Tuesday, June 11, 2019

There's Still Time to Order Gift Baskets and Treats for Dad This Father's Day from GourmetGiftBaskets.com

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine  alone.


Father's Day is this Sunday...do you have a gift for Dad yet?  If not, why not consider ordering a gift basket or snack tower from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, and have it shipped right to his door?  Or, if you are planning to meet up for a family cookout or dinner, you can surprise him with your gift, without a need to wrap or find a gift bag, as it will arrive to your door ready to give, and enjoy!  

I have been working with GourmetGiftBaskets.com for years to showcase their new product additions for the holidays.  And, when I am not sampling their tasty treats to share my thoughts with you, I am always browsing their website and ordering gourmet gifts and snacks to gift to family and friends for their birthdays and special occasions.  You can't go wrong with GourmetGiftBaskets.com, and their quality of product is exceptional, as is there customer service.  I love shopping their website, and seeing those who I gift a gift basket or treats from here, light up and smile from ear to ear, as they love their gift, and can't wait to tear into the packaging to take a closer look at all the goodies, like popcorn, nuts, fruit, jerky, and even baked goods like cookies, brownies, cake pops, etc.  

As part of my Father's Day Gift Guide this year, I wanted to take a few moments to share some of the new product additions from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, as well as some customer favorites which return year after year, so that loyal and satisfied customers can re-order and enjoy. 

First up, here are some of the new product additions, which would make for great last minute gift ideas for Dad this Father's Day...

Beers for Dad 1380

"This Father's Day, Dad deserves some relaxation, don't you think? We put together this collection of microbrews (Sam Adams Boston Lager, Magic Hat #9, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers, and  Mountain Ale by Shed Brewery) and gourmet snacks that will do just that! This is a Father's Day gift basket that Dad can really get excited about - from peppered beef jerky, to slow kettle cooked peanuts and six beers to enjoy, he'll feel extra special on his big day."

Father's Day Mixed Nut Collection 4660

"Show dad you care this Father's Day with our Father's Day Mixed Nut Collection. This handsome keepsake wood tray crate with four compartments cradles premium pistachios, cashews and almonds. The fourth compartment holds trail mix comprised of dried strawberries, banana chips, and honey roasted sesame sticks. A healthy gourmet gift you know he'll enjoy but might not want to share!"

Father's Day Beer Gift Box

"What more could dad ask for this Father's Day than a recyclable gift box packed with a handpicked selection of premium beers, and carefully arranged snacks? Cool his cravings for summer sausage, savory cheeses, and small batch kettle corn which he can wash down with a trio of 16 ounce beers. The perfect Father's Day gift he will love!"

Father's Day Orchard Fruit Gift Box

"Fathers are really, really important. That's why, in honor of Father's Day, we've brought together the best, most incredible gourmet foods and arranged them in this beautiful gift box! Jam packed with delicious fruits like red and green apples and oranges in addition to having a ton of other tasty snacks. For the number of delectable items that are in this basket, it’s safe to say that this deal is almost as amazing as your dad! Includes a special Father's Day greeting on an enclosed insert."

Gift For Father's Day

"What more could Dad ask for this Father's Day than a gift delivery wth some delicious chocolate whoopie pies and a perfectly paired Whoopie Pie Stout beer! This Gift for Father's Day is a gift crate filled with what Dad loves, so order one today and have it delivered in time for Father's Day."

The Ultimate Beer Gift Crate 4570

"If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves hops and lots of them, you've stumbled upon the perfect craft beer lover's collection. Each of the four beers featured in this gift crate represent unique brew styles. Especially interesting is the fruit forward German Radler, certain to be their new favorite! Accompanying these premium brews is teriyaki marinated beef jerky, crunchy munchie snack mix, cheese with a bit of heat and gourmet crackers to accompany them. A perfect gift for the recipient who is ready to kick back and enjoy!"

Dad's Survival Kit - Gift for Father's Day 4668

"Give dad all of his favorites, and everything he needs and wants this Father's Day with our Dad's Survival Kit! This unique Father's Day gift comes complete with eight meat jerky flavors for his tasting pleasure! The perfect gift to send the "Dad" in your life this Father's Day when you can't be with him. This gift box is gluten free!"

The Beer Advocate's Gift Basket 4575

"Craft beer devotees and beer geeks everywhere will love this beer basket! Packed with twelve bottled Craft beers paired with gourmet delicacies like cookie thins, cheeses, kettlecorn, and crackers. This basket is so big it's the perfect party starter with a little something for everyone's cravings. There's probably even something they've never tried like wafer rolls and cookie straws or Hefeweissbier amber wheat beer or Blueberry Ale that is so refreshingly sweet! Their taste buds will go wild on this heavenly Craft beer and gourmet snacks flavor journey."

The Cold One Beer Tower 4563

"The Cold One Beer Tower is the ultimate beer gift. Your recipient will sit back and enjoy their adventurous side with eight beer choices selected for each of their unique flavors. Paired with six delicious snacks chosen for how perfectly they complement the brew selections along with snacks that include two roasted & salted nuts, three meat jerky favorites (taste tested and approved by our flavor connoisseurs), and a snack mix that could rival any award winner. You can't go wrong choosing this three tiered tower!"


In addition to the above new additions, here are some customer favorites, which any Dad would love to get instead of a new tie or "Best Dad Ever" t-shirt. :-)

Baked Goods Premium Gift Basket

"Whether you're looking for a sweet gift or for treats to satisfy guests, this premium gourmet baked goods gift basket is sure to please! Inside our water hyacinth basket, we've artfully arranged tempting chocolate brownies and irresistibly sweet cookies, creating a sweet assortment that's perfect for any occasion!"

Chocolate Covered Mini-Donuts 9076

"Are you looking for a luscious gift to send someone for any occasion? Look no further than these chocolate covered donuts! We’ve taken one of America’s favorite treats and made them even better by dunking them in our sumptuous Belgian chocolate. Each donut is hand-embellished with our tasty candy sprinkles and fondant appliqués. Delight anyone on your list with this gorgeous gift!"

Fathers Day Delivery

"Give dad a taste of California with this classy wooden gift crate this Father's Day. We have gathered the very best of Mendocino County in this amazing gift pack. The freshness and quality of these cashews, pistachios, almonds, and trail mix are simply unparalleled. It will surely leave a smile on dad's face. This gift not only tastes great but is very healthy, too!"

Microbrew Beer Bucket Gift Basket - 6 Beers

"For the beer lovers in your life – and I’m sure you know a ton – this is the absolute perfect gift for any occasion! Our Microbrew Beer Bucket Gift Basket comes with six different Microbrew Beers bottles, in addition to a ton of delicious snacks! You’ve got your choice of  Sam Adams Boston Lager, Magic Hat #9, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Grey Lady Ale by Cisco Brewers, and Mountain Ale by Shed Brewery to wash down any combination of Chichester Snack Mix, two flavors of our gourmet popcorn, Peppered Beef Jerky and so much more!"

NFL Popcorn Tin Gifts 91800

"Any Pats fanatics (….Tom Brady, anyone?) need this official New England Patriots Popcorn Tin in their life. What could be better than sitting down for football Sunday with a 3-gallon tin of handcrafted gourmet popcorn? This tin comes adorned with the New England Patriots logo and is filled with our People's Choice trio of gourmet popcorns, including Caramel, Kettle and Cheesy Cheddar."

Best Dad Berries 9216

"Are you looking for a special way to tell Dad you care this Father’s Day? These Best Dad Berries are just the thing! We’ve taken the most succulent strawberries that we could find and hand-dipped each in our signature Belgian chocolate. Some of the berries spell out "Best Dad" with our special white chocolate appliqué lettering. The rest are topped with swirls of our white and light blue candy melt. This is truly a memorable treat for Dad!"

Father's Day Cake Pop Sampler

"A perfect treat for your Dad on Father's Day! We've taken rounds of our rich vanilla and smooth chocolate cakes and dipped them into baths of exquisite imported Belgian chocolate. Each cake pop is then artfully decorated with festive candy appliqués in the shape of ties, sweet mini chocolate chips, rich butter toffee, or our signature chocolate drizzle."

Father's Day Cookie Cake

"This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you really appreciate him. Nothing says, “Dad, you are truly loved” like our Father’s Day Cookie Cake! This 12-inch diameter cookie cake is sure to make Dad happy on his special day, as it’s made with rich chocolate chips and hand-decorated with creamy blue & yellow colored vanilla frosting. He has probably never tasted a cookie cake better than this one!"


The kind folks at GourmetGiftBaskets.com recently surprised me by sending their "Gift for Dad" ($69.99) for my husband to enjoy.  

"Give Dad the perfect gift this Father's Day - an ice bucket full of his favorite Hard Seltzer beverages and snacks! Delivering Dad a Gift he will love has never been easier.  We've put together a selection of well known spiked seltzer brands and combined them with the gourmet snacks we are known for.  This gift delivery is sure to knock Dad's socks off!"

You would have thought it was Christmas by his reaction, when my youngest surprised him during  a backyard camp out.  

My husband loved how the "Gift for Dad" was packaged in an ice bucket, as it could be reused time and again.  He was also amazed at just how much you get in the bucket.  Usually with other gift basket companies you order a basket or gift and half of it is just tissue paper, cardboard, etc. to make it look like it full.  But, then when you start to take apart the packaging you become disappointed seeing that it only contains a few things, for the price you paid.  This is never good if you are giving as a gift and see it unwrapped, and only find a few things --- nothing like what the packaging made it out to be.  You will never run into an issue like this when you order from GourmetGiftBaskets.com.  Take for instance this particular gift for dad.  Yes, it has some basket filler, but that is just to make it look pretty.  Once you remove this, you are still left with all this...

The ice bucket is still filled to the top without all the fancy filler paper

My husband recently tried spiked seltzer and found that he liked this more than the wines he drinks.  So, whenever he goes to the store, he is coming home with a case of assorted spiked seltzer  to enjoy.  When he saw that this gift from GourmetGiftBaskets.com contained spiked seltzer  he was even more excited, as he had never tried White Claw spiked seltzer  below, and was curious to see how it tasted, compared to other hard spiked seltzers he has tried so far.  

In addition to the spiked seltzer, the ice bucket is filled with snacks that dad will love snacking on while sipping his spiked seltzer including mixed nuts, cookies from Savannah, GA, trail mix, etc.  My husband was so impressed with the assortment not only of the spiked seltzers, but also the snacks included in the ice bucket.  And, he couldn't wait to chill a spiked seltzer to enjoy, while we sat out and enjoyed time around the fire, roasting s'mores, and snacking on the goodies he received in the bucket.

I could go on and on about how great the "Gift for Dad" spiked seltzer gift was from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, but I am starting to get hungry just looking at the previous gift options including the super cute mini donuts and cookie cake I shared above.  There are so many wonderful gift choices available from GourmetGiftBaskets.com, which would put a smile on dad's face, just like it did with my husband, when my girls surprised him with his ice bucket filled with spiked seltzer  and snacks the other day.  And, there is still time to place an order and have it arrive before this Sunday, Father's Day.  Many of the gifts are being offered with FREE SHIPPING, and most will arrive next day.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over to GourmetGiftBaskets.com and browse their selection of new and customer favorites, all perfect for dad this Father's Day.  

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine  alone.

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National Jerky Day is June 12! Stock Up on T.O.P. Chop Jerky to Celebrate With Your Family and Friends! #NationalJerkyDay

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Last month I shared all about National Taffy Day.  So many of my readers messages me to tell me thanks for sharing, as well as how they stocked up Taffy to sample and enjoy with their family, as they celebrated this special day.  I decided I would continue to share fun National Holidays (check out the full list here) throughout the year, as a way for your family to celebrate fun things like like National Ice Cream Month, National Grilling Month, National Baked Bean Month and even National Picnic Month, all of which will be celebrated next month, in July.  This month, I wanted to celebrate a fun holiday, which is also a favorite snack of my husband and youngest daughter -- jerky.  Yes, June 12 is National Jerky Day, and to celebrate my family gets to sample T.O.P Chops Jerky -- known as one of the best tasting and top selling Jerky brands around.  

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And, in observation of National Jerky Day on June 12, the folks at T.O.P Chops Jerky are offers a sweet deal for jerky lovers.  Head on over to their website and use code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase.  Woohoo!, an amazing deal if you ask me!  And, what better to celebrate National Jerky Day than by saving 50% off of some of best tasting jerky around! :-) 

And, with summer fast approaching, I know many families love to stock up on their favorite jerky to bring camping, hiking, or for a quick on-the-go snack.  If you are looking to try a new brand and have yet to try T.O.P. Chops Jerky, you definitely must check them out and give them a try.  Like I said, I was sent samples from them, and my husband and daughter can't get enough of their jerky.  

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They can't get over how moist the jerky is, and how big the pieces are.  usually when we buy jerky, it is really dry inside and out, and the strips are deceiving from the outside, as once you open the bag, most of the jerky is broken up or small.  But, with each and every bag of T.O.P Chops Jerky, you can be sure to get the best quality of jerky with each and every bag.  

And, with every bite of their jerky (which is available in 4 flavors - Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy and Red Chili Pepper), it is like a party in your life, with the delicious flavors.  

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My husband and daughter both agree that their favorite T.O.P Chops Jerky flavor is Sweet & Spicy. They said it has just the right amount of heat, balanced with the right amount of sweetness.  It was eating chips they said, as they couldn't stop at just one, and kept reaching into the bag for more jerky.  

Seeing just how much they love this brand, I will definitely be taking advantage of the 50% off your first T.O.P Chops Jerky order, to stop up and have on handy for summer snacking, and quick on-the-go pick me ups. :-)


National Jerky Day is observed annually on June 12th.  National Jerky Day was created to celebrate the rich history, immense popularity and nutritional benefits of dried meat snacks.
“In many ways, jerky is an ideal snack. Naturally packed with protein, jerky will keep you satiated between meals; but since it’s low in fat, calories and carbs, it won’t sabotage a healthy diet,” said Jeff LeFever, director of marketing for Jack Link’s® Beef Jerky, the No. 1 U.S. meat snack brand.
This nutrient-dense meat has been made lightweight by drying.  A pound of meat or poultry will weigh only about four ounces once it is made into jerky, and it can be stored for months without refrigeration because most of the moisture has been removed. Salt is added to the meat before it is dried, to prevent bacteria from developing.
“Jerky” is a word derived from the Spanish word charqui, which came from the Quechua (a Native South American language) word ch’arki, which means to burn (meat).   
Traditional jerky is readily available in nearly every convenience store, gas station, supermarket, and variety shop in the United States.
Due to its light weight and high level of nutrition, since 1996, jerky has been selected by astronauts as space food several times for space flights."

Snack on your favorite jerky. If you make your own, give a shout out. The process is satisfying and the results often bring friends and family clamoring for more. Use #NationalJerkyDay to post on social media.


"Beef jerky can be known for its tough and chewy texture, but one snack brand believes consumers deserve a more tender experience. And in honor of National Jerky Day, they’re celebrating with 50% off first-time orders.

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Use coupon code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase to
celebrate National Jerky Day

T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a handcrafted jerky made from American beef with no additives or preservatives, and it’s grown from an at-home hobby to a thriving, national snack brand disrupting the jerky industry—in just six short years.

Dusty Jaquins, who is one of the co-founders of T.O.P. Chops, started making jerky from his Atlanta kitchen using an old family recipe. Everyone who tried it raved over the taste and texture, encouraging Jaquins to take the jerky to market. Jaquins and his fellow co-founder, Luke Sellers, knew they had to share the southern-born beef jerky with the world.

Today, T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a national brand, offered at many major grocery retailers across the country. What makes the jerky better? Jaquins explains how special and different come down to three important things:


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Most jerky that’s made in the U.S. uses ungraded meats from dairy cattle, which are cows that no longer produce milk. Jaquins says, “T.O.P. Chops changes the standard by only using USDA Graded Select or better beef that’s sourced from steers raised in the U.S.” He explains how using American beef from steers—as opposed to dairy cattle—makes their jerky incredibly tender and provides an authentic beef flavor.


The majority of beef jerky is what Jaquins refers to as cowboy jerky—it's hard, it’s tough, you have to gnaw at it. But he and business partner Sellers believe life is already tough enough, and they want to provide a more positive eating experience.

As a result, they slice their beef very thin using a Veri-Thin™ slicing process. This reduces the cooking time, retains the meat’s moisture and renders an easy-to-chew jerky.


While most premium jerkies on the market have similar levels of fat, sugar, and sodium,
Jaquins wanted to offer a “better-for-you” beef jerky. To do this, he and Sellers partnered with food science and culinary experts to enhance the recipe. This effort culminated in a new ingredient called plum powder, which not only reduces added sugars and sodium but also creates a product packed with antioxidants.

The plum powder sweetens the jerky marinade. The team of jerky artisans use a small amount and let it sit overnight to give the jerky a strong, high-quality meat flavor with some subtle notes of sweetness and spice.

T.O.P. Chop Jerky comes in four flavors, including Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy and Red Chili Pepper. Jaquins recommends his personal favorite Sweet & Spicy because “I'm not a lover of extremely hot foods, and the sweet and spicy has a nice balance. It’s a mild heat with a little sweetness to it."


The dried meat snack industry has seen significant growth over the last decade, and T.O.P. Chops plans to grow right along with it. Dried meat consumption is up 18% and 92% of millennials replace one meal a week with a wholesome snack like jerky. The brand is getting ready to launch in Costco and Target stores in August 2019 and has scheduled launches in other large grocery chains in September and October of this year.

Readers who are interested in learning more about T.O.P Chops Jerky can visit their website or follow them on Instagram @topchopsnacks. Use code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase and celebrate National Jerky Day. "

Disclosure: I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review.All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Introduce Dad to an Incredibly Fun Way to Spend Time with Family and Friends Outdoors By Gifting Him His Own Beginner Disc Golf Set from Kestrel Outdoors for Father's Day!

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Kestrel Outdoors

Does dad love outdoor sports, or trying something new?  If you answered, "Yes" to either question, have I got a great product for an outdoor sport that is taking the world by storm...well, not really, but it has grown in popularity, and more and more people (adults and kids) and getting into this active sport, and having a blast.  I am talking about Disc Golf.  "Huh, what is that?" you ask.  OK, let me try to explain. :-)  

What is Disc Golf?:

Disc golf is a flying disc sport, using a disc (similar to a Frisbee, but heavier), in which players take turns throwing a disc at a target.  

Played outdoors and following rules similar to golf, people take turns throwing discs on a course of 9 or 18 holes.  Still not getting it?  Learn more about Disc Golf here

"With Spring time here, Disc Golf is the perfect sport to enjoy the outdoors as actively as you want. It's a great game for parents to play with their kids outside, and can be played at any level, with courses nearly in every city of America. For a few dollars, parents can obtain a few discs and spend some time with their children outside. 

Disc Golf is incredibly fun while enjoying the outdoors together as a family or with friends. It can be competitive but usually is not. Children can become really passionate about playing disc golf and will want to spend less time in front of screens."


Last year, a nearby recreational area created a disc golf course for the community to enjoy. They have since had a few demo days where people can come out, learn about the game, and give it a try.  My husband took my girls to the park last month for a hike, and they stumbled upon a group playing disc golf.  The girls were curious and wanted to try it, so my husband brought them back to the park the following week as they were having another "demo" day, for them to learn more.  After the first few disc throws, both of girls, as well as my husband were hooked.  When they came back after the demo day, disc golf was all they were talking about. 

My husband did more research online, to learn the rules of the game, as well as check out the discs needed to play.  He found that they had disc golf sets for beginners, intermediate and pros, as well as ones for kids and adults.  It was a little overwhelming, looking at the different sets, and trying to figure out which product was the best, especially for my girls to use, along with my husband, who was a beginner.  Around the time my husband was learning more about disc golf, I received an email from the folks at Kestrel Outdoors.  They were reaching out to see if I wanted to review and feature their Disc Golf sets as part of my Father's Day gift guide.  I couldn't help but laugh and smile as I read the email, as I knew that this was the perfect gift for my husband, and I had three eager and excited people in my house who were itching to get back outside with their own disc golf sets to practice a new sport, they had fallen in love with.

I reached out to the folks at Kestrel Outdoors, and described my needs -- needing a set for kids to use, and hopefully my husband who was a disc golf beginner could also use.  They recommended I go with the beginner Disc Golf Set will work for both children and adults. And, within a few days, I had received the beginner set in the mail, shipped direct from Amazon.

(Intermediate Set  are also available through Amazon and the Kestrel Outdoors Website)

As soon as my husband and girls saw the 3 DISCS (Includes Fairway Driver, Mid-Range and Putter) + Disc Golf bag to store the discs in, they were all smiles, and couldn't wait for the weekend to come so that they could head to the park and try out their new disc set.  

After reading more about the ins and outs of the game, as well as watching tutorial videos together, come Saturday, my husband and girls were ready to go play disc golf.  I had an appointment so I was not able to see them practice, but my husband took a lot of photos and videos, and they even met up with another homeschool family who was practicing.  They learned that there was a homeschool group that meets weekly to practice and then play against each other at the end of every month. Hearing this my girls got excited, as they were hoping to make more friends, who had similar interests like them.  After telling some of their friends about disc golf recently, none of them knew what it was, or showed any interest in playing, which was a little disheartening to my girls. But, they had my husband as part of their team, and with a little sweet talking, they knew they could get me to join them. :-)

We have had Kestrel's beginner disc golf set for a couple of weeks, and whenever my girls get a chance, they are out in the back yard practicing, or asking my husband to take them after dinner to the park to practice with the golf baskets you are supposed to throw the discs into.  They did get me intrigued and wanting to give disc golf a try, so this past Sunday I went to the park with them, and tried disc golf for myself.  Now, I am not a golfer, and miniature golf is not one of my best sports, but I have the skill of throwing a Frisbee straight, so that helped! :-)  We ended up spending a few hours at the park playing disc golf, and enjoying quality time as a family.  Who knew that disc golf could be so much fun, and also a workout, as you have to walk to the different spots along the 9 (or 18) holes course.  

Maybe with a little practice I will get as good as my girls and husband are getting.  

Either way, I am now looking forward to the weekends just like them, so that we can head to the park and play a little disc golf, share a few laughs (usually at poor throws and misses), and are making some great memories.  This is definitely the summer of disc golf in our house, and I am loving it!

If your family plays disc golf, or you are looking for a new sport to get involved in that has you outdoors and being active, why not give disc golf a try.  

Look up online and see if you have disc golf courses near you.  You will be surprised, as was I, at just how many courses are near you, and that there are actually kids and adult teams and tournaments.  

This really is a competitive sport, but also fun at the same time.  And, once you are ready to dive into disc golf and need your own set of discs, make sure you check out Kestrel Outdoors.  

We are loving our beginning set, and you can't go wrong with the price of $22.58, to try out a new sport, that your family (both kids and adults) will find they enjoy and want to play whenever they can.

**Follow Kestrel Outdoors over at Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kestreldiscgolf/.**

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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