Gift Guide 2017
Don’t you love gifts that keep on giving? The Plum Deluxe tea of the month club sends
recipients 1 ounce of seasonally-inspired artisan loose leaf tea along with perks like recipes and access to a private tea lover’s community with local meet-ups throughout the year. With flavors like apricot-elderberry Self Care herbal blend, Abundance passionfruit green tea, and the Gratitude strawberry Earl Grey, Plum Deluxe is all about spreading positive vibes through tea sipping. Year’s subscription: $120. Teas are
available exclusively on their website, plumdeluxe.com/teashop.
Salt Tasting Kit
If a foodie in your life has tried everything from flavored olive oils to sugars and needs a new adventure, how about Saltopia’s Salt Tasting Kit which comes stocked with 12 full jars of the company’s best sellers, including Krossed Keys black truffle, Vampire’s Tease Cabernet and Great Outdoors smoked applewood — using only natural sea salts from around the globe. The kit includes invitations, suggestions on food pairing and even score cards for the most persnickety of guests. $109.95. Available at saltopiasalts.com.
So many ciders, so little time at Spring Gate Vineyard. From cranberry to pumpkin spice, they’re sold by the glass and growler. We think some Gingerbread Cider would be the perfect gift. Just check on the Harrisburg’s Vineyard’s Facebook page to check out which varieties are available on a weekly basis. $21. 5790 Devonshire Road, Harrisburg. springgatevineyard.com
Edible Cookie Dough
Edoughble makes cookie dough eating all pleasure and no-guilt with it’s edible varieties that have become household favorites over the past few years. Now the startup is introducing new flavors like Key Lime Pie, a Gluten-free Peanut Butta Cup and Caramel Pumpkin Spice Swirl. Their Build a Box lets you customize two, four or six packs of cookie dough as the perfect gift. Starting at $20. Available on edoughble.com.
Cookie Cutter Couple
One Allentown couple turned their passion for baking into a truly custom pursuit with their Etsy shop that specializes in creating portrait cookie cutters. Take this year’s holiday baking to the next level with Spoiled Kitty Designs personalized cookie cutters. Using photos, selfies, Bitmojis and whatever other form of portraiture you have to send, the duo will craft a cookie cutter to make limitless edible duplicates. $16-25.
Wearables & Accessories
Warm and Fuzzy Feeling
Alpaca Fiber Designs, a new and innovative environmentally friendly felting business opened its doors several years ago in Carlisle. A project sponsored by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities and supported by the United Cerebral Palsy of Central Pennsylvania in collaboration with Bent Pine Alpaca Farm, Alpaca Fiber Designs was created to employ individuals with disabilities and non-disabled employees who share a common interest — Alpacas. The non-profit handmakes gifts like the Alpaca Wet-felted handmade wine cozy or four pack of Alpaca felted dryer balls (that help clothes dry quicker). $18-25. alpacafiberdesigns.com
Consumed by Comfy
Fin Fun’s Wild Things soft plush hooded animal blankets feature a comfortable design with hand pockets that easily wrap/cascade around the body. Special touches: animal ears, eyes, paws or flippers will make kids literally go wild while for nap time or just staying warm on those chilly nights. Styles are available in youth size only, and include: Snowcap Polar Bear, Snapper Turtle, Timber Brown Bear, Cinder Black Bear, Roary Lion. Sleeping bag styles include Thrasher Shark, Titan Orca Whale and Polar Penguin. $30. Available on wildthingsblankets.com and Finfun.com.
Sweet Side of Lemon
Every day, 36 children are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. For $36, the Slice of Hope necklace is a gift that gives back. The purchase helps Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s mission of funding childhood cancer research. As the organization says, when it comes to finding better treatments and cures, every slice makes a difference.
If there’s a Pinterest addict on your gift list, an appointment at Taylor Made LV Beauty Loft is just the ticket. Here the lucky recipient and a friend can take in a 60-minute nail polish making class with founder and owner of the custom color line, Vanessa Ungvarsky. Using high-end, eco-friendly components guests can mix up their custom colors and always have the perfect match when they need a quick touch-up. $40. 401 Northampton Street, Easton.
Toys & Things to Try
Of course none of us want to forget our furry friends during the holiday season. Just Four Dogs and Cats is a pet bakery that specializes in homemade treats for doggies and kitties. Their best-selling Peanut Butter Doggie Dream treats come in a variety of holiday shapes and are then decorated with yogurt and/or carob. Large $2.00 Small $1.00. Available through their site justfourdogs.com and at their bakery:
3997 Sunnycrest Drive, Harrisburg.
Sick of fidget spinners? We feel ya. Now there’s a new gadget on the block. Speks combines the tactile fun of Silly Putty, LEGO and stress balls in one - the perfect desk-toy or on-the-go plaything designed for ages 14 and up. Once clutched in the palm, adults will discover unlimited ways to roll, mash, smash, flatten, lengthen, and build - the possibilities are endless. Its classic 512-piece set of 2.5mm micro-magnets in modern metallics are available in 11 colors, including seasonal edition silver, nickel, red, green, blue, and limited edition rose gold. $24.95-$27.95. Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other national retailers.
Warm socks, fuzzy slippers and cozy throws are so predictable as wintertime gifts. How about sending someone to get below freezing? At Igloo Cryotherapy, that’s exactly what they can expect from the 32-degree chambers that are said to help with pain relief, increased blood circulation, increased collagen production, reduction of inflammation and swelling and an increase in weight loss and caloric burn. $32 for first time clients. Located at 4626A Broadway, Allentown.
The holidays are full of stress, so give a way to decompress. Although some folks might be too shy for a full body massage, few will be able to resist indulging in a soothing head massage. At Reiki by Rickie, the Indian head massage is a seated massage of the upper back, neck, shoulders, scalp and face (including pressure points). Or for those with tired feet, the Chakra Foot Massage, with seven healing essential oils is designed for relaxing and balancing. Each $55. Sturbridge Business Park, 2793 Old Post Rd., Suite 10, Harrisburg. reikibyrickie.com.
Gift to the Ears
Miller Symphony Halls offers gift cards that making buying for that person that has everything easier this year. Who wouldn’t want to get dressed up and go to a concert at the elegant concert hall? January shows include a
Ginger Rogers/Fred Astaire tribute and Puccini’s Tosca. Located at 23 N. 6th Street, Allentown. millersymphonyhall.org.
Searching for a lip gloss in your purse can be like looking for a needle in a haystack, no matter how we try to organize our bags, we’re still forever rummaging around. Give the gift that ends that search with the handbag light that includes a power bank for handy phone charging. $17.99. Available on Amazon.