The Ides of March arrive on March 15th. The Romans considered the Ides of March the deadline for settling a debt. In Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer tells Caesar to “beware the Ides of March.” In the play, and in fact, Julius Caesar really was assassinated on the ides of March – March 15 – in the year 44 B.C.
What doe the Ides of March have to do with my gift-able suggestions for home? It’s a good excuse to offer someone a fabulous Fondue Pot, modern champagne glasses, re-useable portable straws, and keep it cool wine tumblers as offerings to say: I’m sorry, Thank You, I appreciate you…etc.
Today is also a great excuse to consider the suggestions below as gifts for yourself. Since none of these items cost a fortune, the Ides of March is a great day to buy yourself something special!
A Fabulous Gift – New Fondue Pot
I admit it, I’m very fond of Fondue (no pun intended). I suggested this Rachael Ray Cast Iron Fondue Pot Set in our advicesisters.com Valentine’s Day gift guide.
I’m suggesting it now, with weddings and graduations on the horizon. It’s modern and romantic in red, with her Rachael Ray Cast Iron Fondue Pot Set.
It is a 1.5-quart pot in dazzling Red Shimmer (from the Meyer Corporation) and it’s just $40!
This beautiful cast iron fondue pot is weighty, so it won’t tip over It keeps your oil, cheese or chocolate warmer for longer, too.
The enamel surface inside and out makes cleanup easier. The red shimmer finish is a Rachael Ray exclusive. Included are all the things you need to make fondue, fabulous, including 6 color-coded forks, a stand, and a liquid fuel holder for Sterno (not included).
Fondue is served right at the table and this pot holds a quart of whatever you’re fondue-ing so enough for six people.
I tested it out with a classic cheese fondue recipe with bread, and little roasted potatoes. However, we also had a variety of blanched vegetables for those on Keto diets.
Double Walled Champagne Glasses
I believe that every day is worthy of a celebration with sparkling wine.
A gift that you’ll use all the time is a new kind of champagne glass. The Eparé Double Wall Champagne Glass (Set of 2/$17.95) offers insulation, keeping your champagne cold.
These chic glasses are made of hand-blown borosilicate glass, but the double-wall means you aren’t warming up your drink with your hands so quickly, These are scratch and break-resistant so you can use them outside. And they’re dishwasher, microwave, and freezer safe.
Whether you’re making mimosas, sparkling wine cocktails, or just for an elegant wine toast, these glasses make every day special.
You can also put hot liquid in them, but really they shine when you’re pouring sparkling wine and champagne.
My photo shows these glasses empty with three of my favorite champagnes. What will you celebrate with Eparé glassware?
For more information visit https://epare.com/
Little Gift Idea: Reuseable Silicone Straws
Do you know someone who insists upon bringing his or her own re-useable straw? Do you do this? Re-useable straws are notoriously fickle. They are often too small, too complicated, or come in awkward travel cases.
Gift yourself, family and friends with GoSili straws that arrive in a small travel tin about the same size as breath mints.
They come in all sorts of colors, so there’s one for each member of the family.
GoSili straws are substantial, in long, extra long, or wide (for bubble drinks) but they bend right into the tin, so you can take them everywhere.
Made of high-quality silicone, they’re the ultimate gift for anyone who wants to reduce the 3 million pounds of plastic straws entering the waste stream on a daily basis.
Get and gift GoSili straws and go green, and clean.
Keep Your Beverages Cold:
When I first saw these Wine Freeze tumblers by Host at the Inspired Home Show Preview in NYC, I wasn’t sure if these attractive cups would freeze wine, or just keep your beverage, cold.
As it turns out, they are for keeping your beverages, including wine, cold.
The cup I received at the Inspired Home Show has a rubberized, white marble band around the middle that makes it easy to grip.
You can see a row of them in the front in my photo. These make a great shower or wedding gift (the season is coming up).
You can also get these “cool” cups with new wood grain design. Whichever you choose they’re $17 each.
The Wine Freeze 9 oz. cooling cups can keep white wine cool for a long time, but you can also use the cup for any kind of liquor or beverage.
Don’t dilute your drinks with ice cubes! Just use one of these cups from Host.
For more information visit truebrands.com