Holiday Shopping Finds 2012

Black Friday. Small Business Saturday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday. So many ways to spend your well-earned paychecks in the days following Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas.

I thought I’d take a quick glance at some of the quirky foodie finds that you can find out there this year. All of these items were found at a local CVS pharmacy in the metro Boston area so you may not be able to find all of these in your area. I’ve tried linking to online shopping sites that carry the items, if you’re curious.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the foodie gifts…

super pretzel makerThe first item on our wish list is this Super Pretzel maker. Now, you can bring home that soft-baked pretzel taste from the ballpark. You can make five mini soft pretzels and warm up cheese for dipping. It also comes with a recipe book. In the store, it sells for $19.99. Buy online here.

Keebler Pie makerBake up mini pies using the Keebler “Uncommonly Good” Pie Maker. Bake four personal sized pies in under 10 minutes with this small kitchen appliance. It’s like having a tree-ful of elves in your kitchen! This one also sold in-store for $19.99. Buy online here.

My Lil' Pie MakerI’m guessing it’s the year of the pie? With the “My Lil’ Pie Maker” you can make pies, quiches, pot pies and more. In the package, you’ll receive a recipe book, spatulas and pie cutters with this “as seen on TV” gadget. The appliance is dishwasher safe. If you buy online here, you’ll get 2 pie makers for just $10.99 plus shipping and handling!

Popcorn MakerPop up to 1-gallon of movie-style popcorn at home with the Cinema Choice Movie Theater Style Popcorn Maker. The machine has a stainless steel popping chamber and the door comes off for easy clean up. Also comes with a measuring cup and a spoon. Buy online here for $49.

Chia giftsAnything Chia needs no introduction. I love the Chia pet and all of its cousins, like the “Gourmet” Chia Herb Garden and the Chia Cat Grass Planter. With your herb garden, you’ll get three mini terra cotta planters plus seeds for dill, basil, curled parsley, chives, cilantro and marjoram. Buy online for $17. With the cat grass planter, give your feline pal a nutritious snack. Buy online for $18. Could someone get me the Chia Gnome?

Star Trek The Next Generation Pez DispenserBeam me up! I’m totally geeking out after this one! It’s a 25th anniversary Pez dispenser collection for Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fact about me: I’ve been to a Star Trek convention. Total nerd. Met Michael Dorn, the actor who plays “Worf.” Had a communicator button, tons of T-shirts and posters in my room. Yes, middle school was a hard time for me.

But, this present is worthy of any Sheldon Cooper in your life. It includes Pez dispensers of Dr. Crusher, Data, Geordi, Commander Riker, the Enterprise 1701-D, Capt. Picard, Worf and Counselor Troi. Wait…..No Wesley Crusher? [sigh] Buy online here.

Twinkie Bake SetGrab this hard-to-fine goodie ASAP before Hostess goes out of business! The Twinkie bake set includes a special pan, pastry bag with several tips and recipe booklet. Once you bake all of your Twinkies, you can make some Twinkie Tiramisu. Buy on eBay for around $30.

Well, those are all the goodies I could find for now. Have you seen anything fun this holiday season? Let me know in the comment section below!

Happy Holidays!

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