Do you have family traditions for stocking stuffers? I tend to find stocking stuffers a bit of a challenge some years. It can be hard to find small items that are affordable and also tailored to the gift recipient’s tastes. Although I do love receiving the standard boxes of candy, hand lotions, lottery tickets, and the like, it is also great to receive something I can put to good use in my kitchen! Personalized gifts are always the greatest (click here to view Uncommon Goods’ selection of personalized gifts)!
When it comes to stocking stuffer options for the foodies in your life, there are so many options to consider! There are gadgets and gizmos galore that can be a great gift for a food loving friend or family member, and I have two fantastic ones to share with you today from Uncommon Goods.
First: a cookie stamp! It’s the perfect size to fit inside a stocking, and it is adorable to boot! To make stamped cookies (I made a batch of peanut butter ones), you simply roll your cookie dough into balls the size of a golf ball, flatten them by hand slightly on your cookie sheet, then press the stamp into the center. Voila! A previously simple cookie is now made 100% more adorable with a simple tool. “I love you” is one of the options, as well as “eat me” and “homemade” – a set of three could be an amazing gift package! The stamp base is made from silicone and can be removed from the handle to wash, which is definitely a great feature.
Does the idea of car shopping send your mind into a state of panic? I have to admit: it does for me a little bit. In my case, shopping for a new car is something I really have never done before. When I turned 16, my very first car was selected by my dad. My little gold two-door sporty car was picked out without much input from me (which was totally fine). I wouldn’t have known the first thing to look for at that age. When I went off to college, I inherited my current crossover SUV…and I’m still driving it today. My car is now about 13 years old, and although it is running fine at the moment, I know in the back of my mind it is time for me to start saving some pennies to put toward a new set of wheels. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to test drive the new Dodge Durango recently, I had to see what it was all about. I mean, have you seen the commercials as of late? Of course, you have: how can you miss them? Not only have I been drawn in by the insanely funny Will Ferrell, but the commercials also piqued my interest in the car as well. I honestly went into the test drive without many expectations. Since I’ve never purchased a new car, I haven’t actually experienced getting behind the wheel of one for a test run. As for the Durango itself, the only preconceived notion I had about the vehicle was its size. My brother and sister-in-law happen to have a Durango (from a previous year), and I always thought it looked incredibly large. I am not sure if my memory was rusty or if the new Durango is shorter/slightly smaller, but when I laid eyes on the 2013 Dodge Durango it did not look intimidatingly large. Win! I thought to myself, “I could definitely manage a car of this size.”
Last week, my classrooms were invaded by a tiny visitor from the North Pole.
His name is Milton, and it is his first time away from Santa’s Workshop. However, he is happy to be in Florida: the warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing are quite a lovely change of pace for this guy!
Milton arrived to my classroom last Monday morning via parachute. A parachute he decorated to say “Florida or bust!” – like I said: he’s excited to be out of the snow!
My students discovered him hanging from the ceiling on Monday, along with a note he brought for the class. They all had a great time reading it and learning more about this new tech elf with glasses…
The next day, we were surprised to discover a little mischief that Milton had been up to with the class computers: he changed all of the desktop backgrounds to pictures of himself! Someone was having fun with Photo Booth!!! You should have heard the excited screams from the kids when they opened their laptop lids to see Milton’s face smiling back at them: priceless.
I don’t think I’ve ever taken the time to talk about our couch.
I know, I know: how exciting could a couch really be? I have to admit, the entire process of finding a couch I loved was long and drawn out. Consider me picky: it was difficult to find one that was the right color, the right fabric, the right cushion shape…
After months and months (I’m serious. How aggravating!) of looking, I finally spotted the perfect fit: the Lounge sofa from Crate & Barrel. The deep seats were probably my biggest draw – I can sit on the couch regularly, stretch my legs out, and only my feet hang off the edge (the seat is 46″ deep). It is SO comfortable. So, we went ahead and made the purchase in the chinchilla shaded fabric. The couch arrived about this time last year, and things were awesome.