I’d like to think I do a darn fine job at gift giving. My biggest problem is that I get TOO! EXCITED! when I am in possession of the perfect gift for someone to keep it much of a secret. This little personality quirk drives Cody batty when he his peckled with questions of “So you want to know what I got you right? AREN’T YOU EVEN A LITTLE BIT CURIOUS? If you open it now your life will be that much more fulfilled because it will have my amazing gift in it for 23 extra days!!” I once managed to keep such a supremely amazing present a secret for SO LONG that I presented it to him naked, just to see which one excited him more, his wife finally keeping a gift secret after a decade together or me naked.
It was a toss up.
Not that I’m going to be giving away any magical secrets of who got what on my Christmas list but I feel that I am in possession of such great knowledge about what people like that I must share with you a gift guide of sorts. Nothing huge and fancy, but way better than a $20 gift certificate to Red Lobster purchased from the gas station. (Well, if you can consider anything better than garlic cheddar biscuits.)
For the photographer!!
So a lot of you kind of lost your minds over the picture I posted with all the hearts. Yes, that was my Christmas tree and that magical little trick was obtained using the Bokeh Masters Kit. I have yet to mess with it to its full potential but so far I am geeked over how much fun it is, especially at Christmas time with all the lights. The basic kit is $15 and the really fancy one is $25. I say go with the basic one, the really fancy one has some goofy patterns for bokehs. Like the toxic symbol? Or the recycle symbol? I mean, if you have a message…be my guest. But these wicked birds are more my style.
For the baker!!
Chicago Metallic Muffin Top Pan. Yeah, you heard me. MUFFIN. TOP. PAN. Makes the equivalent of a GIANT muffin top without the boring bottom wrapped in paper in half the time. I bought mine two years ago at Sur La Table ($29 for two) and they never cease to amaze me or anyone else that encounters them. Warning…ingesting too many will result in undesirable muffin top above your belt, proceed with caution.
For that lovely lady!!
Handmade earrings from Studio Jewel. So all of her stuff is amazing, but back in September Lisa gave me a pair of her earrings and they never left my ears (until I lost one, but then I bought more because I loved them that much until I lost another one, good news I still have one from each incomplete set, I will also be supergluing them into my ears from here on out.) I have crazy sensitive ears and these have never bothered me. The ones I have specifically are the “tag you’re it” in silver ($36.) But I have my eye on the gold ones too. Handmade, not too flashy and totally elegant.
For the little lady (or dude)!!
Pillow Pet. I know, the commercials, the theme song (It’s a pillow! It’s a pet!) Addie ended up with one of these accidentally (I didn’t know what they were until she LOST. HER. MIND. when she was allowed to pick out a treasure at Hallmark in Kansas City.) and it has never left her side since. We give them as gifts to her little friends and they always go over well. If you’re not a huge fan of the whole “COMMERCIALISM!” aspect, purchase yours from a locally owned boutique store or make one yourself. (I’d say etsy but the Pillow Pet people got smart and smite any and all imitations.)
For anyone with a pulse!!
Customized and handmade jewelry from Lisa Leonard. Frankly if you don’t know who she is or what she does by now you’ve been living under a pretty fantastic rock and I feel the need to tell you that iTunes is now selling the Beatles and the chance of you getting groped at the airport by TSA are really high. I currently have a silver key with Cody’s name stamped on it along with a silver heart hanging from my neck.
For your dad!! (Or me…whatever.)
Bacon of the month club. If you’re here in Indy, Goose The Market has one that features bacons they smoke and prepare themselves. You can get it for pickup or delivery. For those of you not lucky enough to live in Indy there are several online options for getting your bacon on, one of them being The Pig Next Door. 12 months of bacon (also known as 12 reasons to cry with joyous joy) begins at $99
For people you love but your wallet doesn’t!!
My candied nuts. (Did everyone else just giggle too?) Wrap them all pretty in a cellophane bag and you’ll be remembered as that “Lady that brought the delicious nuts and oh my let’s stay friends with her so that she will bring them again next year.” But just as I warned with the muffin tops. You really need to be committed to getting these out of your house and delivered to your loved ones or you will eat the whole batch.
So there you have it.
I personally will be asking Santa for a healthy baby (girl preferably…but I realize that’s kind of up to Cody’s part of the deal and that decision was made months ago…) and if that pans out I may be throwing in the bacon of the month club as a stocking stuffer request.
Addie asked Santa for a dog that poops.
What about you?
(Also none of these suggestions were sponsored. But if I were to throw out a suggestion of something I did get for free that is so fun I nearly pee my pants every time I play it, it would be Just Dance 2 for the Wii. Seriously. Fun for everyone. Even Cody.)