2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies

 

 

I’m partnering with one of my favorite companies, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, to bring you this holiday gift guide. All opinions are my own. The links below are NOT affiliate links.

The holidays are right around the corner which means it’s time to think about what to give to friends and family. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorite things to give along with some of the wonderful things I’ve received over the years. I hope you find it helpful!

A collage of Christmas gifts for foodies or people who love to cook.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide

My Le Creuset oven is one of my favorite pots (this buffet casserole coming in at a close second). It’s so incredibly versatile and of course, gorgeous. I could easily own one in every color! This is definitely an investment piece but take heart in knowing that it’ll be passed down from generation to generation. I recommend purchasing a 4 quart or larger.

Le Creuset butter crock. Never in a million years did I think I’d own a butter crock… but I do! My mother-in-law gave one to me for my birthday and we use it all of the time. It allows butter to stay on the counter at room temperature while preventing it from spoiling. Genius! Perfect for people that hate cold, hard butter!

Marble rolling pin. Yes, it’s heavy but it works like a dream. I like to keep in in the refrigerator when working with pie dough or other heat sensitive doughs.

Kale and Herb Razor. For anyone who loves cooking kale or using fresh herbs this tool is a MUST! 

NEW! Silpat Molds. Muffins, mini muffins, mini loaves, and madelines. They are amazing!! Anyone who gets their hands on one of these is going to be beaming with joy. They make baking a breeze.

Instant Pot. Probably one of the most recommended gifts this holiday season, for good reason! This multi-functional cooker is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It tenderizes meat like a boss. It also makes the most creamy, silky smooth cheesecake you’ll ever have. This is one “gadget” every cook (or baker) should have in their arsenal. It comes in three sizes: 3 quart, 6 quart and 8 quart.

Le Creuset Saute Spoon. My go-to spoon. I always give this spoon as a gift because I think it’s so amazing. The flexible silicone tip lets you get into nooks and crannies while being extra gentle on enameled pans.

I own FOUR of these OXO Silicone Balloon Whisks (9″ and 11″). They’re sturdy, gentle and heat resistant.

Nielsen-Massey’s Holiday Flavors Bundle featuring their Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Pure Almond Extract and Pure Peppermint Extract (available in 2 oz. and 4 oz. bottles). I whole-heartedly believe that quality extracts and flavors take baked goods from delicious to amazingly delicious. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract has a sweet, creamy flavor and makes for an excellent “all-purpose” vanilla. It’s my go-to! Their Pure Almond Extract is made with the purest oil of bitter almond and is great in cookies, cakes and frostings. And of course, their Pure Peppermint Extract is perfect for the season! 

While these Trudeau Oven Mitts aren’t cute, they are incredible practical. If you know someone that grills, bakes, cooks or does ANYTHING in the kitchen, they need these! I’ve owned two pairs over the past 10 years and they still remain my favorite. They’re long enough to cover part of the arms, flexible, slip-proof, and heat resistant up to 482 degrees F. Need I say more?

All-Clad Thermometer. Every home cook should have an internal thermometer. Whether it’s checking meat, bread or candy, it’s a tool you can’t cook or bake without! We used several thermometers when I worked at Sur La Table and they all fizzled with time. My trust All-Clad thermometer is worked without fail for years now. I love it!

The Perfect Cookie. One of my favorite books along with The Perfect Cake. You can’t go wrong with anything America’s Test Kitchen or Cook’s Illustrated. These books make great gifts, along with subscriptions to their magazines and/or website.

Kuhn Rikon Epicurean Garlic Press. This is another gadget I love giving as a gift. It makes “mincing” fresh garlic a breeze. Especially when you’re using a bunch of cloves in a recipe. Simply put the peeled garlic in, press and voila!

Every baker should own a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I use mine for 90% of my baked goods. It is  my most-used kitchen appliance (along with my Breville Smart Oven and my Instant Pot). They come with a metal bowl, however, I’d highly suggest ordering a glass one too!

Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste. Another one of my secret ingredients and favorite things to give to fellow bakers. It’s thick and rich with specks of vanilla beans throughout. 

Epicurean Non-Slip Cutting Boards. Ok, really any of their cutting boards. Forget the fancy boards, these are dishwasher safe, eco friendly, heat resistant up to 350 degrees F, dual sided, and knife friendly. I love the carving boards with the wells for catching liquid, the mini boards for fruit, and of course the non-slip boards. They make chopping and cutting safer, easier and more enjoyable.

Silicone Cast Iron Skillet Handle Holders. For those that love cooking in their cast iron skillets but sometimes forget how HOT the handle gets. These holders (along with the woven ones) are perfect for preventing nasty burns.

Behold the Scanpan. A non-stick pan like no other. Forget about anything sticking to your pans again! These are dreamy!!

Joseph Joseph Multi-Functional Peelers. The gift that no one knows they need! I love this set because it comes with FOUR peelers. Two standard peelers, one for julienning, and a serrated one for soft flesh fruits and veggies. These peelers can easily cut prep time in half.

Tilt-Head Flex Edge Beater. Anyone who owns a KitchenAid Stand Mixer needs to own one of these beaters. Forget scraping down the sides of the bowl, this handy beater does it for you! 

Looking for something else? These are some of my favorite stores to shop at when looking for unique gifts:


What’s one kitchen gadget or product you love to give to others? If I had to choose one, it would be the vanilla bean paste!