My Favorite Things….2012

Oprah unveiled her 2012 list of her “Favorite Things” yesterday and it got me thinking about some of MY favorite things….whether it be favorite gift giving ideas or something that I would “gift” to myself. Here is the list of My Top 10 Favorite Things for 2012:

#1 The  Hobo Lauren Wallet

Lauren is Hobo’s iconic double frame clutch wallet. Legendary for her stylish design and carry-all attitude. Toss in your bag or carry alone! Lauren is bold as ever in the tiger print.

#2 The Original Savory Saltine Seasoning

I never knew a simple saltine cracker could be so good!! The seasoning mix is so easy to use and no baking required. Just put the contents of the seasoning packet, some saltines, and some canola oil in a bag and shake…it’s that simple, and you WON”T be able to step away from these delicious crackers! I’m going to get a packet for all of my friends &  family and hope they invite me over when they make them.

#3 The Lily Pad Lid:

Ask my family…I’m a freak about recycling, and I’m always looking for ways to get out of throwing something away. The Lily Pad Lid is the perfect answer to having to throw away plastic wrap. It is made of FDA approved silicone. It seals tight on all smooth rims: stainless steel, glass, plastic, melamine. It prevents Spills, the Lily Pad Lid creates an airtight, watertight seal for reheating and storing. It saves on plastic wrap, it can be reused and reused and reused, and it is safe for oven, microwave, freezer and dishwasher.

#4 The Sea Salt Caramel Truffle from Sweet Shop USA

Ok…now we’re getting down to the nitty gritty!! Sea salt, caramel, and chocolate? Shut the front door!! These are to die for…I love the hint of salt with the luscious caramel and milk & dark  chocolate. This is definitely a gift that I intend to keep for myself!

#5 Suspend Family Game

We have 3 girls that range in age from 17 to 5 and I’m always looking for games that would be fun for everyone…I’ve found it. Suspend is a family game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Try this hanging balance game and you’ll be hooked! Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Sound easy? Try adding another piece! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands. This would be a great “family” gift.

#6 Tyler Glamorous Wash

I gave some of this to a friend for her birthday and I have to say I was a little nervous about it because you never know how anyone will react to a fragrance. She loved it! She washed her “unmentionables” in the wash then hung them to dry around her house. When her husband came home, he was walking around trying to find what smelled so divine.  Her husband loved it so much that he washed his GOLF shirts in it! (It’s ok to cringe now ladies…we know this stuff should be saved for special things). After my friend (and her husband) quickly went through the 32 oz bottle that I had given her, she came and bought a GALLON of it!! Now when we get together she always wants us to smell her shirt!

#7 The Votivo Red Currant Candle

This is the old standby…whenever I’m having trouble coming up with a gift idea for a friend, neighbor, teacher, family member, etc…this is what I get. The smell is so fresh and clean. A savory blend of tart red currants and golden fruit glaze ladled over coarsely ground vanilla bean ice cream and served along side of raspberry filled sugar cookies… the original Red Currant.

#8 Lenny and Eva Bracelets and Sentiments

These beautiful leather cuff bracelets and metal sentiments are great gifts for women and girls of all ages.  Lots of bright beautiful colors and inspirational messages are available to create the perfect look for all the special ladies on your list.

#9 The Amazing Presto Bucket

…and we mean AMAZING! The AMAZING bucket is made from lightweight but tough nylon, with durable polypropylene rims and is 100% waterproof. A matching nylon draw string carrying case is included.

Just think of all the uses!
*It’s a convenient utility item for R.V. and boat owners.
*For those gardeners out there, it’s great for weeding; picking fruits & vegetables and transporting water.
*It’s the perfect personal drink cooler for picnics and outdoor sporting events.

Stores flat & opens into a watertight 2.9 gallon bucket in seconds!

#10 Tervis Tumblers

This is the original insulated tumbler. Made in the USA with a lifetime guarantee. They come in variety of sizes and hundreds of designs. The perfect gift for every age and gender! I keep one on my desk every day, my kids drink their milk out of one every morning, I take the Tervis water bottle with me on my walks. The world’s first “smart cup”!!


There you have it!! My top 10 Favorite Things of 2012. I really could post dozens more and it was hard to narrow my list down, but I don’t have a staff that would put all of that together for me like Oprah! 😉 Happy shopping!