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Tuesday
Nov282017

18 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 

Around this time of year, you start getting inundated with gift guides in nearly every magazine, website, or social media feed you happen to be looking at.  Each one promises all of the answers to what you’re looking for—which is, of course, to find gifts that your loved ones will like without having to put too much thought or effort (or hard-earned cash) into it.  Right?  We see you.

When reading those gift guides, though, you inevitably find something you know [insert family member here] will like, only to click on it and find that it costs $475. Who spends $475 on a scarf? you wonder.  Why would The New York Times gift guide do this to me? They know I don’t even pay for a subscription to their website.

Sure, fancy product round-ups can be aspirational (that’s what every buyer’s guide in magazines like Vanity Fair is), but this time of year, you’re actually using these guides to find stuff to buy, without, you know, having to take out a second mortgage on your home.

Never fear—we’ve put together a list of 18 great gifts that will hopefully help check off multiple people on your shopping list, all priced at under $150. Read it on Parade.

Monday
Nov272017

Absolute Essential Kitchen Items for Gifting 

Whether you're buying for someone who's building a real, adult kitchen for the first time (like your fresh-out-of-college cousin) or for someone whose well-worn kitchen tools are in need of a serious upgrade, the items on this list are essential to any kitchen. Check them out on The Kitchn

Friday
Nov242017

7 Gifts for the Busy Professional 

If you had to guess where he is at any given moment, there are two safe bets: an airport bar or in the office, working late. Whenever you’re with him, he’s head down, looking at his phone, muttering something like “Sorry, sorry, just gotta respond to this one email.” His focus seems to be splintered in one million directions and that’s probably because he’s being pulling in exactly one million directions. Take pity on this busy professional who’s intent on climbing the ladder by getting him gifts that’ll make his harried days and jam-packed schedule a little easier.  Read it on Parade.

Wednesday
Nov222017

Thermos Food Jar

Some people say the best part about Thanksgiving is the inevitable amount of leftovers you'll have in the days following the most epic meal of the year, and if you're still working on leftovers Monday morning, you can enjoy that deliciousness in the office while you online shop, er, work. 

A word of caution, though: Whether you're hauling in butternut squash soup or a monster mash configuration of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes, you'll need to transport that precious cargo safely (and neatly) to the office.

How? Invest in one of these food jars from Thermos. Made out of stainless steel, it'll keep foods hot or cold for an obscene amount of time and has an airtight seal to ensure no spillage in transit. The jar has a 16-ounce capacity, a wide mouth, and even comes with a folding spoon so you can eat right out of the container. The jar is not microwave-safe, but it'll keep your food hot, so that's a moot point. Sad desk lunches just got a lot less sad — at least until you run out of leftovers.

Originally posted on The Kitchn.

Friday
Nov102017

Belgian Waffle Maker 


Winter is barreling towards us, and for a lot of us that means we'll soon be able to draw on the ever-convenient excuse of "It's too cold to go anywhere."

Weekend mornings that were once spent going for a run in the park or checking things off your always-long to-do list can now be spent indoors in cozy pajamas. You can have long, luxurious breakfasts with your loved ones, safe in the assurance that you don't have to go anywhere or do anything from the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. Thanks, winter!

You can make those gloriously lazy weekend morning breakfasts even better by making something special like homemade waffles with this Hamilton Beach Belgian waffle maker ($22, Amazon).

The machine makes light, fluffy waffles in about five minutes (two at a time), and the nonstick griddle allows for easy cleanup. Even better? It stores upright to take up less space in your cabinets.

And just like that, your weekend mornings just got a whole lot better.

Originally posted on The Kitchn.