Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Part 2 - {and a GIVEAWAY}

Here's my Holiday Gift Guide: Part 2. You can read Part 1 here.

GIFT CARDS:
Everybody is talking about Star Wars at the moment. I remember when I watched the first movie, one of my favourite characters was R2-D2. Because the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, is out now, you could give your loved ones a gift card to a movie theatre. I'm sure that a Netflix gift card would also be appreciated.

Other gift cards that people like to receive are Subway, Starbucks, and Tim Hortons. My dad likes McDonald's gift cards because he likes to go there for his morning coffee.

For the music fans I would offer them a Spotify gift card.




MUSIC:

Adele's tour tickets have sold out in minutes. If you have a fan of Adele in your family, like me, give them her new CD: 25.

Adele CD

CAMERA:
If someone on your list is a fan of photography give them this new Canon Rebel T6s with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit. This is the camera I use all the time and I love it. I use this camera for my food photos, and I also used it during my two week trip to Italy. You will be amazed by the quality of the pictures. 

Canon Rebel T6s with EF-S 18-135mm IS STM Lens Kit



FOUNTAIN PEN, INK, PAPER:
I love writing with fountain pens and have a small collection at home. If you have someone on your list that is into fountain pens you could offer them a nice set of Pilot Iroshizuku mini bottles of ink. It comes in a nice box and this ink writes so well.

Pilot Iroshizuku Mini Ink

You can buy a fountain pen with pretty much any budget. These three are really nice to offer and I have been using them a lot during the year and they write very well. The Goulet Pen Co sells these fountain pen in the US and you can find some of them at Wonderpens in Canada. Both of these companies offer great customer service.

Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen - Limited Edition CopperOrange
Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen in CopperOrange (Special Edition)

PILOT METROPOLITAN FOUNTAIN PEN - VIOLET LEOPARD
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Violet Leopard

Edison Pen Co. Fountain Pen - Collier Persimmon Swirl
Edison Pen Co. Fountain Pen - Collier Persimmon Swirl

Visconti Van Gogh Fountain Pen - Staryy Night (One of my favorite)


You need good paper to write with fountain pens. My favorite is Rhodia but I also like Apica and Clairefontaine.

Rhodia

Clairefontaine
Apica


KITCHEN:
I can't live without my Le Creuset Round French Oven in Red. I just made a delicious spaghetti sauce tonight in my Creuset.



You can never have too many Microplanes! It's such a great invention. I use them for garlic, chocolate, cheese, ginger, spices, lemon zest and more. I have some in my home and some in my RV.


Another great gift is this Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender. It whips, blends, mixes, chops and purees your food. I use it to puree potages. This blender does not take much space, you could buy it for someone living in a small apartment, a college student, or someone living in an RV. It comes with three attachments: stainless steel blending wand, power whisk and chopping attachment.


Hamilton Beach Hand Blender

JEWELRY:
I love Pandora jewelry. The winter collection this year is so nice. You could offer a special person in your life a new charm for their bracelet like the Radiant Hearts, Sky Blue Crystal & Clear CZ Bead or the Chrystalized Snowflakes, Blue Crystals & CZ Bead.

Pandora Bracelet

My favorite jeweller is Anne-Marie Chagnon from Québec. Her handmade designs are beautiful. Her new collection in the color Marsala is stunning.





BAGS:
I love bags and a company that I have been buying from for couple years is Longchamp. I use Longchamp Le Pliage to travel a lot and to go shopping. The Bilberry color is really nice in the large size with long handles.




BOOKS:
I like to receive cookbooks because I collect them. Here are some suggestions:

The Healthy Matcha Cookbook

The Healthy Matcha Cookbook: A collection of recipes with Matcha powder like Breakfast Smoothie Bowl, Asian Quinoa Salad, Quinoa Burgers with Matcha Habanero Mayo, Gluten-Free Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Seed Bites, Gluten-Free Energy Bars and more.

Juice It, Blend It, Live It

Juice It, Blend It, Live It: over 50 easy recipes to energize, detox, and nourish your mind and body like Orange Crush, Lemon Burst, Master Cleanse, Avocado Kick and more.

Tea Time

Tea Time: Delicious recipes, fascinating facts, secrets of tea preparation by Francis Amalfi. It's a great book to offer to tea lovers. You can make: Green tea ice cream, Tofu fajitas with green tea marinade, Vegetable soup with green tea and more.

Beer, Food, and Flavor

Beer, Food, and Flavor by Schuyler Schultz. A guide to tasting, pairing, and the culture of Craft Beer. You will also find recipes like: Spiced Cashews, Braised Niman Ranch Pork Shoulder, English Toffee Pudding Cake with with Beer and more.

W. C. Whitfield's Mixed Drinks and Cocktails

W.C. Whitfield's Mixed Drinks and Cocktails: An illustrated, Old-School Bartender's Guide. If you are serious about making cocktails, buy this book. It's organized by theme like Pretty Cocktails, Favorite Sons, Highballs, Party Mixes and more. You'll find recipes like Stinger, Old Fashioned Manhattan, Daiquiri, General Harrison Eggnog, Morning Glory Fizz, Millionaire Punch, Highland Cooler, Singapore Sling, Rum Collins, Kiss in the Dark and more.


GIVEAWAY:

And great news for my readers, courtesy of Hamilton Beach Canada, one lucky person will win one Hamilton Beach 2 Speed Hand Blender. Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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  1. Favourite dessert is shortbread

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  2. Eggnog is my favorite drink during the holidays

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  3. My favourite dessert at the holidays is Pumpkin Cheesecake. (Judy Cowan)

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  4. I love all things pumpkin as well as eggnog
    jan

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  5. I really like a rum and eggnog during the holidays!

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  6. 1- What is your fav food during the Holidays? TURKEY and lots of STUFFING 2- What is your fav drink during the Holidays? RUM and EGGNOG 3- What is your fav dessert during the Holidays? CREME BRULEE with whip cream on the side and raspberries!

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  7. I have a hand blender:) Thank you though..but I wanted to wish you and yours Happy Holidays..I like your list..many are my faves..did you see the special on TV? Adele live in NYC?
    Very good..I love her music..:)
    Did you know you could send Tim Horton gift cards via email?

    Meilleurs Voeux!
    We also saw her on a French tv special re Johnny Hallyday..all in the same week!

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  8. My favourite dessert during the holidays is trifle

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  9. I love making homemade shortbread during the holidays

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  10. I make a traditional log cake. 2 ingredients, whipped cream and chocolate wafers. Sooo easy, and soooo delicious!

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  11. drink is hot chocolate food chocolate but i love cheese dessert well my turtle cake

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  12. My favourite food during the holidays is the big turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

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  13. My favorite dessert during the holidays is mincemeat pie.

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  14. My favourite drink during the holidays is a peppermint mocha

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  15. My favourite desert is pumpkin pie with lots of cool whip!

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  16. My favourite food is tortierre, my favourite drink is rum and egg nog and my favourite dessert are shortbread cookies!

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  17. My fave food during the holidays are homemade shortbread cookies cut into seasonal shapes. Thank you!

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  18. mmmmm I love Sugar Cookies and eggnog and tea and turkey with all the fixings and roasted veggies and pie and ice cream and mashed potatoes and is that good? lol
    angelapsept@hotmail.com

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  19. My favourite drink during the holidays is Bailey's.

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  20. My fav food during the holidays is turkey, dressing and gravy.
    Florence C

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  21. My favourite dessert is mint fudge.

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  22. My favorite drink this time of year is mulled wine.

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  23. My favourite food during the holidays is my husband's homemade lasagna

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  24. My favorite drink, that I only have one of, once a year, is a MudSlide. 3 liquors and layered.

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  25. My favourite dessert during the holidays is sticky toffee pudding! (Suzi)

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  26. My favorite dessert is anything with peppermint! :)

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  27. Bouche de noel is my fave christmas dessert!

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  28. I love any kind of cookies that other people make. I normally make shortbread. Special coffee on Xmas morning is nice too!

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  29. My favourite food during the holidays is my mom's stuffing.

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  30. Millet tourtiere, yule log cake and ice cider

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  31. my favorite dessert is my aunt's cherry bars

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  32. My fav dessert during the holidays is cheesecake!

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  33. My favorite food is broccoli salad, favorite drink is eggnog and favorite dessert is pumpkin pie

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  34. My favourite food during the holiday is shortbread

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  35. Fudge is my favorite food and dessert during the holidays

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  36. turkey is my favorite food

    my rafflecopter name is aarone mawdsley

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  37. I love the smell and taste of shortbread. To me that is Christmas.

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  38. favorite dessert has to be shortbread cookies

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  39. My favourite food during the Holidays is homemade stuffing with gravy.

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  40. My favourite food is a Turkey dinner, eggnog and cheesecake.

    SueSueper

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  41. my favorite food is the dressing my favorite drink is eggnog with rumand my faavorite dessert is pumpkin pie

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  42. I love turkey and stuffing I also like banana split cake and I love eggnog

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  43. Fave food, turkey, fave drink baileys and coffee, fave desert shortbread cookies.

    billiondollarprincesss @hotmail.com

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  44. I love to eat ham, cheesy potatoes and apple pie during the holidays!! A hot cup of apple cider is a must too!

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  45. My favorite food is turkey, my favorite drink is peppermint hot chocolate, and my favorite dessert is cheesecake.

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  46. fav holiday food: mashed potatoes with gravy

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  47. My favorite food is stuffing. It has to be stuffing, not dressing and cooked inside the bird!

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  48. I love eating peppermint meringue for dessert.

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  49. My fave food is hamonado, dessert is mango cheesecake and for the drink a fruity bellini

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  50. My favourite food is turkey with gravy, my favourite drink is eggnog and my favourite dessert is apple pie

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  51. I love drinking coffee with Bailey's during the holidays. My special treat.

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  52. My favourite dessert is chocolate trifle!

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  53. My favourite dessert during the holidays is Broken Glass. We only have it at Christmas so it's a nice tradition.

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  54. Chocolate Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite desserts over the holidays!

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  55. I love Eggnog I like turkey for dinner and cheese cake for desert

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  56. My favourite dessert is shortbread cookies.

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  57. My favourite for the holidays is the turkey, since we only have it for Christmas I start craving it when Dec. comes and I love egg nog especially in my coffee, so delish!!!

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  58. Sorry, I tweeted and here is the correct tweet for Jan 2

    https://twitter.com/PandaSweetSweet/status/683309389403443200

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  59. My favorite food during the holidays is the turkey. I love turkey and the leftovers too.

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  60. I love all the appetizers folks put out over the holidays, and for desserts, really enjoy all the different versions of nuts and bolts that are made.

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  61. My favorite food during the holidays is definitely turkey and stuffing. My favorite drink would have to be hot Apple cider. My favorite dessert would be my sisters banana split cake

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  62. My favorite food during the holidays is turkey.

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  63. My favourite dessert is coconut cream pie

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  64. I like cheesecake during the holidays

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  65. My favorite food during the holidays is turkey.

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  66. I , of course, love turkey, but I also enjoy vegetable dishes.

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  67. 2- What is your fav drink during the Holidays? WINE!!

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  68. Many will gag at the mention, but my favorite dessert for the holidays is mincemeat tarts with whipped cream topping! :)

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  69. I love turkey, apple cider and pumpkin pie!

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  70. My favorite drink during the holidays is Candy cane hot chocolate

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  71. I love spicy potato side dish, smoothies and oatmeal cookies.

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  72. My fav is the complete Turkey dinner with all the trimmings!

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  73. my favourite food during the holidays is anything that is chocolate!

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  74. My favorite food during the holidays is roast beef!

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  75. my favourite drink is spiced rum and eggnog

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  76. my favorite drink is Candy Cane Hot Chocolate mmmmmmm im Joanne Frank

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  77. Turkey for the meal with apple cider to drink and shortbread for dessert.

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  78. My fav food during the holidays is turkey

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  79. During the holidays, my favourite food is turkey, my favourite drink is eggnog with rum and my favourite dessert is fruitcake!

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  80. SABINA EDWARDS - HARD to say about food.... we do a pot luck at work and everyone brings something...Terry brings hay stacks with I love but Maureen also brings Chex covered in WHITE CHOC (I love white choc). I also love the cabbage rolls that are brought (I can eat those year round) and my MIL'S salad was to die for again this year at Christmas (but so was her dessertt)

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  81. I like turkey and eggnog during the holidays.

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  82. Chocolate cheesecake is a must.

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  83. 1- What is your fav food during the Holidays? chips
    2- What is your fav drink during the Holidays? champagne
    3- What is your fav dessert during the Holidays? cheesecake

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  84. 1- What is your fav food during the Holidays? chips
    2- What is your fav drink during the Holidays? champagne
    3- What is your fav dessert during the Holidays? cheesecake

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  85. 1. chicken 2. hot chocolate 3. ice cream

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  86. My favourite food during the holidays is Stuffing and mashed potatoes! Fave drink: Egg Nog, and favourite dessert is shortbread

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  87. My favourite food during the holidays is shortbread. It's the one time of year that I let myself eat as much as I want!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  88. love bacon wrapped scallops. fav drink is pepsi lol and fav desert is cheesecake

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  89. my favourite dessert over the holidays is Trifle

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  90. My favorite food during the holidays is a traditional turkey with stuffing,cranberry sauce and mash potatoes.
    My favorite drink during the holidays is eggnog.
    My favorite dessert during the holidays is trifle.

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  91. My favorite dessert over the holidays is pumpkin pie.

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  92. i love creme brulee, peppermint hot chocolate and pannettone
    CL Chin
    @citygal28

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  93. ps love all these gift ideas, i'll keep them in mind for next year!
    CL chin
    @citygal28

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  94. Hmm, fav holiday food . . well, I really like those Christmas chocolates, like Ferrero Rocher

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  95. The Le Creuset round french oven is adorable. I could gift this anytime for any occasion

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