If you have a Starbucks fan in your life, a gift card is probably a good choice of gift if you are unsure of what to get them. With a gift card, they can always stock up on their favorite whole beans or simply enjoy a few drinks over the course of a month. An even better gift, however, might be the 2013 Coffee Refill Tumbler. This tumbler entitles the user to one free grande drip coffee every day in January. The tumbler costs $30 and a grande drip (in my neighborhood, anyway) runs $1.95, so you’re basically getting 50% of those coffees for free. Starbucks offered a similar tumbler that granted free grande espresso drinks in January on Black Friday (for $75/$65 pm sale, though they have long since sold out). I’m assuming that, if you’re a Gold card holder, you’ll probably be able to get free refills on that coffee, as well.
The cup itself is made with 35% post consumer recycled materials, so it is eco-friendly in general in addition to being less wasteful than the usual paper cups. And you, or your giftee, will still get $.10 off per drink after January is up.
This Sweet Tea Infuser isn’t made for making classic, Southern sweet tea. It gets its name from the fact that it looks just like those sweet lollipops that you used to enjoy as a kid – and perhaps as an adult, too! Unlike a real lollipop, however, this infuser is meant to be used upside down, with the head of the “candy” acting as the tea infuser. It twists open to reveal a generously sized compartment that you can stuff with your favorite loose leave teas, then twists tightly shut to trap them inside as you dunk the infuser into your mug. The stick end of the “candy” is easy to stir with and also makes removal easy as taking candy from a baby (sorry, couldn’t resist).
The infuser is made with silicone and nontoxic plastic, so it is lightweight and durable. It measures 3.5-inches long, so it can be used with both traditional teacups and deep mugs. You’ll have to add your own sugar after infusing if you want to use it to make your own batch of sweet tea, though.
The Day of the Dead, or el Dia de los Muertos, is a traditional Mexican holiday that starts just after Halloween and celebrates the lives of friends and family members that have passed on. Colorful, smiling sugar skulls are the holiday’s signature since this is a celebratory holiday, not a sad one, and people will elaborately decorate their homes with skulls and throw colorful parties. You can celebrate a little bit more subtly with a Day of the Dead Teapot. This cute sugar skull-inspired porcelain teapot features a traditional design of a smiling skull with flowers for eyes and just the right pop of color to make the design festive and fun. The pot holds 20 ounces, which means that the pot makes enough for two.
And you should definitely serve your tea with some Homemade sugar Skull Sugar Cubes when you’re celebrating el Dia de los Muertos, even though you can certainly use this teapot all year round.
As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and a cup of coffee is always helpful to get me going in the morning. I typically have to head to the kitchen to pour myself a cup, since I don’t have a coffee machine set up on my desk. One creative computer-lover decided that there was a better way to get coffee while at work without having to get up and leave the room. He designed the Caffeine Machine, a hybrid of a computer (yes, a fully functioning computer) and a 4-cup coffee maker to do two jobs in one. The hack was achieved through careful selection of a roomy computer tower and a compact coffee maker, and a little bit of tweaking. The creator is already thinking ahead to version 2.0, which might include an espresso machine instead of just drip coffee.
I’m not sure that I would be brave enough to attempt this kind of mod myself, but I’m pretty sure there is a market for such a thing if he ever decides to build on a bigger scale!
via Oh Gizmo