It has been WAY too long since I’ve touched on ‘My Favourite Things’ post series – so here we go. Today’s gift ideas are all around a particular colour (or shade, if you will) that makes an appearance in the classic lyrics. However, for a fun twist, I’m also incorporating a fair number of items that also bring to mind that ‘other’ definition of cream; that is, the yummy food product, particularly in ICE cream format. And with that, let’s dive in.
Best Ice Cream In Town Top – $32.99 @ ModCloth
Cream is sort of a tough colour to define, but to me it’s that sort of warmer tone of off-white; kind of a vanilla, heritage shade if you will, the kind you associate with petticoats and handkerchiefs. This elegant yet daytime-appropriate top brings to mind those same Victorian notes thanks to the delicate floral lace yoke and the embroidered stripes along the back. If you’re going for an ice creamy confection, you’re in luck; the fabric of this top is also dotted with tiny, sprinkle-like rainbow specks.
Pure Vanilla: Irresistible Recipes and Essential Techniques by Shauna Sever – $24.95 (list)
When you’re a kid, and even as an adult, one of the questions that most frequently pops up is ‘Vanilla or Chocolate?’ A lot of people pick on plain ol’ vanilla, but I have a confession: over the years I’ve evolved from a diehard chocolate crusader to an absolute adorer of all things vanilla. What’s particularly versatile about this core baking ingredient is the fact it can liven up just about any sweet dish, but can also sneak its way into more savoury items as well. This creamy-white, vanilla-focused cookbook is definitely more on the sweeter side of things, with recipes for dreamy glazed vanilla bean doughnuts, malted white hot chocolate, and even vanilla-infused liquors. Plus, vanilla devotees will love the tasting notes for various forms of vanilla and a thorough history on this sacred bean’s back story.
Cuisinart Mix-It-In Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker – $119 @ CHEFS
Admittedly the *colour* of this kitchen appliance is definitely white as opposed to ‘cream’, but the fact it whips up soft-serve ice cream with your choice of mix-ins in as little as 20 minutes is a pretty big saving grace, if you ask me. If, come summertime, your simply drool at the sight of a classic swirly cone of vanilla froyo, ice cream, or even gelato, this is totally the spin-on-an-ice-cream-maker you should be adding to your gift list, stat!
Vanilla Ice Cream Cologne Spray – $6 – $39.50 @ Demeter Fragrance Library
If your absolute favourite scent is that of creamy vanilla, then you’ll definitely want to indulge in this fat-free cologne spray. A single spritz should uplift even the darkest spirits as you inhale tones of rich, bright, and inviting vanilla. For those not in the know, the idea behind Demeter Fragrance Library is to mimic everyday scents (including some more obtuse choices like humidor, fiery curry, and dirt). They aren’t necessarily the type of thing you spray on and smell all day – just keep your fave fragrance handy and give it a quick spray whenever you want a ‘taste’ of a signature scent. You can order anything from Demeter online, but a large selection of their 30 mL sprays (as pictured above) are available at Loblaws / Real Canadian Superstore locations for just $15, making them a perfect birthday or bridesmaid pick.
Spool Couture Pale Vine Dress – $184 @ Spool72
These days, virginal white isn’t exactly ‘en vogue’ on the wedding scene. Many brides looking to put a personal stamp on their big day are opting for gowns in slightly off-kilter shades of buttercream, silver, ice blue, and blush pink. This frothy, cream-coloured confection would make an amazing (and affordable) statement for any bride-to-be, but would work equally well for the younger set looking to get decked out for a prom or debut party of her own. Moms pay attention: consider purchasing this pretty frock and watch your little girl’s eyes light up.
There you have it! Five fun interpretations of ‘cream’ to suit the summer and the shade alike. Now I’ve got 3 great prize packages to give away to 3 of you; each one includes a copy of Pure Vanilla + a Vanilla Ice Cream cologne spray from Demeter Fragrance Library. Here’s how to enter!
1) Leave a comment by August 7th with your favourite featured ‘Cream’ gift idea AND who it’s for (yourself is okay).
2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around August 8th to select the winners, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.
3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.
4) Bonus Entry: First, make sure you follow me on Twitter – @cdngiftguide. Second, tweet about this giveaway up to 3 times over the contest period (be sure to tag @cdngiftguide & leave a link back to your Tweet in the comments below) to earn up to 3 bonus entries.