Gift Guru Friday Recap!

October 15, 2012    |    By +
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We’re gonna use Monday to share how we ended up our Friday. After a long week, which included wrapping up the Giftees nominations and putting the finishing touches on the site re-design (….stay tuned!), we felt the need to let off a little steam. The situation called for….a Bloody Mary party!

The Gift Gurus game-planned and brought in their favorite Bloody Mary ingredients to put together a little Bloody Mary bar. Of course a wining Bloody Mary has a lot to do with personal tastes, but with a large assortment of great Bloody Marty building blocks, we came up with some “A+” cocktails. Here are the key ingredients we had on hand:

  • V-8
  • Reyka Vodka*
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Homemade Pickles & Pickle Juice
  • Sriacha sauce
  • Old Bay
  • Celery Salt
  • Lemons
  • Olives, Cocktails Onions, and Celery Stalks for garnish

While we didn’t exactly get carried away on Friday, we did have a lot of fun winding down a long week of gifting. So what’s next for the Gurus? It feels like we’re due for a Panini Party! We’ll be sure to report back on that out too.

* Speaking of blowing off a little steam, the name “reyka” is taken from the Icelandic word for “steam”

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Kathryn D.W.
Kathryn Drury Wagner is the senior manager of content at She was formerly the executive editor at Honolulu Magazine, and is the author of The Ultimate Guide to Shopping on Oahu. Her career has included staff positions at Country Living Gardener and Power & Motoryacht. Her latest book is "Hawaii's Strangest, Ickiest, Wildest Book Ever!"

Gwen P.
Gwen is the Editorial Curator at In addition to writing blogs, she creates gift guides, curates the site, and produces content for our social media channels. As a freelance writer, she created blogs on fashion, art, travel, health and lifestyle. A talented jewelry designer, she's also a yogi and a hospital volunteer with her therapy dog, Lilo, a Pomeranian.