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Nicole’s Nickels Greatest Holiday Gifts of 2012: Entertaining!

by Nicole on November 26, 2012

Today is the first day of six days of awesome gifts and giveaways for Nicole’s Nickels Greatest Holiday Gifts of 2012!

Today’s post is all about entertaining during the holidays!  There are some delicious foods and holiday decor items to keep your holiday yummy and looking great!

One (1) lucky winner will win all of the items featured in this post!

Product Name: Acoustic Research MVP Portable Wireless Speaker with Personalization by Skinit
Purchase Information: RadioShack, BestBuy, HHGregg
Product Price: $129.99

Take along a speaker that says something about you, with the custom portable wireless speaker from Acoustic Research and skins by Skinit. One speaker, millions of possibilities, with your favorite pro and college teams, entertainers, even your own designs! The speaker gives you sound where you want it, when you want it, with a compact, easy-to-carry and simple-to-use portable speaker that’s UV and water-resistant. The included skin from Skinit lets you Make It Yours. Visit to see the 1000s of designs available.

Product Name: Ferrero Rocher® Fine Hazlenut Chocolates
Purchase Information: Ferrero Rocher® chocolates can be purchased at most grocery, drug and mass merchandiser stores.
Product Price: $9.99 – 18ct. (7.9oz)

ROCHER® chocolates are a tempting combination of luscious, creamy, chocolaty filling surrounding a whole hazelnut, within a delicate, crisp wafer…all enveloped in milk chocolate and finely chopped hazelnuts.

Product Name: Kusmi Tea Christmas Blend
Purchase Information: *Kusmi’s New York City store (located at 1037 Third Avenue, near 61st Street)
*Bloomingdale’s in New York City (located at 1000 Third Avenue)
*The Plaza Food Hall in New York City (located at 1 West 59th Street)
*Monsieur Marcel’s Gourmet Market in The Grove at the Farmers Market (located at 6333 West 3rd Street, at Third and Fairfax)*on their online boutique:
Product Price: $13.50 for 20 Muslin Tea Bags, $16.95 for 4.4 oz Metal Tin, $27.95 for 8.8 oz Metal Tin

A renowned brand for its fashionable labels and trendsetting sippers (a few of its famous fans include Lady Gaga and Orlando Bloom), Kusmi Tea was brought over to Paris from St. Petersburg in 1917 and has been delighting the world with an array of luscious flavors ever since. Kusmi Tea blends the finest natural ingredients from around the world, making each tea distinct. The Christmas blend is an exclusive blend by Kusmi Tea, including notes of orange, almond, vanilla and spices. Perfect for indulging on your own or as a beautiful holiday gift.

Product Name: Ferrarelle Platinum Sparkling Water
Purchase Information: Bristol Farms, Whole Foods, Central Market and select stores across the country.
Product Price: $3.99

Ferrarelle Platinum is perfect for this holiday season. Naturally effervescent, it adds just the right amount of fizz to festive cocktails and is wonderful accompaniment to the celebratory season’s best bites. Italy’s No. 1 naturally sparkling mineral water will hydrate revelers into the wee hours at all the best parties from Christmas to New Year’s.

Product Name: Energizer® Flameless Wax Candles
Purchase Information:
Product Price: $4.99 – $23.99

Energizer Flameless Wax Candles are made with real wax and have the same look and feel of a traditional waxed candle, but, there are no open flames. So, they are safe around kids and pets. These candles come in a variety of sizes, colors, shapes and scents and help create the perfect ambiance in your home and beautiful tablescapes both for every day, as well as holidays.

Product Name: Cascade Ice (Zero-Calorie Sparkling Flavored Waters)
Purchase Information: In hundred of grocery store retailers across the country! Our Where to Buy Map is the best place to look for state availability.
Product Price: Sold in retailers for a individual bottle price of $0.89-1.39.A 12-pack of bottles is worth $16.

Cascade Ice is a line of ZERO-calorie sparkling flavored waters that are also free of sugar, gluten, sodium and carbohydrates – and quite delicious too! With 21 different flavors to choose from, you can enjoy a new one each day and never get bored. Cascade Ice’s beverages also have a delightful fizz so there’s no way you’ll be missing those high-cal, high-sugar sodas!

Product Name: BISSELL PowerFresh(TM) Steam Mop
Purchase Information: This item can be purchased at and at mass retailers including, JCPenney, Lowe’s and BestBuy.
Product Price: $99.99

To help consumers face unpredictably messy moments with ease and speed, BISSELL Homecare Inc., introduces the BISSELL PowerFreshTM Steam Mop. The BISSELL PowerFresh Steam Mop features an innovative Easy Scrubber brush to break up tough messes. It is the only steam mop that gives consumers the option to leave behind a Spring Breeze scent as they clean.

Product Name: SQUIGGLE Selection Game
Purchase Information:
Specialty Toy Stores, book stores, gift shops
Product Price: $19.99

SQUIGGLE Selection is a hilarious NEW drawing game where players compete to earn voting cards for their creations that started from a squiggly line. A judge awards drawings that best suit the word on the cards.

Product Name: FLAVOR SECRETS: Back to the Basics Cookbook By Lynn M. Miller
Purchase Information: www.spitzpress.comOr
Product Price: $35. On sale for $25 through Spitz Press with free shipping

Set up in lessons, this book is a must for home cooks of any level. Chef Lynn’s affable tips are easy to understand and will help you kick up flavor in every meal you make. Just reading it by the fire will make you a better cook!

Product Name: SeaPak Shrimp Variety Pack
Purchase Information: Nationwide at your local grocer
Product Price: $9.99

These shrimp items are the best of the best for holiday entertaining! Each box includes crispy Popcorn Shrimp, succulent Parmesan Encrusted Butterfly Shrimp and crunchy Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sweet Thai Chili sauce for dipping. These crowd-pleasing favorites make sure every guest is impressed and no one leaves hungry!

Product Name: SeaPak Mini Crab Cakes
Purchase Information: Nationwide at your local grocer
Product Price: $9.99

From brunch to lunch, dinner to h’orderves – whatever the occasion this holiday may be, these Mini Crab Cakes fit the bill! Crunchy breading protects a tender, juicy crab filling that is great in omelets, beside eggs, atop rice, as a slider or as a tasty stand-alone snack! Each box comes with 22 Mini Crab Cakes and a Creole Mustard Sauce for dipping.

Product Name: SeaPak Shrimp Spring Rolls
Purchase Information: Nationwide at your local grocer
Product Price: $9.99

Tender, juicy shrimp with crisp vegetables rolled in a crunchy wrapper and served with Sweet Thai Chili dipping sauce – sounds like something to celebrate! Good Housekeeping awarded these crunchy delights one of the best appetizers this holiday season and your guests will, too, after trying them!

Product Name: Casa Di Bertacchi Meatballs
Purchase Information: Sam’s Club stores nationwide
Product Price: $14.48 for 6 lbs. of meatballs

Casa meatballs are made with whole, boneless beef and authentic Italian spices and seasonings. They’re seared and steamed in the traditional Italian manner – making sure you get the highest quality and best-tasting meatballs around! And because they come fully cooked, they are ready to be used anytime!

Product Name: Party Planner Gift Box
Purchase Information: Hickory Farms has more than 700 holiday storefronts and kiosks throughout North America, and a store locator can be found at Gift baskets can also be purchased online at or through our catalog that can also be requested online.
Product Price: $45.50

This gift is a flavorful array of our savory Summer Sausage and smooth and creamy cheeses, fresh nuts and crunchy snack mix. With every one sold this year we will donate $5 to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry ® Campaign.

Product Name: Edge of Glory Knife Sharper
Purchase Information: Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart, and retailers nationwide
Product Price: $10.99

Edge of Glory knife sharpener has a suction base for a safer use. Edge of Glory’s ceramic teeth works on all kinds of blades, and saves the trouble and expense of having to buy an entirely new set of knives once old ones become unsafe and ineffective.

Product Name: Photo Cube
Purchase Information:
Product Price: $24.99

Turn your favorite pictures into a decorative wooden photo cube that’s ready to display.

Product Name: Desk Organizer
Purchase Information:
Product Price: 5″ x 5″ – $29.99

Create a one-of-a-kind keepsake that celebrates a happy moment. Our hardwood desk organizer features three felt-lined pen holders, and showcases a favorite image on a colorful photo tile.

Product Name: Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas (Creme Caramel, Lemon Chiffon, Cinnamon Streusel and Peach Cobbler) and a chalk board mug
Purchase Information: Online at or in select retailers throughout the U.S.
Product Price: $28 (total ARV), $5 per box.

Red Rose Simply Indulgent Teas are zero-calorie, all-natural flavors are great alternatives to your favorite desserts. Red Rose gives tea drinkers the chance to take a “time out” from the constant hustle and bustle of their lives, and relax and savor a moment doing what they want to do. Learn more at

Product Name: Salada Green Tea Wellness Teas, including Metabolism, Brain Boost, Digestive Support, Serenity, Bone Support and Immunity
Purchase Information: At select retailers throughout the U.S. or online at
Product Price: $3.00 per 20-count box of tea ($18.00 ARV for entire package)

Salada Green Tea’s brand-new Wellness line is all-natural and combines vitamins, minerals and botanicals with delicious flavors to address a growing desire for healthier options in wellness plans.

Product Name:  Times Remembered
Dessert Toppings Gift Set
Purchase Information:
Product Price: $30.00 for the set

Four 16 oz jars of a special flavor selection of toppings including Chocolate Overture, Butterscotch Schnapps, Peanut Butter Fudge and Raspberry Fudge. All presented in a colorful box.

Gift Set Includes:
4-12 oz dessert sauces (Chocolate Overture,Butterscotch Schnapps, Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge and Raspberry Fudge).

  Product Name:  Seasonal Seven: McCormick® Must-Have Flavors for this Holiday Season
Purchase Information: Your Local Grocer
Product Price:  approximately $50.00

The Seasonal Seven are at the heart of most holiday dishes, providing a variety of sweet and savory options.

Sage: Savory Herb Rub Roasted Turkey – Fragrant herbs bring mouthwatering aroma and show-stopping flavor to this McCormick Kitchens favorite.
Also try: Sage Cheese Toasts 6 Ways, Sage and Cranberry Crab Cakes, Sage and Cheddar Potato Gratin

Cinnamon: Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon Pecan Crunch – A pecan-pie-inspired topping brings a festive twist to classic sweet potatoes.
Also try: Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread, Spiced Cider, Snickerdoodle Cookies

Poultry Seasoning: Orange-Glazed Turkey Meatballs – Tender meatballs get bursts of sweetness from orange marmalade and savory note from poultry seasoning.
Also try: Classic Herb Stuffing, Turkey/Chicken Pot Pie, Wild Rice Stuffing

Ginger: Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce – Orange Extract and Ginger add a fragrant twist to homemade cranberry sauce.
Also try: Glazed Brussels Sprouts, Ginger-Glazed Carrots, Gingerbread Men Cookies

Nutmeg: Roasted Harvest Vegetables – A medley of carrots, onions, parsnips and squash gets a subtle sweet and spicy boost from nutmeg.
Also try: Pecan Cookie Balls, Cheesy Bacon and Egg Casserole, Eggnog Thumbprint Cookies

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla Pecan Pie – Cheesecake meets pecan pie in this smooth and decadent seasonal dessert.
Also try: Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake, Red Velvet Cupcakes, Sugar Cookies

Peppermint Extract: Peppermint Bark – Smooth white chocolate and refreshing peppermint combine in a candy-striped confection that looks and tastes like the holidays.
Also try: Double Chocolate Chunk Mint Cookies, Peppermint Hot Mocha, Peppermintini

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1 Marcie November 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm

These items look great

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