Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A few of my favorite things....

It's about time we get shopping for those thoughtful, delightful Christmas gifts and so I want to give you some ideas.  We ALL have our most favorite things, don't we?  If you could give everybody on your list your favorite things, wouldn't gift giving be easy?  Unless, of course, your favorite thing was your car or your 5 carat diamond ring!  Nester is having a Linky Party with Favorite Things under $30.  Let's see how many fun favorites we can come up with.  Wanna play?

One of my ultra-favorite things is my electric kettle.  I don't have this exact model, but I have recommended it to friends and family.  Nothing better than a fast-boiling kettle of hot water for tea, coffee, cocoa, for quick-boiling pasta water, and the list goes on.  It's pretty too!
Who doesn't need a good pen?  A pen that writes like a dream and doesn't smudge?  A pen that feels right in your hand?  You want this pen!  It's a delight to write!

We must keep our lips nice and soft and chap-free this winter so I'll share my favorite lip balm --  Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm in the tin.     (comes in a stick too) I love this stuff for my lips, but also for my oftentimes-chapped-nose and for cracked finger tips.  The light peppermint smell gives me a lift and a slight zing on the lips.
  If you like a little color and shine in your lip balm, grab Burts Bees Lip Shimmer, but don't go putting it on your nose unless you are starring as Rudolph in the School Christmas Play.  I like the raisin color.
Now for those of you who sew, quilt, embroider or clip threads of any kind, the EZ Snip from Famore is my favorite tool!  I don't stitch without it.  A sewist-friend of mine gave me my snipper for Christmas one year and I adore it.  
It comes with a nice little rubber cap with a heart charm hanging from it so you can keep your snipper from poking things when it's not in use.  (It's VERY sharp)  I'm supposing you can find these at fine fabric shops or quilt stores.

Everybody needs some jingle bells about now so getchya some!  Pier 1 is selling a Jingle Bell Wreath holder for the front door.  I love to hear that jingling when someone enters the front door this time of year. Or how about a jingle bell cuff for the wee Littles in your life?
I made this one last year with heavy wool felt, but you could make one with cotton fabrics or you could knit or crochet a jingle bracelet.  Pier 1 sells them too, but I like the homemade version better.  Or find a Red jingle bell stick from Pier 1.  I love this!

I wish you happy gift-giving!  It doesn't have to be expensive.  Let it be a favorite thing!


  1. That is a group of nice things. I have wanted a teapot like that for a long time. It would be nice to come in and have tea so fast.

  2. Love the cuff! I love all your favorite things!
    I am going to put the jingle bells in my bag right now. I am sort of hoping for a snow day tomorrow so I can decorate the tree!

  3. That Burts Bees lip shimmer is one of my favorite things, too. It's wonderful. I think I need an electric kettle! That sound really handy.

  4. What eclectic taste buds you have! I just love this time of year... :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. Fun post! :)

  6. What a fun idea for a blog post Jody! Thanks for the ideas -- I'm really stuck this year on what to get people!

  7. Burt Bees is so good, always have some around. Bells and Christmas go together, love to hear the sound.

  8. What a wonderful list! I love jingle bells--they're probably my favorite Christmas sound--and I love all Burt's Bees products. They smell so good!


    P.S. Nothing beats a good pair of snips!

  9. Hmmm... An electric tea kettle. I've been thinking about purchasing one. I use a stovetop kettle now, and I was trying to figure out if it would be worth investing in an electric one. How fast does the water warm up? Thanks for sharing your favorites!

  10. How FUN! Love it! My kids would love it too! :)

    So nice to 'meet' you today! I blog at "Only A Breath" and would love for you to stop by and visit :)


  11. I love my electric kettle -- it heats the water *very* fast! I like having it away from the stove, too, so that it doesn't get spattered the way my stovetop kettle used to. Another plus is that even while one person is managing several pots on the stove, someone else can be making tea or coffee and we don't bump into each other.

  12. Ohhh great list, I adore my electric kettle too. I have nver seens those snips before, cool!! Clarice

  13. I love my electric kettle!

  14. My electric kettle looks very similar to the one in your photo. Mine is in use every day, sometimes several times a day...way better than a microwave!


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