18 Gift Card Ideas for Everyone in 2020

best gift card ideas to give 2020

khadija horton

Somewhere along the line, gift certificates earned a reputation—one they absolutely do not deserve, IMHO—for being lame gifts. I mean, think about it! If you had a choice between getting a weird present that you’ll inevitably regift or a money voucher to all your favorite places, you’d choose the money every time, right? Sure, shopping for a gift card takes minimal effort or creativity, but I argue that’s not a bad thing. Shopping for gift certificates takes all of two seconds, and you know the recipient is definitely gonna like it (you know, because they can buy p much anything?!). No time or money wasted.

But before you go off and stock up on a bunch of the same gift cards to give every person in your life, consider giving it a slightly more personal touch. Your dad most definitely shops at different places than your teenage sister,

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Kitchen gear that makes for delicious gifts

It’s been a difficult and unusual year for most of us—just the kind of year that could be improved by extra generosity this holiday season. The shortening days and cooling air are a good reminder to start thinking about what to give those special people in your life, especially the loved ones whose worlds have been turned upside down recently.



a vase of flowers on a kitchen counter: What's on your shopping list?


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What’s on your shopping list?



a vase of flowers on a kitchen counter: What's on your shopping list?


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What’s on your shopping list?

It’s impossible to offer a pitch-perfect gift idea for every person on our readers’ lists (though we’re going to try) and so it seemed appropriate to first offer some ideas in broad categories to get the creative process started.



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Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

If you have any specific product questions—or a friend who really has you stumped this year—feel free to reach out on the PopSci

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What Moon Dog World will look like once it reopens

Moon Dog World celebrates its first birthday on October 4 in lockdown, but the team at Moon Dog have used their creativity to bring the playful pub experience to us at home. 

While we can’t laze by the bright blue lagoon with an ice-cold pot of Lagoona Matata Sour Ale in hand, we can instead opt to enjoy a series of their beers at home. Play bartender with your housemate, pop one of Moon Dog’s bar mats onto your dining table and crack open a variety of their tinnies which come in the Pub in a Box.

Complete the experience with some of Moon Dog’s “drinking food” and order pork or tofu bao, buttermilk fried chicken ribs, buffalo cauliflower, a chicken or eggplant parma and crinkle-cut chips via Mr Yum.

“One of the biggest things that our team came up with was the Spring Box, and that comes with some

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Heartwarming Christmas Gift Ideas For Elderly Parents

It’s only two months away until Christmas time comes again. But for many of us, preparations for the perfect gift are already underway.

Now, if you’re reading this, you probably already know the grand gift you’re giving your elderly folks. It could be something for the kitchen for mom, or perhaps an accessory for dad’s toolshed in the garage. But if you want to add that extra smile on their faces and warmth in their heart, you don’t need to spend that much to do that.

This here could be a lot of fun, especially if you let your creativity run freely. But in case if you’re willing to spend a bit more, Quanta CBD has top-of-the-line affordable products that will be a great addition to the overall well-being of your beloved parents. That, in itself, is already a priceless gift they’re guaranteed to appreciate.

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Enthusiasts suffer cooking burnout 6 months into stay-at-home life, look for fresh ideas | Pune News

Pune: After participating in various social media challenges that gained momentum when the lockdown began, enthusiastically baking, plating and taking ‘Insta-worthy’ images, people are at their wit’s end trying to keep things interesting in the kitchen.
Six months after staying home, people are going through a cooking burnout. “I love to cook, but thinking of what to make has become frustrating of late. We’ve tried many different recipes from various cuisines — Mexican, Spanish, African, and so on, to shake things up between regular Indian home food. But even that has become boring now,” said a cooking enthusiast in the city.
Chef and restaurateur Rachel Goenka said, “It’s unfair to burden one person with deciding what to cook. We usually plan a menu in advance for the week. We think about splitting up the week into vegetarian and non-vegetarian days or deciding on what day you would like to cook
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Residents come up with elaborate ideas that dot landscapes around Martinsville and Henry County | Home & Garden

While there are certainly some yard projects people can complete on their own, adding a popular water feature requires more know-how than grabbing a shovel and a garden hose. Other projects also deserve the knowledge of a trained professional.

Planting a bed of flowers might not seem like rocket science, but Cox noted that even that can take an unexpected turn over several years’ time if the plants are not properly spaced to begin with.

Then there are the technical aspects of landscaping, like properly installing irrigation systems.

However, not every yard project takes years of experience to do well. For those who aren’t quite ready to put a down payment on their backyard retreat, but want to spruce up their yard, Cox expressed that simple maintenance can go a long way when boosting curb appeal.

“I think mulching. I think neatness. Keeping the yard picked up, leaves out of

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Kennedy: Ideas for repurposing those COVID-19 masks, from beard bibs to hamster hammocks

If your family is like mine, you probably have a stack of COVID-19 face masks.

We have a basket on a table near our back door that’s overflowing with throwaway paper masks, comfy cloth masks, super-safe KN95 masks.

There are masks with valves, masks made of fleece and masks with pleats. We have masks with filters that are not being used — too complicated. There are masks that anchor around your ears, and others with elastic straps that encircle your head.

At the bottom of our basket, I even found a seersucker mask — which would be perfect on days that I decide to dress like Atticus Finch.

Our mask stockpile is sufficient for the foreseeable future.

Which brings me to today’s topic: How will we repurpose all these masks once the pandemic is over? We shouldn’t just toss them out.

This repurposing occurred to me last Sunday driving home

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Adventure Kitchen Spices Up the Nutley and Montclair Farmers Markets

MONTCLAIR, NJ – Lynley Jones has created a way to make cooking fun and adventurous by developing her own spice blends and recipes. Adventure Kitchen is the result of that. Jones is founder and chief creator.

Jones, originally from Arizona, moved to New Jersey 25 years ago after graduate school to work at AT&T in Basking Ridge. Lynley resides in Montclair with her husband and two children who attend Montclair High School. Both her daughter and son have helped with Adventure Kitchen and her son was a camp counselor for the Adventure Kitchen Summer Camps. Jones canceled the camp this year due to COVID-19. The camp is for 8 to 14-year-olds who are curious cooks and eaters as well as selective eaters.

Her brother, Eric Jones, moved to Montclair about a year and half ago to help manage Adventure Kitchen.

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A kitchen incubator is coming to downtown Wilmington

One thing we learned from the Seeking Equity in Wilmington series, underwritten by the Wilmington Alliance, is that establishing a food service business can be incredibly difficult for entrepreneurs without a lot of capital and bank support.

Irene Castañeda, founder of Veronica’s Kitchen, started her Mexican food business out of her car, graduated to farmers’ markets and festivals, and had a popup location in downtown Wilmington before COVID-19 stopped her business in its tracks. With no prospect of receiving emergency aid or a business loan, and filling catering orders from a home kitchen that is not equipped for commercial cooking, she is just the kind of business owner to fit with a developing Kitchen Incubator project by Wilmington Alliance, Grace United Methodist Church at 900 N. Washington St., and The Rock Lot CSA.

Like many churches, Grace has a large kitchen for congregation events and, at one

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Chilaquiles Straight from a Chef’s Home Kitchen

In December, Juan Sánchez, who was then a chef at Made Nice, Eleven Madison Park’s casual sister restaurant, started an Instagram account: @citlali_cocina. After five years in New York, Sánchez had noticed that the city’s Mexican food was mostly confined to the styles of a few regions, including Puebla, in central Mexico, and Oaxaca, in the south. Citlali Cocina would be a small way to highlight the cuisine of his home town, Guadalajara, and a place to collect ideas for the restaurant that he hoped to open someday.

Sánchez gets his corn tortillas from the Bronx and cuts them into postage-stamp-size squares before frying them. His salsa is made with tomatillos and two kinds of chilis.Photograph by Caroline Tompkins for The New Yorker

The first photo he posted was a glamour shot of a quesadilla, a pale corn tortilla topped with thick, melty strands of quesillo, a stretchy

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