GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
Know which holiday parties you’re attending? Consider sending or taking the host(ess) gift early. This way the hosts can decide if they’d like to incorporate the gift into that evening’s menu. Or, enjoy it later. Also, if you buy it early, it’s one more thing off your list.
MAKE YOUR HOST(ESS) FEEL EXTRA SPECIAL
Maybe you ship or take one of these Frugalista gift ideas to contribute to the event. Then, if the hosts love it, you send it as a future thank you gift. Or, for some other occasion. Your host(ess) will feel special indeed.
All of the guests might inquire after trying the European Sampler. If the hosts can bring themselves to share these gems. Loukanika, Greek salami with a touch of orange zest. Saucisson Sec, French salami. Salami Nola, Italian salami with allspice. Chorizo Rioja, Spanish sweet & smoked salami. International deliciousness.
$50 (with red gift box)
$60 (with custom wood gift box)
$75/$85 (red/wood gift box with bamboo cutting board and special knife.
The company founder immigrated this British staple. It’s called Sticky Toffee Pudding. British speak: pudding means a hot, baked or steamed, dessert. This one includes fresh dates, espresso and vanilla in a buttery toffee sauce.
$30 – Six 5 oz servings StickyToffeePuddingCompany.com
$15 – 18 oz Family Tray.
This one requires your participation. A gift basket/container to hold these hand-rolled, yummy goat cheese discs. Fill it the one type or a mixture: The bourbon pecans, mint and sugar of the 4 ounce Southern Belle Goat Cheese evokes thoughts of mint juleps. The 4 ounce Greek Kiss Grape Leaved discs offer the hosts French cheese wrapped in a brined grape leaf. Cranberries and walnuts top the Cranberry Walnut Disc Goat Cheese—another sensational goat cheese disc.
$6.50 – 2 ounce bellechevre.com
$7.50 – 4 ounce
This Happy Holidays Gift Box might evoke delicious memories for a Parisienne ex-pat. For any other host(ess), the French fresh chocolate truffles and pastries might create new ones. A 4-lb assortment of dark chocolate truffles, white chocolate Cointreau truffles, mini palmier and galettes cookies. An extraordinary gift.
Gift the Sweet Decadence Tea Gift Set. Your hosts enjoy premium Loose Tea Leaves infused with the sensory flavors of Toasted Nut Brulee, CocoCaramel Sea Salt, WonderBerry Chocolate Truffle and slimful Chocolate Decadence. All the flavor with none of the fat, calories or carbs. The set includes two infuser mugs and 4 airtight tea tins.
$40 $80 teavana.com
The Beans and Cornbread Collection might be the perfect gift for the New Year’s Day event (black-eyed peas aren’t the boss of us). Certainly, it’ll be a hit at the non-foodie affair. Pinto beans, ham hock, corn bread, chow-chow and Pickled Okra.
$50 (serves 6-8) BlackberryFarm.com
The hosts probably never had candy like the Season’s Sweetings. They’ll rave about such uncommon desserts. Box contains a sampling of seasonal sweets. One bar each of pecan pie, pumpkin pie, humbug (choc/mint); a dozen each of apple cider, stout-gingerbread and chocolate-black truffle caramels.
If they love chocolate with their organic, gift the Everyday Truffles Chocolate Chai Spice Vegan. Dark chocolate ganache made with organic coconut milk and steeped in chai inspired spices. All covered in organic and Fair Trade dark chocolate, then sprinkled with cinnamon. Your mouth’s watering, right? Just think what your host’s will be doing when they open the tin.
More people are choosing gluten-free. The Vegan Diva’s Gluten Free Pumpkin Cheese cake will also please the vegans and, likely, all others. Made with organic pumpkin purée, vegan cream cheese and lots of other delicious and healthy ingredients. It’s described as light and decadent; and looks like it plays the part really well.
Your hosts might need some delish after the great party.The healthy Rise and Shine Combo should hit the spot. Orange apricot marmalade, Morning Crunch granola, six high fiber morning cookies and coffee.
Need more deliciousness for morning risers? Get the Signature Collection Gift Box. Enough variety for everyone: Pancake and Biscuit Mixes-, Hot Chocolate Parisienne, two jams and Strawberry Syrup.Select any 2 flavors for the 5.5 oz jams from a list of our most popular: Peach Apricot, Mixed Berry, Strawberry Rhubarb, Strawberry Raspberry, Pineapple Mango, Blood Orange Marmalade, Strawberry Peach, Plum Cherry, Orange Apricot Marmalade.
No judgment if you’re still there the next morning. Even if you’re not, the host (ess) surely will remember you fondly as they enjoy the Breakfast in Bed gift basket. Your host(ess) sips premium coffee or English Breakfast Tea while noshing on a trio loaf cakes and three jars of jam.
HAPPY FRUGALISTA GIFT SHOPPING!
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