Goin’ Shoppin’ … For the Foodies on Your Christmas List

Are you checkin’ your list? Checkin’ it twice … and desperately trying to come up with the perfect gift for all your favorite people? I can’t help with Uncle Bill (the guy who has everything) or that fashionista ‘tween or teen. But maybe I can help with the foodies in your life. A list of favorite finds for foodies could be, should be endless. Unfortunately, I don’t have all day so here are a few quick ideas.

Bits ‘n’ Bobs – hostess gifts, stocking stuffers and cheery tokens of friendship. A beautiful wooden spoon or handcrafted cutting board or a cheery apron or oven mitt, especially my (shameless plug) favorite Susan Nye – Around the Table apron, is always welcome.

Gadgets are good. My favorites include handheld citrus juicers. They come in three sizes and colors for oranges, lemons and limes. I’m also a big fan of microplane graters. Again they come in different sizes – fine, medium and course. These great graters make light work of grating and shredding cheeses and finely zesting lemons, limes and oranges. I know you can’t have too many heatproof silicon spatulas. I’m not kidding – I use them all the time for everything.

The little tool I use at last a couple of times a week, my mini food processor makes a wonderful gift. If you are feeling flush, you can never go wrong with a really good chef’s knife. And if budget is no object, all exotic drink fans secretly or not so secretly covet a Blendtec Blender. Even if it’s not in your budget, watch the video for a good laugh.

Bakers will be happy to receive tools to decorate their fabulous cupcakes, a silicon mat, maybe two, to line their cookie sheets or an incredibly fast and easy apple peeler to make quick work of pies or crisp. If that baker on your list has been extra good or is someone very special, well … I don’t know what I would do without my Kitchenaid Stand Mixer.

Wine lovers will be delighted with an old fashioned screw pull and even more delighted with the deluxe model. Coffee aficionados would love a pound of really good coffee as well as my favorite stovetop espresso maker. If you’ve got a bigger budget you can go for a prettier model!

Edible gifts are always good! Knowing that most foodies already have cupboards and drawers full of gadgets, gizmos and tools, you may want to play it safe. You can still keep it interesting. A fabulous bottle of wine is always appreciated but what about a great bottle of olive or walnut oil or twenty-five year old balsamic vinegar? Or a chunk of absolutely wonderful cheese or a pint of delicious olives.

And if you’re desperate? A gift certificate for their favorite kitchen store, specialty food haunt or restaurant is always a good idea! Then again, if by some chance your foodie is not already a subscriber, you can’t miss with an annual subscription to bon appétit magazine.

Happy holidays and bon appétit!

Oh…and just so you know…no cash or goods passed hands in return for this post. You can find many of these products at your local kitchen or specialty store. If you’re lucky you might find a few of these gadgets for less at a discount store.

More Tips, Tricks & Tools

What are you buying for the foodie on your list? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

Want more? Click here for lots more to read, see & cook! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. ©Susan W. Nye, 2011

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