I’m always a proponent for making holiday gifts, especially the edible kind. For the past few years, I’ve compiled holiday lists for my favorite things to bake, make and give. But today I wanted to share some lovely things that I own and love that I think you or someone you’re shopping for would love too.
1. The Sprouted Kitchen cookbook. A great cookbook and one of my favorites this year. I’m actually not much of a cookbook buyer – I’m more of a borrow-it-from-the-library kind of gal. But this one, is very need-to-own worthy. The recipes aren’t fussy and the book is very down to earth. If you need a reminder, you can check out my post for the pumpkin granola I made from this book.
Note: I recently received The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook & looks amazing, but because life has been busy I haven’t had a chance to make anything from it yet (a crying shame). But, I’ve read through it several times & have bookmarked many of the recipes. It’s gonna be a winner, I know. And I have to put in a good word for Vintage Cakes which is a must-buy for any cake maker (remember that Ozark Pudding cake?)
2. Douglas Fir Tip Tea from Juniper Ridge. After spotting this tea over at Lottie & Doof last year, I searched everywhere for it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Fast forward to last week when a tip from a Twitter friend mentioned that The Soap Dispensary had it available and my quest was over (if you’re in Vancouver, this shop is an absolute gem). The tea doesn’t taste like tree, but some thing more like citrus mingled with pine. It’s mellow and awesome and it comes in a pretty tin so it makes giving easy. Just make sure you steep it for at least 10 minutes for a true flavour forest.
Note: One of my favorite teas is this Sweet Rose tea. The packaging isn’t pretty for giving, but it’s delicious – even for someone who isn’t into drinking flowers. I call this my magic tea, it’s that good.
3. Fancy Silicone Spatula. I should point out that I was sent this from the makers, so I didn’t purchase it, but man, it’s a great spatula and I’m picky. I used to have a great one that I got as a wedding gift and gave it to others as stocking stuffers. It was awesome until it cracked in two. The replacement wasn’t half as good so I made due with sub-standard versions…until I got this one. Granted, it’s pricey – not everyone will want to spend $22.50 on a colourful spatula, but it’s heat resistant up to 464°F and nearly indestructible, so that’s worth it to me. And it comes in 2 different shades of pink!
4.Thymes Frasier Fir votive candle. I LOVE this candle. I’ve been buying it for years and I light it only during the holidays. It’s special to me and it makes my house smell like a wonderful pine forest. The votive size is great for giving and comes boxed in a pretty glass container. If you’re in Vancouver, you can buy it at the Gourmet Warehouse or Welk’s.
5. Spicebox Spiced Whisky. Truth: I was suckered into buying this at the liquor store because of the pretty label. I had a shot glassful of it and hated it. Too sweet and too much vanilla for me to enjoy it straight. But then I made a cocktail with it and I now have found this year’s winter cocktail. Jot down the recipe below on a card & pass along a bottle to a good friend and buy a bottle for yourself too.
the spiced mule
2 oz Spicebox Spiced Whisky
3/4 oz lime juice
2-4 dashes Angostura bitters
4 oz ginger ale or ginger beer
Pour whiskey, lime juice and bitters into a pretty glass. Add ice and cover with ginger beer. Drink up. Repeat.
6. Popcorn Lip Scrub. I’m not one for beauty routines, so I’m not sure why I love this lip scrub so much. It’s a bit awkward to use….but it also tastes really good – think salty-sweet butter caramel, less popcorn. Also, I think it’s a bit of a novelty for me – I use this in the morning and at night and then follow up with my shiny lip gloss. I’ve been using it for over a month and probably for the first time in the winter, I have decently soft lips! A fun little stocking stuffer.
Note: You could always try making your own lip scrub to give away as gifts. I’d think mixing some coconut oil, honey, sugar, a good pinch of flakey sea salt and maybe a dash of butter extract could give you a similar flavour. Experiment!
If you need more gift options and will be in Vancouver this weekend, this is Got Craft weekend!! Got Craft is my favourite craft fair in town and this year it will run on Saturday & Sunday at the Croatian Hall on Commercial Drive. I’ll have my Beautiful Project table selling greeting cards, holiday cards, birthday calendars, prints and recipe cards. If you stop by, please say hello – I love meeting blog readers! And see that cute postcard image? I did the illustration & design!