20 Gifts that Are Perfect for Every Occasion

Are you always looking for the perfect present?  I am and my friends are always asking me for suggestions.  Here are 20 gift ideas for every occasion; things that would work for a Birthday, Anniversary, Engagement, Wedding, Baby, and the Hostess.  I was thinking of all the things I have given and received over the years as inspiration, things I have loved and cherished.  It is amazing how a gorgeous basket or monogramed tote bag filled with bath or beach towels can be special and thoughtful.  It is fun to find just the right gift that speaks to the recipients taste and personality. When you do that, you win the game!  There are more fun ideas here and you can always go to my gift page for inspiration.  And if all else fails, shoot me a comment or email and I will try to help you come up with just the right present!  Happy Giving!

Are you looking for the perfect present? If so, Ridgely Brode has 20 great gift ideas for every occasion on her blog Ridgely's Radar

1. Willow Platter

2. Foldable Star Sculptures

3. Picture Frame – add a special image

4. Rosanna trinket bowl or tray

5. Monogrammed Turkish Robe – such a treat and most people wouldn’t buy for themselves

6. Limited Edition Wall Art

7. Customize a  Photo Book – The best kind of memories and shows so much thought. Capture the event or trip and then give the book as your present.

8. Braided leather loop key chain – New home or car?  Perfect time to for a new accessory!

9. Caravan 3 piece Knife Set

10. Personalized Serveware – I love all the wood, Lucite and Melamine trays.

11. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe Card Holder – Personalize it with a few of your own favorite recipes

12. Olli Ella Silver Basket – Add a few towels for a housewarming or a hostess gift for a beach weekend

13. Simon Pearce Hurricane’s

14. Riviera Dog Bed

15. Haven Baby Alpaca Throw

16. Personalized Pet Collars and Leashes

17. Menagerie Bookends

18. Mini Heart Quilts

19. Yard Dominoes – Fun for all ages

20. Angel Dear Elephant Blankie


If You Really Want to Know, It’s All About Dark Chocolate

If you really want to know what I would like for Valentine’s Day, I will give you one BIG hint and it is from See’s Candies. I don’t need a dozen roses, white or pink for me if you are curious, a gift card to a Spa (see below for discount!) is always a great idea, a dinner out would be very welcome, but a nice big box of dark, nuts and chews would be my favorite present of all.  See’s Candies are the best and a very rare treat…

Guess what Ridgely Brode, blogger behind Ridgely's Radar, would like for Valentines Day? A box of Dark Chocolates from See's Candies!

To buy: See’s Candies and a Spa Gift Card (Save 12% off + Free Shipping this Valentine’s Day! Use: HEART12)




Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Want to try one of the most delicious cookies ever?  Then these Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from the God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook should be the next ones you make! They are that good!  We have been working with God’s Love We Deliver for as long as I can remember and they are an amazing organization that provides life-sustaining meals and nutrition counseling to people living with severe illnesses in the New York metropolitan area. This year alone, God’s Love will cook and deliver more than 1.4 million nutritionally-tailored meals (Free of charge!) with the help of 8,000 volunteers.  Wow.. That is a lot of meals and a huge team!

In celebration of over 30 years of service, God’s Love We Deliver  has created a cookbook featuring family recipes and personal stories of 75 celebrities and friends of the organization. From Trish Yearwood’s Chicken Noodle Soup to Ina Garten’s Perfect Roast Turkey to Rosanna Cash’s Coconut Layer Cake, each delicious contribution is featured in the cookbook along side a note from the person and a photograph of the recipe. There are so many good recipes that I want to try but chose to feature the Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies because they are one of my favorite treats and I have been waiting patiently for the cookbook to be released so I could get the recipe! Be sure to click the link to see more about the God’s Love Cookbook and by purchasing one (or more!) you are supporting a wonderful organization.  Enjoy!

These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.

Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from God's Love We Deliver Cookbook
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 Dozen
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 4½ tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter or margarine, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  1. Prehat oven to 350F
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Blend well
  3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until blended.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla, beat until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture and beat until just incorporated.
  6. Fold in the oats and chocolate
  7. Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment or silicone-lined cookie sheets about 1 inch apart.
  8. Bake 1 sheet at a time until golden brown. about 8 to 10 minutes per batch
  9. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool
  10. serve


These Double-Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are one of Lifestyle Blogger, Ridgely Brode's favorites and she shares the recipe on Ridgely's Radar.

to buy: God’s Love We Deliver Cookbook

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Last Minute Gift Ideas To Get By Christmas Eve

Are you a last minute shopper?  Then this will be a good list for you to shop from, if you buy now you can still get it by Christmas Eve.. be sure to  order by Noon on Thursday, December 22nd to guarantee it arrives on time!  I picked some items for the guys and girls so that you have everyone covered.  My boys want the Bose noise canceling wireless headphones and I am hoping to get a new pair of slippers.  I have this Mirrorless Camera and it is a wonderful small size with high quality images and while I was looking for Coffee Makers, I found this really good option that I have added to my list..  So many decisions! Good Luck and I hope you find some great presents!

Are you a last minute shopper? Then checkout out these gift ideas from Ridgely's Radar that you can get by Christmas Eve.

to buy: 1. UGG indoor/ Outdoor Slippers  /2. Bose Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones (or these Beats by Dr. Dre wireless earphones)  /  3. Nest Holiday Reed Diffuser and Candle Set  /  4. Halogen Rib Knit Cashmere Gloves  /  5. Monica Vinader Linear Bracelet  /  6. Yves Saint Laurent Lip Gloss Trio  /  7. B&O Portable Bluetooth Speaker  /8. Dannijo Velvet Choker  /  9. Sony Mirrorless Digital Camera  /  10. Charlotte Olympia LOL Kitty Flats  /  11. Nespresso Evoluo Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Maker  /  12. Shinola ‘The Runwell’ Watch  /  13. Sorel Tofino II Waterproof Boots

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Cook

Getting presents ordered and shipped to arrive on time is like a mad rush to the finish line!  I am getting all my last minute gifts with my Amazon Prime where I can still order away and have delivery by Christmas.  I love getting a new cookbook and have picked several great ones and accompanying products to go with them. A reader of the blog suggested Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen and I love all the reviews for Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck, it sounds like a must have. We like to use our Slow Cooker as much as possible in the Winter and I am hoping Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-fix and Slowcooker Recipes lives up to its rating! Nothing is better than having new recipes to try out! I linked to a bunch of fun stocking stuffers and gifts under $50 below.. so take a look if you need ideas!

Ridgely Brode comes up with last minute gift ideas for the cook on her blog Ridgely's Radar

row 1: Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen  / Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-iron French Oven

row 2: The Complete Cooking for Two Cookbook  / Calphalon Nonstick Pans

row 3: Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-fix and Slowcooker Recipes  / Crock-Pot 6 Quart Programmable Cooker

row 4: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime – Comfort Classics, Freezer Food, 16-minute Meals, and Other Delicious Ways to Solve Supper  /  KitchenAid Tilt-head Stand Mixer

row 5: Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck  / Checkered Chef Half Sheet Pan and Rack Set

Click below for  more Last Minute Stocking Stuffer and Under $50 Presents

Fresh Ideas for Gifts Under $25

I get asked over and over for gift ideas that are $25 and under.  I love a challenge and looking for items that give a lot of bang for the price.  There are some tried and true items that are always safe if you are going to a gift exchange and not sure who will end up with your present.  For those types of events, I suggest going with something safe like this hat, these fingerless gloves,  this golden fruit candle or a beauty gift set.  It is always much easier to shop for close friends but, that can be daunting when you are limited to a set price.  Below are a dozen ideas to get you thinking and shopping!


Here are a dozen gift ideas for $25 and under that will work for your closets friends and/or a gift exchange

to buy: Halogen Skinny Scarf (also in black, red and burgundy)  /  2. BP. Pompom Beanie  /  3. Fragments Coiled Hinged Cuff  /  4. Burberry Beauty Shimmer Dust Gold  /  5. Mio Skincare Natural Dry Body Brush  /  6. Home Essential Candle Shade  /  7. Talking Tables Charades Dipsticks Game  /  8. Berry Elephant Ring Holder  / 9. Franchi Leather Keyfob  /  10. S’well Water Bottle  /  11. Caslon Knit Fingerless Gloves  /  12. Cooking for Jeffrey: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook