Now that the holidays are over, what was the best gift you received? What was the best gift you gave?
Among the best gifts I got were three gorgeous new cookbooks: Ina Garten’s latest, which is annoyingly titled Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? (My question: how hard was it to come up with a better title, Ina?); the tome-like Essential New York Times Cookbook, edited by Amanda Hesser, who I think of as the Food 52 lady; and, my favorite, Around My French Table by the warm and charming Dorie Greenspan. (True story: Dorie Greenspan once responded to me on Twitter. For realz!) I took Around My French Table to bed the other night, armed with a stack of little sticky notes, and I must have marked twenty recipes I want to try — and that was only in the first half.
But what I want to tell you about is the best gift I gave this holiday season. It’s a brilliant product and I’m surprised that more people haven’t heard about it. If you know me in real life, or if you follow me on Twitter, you know that I am one of those people who is constantly — and I mean, constantly — tapping away on her iPhone. (I occasionally look up and interact with a human, but not all that much.) I email; I text; I check Facebook and I Tweet all the livelong day. Sometimes I do these things outside, such as while waiting to pick my children up from school. And, in case you didn’t know, it gets cold here West of the Loop. I mean, really cold. So imagine how happy I was to discover Echo Touch Gloves. These chic wool gloves, which come in several styles and a rainbow of colors, have small electrostatic patches on the index finger and thumb which enable you to use touch screens with the gloves on. Take that, fingerless gloves! I loved my camel-colored pair so much that I went back to the store where I bought them and bought a pair of the black zipper style for my mom.
The Echo Touch Gloves come in women’s sizes, men’s sizes and even kids’ sizes, which strikes me as a bit much. How much Fruit Ninja does your kid need to play while standing outside anyway? Most styles cost around $30, but the long cashmere pair will set you back $78. The key to using these gloves is, you have to make sure that your pair fits snugly. If the gloves are too big, they won’t work. Thus, even though these gloves are available online, I recommend trying them on first. For my local readers, I found my pair at deedee & edee in Forest Park.
I gather from this New York Times article that there are numerous options in touch screen-friendly gloves, but I think the Echo Touch gloves are the cutest and they are among the more reasonably priced. Plus, only the Echo Touch gloves have ruffles.
So, if you love your smart phone and you don’t like cold hands, consider this post as my holiday gift to you.
This post was not sponsored in any way. I should be so lucky. No, I just really like these gloves.
Photo credit for the gloves: www.echodesign.com