Foodie Gift Guide
If you're anything like me, you're a last minute shopper who frantically orders off Amazon a couple days before Christmas. (Amazon Prime FTW, baby) And forget the wrapping. Festive bags and tissue paper will do quite nicely.
This year, I've been a little more prepared for the holiday, but I totally know that struggle of last minute gift buying. So, if you've got a foodie in your family or need cute hostess gifts for the 30 holiday parties you've been invited to, I've put together some great ideas for last minute gifts. These are some of my favorite things in my own kitchen and some things on my wishlist (hope you're reading this mom!).
For the beginner chef:
A Spice Kit: This is easy to put together and very thoughtful. I recently put together a similar kit for a friend who has a new found interest in cooking. She LOVED it! I'm a big fan of getting spices at Trader Joe's. They are quite inexpensive so your money can go a long way. If you want to get even more creative, include a couple of your favorite recipes where they get to test out their new skills and spices. Below are my must-have spices for any beginner.
Non-stick Skillets: There's nothing like some good, heavy duty pans that can take the heat when you're learning to cook. I really like these 2 pans from Anolon. These non-stick skillets are great for the beginner chef in your life.
The Best Spatula that Ever Existed: Seriously, this spatula is my go-to tool in the kitchen for everything. Baking. Cooking. Mixing. Stuffing peanut butter into a Kong for my puppy. It's so versatile and, most importantly, EASY TO CLEAN. And LOOK, PRETTY COLORS. :)
The Best Nesting Bowls & Measuring Set: I really love everything that Joseph Joseph makes. This set is great for a newbie. It's got everything necessary for baking, mixing, measuring, etc.
Cutting Boards that keep you from getting food poisoning: These cutting boards are color coordinated for all your chopping needs. And best news, less chance for cross contamination.
For the everyday chef:
Spice Kit: I mean, who doesn't need some spice in their life, am I right?! I've recently found some fun spices and condiments to add to my arsenal - all from Trader Joe's. Below are a couple fun and out-of-the-box ones to gift the foodie in your life.
Sous Vide: For those that don't know, sous vide cooking involves placing your food in a vacuum sealed bag in a water bath at a very specific temperature which produces near perfect results. Now, I will admit, I bought this on Amazon Prime day and got an AMAZING deal...and haven't used it yet. BUT, part of my New Year's Resolutions is to be more inventive with my cooking. Stay tuned on that. But this makes a great gift for the at-home chef.
Instant Pot: These are all the rage in the food blogger world right now. The allure is the fact that you can pretty much do anything with this gadget. Slow cooker? YUP. Rice cooker? Uh huh. Dutch oven? That too. Pressure cooker? YES! And the best part, in my opinion. Make yogurt? Yeah, not sure why you would need to do this, BUT YOU CAN. This is not only a great gift for a more experienced home cook, but I've also recommended it to some friends who want to cook but need easy fool-proof methods. This particular one is on my Christmas list, so fingers crossed!
For the pitmaster with a sense of humor: Now, while these may look a little silly, they are TOTALLY FUNCTIONAL. Shredding meat with forks is annoying - and one of the tasks I hate in the kitchen. But these will make that chef in your life feel like Wolverine and help them cut down on the shred time.
For the hostess with the mostest:
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Pairing: We have a couple great stores where you can pick up an olive oil and balsamic vinegar pairing for a hostess gift. Not to mention, you can also sample til your heart's content. Check out Oil & Vinegar downtown or Palmetto Olive Oil Co. on Augusta.
Sweet Treats: You can't beat walking into a party with something sweet. (sorry for the rhyming, it truly was unintentional, but like. it works) If I were to be invited to a holiday party (which I have not... more cookies for me!), you better believe I'm bringing brown butter chocolate chip cookies from The Chocolate Moose Bakery.
Or you can show up with crack. This stuff is crack. Can't stop. Won't stop.
A Gift Box That's Anything BUT Boring: This is a great gift for a hostess who has that thing we like to call Southern charm. Grits, hot sauce, and cheese crisps? I'll take it! They have tons of cute foodie gifts. So head over, grab a coffee and shop around.
So there you have it; some easy last minute gifts for those of you who are procrastinators like me. Let me know in the comments if you know of any other great gifts for foodies!