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A small collection of listing and news in the market all about Read It & Eat. Check back frequently to see what's new with Bookmarks & Breadsticks and all of our progress with the Read It & Eat boxes.

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BOOKS GIFT GUIDE 2022

January 23, 2022

I was such a bookworm growing up. I devoured books at such a rapid pace I can almost not even believe it now. Books are one of my favorite things to receive as gifts. Getting lost in a good book is something I used to take for granted. Now that I am an adult and my time is consumed by so many different things, I really appreciate the time when I can sit down and relax with a good book. It’s the quickest way for me to shut my brain off and get lost in the story on the pages. If you have a reader on your shopping list, this guide will surely help you out!

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I’m so excited to announce that I was selected as an IFundWomen Pay-It-Forward recipient! Each month I Fund Women and its partners reward high-momentum entrepreneurs fundraising on IFundWomen with bonus capital to help them reach their crowdfunding goals. I am now so much closer to hitting my goal thanks to IFundWomen and Nine West.

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Food for thought 🍲🤔

 

In her dual roles as senior associate brand manager for Halo Top Creamery and a small-business owner, Kimberly Behzadi, MBA ’16, has combined all the skills she gained in the School of Management and her first few post-MBA positions. 

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! We have teamed up with some wonderful sponsors to bring you some gift ideas! Some of these gift ideas are traditional and romantic while others are unique and sure to make any gift recipient happy! A big thank you to all our sponsors and I hope everyone has a happy and healthy February!

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Picking out the perfect food gift is no easy task. Picky eaters, vegetarians, and cookie connoisseurs, to name a few, can be tough when it comes to wowing their discerning palates. Thankfully, from exquisite extra virgin olive oil to otherworldly cookies (yes, they’ll pass that cookie connoisseur’s sniff test), we’ve searched the internet high and low to find the best gifts around. Let the choruses of bon appétit and happy holidays begin.

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Is there a food and wine enthusiast on your Christmas gift list? Posh Beauty Blog has discovered some items that foodies will love. This holiday gift guide is especially for those who enjoy crafting and eating culinary delights, spirits and wine.

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2021 is the year for holidays markets and events in Buffalo. It seems as if holiday fever is spreading far and wide, and everyone is jumping onboard with the cheerful (and very local oriented) gift-giving movement.

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Welcome to our 13th Annual Holiday Gift Guide! For well over a decade, it’s been a tradition to share our top gift picks for each holiday season. Can you believe it’s been that long? I can’t! A lot has changed since this blog started, but what hasn’t changed is spreading the holiday love to the people in our lives. So here’s a little inspiration to kick off the holiday shopping season right!

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When you choose a gift, we know you like to go the extra yard to find something that suits the recipient that feels special, bespoke, or unique. 

A lot of thought goes into the perfect gift. You want it to be special, bespoke, and to suit the recipient's taste and personality. 

This time of year especially, when you're going out of your way to find the best holiday gift, is the perfect chance to purchase from small businesses, independent makers, creatives, innovators, and small shops. Shopping small helps individuals, communities, and supports one's craft or entrepreneurial dreams.  

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We’re delighted to share with you 5 finalists for the $10,000 October Amber Grant. The recipient will become the eleventh qualifier for our 2021 year-end Amber Grant ($25,000).

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The holiday season is officially here! And what better time than now to support small, female-owned businesses? Here at Lioness, we decided to do our part in helping women entrepreneurs succeed this holiday season. We asked business owners if they had any products that might make the perfect gift for a friend or loved one. Want to buy a gift and support female-owned businesses? Here’s what they suggested.

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Happy shopping and happy holidays!! The guide will be updated daily, as more items start to arrive. Make sure to come back daily for more gift ideas.

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If you are confusedly shopping for a book lover, you have come to the right place. I’m both a book lover and self-proclaimed shopper extraordinaire. I was very discerning in selecting for this guide only the absolute best gift ideas for book lovers, bookworms and bookish people. No kitschy trinkets here!

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Calling all self-proclaimed bookworms and gourmet-loving foodies: Read It and Eat is the foodie bookish subscription box of your dreams. 

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Bookmarks & Breadsticks is a themed foodie and bookish subscription box that ships quarterly. It’s ideal for people interested in food writing, as each themed box includes a food writing book along with a curated food item from a small, family-owned, or BIPOC business. They also promise to support a non-profit with each box! The box is $49.99 every quarter, plus shipping.

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Moms are the best. They always know just what to say when we’re feeling down, and they’re always there for a hug. They work so hard all year round taking care of everyone else, and Mother’s Day is the one day of the year where they get to be spoiled rotten! If you’re stuck on what to buy your mom for Mother’s Day, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to find the perfect gift for your mom. 

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Community Takes the Stage — In celebration of our birthday every year, we invite Buffalo’s creative community to pitch stimulating and thought-provoking “shorts” of their take on March’s global CreativeMornings theme. This year, that theme is ‘Folklore’ and three creatives will share their interpretation of it as related to creativity.

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If you have a book lover then Blind Date With A Book is an awesome gift.  They get a treat and a book delivered right to their door.  I love this idea for any book lover.  You get time out to relax with gourmet food and words to feed your brain, without the awkward small talk with a stranger. Who needs dating apps when you have great literature and snacks? Give your Gal a Blind Date with a Book!

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If you love reading as much as you love eating, this is a local company you need to know about. 

Bookmarks & Breadsticks created a subscription box for foodies and book lovers called Read It and Eat™. 

Read It and Eat™ boxes are sent quarterly, and always include a gently used book, a delicious treat that supports a small business, and a $5 donation to fight hunger in partnership with a local non-profit. Their ultimate goal is to ‘Do Good by Fighting Hunger’.

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Picking out the perfect food gift is no easy task. Picky eaters, vegetarians, and cookie connoisseurs, to name a few, can be tough when it comes to wowing their discerning palates. Thankfully, from exquisite extra virgin olive oil to otherworldly cookies (yes, they’ll pass that cookie connoisseur’s sniff test), we’ve searched the internet high and low to find the best gifts around. Let the choruses of bon appétit and happy holidays begin.

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Bookmarks & Breadsticks, a local Buffalo business, has launched a crowdfunding campaign (on the IFundWomen platform) to support its Read It & Eat book club – a book club focused on food that involves not only books but guest speakers in the community. Once the book club is up and running, it will be a place for chefs, farmers, and other foodies to rally around. There will also be a subscription box component.

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Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming to try and find something for the women you care about. Not because you don’t know what to get them, but there are so many options. And not everyone will tell you want they want. I never have something that I would like for someone to get me. It isn’t that I don’t want the present, it is I simply do not know WHAT I want. These are great ideas for those women who deserve something great but you just are not sure what that is.

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Would you ever go on a blind date? What if the date promised you not a potentially awkward evening with a friend of a friend, but instead a book from your favorite genre? Just think: a cozy evening, with a surprise book just for you, and potentially a few bookish goodies, snacks, or a cup of hot chocolate to make for the perfect date. What a wonderful gift for yourself or your bookish friend to unwrap this holiday season.

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Sometimes, it can feel overwhelming to try and find something for the women you care about. Not because you don’t know what to get them, but there are so many options. And not everyone will tell you want they want. I never have something that I would like for someone to get me. It isn’t that I don’t want the present, it is I simply do not know WHAT I want. These are great ideas for those women who deserve something great but you just are not sure what that is.

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Step Out Buffalo’s Official 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is here, WNY! If you got a good handle on your gift giving strategy thanks to Parts 1 and 2 of our gift guide, cheers to you. If not, now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s seriously time to get down to business.

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This year’s Fall Makers + Shakers: Boozy Artisan Market, brought to us by Step Out Buffalo, will take place at one of the most sensational new venues in WNY – The Powerhouse.

There are over 100 small businesses participating, including me!

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Welcome to our Christmas Gift Guide 2021: Gifts for Foodies: Bookmarks & Breadsticks sent me one of there boxes that includes a book and a Snack. Making this the perfect Gift for women as well as the Cooks in our Lives. Or people who love supporting small based business.

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Are you looking for holiday gifts for the family? If so, let me help give you some ideas to consider adding to your shopping list. Order online and ship to your home, or directly ship to your loved ones!

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Part 2 of the 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is here, WNY! If you got a good handle on your gift giving strategy thanks to Part 1 of our gift guide, cheers to you. If not, now that Halloween is over, it’s time to start thinking a bit more seriously about that looming list.

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It’s hard to believe the holidays are approaching so quickly. Last year was definitely a different holiday for many of us. I’m hoping that we all have a great holiday this year. If you’re ready to start your holiday shopping, now is the time. I have already heard that things are flying off the shelves this year. It sounds like many won’t stay around long enough for the holidays, so now is the time to start your shopping. I’ve even put together some lists of great gifts for the holidays. They are all separated in categories below. Happy shopping and happy holidays!! The guide will be updated daily, as more items start to arrive. Make sure to come back daily for more gift ideas.

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Already thinking ahead to the holidays? We like your style.

 

If you ask us, the best and easiest way to up your gift giving game for the holidays is to turn to local shops and businesses for gift ideas. Not only can you find unique items and gift sets you can’t find anywhere else, but buying local usually comes with a good story. Plus, nothing warms you up like the feeling of knowing you’re supporting a neighbor’s business and keeping your dollars right here in the Western New York community."

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This local business pairs two of our favorite things – books and food. The concept behind this bookish foodie subscription box–Read It and Eat, is to create a sensory experience while supporting a good cause. 

Each box in this quarterly subscription has its own theme and comes with a gently-used book, food and other bookish goodies from a small/local/BIPOC business, and a donation matching program.