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Thursday, 12 December 2013
Last Minute Gift Ideas
Topic: Education and Values

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Foodie and Gardener...

I know it's crunch time and the most difficult people are left for you to choose for Christmas gifts. You probably have already done your homemade gifts in advance. Certainly, you paid attention to making preserves, canning , floral sugar, wine etc. weeks ago.

So the people left...they are also the most important people, aren't they? Moms, wives, husbands and close friends--those fellow sustainable gardeners and foodies....the hardest of all...

How about a few ideas?

First, the crockpot...if they have one size, get the other...For example, Mom has the perfect size for her and Dad. Then, buy her the bigger crockpot for Beef Burgundy on Bastille Day! Or, she has the mega-size, then get her the one that will make Beef short ribs or Osso Bucco for her and Dad!

How about that Immersion Blender. If the Foodie on your list does not have an immersion blender, then THIS is THE gift for them. They will love you for it!

Then there are the two things every good gardener should have: SALAD SPINNER and FOOD DEHYDRATOR. If you've read the Summer/Fall blogs, you need no further explanation.

And, there's the gift every sustainable gardener will love...a gift card for a truly great organic seed company. Why not? Even if they have researched everything, every gardener has a curiosity to try something new. I like http://www.groworganic.com/peaceful-valley-gift-card.html but there are infinite options for you once you start looking.

How about a really out-of-the-box idea for the person in your life who DOES know everything about gardening and food safety but just lacks a “credential”? One of the best gifts would be to fund a course in safe food handling that leads to a certification. Why? Because there is a certain confidence and “street cred” one gets from certification. Try


You can also check your local extensions from your state and regional universities for great programs in good agricultural practices and safe produce handling.

For example, I have taken classroom courses through Iowa State University http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ and online courses through Cornell  http://www.gaps.cornell.edu/ 

You can check out options in your state but also consider the national programs that will allow your “gift recipient” to chat with like-minded people around the country while they take their virtual courses!

These ideas may be “last minute” but they may end up being...perfect for the perfect person!

Posted by Karen at 16:17 CST
Updated: Friday, 13 December 2013 10:30 CST
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