Gift Guide 2016
Well, it’s here. December. Sure did sneak up on us this year, eh? I present to you a well-timed buffet of nifty gifts for all the folks. With more than 60,000 items on our shelves—including McLendon’s gift cards in any amount—count on us to have what you’re looking for.
FOR URBAN HOMESTEADERS
SMOKE MEATS TO PRIMAL PERFECTION
Smokehouse® Electric Smokers, $110 to $160
Prepare to enjoy succulent pounds of meat. Front-load and top-load styles of Little Chief and Big Chief smokers hold 20 pounds to 50 pounds of meaty goodness, respectively, and plug into any outlet. Locally made in Hood River, Ore., too!
FOOD DEHYDRATORS PUT A PREP IN YOUR STEP
In-Stock Food Dehydrators, $70 to $160
Camping meals and emergency food supplies are an outlet away with a dehydrator. Veggies, fruits and meats lose water—not flavor—during dehydration. Store your delicious jerky and fruit leather in airtight containers, such as mason jars. Enjoy!
FERMENTATION: WHAT IT'S CROCKED UP TO BE
Ohio Stoneware® 2-, 5- & 10-Gal. Crocks, $23 to $75
What a crock of ... sauerkraut, kimchi or pickles. Fermentation, an ancient preservation method, yields delicious foods that are high in probiotics and B vitamins. Give the gift of gut health with a lead-free, American-made crock.
HOME CANNING 101: HAVE A BALL
Ball® Home Canning Discovery Kit, $12
This wee little canning kit has everything for a first go—no investment necessary! With a recipe book, three pint jars and a reusable canning rack that fits in a regular ol' stock pot, this gift says "Yes, you can can!"
FOR DIY TYPES & CRAFTY FOLK
ONE TOOL TO RULE THEM ALL
Dremel® Rotary Tool Kits, starting at $45
For crafts and DIY projects, you can’t go wrong with a Dremel. This handheld rotary tool does it all—polishes, engraves, sands, shapes, deburrs and more—thanks to interchangeable attachments. My precious, indeed.
CORDLESS DRILL & 65 TOOLS ARE IN THE BAG
Black+Decker® 20V Max Lithium Drill/Driver Kit, $100
This kit is stocked with more than 65 tools including screwdrivers, wrenches, drill bits and more. The drill’s lithium-ion battery holds a charge up to 18 months—that's a year-and-a-half of good intentions and accomplishments.
ZERO-TOOLS PICTURE HANGING? BANANAS!
Monkey Hook® Drywall Picture Hangers, $3.79 for four
I swear by Monkey Hooks. Just push this C-shaped hunk of steel into drywall and BOOM—hang mirrors, pictures, decor and more! Tiny hole, no tools, and hooks support 10 pounds to 40 pounds each, depending on style.
SEW AWL THE TOUGH MATERIALS
Sewing Awl Kits, $22
Crafty folks and home-repair types love the interesting things we carry, like a hollow-needled sewing awl. Use this old-school method to puncture and stitch through leather, canvas, upholstery and other seemingly unworkable materials.
FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURES
CHANNELING THE GANDALF WITHIN
Brazos Walking Sticks®, $25 to $50
Excellent for nature hikes or getting the Sunday paper, each unique piece is made from woods like sweet gum, sassafras and cedar. Artisan-crafted in Texas, these trekking poles and canes are no sticks in the mud.
ALL THAT GLITTERS COULD BE GOLD
Stansport® Gold Mining Pans, Kits & Gear, $4 to $30
Find tranquility in gold panning. Really! Swirl a pan of water and grit. Watch material separate by particle size. Look for flecks of real, honest-to-goodness gold. This is one hobby that’s Au good (that’s an elemental pun, dear Watson).
FOR COLD-WEATHER COMFORT
UNION SUITS BUTTON UP HOLIDAY SHOPPING
Carhartt® Midweight Cotton Union Suit, $50
With their button-flap rear and neck-to-ankle coverage, long johns are a winter-warmth staple. Invented in 1868, onesies are perfect for layering or lounging. Button up your wish-list shopping with a soft, cottony union suit.
SLIP INTO SOMETHING COMFORTABLE
Northside® Slippers, $19 & up
Toasty up toes with a pair of Northside slippers, made locally in Marysville. I bought a pair and appreciate their traction, durability and snuggly, cushy insides—especially when I take out the garbage in sideways rain.
FOR SCRATCHING THE ‘AS SEEN ON TV’ ITCH
AN EARWAX EXTRACTOR'S DELIGHT
Smart Swab® Ear Wax Removal Cleaner, $13
Digging deeply with safety first, this wax-removing auger is like Bertha for ear canals. “Cotton swabs can be damaging,” say the Smart Swab makers, who went on to invent this motorized drill for your ears.
HANDS-OFF BREKKIE IN 59 SEKKIE
Egg-Tastic® Ceramic Microwave Egg Cooker, $12
On mornings when your get-up-and-go just got up and went, use this. Treat yourself to a one-dish breakfast in one minute. Crack the eggs (a.k.a. brain food) in the crock and nuke it up before you go-go. Don’t forget a fork!
FOR WHITE ELEPHANT & SECRET SANTA GIFTS
PIGMENT-LESS PACHYDERM PREZZIES & PACKAGING APLENTY
Featuring Seattle's Own Archie McPhee Novelties
The term "white elephant" refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift that cannot be easily disposed of, such as a cat bonnet, squirrel underpants, a banana slug ornament or an albino elephant.
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