Holiday Giving: More Favorite Things

December 13, 2012(updated on November 24, 2019)

adorable mugs

We’re heading into the holiday home stretch here, friends. Tonight is the midway point of Hanukkah, the winter solstice is a week from Friday and, as they say, there are just 12 shopping/cooking/crafting/making days before Christmas. The gifting season is upon us. If you’re still stumped for ideas, here are a few more things I like (I’ll have a fresh good gifting recipe up tomorrow as well).

Since first discovering them, I’ve been entirely charmed by these mugs. The one with the knit print is double walled, so that you can hold it even when its filled with steaming liquid. The one on the right is from a line called Mugtails and is available in rabbit, cat, and fawn styles in addition to the squirrel one pictured above.

coffee and tea

For morning caffeination efforts, I regular turn towards two tools. A hand-cranked coffee grinder that fits onto a wide mouth mason jar (I like having to work a little for coffee) and a Teastick (fill with loose leaf tea and swish through a mug of hot water. It’s perfect for a quick cup). My particular model is currently sold out, but I hear good things about this one, too.

earlywood

I’ve long been obsessed with wooden tools and since last year, Earlywood Design has been my favorite purveyor of all things useful, handmade, and satisfyingly tactile. I particularly like their slant-edged scraper, but I’m slowly amassing a well-rounded collection of their utensils (next on my personal list of wants from Earlywood is their short server). They also have awesome customer service. One of the scrapers I bought started to split along the grain and they were happy to replace it. Many thanks to Nici of Dig This Chick for turning me on to them.

jar shaker

You’re all familiar with my inability to resist any mason jar accessory. Well, from the moment I saw the Mason Shaker, I knew I had to have it. I’m not a huge cocktail drinker (simply because I have a lousy tolerance for booze), but I love this shaker lid for batches of homemade lemonade. Must like the Teastick above, it appears to be sold out. However, I spotted a bunch at my local West Elm about a week ago, so check your bricks and mortar stores if you want to get one before the holidays.

petty knife

Last February I visited Korin, a store in New York that specializes in fine knives and tableware and they gave me a Petty knife to use and review. I rapidly shot up my list of favorite kitchen tools. Having a knife that exists in the space between a small paring knife and a larger chef’s knife is a boon for tasks like quartering apples, cutting carrots into sticks, and opening avocados (things I do a whole heck of a lot). It would make a really great gift for a cutlery lover.

All good gift guides come with a giveaway and this one is no different. Thanks for Korin, I have the mugs pictured at the top of this post and the petty knife pictured just above to give away to one lucky winner.

Here’s how to get in on the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me one thing you’re hoping to get done before the new year.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 15, 2012. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday.
  3. Giveaway open US residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Korin has provided the mugs and knife for this giveaway. They did not pay for placement. All opinions remain mine. 

470 responses to “Holiday Giving: More Favorite Things”

  1. I was hoping to do a homemade Christmas. My jars are full but I haven’t started sewing or baking yet. I’m hoping to find time to reflect on the people I love asi sew for them.

  2. I want to take everything out of my pantry, prioritize it’s contents, and do a heavy clean. I also want to inventory and store my jars better.

  3. I have to finish all of the knitted gifts I started (luckily some are birthday and shower gifts that won’t be given until after the new year), and my husband is insisting that I cook, puree, and freeze the winter squash that are covering his workbench. 🙂

  4. Oof. There is so much I wish I could get done.
    A draft of an article I’ve been mulling over in my head for months seems like it has taken top spot on the to-do list, however.

  5. We’ve lived in three different houses this year, so my biggest hope is that we’ll have all of these boxes emptied by the new year!

  6. Really not glamorous at all, but I’m hoping to get my husband to clear out all his various papers and books on his desk/bookshelves/closet/car so we can greet the new year all organized and such (I recently did all the kitchen cabinets and closets so I’m on a bit of a roll). We’ll see how it goes!

  7. I need to finish a sweater for my spouse. All the mindless parts are done so I need to work on the tricky finishing details.

  8. It’s lovely of you to offer this giveaway, but I wanted to thank you specifically for turning me on to Earlywood! Those scrapers look amazing and I’ve already ordered a set for my parents! I’m always on the lookout for beautiful wooden utensils and this hits the spot. Thank you!

  9. Want to get done before the new year? That’s easy. I want to clean/organize my house. Our annual New Year’s Eve party is just weeks away, and we are cluttery people. Somehow amidst work, life, Christmas activities, I must make this house presentable. (And oh, how I’d love to figure out how to keep it relatively neat for the entire year.)

  10. I’d like to get the upstairs hallway painted. Barring that, I’d settle for finishing my master closet reorganization project!

  11. Before New Year’s… I have to have 12 songs ready to perform at First Night! And I’m going to make a batch of chutney — this weekend, if the pears are ripe!

  12. Those gifts are so cute!!

    The main thing I need done before the end of this holiday season are the few handmade gifts I’m making this year. 🙂

  13. I’d like to finish last year’s spring cleaning! But that seems to always be the goal… I don’t think I’m doing it right HAHA. A more realistic goal is pickling the two bags of cranberries I picked up for just that task and haven’t gotten to yet.

  14. I need to do a mass purge of stuff from the house. I tend to hang on to things thinking I’ll reuse them in my crafting but only use about 10% of what I hold on to. So before the new year it needs to go!

  15. sadly, I’ve pretty much abandoned my to-do list. My wish list for the rest of the month? I’d really like a decent night’s sleep- beyond that, it is what it is!

  16. Relax! I know it sounds sort of wonky to be hoping to relax but between the anticipate company (several rounds) and the must-be-done-before-the-end-of-the-year work, I’m just hoping to relax. Really.

  17. We are having 3 windows replaced. They are coming the 26-28th. They will let us know which day next week. We have been waiting for 12 weeks.

  18. What to do? Hmm, spend lots of time being goofy with my sister, get reading done for the next semester, go on a retreat in the MI northwoods…. : )

  19. I’m desperately trying to eliminate all paper clutter from my life as well
    as finish a few holiday gifts & bake for the holidays. thanks for the giveaway.

  20. I’m hoping to get my back room cleaned up so I can get to my sewing machine and get crafting again. Oh, and finding the dining table so we can eat like humans again, instead of like zombies eating off tv trays in front of the big one-eyed monster.

  21. I am hoping to get all the fruit I collected this fall into jars. Yesterday I processed the rest of the quince (quince chutney is amazing and delicious!), and now I still have a whole box of apples to deal with, which at this point are only good for use as pectin…so hopefully I will have lots of little jars of wine jelly to give away soon.

  22. I recently found your website. I’m hoping to can some pear cranberry compote before the new year. I’m new to canning, so this will be my first attempt. It I don’t make it, there’s always the New Year!

  23. I’d love to start the new year fresh and clear. That means I have numerous flat surfaces that will need to be emptied before the end of 2012.

    And this time as I clear a space, I’d like to deal with all my ‘treasures’ as I go – instead of piling them into a box so I can hide them out of my way, and hope to get back to later. ;>

  24. i want to clean out all email files/folders from home and work. Organize and get rid of paperwork that is just laying around “waiting” for something to be done with it.

  25. By January first I would like to have finished crafting all the cards I need for 2013 special occasions. It is a New Year’s Eve tradition to spend the day(and night and New Year’s Day) getting the entire year’s cards ready for family and friends’ special occasions. Along with Hoppin’ John!

  26. I am planning on doing Christmas dinner for my two younger daughters on christmas Eve and spending a fun filled Christmas Day with my DW’s family.

  27. One thing I definitely want to have done before the new year isn’t a cooking thing. I have a cross stitch project that is almost complete — just have to sew beads on it. I just have gather up the courage and find the time to do it.

  28. I really want to get/keep my blood glucose levels under control so that my doctor will NOT be putting me on insulin injections beginning in the new year. It shouldn’t be so hard, but if I can get through the holidays and the wonderful food I know that the 2013 will be a good year!

  29. Before the New Year I hope to sort through my vast knitting stash, finish a few things in progress and donate yarn I just don’t care to knit with anymore.

  30. My “thing” was to finish making the Apple-Cranberry Jam for everyone on the planet by Christmas. I worked hard all day. I finished the jam (yum!) and have pear butter going until 10pm tonight. I couldn’t be happier! 🙂

  31. I am hoping to get my beeswax from the summer melted down and made into lotion bars…

    Love the squirrel tail mug!!!

  32. Christmas means heading back to your territory! Always good to visit Arkansas and makes us look even more forward to retirement. Any must see suggestions for the trip this year?

  33. Before the new year, I hope to get all my jars organized. I’ve got overflow stacked around the basement. It’s been on my to-do list for weeks!

  34. I really want to get a couple of my kitchen cabinets cleaned out to make room for some new additions to the kitchen, like a Le Creuset 15 qt goose pot and a pasta roller. I know I have stuff buried deep that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. These are things that would probably be useful to someone else, so I resolve to clean out those cabinets and donate the unused items.

  35. I managed to hang up pictures and curtains that I have seen since we moved almost five years ago, so I am set for getting things done before the new year. I would love to spend all of Christmas week with my babies and get a hair cut!

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