What to get that special person on your list? This is an age-old question. Food and wine gifts are always good choices but my first list includes a few surprises. Read on!
Schneider Kitchen Toffee
This excellent toffee is made by hand in small batches in Houston, Texas. Premium chocolate, organic butter, brown sugar and pecans make this a special product, just perfect for a holiday gift and addictive. Call 713-0665-1950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ($10 to $28, depending on size, plus shipping)
Companion Animal Portraits by Susan Becker
An oil painting of your pet is forever, be it a dog, cat, horse, rabbit or goat. Oil paintings and pencil or charcoal drawings available. ($150 - $1300)
These monthly box subscriptions are geared toward Lego lovers. What might arrive at your door is a box filled with lots of Brick themed toys and/or a brick-themed T-shirt. (1 month for $27, 3 months for $25 or 6 months for $23)
The Crab Place
This Maryland seafood company offers a wide range of frozen seafood delivered to your door. I tasted their Jumbo Lump crab cakes that use 88% domestic crabmeat with little filling. Each crab cake comes wrapped individually so you can thaw and use a few at a time. (There are 4 sizes: 2 oz., 4 oz. 6 oz. & 8 oz. $35 - $251)
This humanitarian organization is dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Fair-Trade Coffee is only one of the many offerings. www.worldvision.org
The site offers flowers and gifts for the holidays. They believe “Flowers Change Everything” and have a 7-day freshness guarantee. Flowers are ordered safely online and delivered, often the same day. All arrangements are professionally arranged and hand delivered. Their mission is to make sure each flower arrangement, plant and gift is delivered on time, every time, and exactly the way it is requested. ($45 - $715)
Lillie Belle Farms
Handmade artisan chocolates are the name of the game here and their Lavender Salt Caramels are my favorites. Their store is at 211 N. Front Street, Central Point, Oregon or order online. Ganaches, bon-bons, truffles, and "Bean to Bar" chocolate bars, spicy cayenne caramels and decadent blue cheese truffles round out the many tasty choices. www.lilliebellefarms.com
Dave’s Gourmet Specialty Foods
Offers hot sauces, snacks, chiles & gift baskets, to name a few. Dave’s award-winning products range from Organic Heirloom Pasta Sauces, Insane Drink Mixes, to Ultimate Insanity Sauce. All in all, Dave’s has over 70 items. Oatmeal Cookie Butter will be available online soon.
Buehler Vineyards in the Napa Valley is offering 2 wines, a 2012 Red Wine comprised of Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec at $15. The white 2013 100% Sauvignon Blanc tastes of lemon, lime, green grass and honeydew melon at $15. www.buehlervineyards.com
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