The clock is ticking…the egg nog is almost in the fridge…do not delay another moment…here are some thoughts from the elves at ENTREE:
NAOT, Comfortable, beautiful and stylish footwear, handmade in Northern Israel by the joint effort of Israelis and Palestinians. Each NAOT shoe, boot, clog, or sandal is crafted with the finest and highest quality raw materials combined with superior standards of advanced design. NAOT’s uniquely engineered insoles are a blend of natural cork and latex that replicate the shape of the foot, as if we were walking on the sand. NAOT footwear comes in a variety of eye-catching styles and colors. The boots are perfect for travel, beyond comfortable. No wonder the name NAOT means “oasis,” this footwear is tranquility for your feet. And when you buy a pair of NAOTs, you are helping make the world a better place. Check out http://www.naot.com and http://www.simonsshoes.com/products/naot-pilot.
Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit, everything you need to concoct your very own full-bodied hot sauce, a DIY kit that offers a kick from chipotle and guajillo peppers. To add fiery flavor to nachos, chili, pizza, and more, while raising your metabolism, there’s nothing like a full-bodied hot sauce–and making it yourself can add an extra kick to the mix. $ 34.95 from http://www.uncommongoods.com
THE HOTTEST GIFT BOOKS OF THE SEASON:
Any book from RobertRose, in our opinion the finest publisher of cookbooks, self-help and fun books in the industry, especially:
Best of Bridge Home Cooking: 250 Easy & Delicious Recipes
The Complete Guide to Sushi & Sashimi: with 500 photographs
The Essential Ayurvedic Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Wellness
175 Essential Slow Cooker Classics
The Complete Wild Game Cookbook: Includes 150 Recipes
The Complete Sous Vide Cookbook: 150 Recipes Plus Tips & Techniques
Simply Vietnamese Cooking: 135 Delicious Recipes
The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet (with Editors of Prevention magazine)
The Complete Brain Exercise Book: Train Your Brain: Improve Memory, Language, Motor Skills & More
And do not ignore from other publishers these gems:
TANGLED GARDENS COLORING BOOK: 52 Intricate Triangle Drawings to color with Pens, Markers or Pencils by Jane Monk, Creative Publishing international
DOODLING FOR BOOKWORMS: 50 inspiring prompts and creative exercises for literature buffs by Gemma Correll, Walter Foster Publishing
COLOR ME CALM: 100 Coloring Templates for Meditation and Relaxation (A Zen Coloring Book) by Lacy Mucklow and Angela Porter, Race Point Publishing
TANGLED TREASURES COLORING BOOK: 52 Intricate Tangle Drawings to Color with Pens, Markers or Pencils—Plus: Coloring schemes and techniques by Jane Monk, Creative Publishing international
THE EVERYDAY BAKER, Abby Dodge’s comprehensive, must-have resource for foolproof baking, Taunton Press.
And wines that would make memorable presents or for your own cellar:
Holman Ranch 2011 Estate Grown Pinot Noir from the Carmel Valley, plush, medium-full body, wild strawberry, ripe and fresh with a long finish. About $37. http://www.holmanranch.com
2013 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir presents heady aromas of dark cherries, red apple skin, and baking spices with a supple mid-palate accentuated by crushed strawberries, sarsaparilla, black tea and cloves, $40. 2011 Quail Hill Vineyard Chardonnay possesses a pale golden color with notes of baked pear, quince, white peach and brioche, $55. 2013 Laguna Ridge Chardonnay has a juicy acidity that centers the mid-palate of lemon zest, jasmine and honeydew melon with elements of Bartlett pear and passion fruit, $25. http://www.lynmarestate.com/shop.html. Lynmar Estate is the brainchild of former global logistics CEO Lynn Fritz, who has dedicated the past two decades towards cultivating his vineyard and establishing a “dream winery” complete with all of the latest advances in winemaking technology. The Estate is outfitted with the most modern winemaking equipment including double-jacketed fermentation tanks for precise temperature control, a basket press for Pinot Noir and a membrane press for Chardonnay, a complete lab and an oxygen-free bottling line. Its barrel-aging caves provide an ideal, stable environment for aging and are accessible directly from the winery.