It’s here! Last years’ Foodie Gift Guide was such a success that I had to write a sequel. 2013’s edition is about fabulous reads, kitchen staples and of course, some indulgent treats!
Treats to Eat (and Drink)
Honey Caramels: Three Utah based brothers adventured into the art of bee keeping and are now making not just honey, but honey caramels. These precious bites of heaven will be nestled into every stocking I find this year.
Bees Bros Honey ¼ lb box of Honey Caramels, $8
Coffee-of-the-Month Club: For the die-hard coffee enthusiast on your list, indulge them with artisan java delivered to their doorstep. Craft Coffee delivers monthly packages, which include three different varieties of coffee each month and brewing tips.
Chocolate and Coffee Subscription: Don’t compromise on just one savor-worthy treat, double up! Caffe Vita (shout out to Seattle!) offers a Theo chocolate and Caffe Vita coffee subscription. Each month the lucky recipient will receive a Theo chocolate bar and 12oz bag of Vita’s coffee. Was there ever a more perfect combination?!
Pictures and Words
Last year one of my dearest friends gifted me a subscription to Saveur magazine. It was a fabulous idea that makes me smile each month! Below are my favorite magazines that I buy (or have been gifted) throughout the year.
Food and Wine: Buy this for the chef obsessed foodie who loves to entertain and always drinks while they cook.
Saveur: Buy this for the traveling foodie that’s well versed in the kitchen.
Vegetarian Times: Buy this for your health focused foodie who steers clear of meat.
Bon Appetit: Buy this for the good-time foodie who’s thirsty for fun 15-second food facts; highlights everything from quick dishes, cocktails and party ideas to hearty family-style meals.
In The Kitchen
I always say this, but never under estimate the power of useful gifts! From mixing bowls to mandolins, a multi-use kitchen tool is the bee’s knees!
Proteak Edge Grain Cutting Board: Although this board is the biggest board I’ve ever used in my home kitchen (18”x24”), it’s by far the best. I saw it recommended by Cooks Illustrated (youtube video below) and have never looked back.
Kitchen Shears: I can’t stress enough how often I use these! They deliver a quick snip to herbs and a hassle-free trim to otherwise slippery chicken. They are the perfect gift for the foodie just starting to set up their kitchen.
Tea Kettle: It may seem like a gift off the beaten path, but my collegiate sisters gifted me a teapot and matching mug our senior year and it still sits on my stove today. I prefer something durable but with a pop of color. Add a mug and your favorite tea for the most perfectly complete package.
Cast Iron Grill Pan: For the urban dweller and grill fanatic, a cast iron grill pan delivers char and convenience. Use from stove to oven for salmon, steak, crostini and zucchini. This is the type of kitchen tool people have for a lifetime.
Out of the Kitchen
This blog is about the foodie WITH A LIFE, so the gift ideas couldn’t end at the stove.
The gift of succulents: I love plants but don’t pay any attention to them. Sometimes I water them, sometimes I leave town for two weeks. Survival of the fittest is my motto. So when my friends introduced me to succulents, my world of foliage changed. These are plants that rarely need much water (perfect.) yet still look lush and green. If you’re in the Seattle area, visit The Palm Room in Ballard for hip potting materials and interesting greens. Outside the 206? Visit your local nursery and ask for assistance; succulents are really hot right now.
Aveda Hand Relief: My mom turned me onto this lotion and quite literally, it’s the best. Aveda also offers a Foot Relief, which is perfect for the marathon runner in your life.
Tuesday Scarves: Rian Robison is a friend of a friend and her scarves are amazing! I’ve seen them twice now at Urban Craft Uprising, a Seattle craft fair (think shopping Etsy in person!). Rian’s scarves are double sided cowl style and completely unique. Faux fur, lace, cotton, stripes or solid, they can be custom designed to fit your most fashionable foodie.
To all you foodies out there, thanks for another amazing year and happy holidays!