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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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100 Gift Ideas for Seniors

In this list of 100 Gift Ideas for Seniors, we’ve tried to give you ideas in all price ranges. You should be able to find a gift idea here for your parents or grandparents.

  1. Gym Pass – Keeping fit is important for seniors.
  2. Stationery Set with Stamps – Believe it or not, lots of seniors still like writing letters and using snail mail. They really like it!
  3. Wii System – A wonderful way for seniors to stay fit and have fun in their own homes.
  4. Shower Bench – It’s hard as you get older to get everything done in the shower due to decreased flexibility. A shower bench helps.
  5. Chair Lift for Stairs –An expensive item, but for some seniors it’s a big help.chocolates
  6. Netflix Subscription –Buy it, get their TV set up to use it, they’ll be thrilled!
  7. Homemade Cookies –Who doesn’t like homemade cookies or bars?
  8. Chocolates –because chocolate is the best gift for everyone.
  9. Spa Gift Certificate –Let them feel pampered for a day.
  10. Supplies for Any Craft, Sport or Interest –Many seniors have a hobby or craft they enjoy, but limited funds. Help them out with materials.
  11. Special Kitchen Tools for Arthritis Arthritis can stop them from enjoying cooking, but there are special tools out there to help those with arthritis.
  12. New Luggage for Travelers –Seniors may not be aware of all the new advances in suitcase technology. Get them something new and fancy.
  13. Membership to a Wine Club They’ll receive a new bottle of wine every month.
  14. Sunglasses That Fit Over Their Regular GlassesSaves them from having to buy prescription eyeglasses, and they’re stylish!
  15. Pay For Grocery Delivery –For seniors on a budget and without a car, having their groceries delivered is a wonderful gift.
  16. Picture Books (Coffee Table Books) –Everyone loves paging through a book on something that interests them.
  17. Pay For Their Television or Internet Bill for The Year. –Seniors’ budgets get stretched thin quickly, give them the gift of easing their monthly bills.
  18. A Lawn-Care Service –They can still do yardwork, but chances are they’re not enjoying it anymore. Be sure you know they want this, some seniors enjoy the exercise.
  19. Gift Certificate for a Night Away In A Hotel –a weekend getaway in a luxury hotel is a treat.polar1
  20. Medical Alertto be sure they are safe if there’s a home accident, this is an excellent gift.
  21. Instant Print Camera for instant gratification
  22. Gift Card to Pharmacy –Even with medicare, not all medicines are covered.
  23. Roomba Robotic Vacuum –Keep the housework down! Especially helpful if they have a pet.
  24. Gift Certificate to Favorite Restaurant –If they like to go out, get them gift certificates to the restaurants they love.
  25. Older Movies On DVDWe all like the nostalgic movies from our youth, and seniors are no different.
  26. Magazine Subscriptions –whatever their passion, get a magazine to match.
  27. Slippers –warm, quality comfy slippers feel great on older feet.
  28. Gift Certificate to Their Barber/Beauty Parlor –If money is tight and they have a regular appointment, taking care of that expense will help.
  29. Warm Socks –warm, comfy socks on cold floors are the best.
  30. Hands-Free FlashlightSo they can focus light right where they need it!
  31. Magnetic Buttonsthe double-sided MagneButton is the perfect no-holes solution.
  32. Gift Certificate for a Pedicure –It’s a strange thing, but footcare becomes harder as you get older, and a pedicure is often welcome.
  33. Garden Tool Set an ergonomic tool set for the garden will help relieve wear and tear.
  34. seniors-exerciseSilk Scarf –for a beautiful fashion statement
  35. Voucher for Senior’s Exercise Classes –if we’re going to exercise, we’ll have the most fun with people of our own age.
  36. Pull-down Shelving in Kitchenbrings hard-to-reach items down 10″ while pulling out 14-3/4″ from the cabinet.
  37. A Good Set of Sheets –seniors may not be able to afford new sheets, it’s one of those luxury items.
  38. Tickets to a Play Or Symphony –go with them, they’ll love the company!
  39. Membership to a Cheese ClubMonthly delicious cheeses arriving on their doorstep, what’s not to like?
  40. Recliner Chair Lift helps seniors get up out of their favorite chair when they have mobility problems. No need to buy a whole new chair.
  41. A Warm Throw –something that fits their decor and is warm and comfy will be welcome. Seniors are often cold.
  42. Lottery Tickets –For some, a lottery ticket or several can be a lot of fun.
  43. Pay Their Cell phone Bill for a Year –help out with the finances by taking care of this expensive bill.
  44. Bird or Squirrel Feeders –They will love seeing the animals coming to their yard.
  45. Mental Aerobics Bookskeep the brain fit as well as the body.
  46. Robes or Pajamas –when these items are new, they’re even more comfortable.
  47. Basket of Beauty Items and Creams –staying younger-looking isn’t cheap! Buy them their favorite potions and lotions.
  48. Movie Tickets –Let them get out to a movie or two, they’ll enjoy the night out.
  49. Wireless Headsets for TV or RadioWith these, the TV can be at a different volume for each person.
  50. Books by a Favorite Author – whether it’s a new hardcover or a new kindle book, readers will love it.
  51. knittingSweaters with Large Buttons – larger buttons are easier to manipulate with arthritic hands.
  52. Classes Of Interest (New Language, Knitting..) – If you’ve heard him or her say they wish they’d learned to …. anything, get them a class in it.
  53. Shipboard Credits for Those Who Love Cruises – Shipboard credits can be used for anything on board a cruise- drinks, classes, shows..
  54. A Good Walker – There are good walkers and cheap walkers. Maybe your favorite senior needs a better quality walker, one with a  seat or one that folds up for easy travel.
  55. Gift Certificate for Car Detailing – Cars are very important to some people, and paying for their baby to be detailed might be the ultimate gift!
  56. Lawn Bowling Game – or Bocce, anything that gets them outside and interacting, along with a bit of exercise.
  57. Large Button, Universal TV Remote – No doubt about it, our eyes get worse as we age, or else people start using little tiny fuzzy fonts. A large button remote is good for failing eyes and also shaking hands.
  58. Cookbook – If they still love to cook, get them a Thai or Indian food cookbook, to try something a little different.
  59. Easy Reach Seat Belt Handle It’s hard for some older people to reach up and over to get the seatbelt. This just makes it a lot easier.
  60. craft-lightGood Cigars– This is usually more of a guy thing, but maybe you have that cigar-smoking grandma?
  61. Bright Lamp for Crafts or books – having the right light helps older eyes see better.
  62. Playing Card Holder – Believe me, if you have arthritic hands, holding a lot of cards can be painful.
  63. Things They Can’t Afford (Kitchen Items like Good Olive Oil) – Good olive oil can run between $20-$200, good Balsamic vinegar the same.
  64. Folding Travel Cane – If they own a cane, a folding one will be a great gift for when they travel.
  65. Reaching Aid – bending and reaching aren’t great movements for certain people, this will be a huge help.
  66. A Portable TENS Unit – A TENS unit is a portable pain relieving device that puts a mild electrical current through the area with pain.
  67. Subscription to GymCube – A site especially for senior exercise.
  68. Satellite Radio – This is so easy to use, and seniors often like to have the radio on most of the time.
  69. Board Games you can play with them – Could be Rummoli, chess, checkers or parchees. They’ll adore spending the time with you.
  70. A Cleaning Service – Once a week, once a month or just every now and then, a cleaning service is such a lovely luxury.
  71. A Donation To Their Favorite Charity – If a senior insists on not wanting a gift, this is a nice alternative.
  72. A Digital Picture Frame – Set it up for them with their favorite photos.
  73. Their Life Story Video – Put together a video with a service who specializes in telling life stories.
  74. Object finders– There are a lot of devices out there now to help people find lost keys, phones, etc.
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    MagicKitchen.com Lasagna

    Magickitchen.com meals – customized, flexible senior meal programs with senior lifestyles in mind.

  76. MagicKitchen.com Gift Certificate – Let them make up their mind, get them a gift certificate for senior meals.
  77. Extra Loud Cordless Phone – amplifies incoming voices, making it easier for old ears to hear.
  78. Big Button Calculator – Bigger buttons and a large display make a big button calculator easier to use for seniors.
  79. Computer Speakers– boost their computer sound a little with a pair of exterior mini-speakers.
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    Nostalgic Internet Radio

    Grace Digital Nostalgic Internet Radio – This looks like one of those classic old radios, but it brings in internet music from Pandora, SiriusXM, Rhapsody.

  81. Jigsaw Puzzle – Lots of seniors love to do these, in varying complexities
  82. No Bend Shoe Remover – Does just what it says!
  83. A newspaper from the day they were born – This can be a great treat for someone of any age.
  84. Framed collage of old photos – ask for photos a few months before, and make a collage of memories.
  85. Day Clock – a clock to help them keep track of what day it is.
  86. Bath Safety Grip – getting in and out of a tub can be treacherous as one gets older, this can be a great safety device.
  87. LifeBio Memory Journal – Over 250 carefully-crafted biography questions in a beautiful hardcover 6 x 9 inch book  with book jacket
  88. Handybar for autos – Makes it much easier for an older, less mobile person to get in and out of a car.
  89. Snow thrower– I say snow thrower, you say snow blower; either way, it makes it much less work to clear a driveway.
  90. bigcellBig-button cell phone – Someone with shaking hands or poor vision would find this to be a a very useful gift.
  91. Doorbell-telephone flashing-light signaler – easier to know when the phone or doorbell is ringing, when hearing is an issue.
  92. Fill MP3 player with their favorite music – Hours of contentment.
  93. A calendar of family photos -Make up a calendar of family photos using shutterfly or another photo service. A year’s worth of looking at their loved ones will delight them.
  94. Tablet or ipad – you may need to help them with these, but they’ll love it.
  95. Plane tickets to visit – this could be plane tickets to visit your family, or tickets to visit a long lost relative.
  96. Pay their cellphone bill for a year – Keep their expenses down by taking care of this cost.
  97. Magnetic shirt for men – developed for a man with Parkinsons, this shirt is easy to put on by virtue of no buttoning.
  98. Add Sliding Cabinet adapters in the Kitchen – add sliding units to the cabinets, so they don’t need to kneel down to find a pot or pan.
  99. e-Mail Printing Mailbox – Your loved one doesn’t need to check for messages, open attachments or download anything. If there are new messages, they print out. It’s just that simple.
  100. AARP Membership – Membership really does have its privileges, including a ton of discounts.
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