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12 Months of Potato Chips!

Anchor's Chip of the Month Club for Christmas

I wanted to bring a little extra attention to today’s Gift of the Day as the Christmas gift-giving window comes to a close. You know we love a good gift subscription when it comes to last-minute gifts. You buy now, it keeps on giving later.

Some favorites that come to mind: Cheese, Pig, Flowers, or a fancy Tasting Box from Foodzie. Our favorite this year has got to be Anchor’s Chip of the Month Club. I mean, have you ever met a person that didn’t like potato chips?

Anchor’s supports indie chippers from across the country—many you’ve probably never heard of before—bringing hard-to-find gourmet potato chips right to the door of your recipient. It’s months of crunchy deliciousness and a last-minute gift giving job well done!

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Give & Tell with Amy Ferguson

Amy FergusonToday’s guest gift-giver is the wonderfully fun Amy Ferguson. She’s a southern girl who has lived in New York for the past seven years. Amy’s a crafty, artsy, goofball—it’s no surprise why we love her so. She works as a freelance Art Director at various ad agencies in NYC and there’s a very good chance Amy’s work has popped across your TV and made you laugh.

She lives in the West Village, blogs happy things at Old Sweet Song, and has single handedly brought back the ultimate DIY gift idea here at Wantist, Rob Gordon style. Thanks, Amy!

Could you share a wrapping secret with us?

I really love the look and versatility of wrapping gifts with brown kraft paper. I like tying the gifts with string but I mix up the variety of string. Sometimes I use red and white bakers twine or just plain old white twine. And I just got an awesome spool of neon pink twine from the hardware store and it looks fantastic with the brown paper. There’s something sweet and retro about the look but it’s also polished and chic. Plus you never have to worry about holiday specific wrapping.

What’s the most inexpensive item you could receive that warms your heart every time?

I think there are few more personal and heartfelt gifts than a good old fashioned mix CD (Really, I miss mixtapes. But does anyone have a cassette player anymore?! And I wouldn’t even know where to buy a blank cassette tape). Mixes might be my favorite thing to give. I love curating the songs for the specific person, picking the order and then designing a personalized cover. I take it all very seriously! But getting a mix made with love is also really amazing. There’s something nostalgic about it that reminds me of my teen years. Can we all just stop what we’re doing right now and make a pact to not let the mix CD die? Long live the mix CD!
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How to Make Delicious, Delightful Dipped Pretzels

DIY Dipped Pretzels wrapped in a box

We’re down to the wire and you’re thinking, “What could I make with a lot of love, a lot of fun, but not a ton of time?” Dipped pretzels! These are sure to blow the tastebuds off of teachers, friends and neighbors. Let me show you how to turn ordinary pretzels into a fun and classy present that you’ll love giving. Trust me, they are a huge hit.

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20 Meatastic Gifts for Carnivores!

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Meat Love U by Charity Ryan

Yeah, yeah, we all know the eat-less-meat buzz is spreading worldwide, but not everyone wants to board that Kermit-colored, rouphage-laden train. Some people prefer to get their protein from something that once had parents rather than a plant or bean. True meat lovers are something of a rare kind. They can name the time and place of their “best steak ever”; they stop at butcher counters, in awe, to admire the vast selection of meaty goodness; they once took a cross-country road trip just to try a burger they saw on TV. These are the true carnivores, the meat lovers of the world, and it is for them that this list was put together!

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17 Gifts for the Finest Foodies on Your List

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Dining out with a foodie is always an experience, but the fun shouldn’t stop at their preferred restaurant of choice. While some food lovers might know their way around a kitchen, others rely on the pros to satisfy their taste buds. Well, you’re in luck, because there are heaps of ways to spread the culinary cheer without gifting cooking essentials. Whether they’re always asking important questions when ordering, or photographing your meal before you can take a bite, here are 17 gifts fit for the finest foodies on your list!

Clockwise: BBQ of the Month Club, Murray’s Cheese of the Month Club, A Year’s Supply of TCHOcolate, Foodzie Tasting Box Gift Subscription

The easiest idea? Something edible of course! “Food of the Month” clubs are pretty much the best thing ever, and I’m not sure why I haven’t invested in one of these delicious options before. Each month, your favorite food-loving friend will receive a special package filled with different BBQ, cheese and chocolate goodies, just to name a few. This gift will not stop giving…at least for a few months!

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Lark Fine Foods Cookies for Grown-Ups


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Don’t get me wrong, I love a good chocolate chip cookie, but there’s also something really enjoyable about trying new flavor combinations and mixing sweet with savory.

For the sake of this post you could say that it’s the grown-up in me. But let’s not get too carried away with that kind of talk.

Lark Fine Foods artisan cookies have instilled some serious cravings for cookie flavors I’ve never tasted before.

Their ingredients are all natural and preservative free. Their cookies are award winning. And their business is run by a mother-daughter team in Essex Massachusetts. All the cookies are baked to order and neatly packaged, making them a delicious gift for foodies with a sweet tooth.

There are 8 flavors in their repertoire which creates quite the conundrum—which to try first?? I’ve narrowed my choice to the spicy chocolate Cha-Chas or the Salted Rosemary Shortbread. Decisions!

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Chocolicious! 17 Gifts for the Chocoholic

Cha Cha Chocolate Clutch by Kate Spade

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Chocolate! Yum! This collection is for that person in your life who sets their computer password to ‘chocolate’ just to remind themselves that they may not have had a piece since their last login. Regardless of whether chocolate infiltrates their tech security, most people are pleased to receive chocolate as a gift, in any of its incarnations. And for those non-chocoholics I’d say that’s a shame, but I’m happy to have your share.

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Make this gift: DIY Caramel Apple Kit

DIY Caramel Apple Kit

DIY Caramel Apple Kit, Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink

This fun DIY gift makes use of one of the best food combos of all time: caramel sauce and apples. It’s where ooey gooey meets crisp and delicious… and they make sweet, sweet food babies that are the perfect accompaniment to fall and winter. SO, why not give the gift of caramel apple goodness to friends, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone who appreciates thoughtfully put together gifts? Sounds like a pretty great idea to me!

DIY Caramel Apple Kit

DIY Caramel Apple Kit, Photo by Kimberley Hasselbrink

Kimberley Hasselbrink shares this awesome how-to over on Oh Happy Day and suggests pairing your kits with cute vintage butter knives for slicing up apples and spreading on the good stuff.  With an assortment of toppings like chopped pistachios, bacon bits, coconut flakes, or even sea salt, you can make this kit as gourmet as you’d like!  Is your mouth watering yet??  Head on over to Oh Happy Day for tips on how to put together your own perfectly delicious caramel apple kits!

psst… It’s Caramel Apple Day—what a great way to celebrate!


DIY Caramel Apple Kit