Introducing SMEG Retro Refrigerators

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A recent addition to our line of kitchen appliances is SMEG, an Italian manufacturer that has been in the household appliance business since 1948. The brand is best known for their line of retro style refrigerators which we currently have available in ten eye popping colors (pictured are:  pastel blue, red, and pink).  Here at Living Direct, we are always looking for products that offer the maximum functionality for smaller spaces. SMEG retro refrigerators fit the ticket offering adjustable shelving, a wire bottle rack, a smaller energy footprint than regular sized refrigerators, and a clean minimalist design that works great in smaller apartments or homes.  Truly a statement piece, SMEG refrigerators are sure to liven up your kitchen by adding some retro pizazz with a burst of color.

Introducing: Verona Ranges

Verona Range

We recently added a new line of professional kitchen appliances called Verona.  Verona has been manufacturing gas and electric ranges, cooktops and built-in ovens since 1958.  These professional appliances are designed and manufactured in Italy and only recently became available in North America.  Verona prides themselves on style, affordability and quality and their instant presence in the designer appliance marketplace proves their commitment to those values.  Check out these stunning, European-designed appliances and start re-imagining that dream kitchen of yours.

Grilling Season is Here!

As grilling season kicks off, we have very exciting news to share: We have added the entire line of Napoleon grills to our site! If you’re in the market for a new grill and are unaware of the Napoleon brand, I highly suggest checking them out. Napoleon is a family-owned company that has been in business for over 35 years. Their innovative technology leads the way in performance and design. With a large assortment that covers all styles and price ranges, you’re sure to find the perfect grill to complement your patio. Napoleon also offers a large range of grilling accessories, which are great for gifts or expanding your own grilling tool collection. Here is a small sample of what Napoleon grills has to offer:

Napoleon Prestige Grill w/ Rear & Side Infrared Burners     Napoleon Prestige Grill     Napoleon Ultra Chef Grill w/ Infrared Rear & Side Burner

Napoleon Freestyle Infrared Portable Grill     Napoleon Mirage Built In Grill w/ Infrared Rear Burner     Napoleon Ultra Chef Grill w/ Infrared Rear & Side Burner

 

Which one would you like to cook out on?

Simple Tips for a Great Appliance

In this installment, I will be covering some basic tips to help appliance owners maintain their products for a long and trouble-free lifespan. These are simple tips that anyone, including you, can do!

Lets get started…

Unpacking

So, you just took delivery of your new appliance from Living Direct…and you’re so excited! It’s new, shiny, and just what you wanted! There you are, the product is unpacked, and ready to install, so…

STOP!!!

Folks, let’s grab a cup of coffee and sit back with that new owner’s manual. I know, it’s easy to say that you don’t need to, the product is so easy to use, so why do I need to waste time reading the manual?

Because it will help familiarize you with all of the controls, installation, maintenance, and perhaps just as important, it gives you the chance to read through the warranty, so if, in the unlikely event that you have a problem with the unit, you know who to call, what information to have ready when you call, and it gives you an understanding of what to expect when you speak with the service agent.

We really do value you as a customer and we want a good rapport with you.

Installation

Make sure that you follow all of the installation instructions provided with the unit. That is a vital step. Just like building a home, the foundation is the most important part. A good installation sets the stage for a long product life and a happy customer. If you have the right skills to install the product, go for it! If not, you’ll want to contact a qualified appliance tech to help you do it right.

Product Usage

Make sure you are familiar with the product controls, menu functions, and understand just exactly what the unit is designed to do. Again, the manual will come in handy. If you have further questions, contact us. We’ll have a friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful agent waiting for you!

Maintenance

Each and every unit, no matter how often it is used, will eventually need some sort of maintenance. It’s a fact. Air conditioners need regular filter cleaning, have the water accumulation drained from it’s storage tank, and set up correctly for maximum performance. Dishwashers need a good supply of hot water, good quality detergent, and the right voltage to do the job right. Wine coolers need regular cleaning to remove dust and debris from internal parts, and good airflow to keep that wine cool. Power surge protection is highly recommended!

Conclusion

So, as you can see, there are things that you can do to make your purchase a wise investment. I wanted to give you an overview first, and in my next blog post, we’ll start to focus on individual products, and we will get down to the nuts-and-bolts of each. I have lots of tips to help you “keep ‘er humming” day after day for years to come!

Dave’s Tip of the Week: “Safety First! Unplug that unit before doing any maintenance!”

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Gift Baskets: Perfect Holiday Gifts

I am very pleased to say that LivingDirect.com now offers a whole slew of gourmet gift baskets featuring all sorts of themes. Gift baskets make great gifts for the holidays because it’s easy to find the perfect one for anyone on your list, they combine an assortment of items that the receiver is sure to enjoy and actually use, and they arrive already all wrapped up. Holiday shopping doesn’t get much better, or easier, than that!

To celebrate the launch of our new gift baskets (and show you that they really do come in all shapes, sizes and themes), I’ve compiled the following list of my favorite/the most unique gift baskets that we offer. (I’d also like to add that one of the best elements of any gift basket is the very unique name assigned to it, so I hope you enjoy these choices as much I enjoyed picking them.)

7 Unique Gourmet Gift Baskets

Frosty's Winter Wonder Care Package1. Frosty’s Winter Wonder Care Package

There really isn’t a better name for the image of this wintery-themed gift basket. The care package itself is decorated with plenty of snowflakes and snowmen, and even comes with a miniature Frosty stuffed toy.

I imagine this gift basket would be greatly appreciated by any college student in the midst of studying for their exams – however, that might be said for almost any of these – or by someone who loves winter wonderlands. This Frosty Care Package also includes, but is not limited to, cookies, jelly beans and two different types of hot chocolate.

 

Junk Food Junkie Gift Box2. Junk Food Junkie Gift Box

Honestly, the face on the box scares me a little, but it’s probably the exact same face I would make if I received this gift basket in the mail. There’s something about a box full of candy that turns adults into giddy little kids.

I’m not sure there’s anyone that wouldn’t enjoy this gift box. It comes with a large variety of different sweets and snacks, including M&Ms, Skittles, Reese’s, Chex Mix, Frito’s chips, cookies and even popcorn! They definitely aren’t kidding when they say junk food, but the holidays are the best time to indulge yourself a little.

 

And the Race is On NASCAR Lovers Gift Chest3. And the Race is On NASCAR Lovers Gift Chest

Now that is a mouthful of a name for a gift basket, but it certainly captures the theme well. I’m not quite sure what some of the items in this gift chest have to do with NASCAR, but I doubt any NASCAR lover would complain about receiving them.

This gourmet gift basket includes NASCAR-themed pistachios (please, someone buy this and let me know how that works), a cooler cup, racing-themed candies, cheese and crackers, a snack mix, NASCAR note cards with envelopes, a NASCAR hat and a book on stock car racing. The best part of the package though might be that it’s not actually a gift basket, but a 10 pack cooler that all of these great items arrive in.

 

Mickey's Fun House Gift Bag4. Mickey’s Fun House Gift Bag

This gift basket just proves my point that you can find a gift basket for anyone on your list, including even little kids. Though I do suppose this Mickey Mouse gift bag would make a great gift for a Disney-loving adult too.

Mickey’s Fun House Gift Bag is great for keeping kids entertained on days when they are stuck in doors because of bad weather or they’re sick. It comes with a Mickey coloring book and crayons, a Mickey puzzle, a Mickey paint set with 2 canvas boards, bubbles, candy, cookies and play-dough. This bag would make a great holiday gift or a wonderful get well soon package.

 

A Sincere Thank You Gift Box5. A Sincere Thank You Gift Box

If you wish to express gratitude to someone in your life, then this gift box is the best way to do so. Just make sure that your thankfulness is genuine, because, as the name says, this gift basket is for sincere thank yous only.

A Sincere Thank You gift basket includes chocolate-covered pretzels, truffles, chocolate peanuts, coffee, snack mix, mixed nuts, more pretzels (also, possibly chocolate-covered), caramel corn and flatbread crisps – All the ways someone knows that you really are thankful for their help.

 

6Bullseye Treats Dart Board. Bullseye Treats Dart Board

This might be the most interestingly packaged “gift basket” on the list, possibly our site. In fact, I had to double check with my coworkers that this was even on the right page! At first glance it looks like an actual dart board.

The Bullseye Treats Dart Board would make a great gift for a guy that can’t get enough of the bar. It comes with 6 assorted cheeses for pairing with beer, which might not be as impressive as some of these other gift baskets, but the dart board can actually be used for games! A package of 6 darts is included.

 

Picnic for Two Hamper7. Picnic for Two Hamper

The Picnic for Two Hamper is a brilliant gift idea for any couples (newlyweds maybe?) or people who love the outdoors on your list. It not only comes with delicious food already packed, but it also includes two place settings ready to go!

The food items in this picnic gift basket include fruit slices, cheese, cookies, sausage, salami, chips and salsa, crackers, snack mix (seems to be a gift basket staple), mustard, caramels and pretzels. The only thing not included is the blanket.

 

 

There are definitely more interesting gift baskets on our site that you should check out. Leave a comment and let me know which one is your favorite! And while you’re at it, take a look at our Holiday Gift Center for other great gift ideas.