Now that we’ve eaten our turkey and hit the Black Friday sales, there’s no denying that the holiday season is in full swing! As you cross off the names on your shopping list, here are a few unique gift ideas for you to consider sharing with the folks on the receiving end of your holiday cheer (and enter for one of these 18 fab giveaways!!):
For the Hostess:
The Swiss Colony specialty food gifts
In this techno-hectic era, everybody’s craving a calm, classic Christmas. But who has time to make traditional goodies, much less ship them to far-flung family and friends? Fortunately, there’s a deliciously easy answer…From decadent Butter Toffee to dramatic Red Velvet Cake, The Swiss Colony offers tasteful inspiration for anyone with an appetite for tradition. This Wisconsin-based, family-owned bakery and confectioner is truly America’s Holiday Bakery, delivering culinary delights to more families than anyone in the United States.
Happy holiday snacking!
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment below and enter to win a gourmet item of your choice from The Swiss Colony (up to $30 value).
For the Foodie:
There are enough things to worry about, so why should dinner be one of them?
Simply Suppers has a recipe for every occasion, from casual weeknight dinners to elegant gatherings, and all the potluck suppers in between. With simple, easy-to-find ingredients and step-by-step instructions, Jennifer Chandler will have readers in the kitchen cooking up those comfort foods from childhood in no time. Even those complicated recipes are made easy with Chandler’s cooking tips. Braised Short Ribs, Butternut Squash Risotto, and even Creme Brulee will be a breeze. Fabulous recipes include:
- Crock Pot Beef Stew
- Baked Rigatoni with Sausage Meatballs and Spinach
- Potatoes Au Gratin
- Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Yellow Squash Casserole
With entrees, side dishes, and some simply fantastic desserts, Simply Suppers will be your go-to cookbook for all occasions.
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and enter to win a copy of Simply Suppers (a $16.49 value).
For the Gentleman:
Supplying today’s men with the products they need to look and feel great is new male grooming company, Hey Dude Skin Care. The company offers a premium line of products that are designed to give the modern man the essential tools to combat the natural effects of aging and external conditions affecting his skin. Made from high quality organic ingredients like hyaluronic acid and essential nutrients, Hey Dude Skin Care products perform the most vital of functions to help a man protect, repair, and maintain his skin.
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and enter to win one full-sized product from the Hey Dude Skin Care line.
For the Techie:
Fight back with the software used by millions. BitDefender starts working and keeps working—around-the-clock and around the globe, continuously protecting your privacy and defending your digital world. BitDefender Total Security 2011 provides comprehensive, proactive protection, system maintenance and backup, all without slowing down your PC. The newest feature included in BitDefender Total Security 2011 is online cloud backup because it’s often hard to remember to back up your computer until it’s too late!
- Chat Encryption
- Home Network Protection
- Parental Controls
- Online Backup
- Performance Optimizer
- File Encryption
- File Shredder
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and enter to win one of TWELVE downloads of BitDefender Total Security 2011 for your PC. A $59.95 value!
For the Kiddo:
The brand new KIDZ BOP Christmas Party album includes some of the most beloved Christmas songs of all time, such as White Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock, sung by kids for kids. KIDZ BOP has refreshed both traditional and contemporary favorites ensuring that this is the best KIDZ BOP holiday release yet!
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment and enter to win a copy of KIDZBOP Christmas Party. A ~$12 value.
New this fall, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the launch of Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure and Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, two fun and educational console video games for preschoolers based on “Sesame Street,” the award-winning children’s television series, for Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and PC. The complementary learning games encourage early literacy and math skills and introduce kid-friendly “gameplay helpers” to simplify gameplay controls making them more accessible for children’s small hands and developing skills.
Elmo and Zoe head to the zoo in Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure, where they explore exciting zoo habitats and play games based on a variety of literacy skills. Players learn such skills as letter identification, letter sounds and word families in the Aquarium, Savanna, Jungle, Wetlands and Arctic habitats.
In Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival with gameplay steeped in math skills, including number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.
On Wii, the exclusive gameplay helper is a soft and fuzzy Elmo or Cookie character cover with special grips that slips over the Wii Remote, minimizing unnecessary buttons and making it easier and more fun to hold. For Nintendo DS, there is a jumbo click stylus designed for smaller hands, simplifying interaction with the touch screen.
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment to win your choice of Sesame Street: Elmo’s A-to-Zoo Adventure or Sesame Street: Cookie’s Counting Carnival, for Wii, DS or PC. A value of up to $39.99.
From puzzles to puppets, plush to play food, magnetic activities, music and more, Melissa & Doug® is one of the leading designers and manufacturers of educational toys and children’s products. Started in 1988 in their garage, Melissa & Doug® has something for everyone, with nearly 1000 unique and exciting products for children of all ages!
I was fortunate to be given this Theater for my kids to review. As soon as they saw the box hit our doorstep, they were beyond excited (they even abandoned their Wii obsession to play with it, which is saying big things). Hubby took on the job of putting it together and it took him about 25-30 minutes. The kids immediately got to work creating shows and using items from around the house as puppets. The clock on the front of the theater is a favorite and they are constantly asking each other what time it is and changing the clock hands around. I love this toy since it encourages them to use their imagination and turn off the tube. It’s good old fashioned fun for the entire family.
Here is Melissa & Doug®‘s description of the Theater: It’s always show time! This wooden puppet theater has been designed with a sturdy, non-tip base and plenty of room inside for a puppeteer or two! The stylized theatrical graphics and plush, velvety curtains will inspire creativity and expression in any child. Including a clock with movable hands and a chalkboard panel for playbill information, it’s a stage just awaiting imagination!
GIVEAWAY! Leave a comment to enter to win your very own Melissa & Doug® Deluxe Puppet Theater (puppets not included). A $89.99 value!
Giveaway Event ends Sunday, December 12th at midnight! Winners will be selected at random. By leaving a comment, you will be entering to win one of any of these prizes (not a particular one).
*Disclosure: I was given complimentary samples of most of these items to review and giveaway.