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Gift Guide eBook for Free!

Are you looking for that perfect gift for the hard to shop for person? Check out the great ideas inside the informative eBook: Gifts for All Seasons from MagicKitchen.com. You will discover some ingenious ideas for every occasion and other special events in your life.

brownies-newHere are a few things you will find to get those creative juices flowing:

  • Oh, so delectable chocolate desserts for that special someone to celebrate an anniversary.
  • Fabulous decorating tips to ensure a successful baby shower for expectant mothers.
  • A creative array of birthday gift ideas for the person who has everything.
  • Christmas traditions from various countries and options for you to add to your traditions.
  • Ideas to let that college bound high school graduate know that they still hold a place in your heart.
  • Congratulating someone has never been as easy with the fantastic ideas in Gifts for All Seasons.
  • brisket-saucedCorporate gift giving can be tricky. This eBook gives solutions to the various corporate gift giving occasions (and a scrumptious looking photo of Magic Kitchen’s Sliced Beef Brisket).
  • Father’s Day can be a tough gift giving occasion. Give something other than the stand by tie.
  • Need to comfort a sick loved one? Ideas for balanced, healthy meals are just a few pages away!
  • Want to make a memorable Mother’s Day? Inside, you’ll find fresh ideas for that morning meal.
  • House warming gift ideas for young home owners as well as the more mature set.

These are just some of the special days for which gifts are common. Magic Kitchen’s Gifts for All Seasons is the perfect companion for the giver to find unique ideas. Don’t miss out. Grab your copy today and let Magic Kitchen help deliver a gift your special someone will adore.

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It’s time to Plan Your Christmas Dinner…Let us Help.

Our Moist, Succulent Roasted Turkey Slices
Our Moist, Succulent Roasted Turkey Slices

Every father is known for conveying little nuggets of wisdom to their children.  You know, those short little sayings they stole from someone (most likely their own fathers) or created on the spur of the moment.  Short, pithy witticisms such as, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” or “Sometimes you gotta eat crap…like having dinner at your in-law’s house for the first time.”  or “Adolescent boys are as stupid as a bag of hammers.  What?…no, they don’t get any smarter, but if you’re lucky you’ll find one that works the way it’s supposed to.”

So what does this have to do with your upcoming Christmas feast?  Well, it’s tied to one of the many words of wisdom imparted to me by my father.  Being a spontaneous youth, my dad often said to me, “Even a trip to the frickin’ latrine requires some planning.”  In other words, just about everything you do in life, if you’re going to do it correctly (even in the “frickin’ latrine”) requires some degree of planning beforehand, and your Christmas dinner is no different.

Chicken ana Luisa
Chicken ana Luisa

If you’re going to prepare, cook and present it yourself, then the planning required can seem endless…clean and decorate the house, make the menu, list the ingredients needed, hit the grocery store, prep the food…and on and on it goes.  Well, we here at MagicKitchen.com can certainly eliminate some of that work with just a bit of prior planning on your part (yeah, you’re on your own with the whole cleaning and decorating your house thing).

Think of all the time and aggravation you’ll save if you let our dedicated and trained chefs prepare and cook some or all of your Christmas meal for you.  The entire meal will then be delivered to your door, fully cooked, to be stored in your freezer until the big day when it simply needs to be heated and served.  We offer full-meal packages that serve from one to six and include all the traditional favorites, from turkey to stuffing to gravy to rolls to green beans to pumpkin pie, along with

Crab Cakes, the crabbiest ever.

new specials such as Beef Wellington Dinner,   Crab Cake Dinner,    Chicken Ana Luisa Dinner or Chicken Parmigiana Dinner.

We also offer packages of “just sides” if you would prefer to cook your own bird with your father’s special recipe or have another entrée in mind.  And we also offer the inverse…you can add your own sides and we’ll take care of the turkey for you.  Or you can just order one of our delectable deserts or one or two sides.  You decide…just put a bit of planning into your decision-making process and make my dad proud.

For our entire holiday menu just go here http://www.magickitchen.com/menu/christmas.html

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For Your Christmas Gift List, Go Unique.

As you contemplate what to get your friends, family and coworkers for Christmas, why not avoid the bland, boring, perfunctory, and/or plain?  Nothing says “I refuse to put any serious thought or effort into my gift decision making process,” than a $50 gift card or a tie or cash.  This year, take a risk and go unique and that internet machine makes it easier than ever to do just that.  Simply think about the recipient of your gift and what his/her interests and hobbies are and then take it from there.  With that in mind here are a few uncommon gift ideas (in no particular order…no ranking here, within a wide price range) and where to find them.

Chicken with Artichoke and SpinachHome-delivered meals – from MagicKitchen.com of course.  They (we?) offer a variety of meal bundles such as comfort food, home-style, soup for the soul, diabetic friendly, low sodium, senior, and gluten-free just to name a few.  All you need to do is determine the needs and/or desires (in terms of food) of the recipient, visit http://www.magickitchen.com/ and take it from there.

Simulated sunrise alarm clock – An extremely appropriate gift for those that suffer with the winter blahs, aka seasonal affective disorder.  This simulated sunrise clock gradually brightens the closer it gets to your wake-up time and it offers five calming, natural sounds to wake-up to as well.  It also works in reverse, as both the light and natural sound diminish as you drift off to la-la land.  Find it here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093162RM/?tag=dodochristmas2016-20

Macaron making kit – NOT to be confused with the Americanized “Macaroon” (the almond-based confection), the French macaron is a to-die-for meringue-based cookie.  This kit provides the receiver with everything they need to make a variety of macarons, from “rose” to “Earl Grey” to “wasabi” (yes, I just wrote wasabi).  Check it out… http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/macaron-kit

3dpen3D writing pen — This hand-held 3D printer is perfect for the artist on your list.  It extrudes (or exudes, I’m not sure which) a warm plastic gel that hardens in a few minutes and allows the user to create works of art that have depth, height and width…hence 3D.  It comes with 50 plasta-gel refills of various colors.  Get it here:   http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=89808&refsku=87427

642 Things to Write About – This notebook of writing prompts brings out the creative writer hiding in all of us.  It offers a series of prompts and space to pontificate.  Here’s a couple of examples: “You have been evicted from your home, but rather than live on the street you go to Ikea.  At night, you hide in the bathroom until the janitor leaves.  Write about your life.”  And “What is the sound of silence and when did you last hear it?” Read more here:  http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/642-things-to-write-about

Pac-Man video game console – This full-size arcade console will fill the owner’s home with the vintage “wocka, wocka, wocka” sound as players run from (or chase) blinky, pinky and those other two ghosts through the most famous of mazes.  The game, while a bit expensive, also comes with 12, pre-loaded classic arcade games such as Galaga, Dig Dug, and, of course, Ms. Pac-Man.  Fulfill your classic gamer’s wishes here: http://www.hammacher.com/Product/Default.aspx?sku=11801&PID=7101032&source=cj

Custom Bobblehead – Why collect bobbleheads of famous athletes when you can give any person on your list their own bobblehead?  Simply visit this site  http://www.1minime.com/ , pick a body-style (they have over 450 to choose from, such as: Scarface, a pimp, various athletes, the grim reaper, a ninja, a princess, a bride, rock star and couples too), upload a picture and they’ll take it from there.

cokemachineVintage-style Coca-Cola vending machine – This mini-fridge vending machine holds ten 12-ounce cans of your favorite beverage (not necessarily coke) and is perfect for an in-home bar, game room or the ever popular man cave.  It offers push-button vending…just remember to keep it well stocked.  https://www.sharperimage.com/si/view/product/Coca-Cola-Vending-Fridge/201599

A Listography Journal – An alternate way to journal, this series comes in a variety of titles that coerce the writer to reflect upon their life as they compile lists of their favorites and from either their present or past.  Titles include lists that deal with your favorite films, books, food, travel places, and things you’d like to do in the future.  Get writing here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1452106517/?tag=dodochristmas2016-20

Teas from around the world – Give the gift of global teas to the tea lover on your list.  It contains a set of ten tubes of loose-leaf teas from various global tea-producing areas.  Each tube makes enough tea for 6-8 cups.  The teas range in flavor from Long Jing to bancha tea mixed with roasted rice.  Read more here:  http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/tea-from-around-the-world-set

DIY Computer – For the computer geek, er, genius in your life.  This computer kit comes with everything one would need to build a computer, to include a wireless keyboard, speaker, HD screen, and PCU.  It comes with a step-by-step instruction guide and gets the owner started on coding skills and making their own apps and games.  https://kano.me/store/uk/products/kano-complete

sockMembership in the sock-of-the-month club – Usually socks, well, suck as a gift.  However, many use socks to express their individuality, and this gift certainly will help them in that endeavor.  They offer a variety of socks from traditional to quirky, from no-show to over-the-calf.  The recipient can receive one or two pair of socks every month with a new design that have never been sold before.  Learn more here:  http://www.sock101.com/sock-of-the-month-club-s/1869.htm

Bacon flavored toothpaste – Nothing says fresh breath like bacon!  For the person that just can’t get enough bacon in their life, this is the gift for them.  This 2.5 ounce tube of pork goodness will leave the taste of breakfast in the user’s mouth for hours and cause people in the vicinity to develop a strange craving for crispy bacon.  Yes, this is a real thing and here’s the proof:  https://www.offthewagonshop.com/collections/weird-funny-gifts/products/bacon-flavored-toothpaste

Star Wars BB-8 robot – Modeled after the famous robot from The Force Awakens, this smaller version reacts to commands from either a Smartphone app or its owner’s voice!  It also has autonomous behavior that permits it to wander around on its own as well as an adaptive personality that allows BB-8 to develop a unique personality through interactions with its owner.  Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Sphero-Star-Wars-BB-8-Droid/dp/B0107H5FJ6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471962679&sr=8-1&keywords=sphero+bb8&tag=goodhousekeeping_auto-append-20&ascsubtag=goodhousekeeping.gallery.399

wine-glassesMusical wine glasses – each glass in this set of two is actually capable of playing a note in the A-major scale.  The note it plays is dependent upon the level of wine in the glass.  Each note is clearly marked on the glass and all that’s required to get it to tone is a quick swipe around the rim of the glass with a wet finger.  A unique take on the toning bells idea, party goers can actualyl play songs which is made easier with the included downloadable sheet music.  See them here:  http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/major-scale-musical-wine-glasses-set-of-2

Wonder Woman apron – We all have a wonder woman in our life so why not let her know that with this colorful kitchen accessory.  It might not improve her cooking skills, but she’ll definitely look better (if that’s possible) while working on those meals.  Peruse it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00541NO4E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00541NO4E&linkCode=as2&tag=tuckerheavy-20&linkId=TOPMX4MOVPHGBKZG

Mossy Oak pink camouflage duffle bag – Have a woman on your list that loves outdoor activities, like hunting or fishing, but still wants to exert her femininity?  Then this is her gift.  This 20-inch bag features the famous Mossy Oak camo accented with pink handles, zippers, shoulder and reinforcing straps.  See if it’s what she’s looking for here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009RUQC0G/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B009RUQC0G&linkCode=as2&tag=tuckerheavy-20&linkId=XCYP4P2VAYYGSMGE

Bluesmart carry-on luggage – With this innovative carry-on, the owner can track the whereabouts and condition of his/her bag through 3G and GPS technology.  It beams this info to a smartphone.  It also comes with a battery and two USB ports that can be used to charge a phone six times over.  This TSA approved luggage also features a water-resistant surface and a built-in scale.  Be amazed here:   https://www.amazon.com/Bluesmart-1-Smart-Carry-On-Luggage/dp/B00X5OUC1U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=boost&srs=12034488011&ie=UTF8&qid=1447630729&sr=8-42&linkCode=sl1&tag=randallheavy-20&linkId=88e08fc43edcdb6ca1d2f6c087bbd695

stripedPlant Theatre funky veg kit – Who hasn’t wanted to grow multi-colored Swiss chard, purple carrots, red Brussels sprouts, or striped tomatoes?  Well, this kit provides its recipient with everything they’ll need to grow all of them (seeds, pots, and peat blocks).  The perfect gift for those who desire to create a psychedelic salad.  Here it is: https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Theatre-Funky-Veg-Extraordinary/dp/B00Q74B3D6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&qid=1447636639&sr=8-11&keywords=gifts&linkCode=sl1&tag=randallheavy-20&linkId=cbf9f11b0a3ae61da87481d8e45753d2

Exploding Kittens card game – this family-friendly card game bills itself as a “card game about kittens and explosions and sometimes goats.”  I’ll leave the rest to your imagination, but if you’re curious you can check it out here: https://www.amazon.com/Exploding-Kittens-About-Explosions-Sometimes/dp/B010TQY7A8/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=randallheavy-20&linkId=4382a5fc7f6304a38277eda570e1ff6f

There you have it…20 unique gift ideas for just about everyone on your gift list.  So please, this Christmas, take a chance and give a gift that is truly as unique as you are.  I’ll just leave you with a quote from one of my favorite Hugh Grant movies, Four Weddings and a Funeral,  “Why be boring?”  Happy Holidays!

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The Perfect Corporate Gift Idea: Healthy Meals

Business People Group Gift Box New Year Christmas Hat Corporate Present Party Holiday Flat Vector Illustration

Yes, it’s that time of year…the time to start thinking about gift ideas despite the fact that we’re still days away from Thanksgiving.  So why not combine the two things that most people enjoy about the holidays, food and gifts, by giving the gift of food?  And not just any kind of food, but healthy, delicious, chef-prepared food delivered right to your boss’ or coworker’s or employee’s or client’s door (either home or office door, your choice).  If this sounds like a great idea (and that’s because it is) then of course MagicKitchen.com can help you deliver the perfect corporate gift for the holidays.

Stuffed_BellPepperIn fact, many corporations use the holidays to give “the gift (of food) that keeps on giving the whole year” (a direct quote from Uncle Eddie in Christmas Vacation, btw).  They do so in the form of a recurring meal plan (usually lunch) for their employees.  And it’s way better than a one-year membership to the Jelly of the Month Club that Clark Griswold received from his Scrooge-like boss.  I mean, after all, jelly isn’t a stand-alone meal.  It requires something more to spread it on, like bread, crackers, fish or Brussel sprouts…hey, try it before you go “Ewwwww!”

Also, Jelly is not exactly a healthy option.  Many corporations are providing nutritious meals to their employees as a means to create a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.  Studies have shown that workers who regularly eat a healthy lunch have increased energy, morale and productivity.  More and more companies are incorporating healthy meals into their corporate wellness programs as they tend to lower absenteeism, decrease health costs, and assist in creating a culture of health and well-being.

And if they’re given in conjunction with the holidays, a meal program can be used to thank employees for all they’ve done over the course of the previous year, as a Christmas bonus…so long as they aren’t expecting a large cash bonus which they had planned on Chicken-ana-Luisausing to put in a family swimming pool.  Because if they are and they don’t get it, they might launch into an obscenity-laced tirade in which they make the unfortunate suggestion that someone abduct their less-than-generous boss as Clark Griswold did.

So if you’re interested in sending either a one-time meal or a full meal program as a corporate gift, then simply visit MagicKitchen.com’s corporate gift page here: http://www.magickitchen.com/menu/corporate.html and give the gift of delicious and nutritious food to any and all on your corporate gift list.  However, if one of them is named Griswold you might want to go with another option.

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Gluten-Free College Care Packages

too-busy-to-eatOne of the hardest things to do during your college years is to eat right. The Freshman 15 is real, feel the struggle. And when the person in question is gluten-intolerant, eating right gives the new student even more challenges.

Most college cafeterias don’t offer gluten free meals. Peer pressure, and trying to fit in, means that your son or daughter may try foods that they shouldn’t be eating, and suffering as a result. What’s the answer?

Beef Bourguignon- tender beef & mushrooms in wine sauce. -gluten free
Beef Bourguignon- tender beef & mushrooms in wine sauce.

One idea is to send frozen gluten free meals. MagicKitchen.com has been in the frozen food delivery business for 11 years, and they have two menus offering gluten free meals. A la carte means you can choose mains, sides and soups individually. Complete meals are a main course with a side or two. We offer one gluten free dessert as well, our pretty amazing Panna Cotta with Raspberry Sauce.

Meals can be heated up in a microwave, which most students have access to. Keep an eye out for the RC symbol, which means that the meal requires at least a toaster oven. That is usually because the product requires crisping or further cooking.

Although some colleges offer gluten free options, your student may find themselves without a lot of variety. Having some meals in the freezer will help keep them on track. They have so much to do and explore! Keeping on their diet sometimes falls down the list of things to do.

diet-in-collegeOther things your student can do:

  1. Start or join a club of gluten free dieters. Having a group allows you to get ideas on staying on the diet, of finding resources, and even the strength in numbers to talk to the cafeteria about expanding their menu.
  2.  Have “the talk” with your roommate. They will need to understand the idea of cross-contamination, and how to share the fridge. Here’s an article on how to start that talk: http://www.beyondceliac.org/living-with-celiac-disease/college/gluten-free-student-stories/Stories-and-Advice-from-Gluten-Free-Students/1328/vobid–17178/
  3.  Pick and choose carefully in the cafeteria. Here’s some more advice: http://www.celiacsatcollege.com/meals.htm

The most important thing is that they enjoy their college years and learn well. If you can help them by sending healthy meals, all the better!

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Unique Food Related Gifts for Foodies

So you say you have a foodie on your gift list…wait, you’re not sure exactly what a “foodie” is? Well, then let us consubaconset_contents800lt Mr. Webster…Foodie – A person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet. If that definition describes someone you feel obligated to purchase a gift for this holiday season, then please allow us here at MagicKitchen.com to offer a few ideas that can easily be purchased on-line to relieve some of the stress that accompanies this time of year:

Bacon smoking kit – To quote Homer Simpson, “Mmmmmm, bacon.” Everyone loves bacon, (hell, there’s bacon scented soap out there) and this inexpensive kit allows the foodie on your list to create the bacon of their dreams by using the spices and herbs that are included. The only item that the recipient is required to purchase is the raw material to create the bacon…that being pork loin or belly. And no, a smoker is not required as the bacon can be smoked in an outdoor grill or even in the oven.

Charitable donation made in your foodie’s name – There are a myriad of charities out there dedicated to food and/or sustainability that any foodie would be proud to have his or her name associated with. Here are just a few: The Animal Welfare Institute, Farm Aid, National Young Farmer’s Coalition, Land Institute, Farmworker Justice, American Farmland Trust, and Family Farms Charities. Just one word of warning, do not, as George Costanza did in episode ten of Seinfeld’s CHEF-SPRAY-Saffron-2Tninth season, create a fictitious charity (The Human Fund: money for people) and then claim to have made a donation to that fake charity in other people’s names in order to avoid buying them a real gift.

Aftelier Perfumes – No, Chanel No. 5 or Yves Saint Laurent’s Opium here. These “perfumes” serve as a substitute for spices and herbs that are commonly used in cooking. They come in either essences or sprays and are in concentrated form. As a result of this concentration, they hold their flavor much longer than traditional herbs and spices and are quite economical as only a few drops or spritzes are required. They come in over 50 flavors, to include tarragon, coriander, mint, bitter orange and raspberry. Great restaurants from San Francisco to New York to London, England use these “essences”.

Anything from MagicKitchen.com – Due primarily to the fact that all our dishes are made with the freshest ingredients possible, flash frozen to lock in that freshness, and then shipped straight to any and all foodies on your list. And if you seek to give the gift that keeps on giving, why not check out our auto-delivery meal programs. These delicious and nutritious meals will then be delivered as often as you would like, weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly. Your favorite foodie will then be able to enjoy what he or she loves best, that being food, all year long. Foodies don’t always want to cook, they always want to eat well. MagicKitchen.com provides that experience, with no fuss.

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Top Ten Great Christmas Gift Ideas!

The season is upon us, and everyone is looking for wonderful, creative and different Christmas gift ideas. Here are our top ten.

  1. date-meals2Of course, MagicKitchen.com Healthy Prepared Meals! You can buy them individually, as a meal package, or as an ongoing meal program. Of course, the convenience of a meal gift certificate can’t be overlooked.
  2. Dawn Simulator Alarm Clock – Do you hate being woken up by that shrill alarm, or even a radio show? This is a peaceful way to awaken, with a slowly increasing light and the sound of birds chirping. Feel like you’re waking in the forest instead of in a drill shop.
  3. 3D Printing Pen – If you know a budding artist, they’ll love this pen that lets them draw in the air and create 3D masterpieces!
  4. Kiva Card – give an entrepreneur in a poor country a fighting chance. When the loan is paid back, the giftee can use the funds to help someone else.
  5. CaptureExperience Day – Whatever the person is passionately interested in – Civil war, flying, trains, race cars, you can find them a chance to do something fun and fascinating with experience days. Search the internet for the one closest to you.
  6. Cappuccino Maker – for the coffee fiend (you know who you are), a cappucino machine will make their year!
  7. 3 Wheel Folding Electric Scooter – for anyone who isn’t able to comfortably walk, but is in fairly good shape, this folding scooter is ideal.
  8. BirdCam Pro – A birdhouse with quality video camera. Watch the birds in the comfort of your home. Perfect for your favorite bird enthusiast.
  9. FlashForge 3D Creator – For the budding scientist or the experienced hobbyist,  an entry level 3D printer for the home.
  10. Homemade Gift – But you don’t have time to do the work, right? Head over to Etsy.com and shop around for some of the most unique gifts around.
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Edible Gift Ideas

cravingYes, we here at MagicKitchen.com are fully aware that the holidays are still a few months away. However, as my mother always said, “Planning is next to Godliness,” or was that cleanliness? Whatever, the point is that gifts your friends and family members can consume are an often overlooked gift idea, especially if it feeds a deep-seated food addiction.

The first step in the edible gift giving process is a little research that actually doesn’t involve Google or Wikipedia. It’s simple, just find out what type of food the gift recipient likes, no, even better than that, craves, can’t live without, is hooked on, or eats while no one’s around. In other words, pay attention to the things they actually eat or talk about eating.

One way to discover this is to just ask them questions such as, “If I was on death row about to eat my last meal, I’d order bacon wrapped bacon with a side of bacon. How about you?” The key to this is then actually remembering their reply. Take notes if necessary.cookies-in-jar

Once you’ve discovered what their food addiction is, the next step is to locate a source (now is the time for Google), and one of the best sources is you! We all know that the most thoughtful and heartfelt gifts are those that are handmade (just ask Martha Stewart). Rather than ordering some anonymous fruit basket or cheese platter, put a little time and effort in and prepare their addiction with your own two, loving hands.

Look, this doesn’t have to be some five course meal you pulled from Epicurious.com. Another thing my dear old mother repeated was KISS…keep it simple, stupid (and as I recall, she called me stupid quite often). If they like pies, bake their favorite. If you’re baking for a diverse and large group of friends, then bake single serving pies. If they like nuts, how about some spiced pecans…all you need is sugar, cinnamon, egg whites and an oven. Or, if you it’s a family gift, prepare a pizza (dough, sauce, cheese and toppings) or pancake (pancake mix and toppings, such as blueberries, strawberries, etc.) kit so that even the kids can get involved in the cooking process.

MagicKitchen.com Dessert Gifts
MagicKitchen.com Dessert Gifts

Or, you could simply order one of our home made food bundles for those you deem worthy of an edible gift. For example, we have a Sweet Dreams Dessert Bundle that includes raspberry rhubarb pie and double fudge brownies, and who isn’t addicted to those. Or perhaps our Comfort Food Bundle that will deliver such delectable meals as deep dished chicken pot pie and roast turkey with gravy…Mmmm, gravy. Either way, just put a bit of thought and effort into your edible gift giving and you’ll feel good about yourself and the recipient will feel full.

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20 Best Valentine’s Days Gifts

Ready to be romantic? Here are the 20 top gifts for Valentine’s Day.

1. First, the obvious- chocolates in a heart-shaped box. Be sure you know if he or she likes dark or milk chocolate, and which fillings they prefer.

2. Second obvious one, but only if it’s serious- jewelry.

3.  Make your romantic partner a beautiful meal. Don’t cook? Try MagicKitchen.com’s Valentine’s Day Gourmet Meal.

4. Pop a bottle of champagne, the good stuff.

5. Get the lyrics of their favorite song printed and framed.

6. Make him some chocolate chip cookies.

7. A new book by his or her favorite author sends a message that you care.

9. Tickets to an event you’ll both enjoy are a great way to build shared memories.

hot-air10. Book him or her an exciting experience at http://www.excitations.com/

11. If you’re far enough along in your relationship, buy them their favorite fragrance.

12. Book a trip together, even just for a weekend.

13. If the man in the relationship is into it, schedule a spa day.

14. For those in the beginnings of a relationship, you don’t want to come on too hard. A nice candle and a not-too-mushy card would be nice.

15. Massage oils.

16. Of course, lingerie is always a good choice. Women, try buying it as a present for your guy. Believe me, he’ll love it!

17. Get this Winne-the-Pooh  printed quote. You’ll love it, and so will she!

18. eggglingFind a Be My Valentine coffee mug.

19. Get her a “Grow your own chocolate flowers” kit!

20. Are her hands always cold? Get her fingerless USB warming gloves!

21. She will adore these eggling plants.

22. He will equally adore this instant photo printer.

23. An infinity candle sends a good message.

24. Enjoy together- Chocolate shots.

25. Get your guy his favorite hot sauce, make him feel manly!

 

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20 Last-Minute Holiday Gifts!

Oh-oh, it happened again- you forgot someone on your holiday gift list, and now you’re panicking. Not to worry, here are twenty last-minute gifts your forgotten person will love!

1. MagicKitchen.com Gift Certificate – give the gift of delicious prepared meals. Just purchase, click on the link in the email, then print and put inside a card. You can even print out some food photos like the one on the right, and include them.

2.  This only works if you know the person very well and know they want one, but a rescue dog or a cat will give joy to your friend and the new pet.

3. Champagne or a fine bottle of liquor- a single malt scotch, or a fine tequila, for instance.

4. Is it your bestie? Get her her favorite makeup.

infinity-scarf5. Get her an Infinity scarf from JC Penny’s .

6. Get him some Sennheiser earbuds- people are always losing their earbuds, and these are expensive, quality headphones.

7.  The quick, dirty, easy gift- an Amazon gift certificate in whatever amount you like. Tons and tons of choices for the gifted one.

8.  If the person you’re shopping for is a serious bacon lover, why not make them happy all year long with a Bacon of the Month membership from Zingerman’s.

9. Give a gift from the International Justice Mission– Combat Slavery, Defend Vulnerable Widows and Orphans, and other good works.

10. Artisanal Cheese Certificate from http://www.artisanalcheese.com/prodinfo.asp. For those who love good cheese.

11. A gift card from Ticketmaster. They can choose their own entertainment event!

designsponge-diy-12-19-merrilee-bearmug-212. Gift someone a handmade mug with this great DIY article from design*sponge.

13. Get down to the Crate & Barrel and pick up a cool Chalk Board Clock. Lets you fill in your own numbers, write notes or just get creative.

14. Get the iHome mini speaker from Staples. Big sound with a small footprint.

15. Got a cook in the family? How about a smoker from Target?

16. Le Cruset is always a beautiful gift for a cook. This enameled cookware is available at Macy’s and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

17. A decorative bowl from Williams-Sonoma is almost always a welcome gift. They are so beautiful!

18. Get down to Uncle Dan’s to get your outdoor lover a coat or jacket perfect for their adventures.

19. Make handmade bookends for the reader, with this DIY tutorial.

20. Digital cameras come in all shapes, sizes and prices. You should be able to pick one out at any department store.

 

There you go! We hope we were a  bit of help. Happy holidays!!

 

 

 

 

 

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