Holiday Gift Guide 2021
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Gatherings with co-workers, friends, and family make Christmas so special. A time to enjoy food, libations, and great conversation with those closest to us. I’ve assembled my Holiday Gift Guide 2021 to make gift giving a bit easier for you this year. I’ve included gifts at all price points from stocking stuffers to sweets, and more. Remember, a true good gift is one the receiver wants and will put to good use.
Fisher Space Pen – This is the perfect unisex gift for those who are interested in aerospace, the International Space Station, and travel to the moon and beyond. The Fisher Space Pen is from the maker of the pen utilized by all manned space flights. Beyond the cool factor, this pen works underwater and is functional in extreme temperatures. Purchase yours at penheaven.com
Diamine Shimmer Ink Bottle in Moon Dust
Take your crafts and calligraphy to another level with Diamine Shimmer Ink Bottle in Moon Dust. A unique writing experience with ink reminiscent of the Milky Way. Available in an assortment of colors from Moon Dust (my favorite) to Mystique. Purchase at Pen Heaven for less than $15!
Gifts For Food Lovers
Delysia Chocolatier offers artisan chocolate handcrafted in Austin Texas. If you want unique flavors, look no further than Delysia Chocolatier. Seasonal offerings change frequently. I had the pleasure to sample the Taste of South Collection featuring these nine delicious truffles:
Mint julep chocolate truffle – dark chocolate infused with fresh mint and southern bourbon
Sweet Tea vodka chocolate truffle – sun-kissed sweetened iced tea, infused with white chocolate, a shot of vodka, and a twist of orange peel.
Cajun fried chicken chocolate truffle – inspired by the crisp and spicy breading on fried chicken, Cajun style with a hint of Louisana spice infused in milk chocolate.
Chicken fried steak chocolate truffle – white chocolate seasoned to represent thick peppered gravy served on top of a southern chicken fried chicken. No actual meat, but tastes like the real thing.
Frito pie chocolate truffle – dark chocolate infused with chilis, cheese, and chives – sprinkled with a hint of ghost pepper salt and a corn chip in the center
Collard greens & bacon chocolate truffle- dark chocolate infused with slow cooked collard greens, a bit of cured bacon, and a slice of cornbread in its center
Green chili quest chocolate truffle – spicy peppers, green chilis, and cheese infused in white chocolate for a unique spin on this Texas classic.
Banana Pudding chocolate truffle – white chocolate infused with bananas and a Nilla Wafer cookie in its center.
*Hummingbird cake chocolate truffle – A southern classic dessert with layers of milk chocolate infused with banana puree, spiced with cinnamon and vanilla, then studded with pineapple and pecans. It is then topped with another layer of cream cheese white chocolate ganache just like the icing on the cake.
Delysia Chocolatier offers chocolate for every holiday. Purchase yours at delysia.com.
Stash Tea Co.
Seasonal Teas Gift Box from Stash Tea Co is the perfect gift for the tea lover in your life. Need a unisex hostess gift? A gift box from Stash Tea Co is the perfect option. View teas collections and teaware at stashtea.com
Single origin organic coffee from the Mzuzu region of Africa, roasted in Santa Barbara to tantalize your tastebuds. Select light or dark roast coffee, in whole bean or ground. Nora’s Naturals inspires you to contribute to change, one cup of coffee at a time. Purchase at www.norasnaturalscoffee.com
Popilicious Popcorn Cakes & Treats
Popilicious Popcorn serves up delicious gourmet popcorn cakes and treats. This woman owned business has earned several accolades for these creative and customizable desserts. We recently enjoyed a popcorn cake at our son’s celebration for his successful bone marrow transplant. Everyone really enjoyed our unique cake as it’s the perfect combination of sweet and salty with a bit of crunch! Customize your cake, mini cakes, cake pops, and more for any celebration, holiday, or game day!
Tips to enjoy your Popilicious Popcorn Cakes & Treats:
*Use a serrated knife to cut the cake.
*Microwave for 10-15 seconds for a softer treat.
*Serve with ice cream for an over the top sweet treat.
*Can be stored in a freezer for up to 3 months.
Purchase yours at PopiliciousPopcorn.com For custom orders, email email@example.com or call 954-941-5173
Pots and Co.
Pots and Co. features handmade desserts with a wonderfully smooth texture made in London featuring the highest quality ingredients.
“We want to rescue people from uninspiring, additive-filled, mass-produced food and prove that exceptional, Michelin star quality food is accessible to all. “ – Julian Dyer – Chef & Founder of Pots and Co.
Chocolate Fudge Lava Cake with a molten fudge center
Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pot de Creme
Upside down Lemon Cheesecake
Little Frozen Creme Pots
Tips To Enjoy Your Pots and Co. –
Keep frozen but serve hot
Defrost in refrigerator for 2-3 hours
Microwave – heat for 45-60 seconds
Oven – Preeat to 320 degrees. Bake for 12-14 minutes
What makes these desserts unique? Each dessert comes in ceramic pots handcrafted in Spain. Reuse the pots your dessert comes in to storing or serve nuts, olives, and herbs.
Purchase yours at your local Costco or visit potsandco.com to find a local retailer near you.
Holiday Gift Guide 2021
These Books Make Perfect Gifts
The Unofficial Hogwarts Cookbook For Kids by Alana Al-Hatlani
Calling all Potterheads! This cookbook perfect for aspiring chefs of all ages, features recipes inspired by the Harry potter series. I’m excited to try the recipe for chocolate frogs!
Food Americiana by David Page – Creator of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
Food Americana features an insider look at the history of your favorite foods and restaurants across the country. This book is extremely informative with tidbits of information on how our favorite cuisine has evolved over the years, along with suggestions on great places to visit to eat.
One-Hour Comfort – Quick, Cozy, Modern Dishes For All Your Cravings by America’s Test Kitchen
You don’t have to spend the entire day in the kitchen to enjoy your favorite comfort foods. This amazing cookbook simplifies your favorites!
The Complete Autumn & Winter Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen
Featuring 550+ recipes, this cookbook is a plethora of ideas for seasonal recipes and includes recipes for food gifts!
The Hungry Eye – Eating, Drinking, and European Culture from Rome to the Renaissance by Leonard Barkan
“An enticing history of food and drink in Western art and culture.“
Five Ingredient Dinners – 100+ Fast, Flavorful Meals by America’s Test Kitchen
When you pantry is limited but you still need to get dinner on the table. This is the perfect cookbook for ideas on how to save the day!
The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book – 55 Unofficial Recipes for White Claw Slushies, Truly Mixers, and more Spiked-Seltzer Drinks by Casie Vogel
When the week comes to a close, it’s time to enjoy a drink with your friends. This book shows you how to elevate your favorite seltzer to a delicious cocktail.
Gifts For Her
Sperry is an iconic brand I’ve worn for years. In high school, I paired my catholic school uniform with Sperry penny loafers for a classic but chic vibe. Sperry shoes are my absolute favorite because they are stylish, affordable, and extremely durable. Take advantage of Sperry & Bright 7 Days of Deals. Also keep in mind… buy more, save more, because the more the Sperrier! I love Sperry slogans for this holiday season. Seriously though… there are many deals to be had from Sperry! I’ve added these two pair of Sperry’s to my holiday wish list! Visit Sperry.com to find gifts for the entire family.
Women’s Seaport Penny Perforated Leather Loafer is an update twist on my favorite Sperry loafer. Paired with chinos and a cardigan for a perfect look on your next visit to Martha’s Vineyard!
Women’s Seaport Storm Short Shackle Boot is a versatile bootie. Pair with skinny jeans, a long flown skirt, or a maxi dress. Your options for this waterproof bootie with a stacked heel are endless!
Starlette Galleria –
Dimonds are a girls best friend! Let me introduce you to one of my favorites – Starlette Galleria! I came across this amazing company while looking for a jewelry to replace my wedding ring while traveling. Their exquisite pieces feature simulated diamonds that look almost identical to the real deal. All pieces are is made with sterling silver, plated in real rose gold, 14k gold, or white gold. So you don’t have to worry about you skin sensitivities, having a reaction, or worse yet… your finger turning green. Each beautiful piece is very affordable.
I love the feeling of freedom while wearing Starlette Galleria… No excessive worries about losing jewelry, forgetting it on the sink in my hotel bathroom, or jewelry getting stolen. I have piece of mind by leaving my actual wedding ring (which is priceless to me) at home while I travel or am away for work. My favorite Starlette Galleria piece pictured above is 2 Carat Princess Cut Double Hallo Ring – which sells for $129.99. I wore it with confidence on road trip from Florida to Maine for my daughter’s 15th birthday! Starlette Galleria is the perfect gift for luxury jewelry lovers of all ages. Shop at starlettegalleria.com.
Gifts For Everyone
DJKhaled’s new skincare collection, BLESSWELL Daily Facial Moisturizer, Facial Cleaning Scrub, and Blue Charcoal Face Mask
What make BLESSWELL products unique? “Each is powered with 300 mg of Hemo Derived Cannabidiol Isolate”
All BLESSWELL products are cruelty free. Visit www.BLESSWELL.co to purchase.
Immune boosting gummies and nutrient-rich topicals inspire you to ask the question… Why be ordinary when you can be B GREAT?
B Great products include:
Hemp relief & recovery cream
Hemp lip defense
Immune support CBD gummies
Focus full spectrum hemp shot
My absolute favorite is B GREAT hemp relief & recovery cream. My husband an I both suffer from arthritis. After just a dab of relief and recovery cream, my hands felt so much better. I forgot what it feels like to move my hands with out so much pain. If you or someone you know deals with chronic pain… you must try this. I can go on and on about how great it is (see what I did there?) but until you B Great, you will never know for yourself just how much relief you can feel after utilizing B GREAT hemp relief & recovery cream.
Last but not least, I encourage you to get a gift for yourself. Preparations leading up to the holidays leave everyone stretched thin but meal time shouldn’t be an area where you skimp! Order a dinner kit from Gobble. The process is simple. Pick your meals. Gobble prepares the ingredients. Each meal features fresh ingredients prepped and ready to cook. Your meal kit is shipped direct to your door. Each meal kit contains everything you need including easy recipes to get dinner on the table in 15 minutes. The recipes are so easy. My 15 year old daughter prepared the chimichurri fish tacos pictured above. These fish tacos are one of the best I’ve ever had. Plus, the look of confidence on my daughters face while her dad and I enjoyed the meal she prepared… was priceless! Visit Gobble.com to select your dinner kits.
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