5 Can’t-Go-Wrong Hostess Gifts

If you’re staying with friends or family for the holidays, or simply headed to a holiday party, we’ve got a list of home-run hostess gift ideas to express your gratitude and keep those invitations coming for years to come. A hostess gift doesn’t have to be lavish or complicated, but it should be thoughtful. Here are five gifts that every host will appreciate.

1. Take out containers for doggy bags. Stock up on a range of to-go containers from a restaurant supply store and gift them to your host. When the party is over, she can send guests home with easy, attractive doggy bags without raiding her own supply of dishes.

 

2. A fresh, new apron. Immediately useful and appreciated, an apron is an ideal hostess gift. And if you offer to put it on and help in the kitchen, even better!

3. Fresh flowers. You can never go wrong with a beautiful, neutral bouquet. (Be sure to provide a vase so that your host doesn’t have to figure out or arrange the display.)

 

4. Coasters. Easy and thoughtful, coasters are a great hostess gift because they can be put to use right away to protect the host’s furniture. Cork coasters are safe and absorbent and affordable. Add a personalized touch with some simple paint.

5. Relaxation. Nobody needs moments of relaxation like a host after the party. Whether it’s a spa certificate (if you’re staying a week in somebody’s house), a jar of bath salts, or a lavender-scented candle, your host will appreciate a few moments zen when the party is over.

Ultimate Gift Guide for Brownie Lovers

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The Brownie Lover. Who can blame their devotion to rich, fudge-y chocolate? Nobody. So, for the holidays, indulge it. Embrace it. Give those brownie lovers what they really, really want: all things brownies. And just in case you need a head start, we’ve put together the ultimate guide:

1. Two Dozen Classic Brownies
2. Edge Brownie Pan
3. Extreme Brownie Recipe Book
4. Brownie Batter Candle
5. Brookie Pan

Ultimate Gift Guide for Cookie Lovers

Mrs. Fields Gifts for Cookie Lovers

If there is a cookie lover on your holiday list, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered a home-run gift guide to make their heart melt like a chocolate chip. Follow the links to find these great gift ideas. And remember: those who give these gifts, generally get cookies in return.

1. Baker’s Store-N-Go
2. Baker’s Twine
3. Brookie Pan
4. Stand mixer
5. Three-tiered cooling rack
6. Mrs. Fields Cookie Dough

Cyber Monday Favorites from Mrs. Fields

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It’s time to get your Cyber Monday game on, and we’ve got some favorite gifts to share with everyone on your list. (By the way, did you know that you can order Mrs. Fields today and choose any delivery date you want? One of our favorite features on our site!)

So, without further ado…

Large Holiday Lessons Tin

Your sister’s family in Tacoma will think of your fondly when the Large Holiday Lessons Tin arrives.

Roly Poly Penguin

Our Roly Poly Penguin is part cookie jar, part decoration, and all fun for your niece and nephew in Richmond.

Tower of Joy

The aptly named Tower of Joy is our favorite recommendation for an office gift or any crowd. Your cubicle-mate Sue has been eyeing this gift for weeks.

Snowflake Mini Gift Boxes

Remember last year when it seemed like every time you turned around you were running out to get a “little something” for a dozen different people? Let our Snowflake Mini Gift Boxes save the day. A case of twelve (with bulk buy savings) will have you sitting pretty all season long.

Winter Snowflake Gift Pail

It can be hard to find a great non-denominational gift for your aunt and uncle in Buffalo, so we designed our Winter Snowflake Gift Pail to be just that. It’s literally perfect for anyone on your list!

Yule Log Trio

Your brother in Bakersfield may not remember what a cozy winter fire looks like, so remind him with our crowd-pleasing Yule Log Trio.

Of course, you can shop all your favorites at Mrs. Fields today and save 25% OFF site wide with code CYBER at checkout.

 

Fall Catalog Preview + Discount

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Our fall catalog is hitting mailboxes, and oh what tricky treats it entails! As usual, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites from this year’s lineup to make you drool, but check out the entire catalog and order your own copy if you don’t get it already. And don’t forget to check out the exclusive discount for blog readers at the bottom of this post!

Autumn Splendor Box

The Autumn Splendor Box is an incredible combination of our original cookies, brownies, and frosted cookies. It makes an ideal hostess gift for any fall occasion!

Savor the Season Box

Our bestselling box full of bite-sized treats is dressed up in fall colors for any of your gift-giving needs. It’s an ideal thank you, even if the person who needs thanks is yourself!

Festive Fall Basket

How do we keep topping our world-famous gift baskets? With gifts like our Festive Fall Basket, that’s how! You’ll love every bite of our freshly baked cookies, and the sturdy, keepsake basket can find use after use around the house.

 

Candy Corn Caryalls

For your favorite trick-or-treater, nothing beats our Candy Corn Carryalls. They arrived filled with our favorite bite-sized cookies, and the carryall is ready for Halloween night!

 

Book of Spells

Sure to sell out, our Book of Spells is an enchanting treat and perfect party favor for your annual costume contest. Loaded with our favorite brownies and cookies, it’s bound to have everybody under its spell.

Check out the entire catalog to find your own favorites, and use code 14GTD at checkout for an exclusive discount:
10% off your purchase of $50
20% off your purchase of $75
30% off your purchase of $100.

Graduation Gift Idea: On Your Own Survival Kit

It’s that time of year when graduation caps begin flying in the air and young adults head off on their own for the first time, either to college or the great wide world. If you’re looking for a great graduation gift idea, we’ve got it: an “On Your Own Survival Kit” complete with all the little things you find yourself needing when suddenly you’re the one in charge. Use our list as a shopping guide or as inspiration for your own gift. But whatever you do, don’t forget the cookies!

The On Your Own Survival Kit

  • Small sewing kit with buttons, needles, thread
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Rainy day funds gift card
  • Cookbook
  • Kitchen knife set
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Cough drops
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Air freshener
  • Basic medications like pain, allergy, antacid
  • Address book with family and friends mailing addresses
  • Duct tape
  • WD-40
  • Flashlight
  • Assortment of batteries
  • Safety pins
  • USB thumb drive
  • Laundry soap
  • Tooth floss
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Cell phone battery backup
  • Basic screwdriver set
  • Basic wrench set
  • Krazy glue
  • Scissors
  • GPS
  • Jumper cables
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Road atlas
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Ziploc bags
  • Clorox wipes
  • Multivitamins
  • Wall calendar
  • Board game
  • Emergency candles
  • Lint roller
  • Kleenex
  • Laundry basket
  • Sharpie markers
  • Box of ramen noodles
  • Case of toilet paper
  • Plunger
  • Travel blanket
  • Plenty of Mrs. Fields cookies

Mother’s Day Gifts That Make Memories

For so many of us, memories of mom include freshly baked goodies and kitchen conversations that covered everything from the mundane to the most meaningful. That’s why we’ve gathered this group of Mother’s Day gift ideas that pair our delicious gourmet goodies with our new bakeware for gifts that wow now and then keeps on giving!

Mrs. Fields Cool Bake Pan

Our Cool Bake Pan is one of our most popular gifts. It arrives with two dozen of our original cookies, baked to perfection, along with our Cool Bake Pan that works as a baking pan and cookie rack all in one. You get even baking and immediate no-mess, no-hassle cooling as soon as the cookies come out of the oven (the secret to a perfectly baked cookie). Mom will love this, especially if you join her to make the next batch!

Mrs. Fields Baker’s Sto-N-Go

The smart design of our Baker’s Sto-N-Go makes it an ideal gift for the mom who never fails to show up to a party or potluck with her famous treats.  With adjustable shelves inside, it can carry everything from frosted cupcakes to cookies and brownies, even a small cake. The gift arrives with our famous treats, a collection of our bite-sized best or original cookies.

Mrs. Fields Brookie Pan

Here’s a riddle for Mother’s Day: What do you call a cookie baked inside of a brownie? A Brookie, of course. And how do you make one? With our exclusive Brookie Pan! And if you were trying to solve the riddle of what to get mom for Mother’s Day, we just solved it for you!

Mrs. Fields Half and Half Muffin Pan

And finally, this clever gift is perfect for the indecisive mom. She won’t ever have to choose between vanilla and chocolate cupcakes, or blueberry or banana muffins! The Half and Half Muffin Pan is designed to evenly divide cupcake or muffin batter for amazing duos that invite ultimate creativity in the kitchen!

Of course, there are dozens of other brilliant gifts to browse for Mother’s Day on our website, so take time now to find the perfect treat that lets mom know how much you care. Remember, you can order now and choose exactly when you want your gift delivered. And to sweeten things, please enjoy 10% off your order placed before 5/2/14. Simply use code 14EHJ at checkout (or use the link above to have the discount automatically applied).

Happy Mother’s Day shopping to you!

Daylight Savings Deals

You may have lost an hour of sleep to Daylight Savings, but we’ve got some great offers and recipes that make springing forward sweeter than ever. Right now, shop our spring collection and save 20% off your order. (Use code 14EBA at checkout.) It’s the perfect time to select gifts for Easter, birthdays, and teacher appreciation.  Here are some of our favorites:

Spring Treats Tray

Our Spring Treats Tray is full of bite-sized treats to share.

Springtime Floral Box

A pop of bright color and a great collection of freshly baked treats arrive in our Springtime Floral Box.

Spring Bites Box

For any occasion, our Spring Bites Box will thrill and delight with a variety of fresh flavors.

And if springing forward puts you in the mood to bake something yourself, try our favorite Black and White cookie recipe. It’s the perfect treat to mark the onset of spring!

Black and White Cookies

1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temperature
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter until fluffy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla and lemon extracts, and mix until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine cake flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Stir until mixed. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture batches, stirring well after each addition. Place heaping mounds (about 1/4 cup) of batter on a prepared cookie sheet, about six cookies per sheet.  Bake until edges begin to barely brown, 12-14 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before frosting.

White (then Black) Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
1/3 to 1/2 cup water
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1 teaspoon light corn syrup.
2  tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

Directions
Boil a cup or so of water in a small pot. Place powdered sugar in a large, heat-safe mixing bowl and pour in lemon extract. Gradually stir in enough boiling water, a tablespoon at a time to the sugar mixture to make a thick, spreadable frosting. Leave remaing boiling water on the stove. Spread frosting on half of the flat side of each cookie.

Once all cookie halves have been frosted, place the bowl of the remaining frosting over the hot water and bring it back to a simmer (creating a double-boiler). Stir in the unsweetened chocolate until melted, as well as the light corn syrup and cocoa. Ice the remaining half of the cookies with the chocolate frosting. If the frosting gets too dry, whisk in an extra teaspoon or two of the hot water to smooth it out. Frosting should be shiny. Allow frosting to set, then serve cookies immediately, or wrap in plastic to keep fresh.

 

25 Last Minute Valentine Gift Ideas

Okay, maybe you fell in love yesterday, or maybe you’re the ultimate procrastinator. Either way, you’d better put something together quick! Here are 25 great ideas to rescue you from the Valentine’s Dog House.

  1. Head to your nearest Mrs. Fields store and get a decorated Big Cookie Cake. Call ahead and have your own personalized message (up to 20 characters) inscribed in frosting!
  2. Write a love poem. Think you can’t do it? Think again!
  3. Fill your valentine’s car with balloons.
  4. Enroll them in a sock-of-the-month subscription.
  5. Prepare a relaxing bubble bath with all the right ingredients: candles, music, fancy soap, warm towels and uninterrupted time.
  6. Track down your valentine’s favorite old movie  and have a romantic movie night in with buttery popcorn.
  7. Send a special, meaningful text one word at a time, every hour on the hour throughout the day so your valentine is anticipating each one and putting the puzzle together.
  8. Find a karaoke track of your favorite love song and give a private concert.
  9. Remember the first meal you shared together? Buy the ingredients and prepare it yourself.
  10. Make a special playlist of meaningful songs. Print out the lyrics and make notes in the margins about how it relates to your love story.
  11. Is there a task that you valentine has been putting off? A squeaky door, a broken drawer, a watch that won’t work? Surprise them by fixing it (or having it fixed).
  12. Make a giant homemade greeting card out of a big cardboard box. Pull out the construction paper, markers, glitter and glue to make it oversized and over-the-top sweet.
  13. Call a local radio station and dedicate a song. (Make sure you valentine is listening!)
  14. Buy a book or find some video tutorials and give your valentine a thorough, relaxing massage.
  15. Write love notes on the bathroom mirror in lipstick, soap or dry erase marker.
  16. Prepare a virtual vacation with photos from around the world that you would love to take your valentine. Make imaginary plans and explore them together.
  17. Make a silly online card with Jib Jab.
  18. A heart-shaped cookie cutter can turn any food into a valentine.
  19. Create a photo slide show of the two of you together set to a favorite song.
  20. Record a video of yourself listing all the things you love about your valentine and email it to him/her.
  21. Surprise your valentine at work with a special picnic lunch.
  22. Go old school and make a clever candy bar poster.
  23. What’s your valentine’s favorite cocktail? Buy the ingredients and play bartender.
  24. Plan a last-minute romantic road trip.
  25. Build an adult fort and fill it with pillows, blankets, chocolates and a book of love poems.

Valentine’s Catalog Preview + Early Bird Discount

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Believe it or not, Valentine’s Day is only a couple of weeks away. If one of your new year’s resolutions was to be more organized, why not take a moment to browse our amazing Valentine gift ideas and get your gift ordered today? With Mrs. Fields, you select the delivery date, so you can order early, have it delivered exactly when you want it, and forget about it. Plus, we’ve got an early bird discount to sweeten the deal! (See below) But first, here are some of my favorite picks from our current Valentine’s Day catalog:

Sweet Heart Box

The variety in our Sweet Heart Box is unbelievable! Bite-sized cookies and brownies along with frosted cookies and our delicious new raspberry bark. This is a gift for those who like to mix it up a little!

Little Bits of Love Box

Our Little Bits of Love Box is a perfect offering for new love, true love, or even a secret admirer. It’s just the right size and full of our favorite flavors!

Love Monkey

Sweethearts tend to share pet names, but now you can share our Love Monkey with your own Love Monkey. He shows up with an armful of our favorite cookies!

Valentine’s Combo Tins

Few things make someone’s heart swell like the sight of a Mrs. Fields tin. We’ve got Valentine’s Combo Tins in a variety of sizes and contents, so that you can give your special valentine exactly what she wants!

Valentine’s Heart Big Cookie Cake

Our Big Cookie Cakes are a favorite for special occasions, but our heart-shaped Valentine Big Cookie Cake is a perfect for this special occasion. Plus, you can have your own personal message written on the cake, up to 20 characters.

“Owl” Always Love You Box

With moving wings, our “Owl” Always Love You Box is a fun and thoughtful gift, for a valentine or even for your kids. The box can become a special decoration for years to come.

You can shop all of our valentine gifts online and request your own catalog too. As mentioned, blog readers enjoy a 15% discount off their entire order by using code 14AEL at checkout. (Offer good until February 12, 2014.)

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