Holiday Gift Guide: Flowers & Food

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. 

Flowers

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).

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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).

For someone with a sweet tooth, the gourmet baskets and dipped strawberries from Shari's Berries (shown below on my "FOX & Friends" segment last week) will most definitely be used and enjoyed.

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.

Happy shopping!

On-the-Air: "FOX & Friends"

After a relaxing Thanksgiving day filled with family, friends and yummy food, we packed up a small mountain of products to get ready for my Black Friday segments on "FOX & Friends."

Morning TV starts really early, so we were up at 3 a.m. and out the door before 4:30 a.m. to head to the FOX News studio in midtown Manhattan.  

Here is the first segment, with deals I shared for Walmart, Personal Creations, Nespresso, Shari's Berries and Sears

Happy shopping!  What great deals did you score this weekend, either in-store or online?

 

 

 

Say "Happy Mother's Day" With Coloring Books and Chardonnay

Coloring books, glittery bottles of Chardonnay or gourmet dipped strawberries for Mother's Day?  Uh - how about all three?

If you're looking for something a little different for Mom (her day is May 8), I partnered with several companies on TV segments to show some traditional and not-so-traditional gift ideas.

If Mom is into the coloring book trend, Crayola's Color Escapes Adult Coloring Book Kits - available only on their web site - feature scenic pages from National Parks and other designs.  You can even personalize boxes of crayons, pencils and markers with her photo and name! (Photos courtesy of Crayola).

Moms with a sweet tooth will love these scrumptious strawberries from Shari's Berries - gourmet dipped and covered in chocolate chips, pink shimmer sugar and white swizzles. (Photos courtesy of Shari's Berries).

With the adorable Tender Hearts Collection from Personal Creations, you can customize plates, aprons, treat jars and other gifts with illustrations that resemble her children and grandchildren. (Photos courtesy of Personal Creations).

Toast Mom with delicious wines from OneHope Wine that also give back.  From supporting breast cancer treatment to providing meals to children to finding forever homes for shelter animals, you can do good and give a thoughtful gift at the same time.  Their Core Collection ChardonnaySparkling Brut and Pinot Noir are also available in fabulous “glitter” bottles - perfect for presenting as gifts. (Photo courtesy of OneHope).

Customize jewelry for Mom at Origami Owl.  You select a chain and locket, and fill it with charms and messages that suit her taste and style. (Photo courtesy of Origami Owl).

Everything Mom needs for a gorgeous, long-lasting gel manicure is packed into this stylish metal Pro 45 Train Case from Red Carpet Manicure. (Photo courtesy of Red Carpet Manicure).

Something Special for Mom

From gorgeous flowers and festive wines to products to help her look and feel her best, it's easy to find affordable and creative gifts for the special Moms in your life. Here are few ideas I shared for several companies on my Mother's Day TV segments.

 

 

* Photos courtesy of Teleflora, Boots, ATTITUDE, Eppa Sangria, Yellow Tail, Miracle Links, POSH Chicago, and Shari's Berries.

"Kick Off" Your Tailgate with Style

I've seen - and sampled - a lot of sweet treats, but these Football Berries are my new favorite gift.

While our family football loyalties are divided among several SEC schools, I think we can all agree these are a perfect tailgate dessert! 

Check out these and other yummy gift ideas I shared for Shari's Berries on "Lowcountry Live!" on ABC Charleston.   

* Photos courtesy of Shari's Berries.