Each month, Rachael pens a personal letter to the readers of her magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray. Here’s what Rach has on her mind this holiday season, and don’t forget to get your copy of the issue, out on newsstands now!
My favorite thing about this time of year is picking out the perfect presents—ones that are just right for the people on my list. (I once worked as a professional food buyer, betting millions of dollars of my company’s money on my knowing what people want.) When I think of the expressions on the faces of my mom, niece or close friends after they’ve opened a gift that surprised them or connected us—these are among the most valued moments of my life. So this year, I invited friends to help me do the giving; together, we’ve come up with a supercool gift guide that offers something for everyone.
I firmly believe that the biggest gift you can receive is to give. My own holiday list has grown to more than two dozen pages full of names I wish to remember during the holidays. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that gifts are not about the money. Some of the best presents—the ones that make the holidays fuller, richer and brighter—cost next to nothing. Cook an extra meal for a friend; watch a dog or a child so a pal can have a date night; help a busy buddy wrap gifts or put the toys together for Christmas morning; write not just a holiday card but a note of true gratitude to someone who has improved your life in the past year.
Of course, this is the time of year to eat, drink, gather and be merry. Thanks to all my friends and extended family for sharing their feasts with us on: Katie Lee, Evette Ríos, Michael Lomonaco, Alex Guarnaschelli and our editor-in-chief, Lauren Purcell.
If “super-quick” is your buzzword this time of year, check out our adorable “19 Fast Holiday Ideas.” Actually, with all our easy ways to decorate these sweet treats, the options are endless!
Happy, healthy holidays to all, and I wish you health, love, laughter and the joy of meaningful work in the year to come.