As a glance out the window or in the direction of your watch/smartphone may remind you… it’s December. The final month of 2013 is here, and by now you’ve (hopefully) begun thinking about your holiday plans.
To make the decision easier for you, we put together a Top 11 list dedicated to all things December – quirky-but-cool gift ideas, recipes, some of our favorite songs of the season and other fun stuff – enjoy!
1. BAKING RECIPES: HEALTHY HOLIDAY CLASSICS
Click the images above to view recipes! In order: Guilt-Free Pecan Pie (low-fat!), festively-colored sugar cookies, and a healthy version of the old holiday standard, the gingerbread house.
Hey – we know the holiday season is the time for eating as much food as you can possibly fit in your mouth in one sitting, but there are ways to do so while keeping your health in mind…
2. CLASSIC ROCK PUZZLES:
These novelty puzzles are a great stocking-stuffer for the holiday season. Each high-quality 300-piece 16″ x 16″ puzzle features a classic album cover from a selection of rock’s most heralded artists, including the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Nirvana, the Rolling Stones, and more.
The assortment of puzzles offers a great activity for those holiday gatherings, with a classic rock flair.
3. METALLICA HOLIDAY SWEATER
This isn’t your grandma’s holiday crotchet work… unless Granny is into thrash metal.
Comprised of 50% wool and 50% cotton, this sweater was inspired by Metallica‘s third studio album Master of Puppets. It makes a great gift for yourself or any ‘Tallica fans in your life – to keep the holiday spirit alive and rock’n.
4. ROLLING STONES CRYSTAL HEAD VODKA:
A fantastic pairing for the Stones fan on your shopping list.
The Limited Edition set is a collectible that boasts a unique “Skull” Bottle of Crystal Head Vodka (750ml) with a 2-CD compilation of live Rolling Stones hits. Because who doesn’t want to enjoy a hard beverage while listening to Mick, Keith and the gang?
5. CHRISTMAS ALBUMS
Every winter, buckets and buckets of holiday-themed albums are released – some sell, and others are almost instantly forgotten.
Some of the maybe-lesser-known-but-worth-your-time variety include past releases from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Jethro Tull, Ringo Starr, and Carole King. Even recent RCM cover star Merle Haggard has a Christmas CD – click here for more.
In the spirit of the season, here are some of our favorite holiday-themed songs worth revisiting:
6. Paul McCartney – Wonderful Christmastime
There’s just no escaping this one, is there?
7. John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)
John and Yoko’s politically-charged contribution to holiday playlists.
8. Beach Boys – Little Saint Nick
An original tune penned by the Wilsons, complete with their trademark harmony.
9. Bing Crosby – White Christmas
As iconic as they get.
And a few more holiday suggestions…
10. CORKCICLE – for the Wine Enthusiasts
Planning to enjoy some vintage wine with your family or loved ones this holiday? Corkcicle “maintains your wines at the perfect temperatures from the inside out”. And, it comes in a variety of colors! For more, visit the company’s website.
11. A Charlie Brown Christmas – Snoopy Doghouse Edition
The timeless soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas, recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, is now available in the ‘Snoopy Doghouse Edition’ – complete with pop-out cardboard replicas of the Peanuts gang, all mean t to be arranged inside the iconic dog’s doghouse. A fun spin on a classic, which was again remastered for this new release.
Have a safe, fun holiday season!