Are you all shopped out from Black Friday and Cyber Monday? If you are still looking for gifts I thought I would share some suggestions from the NY NOW Home + Lifestyle Show. I’m also pleased to highlight gift ideas from talented boomer girls Debbie Miller, Elizabeth Morrow, Linda Janssen, Susan DeGarmo, and Elaine Coyne, who are doing creative things during their life after 50.
Listen, listen, listen – since it’s the gift-giving season, I’m not only going to share my holiday gift guide, I’m going to give away some of these gifts throughout December. Watch the bottom of each blog post for the Rafflecopter giveaway! Then leave a comment about something you are grateful for this holiday season and enter to win.
For Those Who Need to Relax
Anna’s Potions and Lotions are created by Debbie Miller, based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Anna’s Sweet Rose Cream, will calm you with the aroma of fresh roses. As Debbie says, “It’s like having a jar full of rose petals.” For those who want to ease stress, there’s Anna’s Organic Rose Perfume Potion. According to Debbie, “Rose oil is known to increase a sense of well-being and relaxation.” Check out AnnasPotionsandLotions.com.
For Those With Sleepless Nights
Spoonk Acupressure Massage Mat is for people who experience a lack of deep sleep, tension and muscular pain, or stress and anxiety. I tried out this mat at the NY Now Show and wanted to sit on it all day. The flyer says Spoonk mats “stimulate specific reflex points throughout the body, releasing blocked energy, easing tense muscles, and creating deep mental and physical relaxation. You can find these mats at www.spoonkspace.com and at Amazon.com.
For Those Who Want To Learn Yoga
Yoga by Numbers was developed by Elizabeth Morrow after yoga helped her regain strength while recovering from a serious illness. As a yogi, I love the idea of a mat that helps you practice yoga. Elizabeth says that “with the mat’s easy-to-follow number system, you can learn 30 poses in just 10 days. The mat comes with a DVD to guide you. It’s available at The Grommet.
For Those Who Are Going Through Menopause
Many Paws is a pop-up gift book, written by the hilarious and super fun author Susan DeGarmo. It chronicles the crazy, weird, and sometimes not-so-talked-about topic of menopause. With whimsical, pop-up artwork, Susan provides a light-hearted approach to getting older and going through the changes from hot flashes to gray hairs. Susan sells cute greeting cards on her website as well at www.manypawsforwomen.com.
For Those Who Love Jewelry
Elaine Coyne is an artist, sculptor and jeweler. Her interest in art started at a young age. She says, “As a four year old, my earliest memories include a visit to the Statue of Liberty. My brother and I ran up the stairs to the top of the Statue and became swallowed up by the vibrant colors of the patinas. It was a forever imprint. Her handmade in the USA collections are known for the one of a kind patinas on brass and sterling. You can find Elaine’s jewelry at Amazon.com.
For Those Who Need A Place To Store Or Carry Your Gems
Gemvelopes are jewelry pouches that offer a convenient place to store and organize your jewelry when you’re on the go. Linda Janssen designed these pouches in colorful fabrics with a cushion for earrings, strap for rings and necklaces, and pocket for bracelets. To order go to gemenvelopes.com.
For Those Who Love To Cook Vegetarian Dishes and Bake Gluten-Free Desserts
Foodies who like to cook veggies will fall in love (like I did after I downloaded these cookbooks) from bestselling cookbook author Chef Yotam Ottolenghi. First is Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes, filled with 120 vegetarian recipes featuring innovative flavors and enticing combinations with a variety of vegetables. Next is the newest addition to Ottolenghi’s line up, Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking, with more than 150 vegetarian recipes. The photos in these books are mouthwatering. Download them on your iPad as I did or order a hard copy.
I was equally excited to read about the fabulous baker Alice Medrich’s new cookbook, Flavor Flours, in this week’s New York Times Food section. Since going “mostly” gluten-free on the FODMAP diet (which has greatly helped my IBS), I’ve been searching for dessert recipes that include ways to bake with gluten-free flours. Look no more – this cookbook has it all and marvelous photos to match.
For Those Who Want to Bring The Bar Home
Quenchbar10der is an all-in-one tool for the at-home bartender. This handy gadget has 10 different tools from a reamer to squeeze the juice from citrus fruit to a corkscrew to uncork a bottle of your choice and eight more tools. You can find it on sale at Bar10der Blue.
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