Sunday, December 11, 2011

Gift Ideas & a Giveaway

How is it already December?  I feel like this year has flown by, and low and behold it's that time of year when we think about things to do for loved ones.  I thought I'd throw out some ideas in case you're still in search of that perfect gift!

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For the home cook:
Cookbooks (Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams and Blue Chair Jam might be at the top of my list!)
Fun food products (specialty ingredients like vanilla beans or heirloom beans, or a Molecular Gastronomy kit)
Kitchen Toys (a Vitamix, a Kitchen Aid or the ice cream or pasta maker attachment, even a gel mat!)
Basics (silpats, beater blades and microplanes are great bets)
The Kitch'n also has some great ideas for pairing cookbooks with a kitchen gadget!

For the (tri)athlete:
Trigger Point Therapy (the Grid >> traditional foam rollers)
Whoohagear (I'm eye-ing the Tri Hearts Hoodie, I Made a Promise and I Tri Tees)
Race Registration
Snazzy Apparel (SOAS race kit anyone?)
Gear (a GPS, tri bag, sneakers, bike, wetsuit, or fuelbelt are solid options!)


What's at the top of your list?


I'm going to go out on a limb and say it might involved some tomato jam?!  In that case, this giveaway is for you :)  I've put together a few goodies to celebrate the holiday season, as I'm grateful for all of my readers!



The loot:
Homemade Sweet & Spicy Tomato Jam
Peppermint Pig (from back home, for good luck!)
Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
Reusable bags
Garlic Zoom XL

To enter: leave a comment telling me what's on your list this year.  For an extra entry,  like Tri to Cook on Facebook, and leave a separate comment telling me you've done so.   Hurry, you have until Friday, Dec 16th, 12pm EST!

40 comments:

SSB said...

I have coffee on my list this year. And a food dehydrator.

SSB said...

I liked your FB page

Junghwa said...

i'd love a juicer

Erica said...

Ah! I want to win!! Great ideas. I need clothes :)

vanillasugarblog said...

you're such a good egg Shan!

Carol said...

I'd love a Keurig!

Carol said...

Facebook fan

5 Star Foodie said...

a coffee maker is on top of my list :)

amy beth marantino said...

a spice grinder

JLYNCH6341 said...

I am wishing for an immersion blender

JLYNCH6341 said...

I like you on Facebook

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

I'm asking for a cast iron skillet this year... how is it that I don't have one already?!

Cara said...

That molecular gastronomy kit is so cool! I've never heard of such a thing. I bet it would be a lot of fun. At the real top of my list is something that can't be wrapped, I think you know what that is ;) But I'd be totally happy with a garlic zoom too!

Cara said...

Like you on FB!

Joanne said...

Umm I totally need that foam roller in my life. I have a regular old one but my PT swears by the trigger point...and he's right.

Dani said...

On my list is a pizza stone!

Dani said...

I liked you on FB!

Ranjani said...

I want some individual gratin dishes or French onion soup bowls. I have most of the "essential" kitchen items so now I am looking for pretty/cute things =)

Ranjani said...

Liked you on fb!

Megan said...

Your tomato jam is definitely at the top of my list!

Megan said...

And I like you on Facebook (and you know, just in general). :)

Molly said...

I've had my eye on a few cookbooks published this year including Yottam Ottolenghi's "Plenty" and Food52's compilation. We'll see what Santa ends up bringing me.

Elizabeth said...

Love this! And I don't need to tell you that tomato jam is at the top of my list :)

Amy said...

I have a few cookbooks on my list and a juicer!

Jean said...

I'm not entering the contest as I do have an in, but I wanted to comment on your "tri" santa....too cute!!
Jean aka, Mom

Cotter Crunch said...

i know i can't win cause i am out of country but just wanted to tell you to check out Edmonds NZ cookbook! soo good!

Bex said...

I want to "like" Jean's comment. :-) Also, PEPPERMINT PIGS! I totally forgot about those. I have a warm winter coat and hand cream at the top of my list. New England winters... sigh.

Kerstin said...

Those tri shirts are so cute!

Tomato jam is so exciting! Hmmm, what I'd really like is more time, does that count? :)

Anonymous said...

Spice grinder
mbb216 at yahoo dot com

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I am already getting the biggest thing on my list this year - which is to spend Christmas home with my family! Happy holidays!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

Great giveaway! On my list are pans with different baking molds (ie: mini bundt cake molds etc.)

brandi said...

i want that jam cookbook, too! great minds :)

plus new tights, nailpolish, and kitchen rugs. random list, but it's what i need!

brandi said...

and i like ya on FB!

Janet said...

tomato jam! Just jumped to the top of my list. Also a silpat :-)

Kelly said...

What a cute little giveaway! I love everything on your list although I have to say, do people really ask for vitamixes for Christmas? If I put one on my list my parents would probably tell me to laugh and keep dreaming or would express shock and outrage that a blender could be so expensive. I've definitely thought about buying one though. It's in the back of my mind for when/if my current one dies.

Daisy said...

everything in the giveaway sounds awesome and thanks for the great gift ideas. I got sooo many kitchen gifts last year, on my list this year is more clothes & shoes!! (typical)

Reeni said...

What a great little care package! I have Nigel Slater's Tender: A cook and his vegetable patch on my list and an traditional Indian spice box.

jack said...

Hey ! you can have better Gadget Gifts here on this christmas.

profile said...

i also have my "Promotional Christmas Corporate Gift Ideas" listed, if you want you can read it at http://www.ubscure.com/Art/166362/243/Promotional-Christmas-Corporate-Gift-Ideas.html

Personalized Photo Frames said...

Nice ideas of gift, like your post

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