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The Foodie Gift Guide and a $200 Giveaway


It’s December, you guys!!!  Are you freaking out? 

Christmas is literally around the corner and this is a time of frenzy and angry mall shoppers.  But does it have to be that way?  Heck no!  If you are buying gifts for loved ones, take it easy, consider putting more thought into the gift than dollar bills. 

Thoughtfulness also means thinking about yourself – meaning, avoid the malls and crazy parking lots, avoid the 30-minute checkout lines with screaming children and angry customers, and avoid stressing yourself out.  Instead, opt for a great option like Etsy where you can shop handmade AND you can do it while sipping a peppermint hot chocolate, watching Love, Actually with your fuzzy slippers on from the comfort of your couch! 

So, in order to allow that to happen for you, I’m putting together some gift guides for you this week.  Starting with the foodie! 


The Learner Observer's Etsy Gift Guide - The Foodie1. Fig Balsamic Vinegar Reduction- Glaze — 2. Pure Linen Apron — 3. Spanish Saying Kitchen Art — 4. A Baker’s Dozen Set of 4×6 Recipe Cards — 5. Kitchen Utensil Holder — 6. Storm Clouds Pot Holder — 7. Ceramic Crate Egg Holder

*Please note these are affiliate links.  What does that mean? It means I get a small cut of any purchases made through these links.  It also means I will love you just a tiny bit more for supporting this little blog o’ mine!*

In case you’re wondering about the Spanish artwork, the saying means “A full stomach makes a happy heart.”  Isn’t that the truth?  If you want a few more ideas for gifts to give to your foodie friends, you can see my extended Etsy Foodie Gift Guide.  I’ll be adding to this frequently so you will always have a little inspiration!

Ok, so now are you ready for THE best part of this post?  I’m sure you’re wondering about the title of the post, and yes… I am serious about the $200 giveaway!


$200 Paypal Giveaway ImageHow perfect that you could win $200 in PayPal cash?  Because I’m not sure if you know, but Etsy accepts PayPal as payment, and so do like 1000 other sites, so you can do SO MUCH online shopping (for yourself or for others… if you buy something for yourself, don’t worry, I won’t tell).

Here are some more details about this awesome giveaway:

$200 PayPal Giveaway
Hosted by
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Giveaway runs from 12:01 am on Monday, December 2nd, to 11:59 pm on December 7th.
Giveaway is open world-wide!
Void where prohibited.

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter below.  How do you do this?  Just login either via Facebook or with your email address.  Then click on the “+1” and follow the instructions.  Easy as can be!  Isn’t it worth the few minutes for the chance to win 200 buckaroos?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck, my friends!!

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  • Reply Midsommarflicka

    Oh yes… I will avoid the malls. I hate them, year round, but especially now before christmas. I will definitely buy some presents online on etsy (or the German version of it) and I’m gonna make the remaining myself. Or give money – I know, it’s boring, but my parents want an apple-tree from us kids and it’s just not the time to buy and plant trees……

    (And the give.away is open worldwide? Yay! \o/)

    Have an awesome week!
    Love, Midsommarflicka

    December 2, 2013 at 7:12 am
    • Reply Thalita

      I, too, avoid malls any time of year. Also, there’s a German Etsy?!?! Cool!!!! Annnnnnd cool that you’re making gifts! I have yet to tackle that for more than one person per year!

      December 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm
      • Reply Midsommarflicka

        Yes, we can shop on the “normal” Etsy, where there are German sellers and international who send to Germany and then there’s also Dawanda – a platform similar to Etsy, but founded in Germany and there are probably only German sellers… :)

        December 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm
        • Reply Thalita

          That’s amazing! :)

          December 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    Etsy is such a wonderful resource, especially for finding unique gifts (or treats for yourself). If I won, I’d be shopping Etsy, either for myself or gifts (or both), and support some extremely talented independent artists.

    December 2, 2013 at 10:40 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Honestly, discovering Etsy changed my life. No lie… so many cool things! And I’m with you on supporting some talented peeps who actually take time to make stuff by hand!

      December 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • Reply Emily@ DavenportDIY

    If I won, I’d totally be shopping on Etsy- there is SO much cool stuff on there. I would spend $200 very quickly on Etsy!

    December 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      I know, right? Creating all of these gift guides has me wishing I could enter! Ha!

      December 2, 2013 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Hey Thalita! Loving your foodie gift guide. I’m actually staying away from the malls this year and making all my gifts. Would SO LOVE to win this awesome giveaway you guys are hosting to use on Etsy though! I am entering now!!! xo

    December 2, 2013 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      You are my hero for making all of your gifts! I’m also staying away from the malls – I can’t even imagine going into one right now! Good luck!!!

      December 3, 2013 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Lish

    I just watched Love Actually last night!!!! One of my favourite movies!!!!! So excited to see your gift ideas from Etsy!!! You find such beautiful and wonderful things!! Xo

    December 3, 2013 at 12:05 am
    • Reply Thalita

      HA! Love it! I’m gearing up to watch it this month, though it may just have to be when Alex isn’t home. I’m not sure he could bear to see it again!!!! :)

      December 3, 2013 at 8:55 am
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  • Reply Vanessa

    These are such fun gift ideas, lady! Linked to your post in my weekly recap today! (

    December 6, 2013 at 7:50 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Hi Vanessa!

      Sorry this is so late, but thanks so much for linking up my post!!!!

      December 13, 2013 at 11:32 am
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  • Reply Carmen N

    I still have a few more gifts to get. The $200 would come in handy!

    December 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm
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