2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Cocktail Lover

I’m back! Two posts in one day, I know, I’m as shocked as you. But as I’ve been overly-stressing, I want to give as much order time as possible, so here’s installment number two of this Sunday. I’ve been spending it finishing up the last of the gift guides and making a big batch of turkey chili in my CrockPot, I just had a bowl and it was friggin’ deeelicious. I’ll have to get a post up here with the recipe soon, I mean I am reigning champion of the Super Bowl Chili Cook Off at my office, so I don’t mess around.

Moving on to something that has nothing to do with chili – as much as I love my wine (which is a lot) and my craft beers (especially pumpkin brews), a well made cocktail is one of my favorite things. I’ve gathered up some gifts in my Holiday Gift Guide for the Cocktail Lover that I think anyone with a bar cart would appreciate. Or really anyone that likes a great drink. My favorites are those half-glass tumblers because who doesn’t love a little bit of wordplay!?

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Cocktail LoverLiquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail $22 | Stone Hexagonal Coasters $24| Carry On Cocktail Kit $24 | Swivel Liqueur Glasses $45 | Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrer $4 | Owl’s Brew Tea Crafted for Cocktails Gift Set $25 | Optimist/Pessimist Glasses $25 | Moscow Mule Mug $20 | Bourbon Cocktail Cherries $16 | Guide to Cocktails Chalkboard Artboard $29

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the other gift guides that you may have missed last week, they’re kinda awesome –  The Chef | The Foodie | The Techie | The Hostess | The Coffee Addict | The BFF | The Jetsetter

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Jetsetter

Happy Sunday! Hope you’re spending it doing something relaxing. I can’t believe there’s only one weekend before Christmas. Every year I tell myself I’m going to get all my shopping done early, and every year I’m running out on Christmas Eve. This year, lo and behold, I’ve only got two people left with two weeks to go!  But for those of you who aren’t doing quite as well, I want to cut to the chase for ya.  Instead of giving you guys a long description of each of my picks, I’m just gonna give it you straight and give you the direct links right below the guide that way you’re not wasting any precious ordering time reading.

Today I’m bringing you the gift guide for the jetsetter. Whether they’re constant cross country commuters (like my little sis) or always jetting off on another long weekend (like my little sis), you’ll find something that will make their travels a little bit easier…and in a few cases, trendier!

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for The JetsetterYourKarma Portable WiFi ($99) | The Twill Weekender ($95) | A Rolling Stone Water Bottle ($29.99) | Kindle Voyage ($199) | Hoodie Travel Pillow ($31.49) | york Zip Passport Continental Wallet ($195) | Saddle Passport Holder ($60) | Perfume Atomizer ($10) | Amelia Luggage Tag ($22) | Skinny Minimergency Kit ($24.00)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and don’t forget to check out last week’s gift guides if you missed ’em. The Chef | The Foodie | The Techie | The Hostess | The Coffee Addict | The BFF

Holiday Gift Guides: The Coffee Addict

Everyone has that friend who has the Starbucks gold card. Or the one who is BFF with the man working the drive thru at Dunkin. Or the one who can’t have a lucid conversation with you until they’re two cups in. The Coffee Addict is in all of our lives. Lurking. Hopefully this Holiday Gift Guide for The Coffee Addict will prove to be a help to find them that perfect present.

Holiday Gift Guide for The Coffee Addict


1. Coffee Bean Necklace
Um…hi, how friggin adorable are these necklaces? It’s safe to say that I have never seen a cuter coffee bean than this coffee bean right here. This is the absolute perfect present for the brew lover in your life.

2. Misto Box Subscription
his is another one of those subscription boxes, yes. But, it’s different in that you personalize your profile based on the notes, blends or roasts that you prefer, and expert curators find coffees that will fit perfectly to your palette. Plus Misto Box says they work with some of the best artesian roasters in the country, so everything that comes is in a box is sure to taste great.

3. Kappu Coffee Scoop and Bag Closure
As a designer, there are a lot of products that I would buy based solely on how they look. This is one of them. This scoop/clip is so simplistic and beautiful that I want to buy it for myself. But that would mean I’d need to start buying bags of coffee. I just might.

4. Grumpy Cat Grumppacino
Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, I still want to be best friends with Aubrey Plaza aka Grumpy Cat. Which is why this is on the list. But also because every now and then I like to grab a glass bottle of Starbucks Frappacino from the cooler in line at the grocery store because, nostalgia. But how funny would this to be to give to your favorite s’bucks lovin’ pal? And I bet it’s good. Plus it’s gluten free and GMO free, if you care about that kinda crap. Grump grummmmmp.

5. Cool Beans Ice Tray
alk about a cool gift! Pun intended, you’re welcome. But let’s freeze for a second and get serious. See what I did there? Ok, for real, I’m gonna spill the beans. (Heh!) This ice tray is made from super-strong, dishwasher safe silicone and is perfect for freezing your coffee into cubes so that your ice coffee is cold, not watered down. I sound like an infomercial. I’m not gonna apologize. You iced coffee cohort will love it.

6. Coffee and Like 2 People Tee
Speaking of caring about crap, please direct your attention to this perfect tee. For me, it’s more like all I care about is cheese and pasta and bread and like two people, but this is not for me.  So give this to a friend that only cares about coffee and two other people, as long as you’re sure that one of those two people is you.

7. Bodum Milk Frother
I’ll admit that I go into Starbucks and either order a passion tea or a latte. Never do I order a regular coffee and it’s because I love the froth the latte gives me. And recently, but actually a long time ago but I just recently remembered, I learned about battery operated milk frothers. These babies can froth up milk or creamer to top off the perfect cup of joe.

8. Romantic Floral Stacking Mugs
World Market is my new jam. I don’t even feel embarrased saying that. I became a member of their Members Club too, and the deals and discounts are prettay nice if I do say so myself. But these colorful stacking mugs are affordable and adorable and would make a thoughtful gift for the coffee loving friend who’s always running out of space.

I hope that you were able to cross another person off your list with this gift guide. If not, maybe you found something for yourself. And if you’re still shaking your head, you can always come back for more guides next week. I know the countdown is getting shorter and windows to order gifts are narrowing, so I’ll try my best to make sure some of these gifts are available in stores near you.


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The BFF

Happy Friday! When I was making my rounds around the interwebs (mainly Pinterest, obviously) looking for some awesome options for this Holiday Gift Guide for the BFF, I was getting really excited because everything I was finding was coming together perfectly. As I added each gift I couldn’t help wanting to add it to my own wish list.

I guess the thing that I found strange about this one though is that everyone is totallllllllly different, so a guide for the things that I would get for MY bff is probably totally different from what you’d get YOUR bff, right? Let me know in the comments if any of this stuff would work for your bestie.

Also, just a heads up to my real life bff’s…I’m not actually buying you gifts, so just look at this and think to yourself, Wow! Look at all the time she spent picking out gifts for me, she even made this whole pretty guide out of them, it really is the thought that counts!
2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The BFF1. Capri Blue Candle – Volcano – Because this is the best smelling candle on the planet

2. Koromiko Geometric Coasters – These gorgeous, felt coasters are beautiful and functional

3. Wine Pairing Towel Set – It’s a wine world, we’re just livin’ in it

4. Citrus Zinger – My best friend is a lemon water fiend, so this just seemed right. Zinnnnnng

5. ‘know the ropes’ stud earrings – Nothing says you’re my bff quite like some gold knot studs from kate spade

6. Chuck Taylor Distressed Flag – Who wouldn’t want some fashionable americana footwear? My bff would

7. Wishing Bracelet Arrow – This little bracelet is so adorable and so delicate and any girl would love it

8. Nice Is Just A Place In France – My BFFs and I lurve The Betches, so their book is probably absolutely hilarious

9. To The Gym Tote – Sometimes we need some extra motivation to get to the gym, especially if it comes from our bestie in the form of a bag

10. Haute n the Heat Essie Polish – This pink polish is great for a pop of summer during the cold months

11. Sorry For What I Said Tee – This is probably the best way to apologize because I’m usually hungry. And so is she.

12. Nest Ring – This delicate silver nest ring is supes cute and goes with everything…except gold

13. Owl Eyeglass Holder – If your best wouldn’t find this little owl hilarious, then your best and my best are not alike

I fully understand if you finished looking at this list and said, um, no. It makes sense. Your best friend could hate wine, have perfect eyesight, never gets hangry, hates to work out and reads sarcasm as rude. If that is the case, they probably won’t want anything on this list, but lucky for you I have more. If you missed the rest of the gift guides this week, take a look now. I’ve got ’em for the Techie, the Foodie, the Chef and the Hostess, your bestie has got to fit into one of those categories…right?

Additionally, since Pinterest is basically my life, I’ve created a 2014 Holiday Gift Guide board that will have all the products on all of my gift guides plus a lot more great stuff, so check it out.

Also, normally I’m not one to post on Saturday or Sunday, but since we’re running out of days before Christmas, I want to try and make sure that I get all my gift guides posted so you can still order and receive before the 25th, so keep and eye out for a few more guides this weekend.


2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Foodie

When I first started working on these gift guides, I was overlapping The Chef, The Foodie and the Cocktail Enthusiast (keep an eye out for this one, my fellow liquor lovers!) all into one guide, and I realized that they are not one in the same. There are people who like to actually cook. And then there are people who really just like to eat. And then there are the people who would rather just drink their calories. So I decided to make separate gift guides for all of these people.

Which brings us to the Foodie Gift Guide. There’s a real array of presents here, from spicy pickles to DIY gastronomy kits. So take a look, if there is anyone on your list who finds food number one on their list, I’ve got ya covered.

Oh and also, if you yourself are a foodie, who happens to live in Chicago, The Infatuation (“Restaurant reviews for the people”) just came out with their Winter Hit List, a list of new restaurants you HAVE to try!

Holiday Gift Guide for The Foodie


1. Sriracha 2 Go
Whoever thought to put a baby bottle of hot sauce onto a keychain is my new hero. I just discovered Sriracha a few months ago and I’m so sad that I missed out on it all my life. This stuff is perfect squeezed on basically anything, if you like spicy that is! So stick it in the stocking of your spiciest friend!

2. Fondue For Two
How perfect is this lil fondue pot? My family has a tradition of doing fondue every Christmas Eve and it’s a bit of a production, trying to find all the different pots and the different colored skewers. With this couple-sized fondue situation, let your friends indulge in the cheesy goodness that is fondue on any occasion, without much searching or cleanup.

3. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Sticks
With the temperatures quickly dropping in Chicago, a deliciously warm drink is always appreciated when you’ve come in from the cold. So these little sticks of delight are sure to put a smile on someones face, and hopefully stop their teeth from chattering.

4. Holiday 5-Bar Chocolate Gift Box
Foodies love chocolate. But foodies love fancy, exotic chocolates even more. At least that’s what I tell myself. So I came across this holiday themed array of bars ranging from Hot Buttered Rum to Candy Cane Crunch to Christmas Cookie. I know my aunt would murder these after having them in her presence for three minutes.

5. Aromafork Flavor Enhancing Kit
I’m still not entirely sure what exactly this is, but it looks awesome. The basic gist is that our senses only take in so much flavor, and our noses are what do most of the work. With flavored oils that you drop onto the forks that come in the kit, you can create your own, new, unique flavor combinations. Perfect for the geeky gourmet in your life.

6. Old Salt Merchants Products
I will admit that I haven’t actually tried any of these yet, but they’re packaged so perfectly and branded just right that I’m clearly ordering a couple for some people on my lists. Old Salt Provisions are “offering superior, natural, nautical provisions and gifts to customers who appreciate the same”. With products like Rum Soaked Sugar and Lime Latitudes Salt, I’m sure these would work perfect when mixing up drinks and apps alike.

7. Subscription to Gather Journal
While this isn’t something anyone can technically eat, it will help get those taste buds revved up. Gather Journal is a quarterly publication that was dreamed up “dreamed up due to a shared love of food and cooking”. A subscription for a foodie friend would obviously be appreciated since the recipes and photography are equally as gorgeous. If you can’t think of anyone to get it for…send me a private message and I’ll give you my address. But seriously. I die for food photography.

8. Stu’s Sour Spicy Pickles
Three words: Spicy. Garlic. Pickles.

9. Micro-Greens Kit
How fresh is this?! What a terrible pun. But for real, for that friend that loves their food fresh from the earth, gift them this Micro-Greens Kit that will let them be eating the very same greens they planted not more than two weeks before. Plus I think it adds some life into any kitchen. I know my grandma would love this, especially because I know how much she loves pulling weeds.

10. Food – A Love Story
Funny man Jim Gaffigan penned this #1 Bestseller and it’s all about food. I could read about food all day and then look at pictures of food all night if I could. How do I get that job? Honestly though, a funny book about food is basically my life, so I’ll be picking this up real soon.

Well now that I’ve finished that, I’m starving. I’ll just light up my Sugar Cookie candle that I picked up last weekend and smell the deliciousness instead of giving in and diving into the Oreo ice cream waiting patiently in the freezer. Serves me right to write about food right before bed. If you didn’t find anything in this gift guide, don’t worry, you’ll find something soon — I’ll be sharing more gift guides in the days to come! And if you missed them earlier in the week, I’ve got guides for The Chef, The Hostess, and The Techie ready for ya.