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Picnic Perfect Gifts

Fourth of July weekend has me thinking about checkered tablecloths, Adirondack Chairs, burgers and brats. One of the best things about summer is the chance to bring the parties outside where the sun is hot but the drinks are cold. And just like a dinner or cocktail party, you may find yourself looking for a small hostess or thank you gift. Here are a few ideas that are sure to be as hot the weather.

6 Picnic Perfect Gifts

1. A Serving Dish Full of Your Signature Salad

picnic gifts - serving bowl

Leave the tupperware at home and pick up a bright and cheerful bowl. After all, your famous pasta salad deserves a presentation worthy of it’s fabulousness. It’s guaranteed to stand out among the other pot luck contributions.

Tape a little note to the bottom of the bowl (and maybe a copy of your secret recipe!) letting your host or hostess know that the bowl is a gift for throwing another memorable shindig.

Available from West Elm: Modernist Serving Bowl

2. Sangria Pitcher

picnic gift - Sangria Pitcher

Okay, I’m slightly obsessed with this Sangria pitcher and always looking for the perfect opportunity to gift it.

And just like my grandma never gave a wallet as a gift without a coin in it, I think it might be bad luck to gift an empty Sangria pitcher! 😉 Fill it up with something yummy like this recipe for White Peach Sangria.

Available from La Tienda: Handmade Sangria Pitcher

3. Bucket of Beverages

Picnic Gifts - Beverage Tub

If you were put in charge of bringing the beverages, why not present them in a fun drink tub. Attach a chalkboard label to the side of the bucket and let your thirsty companions know what beer or soda options are chilling inside.

Available from Target: Beverage Tub

Available from Cherry Hill Designs: Chalkboard Labels

4. Music Mix

Picnic Gifts - Mix Tape USB

Bring the tunes and do it in a way sure to get everybody talking! It’s amazing that we can fit thousands of songs in our pocket thanks to the near limitless memory of USB sticks. This presentation allows us to revisit the ritual of the 80s when sharing music mixes was a very personal gift.

Available from Frology: Mix Tape USB Stick

5. Bocce

Picnic Gifts - Bocce Set

What’s a family or neighborhood gathering without a little friendly competition? With Bocce there is no need for nets, goals or even a very large area. If you have a small grassy area, you can Bocce.

Available from Hayneedle: Tournament Bocce Set

6. The Extreme S’mores Kit

If you’re lucky enough to be attending a picnic or barbecue ending with a bonfire, surprise the guests by bringing the Extreme S’more Kit. 

I hope you have all experienced the life bliss that is the s’more, but for anyone unfamiliar, it is the perfect ooey, gooey sandwich of graham crackers, chocolate squares and a fire-roasted marshmallow.

picnic gifts - s'mores

Here are a few ideas to take the basic s’more to another level!

  • One word –> Nutella!
  • Gourmet Marshmallows: check out your local farmer’s market or a site like Wondermade for flavors like bourbon or key lime pie.
  • Gourmet Chocolate: many large grocery stores now carry chocolate bars with ingredients from potato chips to bacon and Pop Rocks. Or, check out a company like Theo Chocolate that supports farmers in Eastern Congo.
  • Beyond Graham Crackers: for the hardcore sweet tooth, supplement the graham crackers with your favorite cookies or donut. If they can create a donut burger, you can imagine the donut s’more!
  • Peeps: throw in the leftover Easter Peeps, because yes, I think that would be hysterical roasting over the fire 🙂

 

Find something on this list that you love (the Sangria pitcher perhaps?!) Don’t forget to update your giftbug registry! Maybe add a new category like ‘Summertime Lovin’  or ‘Barbecue Bliss’.

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.