Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fresh and Hot Coffee Gift Ideas

I love coffee like a Gilmore Girl, so even though it means TWO blog posts in one day (woot!), I just couldn’t let National Coffee Day pass without a few gift ideas for coffee lovers. So here are some really cool surprises to celebrate your coffee lover’s next birthday, anniversary or just because they’re #winning the day.


7 Coffee Inspired Gift Ideas

1. Coffee Hand Grinder

turkish coffee grinder: Seattle Coffee Gear

Many coffee lovers enjoy not just the end product, but the zen-like experience of creating the perfect cup of java. And for the truly dedicated, a hand mill like this turkish coffee grinder is not just beautiful, it’s the first step in a very intimate coffee experience.

Available from Seattle Coffee Gears: Turkish Coffee Grinder

2. Coffee Holdster

Leather Canning Jar Travel Mug by Holdster

And for the truly hipster coffee lover, this leather insulated sleeve brings (wo)man and mason jar together for the love of coffee. You will be the envy of all of your bearded friends.

Available from Amazon: Leather Canning Jar Travel Mug by Holdster

3. Coffee Subscription Delivery

Coffee Subscription: Driftaway Coffee

Caffeine delivered. Driftaway Coffee is the passion of a super adorable couple in Brooklyn, NY (they really are super adorable, just checkout the story page on their website.) Every Driftaway Coffee subscription starts with their tasting kit, a sampling of 4 coffees with different roast profiles. Next, by using their app to track your tasting preferences, future deliveries are tailored to your tastebuds.

Available from Driftaway Coffee: Coffee Subscription Plan

4. Coffee Body Scrub

cardamom + coffee body scrub: Fig + Yarrow

Coffee doesn’t get much more luxurious than this. Roasted fair trade coffee beans are paired with aromas of chocolate, vanilla, black pepper and cardamom for a truly decadent exfoliating and antioxidizing body scrub.

Available from Fig + Yarrow: Cardamom + Coffee Body Scrub

5. Teak Coffee Spoons

teak coffee spoons: ABC carpet & home

These sustainable teak spoons would be a statement piece in any coffee service. Handmade by a community of artisans, the spoons are hewn from excess material left behind by the logging industry.

Available from ABC Carpet & Home: Teak Coffee Spoon Set

6. Coffee Curd

Irish Coffee Curd: Indie Fude

This creamy curd is handmade in small batches right in the founder’s kitchen. She blends freshly roasted coffee and local whiskey into a distinctive and “full-on” Irish coffee flavor. Serving suggestions include pancakes, scones and ice cream!

Available from Indie Fude: Irish Coffee Curd

7. Coffee Print

coffee print: Etsy

This handmade illustration captures the famous T.S. Eliot quote “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” Were truer words ever spoken about a coffee lover?

Available from Etsy: Coffee Print by Cava Design Studio

For the Love Of Horses: A Gift List


samantha: the birthday girl

Today is my niece Samantha’s birthday and in her honor we are offering up a gift list for horse lovers.

I’m not bragging, (that’s a lie – I so totally am!) my fabulous niece happens to be a bit of an expert on what it means to loooove horses. So today I’m turning the blog over to Samantha who’s sharing her own love story with horses and some super cool gift ideas for the horse lover in your life.

Samantha and her horse Ruby
Samantha and Perfectly Pleasant (her friends call her ‘Ruby’)

Ask the Expert: Horses and the People Who Love Them

giftbug: How old were you when you first fell in love with horses?

Samantha: Well, when I was little (Mom says she was four) Gram and Grandad took me to the South Park pony rides and I loved them and then for Easter because she knew how much I loved horses, Nana took me to Pony Camp. 

Samantha riding her horse Ruby
Samantha and Ruby at a recent competition.

Samantha started taking riding lessons less than 2 years ago and she’s already racked up more than 32 ribbons. This summer Samantha’s family grew when her dream came true and she got her own horse, Ruby.

giftbug: What do you love most about horses?

Samantha: They’re really sweet animals and you can do a lot with them. And they’re really fun. And I love riding them.

giftbug: Which do you like better, riding western or english?

Samantha: Hmmmm…. …. ….well, I guess I like Western a little bit better because Ruby does better at it and I do it a lot more….and because of all of the sequins. 🙂

giftbug: So Samantha, do you have any ideas for people who want to give a special gift to someone who loves horses?

Samantha’s Top 6 Gift Ideas for Anyone Who Loves Horses

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who rides horses, Samantha suggests:

1. A New Halter

Web Halter: 3 Gems Tack

Available from 3 Gems Tack: Dura-Tech Cushion Web Halter

2. “Cool Brushes”

Butterfly Brush & Comb: HorseLoverZ

Available from HorseLoverZ: Butterfly Brush and Comb Collection

3. Hoof Polish

A pony pedicure!

Samantha: This is cool nail polish that comes in all kinds of great colors and it’s glittery. You can’t use if for shows though, we have a boring black polish for that.

Available from Pony Glam: Hoof Hi-Lites from Pony Glam

You don’t have to ride horses to love them, so Samantha also wanted to share some ideas for anyone smart enough to love horses.

4. Horse Action Figures or LEGOS

LEGO Friends Sunshine Ranch

Available from Amazon: LEGO Friends Sunshine Ranch

5. Cowgirl (or Cowboy) Boots

Cowgirl Boots: Rod's Western Palace

Available from Rod’s Western Palace: Macie Bean Turquoise Sinsation Boots

6. Outfits That Have Horses on Them

Horse Printed Top: Etsy

Available from Etsy: Girl’s Horse Printed Tank Top by Girl’s With a Twirl Boutique

Samantha’s Top 6 Gift Ideas for the Horses

And because we can’t forget about the horses!

1. Plain Granola Bars

Samantha: These are their favorite treats because of all of the oats in them.

2. Sugar Cubes

3. Mints

Samantha: They really love candy canes!

4. Carrots

5. Apples

6. Peppermint Nuggets

peppermint nugget horse treats: MannaPro

Available from Amazon: Manna Pro: Peppermint Flavor Nuggets for Horses

This list is definitely giftbug approved! Thank you Samantha for all of the great horse themed ideas! And check out her Mom’s giftbug registry to see how she categorizes all of the perfect gift ideas for the whole family (Ruby included!)

Gift Ideas That Are Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

9 Pumpkin Spice Gift Ideas

It’s that time of year, you can smell it in the air…that’s right, it’s time for EVERYTHING pumpkin spice.

And while just the words “pumpkin spice” are fodder for countless internet memes and eye rolls, we all have those friends who genuinely and passionately looove their PSL and all things pumpkin spice.

So in honor of my college roomie and all of the other PSL (that’s pumpkin spice latte, if you’ve been living under a rock 😉 ) fanatics out there, I am dedicating this list of gift ideas to Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice. These are not gag gifts to mock your PSL-loving friends. There is nary a pumpkin pie spice pringle, pumpkin spice breath freshener, or pumpkin spiced pumpkin seed (clever Trader Joes, clever) on this list.

I give you simply, pumpkin spice awesomeness to delight and surprise your pumpkin spice loved ones.

9 Gift Ideas That Are Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

1. Pumpkin Body Scrub

Body Scrub from Simple Sugars

Let’s start with a little pumpkin pampering.  Lani at Simple Sugars has a passion for creating all-natural skincare products with the highest quality ingredients. This featured autumn scent is not just loaded with pumpkin antioxidants, it will leave your skin “glowing brighter than a jack-o-lantern on Halloween”!

Available from Simple Sugars: Pumpkin Body Scrub and Pumpkin Facial Scrub

2. Pumpkin Spice Creamed Honey

Pumpkin Spice Creamed Honey from Vintage Bee

Honey is such a universal sweet treat and this is pure raw honey blended with organic pumpkin and spices. You can add it to your coffee for a luxurious take on PSL, spread it on toast, drizzle on a sweet potato (yum!!) or even glaze a ham. You can pumpkin spice your whole pantry 😉

Available from Abe’s Market: Vintage Bee Pumpkin Spice Creamed Honey

3. Pumpkin Porter Ale Candle

Pumpkin Porter Ale Candle from 1820 House Candle Co.

There are no shortage of pumpkin spice candles available in stores, but those just don’t compare to the sense evoking awesomeness of true artisans like Melissa at 1820 House Candle Company.

The Pumpkin Porter Ale candle is a combination of  “heirloom pumpkins, cardamom and a bit of boozy spice.”

Available from 1820 House Candle Company: No. 19 Pumpkin Porter Ale

4. Pumpkin Whiskey Men’s Aftershave

Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Whiskey Aftershave

First of all, can I just say how much I love this packaging! If Andy used aftershave I’d buy this just for how it would class up our bathroom 🙂

Inside the bottle is where the real magic lives. Jenni at the Nevermore Body Company creates this aftershave with fabulous skin pampering ingredients like witch hazel and green tea extract, finishing it with the scent of sweet pumpkin and whiskey.

Available from Etsy: Jack O Lantern Pumpkin Whiskey Aftershave

5. Pumpkin Hot Sauce

Sgt Pepper's Picante Pumpkin Hot Sauce

Sgt. Pepper puts some real spice into their love of Pumpkin Spice. This sweet and spicy hot sauce is a blend of chipotle peppers and pumpkin puree. Pour it over some cream cheese or baked brie and stand back when the PSL fanatics come running.

Available from The Carolina Sauce Company: Sgt. Pepper’s El Chipotle Picante Pumpkin Hot Sauce

6. Pumpkin Pie Tea

Pumpkin Pie Tea: Tupelo Honey Teas

I am a big fan of Danielle from The Tea Loft here in Pittsburgh. For fall she has created a chai blend that includes sweet cinnamon and nutmeg.

Where is the pumpkin you ask? Be sure to check out her recipe for including agave, pumpkin puree and whipped cream in her freshly brewed tea!

Available from Tupelo Honey Teas: Pumpkin Pie Tea Blend

7. Pumpkin Marmalade

Mandarin Pumpkin Marmalade from Earth & Vine

I think I was hungry when I created this list 🙂 This 100% all natural marmalade combines sweet mandarin and earthy pumpkin into silky bliss.  They offer several amazing serving suggestions on their website, but I say we all pass ‘Go’ and head directly for the Mandarin Pumpkin Monte Cristo Sandwich. Make that little bit ‘o heaven for your PSL loving friend and watch them swoon.

Available from Earth & Vine Provisions: Mandarin Pumpkin Marmalade

8. Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil

Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil: Queen Creek Olive Mill

The Queen Creek Olive Mill in Arizona creates this limited edition festive oil for the Fall Season. It would be a great addition to any gift basket, cheese plate or as a hostess gift during the Fall holidays.

Available from Queen Creek Olive Mill: Pumpkin Spice Olive Oil

9. Pumpkin Spice T-shirt

Pumpkin Spice is My Catnip: tshirt

I couldn’t resist including this t-shirt in my gift list. I think this is a great analogy for what these scents do to our pumpkin spice loving friends.

Available from HUMAN: Pumpkin Spice Catnip T-shirt


Now let’s all sit back with our own steaming cup of pumpkin spice latte and update our giftbug registries. 93 days until Christmas!

Gift Guide For The Bacon Lover

September 5th is International Bacon Day. One of the best smelling holidays of the year – I mean, are there many things that smell better than bacon cooking?? 🙂

And most of us love bacon (I think even vegetarians love bacon, they just have great restraint.) And so for the people who love bacon and the people we all know who loooooove bacon, a gift guide for the bacon lover.

Bacon makes everything better

9 Gift Ideas For the Bacon Lover In Your Life

*because 8 ideas just wasn’t enough

1. “B is for Bacon” Onesie

Onesie: B is for Bacon

If  “A is for Apple”, I think on balance it’s okay if “B is for Bacon.” Start ’em young with this onesie.

Available from Zulily: ‘B is for Bacon’ Bodysuit – Infant

2. Outlaw Soaps: Bacon, Whiskey and Coffee Set

Outlaw Soaps

For those who can’t stand to be away from their bacon, we bring you bacon that you can take in the shower. It looks like bacon, it smells like bacon, but it tastes nothing like bacon. So don’t eat the soap! These handmade bars do not actually contain any meat. They are in fact vegan (but maybe don’t tell the bacon lover that part.) These soaps will leave the skin silky smooth and dare we say, “bacony-delicious and kissable.”

Available from ThinkGeek: Bacon, Whiskey and Coffee Soap

3. T-shirt: Love, Peace & Bacon Grease

Tshirt: Love, Peace & Bacon Grease

For those who want to wear their love of bacon proudly on their chest.

Available from Etsy: Love, Peace & Bacon Grease T-shirt

4. Maple Bacon Morning Coffee

Maple Bacon Coffee

Caffeinated bacon. A medium roast, maple bacon flavored coffee, made with Direct Trade beans from Nicaragua.

Available from Boca Java: Maple Bacon Morning Coffee

5. Cast Iron Bacon Press

Williams Sonoma Bacon Press

Adorable and functional…and heavy enough to even be a weapon if someone’s trying to steal your bacon.

Available from Williams-Sonoma: Cast-Iron Bacon Press

6. Bacon Bouquet

Our Best Bites blog: Rose Bouquet DIY

The world would be one step closer to perfection if bacon roses grew in the ground (heck, I might even garden.) But luckily the world gave us blogs like Our Best Bites to create easy step-by-step instructions for creating this bouquet of meaty love.
*Some (and by some, I mean all) assembly required*

DIY Instructions Available from Our Best Bites: How to Make a Bacon Bouquet

7. Bacon Infused Vodka

Bacon Vodka Bloody Mary Recipe

Their tagline pretty much says it all: Pure. Refreshing. Bacon.

*Click on the image for a larger view of their Bloody Mary recipe*

Bakon Vodka is available from many local distributors, or can be purchased via mail-order from select distributors. Click here for for information.

8. Cookbook: 101 Things To Do With Bacon

Cookbook: 101 Things to Do With Bacon

With recipes like Bacon Reubens, Skillet Bacon Cornbread, Crispy Bacon Fried Rice, Maple Bacon Drumsticks and Chocolate-Glazed Bacon Brownies you will always have options (approximately 101 of them) to celebrate your bacon lover.
*Also recommended for getting out of the doghouse.

Available from Amazon: 101 Things To Do With Bacon

9. T-shirt: I Like Pig Butts

Tshirt: I Like Pig Butts

Yes, I know. I KNOW. I know bacon doesn’t exactly come from the butt of the pig (thank you Good Eats for all of those chalkboard diagrams.) But(t), I’ll bet you a dollar that your bacon lover will love this shirt.

Available from Etsy: I Like Pig Butts T-shirt

Let us know about any favorite bacon gifts that didn’t make our list and don’t forget to update your giftbug registry with all of this bacon-y goodness.