Black Friday ate Thanksgiving. And I hope it tastes terrible.
By JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
The Kansas City Star
Listen, I love gifting. So I didnt mind when Thanksgiving and Black Friday co-existed, one following the other. It was a shopping after-party to family day.
But I drop my purse on the floor when it comes to family dinners, the big feasty kind, where we all sit together and talk and give thanks. Those arent as common as they once were. We cant allow the growing number of Thanksgiving Day door-buster distractions to keep us from family.
So Im going to ask you, my friends, not to let deeply discounted gifts drive you crazy. Take this day back from big businesses. Watch football, eat until you need to unbutton your pants. Take a nap and struggle through awkward conversation with your loved ones. We all have traditions. Whatever yours are, do that today. Dont let the retail frenzy clear your plates.
But as I said, I love gifting. Every Thursday through Christmas, you can find me here and online (@jeneeinkc) with tips and gift guides of the non-Black Friday variety.
Today: The gift of good food and drinks. Never underestimate the power of taste. And you dont have to shop on Thanksgiving to score gift cards that come with a bonus.
Stone Canyon Pizza: Eat at Zona Rosa or Parkville, but whatever your pizza pleasure, just try the honey wheat crust. Its delicious. Right now, if you buy $30 worth of gift certificates, you get an extra $10 gift certificate. Pizza for the baby-sitter and a neighbor, too. StoneCanyonPizza.com
Bread & Butter Concepts: Every restaurant in this group (Taco Republic, Gram & Dun, BRGR and Urban Table) is good, but Santa might like BRGRs Roadhouse burger. Its busting with bacon and jolly. Buy $50 or more in Bread & Butter Concepts gift cards and get 20 percent back in Bread & Butter Bucks. And with restaurants on both sides of the state line, there are plenty of options. BreadNButterConcepts.com
Bristol Seafood Grill: Sweet mother of lobster macaroni and cheese this is a gift your parents deserve, a night of fine dining. Be it in Leawood or the Power & Light District, Bristol dishes up the delicious. A $100 gift card gets you a $20 gift certificate. Thats dinner for them and a happy hour for the best friend. BristolSeafoodGrill.com
Caribou Coffee: Fa La Latte, anyone? Shake off the Grinchs chill with a hot cup of holiday comfort. For every purchase of $25 or more in eGift cards, you get a $5 eGift. Your co-workers will love you. CaribouCoffee.com
Pierponts at Union Station: Its romantic and sophisticated, and the lounge menu offers fine dining on a recessionistas budget. $100 in gift cards gets you a $20 gift card. Take your Christmas crush on a dinner date, and give the gift card to your roomie. Note: You can also use these gift cards at Hereford House locations. Did you say steak? 360KC.com
Louies Wine Dive: Tis the season for wine by the carafe, right? Eat, drink and be merry at this Waldo gem. The gift card special: $50 earns you $5; $100 gets you $15. LouiesWineDive.com
Drunken Fish: Sushi may not sound season-friendly, but throw back a sake and youll sing a different tune. Drunken Fish, with locations in Leawood and the Power & Light District, is the perfect place for holiday happy hours and white elephant parties. And their gift card deal is stacked: A $100 gift card earns you a $20 gift, $75 gets you $15, $50 gets you $10 and $25 gets you $5. DrunkenFish.com
The Extras: I know I said it was all about food, but since were talking gift cards that come with a gift, I have stocking stuffers for you. Half Price Books is giving a $5 bonus with each $25 gift card purchased, so go score a copy of The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket. HalfPriceBooksOnline.com. And for the dog lovers, Brookside Barkery & Bath has two deals. Every $50 gift card comes with a $5 gift, and the $100 gift card earns you $10. BarkeryBath.com