Holiday Gift Guide: Fun and Games

Chances are your holiday gift list includes at least a few toys and games for children of all ages.

This month, I have had a great time showing fun toys and games for the entire family on my holiday gift tour! The TV segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies.

With more than 200 million people (!) playing Fortnite, chances are at least one of them is on your gift list. GameStop has a Deep Freeze Bundle that includes the Battle Royale Game, along with premium content and extras that give you a competitive edge. At GameStop’s Game Days sale, which is going on through Christmas, you can also save on everything from Xbox One consoles to new and pre-owned games that make perfect stocking stuffers.

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It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. To celebrate - and support PBS programming - PBS has a variety of gifts, including a Mister Rogers Sweater-Changing Mug (he changes from his suit jacket into a sweater when you pour in a hot beverage!) and your very own Neighborhood Trolley

 Photo courtesy of PBS.

Photo courtesy of PBS.

To inspire creativity without adding screen time, i love these Dress-Me Notepads from Little Biscuits. These are perfect for budding fashionistas who can create their own outfits, and provide space for children to dream and draw themselves as anything they can imagine!

 Photo courtesy of  Little Biscuits .

Photo courtesy of Little Biscuits.

Finally, for surprising finds at amazing prices, check out the toy section at Marshalls. Among other things, they have one of this year’s most popular toys - squishy play foam - that will keep kids busy for hours, with no mess!

Holiday Gift Guide: Food and Wine

We live in a small apartment in Manhattan. It’s the kind of place that whenever you buy something new, something else has to go.

Living in tiny spaces for more than 20 years has made me especially sensitive to the fact that many people really prefer gifts that, as my dad says, “you don’t have to dust.” When that is the case, food and wine gifts are usually just the ticket!

Here are a few tasty gift ideas I am sharing on TV segments this season. These segments, and this post, are sponsored by featured companies:

  • The yummy Tasteful Gift Combo from Omaha Steaks includes filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, potatoes au gratin, and caramel apple tartlets - and it ships for free!

  • I love stocking up on wine for hostess gifts or whenever you need to come up with a special last-minute gift. For those who enjoy red wine, St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel is a full-bodied red that pairs nicely with holiday fare such as roasted meats and hearty appetizers. One of my favorite white wines for gifting (and enjoying) is Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay, a versatile wine that pairs well with everything from appetizers through main courses. The crispness of this wine is also a nice match for creamy holiday dishes such as buttery mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese. Of course, packaging up the wines in gorgeous gift boxes or bags makes the gift even more special.

  • Novice and experienced cooks alike will love an assortment of San-J Asian Cooking Sauces. They are easy to find in grocery stores, and can be used for marinades, stir-fries, dipping, and more. I especially love the Orange Sauce and Thai Peanut Sauce, which we use to sauce meats and vegetables. Since they are also gluten-free and kosher, they are suitable for many people on your list.

  • Giving the gift of time - in the form of restaurant gift cards - may also be just what someone needs. Plus, when you buy $50 in gift cards from Red Lobster this season, you get a $10 bonus card you can use for yourself in January!

On-the-Air: Los Angeles

Each year, we put up our Christmas tree before Halloween. This year, it went up on October 14.

I also start working early in the season on our main family holiday gift: the annual Sewell Family Yearbook, a photo book that I have created for the last eight years.

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This year, with Thanksgiving falling very early, I am getting an early start on sharing holiday gift guide segments as well. Here are a few of the items I showed this morning on KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. The segment and this post are sponsored by the featured companies.

Thanksgiving Week Deals

It was great to be back at “FOX & Friends” this morning with some great shopping deals for Thanksgiving week!

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I rarely talk about Black Friday much anymore, since many of the deals now start much earlier - and run much longer.

Here are the deals I discussed. The segments and this post were sponsored by featured companies:

NordicTrack x22i Incline Trainer - 30% off from November 23 to 26 from NordicTrack.

Beautyrest Foam Queen Mattress from Mattress Firm - $99 per piece on November 21 and from 8 a.m. to noon on November 23 (in-store only).

Oven-Ready Ham and Prime Rib Feast from Omaha Steaks - $219 through December 31. This price represents a 47% savings compared with buying the same items separately. Available online and in Omaha Steaks stores.

2-Carat Pear-Shaped Engagement Ring from Helzberg Diamonds - 20% off through December 24. Also, when you spend more than $1199 at Helzberg through December 24, you get a free Nintendo Switch System! Available online and in-store.

Motorola moto z3 5G Upgradable Smartphone - 50% off at $240 through December 31. Available exclusively at Verizon.

43” Samsung 4K UHD Smart TV at Best Buy - 27% off at $277.99 from November 22 to 24. Available both in-store and online.

PS4 Spider-Man Bundle from GameStop - More than 30% off from November 18 to 26 for just $199. Available both in-store and online.

Holiday Greeting Cards and Stationery - 50% off at Shutterfly from November 16 to 18.

Augmented Reality Toys - Augie, a robot that teaches kids how to code, is 30% off at Target from Thanksgiving through November 26. Additional STEM toys from Pai Technology are 30% off at Staples from November 18 to December 1.

Happy shopping!




Better With Bacon

Even though we put up our Christmas tree on October 14 - a new personal best for me - I do wait until after Halloween to start my Thanksgiving preparations and TV segments.

That TV tour kicked off in a delicious way last week with a recipe for Pecan Pie with Bacon from Farmland Foods, which sponsored the segment and this post.  In my opinion, this offers that perfect combination of salty and sweet that makes dessert so delicious. 

Surf on over to their site for the recipe!