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The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

It’s National Bagel Day and I couldn’t get bagels off of my mind. It’s snowing outside and I don’t actually have any bagels in my house, so I did the next best thing and spent my day scouring the internet for the coolest gifts for bagel lovers. You might say this list is the whole schmear of bagel gifts (especially if you’re hungry and dreaming of bagels.)

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts

Now gather ’round and check out these bagel lovin’ gifts.

7 Bagel Inspired Gifts

1. New York City Bagels

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-giftpack
Let’s start this list with arguably the home of the bagel, NYC, and that means some authentic NYC bagels shipped to your door (or the lucky gift recipient.) Shipped ready to toast and devour, or slice, freeze and toast whenever you’re craving a nosh.

Available from Zabar’s and Company: 18 Assorted Zabar’s NY Original Toasting Bagels

2. Peanut Butter

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: applesin-peanutbutter

Peanut butter on a bagel is one of the reason’s I run (in addition to beer and pancakes…but that’s another blog post.) Many people go right for the cream cheese, but I’m a bagel and peanut butter girl…and with peanut butter this good, you won’t stop at the bagels! Reginald’s uses just 4 little ingredients to handcraft some peanut apple perfection.

Available from Reginald’s Homemade: Apple Sin Peanut Butter

3. Vintage Jam Cutlery

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: jam-spreaders

This cream cheese spreader and jelly jam knife have hand stamped whimsical sayings on vintage sterling sliverplate silverware. << — That’s a mouthful, but so are the tasty treats you’ll be enjoying with these beautiful and playful service pieces.

Available from Etsy: Get Toasted ~ Get Jammin’ Hand Stamped Vintage Brunch Set from Sycamore Hill

4. B is for Bagel Babies

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-onesie

They are never too young for adorable onesies and to learn about the importance of really great food! This variety pack includes 3 great finger food onesies with ‘B is for Bagel’, ‘M is for Matzoh Ball’ and ‘R is for Rugelach’.

Available from Scoutmob: Foodie Baby Bodysuit Variety Pack

5. Everything Bagel Salt

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: bagel-salt

For the lover of everything bagel, Everything Bagel Salt. Perfect for soft pretzels, popcorn, grilled corn, burgers, hardboiled eggs….and I’m just guessing here, but probably…everything.

Available from Lusso: Everything Bagel Salt

6. Bagel Art

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: pug-bagel-print

I would seriously love this hanging in my kitchen! And if your friend or relative loves bagels AND pugs…’fugetaboutit’, you’re guaranteed to #win the gifting with this one!

Available from Etsy: Pug Art – Piggy Pug Bagels by Retro Pets

7. Smoked Salmon Vodka

The Whole Schmear of Bagel Gifts: SmokedSalmonVodka

So I was scouring the interweb for the very best lox for your bagel lover when I stumbled upon this little artisanal gem from Alaska, and I had to share. Distilled using water from glacier ice and infused with the flavor of Wild Alaskan Salmon this will make one hell of a Bloody Mary to pair with that NYC bagel from Zabar’s. My own personal version of East meets West 😉

Available from Alaska Distillery Retailers: Smoked Salmon Flavored Vodka

Lucky Number Three


My friend and sister-in-law is just weeks away from delivering baby #3. I’m impressed by her and my brother-in-law’s courage in the face of being outnumbered by the mini-humans. I can’t blame them for going for the hat-trick though, the first two are certainly super adorable and endlessly entertaining.

This is the third time they are holding out for the game day gender surprise. And while my niece and nephew continue the little brother vs. little sister debate, preparations progress for the arrival of the newest Miller.

The crib is set up and the car seats are dusted off. The changing table and boppy pillow, high chair and ‘My Aunt is the coolest’ onesie are all pulled from storage and being prepped for their third call to service.

In our family like many others, it’s not uncommon to forgo a baby shower for younger siblings, and yet friends, family and co-workers may still be looking for ideas to
honor and celebrate this little achievement to you know, grow a human being (I can’t manage to water my houseplants.)

With a giftbug registry like Ann Marie’s we can get lots of great ideas:

To surprise and excite Mom

giftbug wish list to excite Mom

To trim the honey-do list

giftbug wish list - the honeydo list

To replace misplaced or well-loved items from the first go-round(s)

giftbug wish list - replace loved items

Cool tricks and gadgets popularized since the last mini-me arrived

giftbug wish list - cool gadgets


Father’s Day Gift Ideas

T-minus 11 days until Father’s Day and we’re here with a few suggestions for the  special Dads in your life.

1. New Dad

gifts for Dad: Darth Vader Onesie

This one never fails to make me laugh. I’ve seen it on adult t-shirts and as internet  memes, but throw it on a cute little onesie or a bib and you can get a lot of traction  out of Darth Vader asking “Who’s your Daddy?”, especially if Daddy’s a Star  Wars geek.

Etsy: Who’s Your Daddy Onesie/Bib

2. Traveling Coffee Lover


gifts for Dad: Heated Travel Mug

This one was a big hit with my Dad and he still uses it to this day. Maybe Dad  doesn’t need ‘another travel coffee mug’, but wait, this might just be his favorite  travel coffee mug. And especially if we have siblings, isn’t the goal really  to buy those things that turn out to be Dad’s favorites? In this case, it’s a  heat controlled travel mug that plugs into the car’s cigarette lighter or power adapter.

Amazon: Heated Travel Mug

3. Thirsty Dads

gifts for Dad: Optimist-Pessimist Bar Glasses

Bourbons seem to be ‘the thing to buy Dad this year’…although admittedly, Dad  should actually like Bourbon. I went through numerous Bourbon picking guides online and settled on one with lots of pretty pictures (so you can find the bottle at  the store) as well as lengthy descriptions about what makes them great. And whether  Dad’s an optimist or a pessimist, he’s sure to love these bar glasses, no matter his drink of choice.

UncommonGoods: Bar Glasses
Tony Sachs: Bourbon Picking Guide

4. Bacon Lovers

gifts for Dad: Crested Duck Charcuterie Bacon Club

I feel it’s impossible to think of Father’s Day gift selections without coming  back to bacon. Most of the Dads/guys/people I know LOVE bacon. Here in Pittsburgh, we have a local charcuterie (meat lovers paradise) that has a bacon of the month club. The membership includes four months of their artisanal, hand crafted bacon with flavors like ‘Summer Hops & Honey’ and ‘Thai Curry and Lemongrass’. As of today they can only ship in PA, but are looking to expand country-wide very soon.

Crested Duck Charcuterie: Bacon of the Month

5. Book Lovers

gifts for Dad: Personal Library Kit

I love this idea for the book lover who has an extensive home library. We’ve all  loaned out our books, never to be seen again. This personal library kit makes it official  if you borrow one of Dad’s books. Plus, depending on his late fees, this gift could  finance his next vacation.

UncommonGoods: Personal Library Kit

6. A Fun DIY Gift

gifts for Dad: DIY Gift: Shrinky Dink Tie Tack

This is such a fun idea, especially if Dad has young kids. You can take family photos and turn them into ‘shrinky dinked’ (yes, I just invented my own verb) versions of family members. The uses are endless: tie pins, key chains, luggage tags, attach it to an air freshener and hang it from the rear view mirror…endless ideas I tell you!

Oh Happy Day Blog: Shrinky Dink DIY

7. Don’t Forget the Card

gifts for Dad: DIY Gift: Father's Day Card from Etsy

There are a lot of great cards out there for the occasion, and we’re sure you can find one with just the right sentiment, but this one spoke to me:

Etsy: Card


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

T-minus 10 days until Mother’s Day and you’re starting to sweat aren’t you? We’re sorry that giftbug isn’t here yet to help you pick the perfect gift for your Mom or your wife, but let us see if we can help this year with a few suggestions…

1. The Sweet Tooth

jeni's ice cream

What a beautiful world we live in with decadent luxuries like gourmet ice cream delivery, yes that’s right GOURMET ice cream DELIVERY! If you can’t be with her on her special day, send her something as sweet as she is from the flavor artists that have hand crafted batches of ice cream with names like Goat Cheese With Red Cherries and Brown Butter Almond Brittle. They’ve even created a special collection for Mother’s Day that includes flavors like  Riesling Poached Pear Sorbet, however seeing as none of the collection includes a very important ingredient called chocolate, for my Mom and Mother-in-law I’m thinking Roxbury Road and Queen City Cayenne are what’s called for here.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

2. The Wine Lover

picnic gift - Sangria Pitcher

Spring is here, and what better way to toast Mom than out on the patio with a cool pitcher of Sangria in Mom’s beautiful new Sangria pitcher. This cheerful pitcher is handmade and hand-painted in Toledo, Spain and each one is unique. As an authentic Sangria pitcher it has a lightly pinched spout to keep the fruit and ice in it’s place, pouring out only the refreshing, homemade cocktail. (Remember part of this whole beautiful scene we’ve painted here involves you making the sangria and serving Mom…)

Sangria Pitcher from La Tienda

3. The Coffee Lover

Aeropress Coffee Maker

Anyone who loves a great cup of coffee, REALLY loves a great cup of coffee and they are going to REALLY love this. The AeroPress is basically two pieces of plastic that fit in a purse, briefcase or diaper bag and with just hot water and some great coffee grounds they can brew a pretty fantastic cup of coffee in just 30 seconds. Professional tasters/coffee snobs are praising the smooth rich flavor and you can’t beat the convenience and portability. Have great coffee grinds, will travel.

The Aero Press from Seattle Coffee Gear

4. The Gardener

Hummingbird Feeder

Anyone that I know who loves to garden or landscape, loves their hummingbirds. This is a really fabulous feeder that is unique, handmade and recycled. It will be a great statement piece in the garden for flying visitors as well as the two-legged kind. I love how original and colorful it is and I’m sure your gardening Mom will as well.

Flower Hummingbird Feeder from Uncommon Goods

5. The New Mom

Rockabye Baby Lullabies: Dave Matthews Band

For the new Moms who wouldn’t trade a minute of their new normal, where sleep is a rare extravagance, speed showering is an Olympic sport and grown-up time in general has been traded in for the best job they’ll ever have; this is the perfect gift to merge a little piece of their old life with their new one. Plus, it’s never too early to introduce their mini-me to what great rock and roll sounds like.

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Dave Matthews Band

From Pearl Jam and Bon Jovi to U2 and Guns N Roses there are more than a dozen bands who have made their music available to their future fans.  “Rockabye Baby transforms timeless rock songs into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for soothing mellotrons, vibraphones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two.”  Sooo…all I’ll say about this unique version is that it also doubles as an awesome name that tune drinking game when Mom finally does get that much needed night out.