When I’m shopping for holiday gifts I usually go for items that are useful in daily life. A gift that lasts throughout the year will always be appreciated and well used!

Plates are always one of my favorite things to give because they work as holiday gifts for men or as gifts for women and can transform an everyday meal into something special.

grapefruit breakfast

One of my favorite plate sets is the Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo from UncommonGoods. Don’t be fooled, it’s much more useful than it’s name – it can be a foundation for all your meals throughout the day!

For breakfast I use the plate for a Blueberries and Cream muffin with Broiled Grapefruit on the side, the yin and yang of fruit eating! A little healthy, a little decadent, that’s the kind of balance I like.

My lunch is usually vegetarian. Mac n cheese can be filling so I definitely like to add a side of fruits and veggies. Lunch is sort of a grab and go, if I’m working I like things that are easy to eat while I work and be able to work while I eat. It’s not pretty, but it’s how I get things done.

Dinner is my biggest meal of the day and I like to make it all about comfort. Bacon Corn Chowder is good all by itself but if I’m wanting something extra hearty I’ll pair it with a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich.

uncommon goods soup and sandwich plate

I love these plates because they’re subtlety pretty and so versatile. UncommonGoods.com offers lots of unique designs and handcrafted gifts just like this, that you won’t find in your average store. Not only that, the company is a big supporter of artists and designers and 1/3 of their collections incorporates recycled or upcycled materials.

Just in time for the holiday rush, UncommonGoods has a gift for you: a $50 gift certificate to find something as unique and wonderful as these plates from their website! Use the gc to buy Christmas gifts or buy a gift for yourself. I won’t tell! There are lot of ways to enter:

1. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite meal of the day.
2. Follow me on twitter @justjenn
3. Tweet about the giveaway!
4. Like justJENN recipes on Facebook
5. Like UncommonGoods on facebook
6. Sign up for UncommonGoods email list

Each is one entry, so you have a good chance at winning! The contest closes on December 9, 2013 at 12AM. Good luck!

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*full disclosure: UncommonGoods gifted me a Soup and Sandwich Ceramic Tray Duo. The opinions and ideas expressed are my own. UncommonGoods is providing this $50 gc for one reader who will be selected at random and contacted by email. Giveaway ends December 9, 2013 at 12am PST. Please note this giveaway is only open to residents of the U.S.