The holidays are just around the corner. Well you might think I am exaggerating just a little bit but I am a planner and we only have 7 weeks until Christmas! Entertaining, travelling, buying the perfect gift can all add pressure to your everyday life and lead to stress during the holiday season. But don't fret, I'm going to help you with some great foodie gifts for you give this year.
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1. For your foodie friends and family members who already have been blessed with a Vitamix, why not give the gift of the Perfect Blend Scale. So what is so special about this scale? Well, for one, when paired with the recipe app it helps you do your meal planning and walks you step by step through various recipes. It even helps you track toward your nutritional goals. Listed at $99 it is a gift that isn't as out of reach as say a new Vitamix or Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.
2. The gift that keeps on giving all year long. What could be a better gift than an automatic milk frother that will allow your foodie friend to also save money all year long by whipping up their own barista worthy creations in the kitchen. I like the Nespresso version which will easily turn your normal brewed coffee into a decadent cafe au lait. Or get even more creative and festive and try a Gingerbread Latte. This particular model can froth warm or cold milk so good year round. Your friend will be thanking you!
3. If you are buying a gift for someone who loves to entertain then this cheese knife set is bang on. Nothing makes me cringe more than watching someone hack at a beautiful piece of cheese. These knives will make the perfect slice and they won't set you back big dollars (currently priced less than $25).
5. This gift is perfect for your friend who likes to dazzle with his/her bartending prowess. These hammered copper Moscow Mule mugs are beautiful but also built to last a lifetime with a stainless steel lining. The Moscow Mule recipe is a classic and these mugs are a must for authenticity.
6. One of my favourite kitchen tools is my Mortar & Pestle. I love crushing up my own herb and spice blends and this one from Jamie Oliver makes a great gift. Make sure that whoever you give this to knows that it needs to be seasoned before using and that you never, ever use soap to clean it (kind of like a cast iron skillet).
7. Speaking of cast iron skillets, these also make great gifts. In fact, my first skillet was a gift from my mom and it was life-changing. Just think of the great sear you can get on your steak plus they can go from stove top to oven. Too many benefits to mention.
8. Every would-be chef needs a good knife and the Santoku doesn't disappoint. The Santoku is a general purpose knife that slices, dices and minces with ease and is one of my all-time faves.
9. Creme Brulee is one of the most popular desserts but rarely made at home. Change that up with the gift of a creme brulee torch that will ensure a nice layer of carmelized sugar on top. I may have also used this in the past to torch marshmallows for smores. Yummy!
So many good options, at all price points, for the foodie or would-be chef in your life. While you are at it, why not pick up something for yourself! For more ideas, check out my post on 5 things I can't live without in the kitchen.