Gift Ideas

2 December 2021

Finding gifts can be a real challenge, whether it is for a Secret Santa exchange or a hostess gift or the unexpected drop in. While these may not be that β€œperfect” gift, perhaps it will inspire you to find something appropriate.


Setting up a new household or just replacing items that have served their time, for someone who cooks there are some nice products out there for under $50.

  • Chef’s knife – It is hard to have too many knives. Choose one with a non-slip ergonomic handle. Check the reviews and find one with a lifetime warranty against defects in material and workmanship. A companion gift is a knife sharpener. It is easier to be cut with a dull blade (because it slips) than a sharp one.
  • Cutting board – In order to avoid any concerns about cross contamination, you should have a cutting board that is used exclusively for work with poultry. A good way to designate is to have a board in a unique color. Make sure it is durable and easy to clean.
  • Rice cooker – Make sure it is easy to use and can cook other things than rice, like pasta, stews, vegetables, and oatmeal. With a delay timer, it is great for the busy person who needs a fast meal.
  • Food scale – Especially in baking, some recipes are measured in weight rather than volume. Make sure you can read the digital display when there is a bowl or plate on the scale but is still compact enough to store when not in use.

resistance bands


After Covid concerns and restrictions many people have opted to workout at home. Adding to their arsenal may be just the ticket.

  • Resistance bands – These are lightweight and portable yet versatile. Fabric bands are a nice alternative to rubber. Some have latex grips to help keep them in place during gentle stretches or hearty workouts.
  • Peloton app – For $12.99 a month or $155.88 a year, you can find an app to work with a treadmill or bike.
  • Portable massager – There are some small, portable devices that will help ease the morning after aches. Also great for tension reduction and increasing the blood flow to muscle groups, this is a real treat.

Self Care

Whether it is once a week or once a month, carving out a little time for ourselves will help keep things in balance in our lives.

  • Pedi care – Taking care of feet is not just for women. You can find kits that have no artificial fragrances or colors. A good combination will include a foot soak, moisturizers, and hydrating balm or lotion.
  • Sleep aid – Find a mist with calming scents like lavender, chamomile, or herbs. Be sure they are subtle. Combine it with a pillow and you have a unique gift pack.

Don’t forget local businesses in the Finger Lakes area! From apparel, gifts, toys, and candy, there is so much to choose from. From practical to pampering, here is hoping that your shopping expedition is successful.

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