Rings, a pendant and cuff links made from reclaimed oak wine barrels set in tungsten by husband and wife duo Kyle and Amy Goleno (pictured above) from Napa Valley. They had the idea but didn’t know anything about making jewelry, so they did tons of research, used specialized machinery to bend the oak, which is a very hard wood, to perfectly fit within the jewelry, and now they have an online business, which they’re having a lot of fun with!
These are beautiful pieces, and we’re really excited to be able to offer listeners the coupon code CLASSY15 for 15 percent off your order (good through Dec. 20). caskjewelry.com
James' Pick #1
Mount your GoPro to your dog to capture the world from his point of view. The harness can be mounted on the chest or the back for different points of view. Made of washable, water-friendly material, your dog can swim, play and get dirty without a worry. Fully adjustable to fit small, medium and large breed dogs from 15 to 120 lbs (7 to 54 kg). It’s washable and water-friendly. Of course, if you happen to have an extra-hefty cat, who's to say you can't mount a camera on him/her as well. shop.gopro.com
Emily's Pick #2
Displayed in repurposed wine bottles, these candles are made in Charleston, South Carolina, and use soy wax, which is cleaner burning. The candles are scented with the tasting notes of each variety of wine, and are priced at $28. We'll be doing a giveaway with Rewined Candles after the new year, so stay tuned!
They are fragranced with the notes of each variety — like chardonnay has vanilla, butter oak, and floral notes; merlot has ripe pomegranate, vanilla, plum and violet — and if you have a favorite variety of wine, they most likely have the candle for it, plus seasonal candles, like spiked cider for fall and mimosa for spring. rewinedcandles.com
James' Pick #2
From the depths of Loch Ness to your kitchen counter, stove top, or punch bowl, Nessie--the elusive and legendary sea monster/adorable icon of Scottish folklore--takes shape as a ladle, perfect for peering out from a pot of soup or chili, delighting guests, and sparking conversations at your next dinner party. The non-toxic, 100% nylon, dishwasher-safe ladle comes in green, blue, or purple and features "feet" on the bottom, allowing Nessie to stand upright and poke his head out from the depths of even the richest chowder. amazon.com
Emily's Pick #3
These cheese slicers are made with either stripes of different types of wood or solid wood, and they're beautiful to leave out and let guests cut their own slices. Plus, the cutting wire is stainless steel and has a lifetime warranty against breakage. We actually use a very similar cheese slicer for the podcast because slicing cheese can sometimes be tricky!
They’re priced at about $31 each, but Classy Little Podcast listeners can save 10 percent by using the coupon code Take10off at checkout! etsy.com/shops/reidswoodcrafts
James' Pick #3
This 14 megapixel digital camera features a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, built-in wifi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 4.5-inch touchscreen, stereo speakers, and an Android operating system with browser, email, apps, etc. Best of all, the camera lets you instantly print your digital photos from the camera — without ink. Seriously, it’s like magic! Release your digital photos from their SD cards, and hard drives, and turn them into physical prints. With 4 GB of memory, expandable to 32 gigs. Can also be used to leave passive-aggressive stickers on badly-parked cars. shop.social-matic.com
Kyle and Amy Goleno are back as my fourth recommendation! They wrote two children’s books, and, you know, kids should get presents too. Amy and Kyle got the idea to write a children’s book exploring the beauty of Napa Valley as a way to take part in the tourism community they grew up in. They wrote “Maggie and Maddy: Adventures in Napa Valley” and they based the characters of Maggie and Maddy on their daughters, ages 6 and 10, and in the book, they explore real-life destinations in Napa Valley, and they do things like grape stomping, which would be awesome at any age! Maggie and Maddy: Adventures in Napa Valley retails for about $19.
After that book did well, they wrote another book, a board book, called Colors of the Wine Country, which retails for $10, and is geared more toward younger children as a way to learn colors, and it’s not Napa specific, so it’s good for wine countries around the world. maggieandmaddy.com
James' Pick #4
Everything you need to know to assess, understand, and improve a hangover is here: dozens of comforting recipes, very clever graphic tests for analyzing your state of mind, and quizzes for tracking your progress. Recipes are tailored to the different types of hangovers, allowing the reader to find a recipe (or just a menu item) that precisely suits his state of mind . . . and body. Interspersed with the recipes are mind games, witticisms and graphic jokes, insights into hangover science, quizzes to see if you are still drunk or now just merely hungover, and more. amazon.com
Emily's Pick #5
This gift isn't just for wine and cheese lovers, anyone can use at least one of these! Last year for Christmas, I saw The Tile and told Mark that was all I wanted for Christmas. It’s a 1-inch by 1-inch plastic tag you attach to whatever you don’t want to lose, and it’s connected to an App on your phone (available for the iPhone and Android!), so you can open the App and see on a map where the Tile is, and you can have it make noise so you can find it. I’ve used it at least once a week — and my keys are usually in my purse, but it’s much faster to find them when they’re making noise. The new version actually does a reverse finding system, so if you have your keys, you can press the Tile, and your phone will go off, in case you lose that! They are priced at $25 each, but when bought in packs of four or more, you get a significant discount.
When you buy 8- and 12-packs, you get individual gift bags and tags. These make it super easy to break up a multipack, which is the cheapest way to buy individual Tiles, into separate gifts. thetileapp.com
James' Pick #5
Enjoy an instant replay of the bat-on-ball crack every time you crack a cold one with these Baseball Bat Bottle Openers. Handmade from authentic game-day bats swung by MLB players, each opener comes gift-boxed with a story card including instructions for its special hologram number, indicating which game the bat was used in. Colors may vary. uncommongoods.com