** Additional ideas can be found here and here **  

With the holidays, comes the fear (or at least for me) on whether you’re buying people good stuff.   I don’t like buying people gift cards, so I’ve come up with the following suggestions.

I think though that these ideas don’t just work for the winter holidays, but for all gift-giving occasions. 

  • Vosges Chocolates — With their unique pairings, Vosges provides a guaranteed hit with their varieties and beautifully wrapped packages.  Prices variety, but don’t forget to add their shipping charges when you’re purchasing (it can add up)!
  • Authentic Costa Rica Coffee — Yum.  And I’ve actually been to this coffee shop in Quepos, Costa Rica.  They are real and you can feel safe ordering from them.
  • O & Company — When I was in Seattle, I had the great fortune of being able to stop in.  Wow, what a taste explosion!  They offer a wide variety of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, olive tapenade, etc.  And a little tip — don’t order online, but order from a store.  Stores have a flat $9 shipping rate! 
  • Cast Iron Skillet — I own it and love it (also have the lid).  Definitely make sure you buy the one that’s pre-seasoned. 
  • The Wine Buyer — Have a couple of bottles of wine or champagne shipped directly for a reasonable fee.
  • DeLonghi Solo Convection Oven — Seriously, are you surprised?  They also offer free shipping.  I love mine.
  • KitchenAid Mixer — I don’t think you can find this any cheaper than $199 plus free shipping.  Wow.  I love mine (was a hand-me-down from  my grandma). 
  • Week of Gourmet & Healthy Meals — I haven’t tried it, but it seems like a good idea.  I think this would be great for the person who doesn’t cook!