Happy December! It’s amazing how quickly the holiday season snuck up on us! It seems like within a couple days my social calendar has reached it’s capacity, my bank account has begun dwindling, and the frequency with which I visit amazon.com has increased by at least 400%. Not to mention the number of cookies, breads, dips, and bottles of wine traveling in and out of my kitchen is alarming. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Below is a compilation of gift ideas fit for the foodie or home cook in your life. I’ve taken care to list only top-rated products, as well as items in a number of categories and price ranges. Hope you find something for everyone on your list!
For the Baker
Color Me! Cookies
What’s better than eating cookies? Coloring and designing them first! Cookies come in a reusable tin that keeps them fresh for up to 2 months.
$40 (10 cookies and 5 markers) | elenis.com
Artisanal Caramel Sauce
This Portland-based company makes high quality, silky smooth caramel sauces in flavors like lavender, habanero, and whiskey. Try on ice cream, pound cake, or even waffles!
$10 | almachocolate.com
Smoked Chocolate Chips
This unique treat is the result of cold-smoking organic semisweet chocolate over alder wood for 10+ hours. Try in classic chocolate chip cookies or ganaches, or go savory with a mole sauce or pork rub.
$15 | getyourhotcakes.com
For the Entertainer
Aboro Tart Platter
This stunning contemporary platter is perfect for serving show-stopping delicacies, or just adorning your dining room. The craftsmanship and quality inherent in the Bernardaud brand make this porcelain art piece worth the price.
$245 | bernardaud.com
These brass trivets conjure up images of stars and galaxies. The brass is bright and shiny and will naturally and beautifully oxidize with use. They are produced by a Japanese company that has been forging brass for over a century.
$81 | mjolk.ca
For the Cocktail Enthusiast
Inspired by the classic Bloody Mary recipe, mixologist Jim Meehan worked with spice genius Lior Lev Sercarz to create this line of cocktail blends. “They make the drink,” he says.
$45 | laboiteny.com
Spherical Ice Cube Trays
Mixologists like using big, round pieces of ice for spirits served straight, because they melt slowly and won’t water down drinks. New York’s Museum of Modern Art sells a tray for mixologist wannabes that produces two-inch-wide spheres.
$18 | momastore.org
In Dave Arnold’s world, the shape of an ice cube, the sugars and acids in an apple, and the bubbles in a bottle of champagne are all ingredients to be measured, tested, and tweaked. Liquid Intelligence brings readers behind the counter and into the lab.
$22 | amazon.com
For the Coffee/Tea Lover
Tracy Stern Iced Tea
Tracy Stern Tea & Co. specializes in blends for iced tea. The oolong lychee is so complex and delicious you’ll want to brew it even on a cold, wet day in March.
$20 | tracysterntea.com
As adorable as espresso spoons are, your home barista really doesn’t need another set. These customizable coffee tampers from Reg Barber perfectly pack and distribute espresso grounds, and are a favorite among competitive baristas.
$64 | coffeetamper.com
For the Adventurous Eater
The Flavor Thesaurus: A Compendium of Pairings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook
As appealing to the novice cook as to the experienced professional, The Flavor Thesaurus is a globetrotting collection of flavor pairings as told by a writer with a discerning palette and an entertaining, original voice.
$18 | amazon.com
Kitchen Curry Master Spice Kit
An Indian pantry at your fingertips, the Curry Master sends you all of the hard-to-find spices you need to develop the complex flavors of a rich curry or an authentic aloo gobi.
$60 | kitchencurrymaster.com
Solstice Canyon Cardmom & Clove Almond Butter
This is almond butter as you’ve never had it before: raw; stone-ground; and blended with coconut, sea salt, and an array of chai spices including clove, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and cinnamon.
$9 | bohem.com
For the DIYer
The FareTrade Subscription
Rockstar chefs curate monthly packages of their favorite artisanal food products, along with recipes for how to use them. This month’s box features items like curry pumpkin pesto sauce and wild mayhaw jelly.
$65/month | thefaretrade.com
The Rotary Peeler from Joseph Joseph has three blades—regular, serrated and julienne—so it saves space in your utility drawer. The julienne blade alone is worth the price.
$12 | josephjoseph.com
Miniature Cast Iron Skillet
This diminutive version of Lodge’s winning cast-iron skillets comes preseasoned, just like its big brothers. The miniature size is great for playful, single serving breakfast presentations.
$12 | lodgemfg.com
The KitchenAid Spiralizer is perfect for any foodie with a gadget itch. In addition to cutting fruit and veggies into long ribbons, the attachment also peels, cores and slices.
$100 | kitchenaid.com
Formaticum Cheese Paper
Good cheese itself is one of life’s little luxuries, so it’s a shame to let it dry out wrapped in plastic. This specially made cheese paper lets cheese breathe. We love the illustrated goat/cow/sheep label indicators, too.
$8 | amazon.com
Hopefully I’ve given you some food for thought (no pun intended) when it comes time to make those holiday shopping lists! Until next week, loves!
Sources: http://cookingontheweekends.com/2015/11/20-cool-gifts-for-foodies-for-under-20-2015/, http://www.foodandwine.com/holiday-guide/christmas-gifts, https://food52.com/shop/products/1952-carry-on-cocktail-kit, http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/multimedia/2015-holiday-gift-guide-food.html#spiralizer