Earlier this month I was tasked with the best job ever. Nespresso & Sur la Table sent me out on an espresso-fueled shopping trip, where my goal was to come up with some great gift ideas and things I couldn’t get though the holiday season without. (Weeeee!)
Well, as luck would have it, my office happens to be in the same building as the Sur la Table store in Boston, so, confession, before I did any actual shopping, I spent a few lunch breaks doing some “product research.” (Anyone who knows me knows that decision-making is not exactly my forte, and I wanted to make sure I had ample waffling time while I picked out the best of the best. Anyone who knows me also knows I love kitchen gadgets, and home decor, and serving pieces, and that I sometimes go to kitchen stores on my lunch break anyway just to relax, so this worked out well).
The first day I stopped in, this seemed to fit my mood perfectly so I just bought it on the spot.
Once I had a few more things in mind, I decided to actually go shopping. I started the day at the Nespresso Boutique on Newbury Street, where I marveled at just how many coffee options they had (see the entire wall of coffee pods, below), and had a quick bite (did everyone know there’s a cafe in there? Because there is, and it’s delicious).
Before I left, I ordered a few boxes of coffee for my husband (Nespresso sent us their new VertuoLine machine and a box of coffee to sample, which we went through in about a week). They’re part of his Christmas gift, so I’m hoping he doesn’t read this post (based on the fact that the headline has the word ‘shopping’ in the title, I think I’m safe).
Next, I headed over to Sur la Table, where I did my best to stick to my shopping plan. And for the most part, I did, despite being slightly slide-tracked by crocks full of brightly colored pastry brushes, and whisks, and little spatulas, and walls full of Le Creuset enamelware.
Despite my product research, I still ended up spending a couple hours in the store, and by the end of my time there, I’d informed the store associates of my mission, and they were helping me make decisions, and offering me more espresso, and helping me carry my purchases to the counter. So what did I end up buying? Check out my picks, below.
1/3/13/ Sur la Table pearl oval serving platter, cake stand, and large serving bowl. I am hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year, and I needed a few extra serving pieces, including a large platter for the Turkey, a serving bowl, and a cake stand, which will actually be a pie stand.
2/ Le Creuset espresso mugs, another Christmas gift for the person who hopefully isn’t reading this right now, to go with our new Nespresso machine.
4/ A Le Creuset tea kettle, which I’ve given as a gift many a time, always with rave reviews.
5/9/10 A few festive bottle stoppers and wine bags to dress up my favorite hostess & white elephant gift, a good ol’ bottle of wine.
6/ A Nespresso sleeve to house my coffee pods.
7/ Sur la Table Christmas straws, which were just too cute to pass up.
8/ OXO Good Grips Turkey Baster. Because Thanksgiving.
11/A marble and acacia cheese board, which will also be a gift, along with some cheese knives.
12/ Le Creuset coffee mugs, more gifts! (I plan to stuff them with bags of the recipients’ favorite coffee).
14/ A Homemade Hard Cider Kit, which just looked like fun. I haven’t decided if I’m going to give this as a gift, or save it for a snowy day.
15/ Sur la Table copper measuring spoons, because I have an obsession with copper kitchenware lately.(Keeping this one!)
16/ Stemless wine glasses. We’re down to three wine glasses from the casual set we got for our wedding. I was going to break out the crystal for Thanksgiving, but these just seemed like a more practical option.
Thanks to Sur la Table and Nespresso for such a fun day, and giving me my first-ever head start on holiday shopping!