Phewww .... I've actually done all my Christmas shopping - gifts for family and friends and I've even ordered the turkey! However, many of my friends have not and according to a BBC Radio
program I was listening to, this seems to be the case for most people. Not to worry though because help is at hand - courtesy of the Internet.
Let's face it, it's a wonderful resource at this time of year and for lots of different reasons ....
- you can stock up on food for the holidays by shopping online thus avoiding braving bleak weather and long supermarket queues;
- you can get some great recipe ideas online ahead of throwing a party or dinner - such as my ice cream recipes of course;
- you can shop online for all your Christmas gifts;
- you can check online to see what's on tv over the Christmas holidays;
- you can check for the latest weather reports ahead of making any trips to visit people over the holidays;
What would we all do without it now? Strange but for young people today they can't relate to that idea. Being from an older generation though, I can not only recall what life was like before the Internet but even before there were pocket calculators! I'm digressing a bit too much here .... so back to thinking about Christmas.
This is the last post I'm going to write about Christmas shopping for this year ... just let me remind you that I have a super little Internet store for US buyers where you can buy all kinds of gifts (courtesy of Amazon) such as:
The Back to Basics CM300BR Cocoa-Latte Hot Drink Maker
The Cuisinart ICE-30BC sorbet/yogurt/ice cream maker
There's also a great range of coffee makers
and tea makers
For that ever important fresh ice at parties there are ice makers
One of my favorite gift ideas, especially at Christmas time, is the gourmet gift basket (or hampers as they're called in Britain). In the store you will find some wonderful gourmet gift baskets
such as the Lindt Lovers Chocolate Gift Basket.
The Sweet Wishes For You Basket
pictured right is possibly one of the most stunning and appropriate gift baskets I've ever seen for Christmas.
For British buyers there's a separate online store where you can buy a similar range of gifts including this electric bottle chiller
(left) for making sure that the extra special bottle of Chardonnay you've bought is served at just the right temperature. Whether it's for a quiet romantic evening in or for when you have guests to dinner, it's a great piece of kit to have to hand.
Serious lovers of ice cream could enjoy life so much more if they had this superb ice cream maker by Gaggia
(right) which is really popular in Britain and Europe. Then when you've made your ice cream you should serve it in style - like in this fantastic, stunning-looking ice cream bowl and spoon set
Whatever you buy for your friends and family this Christmas, I hope you try to make sure it's something they will find rewarding. Happy hunting!
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