Black Friday is behind us, but the holiday season is now in full swing. If you’re like me, then you are probably eager to cross off those names from your gift-giving list.
I come from a family of foodies, as well as being married to a guy who loves to cook, so I am always looking for creative gifts they will love (and that might benefit my stomach). Here are some of my suggestions for the coming season:
For the Baker
This is one of my favorite gifts to give to a fellow baker – a handy Measuring Magnet for the fridge to provide instantaneous equivalents which helps avoid those panicking moments of, “so 32 ounces is how many cups?”
Know someone who wants to try out their own sufganiyot? A friend in Israel shared with me that infusing your own doughy treats is all the rage this year. Chef Central has a great Solid/Liquid Flavor Infuser that can be used either for injecting some jam into your Hanukkah doughnuts, and can also add some serious flavor to your chicken or turkey.
For the “Brooklynese” Lover
Friends bought us this “creamuh” and “suguh” set awhile ago, and we just love it! What a clever gift for people who love to entertain, and who also love some good New York Jewish pronunciation. Whenever we set this out for coffee or tea, it is sure to elicit an amused response from guests.
For the ‘Lil Chefs
Your ‘lil chefs will want to be properly outfitted for their cooking adventures – so how about these kids’ aprons from Williams Sonoma, such as this Cupcake Apron, or a Personalized Apron with your mini foodie’s name on it.
For the Fromage Foodie
If your loved one loves pungent cheeses the way I do, they are likely to get a kick out of this Stinky Cheese Knife from Etsy, which I came across in Time Out New York’s Holiday Gift Guide 2011. To go along with this novelty knife, I love this Slate Cheese Board from Uncommon Goods.
For the Wine lover
As reported to me by a fellow food and wine lover, for the first time, DuBoef is now making a kosher beaujolais! Beajolais Nouveau is a special wine with a special tradition behind it, so for those of you who have never tried it, this is a unique gift for that wine lover in your life. While you won’t need a decanter for the beaujolais, this Riedel Cornetto Wine Decanter is another unique gift for your vino aficionado.
For the Meat Lover
Are your favorite foodie’s boring burgers getting you down? Try this Stuffed Hamburger Press for the meat lover in your life. And think that the only thing you can stuff a burger with is cheese? Think again! Try stuffing burgers with mushrooms or jalapenos.
For the Enviro-Conscience Foodie
I love this Bike Chain Bottle Opener, made from recycled bike chains! What a unique gift for anyone who loves the environment, and loves to drink.
For the “I Don’t Cook” Friend
I love this Take-Out Menu Organizer, which is a great gift for anyone who wants to reduce clutter, not just the kitchen avoiders.