Anyone else struggling with their holiday shopping already? I’ve always been a bit of a procrastinator, and the holidays are no different. I’ve checked two people off of my list of 15, and I’ve got an idea for one more of those lucky people. I’ll do the math for you… that leaves 12 more family members who I have no gift and no ideas for. Oops.
So instead of brainstorming for those gifts, I’m getting my creative juices flowing by making a list of 10 gifts for the foodies. They’re always fun to shop for, no? I guess it depends if spending an hour or two in Williams Sonoma sounds like your idea of fun. New flash: it is for me!
If you’re struggling with a gift idea for the foodie in your life, here’s a little inspiration to set you in the right direction. I’ve tried to include a wide range of prices, so whether you’re looking for a hostess gift or something a little over-the-top, hopefully you’ll find something here to help.
10 Gifts for Foodies
Food processor. Hands down my most-used kitchen appliance. Although I don’t have a tremendous amount of counter space, I’ve been considering giving my food processor a permanent spot. From salad dressings to pie crusts to shredding cheese and veggies, a food processor really does it all.
Espresso/Cappuccino maker. This is more of a fun gift than a practical one, but who wouldn’t love a freshly brewed cappuccino in the comfort of their own home? Jim got me one for my birthday last year after our trip to France, and I’m eagerly awaiting May when it can return post-pregnancy! These can be super pricey, but ours was under $100 and I love it. (Be sure to get a stainless frothing pitcher!)
Le Creuset dutch oven. Another staple, the Le Creuset has replaced just about every pot in my kitchen and also doubles as a casserole dish. Bonus- it’s pretty enough to serve from, no need for additional dishes!
Nice utensils. Perfect for stocking stuffers, nice cooking utensils just make time in the kitchen more fun. Think stainless steel whisk, spoon and spatula in a coordinating utensil holder, or a nice set of measuring cups and spoons.
Clear mixing bowl set. This is a recommendation that I found while doing research for our wedding registry, and has become another of my most-used kitchen items. A set of 10 bowls means that you always have the right size on hand, and they can double as serving dishes as well!
Immersion blender. One of those things that you didn’t know you needed until you have it. I use my immersion blender to whip up a single serving of salad dressing if I don’t want to dirty the food processor, and also use it when making soups! (If the directions instruct to transfer the soup to a blender to puree, I always always use the immersion blender and keep the soup in the pot.)
Serving board. If you’re looking for a hostess gift, consider a nice serving or cutting board. Not only is it useful, but you can load it with an assortment of cheese and meat, Christmas cookies, or a loaf of artisan bread and tapenade for a creative gift. Look for a unique size or specialty material to avoid gifting something they may already have; think slate or a wooden wedge.
Monogram napkins or nice towels. We always laughed as kids when my mom asked for tea towels for Christmas; now I get it! These things get dirty and stained quickly so it’s nice to have backups, and it’s an example of how the little things in life can make a difference…. yes, even something as seemingly as mundane as a kitchen towel can brighten up your day. Take this idea a step further with a set of monogram napkins. Mom got us these hemstitch napkins for our anniversary this year, and I pull them out every time we have a nice dinner!
Cookbook. Especially a cookbook that looks more like a coffee table book. I’m talking full-page, beautiful photography and some additional editorial along with the recipes. Cooking for Jeffrey is on my list this year (any Ina Garten cookbook is a winner), and the Oh She Glows Cookbook is perfect for the health-conscious foodie.
Cake stand. Not just for cakes. I use my cake stand all the time, whether it’s transporting brownies to the office or just storing extra baked goods on our counter top. A pretty cake stand is a serving piece that will be used over and over. I have this one.
What foodie item is on your list this year?