The GrownUp Holiday Gift Guide

It’s official, I’m tired of brainstorming what to get the kids for Christmas. After all, figuring out the latest Frozen merchandise is MUCH less exciting than buying fun and exciting things for my friends. Especially when those friends enjoy what I do… wine, food and pretty things. So this year let’s figure out fun things for our favorite hostesses, girlfriends, or drinking buddies.

For the Beer Guy :

Let’s face it, beer is an art and obsession these days. Living not only in wine country, but beer country, has opened my eyes to the MYRIAD of beers out there. And what better way to try them all than these amazing glasses from Spiegelau? And for the true IPA obsessed (like they are around here) check out the video on their renowned IPA glass! Beer Tasting kit

Spiegelau Tasting Kit for Craft Beer $49.95

*****

And for the real MAN in your life, pair that beer tasting with KRAVE jerky. I know, I know… it sounds bizarre, but KRAVE’s gourmet jerky actually pairs beautifully with craft beers. Created in Sonoma County, right down the road from some of the best beer producers in the country this stuff is GOLD, JERRY.

Give it a whirl with your favorite brew.

KRAVE Jerky

KRAVE Jerky, Holiday Sampler $56.00

 

For the Wine Drinker :

There’s nothing like drinking a wine that’s been decanted, out of a beautiful glass. We actually decant everything in our house, from the cheapest to the most expensive red, simply because it opens it up so nicely.

Decanters are also beautiful. There are different styles, sizes and levels of functionality but this one from Menu has to be the best. It’s easy to use and you can not only decant INTO the vessel but back into the bottle as well, in case there is wine leftover that you want to store or transport. (I have no idea what that means as I’ve never seen it happen in our house, but it’s good to know I could? )

Menu Wine Rebreather

Menu Winebreather Carafe $49.95

*****

And like I said, drinking out of a beautiful glass is so important. These pinot noir glasses from Nachtmann? Beautiful and their shape helps open up low-tannin and fruity wines like Barolo and Beaujolais or grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Grenache and Nebbiolo.

WineGlass - Vivendi

Nachtmann Vivendi Pinot Noir Glasses – Set of 4 $29.90

Your Favorite Bubbles Gal

Bubbles are technically wine, yes, but if you love champagne, prosecco or sparkling wine you know that BUBBLES are in a category of their own. Effervescent, celebratory and fun, bubbles can kick off a evening or make any special night one to remember ( or the day after one you might want to forget ). For your favorite hostess or bubbles loving girlfriend, these gorgeous and cheeky bottles from Chandon scream holidays.

Or Monday night. Whatever you’re into.

Chandon party wine

Chandon Limited Edition Blanc de Noirs Holiday, 2014 $24.00 from Chandon.com, but can also be found at your favorite wine retailers!

*****

Now what if you don’t drink the whole bottle of bubbly? Again, not sure what that means, but if god forbid it happens use this awesome bottle stopper from CappaBunga! Specifically designed for sparkling wines, they have cute and saucy sayings and are easy to use… they even include instructions for the less technically minded.

capabubbles_lineup

CapaBubbles $15.95

 

The Good Food/Good Wine Gal

Because it’s usually both, right?

Olive and Poppy, the amazing Napa-based jewelry duo, have created a little piece of wine country to take home with you. Whether it’s the terroir, the people or the attitude, there’s something about wine country that stays with you when you leave, (or if you choose to stay here forever *grin*). To celebrate that, they have created a line of jewelry that speaks right to the soul of any wine lover.

Their CHEERS line is my absolute favorite, with a long elegant chain and gorgeous packaging, perfect for that girlfriend who enjoys good food, good wine and the good life.

Olive and Poppy CHEERS Necklace

Olive and Poppy – Cheers “Sweet Life” Necklace – $76.00

*****

So it may not be sparkly but most everyone has an obsession with CHEESE. I could eat the stuff morning, noon and night and while in Europe, I did indeed have it for every meal. Cheese is the food of the gods, delicious and yet mysterious in how it comes into being.

Not anymore.

Cheese Kit

You can make your own CHEESE? Hooray! Don’t you think that your favorite lover of good food would LOVE this? Pair it with their favorite wine and you’ve got a fun and quirky present to give to your favorite foodie.

DIY Cheese Kit – UrbanCheeseCraft – $25.95 (Available online and at Williams-Sonoma)

Have fun buying presents for the grownups this year instead of the kids… it’s a LOT more fun!

Mamarazzi turned… not sure.

Lately I’ve been going 8 million miles an hour. Need to write Need to cook Need to bake Need to take pictures… No wait, THAT one I’ve totally got in the bag. After going to ClickAway and meeting my amazing new friends, I’ve been inspired. I’ve been dragging my poor children hither and yon (seriously, who […]

Fall Rites of Passage

Today was the first day that the weather actually indicated the advent of fall. It was cold, grey, drizzly and awesome. We did not get any measurable rain (BOO) but it was nice to dream right? We may get some later this week which would be amazing since you know, severe drought and all. The […]

How a Girl is Different Than a Boy

Like, no shit, right? But I guess I didn’t expect things to be SO different. The Big Kid was crazy in his own right, but more measured, more calm, more reasonable. He had a strong sense of self-preservation, rarely got into things, and just while he was ALL boy, just didn’t feel the need to […]

Fuel Up to Play 60 | Are YOU Fueled Up?

My kids obsession with sports and moving has been brought to you by the California Milk Advisory Board… and it’s a good thing, because we drink a LOT of milk.  This kid is a mover. A shaker. A crazy, non stop, on the go kind of guy.   His sister is the much the same, always […]

Birthdays, Disneyland and Sick Days

So no, no one was actually “sick”. It was just my first experience in pulling my child out of school for vacation and making him truant. Naughty mommy. So the past few weeks have just been nuts. Between Disneyland, birthday parties, soccer games, not having a husband home for almost 2 weeks, and just the […]

I Present … a Five Year Old

The whole post is to come… but for now, I present to you, My Five Year Old.   I’m dying a little inside at how grown up he is. Sigh.  

How to Make New Friends | ClickAway 14

I’m not a newbie to conferences. I’ve been to my fair share of BlogHers, Bloggy Bootcamps, and various blogging/social media gatherings. My first BlogHer I even rolled in solo, and came out with some of the most amazing online friends. These friends introduced me to the internet, to how it could be to have a […]

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins | Good Enough to Eat

The Big Kid’s birthday is coming up next week (don’t ask, I can’t talk about it) and since we are allowed to make our own baked goods to bring for birthday celebrations I wanted to do something a little better than the average cupcake. I will be totally honest… I live next door to the […]