You know what I've been wanting for years? Since my childhood days of plastic pink Barbie lunch boxes in the cafeteria? A classic, sturdy, take-anywhere, fill-with-anything thermos. Grown-up style! For that rainy hike on the mountain when you can stop, take off your mittens (not in California but this is my dream), wrap your hands around some hot cider or tea and inhale that soothing warmth. Or that freezing wintry day when, instead of leaving the office to find an over-priced sandwich two miles away, you can skip the trenchcoat and puddles, and twist off the top to some spicy butternut squash soup right at your desk. Without even a microwave or bowl.
Last year, my sister gave our dad and brothers thermoses for Christmas—a brilliant and affordable gift idea. They last for years too! But instead of waiting til December, I'm scoping one out now in time for fall. And my requirements aren't many: able to contain both food (soup) and beverages, well-insulated, good-sized and convenient. Cheap and semi-cute would be nice too but I'm looking for the 2-in-1 capability more than anything. I realize that some of these picks don't cover all my wants but they're the closest I could find. And that's where you come in...any other suggestions? A tried-and-true thermos you live by? Or am I the only person who thinks about this stuff? The perfect thermos...
1. Thermos E5 20-oz. Travel Mug, Target, $21.99
2. Zojirushi Tuff Sports Vacuum Bottle, REI, $44.95
3. Sigg Thermal - Jungle Out There, Sigg, $34.99
4. Stanley Classic Vacuum Bottle, Amazon, $29.95
5. Thermos Large Capacity Food Bottle, Thermos, $26.99
6. Stanley 24-oz. Classic Vacuum Food Jar, Stanley, $29