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Picks for Entertaining Holiday Guests

While parties and presents are great, the best part of the holiday season is spending time and making memories with family and friends. Having loved ones stay in your home over the holidays can be both rewarding and nerve racking. But don’t fret! We’ve got a few home gadgets and gizmos up our sleeves to help your holiday guests feel extra special and welcome.

Remember: A little luxury and attention to detail goes a long way. Now’s the time to break out the good wine glasses and bedding!

Check out some of our housewares picks below:

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Bed & Bath:

Vince Camuto “Bal Harbour” 4-Piece Comforter Set- Create a luxurious and restful retreat for your guests with this stylish bedding set in a calming misty blue color.

Rowenta Ultra Steambrush- This handy yet powerful tool makes sure your bedding, curtains and even delicate party dresses are picture perfect!

Dining/Drinks:

Lenox Tuscany Classics Punch Bowl Set- Celebrate the season with classic punch served in this beautiful and timeless serving set.

Oneida “Aquarius” Red Wine Glass Set of 2- It’s amazing how fine crystal stemware can enhance your favorite varietals.

Cookwear/Cutlery:

All-Clad Large Roti Turkey Pan w/ Rack + Turkey Forks- Serve up that Thanksgiving masterpiece in this heavy-duty nonstick pan and get ready for the oohs and ahhs from your guests!

Shun 2-Piece Classic Carving Set- Made of sturdy Japanese steel to tackle all your turkey and roast carving needs like a seasoned pro.

Kitchen Electrics:

DeLonghi Convection Toaster Oven- Prepare delicious meals and side dishes efficiently with this space-saving kitchen essential.

Cuisinart Elite Collection ® 14-Cup Food Processor- Cut your prep time with this powerful and versatile machine so you can get back to enjoying the holiday festivities faster!

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Gifts for Coffee & Tea Lovers

For a lot of us, the day doesn’t officially start until that first cup of brew. There’s just something about the aroma, the ritual, the caffeinated jolt that gets us going even on a sleepy Tuesday morning!

So, in honor of our beloved beverages, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for the coffee and tea connoisseur in your life (even if it happens to be you!). Who needs the coffee shop when you can be your own barista right in your kitchen?

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1. DeLonghi Nespresso Capsule Espresso/Capuccino Machine, 2. Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System, 3. Le Creuset Whistling Kettle, 4. Krups XP2280 Programmable Precise Tamp Combination Coffee Maker, 5. KitchenAid Four-cup Personal Coffee Maker, 6. Breville You Brew Coffee Maker

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Tips & Picks for Game Day Entertaining

As the dust from the playoffs start to settle, and the last two teams standing face each other for the big game, football fans across the country congregate to enjoy the competition, food, friends and of course, those awesome commercials!

If you’re planning on hosting a game day party to root for your favorite team (or just enjoy this last hurrah of the season if your team didn’t make the cut!), here are a few tips to get you prepared along with some of our top picks for football fun at home:

It’s all about atmosphere. Make your home more festive than any bar in town by incorporating team colors—napkins, paper plates, serving bowls, pennants, balloons… It IS a party after all! Try having a football ready to toss around between guests during halftime. It’ll get everyone in the touchdown spirit!

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Chips and dip are a great game-day go to. Since this IS the biggest game of the year, why not elevate your selection of dips by whipping up something special in a slow cooker? Mom’s chilli anyone?

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1.Mitchell & Ness NFL® hats, 2. Waechtersbach Fun Factory Serving Bowls (Set of 2), 3. Krups Beer Tender, 4. Spiegelau Beer Glasses (Set of 2), 5. DeLongi 5-Quart Stainless Steel Slow Cooker, 6. Highbury Whittier 3-Section Tray, 7. Waring Pro Buffet Server, 8. Wilson NFL Game Ball, 9. Bodum Picnic Charcoal Grill

Tailgate favorites are always a hit. An at-home football party calls for BBQ classics, wings and ribs! They keep hungry guests happy…even if their team is on the losing end. Set up a buffet-style table with a heated server, some colorful serving plates and some stick-to-your ribs recipes.  

Cheer on your team with a selection of beverages. Beer and soda are the obvious must-haves for football parties, but make sure you offer lots of cold water, too! If you really want to impress your guests, bring the bar home by serving a traditional foam-topped beer from your personal beer draught tap!

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Mother's Day Gift Guide: The Gourmet Goddess

For the mom who loves to work her magic in the kitchen, a gift of a fabulous kitchen gadget is not only thoughtful; you reap some benefits from it, too!

Mom’s culinary talents will shine even brighter with a few quality kitchen essentials in her arsenal. Maybe she’ll even whip you up a delicious treat for giving her such a great Mother’s Day gift!

Check out a few of our favorite kitchen helpers that mom will surely love:

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1. Wusthof Gourmet 7-Piece Block Set, 2. Le Creuset 5-Piece Signature Set, 3. DeLonghi Hand Blender Set, 4. Higbury Bistro de Paris 4-Piece Bowl Set, 5. Le Creuset 4.5 Qt Casserole, 6. Kitchenaid Artisan Stand Mixer

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At Home: Healthy Eating

Now that all those indulgent holiday meals are history, it’s time to get back on track with sensible eating. When it comes to whipping up healthy home-cooked meals, a little bit of help in the kitchen sure goes a long way! Check out some of our favorite kitchen essentials to start off 2012 on road to healthy eating:

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1. Joseph Joseph Salad Bowl w/ Servers: We love the clever and modern design of this generously-sized salad bowl! It’s perfect for dinner parties.

2. Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick Bronze 12” Wok: Cook perfect stir frys without using a ton of oil in this essential nonstick wok.

3. OXO Little Salad & Herb Spinner: Making salad for two? This handy tool makes sure your salads are restaurant-perfect every time!

4. Cuisinart Elite Collection® 14-Cup Food ProcessorTalk about versatility! This powerful machine makes creating an entire meal fast and simple.

5. Kitchenaid 5-Speed Metallic Series Blender: This not only makes perfect smoothies, it’s also great for homemade soups and sauces!

6. DeLonghi Indoor Grill/Broiler: We love this for grilling up chicken and seafood for delicious salads.