9 Days to Christmas Countdown! - Last Minute Gift Ideas

We're 9 days away from Christmas... do you have any last minute gifts to purchase? Here are some last minute gift ideas for stocking stuffers, grab bags, secret holiday gift exchanges, or just to have on hand for unexpected gift givers so you don't look like a humbug...

For the cook/baker - This is probably more a gift to give yourself or your favorite baker/cook. No kitchen should be without a really good, sturdy cooling rack. Often thought of using for baked goods, this is equally great for cooling pots of soup, appetizers, making bacon in the oven and other savory items. This rack is perfect in that you can cool and set things on the rack. I don't have to worry about it bending because it's so strong it will hold up to your pots - even my dutch oven. I've also used it quite a bit during the holidays just as a place to set pots and pans to cool when I needed stove space. It helps its a large size too, 12x17. Regardless, anyone who loves being in the kitchen can surely appreciate this cooling rack!
Another item is this macaron mat! Macarons are such a favorite treat and many folks are eager to make them at home. Now it's easy to do with the Simple Baker silicone baking mat. It comes pre-printed with the most popular macaron template sizes. No need to trace circles on parchment paper or pieces together various templates. Each patter has 2 sizes to use - regular sized macarons or even mini macarons. The patter also has optional ear patterns for making animal macarons for a twist! I love how thick the mat is to ensure the heat is distributed evenly. This allows everything to bake up perfectly. The mat is also a great size as it fits the standard half size baking sheets and the corners are cut to ensure it lies flat in the pan. As a special bonus, order the Simple Baker Silicone Macaron Mat on Amazon using the link above and receive 50% off with this promo code - TOM5PD14! One winner will be chosen to receive a mat to start baking macarons soon - to enter the contest, comment on our Facebook page!

For the spicy foodie - If you are looking to add more style to your dining table and more flavor to your food, the Kuisiware Salt and Pepper Grinder Set is exactly what you need. Built for more flavor and fewer turns, the Kuisiware Salt & Pepper Mill features a ceramic mechanism for smooth operation, finesse and quality. It has a modern, stylish design with stainless steel accents and high-quality clear acrylic body that lets you know when to refill; it's very easy to refill and clean and I love how smooth it operates with many grades of grinding thanks to high-performing ceramic grinding mechanism.  The grinder comes with caps to prevent round circles of pepper or salt, leaving your countertops nice and clean. It holds plenty of salt and pepper to last you for a long time (1.2oz of each) and it's easy to adjust grinding, from very fine to nice and coarse
For the coffee lover -  I love coffee so this is my recommendation for a great coffee to try or give to your favorite coffee lover. This is Guatemalan Gourmet Medium Roast, Whole Bean Coffee is an exclusive and rare single-origin coffee from San Marcos, Guatemala. It's not too bold or too light, so it's a nice coffee to either start the day or even pick you up in the afternoon. These coffee beans are cultivated at the higher grounds of the mountains located at the base of two of Guatemala's most important volcanoes: Tajana and Tajumulco. Volcanic soil provides a more fertile ground for coffee beans to grow which contribute to better quality beans with exclusive flavors found ONLY in this part of the world. This coffee belongs to a region called Barrancas, San Marcos which is specifically known for producing one of the best coffees in Guatemala with a deep full body flavor, no bitterness and delicious delicate floral notes.

For the aspiring bread baker - This is the secret weapon that expert bakers use to produce perfect dough each time. The Danish Dough Whisk is exactly what you need for making pizza, pastry, bread, and pasta dough.  Once you’ve used this dough whisk, you’ll count it as one of your essential baking tools. It’s perfect for mixing heavy dough prior to kneading.  Its rounded shape makes it easy to scrape the sides of the bowl so everything is incorporated, and so little sticks to it that it’s really easy to clean. Sturdy and well made of a beechwood handle and stiff stainless steel wire head. Flow-through wire whisk design blends ingredients thoroughly and gently. Overall length: 15 1/4″

For the one with a sweet tooth - These treats are perfect to have on hand for the holiday to enjoy for yourself or as a delicious gift! I love how colorful and festive they are and great as a hostess gift, secret santa gift, or as an after dinner treat. Edible Gifts offers a lot of various items aside from these chocolate dipped Oreo cookies so be sure to check out what other goodies you can order!

For the sushi lover - One of my most popular culinary classes I teach is a sushi class. I'm always excited to learn about new and fun gadgets to make sushi maki more interesting. This one caught my eye and looks like a neat way to give sushi maki a try. It comes with 5 pieces - a flexible mat, guided nori frame, cutting guide, and 2 end caps to use for condiments. If your favorite sushi lover is looking for some fun making sushi at home, this kit is a great option!

For the super hydrated - Forget the plastic water bottles, go for glass! I've fallen in love with these Glasstic water bottles and can't have enough. These are wide mouth glass water bottles, which make it easy to drink from and clean. If you like adding flavored powders to your water, the wide mouth makes it easy to do so. The bottle also has a leak proof flip cal with a handle and lock. I also appreciate that these bottles are BPA free,lead free, cadmium free and toxin free. They are easy to wash by hand or in the dishwasher. And although it's glass, they are durable and shatterproof so you can comfortably take them anywhere! As a special treat, you can receive a 10% discount using code DONYQMA9 through Amazon. For more information and to view a Demonstration Video of the Glasstic Shatterproof Glass Water Bottle please visit  or

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For the toddler parents - If your kiddie is anything like mine, he loves to kick and put his feet up on the seat in front of him (whether its the drivers seat or passenger seat.) Regardless, the back of these seats always look a hot mess full of footprints, mud, dirt, etc. To help make it a bit neater, grab one of these car seat protectors to attach to either the driver or passenger seat or wherever you'd like to salvage the seat you do have from toddler prints!

For the Instagram Addict#Cube™ speaks to the enormous popularity of photo-sharing sites such as Instagram by enabling the socially connected to enlarge their viewing experience of photos and videos, from the smaller confines of a smart device. It is an extremely innovative, attractive, & easy-to-use wireless living photo canvas which showcases your favorite social photo & video streams. The #CUBE is a large 8” square LCD touch screen display, giving the retro-inspired #Cube™ a modern touch. Real-time and instant continuous delivery of a stream of photos and video clips, enabling users to enjoy and display real-time social network images from friends, family, and favorite celebrities.  Rechargeability and built-in Wi-Fi as well as free wireless software updates that enable new features & application support.
For the tea loverBoiling water for your tea, coffee or instant soup is now more convenient and safer than ever. With the Bellemain Cordless Kettle, there's less waiting around, and no worries about a dangling cord, overheating, boiling dry or accidental spills. It's faster than a stovetop kettle or the microwave, the Bellemain heats water in just 2 minutes! Putting water in and pouring it out are so much easier when there's no cord to get in your way, or get wet and possibly give you an electrical shock.The automatic shut off built-in safety feature ensures that the Bellemain will never overheat or boil over, which could damage the kettle or create a fire hazard. The Bellemain will also shut off automatically when the water level gets too low, to prevent boiling dry.
With many kettles, you can't tell if they're hot except by touching them (ouch!). When the Bellemain's power light is on, you'll know just by looking. The locking lid is another great safety feature: it prevents accidental spills while you're pouring. A clear plastic panel in the handle tells you when there's danger of overflowing or boiling dry. For safe, convenient storage, the cord wraps inside the base. When you're ready to plug it in, pull out just the length you need. The Bellemain is made of durable, brushed stainless steel for dependable quality and service. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
For the artsy and craftsyVinyl Wall Decals from are a great way to bring any room to life! They look awesome, last forever, and are easy to apply and remove. Wall Decals come in any shape and size and can be made from any image! Your favorite arts and crafts person can have fun selecting from the variety of vinyl wall decals available. I picked up this one, a 36" Always Kiss Me goodnight Wall Decal. Always Kiss me goodnight wall decals are a great way to bring love and affection to any room and it's great in the bedroom or even in a nursery. 
For the movie lover- This is a great gift for a movie lover because what movie lover doesn't like popcorn?! These popcorn packets have everything portioned and premeasured making popcorn popping a breeze. No need for a special pot or even worrying about burning popcorn in the microwave. Simply add everything in your standard pot, cover and let it go over medium heat. You'll know its all ready when popping stops. I really liked the flavor of Franklin's Gourmet Popcorn and it was so convenient to have everything in one packet!

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