Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Joy of Giving

Last minute shopper? Me too. Well, I am an early shopper and a last minute shopper. There seems to be a lull in the middle where I don't get much done. Sort of like staring into the headlights, or Christmas lights, as it were.

Here are a few ideas for you, in case you are feeling stuck. Happy shopping!

Let's start big, shall we? For the cook who longs for the very best - the new KitchenAid 13 cup food processor. It has adjustable slicing, as well as the shredding and julienne disks, chopping and mixing blades. It also has variable speed and a three in one wide mouth feed tube. But, most importantly - it is one totally sexy machine!

For Family Cooking - these are my favourite family-style cookbooks of the year.

 John Besh's My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking

Trish Magwood's In My Mother's Kitchen: Three Generations of Simple, Delicious Food.
For the exotic cook on your list - how about a tagine and a book on tagine cooking? Bring the flavours of Morocco to someone special.


Got a wine lover on your list? How about a basket with a lovely bottle of vino, some cheese and grapes and a copy of Natalie MacLean's Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines.

If you're lucky they might share! 

For the readers on your list - Jann Arden's Falling Backwards is a tender and humourous look at the singer/songwriter's early years.

Give the Gift of Flavia!

Alan Bradley's 11-year old sleuth Flavia de Luce will warm the heart of the mystery-loving reader on your list.Think of Sherlock Holmes as a young girl. A delightful series!

For a darker, more complex mystery series - Jo Nesbo's Harry Hole books are gritty and intense and intelligently written. He is currently my favourite author.

And, most importantly, give to those who need it most.

There are many charities who would be thrilled to have your generosity shared with them. Don't be overwhelmed with choice, just pick something that means a lot to you and give what you can.

If your favourite Aunt Martha was taken too soon by disease, you might want to fund research in her name.
If cats are near to your heart, you may want to donate to a rescue agency.
There are many lands far away that need a helping hand due to famine and natural disaster, as well as people in your own community. Find what means the most to you and give generously.

Don't have much money? The gift of time is the ultimate in generosity - consider volunteering your time to a shelter, retirement home, or any other organization in need in your community.
There is a reason they call it the season of giving. The best thing - you will feel great!