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Gifts for Moms and Dads
The holiday season has arrived and soon you'll be getting together with your loved, but you're at a loss for what to give your parents -- and the parents of your significant other. Whether you're looking to give individual gifts or gift to both of them from the both of you, these from-the-heart ideas are likely to get an approving smile from mom and dad.
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Eric's Pike: Editor-In-Chief, Living
"I like to give beautifully designed, practical gifts for the home. If I don't come across something special in a given year, I'll take a year off, or surprise someone with a gift in April. Quality time spent together with family and friends is a gift unto itself."
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Eric's Pick: "Collecting: Living with the Things You Love"
Have a collector in the family? Whether it's mom's delicate porcelain dishware or your father-in-law's prized smoking pipes, this is the go-to guide for how to collect, learn about, and display their most cherished possessions. Not to mention, it's written by two experts and former Martha Stewart Living staffers -- Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson.
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Melissa Ozawa: Features Editor
"[When giving] I think about the individual person, pinpoint what they love or are interested in, and seek out something special made by a great artisan and craftsperson. When in doubt you can't go wrong with a beautiful flower vase, treasured book, or something delicious."
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Melissa's Pick: Reed Wilson Design Shakers
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Melissa's Pick: Kamado-san Danabe Rice Cooker
Want to know the secret to the fluffiest rice? In restaurants across Japan, they use the donabe rice cooker, "Kamado-san." It's hard to know who will like this gift more, your mom or your dad?
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Melissa's Pick: "Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes"
If your folks or your in-laws are keen cooks, a great cookbook is a perfect gift. Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes shares recipes and secrets from the team behind San Francisco's beloved restaurant. The food at Tartine is hard to define and is the kind of meal people want to recreate at home -- and with this book they can.
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Ayesha Patel: Executive Editorial Director, Style
"The ideas [for my gifts] often stem from interests we have in common - the ones that connect us and there is definitely an element of impulse when shopping. I like to think the gifts enrich our bond."
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Ayesha's Pick: Jenaer Glas Egg Coddler
For those who appreciate history -- and enjoy eggs for breakfast or dinner, this coddler is a stellar gift. It's made by Jenaer Glas, a company whose history goes back to German chemist Otto Schott. He realized that the chemical-resistant properties of laboratory containers like beakers and test tubes could easily be used in the kitchen -- and this now famous brand of houseware was born. Your in-laws will appreciate the high quality and the history that comes with it.
8.4 oz., $22, shop.fortessa.com
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Ayesha's Pick: Nordic Log Basket
This sturdily-woven rattan Nordic log basket gathers logs for the fire, but can hold just about anything.
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Ayesha's Pick: Leather-strap Planter
Copper-plated hardware enhances this leather-strapped planter.
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Lucinda Scala Quinn: Executive Editorial Director, Food
"For me gift-giving is about time—the most precious of commodities in todays world—which ultimately makes it the most valuable gift to give. It's not about the monetary value, but being able to experience (and give) pleasure in the time it takes to find that one perfect thing for someone, or to create something handmade to give."
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Try something new when you bake cookies for gifts this year. A sandwich cookie says sophisticated. Here a layer of gooey caramel is sandwiched between two cookies made with finely chopped oats and pecans. They taste as good as they look!
Something for chocoholics and nut lovers: a delicious, decadent bite-sized dessert. A crumbly cookie base is paired with a silky chocolate truffle and chopped hazelnuts. These treats are very impressive and totally irresistible.
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Lucinda's Pick: Ruffle Pie Plate
If you want to give a homemade gift to your in-laws but don't like to bake, this is the recipe for you. This fudge is so delicious and goes very fast.
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Kevin Sharkey: Executive Editorial Director, Decorating
"I'd never give a gift I didn't personally love. Finding the overlap between what I'm drawn to and what I think will make someone else happy helps me give from a thoughtful, genuine place."
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Kevin's Pick: Son of Søren Tie
This is far from your typical "dad" tie. It's an artisan accessory, made of 100 percent cotton chambray in a trendy colorblocking pattern.
$78, Son of Søren
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Noaway Countertop Walnut Compost Bin
If you folks like to compost but, like many, don't appreciate a messy bucket under the sink and couldn't imagine having one on the countertop, this sleek, simple compost bin is just the thing.
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A one-of-a-kind ceramic piece, made from wheel-thrown english porcelain and glazed with a clear gloss, this planter will be appreciated by those who love ceramics as well as those who appreciate design. The intridcate grid-like pattern is created by carving black slip away to reveal the bright white clay body underneath. It will make their potted plants stand out and make a statement.
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Martha Stewart Collection Domed Cake Stands