I am a big believer in practical gifts. They need not be boring, but I really like giving things that people will actually use and enjoy.
Sure, there are all sorts of exotic kitchen appliances that make exactly one thing that might be cool, but they take up tons of space and how often do you use them?
So - with that in mind - over the next few days, I will be sharing some fun and practical gift ideas I am featuring for several companies on TV shows this month.
Whenever we want to send flowers, I always check out Teleflora. One of the things I love about them is that I have the convenience of ordering online - but flowers are arranged and delivered by a local florist. That ensures they arrive looking fabulous and already arranged - so the recipient doesn't have to scramble to find a vase and arrange the flowers themselves (a skill that I most definitely lack).
A few of my favorites from this year's holiday collection (from left to right): the Gift Wrapped Bouquet ($59.95), the Sparkling Star Centerpiece ($69.95) and the Send-a-Hug Cardinal Bouquet ($49.95). (Photos courtesy of Teleflora).
Food & Wine
For years, Omaha Steaks has been one of my "go-to" places for gifts - not to mention a favorite source for ordering meat for our own dinners at home (their flat-iron steaks and Polynesian pork chops are our favorites - yum!). For the holidays, their Tasteful Gift ($69.99) package is a nice gift sampler that includes filet mignons, top sirloins, boneless pork chops, potatoes au gratin - even caramel apple tartlets for dessert!
If you've never ordered steaks online - and are wondering how all of this works - each item is individually frozen and boxed, and shipped with dry ice in a foam cooler. (Photo courtesy of Omaha Steaks).
Whether in small bags tucked into stockings or large packages in gourmet gift baskets, Wonderful Almonds and Pistachios are great for year-round snacking. You can usually find a couple of the tiny snack packs stashed in my carryon bag when traveling, and I was super-excited last year when Hampton Inn started including Wonderful Pistachios as a welcome snack for frequent guests. It's the little things, people. (Photos courtesy of Wonderful).
Wine & spirits are at the top of many lists, whether as a holiday gifts, hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. A few delicious - and affordable options - to suit any taste or budget (from left to right):
(Photos courtesy of Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, Stamford, CT).
Coming tomorrow: clothing, kitchen and home decor gifts.