You’ve probably heard of, seen, or owned a Le Creuset dutch oven. They are one of the most popular wedding gifts for newlyweds and, like KitchenAid stand mixers, a kitchen staple for adults everywhere. When I was shopping for my wedding registry earlier this year, an employee at Williams-Sonoma encouraged us not to register for a Le Creuset, but instead a Staub dutch oven. I became curious and started noticing my favorite food bloggers posting meals in Staub cookware on Instagram—and I recognized that my favorite fast casual food place, Cava, used them to display food. THEN, we tested dutch ovens at Reviewed and our favorite overall was the Staub! Clearly these dutch ovens are hot right now, so get them for the person in your life who loves cooking. You can’t go wrong.
"I received this as birthday gift. It was an awesome experience opening up. A crowd gathered as… more everyone wanted to know what was in the Man Crate!! I love my coffee in the morning and this was an awesome gift. Comes with everything you need and the coffee is great (came with a medium roast). I plan on taking it with me on my trips so I can always have GREAT coffee!! Thanks Man Crates!!" - Ryan less
Whether it's used for serving or for display, this pretty Christmas gift will brighten any kitchen. Create a colorful motif around the edges of a purchased platter with ceramic paints or porcelain paint pens, then sketch and paint a fun shape in the center. Many ceramic paints require baking to set the colors, so be sure to read the packaging instructions before you start the project. This gift is perfect for anyone looking to make their house feel a little more like home.
Jenna - I sent this crate to a long-term contractor of mine who deserved a cool and unique show of… more appreciation. He absolutely loved the gift (and probably the crate and duct tape wrapping even more!)--he said it totally made his day (and week!). I had the gift delivered to his office and he said all of his colleagues were standing around watching when it was delivered, wondering what it was and how in the heck he was going to open it. I wish I could have been there to see it! Thank, Man Crates! :D less
This is a serious event in his life. He’s worked, planned, and gotten ready for this day for potential years. This calls for something for his business, something that he may one day pass down to his children when they inherit it. Custom frames for their first dollar, posh decorations for their office, or even a nice, strong bottle of top-shelf liquor with a custom label (that’s one they’ll probably bring home, but it’ll mean the world to them in their liquor cabinet).
Choose a pretty Christmas pattern, like poinsettias, and impress your coworkers with a crafty gift that's easy to make in bulk. Roll clay to 1/4-inch thickness on parchment paper and refrigerate for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the clay from refrigerator, keeping it on parchment, and place on an even surface. Press the rim of an ovenproof bowl into clay, and cut around bowl with a crafts knife. Press a rubber stamp into clay to create pattern; if it sticks, lightly oil stamp surface. Lightly oil inside of the bowl used as a circle template. Place clay circle in center of bowl, gently molding it to sides, then place in oven and bake as directed on clay package. Once cool, remove clay bowl from mold and lightly sand edges if necessary. We love this Christmas gift for family and friends, too.
You work with the guy, you want to get something nice, but you just don’t know where to go. One of the main reasons to get a restaurant gift card is to tell them, “You deserve a night off, so this one’s on me.” There’s a little bit of careful planning that should go into it, though. Depending on your relationship with this guy, you’ll know a few basic details, like what city or town they live in, or what’s along the road on the way to, or coming back from work. The last thing you want is to get a gift card to a restaurant that’s going to be out of their way; you’re trying to make it convenient for them to get a meal essentially for free, so look at what’s along the way. This is a simple gift card to grab that doesn’t take too much knowledge, but buyer beware: try to get a feel for any possible allergies before you send them out for lobster.
All that being said, personalized gifts add a bit more oomph by letting the person know exactly how much you pay attention to them, or how in-tune you are with sentimental words and/or phrases. It can turn any gift from a simple object to something they’ll treasure for the rest of their lives. This writer has a customized Cross pen; it was an appropriate gift, given the profession, and engraved with one significant word. It’s still in use to this day and cherished above just about everything else. There’s some serious power behind personalization.
"My son gifted this to me for my birthday. I love to work with my hands, and this was perfect for… more me. I have to admit, I was intimidated with a fear of messing it up. I knew my son would want to see the finished work. After staring at the pieces on my bench for a couple weeks, I finally decided, it’s now or never! Every step carefully processed. I knew there were no 'do overs.' Slow and deliberate steps, but once I got started it was an obsession. It came out great." - Ken less
Brewery Tour and Tasting - One of our personal favorites. This gives him a chance to taste a private reserve, or meet the brewers and talk about the process. If you know they’re big on discovering new brews and batches, you’re about to give them the thrill of a lifetime. Find a local brewery, and discover their tasting room and private tours. It may cost you a nice chunk of change, but it’s an experience that they can’t just walk through the door and get.
Instead of searching high and low for the perfect pillow, make this Christmas gift that you know your friend will love! Sketch a geometric design on a square piece of kraft paper to make a template, then trace onto fabric and cut to size. Stitch the shapes together and press the seams open. Cut solid-color fabric to make the back of the pillow covering. Stitch the front and back pieces, right sides together, leaving a small opening. Turn right side out, press, and stuff with a pillow form. Whipstitch the opening closed.
Give her something to compliment her current jewelry collection with this Michele Watch Head. This beautiful watch head is sure to make an impression with your loved one. The stainless steel watch band features a mother of pearl dial surrounded by 120 twinkling diamonds. If you seek the matching strap to house the watch head, consider this one from Nordstrom.