It’s that time of year again. If you’re struggling to find something unique for that special someone, these are some unique gift ideas to consider that say I love you in a more thoughtful way.
I create a new list for you every year and I always love the feedback we get on the gift that really work. You’ve challenged me to do it again and so I present to you our picks for romantic Christmas gifts 2023 edition.
The gift for the tricky guy
Underwear that cares
Manmade is a company formed by four lifelong friends who found themselves in banking but still had a gripe about underwear. Boxers or briefs? How do we find something that addresses all of mens’ concerns “down there?”
The Manmade Boxer Brief, made in Canada, seems to have it all:
- Function First: The minimalist design and horizontal fly seamlessly blends style and functionality for a sleek and comfortable fit.
- The Mansack: A distinctive Manmade feature, the Mansack offers ergonomic support and separation for ultimate comfort and chafe prevention during physical activity.
- Modal Magic: Crafted from sustainably sourced, plant-based Modal, our underwear is three times more breathable than cotton, guaranteeing superior comfort, breathability, and moisture-wicking,
- Seamless Comfort: Experience irritation-free wear with Manmade’s seamless construction, with no tags or seams to irritate skin.
For a big holiday statement, make a gift of Manmade’s limited-time Holiday Bundle, which includes 4 black boxer briefs, 2 pairs of low-cut socks, 2 pairs of crew socks, and a beanie for just $125 USD.
A dark spirit for a sexy man
If your man likes a bit of bourbon, and really who doesn’t, then a gift of true rarity and grandeur in the bourbon world is the way to go. The Bardstown Collection is the brainchild of seven award-winning distilleries surrounding the charming village of Bardstown (often named the most beautiful small town in America with no shortage of distilleries) that celebrate aging excellence.
Only available from the distilleries, these bourbons are blends of barrels that have been put aside for aging and that reflect the terroir and style of the individual distillery. Better yet, a trip to Bardstown for the release party and tasting over the weekend of April 12-14, 2024 would be the ultimate bourbon lover’s surprise.
Fun food stocking stuffers
Cheese Bits Brand is a renowned name in the world of artisanal cheeses, celebrated for its commitment to crafting exceptional dairy creations that tantalize taste buds and ignite culinary imagination. And since cheese is considered a potent aphrodisiac, it just might ignite something else.
Confetti Snacks is a new line of veggie chips that ditch the deep fryer but deliver nutrients, crunch, color and flavor galore by upcycling “ugly vegetables.” I have tried all of the flavors and, frankly, can’t decide which is my favorite.
These chips are minimally processed and never deep-fried. Because they are baked using a low heat method, the nutrients – and the beautiful colors of the carrots, radishes, purple sweet potatoes and mushrooms in the mix – remain vibrant. But it’s not just about delivering health dividends and looking good. Confetti Snacks are infused with authentic spices and flavors. Veggie chip flavors include Green Curry, Tandoori Curry, Teriyaki BBQ and aphrodisiac Summer Truffle. Mushroom chip flavors include Green Curry, Tandoori Curry and Black Truffle.
For wine and spirits lovers
Wine photo by Element5 Digital
South African sparkling wine
Graham Beck, a significant producer of sparkling wine in South Africa, has partnered with U.S. Hunger to give meals to those in need, to launch “Give Beck, Give Back.” For every bottle sold through wine and grocery stores, as well as though ordered through Drizly and Instacart will provide two meals in the local community. This program is available where Graham Beck is available; Oregon, Texas, New York and Washington.
Wine for dog lovers
I always seek out wines that benefit our local animal shelters and pet rescues because I’m that person who cries through those ASPCA commercials but want to support locally. Mutt Lynch is one wine brand that loves dogs and puts their money where their sips are – just check out the name. Winemaker Brenda Lynch makes wines that please humans and their pets are very welcome and spoiled when visiting. They support a number of pet charities through money, time and wine donations.
Bottle shot courtesy of Mutt Lynch Winery
Cabernet and Chardonnay that give back
This longtime grape-growing family and producer of killer Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley, Stuhlmuller Vineyards, has adopted a give to our local pet shelters strategy in both the winery and online. Remotely adopt a pet or make a donation of any size and you automatically receive 15% off purchases and a glass of Chardonnay to celebrate. Stuhlmuller is also collecting food for dogs after finding out that many people surrender pets when they can’t afford to feed them. So sad that shelters are happily handing out food to keep animals with their owners.
A gift to make him or her happy in the kitchen
I have had this griddle for a couple of months and it is the gift that keeps on giving. The perfect size and easy to use, the FINEX 10” Griddle ($200) has just the right amount of surface to quickly cook burgers, bacon or grilled cheese sandwiches. (Is there anything more loving than making someone a perfect, hot grilled cheese?)
With a smooth cooktop, this griddle cooks plenty without taking over the stovetop. Good for all cooking surfaces, it is specially designed to keep the handle cool. It heats and cools off quickly and cleans up easily for the next meal.
The Mendocino coast in winter
Have a picky traveler who insists on staying on their vegan diet? A gift certificate to Stanford Inn by the Sea – a luxury vegan eco-resort overlooking California’s rugged Mendocino coast – is the answer. Committed to a holistic concept, this property works tirelessly to reduce its carbon footprint and only uses sustainable lumber, paints and other materials for the frequent upgrades made to the property.
Its award-winning cuisine is not just vegan; it focuses on whole plants, not ersatz meats, cheese or processed substitutes. The Stanford Inn not only serves plant-based cuisine, they teach it in at least four different cooking classes from beginner up! Enjoy classes, excursions and more at this luxurious resort!
Find romance at Elk Cove
The Elk Cove Inn and Spa is one of the few Mendocino properties right on the Pacific Ocean. Even better, the Inn has its own beach and water views from almost every guestroom. The restaurant here is so popular and fresh that diners must decide their dinner choices in advance. The food is local; fish and shellfish from the sea, Vegetables and fruits from the small farm on the property, eggs from the chickens and cheese from the goats.
Ask for a tour when staying there. And leave room for breakfast, considered the best breakfast in Mendocino by USA Today….and it’s delivered to your room, real champagne and all!
Photo courtesy of the Elk Cove Inn
Keep your smile perfect no matter how far you travel
A healthy smile is a sexy smile! I have a rechargeable fan and iron for travel, which come in handy in other countries with different electrical outlets, but now I can’t wait to travel with GuruNanda’s Rechargeable Portable Water Flosser. An advanced water stream flossing system that helps healthier gums and a brighter smile in just 2 minutes a day. It’s a complete oral-care solution.
With 1400-1800 times/minute of high-pressure water pulse, it is efficient in promoting healthy teeth and gums by helping remove plaque and food particles in between the teeth. It not only effectively massages your gums but also aids in bad breath while helping reduce gingivitis. It comes with a detachable water tank, that allows you to thoroughly clean the limescale and plaque deposits and prevent foul smell from the tank.
Its compact design makes it easy to be used both at home and during travel. The 2000 mAh battery gets fully charged in just 4 hours and can last up to 21 days after continuous use, and is easily rechargeable with the USB cable that comes with the pack. It’s the little things that make our lives so much better! Anyone can easily appreciate how this generous gift is one from the heart.
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