside is a detachable backing that your device fits into which can be used to prop it up or taken out of the shell and used for extra protection. What I particularly love about this case is that the interior is roomy enough to carry your iPad and your moleskine notebook but still maintains a slim exterior profile.
*Moleskine is also coming out with a new iPad cover that is not yet in stores and thanks to the generous people at Moleskine, if the winner has an iPad 3 or 4, he or she will get one of the new covers!
Happy Shopping! Up soon is Part Two of the Holiday Gift Guide and another giveaway which will be all about food! A big thank you to all the generous companies who sponsored Part One of this year’s Holiday Gift Guide.
Entering is easy:
1. Just leave a separate comment for each item from the list you’d like to win. You can enter once for each item for a total of ten entries (plus an extra entry below). That’s it!
PLEASE REMEMBER: Leave a separate comment for EACH of your entries and indicate the item you are entering for or only one entry will be counted.
2. If you already follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest let me know as well, and it will count as an extra entry.
Giveaway starts on 12/03/2012 and will run until 12/10/2012 at 11:59 pm PST.
To enter leave a comment. Open to US residents only.
One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random for each prize. I will email the winner and they will have up to 3 days to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.
Ten winners will be selected at random to receive one of the gift ideas listed above.
The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.
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Disclaimer: I was provided with items for the purposes of this review, all opinions are my own. Some of the links above are affiliate links.
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