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Christmas Cookie Tree Cutters

This year the hot item is a star shaped cookie tree. They’re tasty and fabulous.
Wilton Cookie Tree Cutter Kit

This cookie cutter kit includes 10 plastic star cookie cutters in graduated sizes from small to large, 3 disposable decorating bags, round decorating tip, cookie and icing recipes, baking and decorating instructions.

Epicurious has a great Cardamom-Orange Sugar Cookie recipe that would would great with these cutters. Here’s how you can use these cutters most efficiently:

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Extravagant Waterford Christmas Champagne Flutes

Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with this amazing set of champagne glasses by Waterford. Each crystal flute is etched with a scene from the 12 days of Christmas. This set will last multiple life-times, so think of it as the ultimate investment in 12 drummers drumming.

Waterford Crystal Twelve Days of Christmas Crimson Flutes, Box Set of 12

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Top 10 Fun Ideas for Office Gift Exchanges

Does your office have a gift exchange? Are you looking for something a bit more interesting than a bottle of wine or passes to the movie theater? These fun ideas will make your co-workers chuckle and start rumors over who is the secret Santa.

1. Unicorn Corn Holders

Everyone loves Unicorns. But those pointy things coming out of their heads can get a bit unwieldy. Put them to good use by shoving corn cobs on their head.

Gama-Go Uni-Corn Unicorn Shaped Corn Holders

2. Great White Shark Pizza Cutter

Every office has the occasional pizza day. This hungry shark will tear up those pies faster than you can call the HR department for some of these other gift ideas.
 Pizza Shark Pizza Cutter

3. The Angriest Coffee Mug

This coffee mug is perfect for the accounting office’s enforcer. You know her, she’s the one that makes sure your invoices are submitted on time. This coffee mug shows off her inner brute.

Fred and Friends Fisticup Mug features a set of brass knuckles as the handle

4. Jolly Roger Lunch Pail

This lunch pail is perfect for protecting the lunch time Twinkies. Nobody will mess with this pirate’s bounty.

Black jolly roger PIRATE DOME LUNCH BOX skull and crossbones domed lid metal lunchbox collectible collectable

5. Twinkie the Kid

Watercooler conversation:
Sally: So Joe, where have you been hiding your Twinkie lately?
Joe: Well, gee Sally, I’ve been trying to keep my Twinkie put away. Did you see my kid?

Hostess Twinkie Snack Container - Twinkie The Kid, Holds 1 Twinkie

6. Give him a big noisy kiss

Not all office kisses will result in an HR violation. This one could be a real crowd pleaser.

Hershey Kiss Singing Candy Dish

7. Splat Stan coaster

Stan likes to keep the desk clean. Just ignore his guts… and the big pool of blood. Heck, you can cover the carnage with a steaming cup of coffee.

Suck UK Splat Stan Silicone rubber drinks Coaster

8. Sporks!

Is your company downsizing? Does your staff do more with much less? Maybe you should give the gift that says “Your options are limited”. Give them a spork, it’s the single utensil that replaces a spoon, fork, and knife. Just like that intern that has replaced the IT department.

Light My Fire Spork 4-Pack

9. The Firestarter

This is the perfect gift for the person that always has a backup plan for any situation. She’ll adore this fire starter that will save the company picnic, when the boss’s son forgets to bring matches.

Swedish Firesteel - Army Model

10. Typewriter Tea Pot

Last, but certainly not least, the antique typewriter tea pot. How cool is this? It’s the perfect gift for your octogenarian secretary that started working on this beast. It’s also great for the modern office worker that appreciates a bit of whimsy with his afternoon tea. This handmade and painted ceramic teapot is from the Carter Teapottery in Debenham England.

Tony Carter Collectible

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10 Christmas gifts for the cook that has everything

Are you looking for that unique gift for the chef that has everything? The following gift ideas are perfectly unique.

1. Herbal tea sipping straw

7 inch Bombilla Tea Straw

This device is for sipping herbal tea and is clearly the most healthful and convenient method devised by man to increase oral absorption, which carries nutrients through the lining of the mouth directly into the blood stream.

2. Green Bean Slicer

How could they possibly live without a green bean splitter?

Chef'n BeanSlice Green Bean Slicer

3. Automated shopping list with voice recognition

This memo machine has a magnetic base to conveniently store on the fridge. It stores a shopping list for quicker grocery trips.

SmartShopper SS-301 Voice-Recognition Grocery-List Organizer

4. Louisiana Roux Spoon

The Cajun gift set includes a stainless custom Cajun Roux Spoon, a full 10-1/4-Inch long, its well -1/2-inch deep with 2 full-Inch wide. The end is custom blunt, with a slight angle to it just perfect for the right handed chef for stirring that rich dark roux (sauce) which the south is best known for.

Louisiana Roux Spoon Cajun Gift Set

5. Ultimate Nut Cracker

America’s finest nutcracker – Reed’s Rocket Nutcracker has a unique design that cracks soft shell nuts faster, better and easier than before. The Rocket Nutcracker offers 5-star cracking action – gripping the nut firmly with 5 points of contact and giving greater power while assuring cleaner, larger nut meats.

Harold Imports Reed's Rocket Nutcracker

6. Rabbit teeth bottle opener

This Bugs Bunny bottle opener gets the party started right.

BOTTLE Bunny RABBIT teeth Wall BOTTLE Opener wall NEW

7. Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

Deep frying turkeys is popular. It’s also extremely dangerous and leads to many house fires every year. This fryer tames the experience by replacing an open flame with an enclosed electric fryer.

If this thing can handle a turkey, imagine how many fries you could create during a BarBQ.

Masterbuilt 20010109 Butterball Professional Series Indoor Electric Turkey Fryer

8. Pour the Perfect Black and Tan with this Turtle

Who would’ve thought turtles would make such good bar tenders? Place this little guy on a glass and pour your Guiness over it. The shell breaks up the stream into tiny rivers, which allows for better layering and the perfect drink.

He’s also a snapping turtle and his mouth can be used as a bottle opener.

Brütül Black & Tan Turtle Spoon with Bottle Opener

9. Two-caret Diamond Coffee Mug

This mug’s handle slips over your finger and provides the biggest bling in the office. It comes in a gift box that makes the cup look like a Kardashian wedding ring.

Fred 2-Carat Cup Platinum

10. Manneken Pis Liquor Dispenser

This little guy adds a bit of class to any highball. It’s based on the statue that has become an icon for Brussels.

Manneken Pis (literally little man pee in Dutch, also known in French as le Petit Julien), is a famous Brussels landmark. It is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a naked little boy urinating into the fountain’s basin. It was designed by Jerome Duquesnoy and put in place in 1618 or 1619.[1]
Manneken Pis – Wikipedia

Bonny Boy Manneken Pis Liquor Dispenser

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Holiday Gift Guides for the Foodie on your List


Finding the right gift is always challenging. These gift guides will help you find just the right gift for your friends and families.

Gift Guides

base10 Christmas gifts for the kitchen geek

These gifts will be perfect for the cook that can convert from Celsius to Fahrenheit without a calculator.

1. Brain cubes

Fred and Friends Brain Freeze Ice Cube Tray

This ice cube tray converts a drink into a smart drink. Every rock should be a brain.

2. Compartmentalized lunch boxes

These stainless steel lunch boxes are not only eco-friendly, they are downright nifty.

LunchBots Duo Stainless Steel Lunch Box/Food Container

3. Keep your Cutting Boards Separate with Joseph Joseph Color Coded Chopping Boards

Ensure food safety with the Joseph Joseph Index Chopping Boards, which includes four color-coded chopping boards with illustrated tabs. The four boards include red for raw meat, blue for seafood, green for veggies and white for cooked foods. They store in staggered order for visual ease.

Joseph Joseph Index Color Coded Chopping Boards, Set of 4

4. Vacuum Coffee Maker

Drip coffee is elementary. French press = Meh. Bodum’s glass vacuum coffee maker FTW!

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum 34-Ounce Coffee Maker

Wikipedia Describes how this works:

The principle of a vacuum coffee maker is to heat water in the lower vessel of the brewer until expansion forces the contents through a narrow tube into an upper vessel containing coffee grounds. When the lower vessel has more or less emptied itself and enough time has elapsed, the heat is removed and the resulting vacuum will draw the brewed coffee through a strainer back into the lower chamber from which it can be decanted. The device must usually be taken apart to pour out the coffee.
Vacuum Coffee Makers – Wikipedia

5. Data-licious digital scale

The only thing that makes a geek happier than a boatload of data is giving her two boatloads of data. This scale not only tells you how much your portion weighs, it gives you the nutritional information as well. Now, how healthy is this kilogram of Mountain Dew?

Perfect Portions Digital Food Scale - Black

6. Onion Goggles

These goggles let you recreate your glory days in the organic chemistry labs. Doesn’t everyone need a set of goggles for the kitchen to avoid deadly acid attacks to the eyes? Well, how about using them to avoid the onion-based tears. Slap these on and you’ll be making French Onion Soup for the club in no time.

RSVP International Onion Goggles

7. The Coolest Coffee Mug for the Photo Geek

This may look like a lens, but it is a coffee cup with travel lid. This is a great gift for the photographer that likes to drink their coffee with a wide open aperture.

1:1 Coffee Cup Mug for Canon Lens Ef 24-105mm F/4l Is USM 5d (Just a Coffee Cup, Not Camera Accessory)

8. Equal Measuring Cup

Does your recipe call for a human brain sized portion of milk? If so, you’ll need this equal measuring cup, which displays the basic measurements as well as comparisons to other objects.

Fred Equal Measure Measuring Cup

9. Geekiest Clock for the Kitchen

Every kitchen needs a clock and this is one of the geekiest you’ll find. The time is not displayed via arms or digits, rather you’ll need to decode the light sequence on this LED panel. While those who know the code can read the time quickly, others will consider it a nifty piece of art.

TIX Color Code LED Clock, Black

10. Mountain Dew Hackathon Cups

It’s no secret that Mountain Dew powers many non-stop hacking and gaming sessions. This set of glasses embrace the Yahoo! Hack Day concept with their vintage Mountain Dew logo. Keep your geek going by filling these glasses with the caffeine loaded soda.

Mountain Dew Vintage Style Logo Glass, Set of 4

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