Gifting for Dummies

Mrs. Fields Gifts
Fact: not all thoughtful people are good gift-givers. Gifting seems to be a language that is natural and fluent for some, and totally foreign to others. If you find yourself in the latter group, never fear. We’ve got some solid ways to transform you into a gifting guru.

  • Plan Ahead. This tip almost more than any other will improve your gifting. After all, nothing influences a dummy gift choice like a time crunch. (We’re looking at you, people who buy random gifts at the gas station on the way to the party.) Most of us rely on smart phones these days, so let your phone give you some smart reminders about gifting. Set alerts that give you plenty of time to plan and make or buy a gift, and be sure to set the alert for a time in your week when it won’t be easily dismissed. (Mrs. Fields Tip: We designed our checkout for gifting pros and gifting dummies alike. You can buy your gift anytime, then select the exact date you want it delivered!)
  • Listen for Hints. As birthdays and anniversaries and other gifting occasions draw near, listen for hints and look for clues to give you gifting inspiration. Some people drop hints explicitly (“I could sure use a day at the spa!”) but most of the time it’s a matter of paying attention to the needs and wants of the people you care about. Sometimes the best gifts are ones that fill a need and sometimes they fill a want.
  • Put Yourself in Their Shoes. Think about your giftee and his or her life. Gifting dummies make the mistake of giving gifts that they themselves want, or gifts they want their giftee to want. You’ve got to get out of your own head and into somebody else’s shoes to be a better gift giver.
  • Pick up Gifts Along the Way. Gifting geniuses have a stash of ready-to-go gifts they’ve found throughout the year that they know will be just perfect for someone when the time comes. Keep your eyes peeled for those perfect somethings, buy them, and keep them in a safe place. Your future self will thank you.
  • Homemade is a Homerun. A handmade, homemade gift is always a hit because it shows time and dedication. Think about your skill set and what you might be able to create. (Mrs. Fields Tip: How about making a decadent dessert? We have lots of recipes and how to’s.)
  • Focus on Simple Pleasures. Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Avoid gifts like clothing (that might not fit), books (they might not read), and items that the person might feel obligated to display around their house. Focus on simple pleasures, like food, drink, entertainment and relaxation, and you’re almost sure to give something appreciated. (Mrs. Fields Tip: There’s no more simple pleasure than freshly baked cookies and brownies delivered right to the door!)

Want to give your gifting skills a try? Don’t forget that Employee Appreciation Day is coming up on March 6th and right now, there’s a big sale going on at Mrs. Fields.com. (Use code: MADNESS at checkout.)

15 Brilliant Baking Hacks

Mrs. Fields Secrets Baking Hacks

Want to feel like a baking ninja? We’ve got fifteen genius hacks to give you some mad skills.

  1. Drop a piece of eggshell into the mixing bowl? Wet your finger and hold it just above, and the shell will practically  jump onto your finger.
  2. No time to make frosting to decorate a cake? Spread a piece of lace across the top and sprinkle a liberal amount of powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top. Remove the lace and you’ve got a gorgeous, lacy design!
  3. Want to speed up your rising time for doughs? Set your covered bowl on top of an electric heating pad or blanket, set on medium-low.
  4. Whip up a batch of whipped cream by shaking it in a mason jar with a lid. A vigorous shake for about three minutes does the trick!
  5. Most baking recipes call for room-temperature eggs. If you forgot to take the eggs out hours in advance, simply place them in a bowl of warm tap water for about 10 minutes.
  6. Ran out of brown sugar? Make your own by mixing granulated sugar with molasses.
  7. Tired of splatters from your hand mixer? Use a paper plate as a barrier. Simply poke the beaters through the plate and insert them into the mixer to create an effective, disposable shield.
  8. Keep your favorite go-to recipes handy by printing them out and posting them inside a kitchen cupboard door for easy reference.
  9. Before popping cakes into the oven, hold the pan a few inches over the counter top and drop the pan. This will pop any air bubbles for a more dense, moist cake.
  10. Use dental floss to cut smooth, even layers of cake. Wrap a long strand around, cross in the front and pull slowly for a clean cut every time.
  11. Substitute Jell-O for food coloring in frostings. You get color, flavor and structure from the gelatin!
  12. Keep a couple of marshmallows in your brown sugar to keep it from going hard.
  13. Dip cookie cutters into flour before the dough for a no-stick, clean cut over and over.
  14. Get your cupcakes uniform size by using a cookie dough scoop sprayed with nonstick spray.
  15. Create your own colored sprinkles with sugar and food coloring (and this easy tutorial).

Valentine’s Day Preview

Love is in the air and it smells like freshly baked Mrs. Fields goodies. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we’ve put together our favorite gift ideas from our Valentine’s Day collection. Whether you need to treat your kids, your BFF, your fiancé or your spouse of 30 years, we’ve got something for everyone. Check out a few of our favorites…

Valentine’s Day Frosted Cookie Tin

Buttery rich frosted cookies in heart shapes are a decadent treat for anybody on your list, and when they arrive in a heart-shaped Mrs. Fields tin, they’ll know you sent the very best.

Love Tote

Our felt Love Tote has adorable details and handfuls of our favorite Nibblers bite-sized cookies in an assortment of our most popular flavors.

Mad for Plaid Box

Looking for a more masculine gift? Our Mad for Plaid will please any fella, especially the delicious assortment of bite-sized cookies and brownies, and our signature frosted cookies.

Photo Heart Personalized Tin

Your favorite photo uploaded right onto our Personalized Tin makes your Valentine gift for your sweetheart more than just a decadent treat, it’s a keepsake.

Big Cookie Cake

How do you show love in a big way? With a Big Cookie Cake, of course! Our famous chocolate chip cookie is baked into a heart shape and decorated with decadent frosting expressing any personalized message (up to 20 characters).

Love Puppy

It’s more than just puppy love for our Love Puppy. This ultra soft plush toy arrives with paw-fuls of our gourmet best. What better way to treat your crush?

Love Letter Box

Cookies are our love letter to the world, and our Love Letter Box is a perfect way for you to express your love to someone special. (Plus, the decorative box can collect real love letters too.)

Shop our entire Valentine’s Day collection online and this weekend only, save 20% site wide with code SITEWIDE20 at checkout. And did you know? You can shop now and have your gift delivered right on Valentine’s Day! Just select your preferred delivery date in checkout.

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

Mrs. Fields Secrets Brownie Lover 1 Mrs. Fields Brownie Lovers 2

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

Mrs. Fields Cyber Monday

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

Mrs. Fields Secrets Fall 2014

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!

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