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It is time once again for our annual holiday gift “getting” guides! We list a bunch of things we want for the holidays and hope they will make great ideas for gifts you can grab for family and friends, or just get ’em for yourself!

Tina’s Picks!

  1. STIFF: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

With quarantine being everyone’s main activity ( or at least it should be), sometimes you feel like staring at the TV is draining your soul. Before you lose that last brain cell, I would suggest picking up a book. I have been reading more Non-Fiction books this year, and while most subjects might be boring to others ( Chernobyl, the first few years of Winston Churchill’s career of Prime Minister), almost everyone has a morbid fascination on SOME scale with the subject of Death. 

Mary Roach is a brilliant journalist who brings a hilarious tone to such a taboo subject such as the body after we die. The book goes over so much, from using bodies as surgery practice for students, the effects clothes have on decomposing bodies on a body farm, or even crash test dummies, to the history of humans using cadavers for *ahem* SCIENCE. This fascinating account of the curious lives of human cadavers kept me laughing, being grossed out, and interrupting Niko to tell him what I had just read so I could pass on the horror to him. 

Paperback : $14.52

  1. Knives Out Steelbook

But if you WANT to continue your screen time, I HIGHLY recommend one of my favorite movies of 2019 ( #3 to be precise). Written and directed by Rian Johnson and with a SPECTACULAR cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, and Christopher Plummer, this fun who-dun-it is in full Agatha Christie style from Lionsgate. 

At Best Buy, they take it a step further with this beautiful exclusive steelbook 4K/Blu Ray version. The artwork makes the case look like one of Harlan Thrombey’s novels and the plastic sleeve that comes over has a neat little feature. SPOILERS: If you take it off and then put it on backwards, the knives give a clue to the movie’s resolution. The creative design is what makes this one of my go- to gifts this year. Which is why I bought it for myself. Merry Christmas Tina.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/knives-out-steelbook-includes-digital-copy-4k-ultra-hd-blu-ray-blu-ray-only–best-buy-2019/6395105.p?skuId=6395105

Best Buy – $34.99

  1. Family Crest/Personalized Decanter Sets

This year has been a doozy, so it’s the perfect excuse to get a little BOOZY. And with many people facing tough times financially, I have been finding myself leaning more towards small businesses and personal gifts from Etsy and other like-minded sites. Buying from a gifted crafter is quickly becoming the better option for gifts and higher quality products. You might not get it the next day, or be able to pick it up from the store. That just means you have to plan a little more. Oh, darn!

This Decanter set from LyonCraft on Etsy is a beautiful set. You can get just a decanter, or add 2 or 4 glasses, or 6 shot glasses. And while this particular set is for the elusive family crests from older families, you can easily find sets that can have funny sayings, someone’s name, or even etchings of the family pet ( I NEED ONE FOR THE PUPPER!). This particular vendor ships free anywhere in the US and offers gift wrapping as well. Package this with a nice bottle of Lagavulin, and you will have a toasty Christmas present the receiver will never forget ( or maybe they will, depending on how much they drink). 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/746170431/family-crest-glass-decanter-custom?gpla=1&gao=1&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_ts1-a-home_and_living-kitchen_and_dining-drink_and_barware-barware-decanters&utm_custom1=_k_Cj0KCQiAqdP9BRDVARIsAGSZ8AkFfVj2mVfO5k0trpTp-57BNNh6QnBWv1ZsCU9m2o0pomz1ZHEmhUYaAg7SEALw_wcB_k_&utm_content=go_920092452_47675447884_218669129952_pla-371219662557_c__746170431_115177562&utm_custom2=920092452&gclid=Cj0KCQiAqdP9BRDVARIsAGSZ8AkFfVj2mVfO5k0trpTp-57BNNh6QnBWv1ZsCU9m2o0pomz1ZHEmhUYaAg7SEALw_wcB&variation0=1212857648

Etsy – $129.00 ( Decanter with 2 glasses)

  1. Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II Wireless Headphones with Noise Cancellation and Alexa Voice Control

If you are like me, working from home has become a part of your life that you really weren’t prepared for. You might have a partner, pet, or child who constantly makes noise in the background and that can be distracting to say the least. Plus, with video meetings, virtual schooling, and online conference calls becoming the norm, it’s best to go ahead and invest in good equipment that will make things a bit more comfortable. 

Bose has established itself as a leader in audio luxury. These headphones come in 3 stunning colors on Amazon (Black, Silver, and the limited edition Triple Midnight) or custom colors and designs on Bose’s website. They are wireless so no having to worry about rolling over the cord with your chair. It features Alexa-enabled voice access to music, information, and more. Noise- rejecting dual-microphone system for clear sound and voice pick-up. Hassle-free Bluetooth pairing , personalized settings, access to future updates, and more through the Bose Connect app. And Balanced audio performance at any volume. Definitely a must have for work from home peeps. I wonder if my employer can write this off as a work related expense?

Amazon – $299.00 for Black/Silver   $349.00 for Limited Edition Triple Midnight ( custom colors on Bose)

  1. La Creuset 11-piece Ultimate Cast Iron Cookware Set

This pandemic has really put a damper on trying new restaurants. However, people are discovering a love for cooking that they might not have otherwise known they had. Now, a $15 dollar skillet is fine and dandy, but if you want to cook with the king of cookware, you can’t really do any better than La Creuset. They are definitely pricey, but they last for years and are of such high quality, you will be glad you spent the money ( or SUPREMELY grateful someone loves you that much to buy it for you). 

The 11-piece set from lecreuset.com comes with a 7 ¼ qt. Round Dutch oven with lid, a 5 qt. Oval Dutch oven with lid, a 3 ½ qt. Braiser with lid, a 1 ¾ qt. Signature Saucepan with lid, a 10 ¼” Signature Skillet, a 5/14 qt. Signature Roaster, and a Square Skillet Grill. Not only do you get exquisite cookware, but you can choose from 7 different colors, from Cerise Red, to Carribean Blue, and of course the Classic White and Oyster Black. And with LeCreuset, you get a lifetime warranty and free shipping on qualifying orders over $99. 

https://www.lecreuset.com/11-piece-ultimate-cast-iron-set/ECOM1901.html

LeCreuset – $1,275.00