In case you missed it, yesterday I posted a list of ideas for the your loved ones who are into fitness. Check it out!
Today, I’m going to focus on gifts for the cook. This is my favorite list to think about as anything cooking or kitchen related really gets me excited. For those people in your life that are like me, this list will come in handy for shopping. Or it might give you some ideas to put on your own Christmas list. I did a list of gift ideas last year as well that I would encourage you to check out. I wouldn’t change a thing about that list. Today I’m going to lengthen the list.
Stocking Stuffers (under $20):
Microplane: This is a workhorse in my kitchen. So much so that I have two of them and you’ll often find them both in the dishwasher. I used my microplane to grate citrus for zest, for fresh nutmeg, for finely grated garlic, for parmesan cheese and for chocolate. There are so many uses!
Spices. I love getting spices as gifts. Maybe it is a jar of smoked salt, or a spice blend that someone made for you or a gift set from Penzeys. The gift of spice will likely inspire your chef. Plus, sometimes they may not want to shell out the dough for some finishing salt, but getting it from you will make it the best finish of all.
Flour sack towels. Maybe you’re thinking that flour sack towels are too boring. I say heck no! These are some of the most used and abused items in my kitchen. Nothing dries dishes better and when I have a cooking marathon going on, they becoome an extension of my arms. They wipe up my spills, act as a pot holder and on occasion wipes sweat from my brow. I love them even more when they’re embroidered – so retro!
I love these two, both of which I found on Etsy for under $10. Click on the photo to take you to the ordering page.
Silpat. I received one of these last year and I absolutely love it. Silpats are a French product that making baking a breeze. You use the silpat on your baking sheets and they create a non-stick surface. Cookies practically slide off these babies. Plus, clean up is a breeze – just wipe them off with soap and water, dry and roll back up for strage. Although I use them for more than just baking, they would be a great gift for the baker in the family. Pair it with some good vanilla and a new cookbook? Perfect gift.
Cookbook. Personally, I don’t think one can have too many cookbooks. This is always a safe gift idea for me and I’d be willing to bet for most cooks. There are so many great books to chose from!. If you know your loved one has a desire to get into a certain cuisine, go for one in that category. If they like just about anything, check out the top 10 of this past year. Here’s some of my picks. Let me know if you want to know about others!
- For the new vegetarian? How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
- For the new health nut? Clean Food or Super Natural Cooking
- For the “I don’t cook from a recipe gal”? The Flavor Bible
- For the “More info is Better” ? The Joy of Cooking (this is Brette’s pick)
- For the analytical cook? Ratio
- For the Midwest Localvore? Trout Caviar:Recipes from a Northern Forager
- For the entertainer? Any Barefoot Contessa Book
- For the wild card entertainer? Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in 5 Minutes a Day (pizza party!)
A custom recipe box. Did you catch Amanda’s post on this great idea for a gift? Check it out. I have seen them and they are beautiful. It would make a wonderful gift. Wanna step it up a notch? Fill it with your favorite family recipes.
A cooking class. I had so much fun taking a pasta class as a birthday gift from Willa and Meghan and I don’t know if I would have done it on my own. Check your local kitchen or grocery stores. Here in the Twin Cities Metro, Kitchen Window, Cooks of Crocus Hill, the Seward Co-op and Local D’Lish all do cooking classes. I’m sure there are many other places as well. Pick something fun and go along. Make a night out of it!
Gifts to Impress ($100+)
Pressure Cooker. I do not have one. Willa says it is her most treasured kitchen tool. She also claims is makes the best and creamiest risotto she’s ever had. Those are no small words. I’m very intrigued by the pressure cooker and would welcome one into my kitchen. A pot of beans would no longer take 2 hours, but 30 minutes. I love the convenience that a pressure cooker would bring. Santa, what do you think? I’ve linked to the one that Willa has and recommends.
The Vitamix. I’ve been wanting one of these bad boys for a long time. Yep, it’s a blender and yes, it’s crazy expensive. However, I know it will kick any other blender’s ass and then it will make soup out of it. Ask anyone who has one and they’ll tell you it’s life changing. For a serious chef, they’ll love you forever if this is under the tree.
Did I miss anything on this list? What about last year’s list?
To get your holiday shopping started right, we have a giveaway for you! One lucky reader will get microplane. This one to be specific.
As I mentioned above, I love the microplane. Every kitchen should have at least one. You can chose to keep this for yourself or gift it to a friend. All you need to do is leave a comment on your favorite gift you’ve received so far in your lifetime. My Little Pony? A Wii? A Le Crueset? A favorite book?
Winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 23rd.
This giveaway is sponsored by….Anne. Thanks Anne!