Monday, December 5, 2011

Favorite Gifts for Christmas...

I love finding the perfect gift for someone.  Do you?  Here are a few of my favorites, PLUS a chance to win the *perfect* gift for the blogger in your life (maybe yourself?)...a blog BOOK from Blog 2 Print.


A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg...

Molly from the blog Orangette wrote this beautiful book.  It's not a new book this year, but new to me.  It's now one of my all-time favorites.  Molly combines her recipes and stories in a way that pulls you right in.  I loved it so much that I only allowed myself two chapters at a time so it would last longer.  The stories of her dad had me crying in the school parking lot, and the recipes left me ready to run to the kitchen.

Candy Apple Red KitchenAid Mixer with glass bowl...

I've loved my trusty red KitchenAid mixer; it's been in a workhorse for me for 14 years.  I did not *need* another one.  Until I saw this one.  Yes, I needed it.  I treated myself.  If you have a baker on your list...or maybe just want to gaze at this beauty on your kitchen counter...go ahead.  You won't be sorry.



Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini...

On our drive to Phoenix for Thanksgiving, I read Georgia's book.  Normally when I read in the car, I fall asleep.  Not with Georgia's book.  I was captivated.  Even if you're not interested in hunting, Georgia's journey is beautifully written and one you won't be able to put down.  Bonus...she's a real sweetheart.


Munchstaches (Mustache Cookie Cutters) from Paper Source...

Need I say more?



Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal...
This is one in a series of adorable kids' books.  Each one uses baking and sharing cookies as an example of a trait, such as "Trustworthy means, If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie."   Darling.  Perfect for the little (or big) cookie makers in your life.


Cake Pop KIT by Angie Dudley...
You might know (you should) Bakerella; she's the creator of the cake pop craze sweeping the country (world).  I had the pleasure of meeting her last weekend.  I loved her before...I love her MORE now!  She's just as adorable as her cake pops are...maybe even more so.  If you don't already have Cake Pops (the book), you need it.  If you already own it like I do, you need the kit! 
 


BuckyBalls...

I know these have nothing at all to do with baking, but if you have a boy in your life like I do...say 7-14, these BuckyBalls will be a hit.  Kiddo recommended.

Now...how about YOUR very own book?
 Blog 2 Print offers such a fun service...they help you print YOUR blog in book form.  I love that I have a book to pass on to kiddo someday.  One really cool feature is that you can choose a label from your blog and just print those posts.  Say one of your labels on your blog is "cupcakes."  You can format your book to be *just* your cupcake posts.  Cool, right?

Blog 2 Print is offering a  $40 credit on their site to print a book of your very own....yay!  To enter, leave a comment on this post, answering this question...



"What book or toy would you recommend as a Christmas gift?"

Random winner will be selected Friday, December 9th at 9pm CST.  Good luck!


Giveaway closed....congrats, Jen! Enjoy your book!

{PS...some of the links above are Amazon affiliate links. All pennies received from affiliate links will go to support my sugar habit. Thank you.} :)

133 comments:

  1. I would so recommend Ann Voskamp's 1000 Gifts ... it's a must read!

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  2. David Lebovitz's A Perfect Scoop and an ice cream maker!

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  3. One Big Table by Mollie O'Neill

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  4. I think that a stand mixer about takes the cake for perfect gift. ;)

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  5. I was really hoping a company like Blog 2 Print existed!

    As for Christmas gifts...I got Baking Illustrated last year for Christmas (as well as A Homemade Life) and love it. This book is a must for anyone who doesn't yet own a copy.

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  6. The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life - Ellie Krieger or Jamie's Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals - Jamie Oliver. I love the fun, fresh foods in these books!

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  7. I would totally recommend a KitchenAid! I have had mine for 12 years and I wouldn't know what to do without it!

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  8. Have you heard of Rodney Lough? He is an AMAZING landscape photographer. I'm hoping his newest book is waiting under the tree for me on Christmas morning!

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  9. Thanks so much for including my book among this amazing gift ideas. What great company. So wonderful seeing you, I hope we do it again soon!

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  10. I would LOVE the blog book, and that Kichen-aid...oh my! The mustache cutters are adorable! I do have the Life lessons series though:)
    I think a blog makeover would make a great gift, though you've already done that, Bridget:)

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  11. Asking Santa for a Stand Mixer. I recommend the book The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison.

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  12. The poems of Shel Silverstein. Perfect for the young and young at heart. It's one of my favourite gifts in the whole world.

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  13. Book: "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris-not new, but must read

    Toy: I love giving kitchen utensils people don't normally buy for themselves (but would love to!)

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  14. Book: "Me Talk Pretty One Day" by David Sedaris-not new, but must read

    Toy: I love giving kitchen utensils people don't normally buy for themselves (but would love to!)

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  15. My stand mixer is a definite dream come true. And the gift I'm giving to foodies in my life this year is a Keurig :) I've thought about it so much now I want one for myself too!

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  16. I have been itching to try Cake Pops so that is something I would definitely want for Christmas! As for what I would recommend, it would have to be my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I have had mine for 10 years, and it is still as good as the day I got it. Its a classic!

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  17. I would recommend The Help and Nerf guns, can't go wrong for little boys!

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  18. I saw an iPad with a magnetic case so that it can hang on the refrigerator. I think that would be a great gift for anyone who tries new recipes off the web. It costs too much for my budget, but is cool all the same.

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  19. wow, cool list! I have NEVER heard of a blog book, that would be such a treasure! Thanks

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  20. I think a great gift for a mom and new baby is the book "On the Night You Were Born". My daughter is 9 months and I still cry every time I read it.

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  21. hey now! not only do boys like buckyballs! i'm 24 year old female and i enjoy them and so does my 10 year old sister! In fact, mom might need to get more, as we argue over who gets to play with them (theres 5 of us!)

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  22. I love to give what I'd like to receive as a gift... chocolates, a new cd, a movie, something handmade or home baked, a perfume... Can't wait to see the post where you'll tell us about your trip!!!

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  23. I NEED the Kitchen Aid mixer! Mine is now 17 years old, British racing green but not as cool as that candy apple red, glass bowl one!

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  24. 1,000 Gifts - Ann Voskamp. The first commenter had the same idea!!! I also plan on giving Jesus Calling as a gift - wonderful devotional!

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  25. I love the Ann Voskamp book "1,000 gifts" as well and am also gifting it this year.

    I would like an ipad. :)

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  26. I would recommend Heidi Swanson's newest book Super Natural Every Day.

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  27. That blog to print book is absolutely awesome!

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  28. Life is all about happiness.And gifting presents are the best ways to say that you care.There are some of the fine gifts like pop-up arts & sculptors of Lord ganesha and Goddess Durga etcenhance the peace of any indian house.Especially, with changing trends of fashion, internet has paved way for online gift shop in india.It is also justified when Indian fashion and one's life is changing at a rapid pace.

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  29. Not to be unoriginal, but my husband and I are giving Ann Voskamp's book, "One Thousand Gifts" because it is a must read.

    painterse@gmail.com

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  30. A Kindle for a high-end present and homemade cookies for low-end, high-love.

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  31. For me a perfect gift is always something for my kitchen!

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  32. I would recommend any book by Diana Gabaldon, but specifically her Outlander series. It is brilliantly written and the character development is phenomenal. You fall in love with the characters. It is easily the best series I have ever had the pleasure to get my hands on.

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  33. If I could I would give every one I know a new KitchenAid mixer. Plus one for me

    Brenda

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  34. I'm really into trains right now so I'd recommend the Lego cityville train we just got for our youngest. It looks so neat!

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  35. Thank you for hosting this giveaway. I would recommend a board game such as Wits & Wagers. Playing games brings families together and give a comfortable setting to talk about otherwise uncomfortable things. We love game night in our household!

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  36. I love to give "The Giving Tree" to everyone...adults and kids alike. I have the Kitchen Aid red mixer but I definitely need the glass bowl.

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  37. A kitchen aid mixer is the best toy you can get/give to any baker! I use mine every day!

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  38. A waffle iron or the book Nourishing Traditions. I use both all the time!

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  39. The Jasper Fforde Thursday Next books! Several people on my list are getting a set. l-parnellAT earthlinkDOTnet

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  40. I love vintage, well worn Julia Child cookbooks, would like to give and receive them this holiday. Thanks,

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  41. Great list darlin' Basic to Brilliant by Virginia Willis and Legos ;D

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  42. At the sake of sounding inexperienced in the kitchen (which I am), I would recommend the Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook especially for new homemakers. Although personally, a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer is on my wish list. ;)

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  43. The book I would definitely gift would be Ching's Easy Everyday Chinese!

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  44. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
    An absolutely Amazing book!

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  45. Oh, I need this giveaway a lot! My gift recommendation is an immersion blender. It helps you make creamy soups without the messy transfer to the blender. (At least that's what I want for Christmas.)

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  46. Cute! All great ideas. I'd recommend some bright and coloring kitchen gadget... like an immersion blender.

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  47. As a middle school librarian, I love all things books. Hunger Games is a current favorite and recommended to students as well as adults.

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  48. I would highly recommend "Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha" by Tara Brach. It really helped me let go of the baggage I was carrying around with me. [

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  49. This year my favorite gifts for kids were arts & crafts related - sun print kits, 3-d drawing pads, fingerprint art sets, etc. My favorite gift for grownups this year is the tie I made for my brother (hope he likes it!).

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  50. Awesome ideas! (and I really need to get my hands on Georgia's book) For a great Christmas gift, I would recommend any of the America's Test kitchen cookbooks--"Th best skillet recipe" and "The best international recipe" have both knocked my socks off.

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  51. It's pricy but I think every mom needs an iPhone! I have captured so many priceless videos and pictures of my 15 month old since birth because I always have it in my pocket!

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  52. All those gifts would be awesome, but the Kitchen Aid mixer would be my top pick!

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  53. Hahah! Great post! :)

    I would love one of the two things....For my Kitchen Aid to NOT be broken! It is one of models that has the gear box issue! D: It crapped out on me. Totally bummed!!! The other things would have to be Chocolate Molds. :) I love making chocolates (as well as eating them)and I just want them to looks amazing!

    The toy I recommend is those cool Air swimmers, you know the Sharks, Clown Fish, OH and I think they make a Cat one as well. Kids would looove to spook parents with those!! I would use the Cat to torment my kitty. :)

    The book I would suggest to gift to someone is....Julia M. Usher's book!! Incredible book!!!

    Merry Christmas!

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  54. The Hunger Games books - they're fabulous for kids and adults! And my nephews are getting an easel, a set of paints, and a canvas each so they can play at being painters. :)

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  55. Love all your gift ideas!
    For those who have a bigger budget and know someone who owns a Kitchen Aid, I'd recommend them having it customized for them by Nicole Dinardo (amazing!!)
    For those who love working with royal icing, I'd recommend the book The Art of Royal Icing by Eddie Spence (for this year). Next year I'd recommend the newly published book by Bridget Edwards :)

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  56. I would recommend "Booze Cakes" it's a fun creative book that still involves delicious cakes :)

    Thanks for the chance to win! Love it!

    Megan Di Iullo

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  57. An ipad or iphone for non kitchen, a KitchenAid mixer for everyone!

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  58. I would recommend the book "Is There Really a Human Race?" by Jamie Lee Curtis. A great book with a great message for children and adults alike.

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  59. Of the gifts that I receive, my favorite are always homemade gifts because they are truly thoughtful and personal, so my recommendation is a homemade gift. Of course cookies spring to mind, but there are so many ideas. This year I'm getting my mom a large glass apothecary jar and I'm filling it with homemade cubes of family pictures. Thanks for the give-away on the blog book. I would love to see my cookies in my own personal book! Thanks Bridget! Cristin of Cristin's Cookies

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  60. I would like my husband to find out that Blog 2 Print exists and have my blog printed into a book. We had a baby in January, so it would be the perfect baby book...especially since I never got around to doing a baby book.

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  61. Thanks for the great ideas! I love "Baking From My Home To Yours, by Dorrie Greenspan."

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  62. How wonderful it would be to win the Blog 2 Print giveaway!

    Toy: "Food Photography with Penny De Los Santos" creativeLIVE course.

    Thank you!

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  63. I'd recommend Pioneer Woman's cookbook!

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  64. i recommend cake pops. I love how many ideas are in it. they are so cute. iamwomanman@hotmail.com

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  65. I recommend a subscription to a cooking or lifestyle magazine like Cooking Light or Real Simple -- I love that it's a gift that keeps on giving!

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  66. I highly recommend the MythBusters science kits for any boy on your list. My boys love them!

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  67. I would give a VitaMix. I got mine as a Christmas present years ago and its my number one must have in the kitchen.

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  68. KitchenAid Stand Mixer in Raspberry. Either that or Silpat Baking Sheets.

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  69. I would absolutely recommend giving Silpats for Christmas. Even my Mom, the occasional baker loves them. I use them daily.

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  70. Any of Paula Deen's Cookbooks would make a great gift or a CakePops book!
    Thanks!

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  71. I would recommend a day without toys and any book to read by myself, alone, in peace. :)

    Is this suppose to be a recommendation for others? ;)

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  72. Chewy Goeey Crispy Crunchy by Alice Medrich....awesome cookie cookbook, I already bought a few for Christmas gifts this year! I would love to print my blog! What a great idea! I met the Bakerella lady at Eataly in NYC...she was sitting behing us and I knew she looked familiar : )

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  73. If I had to choose a book or toy to suggest for a Christmas gift it would for sure be the Pro Adjust-A-Cup measuring cup. I can't wait until I get mine in the mail :)

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  74. Probably a Kindle Fire. That has the potential to hold TONS of books!

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  75. I would recommend the almond flour cook book by elanas pantry as a great gift for not only those with gluten allergies but anyone looking for healthy yummy recipes for the whole family. Also don't forget to give the gift of food to your local food pantries, so many families in need.

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  76. I would purchase THE LITTLE PRINCE book.

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  77. I would definately recommend a mixer. You can never go wrong with those!

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  78. I agree on the Kitchenaid....it's the perfect gift!

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  79. I'd recommend a Kindle for adults and a Kinect for kids.

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  80. Humm, well, for adults- an "ineed" from Brookestone. It is AHHMAZING!
    For children, however, I recomend a 3DS

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  81. I just want to add my voice to the praise for Amy Krouse Rosenthal's Cookies. This book is absolutely precious and such a wonderful way to show kids how to be a good friend. Everyone needs these bite-size life lessons and I was thrilled to see the book included in your favorite gifts selection.

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  82. I want a Kindle Fire...any book you want! :)

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  83. The Munchstache book!) and the standmixer are the perfect gift for a baker! Besides the mixer stays for like ever and you can never have too many cookie cutters

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  84. I would recommend "Southern Living Big Book of Cupcakes".

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  85. I'm trying to persuade everyone I come in contact with to buy a Kindle Fire, then I don't have to own one, because I'll just look over their shoulder (or borrow it). :) Is that bad?

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  86. The mixer and a new lens for my camera and I would be so very happy!! Thanks!!

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  87. The mixer would make a great gift! Nice to look at and is a useful tool in any kitchen!

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  88. I would recommend The Story of Three Trees. I love it!

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  89. A book of my mother's (grandmother's) recipes.

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  90. The Joy of Cooking - a great cookbook with just about every basic thing you can think of. A must have for any cook!

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  91. I like the Pioneer Woman's book. I would buy it for my sisters.

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  92. An expensive toy - a 70-200/F2.8 zoom lens for my camera. Books- Love all books from Amy Rosenthal especially Little Pea (kids) and An Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life (adult). The latter is on my top 5 list of all time. And Amy also has a Christmas cookie version of the book you mentioned above which I just read last night to my kids. Great picks Bridget.

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  93. I'd say the kitchenaide mixer and throw in the ice cream attachment!

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  94. Best toy? That really depends on the age group ;-) but I think my go-to right now would be DIY watercolor postcards! So good for the artist/creative type.

    xo,
    Margaret
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  95. I was just looking at Blog to Print, I though it would be a great gift for my mom!!

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  96. I'd say either Pioneer Woman's cookbook or her love story - I've truly enjoyed both and think most folks would! :)

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  97. I would buy Cookie Swap for any baker for Christmas, I received it as a gift last year....it is amazing:)

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  98. The book that I would recommend to a preteen or teenager would be The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. I read that book many moons ago in school and I still remember that book now.

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  99. I got Ruth Reichl's Tender at the bone for Christmas a few years ago and I loved it!!!

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  100. i'm hoping santa brings me a silhouette cutter. =D thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. For those on a budget, I think homemade gifts are always the way to go. I like to give out granola in a cute jar, or a well-decorated package of g-free cookies

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  102. I would reccommend The Gluten Free Almond Flour cookbook.

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  103. The nice gift can be memories in life time.Here give a some different types of Favorite gift for the Christmas.The stand mixer is really nice gift.

    Gifts

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  104. I have to say a Dora Kitchen... :)

    This is all our 5 year old has been able to talk about for the last two months!

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  105. For the young artist..a Wacom Bamboo tablet. They can draw and have it load on the computer, animate, make comics, etc. using software. And, it's only about $100.

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  106. everyone loves home baked treats!!

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  107. The Forgotten Carols book (and CD) are a perfect pre-christmas Christmas gift!

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  108. I would love to have the Cake Pop book by Bakerella. I love cake pops!

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  109. Defn the stand mixer.. i have been wanting one for ages :(

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  110. Cook's Illustrated Annuals make great gifts. I know from experience!

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  111. I loved A Homemade Life! I would also recommend Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock Prado and The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball. They were both great books for people who would like A Homemade Life. As for me, I'd be happy with next year just being easier (more stable) than this past year. Merry Christmas!!

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  113. It's not a food book, but Heaven is for Real is one that I've been recommending and would definitely give as a gift. The book that I'm asking for this year is Make the Bread, Buy the Butter by Jennifer Reese.

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  114. Jeni's Ice Cream Book. Have you tried her stuff? Fabulous!

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  115. A food processor - the perfect gift, because that's what I would like :).. hopefully that's not too selfish since I would use it to prepare food for my family!

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  116. ben & jerry's ice cream cookbook - it rocks!!!

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  117. The pioneer woman cookbook! It has some really good recipes in it! :)

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  118. I would definitely recommend the book, "Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day." I have made yeast breads for years, but this book can't be beat when it comes to good testing bread and convenience.

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  119. I'm thinking my "new" toy would be the hot pink Kitchenaid mixer--what a beauty! But I wouldn't deny a purple Cuisinart ice cream maker :)

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  120. My recommendation for a toy would definitely be an Easy Bake Oven! I have a four year old daughter who will be getting that for Christmas this year :)

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  121. The pioneer woman cookbook, my family likes every recipes I make of hers!

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  122. A wheely Bug. My 1-year-old loves it!

    But the blog 2 print would be awesome, too!

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  123. I'm a geek-ette at heart and just LOVE the crazy t-shirts on truegeek.com. My favorites are the 'Hello, my name is Inigio Montoya...' and the Dr. Who shirts!

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  124. i would recommend the cakepops book
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  125. The cakepop kit! Those things are a hit at parties!!

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  126. I'm actually akready planning on giving Randy Alcorn's "Heaven" as a Christmas gift. As for a toy, I'm hoping the Nerf gun with the laser sighting is a big hit this year!

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  127. I would recommend a book by Sophie Dahl 'Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights' yum:)

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  128. I would recommend Baking Illustrated. It is the perfect gift for anybody who loves baking!
    Thanks so much.

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  129. Este blog é uma representação exata de competências. Eu gosto da sua recomendação. Um grande conceito que reflete os pensamentos do escritor. Consultoria RH

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  130. I love this Cake Pop KIT for Christmas festival.

    Christmas Gifts

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