The Twelve Days of Unique Gift Giving

We all have that one friend or family member that makes the holidays a time of fear instead of cheer. That one that has it all; the impossible to buy for.  But what if you could be the giver of all gifts? The VIP of future party invitations? This guide has you covered.

Day 1: The Drinker

Photo 2 The Drinker

You could wrap up another set of shot glass or cutesy wine tags that will undoubtedly be regifted next year (and knowing your forgetful aunt, right back at you). Or you can give then their own DIY Gin Kit. Know someone who likes to bring along a “traveller”? Let them blend in with all the other tech savvy social media whores with a portable iFlask while movie buffs can stun with drinks topped with a ripple ice cubes made from their new Jurassic molds. And who doesn’t love that house on Halloween that provides “treats” for the parents? Next year be the talk of the hood by tapping your pumpkin and serving them…well Pumpkin Ale of course.

Day 2: The Decorator

Photo 3 The Decorator

Animal print and faux fur are so yesterday (I think). For those people in your life that make Architectural Digest look like Good Housekeeping it can be excruciating to find the right gift. Bookends and throw pillows can easily be dull choices unless you get design creative like with these vintage cameras prints or kitschy Shot Out of a Cannon props. Those who like industrial motifs won’t be able to resist Fire Escape or Suspension Bridge shelving and for the steam punk fan in your life a Gear Toggle Switch will have them flipping on and off all day.

Day 3: The Fashionista

Photo 4 The Fasionista

Try as we might leggings are not going away. Or people wearing them. Luckily there are Cute Tights available (batman, bunnies) that may sway people in the right direction.  Cuff links are always a popular gift and if you have a techie friend who goes to meetings a lot these USB ones are perfect. And don’t we all have a bowtie wearing friend in our immediate circle? Snazzy them up with a cool Wooden Ties this holiday season. There are many grains to choose from. And if you know someone brave enough to rock Dinosaur Earrings, then hold on to them…they are the best people ever.

Day 4: The Sporty Spice

Photo 5 The Sporty Spice

There are three types of sporty spices in my opinion. The ones that do; making days of the week Undies For Runners perfect for slipping under their tree. The ones that watch; Stadium Cufflinks fit perfectly in their stockings. And finally the ones that try. They like to do it differently so Axe Throwing gift cards will be well received.

Day 5: The Foodie

Photo 6 The Foodie

The Foodie is probably the hardest to buy for.  They are the restaurant regulars, baker extraordinaire or cordon bleu inspired home cook. You can’t go wrong if you give them any kind of Make-It-Yourself  or Grow-It-Yourself kits like mushrooms and cheese. For the more sentimental foodie jewellery now comes with cooking-centric themes like a Cleaver Necklace or Gadget Charms. And to really impress spend a little extra and get something one of a kind for them like Personalized Rolling Pins.  You will be surprised how quickly and how often baked goods with your friends name on it will be heading your way.

Day 6: The Geek

Photo 7 The Geek

Buying for your lovable yet aloof geek family member or friend can be a lot of fun. Partly because what you find usually connects with your own inner geek but mostly because the selection is so broad. Star Wars fanatics can never leave there chair again for a trip to the kitchen with this Han Solo Carbonite Mini Fridge. Video gamers can enjoy the nostalgia of the classic by decorating their game room with a Question Mark Lamp. Fans of board games and puzzles will enjoy hours of fun with the Awkward Moment’s Card Game or the a mind boggling Japanese Mystery Box. Creative types can adorn their desks with a  pair of Nun-Chuck Pens and the just plain weird can enjoy a refreshing shower using their new Caffeinated Soap.

Day 7: The Movie Buff

Photo 8 The Movie Buff

Isn’t there a big movie coming out this year? Maybe you know someone who stayed up all night to get tickets to see it before everyone else. Why not have that memory preserved with a Pillow of their Ticket Stub? And a movie buff with kids? A Hobbit Hole Playhouse is a great way to get them out of the house while they enjoy a film in their Movie Projector Lamp decorated living room. And guys? guys? Hey you guys…..Goonies Vinyl Figures.

Day 8: The Audiophile

Photo 9 The Audiophile

Have a loved one who tears up to a certain song? Get the sound waves created into a Beautiful Canvas or Piece of Jewellery. Anyone who lives with a guitar player knows that you can never have enough picks so give them a Pick Punch. Hotel keyes may never be returned from that point on but think of all the picks you’ll find in the laundry. Creative types might enjoy making their own instrument so start small with a Ukulele Kit. And does sweet smooth jazz sound different in a Gourd Amp? Gift one to find out.

Day 9: The Outdoorsman

Photo 10 The Outdoorsman

Being outdoors doesn’t have to mean peeing in a bush or fighting off bears.  With fun gifts like Decorative Tents, Glow in the Dark Bocce and The Ice Cream Ball (yes! it makes ice cream while you play with it) even I may be convinced to sleep under the stars. (no not really). And for the hardcore survivor man in your circle, gift them the Life Straw. No parasites for this guy!

Day 10: The Pet Owner

Photo 11 The Pet Owner

Pet owners are a breed onto themselves. Obsessed with their fur-babies being as close to human as possible they shower them with sweaters and treats galore. Surprise these people with gifts that show you get it. Truly get it! Do they carry them around everywhere? The Bubble Carrier is perfect. Declare their breed is superior? A Blueprint will bolster their argument. And don’t forget the feeling of the pets themselves? DJ Fuzzy Paw will enjoy his new Scratching Pad while the shortest member of your family can still feel a part of this world with Fence Bubble Windows.

Day 11: The Techie

Photo 12 The Techie

The Techie’s are the coolest people in our circle.  And they deserve some cool things this holiday season. Like Color Sensing Robots and Invisible Speakers. Or the kick-assiest Paper Airplane you’ll ever make. On a more practical side they are sure to enjoy a Instant iPhone Photo Printer or Nanotips, a gel you can put on the ends of you mittens to make using your smart phone a piece of cake.

Day 12: The Traveller

Photo 13 The Traveller

And finally you have the traveller in your life.  The final gift to be given. The person you are probably the most jealous of. Unless of course you are that person. World traveller? How about a Scratch Map to make everyone envious of your life. Road Tripper? The Briefcase BBQ will give you a break from fast food joint and hot dog stands. The economy classer wishing they were First Class? A carry on Cocktail Kit will impress even the flight crew. And for that traveller who has black luggage like the rest of the world population? A Bike Chain Luggage Tag should help you snag your bag with more confidence.

Whether you are buying for someone else or giving ideas for what you want this year I’m sure there is an item or two on this list that will find its way into Santa’s bag.

Secret Recipe Club: Tropical Sangria

sangria (1)Typical oh crap its summer and I barely have time to remember my name let alone half of the obligations I have I completely forgot about my Secret Recipe Club was due. Like tomorrow.  And given that everything came back to me crystal clear on my way to the cottage for the long weekend I figured I was screwed.  Quickly I thought ” hey what do I plan to eat this weekend other than the preferred hot dogs and hamburgers?”

Hey wait!  I plan to drink this weekend!  Would my irresponsibility pay off.  Once I finally found my assigned blog email A Fit and Spicy Life I immediately went straight to the beverages and while there was only one option it was just what I needed Sangria front and center in her extensive recipe index .

sangria (3)

I love the fruit combination used since I tend to favour me berries combinations.  Cool and refreshing.  I should be the talk of the park.

Yields 6-8

Tropical Sangria
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  • 1 canteloupe, cubed
  • 1 pint strawberries, halved
  • 1 pineapple, cubed
  • 1 lemon, wedged
  • Favorite white wine.


  1. Combine all the ingredients in large pitcher with lots of ice and let sit for 4-5 hours.
Recipe Type: Drinks


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