Gift Guide: Wine and Drink Gifts

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Let’s face it, sometimes a good drink makes those cookies even better. Whether you like egg nog, wine, moscow mules or martinis, here are some great holiday drink gifts your family and friends will love.

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The Most Wonderful Time for Wine Drink Napkins – Christmas party beverage napkin with green and white text on a red backgroundand a green border. Text reads “It’s the most wonderful time for a glass of wine”.

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Reindeer Wine Glass – This adorable reindeer wine glass is the perfect way to spice up a traditional wine glass. Perfect for all holiday celebrations! [Read more…]

Disney Planes Gift Ideas on Rollback at Walmart

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Most of us have trimmed the tree and hung the stockings, but are you still looking for last minute holiday gift ideas? Delight the little ones in your life with Disney Planes items now on Rollback at Walmart! All items listed below are on rollback through the holiday season!

Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway ($24.97)
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack ($14.97)
Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment ($19.97)

These all look super fun and are all priced at under $25. So, even if your shopping is technically finished, you can still surprise your little Disney Planes fan with some extra fun.

Download Print & Play Activities

To add to the fun with their new Planes toys, we also have some fun printable family activities!  Activities include a maze, memory cards, a parachute activity and MORE!

What is your little one’s favorite Disney Planes character?

Beauty Gifts under $25!

 

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Christms is just a week away!!!  If you’re still shopping, here are a few ideas to help you out.  We’ve spotted some great beauty gifts for under $25 right now on Amazon:

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Olay Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System 0.68 Fl Oz, 1-Count – $18.67 after $3.00 eCoupon (Reg. $29.99)BEST PRICE EVER!

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Remington CI95AC/2 Tstudio Salon Collection Pearl Digital Ceramic Curling Wand, 1/2 Inch – 1 Inch – $19.99 (Reg. $24.99)

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Conair Double-Sided Battery-Operated Lighted Makeup Mirror, Polished Chrome Finish – $19.99 (Reg. $24.99)

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Burt’s Bees Tips and Toes Kit – $12.97

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real Techniques Core Collection Set – $12.59 (Reg. $17.99)

 

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe

Cheesecake is a favorite dessert all year long. When it comes to the holidays you can add some season fun to the classic with this delicious Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Recipe. It takes a creamy cheesecake recipe and adds in a bit of eggnog and nutmeg to give it that special “eggnoggy” twist. If you’re crunched for time and don’t want to make your own graham cracker crumbs (even though they are pretty easy to do) most grocery stores will also sell small graham cracker pie shells and you could use those.

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Ingredients
 

Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes

 
(Yield 9 mini cheesecakes)

INGREDIENTS
1 cup Graham Cracker crumbs
2 tbsp melted Butter
12 oz softened Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Eggnog
1 tbsp Flour
1 Egg
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Nutmeg

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Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes Batter

DIRECTIONS
Pre-heat oven to 350.
Place paper liners in 9 cups of muffin pan.
Mix together graham cracker crumbs, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and melted butter mixing well.
Divide between the lined cups, pressing gently to flatten.
Cream together the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.
Add in the egg, eggnog, flour, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and vanilla and mix until blended.
Divide and spoon into the lined cups to about 3/4 full.
Bake for 20 minutes ot until centers are pretty set.
Allow to cool completely in pan.
Remove from pan and refrigerate for several hours.
Top with whipped cream and dust with nutmeg.

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Gift Ideas for Dogs – goDog, SnapLeash and Hear Doggy Toys

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When Christmas time rolls around we can’t forget our furry friends! We have a few fun gift ideas for dogs that are just perfect for your little (or big) buddy.
 

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Go Dog Holiday Dog Toys

goDog™ has super fun toys for dogs of all breeds and sizes. They are extra durable with tough Chew Guard™ technology. Chew Guard offers added durability to help toys stand up to tough chewers. goDog toys are also bright and colorful! Toby is playing with a goDog T-Rex toy in the picture above!

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A gift that is as much for YOU as for your dog is SnapLeash. It’s a super convenient way to go out and about with your pet. The multi-use Snap Leash and Lead are made of tough pure high grade heavy thickness nylon with double ended nickel-plated swivel snap clips. It includes strategically spaced steel grommets to secure your pet around multiple sized objects including trees, handrails, doors, benches, etc. without having to tie a knot or unclip the leash from collar first. You can even attach around your waist. Use the first grommet for ha andle. You can also hang your keys or waste bags from the grommets. The box bar-tacked stitching at stress points gives the leash added strength.

Hear Doggy Dog Toys

We all know that dogs love the feel and sound of “squeaky” toys, but listening to that high-pitched repetition over and over again can drive any pet-parent crazy! Ultrasonic HEAR DOGGY!® toys are made with a squeaker ONLY your dog can hear! They give your pet the same sensation and enjoyment of traditional squeaky toys without the irritating noise!

The science behind Hear Doggy!: Dogs can hear sounds at a higher frequency (0 to 45 KHz) than humans (0 to 20 KHz). Tuned to an ultrasonic range in the 24-28 KHz frequency, each Hear Doggy! squeaker is out of human hearing range, but still fun for your four-legged friend.

Hear Doggy! toys are available in 2 plush designs: Stuffed toys (Blowfish, Whale and Penguin, available in small or large) and Flats (Deer, Rabbit and Skunk) come in one standard size and contain no messy stuffing in the body.

Markdowns on Amazon’s Holiday Toy List!

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LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set – $14.99 (Reg. $19.99)BEST PRICE EVER!

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VTech Go! Go! Smart Animals Zoo Explorers Playset – $24.97 (Reg. $39.99)BEST PRICE EVER!

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Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Piston Peak Trackset – $14.98 (Reg. $34.99)

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Monster High Casta Fierce Doll – $13.88 (Reg. $24.99)

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Barbie Fashion Design Maker Doll – $20.80 (Reg. $49.99)

Capture the Memories with Cameras at Best Buy!

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While the holidays are a time of gift giving and family gatherings, they are also a time of capturing timeless memories.  There are so many classic holiday shots we like to capture every year – like the family in front of the tree, the excited smiles while opening presents, and the usually cute and sometimes hysterical shots sitting on Santa’s knee. If you’re looking to give a great gift, or looking for a new way to photograph your favorite moments, Best Buy has you covered.  Here are three of the greatest cameras and camcorders on the market this season.

First up is the Nikon D5300 DSLR w/18-55mm VR Lens.  This is perfect for capturing images of kids on the go. It offers HD movie footage along with crystal-clear photos. The lenses use vibration reduction and image stabilization to help you get that perfect photo even in less than ideal situations such as a noisy stadium. The camera also comes with built-in Wi-Fi to let you easily upload and share the photos and videos.

DI multi Nikon D5300back [Read more…]

Experiential Gift Giving with LivingSocial + Reader Giveaway

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When it comes to giving gifts, have you thought about giving the gift of a special experience? Known as “experiential gifting” it is a thoughtful way to give a meaningful gift this holiday season – or any time! We spoke with LivingSocial shopper Elizabeth Hebda to find out more about the rise of experiential gifting and get a few expert tips.

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Why do you think experiential gifts are a good choice for holiday gift giving?

Experiential gift giving is a great option because it goes beyond traditional physical presents like toys and ties and is more about giving the unexpected and fun experiences – like race car driving for adventurous person in your life. Or yoga classes, cooking classes or even as extravagant (if your budget allows) as winter getaway. It’s all about things that you maybe typically wouldn’t think to give during the holidays or didn’t even know that you could gift at all. I would certainly say that giving tangible things makes sense if somebody on your list has talked about needing or wanting something, but the experiential gifts really guarantee a uniqueness and help sidestep the chance that the person just maybe won’t find value in the physical gift. Experiential gifts also provide memories, which is something everyone can find tremendous value in and hold on to with fondness for a long time, often longer than the shelf life of more traditional items or toys, that as we know, kids can get sick of in a matter of minutes.

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What type of people on our gift giving lists are the best candidates for an experiential gift?

We all know the guys, girls or kids who really have everything. The experiential gift eliminates the chance of giving them something they already have. For you as the gifter, it positions you as a very thoughtful person when it comes to gift giving to really consider the person when deciding what to gift. Especially for children, experiential gifts are great because it keeps them active in learning. In the cold weather months (especially in cold climates) they are not as likely to be outside. Things like horseback riding, art classes, skating lessons are all fun ways to get them away from the TV or the iPad for the afternoon.

Also for mom and dad it can feel like a gift for yourself to have time carved out to run errands. Also from the perspective of the gifter, giving experiential gifts is the perfect opportunity for last-minute gifters to be thoughtful even when you’re shopping the eleventh hour. LivingSocial, for example, makes it easy for everyone to give an experiential gift no matter what the budget is.

Whether you’re a creative gift giver or a last minute shopper, most gifts on the site can be gifted. There is a gift icon on the deal page to either give immediately or schedule for a later date. There is always that one person you didn’t expect to give you a gift, so you’re sort of struggling to find something. If it’s December 24th and you don’t have time to go to the store, you can just stay at home and see what is fun for that person on LivingSocial and give the façade that you had really pre-planned a lot further out than you actually did.

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What are some tips for choosing the right gift for the right person? 

It’s easy to say that you always want to consider that person’s interests, but with experiential gifts you can take that a bit further and consider their less obvious desires. You can consider their type of personality and their interests, hobbies, desires. If you know an adventurous person who has always wanted to do an activity to get their blood rushing, LivingSocial has things like skydiving deals or zip lining or rock climbing.

Especially for busy moms, dads and caretakers, what is really special about the experiential gifts is that they really allow them some “me time”. So for a busy mom and dad you can consider things like a couples massage or spa treatments that really just let them relax. It is the gift of time to themselves to relax and think about themselves when 364 days of the year they are thinking about their families or their jobs. It’s really helping them find some time to enjoy. No matter what the person’s interests or personalities, LivingSocial will have different tabs you can scroll through whether you are looking for restaurants, beauty and health deals, etc. They help you navigate what deal may be appropriate based on that person’s personality or interest.

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Do you have any suggestions for presenting an experiential gift?

Whether you have a gift certificate you’re getting from a local merchant it’s a great gift, but it’s not as fun to open an envelope. What is really interesting about giving gifts over the past few years or so is that it’s what is on the outside that counts. People are having a lot of fun with different ways of wrapping. I have seen people take a gift voucher and fold it into a piece of origami. It’s all about the presentation that matters and how lovely or desirable you’re making the actual piece of paper, or card or gift look. That is something where people can really spend their time if they are giving an experience that may not have that kind of dramatic impact off the bat. Pinterest is a great place for people to find different ways of wrapping with materials that are at home. That’s a fun way to dress up the gift voucher if you don’t want to send it over email. You can also do it as a virtual delivery if you are not able to see that person to give the gift.

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Is it OK to give an experience gift that you are going to partake in with the recipient?

Yes, absolutely. These experiential gifts are really about being shared with somebody else. You are creating memories with that person and being thoughtful knowing this is something they will find some gratification in. Most of the memories that we do make in our lives are with people we love and care about. It makes it even more of a gift that your company will be alongside of them.

 

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Is there anything else to share about experiential gifting?

It is interesting how people are always going to give traditional gifts or physical presents, which absolutely makes sense. It is a cool concept that experiential gifting is taking off. The gifts that are most memorable are those that demonstrate that the giver really thought about the recipient’s personality and interests. For the gift giver it is just about being a good listener. For example, if you’re talking with someone you’re planning on buying a gift and they mention loving a recent book, you have many options. If you want to get them something tangible you could buy another book by the same author or maybe you’ll go the experiential route and if the book has been recreated as a play you could get them theater tickets and invite yourself along to join them as well.

The rise of experiential gifting makes the gift giver’s life easier during this time of year when everyone is rushing to do a million and one things and with sites like LivingSocial it is something it also gives people the opportunity to do last minute where you can send an eGift through the web site. It’s a convenient tool in giving gifts that are thoughtful and demonstrate that you really listen and know the person.

Reader Giveaway: One lucky Thrifty Jinxy reader will win $100 in LivingSocial Deal Bucks. To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 12/30/14. Good luck!

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Crayola Savings – Prices as low as $12

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Shopping for a creative kid this Christmas?  Crayola has a ton of great toys for them!  We’ve spotted a few of them on sale, with prices starting as low as $12:

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Crayola Marker Maker Wacky Tips – $18.72 (Reg. $24.99)

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Crayola Paint Maker – $12.00 (Reg. $24.99)

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Crayola Melt ‘N Mold Factory – $39.99 (Reg. $49.99)

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Crayola See Thru Light Designer – $13.99 (Reg. $22.99)

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Crayola Projector Light Designer – $16.51 (Reg. $25.99)

My Little Pony Toys – Prices as low as $8.92!

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Shopping for My Little Pony fans this Christmas?  We’ve spotted some nice markdowns on Amazon today, with prices as low as $8.92 Take a look:

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Singing Pinkie Pie Doll – $13.52 (Reg. $26.99 – 50% Savings)

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My Little Pony Chutes and Ladders Game – $8.92 (Reg. $16.99)

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk Doll, 2-Pack – $14.98 (Reg. $29.99)

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My Little Pony Equestria Girls Rainbow Dash Doll and Pony Set – $10.37 (Reg. $21.99)

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