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Holiday Gifts for My Favorite People

Holiday Gifts for My Favorite People

Though I try to buy thoughtful gifts for all the people on my holiday list, I go the extra mile for those who are really special to me. For the techie in our family, I like this  Reade Leather Laptop Backpack | $176.99.

This full-grain leather backpack looks good and is comfortable to carry. The padded laptop compartment fits a 15.6″ laptop and has several organization pockets to fit all the odds and ends that techies carry with them. I chose the black, but it is also available in espresso.

I have another backpack candidate, but this one is a petite woman who carries her phone and few other necessaries. So for her, the JanSport half-pint mini backpack is perfect. It comes in a lot of colors, but I chose basic black.  $32

For the talented home chefs in my family, I found a few really useful items.

The MeatStick Mini is the newest high-tech wireless meat thermometer to make it easy to cook the perfect steakhouse quality steak, juiciest Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas chicken and more!

It’s perfect item for my favorite home chef, the one who loves new high-tech toys–and who is fussy about cooking the perfect steak. (It’s also useful in outdoor cooking.

From $69.99-99.99, MeatStick Mini will allow my home chef to relax with company instead of babysitting the chicken or turkey in the oven–because the Mini will let her know when it’s perfectly cooked. MeatStick Mini is available at and Amazon.  

For the chef whose knives aren’t quite up to par, I’m gifting the Anolon® Imperion™ Damascus 3-Piece Chef Set. I have this set myself, so I know these beautiful pieces can help every home cook master all knife essentials with elegant, efficient style and reliable performance. Retail: $189.99




Cutting boards are a staple of every home kitchen, but when I saw one that begged to be recycled, I chose a replacement: the Rachael Ray® Cucina 17″ x 12″ Cutting Board. This rustic acacia wood cutting board is by Rachael Ray and invites mincing, slicing and dicing on the way to delicious meals and snacks. It has a beautiful wood grain surface, perfect for table-ready serving of charcuterie or cheese boards.
Retail: $64.99
For a friend who always seems to struggle when opening wine, I’m getting the Original Wine Bottle Opener from Cork Pops. It’s very simple to use: just pierce the cork, push and lift, That’s it. No more pulling and twisting or broken corks. One cartridge opens approximately 60 bottles. Made in the USA. MSRP $19.99Available at
Home Spa Set

For the spa lover I love, an easy choice was the Home Spa Set by Susanne Kaufman, a company that believes the fundamentals of beauty lie in a holistic approach and aims to encourage positive wellbeing, with skincare forming an integral part of this.

home spa set

Set Includes:

  • St. John’s Wort Bath calming – With its replenishing and nourishing properties, our St. John’s Wort Bath calming effectively balances out environmental stressors on your skin. Add seven teaspoons to your bath and relax in the indulgent warmth for up to 30 minutes. 
  • Moisturizing Mask – Developed with botanical hyaluronic acid and extract of wild pansy, our luxurious Moisturizing Mask provides the skin with boost of moisture. Generously apply to face, neck, and décolletage after cleansing and allow to work for at least ten minutes. Leave on overnight for an extra nourishing treatment. 
  • Foot Cream warming – This luxurious foot cream nourishes your feet with rich extract of marigold, while natural extracts from camphor, rosemary, thyme, and sage revitalize and soften cracked skin. Massage a small amount into your feet and allow the cream to absorb.
  • Hand Cream nourishing – This rich hand cream nourishes and calms your skin with active ingredients derived from mallow and witch hazel. Hyaluronic acid and vitamin E boost moisture levels to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apply to your hands multiple times a day after washing. 
  • Body Butter – The luxurious Body Butter pampers your skin with a nourishing blend of shea butter, olive oil and honey. Apply the Body Butter to the entire body after showering or bathing.
  • Firming Oil – The Firming Oil contains a blend of pomegranate oil, millet seed oil and jojoba oil to stimulate cellular regeneration, and firm and smooth the skin. Apply the oil after bathing or showering when skin is still damp.

Available NOW on, & ($72)Home Spa Set

For the mother of all beauty gifts, Susanne Kaufman has put together the highly anticipated 2021 Advent Calendar. This is a gift you give early before the beginning of Advent on Nov. 28. It features a variety of best-selling, award-winning skincare, together with a selection of body and bath products that are curated to be opened each day of the month. The brand’s signature glass packaging and beautifully limited-edition patterned box holds products that keep giving all year long. 

Advent Calendar includes:

  • Eye Rescue Stick Line A 10ml (full size)
  • Hyaluron Serum Moisturising 30ml (full size)
  • Eye Cream Line T 15 ml (full size)
  • Lip Balm (full size)
  • Day Cream Line T 15ml 
  • Regeneration Cream Line T 15ml 
  • Tonic soothing 30ml 
  • Cleansing Gel 30ml
  • St. John’s Wort Bath 50g
  • Enzyme Peel 15ml 
  • Glow Mask 15ml 
  • Moisturising Mask 15ml 
  • Hand Cream nourishing 15ml 
  • Hand Peel rejuvenating 15ml 
  • Body Butter 15ml 
  • Foot Cream warming 15ml 
  • Mineral Body Lotion 15ml 
  • Alkali Salt deacidifying 60g 
  • Body Oil 30ml
  • Body Scrub 15ml 
  • Oil Bath for the Senses 30ml 
  • Herbal Whey Bath nourishing 40g 
  • Shower /Shampoo 30ml 
  • Detox Oil 30ml 
  • Firming Oil 30ml 

2021 Advent Calendar, Available NOW on & ($586)



Warm pajamas are a reliable holiday options, especially when  they’re fun–like the jammies offered by LazyOne. The company’s mission is to make bed time fun, with matching pajamas for the whole family–furry ones included.  fashionable prints, snuggle-inducing fabrics, and durable designs. The styles range from adorable flapjack jammies to classic cabin plaids. For more information visit or their Amazon store.   


Finally, for a stocking stuffer (though they are elegant enough to be a stand-alone gift), I have these merino wool socks for a family member who loves socks The style is called Diamond Jim, as they are a three-color diamond argyle style. They have a cushioned sole and they’re made in the USA of imported yarn, 58% Merino Wool, 40% Nylon, 2% Elastane. $22 at
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Lillian Africano

Lillian Africano, Managing Editor. Lillian Africano is the cruise editor at Jax Fax, editor-in-chief of and the author of 17 books, including an award-winning business guide to the Middle East, travel guides to New York and New Jersey and several best-selling novels (using a pseudonym). Her articles have appeared in many print and online publications, including AOL and She is past president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), past president of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association (IFWTWA) and a member of the Authors Guild and the American Society of Journalists & Authors (ASJA).

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