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  • Mighty Leaf Tea Sampler


    Delicious! When I admitted to being a tea freak, a bunch of my readers (most notably, Elise) sent notes urging us to post about Mighty Leaf Teas. I feel silly to have forgotten about Mighty Leaf for so long, because they’re an old favorite. Mighty Leaf packs tasty, whole-leaf tea into convenient, silky tea bags. (Most other tea bags are filled with crushed, bitter leaf flakes that are practically undrinkable.) This sampler gives your favorite tea snob 108 moments of peace, and many of the teas are even better on second brewing. Includes: Breakfast Americana, Earl Gold, Vanilla Bean, Orange Jasmine, Marrakesh Mint, Green Tea Tropical, African Nectar, Chamomile Citrus, and Mint Melange. (If you want the tea, but don’t need the pretty box and menu, you can purchase a refill box for only $54.)

    $95 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 21 Feb, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • One Dozen Custom Fortune Cookies


    VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT GUIDE Custom fortune cookies let you choose your fate. You get a dozen fortune cookies, each with a different fortune written by you. Present them as a package, or slip a few into your carryout order when your sweetie isn’t looking.

    $23 at Custom Fortune Cookies | Buy

    | Posted 25 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Organic Calming Chamomile Herbal Tea


    ON SALE Though I’m a tea fanatic, I’ve never much enjoyed herbal teas. This chamomile tea has made me a convert. When you open the tin, you’ll find a jumble of sweet-smelling, whole chamomile flowers that look lovely in your cup. It has a touch of lavender and jasmine that make it a bit spicier and more honeyed than an average chamomile tea, but the effects are just as soothing. The site suggests reusing brewed blossoms in your bath, which sounds just fine.

    $11 at The Healing Sun | Buy

    (Regularly $13. 1.9oz - makes approx. 40 cups)

    | Posted 17 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • White Monogrammed Candy and Cake Boxes


    Baking porn for the meticulous homemaker in your life.

    $27 at Williams-Sonoma | Buy

    ( For a set of eighteen, ten, or six, depending on box size.)

    | Posted 05 Jan, 2006 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Henckels Pro S 8-Inch High Carbon Stainless Steel Chef’s Knife


    This knife makes me purr. We received one as a wedding gift years ago, and it still makes me smile every time I pull it out of the drawer. Hold one in your hand, and you’ll see what I mean. Resist the temptation to lick it, though. That smarts.

    $90 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 20 Dec, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Chocolate Voodoo Doll


    Five ounces of semi-sweet revenge. An excellent gift for the recently brokenhearted.

    $7 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Gingerbread House Kit


    It comes pre-baked with all the candy included. All you have to do is put it together and eat it.

    $17 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 21 Nov, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Etch-A-Sketch Lollipops


    Best party favors ever.

    $40 at Candy Warehouse | Buy

    (For a box of twelve.)

    | Posted 26 Oct, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Caja China


    Roast an entire pig (or turkey, or rib slab) at a go. The Caja China comes with a charcoal pan and grid, large dripping pan, two stainless steel grills, four hooks, and a marinating syringe.

    $269 at La Caja China | Buy

    | Posted 17 Oct, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Bacon of the Month Club


    Oh, my friends. Is there a more hedonistic gift than the gift of bacon? That is, the monthly gift of bacon? Delivered to your door by women in Playboy bunny costumes! OK that last bit isn’t true, but that would be just about the only thing that could make this better.

    $190 at The Grateful Palate | Buy

    (For a six-month subscription.)

    | Posted 05 Oct, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Sunflower Seeds


    Like peanut M&Ms, but with sunflower seeds inside. Wee bits of sweet.

    $6 at The Cocoa Room | Buy

    | Posted 30 Sep, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Good Morning Basket


    Breakfast in a basket includes real maple syrup, wild blueberry syrup, lemon curd, raspberry peach champagne jam, and pancake or waffle mix. Now if only it came with bacon.

    $50 at Stonewall Kitchen | Buy

    | Posted 28 Sep, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Safari Chef Portable Grill


    The Safari Chef is my new favorite camping gizmo. It’s a lightweight stove, grill, non-stick griddle, wok, and boiling pan in one. Everything stacks up nice and neat, and zips into a small carrying bag. My sister in law gave us one for Christmas, and now a few of our friends have bought their own after using ours. For portability and versatility, I prefer it to our two-burner Coleman stove. Not built for backpacking, but great for everything else.

    $80 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 19 Sep, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Our Favorites Gift Set


    If you have a picky friend, or one who just doesn’t need any more stuff, send along Dean & DeLuca’s box of chart-topping treats. It includes: Molinari Sopressata, Raye’s Down East Schooner Mustard, Starr Ridge olive oil, Dean & DeLuca’s Grafton Round cheddar; strawberry jam from Italy, espresso brownies with nuts, Aldo’s hazelnut biscotti, Dean & DeLuca’s Kansas City Blend coffee, Virginia salted peanuts, Bella Viva mixed dried fruits, and Brent’s Beer Brittle , and Bridgewater Bark.

    $130 at Dean & DeLuca | Buy

    | Posted 19 Aug, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Teastick


    An artfully designed option for loose-tea drinkers, the teastick scoops up your tea, slides shut, and rests against the side of your mug or teacup while the tea brews. The designers claim that it supports the “optimum flow for perfect steeping.” I just think it’s pretty. Thanks for the tip, Heather!

    $20 at Gamila | Buy

    | Posted 01 Aug, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • 1980s Retro Candy Gift Box


    Lemon Heads, Atomic Fireballs, Pixy Stix, Jolly Ranchers… how long has it been since you ate a piece of candy that turned your tongue completely green? This Retro Candy Gift Box brings the Quickie Mart to your doorstep. Just skip the soda when you break open your Pop Rocks. We all know what happened to Mikey.

    $24 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 20 Jul, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Aphrodisiac of the Month Club


    Looking to spice things up? You could position a trampoline at the foot of the bed, install a pole near the closet, or bolt a trapeze to your bedroom ceiling. On second thought, try uncorking some champagne to accompany this month’s selection from the Aphrodisiac of the Month Club. A little less wild perhaps, but it greatly reduces the danger of anyone ending up in the emergency room with some uncomfortable explaining to do.

    $108 at Aphrodisiac of the Month | Buy

    (For three months.)

    | Posted 11 Jul, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Flower Crystallization Kit


    Cupcakes look so much more dignified with boutonnieres. You can buy sugared flowers from this site for around $2 a pop, or you can learn to make them yourself with this handy kit. Includes directions, a sample crystallized flower, and everything you need to crystallize about 75 flowers.

    $24 at Candied Flowers | Buy

    | Posted 27 Jun, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Love Nuts


    Love Nuts aren’t nearly so risqu’e as they sound, though they do come in a close second to sex.

    The lightly caramelized nuts are covered in silky milk chocolate, and then dusted with dark cocoa. They’re crunchy, creamy, a tiny bit salty, and more effective than Prozac. If have a touch of PMS, an irritable boss, or a tantrum-prone kid, these babies will pull you back from the edge.

    I like the cashews, but you can also get them in almond, hazelnut, pecan, and macadamia. At only ten bucks a bag, they make excellent, unique host gifts.

    $10 at Comparte's Chocolatier | Buy

    | Posted 13 Jun, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Grandma’s Chicken Soup


    Have you ever been far away from a loved one who’s sick and wished you could do something to make them feel better? Now you can send them some homemade chicken soup. This one comes with or without matzah balls.

    $30 at Grandma | Buy

    (For half a gallon.)

    | Posted 02 Jun, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • BYO Lunchbag


    This grownup neoprene lunchbox holds a drink in one compartment, and food in the other. It insulates, and opens to form a placemat. Also, you can throw it in the washing machine without incident. Pretty cool digs for your PBJ.

    $12 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 13 May, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Fruit Forward Wine Club


    Spend less, drink more. Who could disagree with the concept behind Fruit Forward, the wine club that offers small-winery selections and shipping for $10 a bottle? Each month, you get two reds, two whites, or one of each, shipped to your doorstep. The package even includes unpretentious tasting notes. Best of all, you can select the exact number of months you’d like to subscribe. Takes the guesswork out of buying on a budget. (via Budget Living)

    $20 at Fruit Forward | Buy

    (Per month)

    | Posted 09 May, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Good Earth Teas


    Tuck a few Good Earth teabags in your purse and you’ll never have to submit to the indignity of Lipton again. Their original Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Blend, is like a chai without all the calories and prep work. It also makes a feisty, satisfying iced tea. Their Green Tea Blend includes lemon grass, which gives it a mild tang.

    $3 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 01 Apr, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • Girl Scout Cookies


    When I moved to a big city, it never occurred to me that I’d be sacrificing my Girl Scout cookies. The wee green ones don’t come to my door or stake out the grocery stores I frequent. My cupboards are cookie-free, and I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms. The Girl Scouts don’t sell cookies online, but I did find a site where you can download a mail-order form and have Lemon Cremes delivered direct to your door. You have until the end of April to stuff your freezer with Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites before the cookies disappear for another year. Stock up.

    $4 at Girl Scouts, Patriots' Trail Council | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason
  • June Taylor Jams


    Heather can’t stop raving about June Taylor Jams. She mentions them whenever we see each other, and she sent me this note: “June Taylor has a booth on Saturday morning down at the farmers market where you can taste them all… Heaven in a spoon. I have three jars at home that you’re welcome to sample: Apricot, Pluot and Lavender and Rhubarb. All so good you might want to skip the toast and butter.” She’s right. So good, they make your tastebuds hurt.

    $11 at June Taylor Jams | Buy

    (Prices vary, $25 minimum.)

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 in Food and Drink by Margaret Mason

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