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Top Five Gifts for Grads and Dads 2012

LISA LEBOW DESIGNS
Grad Gifts 2012Lisa Lebow Designs offers gorgeous handmade jewelry from elegant to urban glam, fitting enough for any grad.  Lisa Deane, owner and designer, named her line Lisa Lebow Designs after her mom’s maiden name as a tribute to the lineage of Lebow women in the fashion industry.  Known for her trunk shows from SF and LA to Vegas, Lisa’s designs cover a wide spectrum translate trends into practical, everyday style that will suit fashionistas day or night, work or play.  Her collection features seasonal lines in addition to unique one-of-a-kind creations.  For the grad who loves a perfect pop of Grad Gifts 2012color that is modern and chic, the Jet Set Necklace is sure to please.  Made of multi-faceted green hued agate paired with twists of gold vermeil chain dangling, this pretty little number is perfect for the office and going out, $142. Lisa shares, “accessories should have no rules or boundaries.” I design for the woman who, like me, might wear pearls to work during the day and go all Rock and Roll glam on the weekends; a woman who likes to convey style with her jewel adornments, but doesn’t want to necessarily conform to one ‘look’ everyday.”  If your little graduate is more of a freebird with a casual yet urban soul, the Set Me Free Necklace is simple, fun and the perfect ‘go to’ necklace for everyday wear.  A Lisa Lebow fan favorite, this gold vermeil wing dangles from a long gold ball chain to stand on its own or layer away, $94.  Whatever your mood may be, Lisa Lebow Designs will fit your every look. lisalebowdesigns.com

 

JESSICA RICCI JEWELRY
Grad Gifts 2012Jessica Ricci Jewelry launched in 2005 with its simple, symbolic and slightly bohemian collection of raw, lace-inspired, and spiritual jewelry.  Having traveled the world, Jessica the pieces in her collection change and evolve with her travels to various countries and experiences with cultures.  We adore her Raw Jewelry collection, which out of her interest in healing stones and fond memories of her grandmother’s large and fabulous baubles.  Any graduate would be proud to wear the Ruby Stud Earrings as a statement of their accomplishment and reminder of the bright future to come.  Rubies, adored throughout antiquity and thought to be a good luck stone for love and to help with relationships, are forever timeless. The Ruby has been worn to help the wearer achieve goals, feel self confident and remain optimistic during tough times.  The stones are 14 mm featuring gold posts.  Grad Gifts 2012The settings are simple but just enough to showcase the beauty of the stone.  In addition to the Raw collection, just as stunning are her other pieces featuring deities, lace inspired jewelry, classic Latin “graffiti” and unique keys from around the world.  Jessica adds, “Nothing makes me happier when people connect with my jewelry. Traditionally Jewelry has always had a sentimental and talismanic aspect and I try really hard to continue this tradition.”  To shop her worldly jewelry collection, visit jessicariccijewelry.com 

 

DORR LOBSTER COMPANY
Grad Gifts 2012Dorr Lobster Company has been a seafood industry leader in providing quality seafood, including, fresh lobsters, clams, and mussels to crab, steaks, prepared chowders and more at affordable wholesale prices.  Keeping it in the family, Dorr Lobster is a multi-generation family owned and operated business that strives for excellent quality seafood as well as customer service.  Owner, Chad Dorr says, “Our philosophy is to have gourmet quality at affordable prices.  We are proud of being one of Maine’s best seafood providers to consumers.  Our lobsters are handled with the greatest care and we guarantee that no one catches a better product.”  Who can resist a delicious Maine Lobster Bake, that can be done all in the comfort of your own home?  Dads and grads alike will feel like royalty with a feast of fresh seafood shipped straight to their door.  Grad Gifts 2012Everything included for a true Maine Lobster Bake, this package for two comes with 2 large lobsters, 2 lbs of mussels, butter, cooking sea salt, cracking kits and a handy steamer can for make for easy cooking and disposal.  Simply add water to the steamer can, cook on a stove, grill or fire pit and enjoy!  Throw the shells in the steamer can and toss it when finished for easy clean up.  Could it get any easier?  If it is great quality seafood you are looking for - Dorr Lobster offers you a chance to have it.  Visit dorrlobster.com to order a Lobster Bake and many other delicious fresh and prepared items.

 

HOBOKEN FARMS BIG RED MARINARA  
Grad Gifts 2012If your guy love Italian food and pasta, make him smile from ear to ear with wholesome and homemade Big Red Marinara from Hoboken Farms.  Started by Brad Finkel in 1992, Hoboken Farms has been a much loved name in the local farmers’ market scene in New Jersey and New York.  With a following of gourmet aficionados, Hoboken Farms is most known for their fresh mozzarella and famous marinara sauce.  Our vote for the best jar of marinara sauce in the world beats out Rao’s any day as this was named top pick in a blind taste test in Wall Street Journal. “Big Red” as it is rightly named, is incredibly zesty and flavorful and made with no sugar added.  The perfect consistency comes from the small “micro batches” as each batch is made carefully to attain its high quality and taste.  The subtle sweetness in the sauce is Grad Gifts 2012achieved by cooking the onions until they are caramelized.  This Big Red Marinara truly has a fresh tomato flavor, with garden-fresh basil and garlic, as if you just picked the tomatoes from your own backyard.  All natural without any preservatives or sugar.  Hoboken Farms Mozzarella is handmade and wrapped every morning, resulting in silky and creamy cheese with just a touch of salt.  Their slogan is “eat love,” which pretty much sums it up.  Customers in the New Jersey and New York area can find the farmers market schedule on hobokenfarms.com to visit for themselves and pick up some handmade mozzarella, fresh baked Balthazar’s Bread, homemade ravioli and much more.  Big Red Marinara sauce is available nationwide exclusively at Whole Foods. 

 

GARLIC GOLD
Grad Gifts 2012Since Garlic Gold hit the shelves of markets in 2003, Founder and CEO, Rinaldo, and President, Brian Chossek, have been building a fan base of celebrities and famous foodies everywhere.  USDA certified organic, Garlic Gold is a miracle because its prepared garlic products are exactly what chefs would create in their own kitchens, and tastes amazing.  Unlike other garlic convenience products such as garlic in oil or minced garlic that fails to live up to its name, Garlic Gold offers convenience, quality and the real deal when it comes to garlic.  The unforgettable Garlic Gold is made of toasted crunchy organic garlic mixed with organic extra-virgin olive oil.  The crispy toasted bits of garlic pack delicious garlicky goodness with a satisfying crunch while the extra-virgin olive oil is quality you can taste.  Such a versatile condiment that can be drizzled on bread before toasting or grilling for easy and delicious garlic bread, or spooned atop pastas, vegetables, steaks, fish, and more.  Another one of their best selling items are the original Garlic Gold Nuggets.  Hand-made bits of toasted, sweet, mild and crunchy organic garlic that makes for a great sodium free alternative because it delivers more flavor to anything, including salads, pizza, pasta, potatoes, popcorn, and more.  Garlic Gold sources their certified organic garlic, oils, vinegar and seasonings from around the globe and creates all of their unique products by hand, taking great care to do so.  Garlic Gold is available at Whole Foods but can also be purchased online at garlicgold.com

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