I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you're shopping for gifts for the food lovers and home chefs in your life, my unsolicited advice is to shy away from the "gadgets" and unitaskers. Things that take up precious cabinet space and only get used a few times (if at all). Things like a cake pop maker, stovetop popcorn popper, garlic press (yeah, I said it. I hate them.), fruit slicers, sandwich presses, etc. They may seem really great in theory (and I admit, some of them do) but in actual practice you can make the same things using basic - and oftentimes, better quality - kitchen tools.
Instead, try one of these thoughtful gifts that's sure to get more use. And never forget that you can never go wrong with gifting a food lover actual food, especially something new and unique that they can try!
This wooden coffee scoop holds 7oz of ground coffee per scoop and doubles as a handy clip for your bag as well. I love wooden utensils of any kind, and I can't explain why. They just feel nicer in my hands.
I LOOOVE this pan! It is especially useful for those wanting to avoid certain nonstick coatings and prefer using materials that are more natural. I only have the 9" skillet currently, but I want the larger ones too! They come in lots of different sizes and some even include a glass lid. You'll never go back to Teflon again.
These things are quite marvelous in that they turn your home oven into your favorite brick oven pizzeria (well, almost). Place the stone in your oven as it preheats and then slide your pizzas onto it to bake. The crust will be crisp and flavorful as the stone has been engineered to absorb moisture out of the dough.
I have a little bit of a problem with nonstick spatulas. When we moved, I ended up getting rid of about 5 of them just because my collection had gotten out of hand. This little guy is so useful in that one side is thin and flexible while the other one is sturdy, making tasks like flipping omelets, crepes, or other thin food items a breeze.
Flavored balsamic vinegars are amazing and if you haven't tried them, I strongly encourage you to do so! Use them in salads, marinades, fruits and veggies, pasta, and even on ice cream (I'm serious... pear balsamic on vanilla ice cream will change your life). I promise that your foodie friends will love getting a variety pack of these high quality vinegars for the holidays.
If those on your gift list have more of a sweet tooth, these flavored syrups by Blackberry Patch are a winner. They come in all kinds of amazing flavors like apple butter, peach cobbler, and cinnamon maple, and are made in small batches using real ingredients (they'll need refrigeration after they are opened). The bottles are pretty, too!
Lolita glasses are completely ridiculous. Covered in shimmer paint, glitter, rhinestones, and colorful artwork, they toe the line between amazing and tacky. I love all of them. While these glasses need to be carefully hand washed, they are so much fun to use! There are tons of different designs, making it easy to choose one that perfectly suits your giftee.
Do you know someone who loved the Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe as a kid? I remember reading the book and then watching the movie in 4th grade. My teacher, Mrs. Huddleston, made homemade Turkish delight and brought it in for all of us to try while watching the film. It really is a delightful treat and one that anyone appreciative of unique flavors and textures would love to try.
With lots of folks staying put for the holidays this year, there's no better time for gift baskets - especially ones that can be shipped! This Farmhouse Breakfast Gift Set from Stonewall Kitchen contains a pancake and waffle mix, Maine maple syrup, blueberry jam, and a festive tea towel all boxed up in pretty packaging and ready for Christmas morning breakfast. Check out Stonewall Kitchen's main store page as well for other fun gift sets.
And let's not leave out the low-carbers! This variety pack of grass-fed/free-range beef and turkey jerky from Think Jerky is an ideal low carb treat with tasty options like sweet chipotle, sriracha honey, and sesame teriyaki.