Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Gift shopping can be fun and a hassle at the same time, especially the time right before Christmas. Every year, I face the challenge of picking special, creative, AND useful gifts for my family and friends. It usually takes me hours to browse through shopping sites, just to find a perfect gift for everyone in the family. This year I gathered all my cool gift ideas here in this post, so you don’t have to spend hours looking for inspiration. I hope you enjoy it!

For your kitchen

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Carbon steel pan with a high edge – My favorite stir fry pan for electric stoves. It works like a traditional wok, but holds heat better and heat up five time faster.
  2. Pottery fermenting jar – It’s designed with an airtight, water-sealable cover that allows gases to escape without letting oxygen in. Perfect for making kimchi and sauerkraut in small batches.
  3. Enamelware prep bowls – I use them every day in my kitchen.
  4. Magnet meat cooking temperature guide – Fits perfectly on your fridge, so you don’t need to Google it every time when cooking steak or fish.
  5. Electric tea kettle – Push one button and the water will be heated to the perfect temperature for different types of teas, in less than 3 minutes.
  6. Sea salt flakes – Replace your table salt with this one as finishing salt for salad, meat, or to sprinkle on bread. All your food will taste better immediately.
  7. Pasta maker – Make noodles and pasta of all shapes by simply adding flour and water into the machine, less than the time it takes to boil a pot of water.
  8. Champagne glasses – For your parties and Sunday brunch.

For Chinese fans

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Chopsticks rest – Aren’t they adorable?
  2. Chinese checkers – A good ol’ memory of my childhood. Perfect for holiday gatherings.
  3. Chopstick and spoon set – Must-have for enjoying Chinese food like a local.
  4. Bao oven glove – Designed with a Chinese heart.
  5. Chinese zodiac paper cut – We glue them onto windows for celebrating Chinese New Year. It is a great gift too.
  6. Cookbook: All Under Heaven – To make authentic Chinese food in your own kitchen.
  7. Chinese charcoal grill – To cook Asian skewers properly.
  8. Tea bag holder – The cool way to drink tea.

For kids

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Kitty night light – I want one in my room too!
  2. No Face plush toy – Watch Spirited Away if you haven’t yet.
  3. Shark attack bowl – Perfect cereal bowl.
  4. Cat plush toy – I have a thing for cats.
  5. Star War piggy bank – Your kid’s Star Wars themed room will be complete.
  6. Totoro pillow case – Beautiful design.
  7. Fish pop molds – Fun projects for the weekend.
  8. Beast pencil box – For school.
  9. Sleeping mask – To sleep better.

For men

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Men’s Wallet – Because you really want to get the fractions right.
  2. Moscow Mule cup – Looks better because it’s a mustache.
  3. My Dog by Oatmeal – A cartoon book for a hearty laugh.
  4. Field note – To capture inspiration.
  5. Fujifilm mirrorless camera – I stopped carrying my DSLR a long time ago, since I bought this much lighter camera.
  6. Silicon keyboard – To type things faster on the go.
  7. Laptop Sleeve – To protect your laptop while traveling.
  8. Carry-on cocktail kit – Perfect for traveling.

For your best friend

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Salt and pepper shake – Every dinner table needs a set.
  2. Whale butter plate – Cutest butter plate ever.
  3. Octopus ice tray – You can make chocolate in them too!
  4. Fun Coffee Mug – For coffee lovers.
  5. Handmade succulent planter – Great table decor.
  6. 100 post cards – With different patterns in one box.
  7. Pizza float for pool party – It’s the best because it’s pizza.
  8. Water bottle – To stay hydrated on the go.

For the coming New Year

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Paper planner – Call me old fashioned, but this is the only way I can get my work done.
  2. Metallic marker – Lets you doodle everywhere.
  3. Pencil – A must-have, even you’re not in school.
  4. Feather bookmark – If you enjoy paperbacks.
  5. Gift tape – Love to use these to wrap gifts, especially cookies.
  6. Herb planter – To have fresh herbs for dinner everyday.
  7. Lucky cat figurine – Brings you luck.
  8. Lavender Candle – Soothing fragrance that helps you sleep.

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3 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide 2016

  1. Nancy

    LOVE the Gift Guide. I think I want almost everything here! The carbon steel pan would be wonderful. I’ve contacted my sisters about your site(one is an extraordinary cook) , and listed what I wanted. I’m keeping my fingers crossed. Hope you have a great holiday Maggie! and many thanks for the recipes and encouragement. I’m trying the noodle dish tonite.
    Bye for now….Nancy

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    1. Maggie Post author

      I’m glad to hear you like my gift guide Nancy! Basically I listed everything I want lol
      The carbon steel pan is one of my favorites, so I bought it as a Christmas gift for myself 😉 It’s an awesome pan for making stir fry, even on an electric stove.
      I hope your noodle dish turned out great!
      Happy Holiday 🙂

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