My Christmas Gift List …

Posted by on December 12, 2010 | 19 Comments

For fun, I thought I would post up some of my favorite “small but insanely thoughtful” gift ideas. Some of these items are things I am gifting to my family this year, and some are simply on my own wish list. Note that this is a completely unbiased list. No disclaimers are required here as no one has sent me any of these products, but I won’t complain if they do!

Please pipe up with comments on some favorite gifts you are giving or hope to receive. I would love to hear your ideas (I’m not done gift-buying yet!) and personal picks too …


Anything by Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Falling Up just might be heading to a special niece.

Food Matters and The Food Matters Cookbook have my interest peaked.

The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters is a classic in my opinion.

Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone is one of those giant tombs – I can’t bring myself to buy it for myself, but inevitably pick it up every time I’m at the book store to glance through.

The Flavor Bible is definitely a top priority on my wish list.

The foodie books above are all on my “wish” list. For some of my current special diet favorites, see my Top 10 Cookbooks list.

Purely Entertainment:

The Blind Side was truly a Sandra Bullock best.

The Bourne Series shows why Matt Damon should always play features in action and drama movies.

Avatar is like Pixar for grown-ups – fun, adventurous, and a little sappy.

Iron Man (1 or 2) makes me grateful for Robert Downey’s comeback!

Harry Potter (and or all), come’ on you know you like them too.

Crowd Pleasers Puzzles are the ultimate in fun for this jigsaw geek.

Pretty but Practical Stuff:

Holly Yashi jewelry is awesome, and so fairly priced for the quality.

Envirosax reusable bags for all that grocery shopping! Seriously, I’m addicted to reusable bags and totes.

Good Morning Mugs are nice and big (I have a jumbo mug addiction), and I love the way it looks like they are shouting at you.

Cosmoda has the most stylish insulated lunch totes I have ever seen (one pictured below)

Pier 1 Porcelain Dishes come in a whole bunch of cute but simple little designs that are perfect for dessert (or food photos).

Kiss My Face Sheer Organic Shine Lip Gloss has been seen in little gift packs in stores and is naturally luscious. I love the simple ingredients (reads like a healthy nutrition label!) and the more grown-up vibe.

Writersblok Bamboo Mini Notebooks or so perfect for making shopping lists, jotting down recipe ideas, and taking notes in the kitchen. Love the eco-friendly edge too.

French Coffee Press – We bought this French Press at Cost Plus for Tony over a year ago and he still uses it daily. Pleasing to look at on the counter and it makes a darn good cup of coffee.

More For Foodies:

Analon Baking Sheets (or other bakeware) are the shiznit.

Kitchen Scales are not only handy, but addicting. I measure everything. I own a Salter (mine is old and the model is discontinued) and this cheapy – both work great! Tony actually prefers the cheapy.

Smiley Face Measuring Spoons would seriously take my baking up another notch in cheerfulness. I couldn’t help but smile when I spotted these.

Penzey’s Spices, so I have heard (yes, these are on my wish list), are amazing and quite attractive for gift-giving to boot!

Chopsticks are a fun gift for fans of sushi and Asian food in general. I’ve always got an eye out for a good dishwasher safe set – yes, dishwashing is my least favorite chore!


Seriously, I could go on all day on food gifts. This is just a short list of some favorites that quickly came to mind. Keep an eye on Go Dairy Free as I review indulgent stuff there all the time. Yes, life is rough.

Premium Chocolatiers makes the best dairy-free chocolate assortments in my opinion (with “milk” and white options too! – gluten-free & nut-free).

Enjoy Life Boom Choco Boom Bars are awesome stocking stuffers. I eat mostly dark, dark chocolate, but their Rice Milk bars are a special treat when I’m craving something sweeter. All made in a gluten-free and allergy-free facility too!

Liz Lovely Cookies are still tops from all that I have reviewed, vegan or not (yes, they offer some tasty gluten-free cookies too!).

Tea is always high on my list, and these Numi Tea Mini Bamboo Boxes and Numi Organic Tea Bamboo Treasure Chests caught my eye as awesome gifts.

Peanut Butter & Co. Flavored Peanut Butters look unreal. Yes, I’m probably the only recipe blogger out there who still hasn’t tried them. They offers some fun gift packs too.

This really is just the tip of the iceberg (I googled that word to double check the spelling – do you ever google when blogging to check these kind of things?). But, I should probably get to some work, so tell me your ideas and wishes …


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Comments (19)


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  2. Wow, these all sound like great gifts, Alisa. So many I have never heard of. Must check them all out! Thanks so much for compiling this list. 🙂


  3. Lee says:

    We have been using Penzey spices for over 12 years….you wont be disappointed

  4. My wishes…affordable childcare and a night out with the hubs! I realize this doesnt sound like a “gift” but trust me…the thought of going out anywhere when it’s gonna cost $12/hour or more each hour…puts a damper on nights out 🙂

    Great list, seriously, love the variety!

  5. Katie says:

    I am linking this list in my post tomorrow! Its great.

    I found Penzey’s near my parents house, but I’ve been hoarding the Vietnamese Cinnamon all year. Now I can get more. I’ve already got a list going for what I want to get there. The curry selection is enough to lengthen my stay to over an hour!

  6. Hannah says:

    Oh, how fun! The Holly jewelry is gorgeous, and a big thumbs up for the French Press. I don’t know if it’s just because I grew up in a family that rinks French Press coffee, but honestly it’s sometimes better than what I get in cafes 🙂 I’m so envious of the food items, too. Yes, PB&Co is insanely good (I love the [vegan] white chocolate wonderful, but I almost wish I’d never tried them. It hurts not having access to them in Australia!)

  7. Dishwashing is my least favorite chore too! And don’t worry, I haven’t tried the Peanut Butter & Co. butters either! We can be left-out losers together! 🙂

  8. Sarah S. says:

    Awesome list!! Penzey’s is a great suggestion. I am totally spoiled by having an actual Penzey’s store just down the road from me, it is my equivalent of a candy store. 🙂

  9. Fiona says:

    In awe of that cutlery!

  10. Joanne says:

    This is one great list! You and I are so similar…I always pick up Veg Cooking for Everyone whenever I’m at the store but it’s usually so expensive that I put it back down! Someday…

  11. Love Mark Bittman books and have both you mentioned (also have the Alice Waters book and the Flavor Bible). All are worth asking Santa for. And Penzey’s spices make wonderful gift packages and stocking stuffers. Love that purse you have showcased! Fun list.

  12. […] you (Santa…) can’t give me time, I’ll gladly take anything on Alisa’s list. Because I don’t even have time to put together my own list, I have to steal other […]

  13. Lori says:

    Liz Lovely cookies are seriously amazing! I LOVE those. I wouldn’t mind anything off of your list! 🙂

  14. i like your list, right up my alley!! if anyone who bought me gifts read my blog then I’d post mine too 🙂

  15. Hannah says:

    Oh, nice picks! I think I’d be happy getting just about any of them… Really, I’m pretty easy to shop for. 😉

  16. Alisa, I am totally copying about half of this list. In fact I just emailed your link to my hubby. LOL This post was a brilliant idea! LOVE IT!!!

  17. Love Shel Silverstein!

  18. I love the Bourne series. They were so much fun!
    I would like two hours to myself to go fishing…funniest wish list I think I may have ever had 🙂

  19. Ricki says:

    A truly awesome list! (And I am still honored to be on your Top 10 Cookbook list!) 🙂 We watched The Blind Side in our hotel room on vacation last year and I really loved it–which surprised me. (I do like Sandra Bullock, but football is not my favorite thing. . . ). 😉

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