procrastinators, listen up...

If you are like me, and have not finished shopping for holiday presents, we need all the help we can get. I've gotten a few ideas recently from an office gift exchange, so I'd like to share...

First off, get thee to a bookstore. Pronto.  If you have Amazon Prime (2-day shipping baby!), then your life may just be saved without having to brave the crowds!

Next, pick one (or all) of these for the women/foodies in your life.  I have these cookbooks myself, and can vouch for a significant chunk of the recipes.  You cannot go wrong with these.

The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, Recipes from the World-Famous Bakery and Allysa Torey's Home KitchenMartha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share (Martha Stewart Living Magazine)Chocolate Desserts by Pierre Herme

I've heard really good reviews about the next few books (and have tasted samples from friends trying out recipes).  These are actually on my wishlist this Christmas:

Martha Stewart's Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone's Favorite TreatGiada's Family DinnersBarefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

Since you are at a local bookstore - why not get a planner for that not-so-techie loved one (or your kid's teacher)?  I just recently got mine for 2011, and I was looking at these before I finally made my choice...

2011 Twilight Garden Compact Engagement Calendar (Weekly Planner)2011 Mom's Weekly Planner - Blue (18-month Calendar)2011 Keep Calm and Carry On Compact Engagement Calendar (Weekly Planner)

Remember to include the gift receipt just in case they already have it or receive it from someone else this holiday.

Click here for some more gift ideas.

Good luck and may the force be with you!


1 comment:

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

I can personally vouch for that Barefoot Contessa book. I have it and it's one of my favorite cookbooks! One thing you can say about her is that her recipes NEVER fail. Never. And if they look good in the picture, they're going to look good on the plate. And taste... heaven!

BUT, you can't be afraid of butter. Seriously. (Or be willing to adapt heavily).

~Angela :-)

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