Who says everyone on your gift list needs a present of their own? Sometimes it's a gift for the entire family that gets everyone excited. Be it a board game everyone can enjoy or a cooking project both kids and adults can have a hand in preparing, a family gift is a fun way to gather everyone together.
This Christmas, give your beloved friends and family a thoughtful, inexpensive gift that'll keep on giving in the months to come: made-from-scratch vanilla extract. This recipe, which calls for only two ingredients and less than five minutes of prep, isn't just functional — it's also pretty and long-lasting. Watch the video to find out how to prolong the life of your homemade vanilla extract and how to package it as a beautiful gift for the holidays.
'Tis the season of holiday cheer, family and friends, and unfortunately, excessive spending and credit card debt. While I love the seasonal spirit of giving and love, I can't help but feel a burning sensation in my pocket. Covering everything from traditional holiday decor to the Christmas shindig, I've compiled nine savvy and affordable alternatives to celebrate the holidays without breaking the bank!
If you're searching for a gift to present to a loved one, why not go for something homemade and delicious? Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or a more involved afternoon affair, these creative gifts will impress all of your friends and family. Likewise, we have picks for any palate and proclivity, including those with a raging sweet tooth, the salt obsessed, the boozehound, and more.
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Pudding made in a blender? You better believe it. Here's a milk-chocolate pudding recipe from chef Matthew Kenny that is raw, easy to make, and full of healthy fats. And it is so very tasty! How does he make this dish so flavorful without dairy, eggs, or cooking? Watch this video to learn his secrets, and then whip up your own batch at home.
We've compiled foodie-friendly gifts for your friends and family all holiday season long, but the time has come for us food editors to reveal what's really on our Christmas wish lists. From a radish-printed dress to passionfruit candy to a knit teapot koozie, there are plenty of reasons for us to anxiously await Dec. 25.
Amusement parks may not scream Winter getaway, but these summertime hot spots are the perfect place to get in the holiday spirit. From larger-than-life decorations to special shows, your family will have no trouble making winter memories at any of these 10 destinations. Take a trip to one of these amusement parks for a fun and festive vacation.
Walt Disney WorldThe Magic Kingdom turns into a winter wonderland for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party. Families can feast on holiday treats and watch their favorite characters walk in the Once Upon a Christmas parade. For a more cultural Christmas, travel to Epcot and see how different countries celebrate the special holiday.
Sesame PlaceOn weekends in December, the Sesame Street gang gets together for some spectacular celebrations. Families can walk the light-lined streets and sit in on one of five holiday-themed shows. Show up on a Saturday, and kids can enjoy milk and cookies with a very special guest (spoiler alert: it's Santa!).
Six FlagsThere are tons of holiday activities at Six Flags. After a relaxing stroll through Candy Cane Lane, kids can head to the Cookie Decorating Room and create a festive treat. For nighttime entertainment, check out the Main Street Festival of lights.
Start a holiday party the easy way by crafting these appetizers featuring (mostly) pantry items like nuts, canned beans, olives, and other nonperishables. We promise your guests will never suspect a thing . . .
When it's completely frigid outside, nothing is more inviting to guests than entering a heated home filled with the scent of mulled wine. Possibly easier to pull together than any punch, mulled wine consists of apple cider, spices, red wine, orange peel and juice, and . . . this particular recipe calls for a secret ingredient.
As a judge on Top Chef, you know Gail Simmons has great taste in food. But the culinary expert, TV personality, and Food & Wine special projects director also happens to have great taste in holiday gift picks, too. She gave us the lowdown on what she's really coveting this year. Here's what's at the top of her wish list.
The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook
"After years of work on this project, chef Michael Anthony and Danny Meyer have published The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook ($30, originally $50), one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen in years. It's big and glossy and drool-worthy, and I want it!"
Michele Varian Large Baguette Board
Keep reading for more of Gail's top gift picks.