My Trip to Harry and David and a Giveaway

October 31, 2011

A few weeks ago, I was invited down to Medford, Oregon by the good people at Harry and David.  Wait.  Are you thinking “Harry and David – that company that sends boxes with salami and cheese?”  Well, that was my old way of thinking.  The old way before I went down to the beautiful Rogue river valley, saw the pear orchards, listened to the horticulturist and his passion for his pear trees, met a real live Charlie who showed us around his chocolate (and other treats) factory, enjoyed a lovely dinner with paired wines from a local winery and food bloggers from around the country, and learned a lot about a good company who still does things the old fashioned way.

There were many things that impressed me on our two day jam-packed visit.  The beautiful trees, orchards spread throughout the valley and workers who are paid fair wages.

The real live people making real live things that you or I might make (like these cinnamon rolls), just on a larger scale.

The incredible variety of gifts available to send to loved ones.  The pears are grown there, the Moose Munch is made there.  The chocolates, cheesecakes, brownies, and cookies are made in Charlie’s factory.  We got to see the test kitchen where we were able to taste a toffee they are working on.  (Verdict: Delicious but needed more salt.)

One of the first things we learned is that Harry and David is trying to give a gift experience, so the packaging and the personalization of the gifts is important.  Every single bow is hand-tied.  (A lovely woman tried to teach us how to do their signature bow.  Let’s just say I won’t be getting that job any time soon.)  The few times I’ve sent gift boxes in the past, I’ve chosen companies that simply aggregate the contents of the gift from companies they work with.  You know, coffee from these people, brownies from those.  With Harry and David, it’s all made or grown by them.  In Oregon.  I like that.  I also like the community that they have created in small-town America and the jobs they create each holiday season.

I liked pretty much everything about those two days.  I also liked the gift basket that I packed for myself that arrived a couple of days after my return.  And the extra pears and cheese that I bought at the company store which arrived a few days after that.  And then, just when we were starting to run low on pears, another huge gorgeous basket arrived, complete with Martha Stewart’s new Pies and Tarts book – autographed!

In short, they spoiled us.  Food bloggers get invited on trips like these, and get spoiled rotten, in the hopes that we will write favorably about the company/product/resort destination.  I did have my doubts going in to this trip but I was very impressed with all I saw and tasted and everyone I met.  Because I like to share the bounty, I asked if I could give away some pears and my question was met by a resounding “YES!”.  So, want some pears?

I’m giving away a six-pack of the famous Harry and David pears.  Just tell me what gift you looked forward to receiving each holiday season.  Leave a comment and I will pick a winner randomly next Monday, November 7th.  You have until noon that day (PST) to enter.  U.S. residents only please.  (Sorry non U.S. friends – there are funny laws about sending fruit across borders.)  UPDATE: This contest is now closed.

Finally, thank you all for being patient with the lack of food posts last week.  I will be back on track soon.  xo

 



105 Comments »

  1. Ooooh, I adore Harry & David’s pears…so delicious! We would often get a box of their produce at Christmas from my aunt and uncle. One holiday gift I always looked forward to was the PJ’s my mom would wrap up for me and my sister every year…we got to open them on Christmas eve and wear them to bed!

    Comment by sara — October 31, 2011 @ 7:39 am

  2. I was in Washington State last week and of course couldn’t take any fruit back across the border, I already know that I couldn’t even bring a banana or an apple in a bag lunch into the States. They are funny that way:D

    Comment by bellini — October 31, 2011 @ 10:27 am

  3. I enjoy the time I get every year to spend time with loved ones. That is the part of the holiday I always remember.

    Comment by Danielle — October 31, 2011 @ 12:31 pm

  4. My mom used to order from Harry & David every year for our out of town relatives. It’s a great company, with beautiful products!

    I always look forward to my annual holiday cookie exchange! It always gets me in the holiday spirit, and all the stories of the cookie recipes are so great to hear!!

    Comment by Lynda — October 31, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

  5. My dad used to give us free calendars from his favorite Chinese restaurant. That was my favorite thing. :)

    Comment by Joanna — October 31, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

  6. I swear I’m not just saying this because of this post, but every once and a while my parents will send us a Harry and David gift box, and I’m always drooling over the pears while my boyfriend claims the Moose Munch as his own. I love that my parents do it randomly – not necessarily for any given holiday, but sometimes – so it’s always a surprise… and it never lasts long in our house!

    Comment by Jennifer — October 31, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  7. At the risk of seeming incredibly corny, I’m most excited for the first Christmas as a newly married couple in our brand new home. Simple pleasures for me.

    Cheers,

    *Heather*

    Comment by heather — October 31, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

  8. omg. Harry & David pears are the best!

    Comment by Lisa — October 31, 2011 @ 2:14 pm

  9. Glad you are bouncing back from your accident. Our favourite holiday treat was the annual box of Chocolate Charlie from Claeys Candy in South Bend, Indiana. My in-laws sent it like clockwork. Now that they are gone, we have taken on that family tradition, even though we live in Seattle, not South Bend. Because some traditions are too important to not pass on.

    Comment by marti — October 31, 2011 @ 2:48 pm

  10. What a fantastic trip! The gift I still look forward to receiving every year: a box of my mom’s homemade Christmas cookies, particulary her black pepper cookies.

    Comment by Pam — October 31, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  11. My family does not do much for holidays, in fact nothing at all!
    So, I am trying to make new traditions for my two kids and I, which is being re-vamped after an awful divorce! Really loving doing all the things I never did as a kid-decorating easter eggs, putting up the Christmas Tree, and having a great Halloween with friends.

    Comment by lori — October 31, 2011 @ 3:17 pm

  12. I look forward to getting my mom’s gingerbread every year.

    Comment by Ashley H. — October 31, 2011 @ 3:35 pm

  13. i love these pears! The holidays were never about gifts in our home — just a wonderful time to be together. :)

    Comment by Esther — October 31, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

  14. Lucky you, I love their catalog. For the holidays I am looking forward to receive cards from my children. That makes me happy.

    Comment by Helene — October 31, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

  15. Every year, my mom and I give each other a “Sweet Storybook” — cardboard “books” filled with rolls of Lifesavers candy. You can buy then for under $2 just about anywhere. My mom started giving them to me when I was a little kid, and now, even though I’m in my 30s, one or both of us always puts some “Sweet Storybooks” under the tree from “Santa.”

    Comment by Nicole — October 31, 2011 @ 4:33 pm

  16. Sounds like a lovely trip! I always look forward to receiving a stocking from my mom–lots of random goodies and always a tangerine in the toe!

    Comment by Rachel — October 31, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

  17. For years, I asked my mom and sister to get me some Harry & David pears and they did not disappoint! My husband is from Weed, CA so Medford isn’t too far off at all, yet we’ve still never made it there to visit their facility.
    We always, always fill each other’s stockings with fun, small, wrapped things (toothpaste, socks, silly gifts) and we always find someone to give a totally off-the-wall funny present to – like the time we gave my sister a turquoise, bejewled and mariboued decorative(?!) reindeer… (we always keep it small).

    Comment by Courtney — October 31, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

  18. Glad to hear such positive things about Harry and David. I will be having our first baby in a few weeks and will be looking for some easy gift-giving ideas. I look forward to receiving an ornament for my tree from my nephew, as well as my stocking from my Dad. Thanks for the give-away opportunity, Dana, and I hope you’re feeling better.

    Comment by Erin — October 31, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  19. I look forward to getting together and celebrating Christmas.

    Dana – hope you and Graham are doing well!

    Comment by Kelly — October 31, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

  20. What a fun trip! I love it when you find a really good-hearted company that sells quality products…they’re so few and far between.

    I’m not so big on pears (weird textural issues) so I’ll abstain from the giveaway but honestly my favorite part of the holidays is sharing good quality food with my family!

    Comment by Joanne — October 31, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  21. Kinda corny but I always just look forward to seeing family and making memories. Stuff can never compare but if I had to name a gift I look forward to, it’s gotta be the food. Big dinners and yummy sweets! Anything w/ pumpkin!

    Comment by Amy — October 31, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  22. Stocking stuffers were always the highlight of the gift exchange at Christmas! Candy, deodorant, toothbrushes, gum, and usually at least one thing that was pretty ridiculous!

    Comment by Ashley — October 31, 2011 @ 6:21 pm

  23. I always looked forward to getting a big box of English Muffins from my inlaws every holiday season!

    Comment by sara — October 31, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

  24. The pears are what I look forward to having each Christmas. It wouldn’t be the holidays without them!

    Comment by Billie — October 31, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  25. Hi Dana – Every year for more than 30 years, a long ago, grateful client has sent something to us to say thank you to my husband. Lately it’s been a fresh wreath which feels like the opening salvo in the holidays, and I always look forward to it. After your post and trip, I am inspired to re-remember Harry and David pears (in Alaska in December those were a huge treat!). I am glad you are better!

    Comment by Katy Gilmore — October 31, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

  26. I always look forward to having a tree and decorating it – one Christmas, while stationed in Germany, I actually ended up decorating a large plant that was in our apartment (it was nice, but just not the same as having a Christmas tree and that wonderful Christmas tree smell wafting throughout the apartment)!

    Comment by Dorothea — October 31, 2011 @ 6:46 pm

  27. YUM, pears!! I always look forward to watching niece and nephew open presents. And making sugar cookies with my mom.

    Comment by Rachel — October 31, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  28. How wonderful! I might just have to add Harry and David to my Xmas list for friends and family this year. For Xmas, I look forward to being finished with my son’s surgery and moving toward “normalcy”.

    Thanks Dana as ever for your great blog!

    Comment by Kelly — October 31, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

  29. I always looked forward to having Christmas Eve dinner with our best friends before going to church. We didn’t get great gifts, but the whole experience remains one of my most fond memories.

    Comment by Susanamantha — October 31, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

  30. I can’t participate in the giveaway but as a kid I loved advent calendars and the anticipation of opening a door everyday in the lead up to christmas (and the chocolate too). Our boy has 2 calendars now – a chocolate/treat one (I’m hoping it will be a homemade one if I can finish it in time this year) and a quilt/ornament one. And I miss getting mum’s fruitcake so I just have to make my own now. I loved this post – looks like such a lovely place to visit.

    Comment by Charlotte — October 31, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

  31. Each year Santa would fill our stockings with different little treats, but most memorably, there was always a fresh orange and a bag of pistachios. Now that I have my own family, I believe oranges and pistachios will always be stuffed at the bottom of each stocking.

    Comment by Jesse — October 31, 2011 @ 7:40 pm

  32. Cookbooks!

    Comment by Andrea — October 31, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

  33. I look forward to love notes from my husband :)
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

    Comment by Aubreylaine — October 31, 2011 @ 7:52 pm

  34. I love Harry and David anything!! MMM pears! The gift that I always always look forward to is my own special box of SEE”s Candies, dark nuts and chews!!

    Moore Or Less Cooking

    Nettie

    Comment by Nettie — October 31, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

  35. Holiday homeade Tamales!

    Comment by Sara — October 31, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

  36. My kids are getting old enough to make gifts in school/daycare and man, I LOVE those so much!

    Comment by Sarah — October 31, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  37. Kitchen supplies!

    Comment by Alyssa — October 31, 2011 @ 8:37 pm

  38. Every year, my uncle brings us oranges from his grove and cuts them up in our kitchen. It’s an art form – he cuts the entire peel in one long piece and then squeezes the juice from the core over the oranges in the bowl. I look forward to it every year!

    Comment by LW — October 31, 2011 @ 8:40 pm

  39. my mom stopped giving me clothes when i was a freshman in high school b/c she clearly wasn’t ‘getting’ my style ;) that’s when the gift cards to nordstrom started. i get them once a year and always look forward to it!

    Comment by helen — October 31, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

  40. I always look forward to getting a Verbena scented Archipelago candle from my mom. Best candle ever!

    Comment by Jentry Day — October 31, 2011 @ 9:07 pm

  41. When I was a kid my aunt always gave us a little envelope with $5 and a gift certificate to our favorite ice cream shop. Yes, I know it was winter, but they made the best hot fudge sundaes. ;)

    Comment by nik — October 31, 2011 @ 9:31 pm

  42. The stocking from my mom is always my favorite, but I love anything homemade. I had no idea Harry and David was in Medford, yay for another great NW company!

    Comment by Corey — October 31, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

  43. The Christmas gift I look forward to the most every year is the stocking that my daughter fills for me. It is always an effort of love – what better way to celebrate the gift of a Savior!

    Comment by Ng — October 31, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

  44. It’s funny… I always send my husband’s sweet aunt and uncle a 3 month gift box set of fruit from Harry and David and they LOVE it every year… and always say how amazing it tastes. It’s adorable. :) So, I would love to get some pears! :)

    Comment by angie — October 31, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

  45. The christmas gift I am most looking forward to isn’t really a “gift” …it’s having my kids come home…having our family all together tops any material gift I could ever get!!

    Comment by Bebe — October 31, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  46. You are too cute Dana~
    I love your hair!
    xo
    …p.s. I adore Sandy! I know you girls had such a good time together. ;)

    Comment by teresa — November 1, 2011 @ 12:48 am

  47. I was always able to look forward to a ripe clementine in the bottom of my stocking. =) A silly but fun family tradition.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Comment by Alisa — November 1, 2011 @ 1:17 am

  48. I finally figured out which photo had the six foot long cinnamon roll getting rolled up. WOW!!

    When I was a kid, my sister and I would get Danskin tops during Chanukah. I really liked the fun shades of these stretchy tops.

    Comment by Yafa — November 1, 2011 @ 1:32 am

  49. I love the Rogue Valley. I used to love getting a plain old box of chocolates from my grandparents. The Whitman’s sampler.great giveaway!

    Comment by Sara — November 1, 2011 @ 1:47 am

  50. I love Harry and David and the concept of their company. The same is true of King Arthur Flour. My aunt used to send everyone a Harry and David fruitcake every year while she was living. It’s was the only fruitcake I will eat. Now living in the desert I love gifts of fruit.

    Comment by Leslee — November 1, 2011 @ 1:56 am

  51. Your trip sounds awesome! I’m looking forward to all the holiday sweets!

    Comment by delia — November 1, 2011 @ 2:13 am

  52. My mother in law is very set in traditions, and so every year she gets me a box of mixed Jelly Bellys because when I was first dating my husband 18 yrs ago, I told her that Jelly Bellys were my favorite candy.

    Comment by Beth R. — November 1, 2011 @ 2:13 am

  53. I’ve received some Harry & David gifts in the past and they’re absolutely irresistible! But for me, the most exciting gift is one wrapped in that distinctive Williams-Sonoma paper. If it’s wrapped like that, I know that whatever is inside has to be good!

    Comment by Jessica — November 1, 2011 @ 2:27 am

  54. I actually look forward to doing mega-baking and have perfected homemade peppermint bark, which is also a fabulous gift. We bought a freezer just for things during the holidays :)

    Comment by Maryjo — November 1, 2011 @ 2:35 am

  55. The gift I love the most is the one I give to my kids. They love to open the little gifts in the stockings; cute little interesting things they would never think to ask for, and didn’t know they loved until they saw them. Those are the most fun!

    Comment by Tina — November 1, 2011 @ 2:52 am

  56. My sister, mother and I all look forward to the stockings the most. No matter how great our gifts are each year, the stocking is our FAVORITE part of Christmas morning – we sit around the dining room table while we go through our loot, and just enjoy each other.

    Comment by Tracy — November 1, 2011 @ 2:53 am

  57. So glad you were able to make this trip – I’ve heard how beautiful Medford is, but your pictures prove it. The thing I look forward to getting every holiday season is the handmade candy canes from a local shop that’s more than 75 years old . . . but pears would be a close second!

    Comment by Jani — November 1, 2011 @ 3:11 am

  58. my husband’s extended family sends homemade caramels, perfectly wrapped every year. Look forward to them every time!

    Comment by Julie — November 1, 2011 @ 3:31 am

  59. chocolate truffles!

    Comment by Mb — November 1, 2011 @ 3:34 am

  60. The best gift of the holiday season are all the wishes I get from my friends from all corners of the world. It’s wonderful to remember all the people who have touched your life.

    Comment by Haritha Malladi — November 1, 2011 @ 3:44 am

  61. Growing up, I always loved the toys I got from santa in my stocking. The anticipation on christmas morning was like nothing else!

    Comment by Ellen — November 1, 2011 @ 3:54 am

  62. Each year I look forward to a package of Peppermint Bark candy from my in-laws. Mmmmmmm!

    Comment by Lori — November 1, 2011 @ 4:45 am

  63. Chocolate coins!

    Comment by Sara — November 1, 2011 @ 10:14 am

  64. My favorite holiday gift is a box of clementines that we get from a family friend. It’s the perfect snack to eat amongst all of the treats and sweets that are over consumed during the holidays!

    Comment by Amy — November 1, 2011 @ 11:37 am

  65. I look forward to cooking with my dad. We make homemade gingersnaps & snickerdoodles, banana bread and all kinds of delicious food. Food & family is what I look forward to the most.

    Comment by Liz — November 1, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

  66. I look forward to the homemade Chex mix my brother makes every year. It’s spicy and so much better than anything you can buy in stores!

    Comment by Amanda — November 1, 2011 @ 12:42 pm

  67. I look forward to getting new pajamas from my dad every christmas!

    Comment by Marie — November 1, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

  68. Coincidentally, I look forward to the gift our financial planner sends us each year – one of the Harry & David stacks (complete with Moose Munch)! We have an outlet store fairly close to us, but I’ve not visited yet … a mistake that will be rectified soon after reading your post!

    Comment by bookboxer — November 1, 2011 @ 1:16 pm

  69. Yumm….Harry and Davids….they have the best everything but their pears are the best. Spending time with my boys is the best holiday gift. From their first christmas on.

    Comment by Marsha A. — November 1, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

  70. Dana- it was so nice reading your recap of Harry & David. It’s definitely one of those companies I was skeptical of before hand! It’s refreshing to know their products reflect true quality. Hmmm let’s see, what gift am I hoping for this year? Honestly I’m more exciting about a gift I’m giving- a surprise warm weather get away for my mom! I know she could really use it, and I can’t to see her face Christmas morning.

    Comment by Clara — November 1, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

  71. Hello from Eastlake! My Aunt Betty always sent a big Lebanon (PA) bologna each Xmas. Imagine the love child of salami and bologna and that describes the flavor and consistency.

    Comment by lauren — November 1, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  72. Just really looking forward to spending time with my family and friends :)

    Comment by Sam H — November 1, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

  73. Nice to know about Harry and David. When I was little my father always made us hunt for our Christmas gifts. He would spend weeks writing clues, often in poetry form and one of us would have to hunt for our girt. It was always so fun if we were the ones to hunt that year. Later when I had my three boys, Grandpa always did a hunt for them.

    Comment by Cathy — November 1, 2011 @ 6:25 pm

  74. love love love H&D pears, though I haven’t had one in years. My favorite gift are the hand-decorated tiny gingerbread cookies my 92 year-old grandmother-in-law sends us every year.

    So glad you are safe and okay after your car accident. Those reminders to slow down in life are scary but sadly necessary sometimes.

    Comment by DVS — November 1, 2011 @ 6:57 pm

  75. I love getting fancy popcorn. We have clients that send it to our office every year. I wish we’d get Harry & David fruit!

    Comment by SAbrina — November 1, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

  76. I have to say, one of Ken’s college friends sends us a box of Harry and David pears every year, and I look forward to it. Those are some GOOD pears.

    Comment by Kate @ Savour Fasre — November 1, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  77. For over 20 years it’s been Fran’s chocolates in the stockings. When my sister and I were in college or abroad my mom still made sure we got something delicious from there. Now I get to watch my daughter go through the same goodies from Grandma with all kinds of excitement.

    I also love marzipan fruits, veggies, and pigs (especially the pigs), although they are sometimes more fun to see than eat.

    Comment by Melora — November 1, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

  78. One of my most favorite wedding presents was a year of fruit from Harry and David and the pears were incredible!

    Comment by EileenQ — November 1, 2011 @ 8:31 pm

  79. This is so good to hear! My uncle often sends us a Harry and David basket and it’s always delicious. It’s good to hear that the company lives up to its food!

    I feel like I should think of a food gift, but honestly what I look forward to every year is getting a new board game for my family to play during the holiday. We open it early, like Christmas Eve Day so that we can all play together while everyone is in town. It’s a nice tradition.

    Comment by Laura — November 1, 2011 @ 9:48 pm

  80. In California, I look forward to the boxes of See’s Candies that inevitably get passed around. My work gives big boxes to clients and we always end up with a few leftover and my relatives are always gifting (and regifting) the nuts and chews. My all-time favorites are the Scotchmallows – dark chocolate, marshmallow and caramel. How can you go wrong? They’re also VERY easy to identify in a variety pack, which is a huge plus.

    Comment by Lesley C. — November 1, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

  81. My grandma always made a bunch of cookies for our family each Christmas. She’d give us a huge tin with at least 5 layers of cookies. I always loved cracking into that tin to see what she made that year. Each yeas was different. Loved that.

    Comment by tracy — November 1, 2011 @ 10:56 pm

  82. I look forward to receiving handmade, heartfelt gifts! Handmade cards from children on teachers’ day!

    Comment by florence C — November 1, 2011 @ 11:34 pm

  83. Love Henry and David pears! My favorite gift is from my mother. Each year, she gets me some antique glassware or figurine.

    Comment by Shawnee F — November 2, 2011 @ 1:21 am

  84. For my 25th Birthday I actually asked for Harry & David pears–so delish!

    During the holiday season I look forward to the gifts of food–specifically my Mom’s meringue kisses, homemade coffee cake (to be consumed Christmas morning), and my neighbor’s (aka second-mom) three-layer mint brownies. YUM!

    Comment by Mary — November 2, 2011 @ 1:26 am

  85. A couple years ago my daughter sent me Harry & David’s Chicken Pie. I now look forward to receiving and eating it each year.

    Comment by Linda Grothe — November 2, 2011 @ 2:28 am

  86. I used to live in Medford! And still have family there. Love Harry & David’s and would love their pears. I look forward to receiving a gift from my sister (in Medford) every year. She is always so thoughtful and crams a stocking full of fun stuff every year. Glad you enjoyed the Rogue Valley!

    Comment by Melinda — November 2, 2011 @ 3:03 am

  87. Dana, I hope you and Graham are doing better. I love Harry and David pears, the only kind we buy. We go through about 10 boxes in the winter. I now love to receive anything Eloise, Owen or Wyatt my grandkids make for the holiday and pictures of my wonderful family. Take care.

    Comment by susan — November 2, 2011 @ 3:07 am

  88. A great sweater or cookbook.

    Comment by atg117 — November 2, 2011 @ 4:47 am

  89. My grandmother was a fudge maker extraordinaire from the deep south – when she passed away, we buried her with her beloved fudge pot and handed out little squares of fudge at her funeral.

    She would always send us Georgia pecans (she had cracked and cleaned) around Christmas and my mother combined those extra special pecans with Grandmother’s fudge and caramels to make homemade turtles.

    My mom has perfected her turtle production and every year it is a blessing and a joy to get a tin of those turtles.

    Comment by Rachel — November 2, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  90. my family was never really big on gifts — but i always enjoyed our giant channukah parties :)

    Comment by jeanne — November 2, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

  91. My grandparents picked out a book for me every year of my life until I got married. That was always the gift I looked forward to the most.

    hugzeke@gmail.com

    Comment by Catherine Agnes Roebuck — November 2, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  92. What a fun trip! My dad always gives us one sentimental gift every year. It is usually something passed down from the family-it is always my favorite!

    Comment by Maria — November 2, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

  93. Slippers! and cookies that I’ll bake/give myself. For the past 3 years, i’ve had to celebrate the holidays in feb/march, I’m looking forward to a december one this year!

    Comment by Cynthia — November 3, 2011 @ 1:28 am

  94. I don’t know if there is a gift I look forward to but I definitely look forward to a cookie baking marathon every December. And I had no clue Harry & David kept things so local.

    Comment by Michelle — November 3, 2011 @ 5:51 pm

  95. I actually look forward to something from Harry and David every year. Either my brother or sister sends me a tower of treats or a box of pears. I never really enjoyed pears that much until I had one from Harry and David!

    Comment by Holly — November 4, 2011 @ 4:48 am

  96. I look forward to pleasant surprises!

    The Harry and David pears are the best. I’ll probably put those on the Christmas list this year. Won’t be a surprise, but still very pleasant!

    Comment by Lesley — November 4, 2011 @ 6:39 pm

  97. When we pick out our Christmas tree, I always get to pick out a custom potted arrangement for our front porch- every time I come home from work and see a little snow dust on those spruce tips and smell the fire my hubby started inside (hopefully in the fireplace, and not the kitchen!)- just makes me smile all winter long!

    Comment by jenny — November 5, 2011 @ 11:43 am

  98. I look forward to spending time with family. Watching my toddler open his gifts is the best part.

    Comment by Kelly N. — November 5, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

  99. Well, when I was a kid I appreciated any candy I got in my stocking! Candy was not as abundant in people’s homes as it is now!

    Comment by Karin — November 5, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

  100. i always give myself a we’moon…it’s a date book for women made by women….i’ve been collecting them for over 10 years….i simply love them….you should check them out…

    Comment by Macy Pugh — November 5, 2011 @ 8:48 pm

  101. The end of the year, for most of my life, was associated with Summer, sun, the beach. Brazil is just gearing up for the warmest weeks of the year at that time.

    It was hard to adjust to the idea of Christmas away from my family traditions, but now I look forward to being with my husband and his kids (now all grown up) – or sometimes just the two of us, with the fireplace on, and a meal prepared by us, sharing the work and the fun

    (Glad to see you back, Dana…. – and your haircut is lovely as usual)

    Comment by SallyBR — November 6, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

  102. I look forward to sitting by the fire drinking cider with my loved ones- That’s a great gift in my book!

    Comment by Kristen — November 6, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

  103. My grandmother used to give each of us 3 kids our very own can of black olives. And no one could tell us not to eat the whole thing!

    Comment by Christy — November 6, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

  104. Harry & David pears are the best!

    Comment by Cookie Gift — August 31, 2012 @ 8:29 am

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