2012 Holiday Gift Ideas

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on December 3, 2012

Here is a sobering fact to start the work week: Home Alone 2 was created 20 years ago. Twenty.



I know some of you reading weren’t born before 1992, but for the rest of us…..ahhh, indeed!

That means, Home alone 1 was created 22 years ago.

Ummm….stop that. Stop it right now.

Eric and I were innocently watching our beloved Home Alone 2 last night when some kid came on and ruined the whole thing by telling us how far away we are from 10 years old now.  lalala la la la lalala la la. I probably would’ve guessed the movie was 10 years old. I’m in time warp, clearly. Eric is also in denial. Live on, VHS, live on.

Sobering fact number two: It’s December 3rd!

Did you wake up Saturday morning in a bit of a shock? December always sneaks up on us, much like the twenty year anniversary of Home Alone 2. What can ya do. It’s time to get down to business!

I’ve put together my annual holiday gift ideas post highlighting some of my favourite gifts all in one cozy spot. It’s always worth repeating that I do not have an affiliation with any of the brands listed below nor are any of the links affiliates. I simply enjoy these products/services and think you might too!

Let’s begin, shall we?

1. Weck Canning Jars {Crate & Barrel, $3-5}

These jars are my go-to for gift-giving my homemade nut butters. They are just so darn cute and come in mini 4.5oz all the way up to 26oz.


2. Oven Thermometre {try Kitchen Stuff Plus or Canadian Tire, $5}

Do you reeeeally know the true temperature of your oven? And do you reeeeally think it’s preheated correctly when it beeps to tell you it is? Odds are it’s not. My oven temp is way off so I keep this handy guy hanging in there at all times. Once you know, you can’t un-know, if you know what I mean. Find them at Canadian Tire, Kitchen Stuff Plus, or other home good stores. This would make a great stocking stuffer for the home cook!


3. Glass Storage Containers – oven and freezer safe {Crate & Barrel, $12-21}

These glass containers are 3 in 1 – as the website says, they go from “oven to table to freezer”!



4. Subscription to VegNews Magazine {via mail delivery or tree-free online magazine, $20 in US, $40 Canada}

My thoughtful father-in-law subscribed me to this magazine last year and I must say I have enjoyed every single issue. It’s a great gift for vegetarians, vegans, or those just looking to live a healthy, compassionate lifestyle.


5. Vanilla Bean Paste {Williams Sonoma, $19}

A lovely hybrid of vanilla extract and vanilla beans. This is a special occasion vanilla perfect to whip out for your holiday baking or stir into that special bowl of oatmeal…



6. Zester/Grater {Microplane, $22}

Any time I need to grate fresh nutmeg, chocolate, limes, or lemons…I’m using this bad boy!

Please note: I am not responsible for your lost fingernail tips. Eek.



7) 10-piece Glass Nesting Bowl Set {Crate & Barrel, $37}

Is there anything better than a nesting bowl set? I had no idea that’s what they are called, but it’s good to know. It’s perfect for the neat freak who is short on storage. That’s me, minus the neat freak part. Truth be told, I have some nesting bowls and I somehow manage to un-nest them in my cabinet. It drives Eric craaazy.

bowls (1 of 1)

8. Anthropologie – various {Shown: Pitcher, $28; earrings, $32; Umbrella, $30}

Doesn’t Anthro have the coolest gifts? It’s always one of the first places I look when I need a unique gift for a friend. Whatever you do, check out Anthro’s sale room before you buy anything full price! You can score some amazing deals up to 70% off.


9. Give back and gift a Tree! {Ontario residents try Trees Ontario, $25 and up)

Why not give back to our wonderful earth during the holidays? Trees Ontario will plant 10 trees for a $25 donation. You can donate them in someone’s honour too. We are doing this this year since we are purchasing a real tree and thought it would be a good tradition to start. If you are outside of Ontario, simply google a similar organization in your own area. There are lots!



10. Soy Candles {Pacifica, $22}

I spotted these at Whole Foods and promptly fell in love with the Thai Lemongrass scent (among others). I hear the Mediterranean Fig is a great winter scent, but I haven’t tried it yet. You can read about how Brook and Billy started the Pacifica business here…it’s pretty inspiring how committed they are to the environment!


11. Sponsor a Farm Animal {various locations, see here for a huge listing}

Farm sanctuaries rescue, rehabilitate, nourish, and provide love and shelter to farm animals who had a rough start in life. Your sponsorship will help them care for and feed the animal giving it the life and respect it so deserves.


12. Green Pans

I own a few Green pots and I love that they are an eco-friendly alternative to common chemicals found on traditional non-stick bakeware. I have the casserole, covered saucepan, and a skillet. I believe Costco sells the skillets in packs of two, if I’m not mistaken.

pan (1 of 1)

13. Vegan shop owners on Etsy – choose from over 77,000 items!

If you are stuck on what to buy the vegan in your life (or anyone for that matter!) just head on over to Etsy. Bonus points for being able to search for local shop owners and support small business owners.

etsy (1 of 1)

14. Glass D’harma Glass Straws, $10

Want to know the product question I am asked the most on Oh She Glows?

—> Where did you get your glass straws?

Yes, that’s the one. I’ve been asked it so much I added it to my FAQ page. I was sent the product to review a few years ago and have been using them in my daily smoothies ever since. Can we please ditch the plastic straws once and for all?


15. Vegan food gifts

Why not give the gift of food to your loved ones this year by making food gifts yourself or by supporting local vegan bakeries? I gave a jar of my homemade Nutella as a hostess gift this weekend and it was a fun gift to give a chocolate lover.


Well, that’s a wrap. I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift guide! Until next year…

Don’t forget to let me know below what’s on your gift list!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 3, 2012 at 9:11 am

Stop! You’re making me feel old. There are people born after 1992 that are old enough to read blogs?! ;)

Love this list… And I have a lot of it! I posted mine today too. It makes me feel festive despite the fact that its going to be 72 degrees today. Not complaining!


Michelle @ Michelle's tiny kitchen December 3, 2012 at 9:12 am

Thanks for this great list! I have been meaning to get myself a VegNews subscription for a while, and it didn’t occur to me to give it as a gift too! Also, I LOVE the vanilla bean paste idea, what a lovely gift!


Shana December 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

What I great list! I have another question about the straws. How do you clean them?


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 9:22 am

Good question :) The key is to rinse them immediately after use (if you let it dry the smoothie can get stuck in the straw). So I rinse them with water and then pop them right into the dishwasher (in the utensil basket) until it’s ready to be turned on. Works fine for me. The company also has a cleaning brush you can purchase for 5 bucks, but I don’t have one.


Silvia @ skinny jeans food December 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

There is actually a tiny brush available that can be used for cleaning them. Also works well on the big straws for the tumblers.



Jo (livingmintgreen) December 3, 2012 at 9:35 am

Hahaha my husband & I watched HA2 last night too. We both think 2 is better than the first. Agree? :D (and how badly did you want to go to that toy store as a kid?)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

The second one is way better than I remembered it to be! They did a good job. Not sure if I have seen any after that though.
And yes that toy store was my DREAM! Kinda still is actually.. :)


Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl December 3, 2012 at 9:37 am

That VegNews magazine sounds great! I may have to look into that as a gift for myself ;).

I also love the idea of sponsoring a farm animal. What a great gift idea!


Anele @ Success Along the Weigh December 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

Wellll thanks for making me feel like an old hag! HA!! I keeed, I keed!

Vanilla bean paste is the best thing ever. I sub it for extract whenever I can! It’s a kaPOW to the taste buds! Now I’m going to go break out my walker.


Terri December 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

One option if you’re getting a real tree is to pick it up from Ikea — this is what we did. A portion from the sale goes to Tree Canada, and you get a $20 coupon to use at the store in the new year. http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_CA/tro/christmas_trees.html


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

Thanks for sharing!


Lesley December 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

I always look into subscribing to VegNews, but for Canadians, the price is actually $40 for 6 issues!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

I thought it was the same as US, but now I see the fine print. I’ll add this in to clarify.


Averie @ Averie Cooks December 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

I have a giveaway going on right now for that vanilla!! N-M vanilla is the best! Well, I make my own vanilla extract too but the N-M is so awesome. Love the stuff!

And the glass jars, oven thermometer, I am a fan, too. Calibrating the oven and checking temps is so important to ensure great results.

Lovely roundup!


Brittany December 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

Pacifica candles are the BEST IN THE WORLD. EVER. I am addicted to them and everything else Pacifica does! Excellent list!!


Jamie @ StudioEats December 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

Um I love ALL of these ideas… for myself :) haha.


LeeAnn December 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Thats what I was thinking too!


Eating 4 Balance December 3, 2012 at 10:18 am

What? I’m only 18 and I didn’t even realize that Home Alone is older than I am. That’s scary. Thankfully I was alive when the third one was made, so I don’t quite so young and out-of-it.

These are some awesome ideas for Christmas. My parents have actually been asking what to get me, and now I have some other things to add to my long list. The oven thermometer is probably my favorite item on that whole list because I just *know* our oven does not heat like it’s supposed to. Also adding to my list is a julienne peeler from your “How to Spiralize Vegetables” post. I NEED that in my life :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

Oh yea I meant to put that on the list too!

My oven sounds like yours. I find it takes a good 15 mins for it to reach temp, longer for higher heats.


Silvia @ skinny jeans food December 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

I have to get some of that vanilla bean PASTE! and the vegan purses….!

But a black microplane? Check out these…. Pink!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

i love those colours! I wish we had SLT in Canada.


Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ December 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

I love those jars. I wish I could find some at that price, here in London are much more expensive :(


Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

I am 20, but I never really thought about how old that movie was…interesting!


[email protected] SavyNaturalista December 3, 2012 at 10:33 am

Glass Straws,vanilla bean paste, homemade nutella I now have some great gifts I can get my friends and family and I know what I want from this list. Now all I need is another food processor…


A Fine Balance December 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

Do you sell your homemade nutella? and what 20 years? I cant believe home alone is that old….or yet…that I am.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

heh Im sorry I dont sell it, but maybe I should go into the business! I can only imagine how many food processors Id burn through. ;)


Lois December 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

What’s your fave food processor, Angela? Speaking of 20 years, my vintage Braun (bought when I lived in Toronto) is a little older and going to bite the dust soon. So bummed Braun is no longer manufacturing here in the US, or Canada. KitchenAid or Cuisinart seem to be the only options.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

Hey Lois, I use a 12 cup Cuisinart processor :) So far Im quite happy with it!


Stephanie December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

I know some men would like things on this list but it is geared to females. While it is FAB I always have such a harder time buying for the men in my life like my Dad!! Any suggestions??


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

omg I hear you. I am the WORST at buying for my dad. He always gets some lame dad looking sweater and a frame with a recent family photo. daughter fail. lol


[email protected] December 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

Love your gift guide! You’re right Anthropologie has some of the best gifts, I especially like all of their foodie stuff. I sure would love for Santa to leave me a Vitamix!


Kate December 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

I legit feel like I watched Home Alone in the theater, like, last Christmas. Unbelievable. The soundtrack has been making my commute to work much more festive recently too!

Love your gift guide! This might sound a little odd, but I’m actually going to add some of these to MY list – people have been getting after me for one, but seriously. As an adult the idea of creating a Christmas list is more tedious than anything else! I’ll be adding a Farm Sanctuary sponsorship for sure! The bourbon vanilla paste may need a home in my cupboard too…


Allysia December 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Man that’s crazy! I had no idea I was only 5ish when I first watched those movies. I’m not sure if I should be thanking you for pointing it out, ha ha! And I haven’t really thought about Christmas much yet (though I really should), but a lot of these look like presents I’d like to have!


Adrienne @ Boysenberries December 3, 2012 at 11:05 am

Can you recommend a cookbook for some new to vegan/vegetarian cooking?


stephanie December 3, 2012 at 11:21 am

LOVE LOVE LOVE all of your gift ideas. I was thinking as I was reading them, Yes I want those, yes I want that, yes this is all really great. I think you’re in my head :) Plus I really enjoyed that you put Etsy on here too. There are so many wonderful artists that have amazing ideas and have made some really great stuff! I am slightly biased as I have an etsy page too…shameless plug here www.etsy.com/stephaniehandmade I only have a few things, but there are so MANY more artists that have taken the time to create some really nice items too! Loving your blog like always and wondering when that book of yours is coming out and how the process is going so far!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Hey Stephanie, I don’t think your link worked…can you send it again?

Thanks for asking about the book! It’s coming along slowly but surely. The hardest part has been the photography!! Im probably going to have to reshoot so many photos at the last minute because I am not happy with a lot of them from earlier on. Im excited to have the book in my hands in 2014 though! It will all be worth it im sure.


daniella December 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

Ha! I watched that movie too, and thought the same thing! That kid was super annoying, lol… hard to believe that was so long ago! What a classic.


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:35 pm

I think many of us were watching hah. Did you also watch The Grinch Who Stole Christmas after (with Jim Carrey)??


Daniella December 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I recorded it to watch closer to Christmas :)


sarah December 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

Another great vegan candle company is A Scent of Scandal. I love these! http://www.ascentofscandal.com/


Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} December 3, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love all these gadgets! So much for gifts, I just want them all myself :)


Sarah @ Yogi in Action December 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wow- I definitely want one of those glass straws for myself! I hate throwing away my plastic straw every day.

Definitely going to be buying a few of these things. Thanks for the ideas!


caren @ voodies December 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

I LOVE kitchen stuff plus!! Miss that store so much (almost as much as tim hortons).

I also love your idea about sponsoring an animal at the sanctuary. We do that as a part of our annual donations. It’s an awesome place….


KSPGeoff December 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hey Caren,

We miss you more! We are available online for all your kitchen stuff needs and ship all over North America at very reasonable rates! And, thanks to Angela for the mention, great gift guide! Especially love the animal sponsoring idea, too.

Happy holidays everyone!


Donna December 3, 2012 at 11:59 am

I love the great ideas. Here in the UK nielsen massey vanilla paste is about half the price so I’m lucky enough to be able to use it regularly, but real Canadian maple syrup is super expensive! I think top of my foody Christmas list would be a nice fancy bottle of good quality maple syrup.


Ranelle December 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

I think you should also add that you are not responsible for grated knuckles when cleaning the zester as well! Haha :) the things we do for food! & I have the glass bowls from C&B – absolutely love them!


Sarah December 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

My family spent Saturday night watching Home Alone 1&2! I have 2 girls that love those movies, but I had the same realization when I saw the date of 1990 on the 1st one! It’s crazy to think it’s been over 20 years….it makes me feel old to be able to say that! :)


Catherine December 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

OMG, those Home Alone facts make me feel quite old indeed! I love the vegan etsy shop ideas!! I will have to check some of those out. This year I’m making some gifts for my girlfriends. I’ve been very inspired by pinterest! hahah there are great diy bracelet ideas :)


stacey December 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

awesome ideas, thanks! (and just an fyi …. i had my oven serviced recently, and i talked to the technician about the temp and how its off from my portable oven thermometer. he checked the temp with his fancy schmancy gadget, and the portable thermometer was WRONG yet my oven’s internal thermometer was RIGHT! he said those little portable thingys are almost always wrong. and yes, my oven WAS preheating correctly when it beeped at me, i just didnt believe it!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:33 pm

that is a scary thought! When I tested my oven initially I bought two different brands of oven thermometres just to be sure, but yes I guess they could technically both be wrong…lol


jo @ including cake December 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Quick questions for fellow UK readers…..anyone know where I can purchase good glass straws in the UK? I’ve wanted some for ages!


Kristen Waby December 3, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I would love those mixing bowls. A great gift in terms of healthy eating would be to make up prepackaged mixes for soups or spices! I also love the idea of supporting locally. I love going to ETSY as well. It feel so good to support others. I enjoy a cookie exchange with friends and family too!


lauren December 3, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Blast! I just bought a bunch of stuff from Crate and Barrel, but I wish I’d seen those canning jars first! They had porcelain spoons on sale for 95 cents, which I thought was a super deal. I may have to place another order just for the jars though… Thanks for a great list.


Herbivore Triathlete December 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

I have several of those items on my list; the Weck Jars, VegNews magazine, and the glass straws! Also, anything from Crate & Barrel is awesome, in my opinion.


Alex @ Healthy Life Happy Wife December 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

What great suggestions! I definitely want to get some new casserole dishes and those glass straws are pretty cool! Also, I love the idea of sponsoring a farm animal. So sweet :)


Alex @ Raw Recovery December 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I bought some Dharma straws back in the spring and I absolutely love them. The set I bought came with a cleaning brush, which was immensely useful especially if you are drinking a smoothie and your thesis writing prevents you from rinsing it immediately :)

One of my other favorite things is the Lululemon vinyasa infinity scarf. It’s so soft and comfortable. I like wearing it when I travel on planes because it’s so big that I can use it as a shawl and it keeps me warm. Here’s the link: http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/women-seasonal-accessories/Vinyasa-Scarf-Luon-Light?cc=4528&sli=1


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

That is so pretty, I love scarfs


[email protected] Palate December 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I have that Vanilla Bean Paste! The exact one…so random that they stock it in the supermarkets here! I have the extract version too! :) I watch home alone 1 and 2 EVERY Christmas without fail…3 and 4 just don’t live up to the originals!


Kimmy December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm

So Home Alone 2 is my absolute favourite holiday movie of all time. My husband makes fun of me for this as it’s kind of a weird choice, but alas… I love it =)
I feel slightly old now though ;p
Thanks for sharing the great gift ideas! I only really have one person to buy for this year, but she’s kind of a toughie. I’ve been hitting up craft sales as I am stuck on the idea of buying something home-made/local, and some of your ideas are great!


Brittany December 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Love these gift ideas Ange. I’m adding a few to my list. :)


Anna @ The Guiltless Life December 3, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I love magazine subscriptions as a gift – it’s the best! I never want to splurge on myself that much but always welcome people doing it for me ;).

And that is scary about Home Alone. I’m 27 so I guess it makes sense – I remember being about 5 or 6 when I watched the first one – but still!


Mary December 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I am also in a total time warp when it come to movies. Some reason when I am doing math in my head to try and see how old a movie is, I still think it is the year 2000. So in this case Home Alone would only be 8 years old according to my skewed arithmetic. Then I realize I am 30 years old, and I was a kid when it came out. Reality check!
Oh and I totally asked for a VegNews subscription for Christmas, can’t wait! =)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:31 pm

haha YES to all of this!!! That is me (rounding to 2000) bahaha


Sharla December 3, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Soooo…these are all gifts we should buy ourselves, correct? Ok, thanks!

I’ve always liked the first HA a little better than the second, but maybe I need to rewatch them. I almost added the first to my Mandatory Christmas movies list, but since we don’t own any of them I don’t watch it every year. Now that I’ve been informed I was only 7 when it came out I will just go cry!!


a farmer in the dell December 3, 2012 at 5:51 pm

My husband and I just watched Home Alone last night. Despite loving the movie we feel very old! 22 years is a longggg time (we are 30!)
Thanks for the gift ideas!


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm

I feel ya…but we’ll always be young at heart right?


LauraD December 3, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Somehow gift guides always turn into a holiday “wish list” for me ;) Every time I see anything from the Anthropologie catalogue I want it. Also, that “thai lemon grass” candle sounds amazing


kaity @ kaityscooking December 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

this is an awesome list ! that thermometer is def on my list my oven i dont think ever actually goes up to the right temp lol and whattttttttt 20 years! i feel old. lol


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 3, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Oh my gosh, 22 years?!!? Gahhh that is making me feel so old now too. Granted, I was only 2 when the first one came out, but still! I love Christmas movies but the problem is that some of the ones I own are in VHS, and I only have a DVD player now! #moderndayproblems ???? LOL. These are such great gift ideas. I love the green pans you listed, and oh my gosh, anything from Anthropologie is amazing! I especially love their little jars with the chalkboard labels on them. Too cute!!


Vegan For 1 December 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Wow I feel like you are reading my mind! Everything on this list I either want or plan to give, although my family is not so pumped about getting trees! Haha!


Sara December 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

I just visited the Farm Sanctuary in LA this past Sunday! It was such a reviving experience. I grew-up in (very) rural Minnesota and moved to the LA area 5.5 years ago. I’ve missed the feeling I get when I run around the farmland with the animals. Ugh they are just too cute! I HIGHLY recommend visiting any sanctuary if you have one in your area. The animals are adorable, where I visited had cute t-shirts, etc., and your visits help keep the sanctuary going! Thanks for posting that Angela. It’s crazy to think that not a lot of people even meet a cow, pig, chicken, etc., but thankfully these places give people of all ages the ability to do so :-)


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I need that oven thermometer! The oven at my apartment is way off – and it unfortunately took a lot of burnt batches of granola and overcooked banana breads to realize this! :P


Dana December 3, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I hope someone gets me some glass straws!! I hate my plastic ones but didnt know there was an other option! And I heading over now to subscribe myself to VegNews!


Lyric December 3, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Homemade Nutella is such a good idea! I need some for anyone who wants to give me a gift ;)


Kari @ bite-sized thoughts December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

I feel 10 years older now too. How does time go so quickly?!

These are great gift ideas :)


[email protected] December 4, 2012 at 8:03 am

I really love to give and receive tea gifts such as cute steeping cups, beautiful cast iron tea pots or flowering tea pots, tea gift sets, tea club subscriptions, loose leaf teas, etc. That’s just me!


Kim @ The Soulicious Life December 4, 2012 at 10:30 am

Great gift ideas, though I could have done without the wake-up call on the age of Home Alone. Yikes! lol. What’s on my list this year? This super cute vegan wallets from Hip Mountain Mama: http://www.hipmountainmama.com/lobivewa.html. Happy holidays!


Stacie December 4, 2012 at 10:37 am

This list is incredible! Lots of awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing :)
Hope all is well with you and Eric (and Sketchie)

Thanks for what you do!! I CAN’T wait for your cookbook :)


Erin December 4, 2012 at 11:22 am

Maybe i missed it, but what is the brand name of you pots/pans, i’ve been wanting to get some new ones and i’d love to find the ones you’re talking about:)


{Moni} @ Moni Meals December 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm

20 years ago! Oh man! Feeling old now. :)

This is such a great holiday gift list. LOVE it! Thanks Ang.


jessica December 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hahahhahah!! That is hilarious! I did the exact same thing; I was watching Home Alone 2 on Sunday on YTV and my jaw dropped to the floor when I heard that it came out 20 years ago. I still can’t accept that I’m no longer a teenager!


Rachael December 4, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Ah! We watch Home Alone 2 every year with our friends as we put up the Christmas decorations. My husband and my best friend (who have an extra special liking to this movie) have a pair of awesomely hideous turtle dove ornaments they “share.” So glad others enjoy this holiday gem as much as we do!

Awesome post with great ideas! As testimony, I couldn’t live without my microplane zester or subscription to VegNews!!!

(PS – your No Bake Peppermint Patty Bars are a staple in my house now. I take them to every gathering I can, and my husband is always depleting our stockpile. LOVE them!!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hey Rachael, I need to get some turtle doves stat! Every time I see the movie I’m like “ohhh I want some of those!” ;)
Glad you are enjoying the PP bars!


Taylor December 4, 2012 at 3:53 pm

AHHH indeed!! 22..20 years ago?!? Explains why I still think the 90s were “last decade.”


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

hah I still do too :)


raechel @the rebel grrrl kitchen December 4, 2012 at 7:07 pm

I am both lol-ing and also trying to keep from crying. WHERE DID MY YOUTH GO?! 22 years old…that means I am a person who is old enough to remember things that are *decades* old. You said it, “Ahh, indeed.”

Great gift round-up, though!


Sarah December 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

This is a GREAT list, Angela! Especially the glass storage containers (WHY plastic!???), the high quality vanilla extract (makes SUCH a HUGE difference), and the microplane (how could one live without??) Happy Holidays! :D


Kathryn December 4, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Fantastic gift list, thanks for sharing. And I cannot believe Home Alone was made that long ago. I’m planning on giving an AGO membership to a loved one.


[email protected] Model Chef December 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm

OKAY. I need that zester-grater thing…asap! Lol, thanks for posting this. So much fun.


Jen @ Passport to Bliss December 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm

20 years? Wow…it’s amazing how fast time flies! I’m watching “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” right now…and I don’t even want to know how old that show is!!! lol!
Thanks for the great gift ideas! :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) December 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

hahah omg I don’t know but I remember thinking it was so old when I was a young kid watching it!


Dawn @ Florida Coastal Cooking December 5, 2012 at 6:05 am

I love the farm sanctuary idea and the soy candles look amazing!


Radhika Sarohia December 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

The farm sanctuary idea is awesome
And that vegan vanilla paste looks pretty cool too! I’ve never even heard of vanilla paste haha
I buy vegan pendants on Etsy:D


Alyssa December 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Yeah, Titanic had their 15 year anniversary this year. I saw that and was like “no way, I wasn’t 5 when that came out”. But after a few moments, I realized, I am not 20, I am 30 and I was 15 when that came out. Oh my gosh, I am in such a time warp.


Ali @ WHOLEistically Fit December 11, 2012 at 11:01 am

Yikes!! It is crazy how old the original Home Alone movies are. Great round-up of holiday gift ideas. I’m really digging that glass straw! :)


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