GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
Your gift recipient wants darkest, most intense blend of coffee, but their partner wants the light vanilla flavored variety? Or, perhaps they live alone and don’t need to dirty a pot. They might enjoy a cup after dinner or with dessert. The Scoop from Hamilton Beach accommodates.
Since it’s a single-serve coffeemaker, they get a fresh, hot cup. Fast. Place the same scoop used to measure the coffee into a
slot on The Scoop and brew. (It includes two stainless steel scoops.) In 90 seconds, they sip their favored coffee. The Scoop brews hotter and faster than other models. According to Consumer Reports, The Scoop reaches 195° to 205° F: the industry standard for optimal brewing. Hot and fast – a coffee house affair at home. Even with less expensive coffee.
If you want to fill a travel cup, no worries. The Scoop brews up to 14 ounces. And does it in 2 ½ minutes.
The Frugalista Gift angle? It’s a great gift for a coffee lover, a host (ess), a daily commuter, a college dorm or a housewarming occasion. Plus, buy The Scoop, get $10 rebate by mail if purchased by 10/19/12 and postmarked by 11/19/12. Hamilton Beach allows three rebates per household. The Scoop won the 2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products Award.
Your gift recipient also saves money by not having to buy the pod singles used by other single-serve coffee makers. No need to buy filters either. No need to stop by Starbucks or similar. With a single-serve, they control how strong to make the coffee. Plus, the no-waste feature will make Al Gore and all eco-minded happy.
The Scoop is less expensive than the single-serves from Cuisinart ($130), Keurig ($120), Mr. Coffee ($90-on sale for $56) and similar. With the advantage of no pods or filters necessary.
The Hamilton Beach Scoop is available at the usual suspects. Amazon and Walmart sell it for $59. Target retails at $63. Bed Bath and Beyond has it for $60. Kohl’s – $70; Lowe’s – $61; Kmart – $65; Sears – $60. The $10 rebate from Hamilton Beach makes the purchase even more flavorful! IF YOU PURCHASE BY 10/19/12.
Keep in mind that several of these retailers offer layaway. See the post, FRUGALISTA GIFT IDEAS: 9 WAYS TO CHOOSE NOW, PAY LATER. Hamilton Beach clearance also has a Personal Cup, One Cup Pod Brewer for $13. Also, Sears Outlet sells reconditioned units, starting at $15 if you want one for yourself.
The Hamilton Beach 2-Way Brewer provides the best of both worlds. A single-cup brewer and a full pot in the same machine for around $80 at retailers like Bed Bath & Beyond. Of course, there’s no $10 rebate.
The Black and Decker single serve model also brews 15 ounces directly into the provided travel mug. It requires a filter and measuring out the coffee; but it’s a permanent filter. It retails for $20. Macy’s also has a closeout on a Black and Decker single serve for $20 – Originally $40.
With this one, you might also be able to pair the coffeemaker with a coffee vault or canister. These block out light and air, keeping the coffee rich and flavorful. These can be found for under $25. Like the canister at Target for $11. Or, the Fris vault at Walmart or Amazon for $25
© DLewis 2012
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