Looking for a holiday gift idea that’s affordable, easy to replicate, and guaranteed to please? Whip up one of these delicious edible (or drinkable!) treats, package it in pretty cellophane or a cute jar, and voila: you’ve got the perfect gift for everyone on your list! From peppermint fudge to flavored salts to apple pie bourbon, click on the gallery to check out 11 mouthwatering presents…
Every Thanksgiving and Christmas, my mother makes two different kinds of dip. One is an onion dip, made by combining a tub of sour cream and a packet of onion soup mix. The other is a beef dip which I think is just warm pastrami all chopped up and combined with uh, another tub of sour cream? Whatever it is, it’s sheer insanely delicious meat-magic for your insides. My mom makes them because her mom used to make them.
She serves the onion one with ridged potato chips and the beef one with Fritos (I KNOW RIGHT?), though I can attest that, in a pinch, chips are not required to enjoy them. She got the recipes from her mom, who also made both dips for the holidays. That’s right — it’s a family dipdition, sat-fat style. Zero shame in that game. Keep reading »
It’s fun to receive a gift you ask for, but, in my opinion, it’s more fun to receive a gift you didn’t ask for, and be astounded by how well chosen it was. My friend Nick gifted me the soundtrack to the 1979 film “The Main Event” on vinyl. For those of you who missed this gem, it’s a “glove story” starring Barbara Streisand and Ryan O’ Neal. Yes, there is boxing involved and Babs wears those little shorts where her butt hangs out the bottom. But the important thing to note is that the soundtrack is Barbara’s foray into disco music. Yessss! And, my friends, there is a track called “I’d Clean A Fish For You.” If that’s not “glove,” than I don’t know what is. I have never met anyone I would clean a fish for. No gift could have made me giddier and I didn’t even know I wanted it. Tell us about the best gift you received this holiday season in the comments.
Well, isn’t this sweet: some wonderful people are anonymously offering to pay for strangers’ layaway items at random Kmarts across the country. The Kmart layaway program, which helps struggling families pay for items over a length of time rather than all at once, has seen record numbers of anonymous donations come in from strangers wanting to give holiday cheer to people in their communities. Keep reading »
Do they like science, sci-fi, gadgets, and video games? If the answer is yes, you’re shopping for a geek. Here are some stocking stuffers they’ll be stoked about! Keep reading »
The holidays suck extra hard when you’re trying to cope with the loss of a family member, even if you’re not a Grinch by nature. However you define your family, once someone that was an integral part of your warm and fuzzy celebrations is missing, winter brings a feeling of doom and gloom that all the vitamin D in the world can’t fix. Keep reading »