TWENTY FAB GIFTS UNDER $20: PLUS, A GREAT KITCHEN TOOL FOR LESS THAN $5

Make “Bought in AP” – or within a few blocks of it – your new holiday mantra with these 20 fabulous gifts for $20 or less…

1.  One-of-a-kind, hand-blown holiday ornaments in brilliant swirled reds, blues, lavenders and oranges.  $20, Hot Sand

2.  Draft Stop, filled with fir needles, fills a home with the relaxing scent of winter while blocking a drafty door or window sill.  $18, Comfort Zone, (Ocean Grove)

3.  “Oh Snap” mousetrap cutting board with stainless steel cheese slicer.  $20, Flying Saucers

4.  “I’m saving up for plastic surgery” tin piggy bank by Blue Q.  $9, Style Rocket

5.  Maison Bouche chocolate bars are “the bomb” according to store owner Michael Buess.  The best-selling flavor is Fleur DeSel, milk chocolate with sea salt.  $7, Bodega Shoppe

6.  Glittering and “decked out” Swan Gift Baskets.  “The swan is the unofficial mascot of Asbury Park,” said Michael Buess, who glitters and adorns the 24-inch festive fowl.  $18, Bodega Shoppe

7.  Fair trade Batik aprons handmade in Ghana feature lovely nature-inspired prints in four colors.  $15, Organic Style

8.  The 2010 Asbury Park Firefighter Calendar.  Proceeds benefit the Fire Department Building Fund and ArtsCAP.  $15, Shelter Home, Flying Saucers, ArtsCAP.

9.  Stunning three-piece set of salt and pepper shaker and mustard pot from Heaven.  The store features a number of collector-worthy sets including: sterling silver, silverplate, Lustreware and ceramic in all shapes and sizes.Two of my favorites sets are the silverplate Georgian-style and the brass with mother-of-pearl embellishments.  Sets from $20, Heaven

10.  Sweater-tights for women.  “Everyone who buys them loves them,” said the salesgirl at Stacy Gemma.  “They are slimming and warm” and come in four colors.  $20, Stacy Gemma

11.  “Smell My Nuts” 65% soy, sootless candle – that smells like banana bread.  $7, Master Bath Boutique in the Arcade

12.  Elegant jewelry designed and made by a co-op of women in Afghanistan.  “It’s taken more than a year for the government there to allow the jewelry out of the country and I am so happy to have it here,” said Nancy Ehrlich, owner, Organic Style – the fabulous fair trade store on Cookman Avenue.  The original designs of green glass flowers, brown Boxite and Camelian bead accents is modern and stylish for your friends and life-changing for the Afghani women.  $15, Organic Style

13.  Hand puppet theatre.  The joy possibilities are endless with Chef Alfedo Al Dente, Ballerina Tina Prima, Cowgirl Sally Sidesaddle and the 15 other cartoon-like felt puppets by Melisa & Doug Puppets.  $19.99, Comfort Zone, (Ocean Grove)

14.  Japanese Piperoid Paper Robots and friend – named Antonio and Syrup or Shishitaro and Komajiro – look like you went to the MOMA to holiday shop but it’s our secret you went to Shelter Home for these adorable, cool and crafty paper creations.  $15, Shelter Home

15.  Wool “Brown Bear” winter hat handmade in the Himalayas.  Also comes in Tiger, Penguin, Owl, Cat and Pig styles.  $14, The Emporium (Ocean Grove)

16.  The best freshly roasted in Asbury Park coffee from Asbury Roastery is always a welcome gift.  One pound of the famous “hearty” Holiday Blend.  $10, Asbury Roastery

17.  Table saw-shaped cake, bread and lettuce slicer made of sharp plastic.  $13, Flying Saucers

18.  The gift of a “Couples Night Out” with a pair of movie passes to one of The Showroom’s fantastic screenings.  I frequently say that the theatre is the “best of all worlds – comfy like your living room, fancy-pants like your best friend’s media room and exciting like a New York art-house theatre’ room.”  $16 for two tickets, The Showroom on Cookman Avenue

19.  Organic loose leaf cranberry tea gift boxes.  From $7, Asbury Roastery

20.  Fabulous home accessory “finds” – including items from Tiffany & Co., Wedgewood (including Queen Elizabeth Coronation pattern dinnerware from 1953) Rosewood, Fire King and much more.  $.10 and higher.  Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore thrift store on Third Avenue

PLUS:  My absolute favorite kitchen tool – it makes preparing salads ultra simple and reinvented peeling potatoes, carrots, asparagus and cucumbers for me.  It is the Swissmar Peeler.  Any chef on your list will love you for years to come if you gift them with this peeler.  The gift doesn’t have a lot of “wow” but the first time the recipient uses it they will say “Ooooooo.”  It is super-sharp (and stays that way), ergonomically designed and pretty.  $4, Johnson’s Restaurant Supply (Neptune)

Company’s product description:  The Swissmar Stainless Steel Peeler with a straight blade is an indispensable tool to have in your kitchen. The integrated side cutter is designed for removing potato eyes or blemishes, or to cut decorative grooves into fruits and vegetables.  The harp-shaped handle is designed for easier, less stressful peeling.  The perpendicular cutting edge allows for a more natural, up and down peeling motion.

Richard@TheBPlot.com

3 MINUTES EVERY WEEK = SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT

3 MINUTES EVERY WEEK = SOMETHING WORTH TALKING ABOUT

Advertisements