Limoncello: Homemade Holiday Gift

As the summer is winding down, the last thing most of us are thinking about is the holiday season, right? It’s still hot outside, so why would we? While you may not want to be out and about shopping for those on your list, now is a good time to think about making a homemade gift for those special people on your shopping list. And Limoncello is a great homemade gift.

10 Lemons
1 Liter Vodka
3 Cups sugar
4 Cups water


  1. Zest the lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in vodka. Cover loosely and let infuse for one week at room temperature.
  2. After one week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir vodka mixture into syrup. Strain into glass bottles, and seal each bottle with a cork. Let mixture age for 40 days at room temperature preferably in a dark spot.
  4. Place bottled liqueur into the freezer. When icy cold, serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.


You can buy fancy bottles for your Limoncello to impress your gift recipients. Limoncello is a terrific gift not only because it is made by you, but makes for a pretty presentation and is a unique gift that your friends and family probably wouldn’t purchase on their own.


Valentine’s Day Gift: Crystal Candle Holders

Psst. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Have you made your plans yet? Do you know what you will be doing on Valentine’s Day? Evening? Now is your friendly reminder to make a reservation at your favorite restaurant if you haven’t already done so. That takes care of one part of Valentine’s Day, but what about the gift?

Sure, there are flowers, balloons and chocolate. Those are certainly nice gestures, but it is a great idea to give your sweetie something that is going to last for years to come. And we all know that candles are uber romantic, right? So, why not give your significant other a couple candles and holders, classy crystal ones, of course!

Here are three ideas for beautiful Valentine’s gifts sure to impress your sweetheart:

Art Deco Votive:

These crystal votives are a small but elegant. Make a statement with a trio of them or deck out a room in them to dial up the romance.

Not only are these made of high quality crystal but they are quite affordable at under $12 per votive.

Slice Votive:

Looking for something a bit more modern for a Valentine’s Day gift? Look no further than the Slice votive. The Slice Votive Candle Holder features a unique and contemporary spiral design in a thick, clear non-lead crystal format. This stunning piece is the end result of design competition at the Parsons School of Design in New York. A group of students participating in the contest were taken to Germany on a tour of the Riedel Glassworks factories to spark their creativity, and Viktoriya Braginsky won the award with this modern design, which reflects the talent of this young American artist. This design also available in a 10-inch vase.

Two-armed Crystal Candle Holder:

This artfully designed candle holder makes a bold statement on its own. Not only does it make a perfect gift for that special someone, but it is also a great housewarming present or for a birthday.

Whether you have a romantic, no-expense-spared evening planned, a low-key evening at home or a gathering of friends, Valentine’s day should be enjoyed. However you plan on spending Valentine’s Day this year, I hope you have a fantastic one!

Father’s Day Barware Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. We all seem to remember to do something nice for mom, but just seem to forget that Dad needs to be remembered as well. Besides a nice tie or coffee mug here are some gifts that most dads will appreciate this Father’s Day.

Perhaps your Dad appreciates a good Beer or Spirits of some sort. Riedel has got you covered whether that is Tequila, Sherry a Martini or something in between. These selections of crystal glasses come in sets of two and are available starting at under $20.

Is your pop strictly a beer lover? Then you’ll want to get him the beer connossiueur set from Spiegelau. The beer glasses come in a set of four: Wheat, Pilsner, Lager and Tulip. Believe it or not, the shape of a glass really does play an important role in the optimum taste of each type of beer according to Spiegelau. And apparently thin glass is important as well for promoting malty sweetness and hop bitterness to it’s fullest potential.

Of course, every good bartenders needs a good barware set, right? WMF has got you all set with what may just be the cutest set of bar tools you will ever see.  Every piece has a face on it – from the bear face on the strainer to the shark (with teeth) ice tongs. All the pieces have rounded handles, and a stainless steel finish. See the full barware set here.

With pool season in full swing, Dad will no doubt want a case to carry his brews up the pool or to the beach with him. Check out this tote available from Built. It’s perfect to take to the beach, park, or party, and keeps beverages cool up to four hours. This beer tote is as slim as a thin mint when not in use, but don’t be deceived by its size—it expands to fit the canned or bottled beverage of your choice.

Show dad how thoughtful you can be and get him something he can use for years to come. Remember Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, so don’t wait another minute putting off buying dad a terrific gift.

Wine Totes and Carriers

Wine is kind of the like the perfect gift. It is kind of a safe gift too. It’s a good bet that most like and drink wine. And wine comes in many different price ranges. So, it is easy to purchase a bottle of wine and stick within a certain budget. But wouldn’t it be great if there were something a little better than those generic gift bags, found at every major retailer, to deliver you wine in? Well now there is.

A company called Built makes a Fishnet Wine tote. Here’s the neat thing about this wine tote: not only is it really cool and sexy looking to give, but it is reusable. So, when you give a bottle of wine as a gift, you can give the second gift of the wine tote and carrier.

This wine carrier not only has a sexy fishnet look to it, but it is stores flat for easy storage. Don’t be fooled by its small size, it expands and can hold a 1L bottle of vino.

Here are some of the other terrific features of this wine tote / carrier:

  • •Expands to carry and protect one 750ml–1L bottle
  • •Soft-grip handle
  • •Stores flat
  • •Stain resistant

But what about having one for yourself, right? Built also makes wine totes for single or multi-bottle carrying. These “wetsuits for wine bottles” as they are dubbed, are made of the same material that surfers’ body suits are made of. The Neoprene material is designed to keep your wine chilled. It also does a great job of ensuring they don’t clink together during transport.  They, too make a terrific gift, especially in the red or stylish black and white design.

Oh and if it’s beer you wish to carry, Built has totes and carriers for those too. There’s a great line of beer totes and carriers for the beach, picnics, travel and more. Get the normal black or the stylish blue / orange colored beer carrier. This comfortable to hold and carry tote makes carrying a six-pack to the party a breeze. And don’t worry if you have a bit of drive. Forget the cooler – with this stylish tote, your beverages will remain chilled for several hours.