This #Foodie Holiday 2017 Gift Guide has 12 amazing gifts that any foodie would love. From stocking stuffers to more significant items there will be something for any budget and any taste.
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There are times when I know what to get people. They say something in passing and I file ideas in my mind. Sometimes I stumble upon that perfect thing that they would like. Other times they just ask me for something. But then most often I have no idea what to get people. I google and google and search for inspiration online. This year I compiled another lists of my favourite #Foodie items. Things that I use regularly in my kitchen and a couple of items that I would love to get (hint, hint). Wouldn’t you love to surprise your loved ones with a perfect gift or a stocking stuffer? Then this #Foodie Holiday 2017 Gift Guide is for you! You’ll find items that range from very affordable to more expensive. Some items will be luxury and some necessity. All will surely bring lots of smiles!
1. Marble and Wood Cheese Board
Full disclosure: I don’t own this board. But I sure would love to! It’s beautiful and will elevate your entertaining decor. Imagine this board piled with veined blue cheese, creamy camembert, crumbly yellow cheddar, nuts, a small jar of delicious jam, a few Pecan and Boursin Stuffed Dates, and Cheese and Nuts Pinwheels. If you are worried about entertaining, try my 12 Tips for Easy and Stress-Free Entertaining and this cutting board will surely help.
2. Lavatools Instant Read Meat Thermometer
I am paranoid about not cooking my meats to the safe internal temperature. I used to have a different meat thermometer and couldn’t understand why it always took a long time to cook my meats. Once I purchased this little tool, it turned out that my old thermometer was 20 degrees off and I’ve been overcooking meats for years. This is a perfect stocking stuffer and it has a magnet, so it’s easy to stick it onto your fridge or even a side of the oven.
3. CDN Oven Thermometer
Along with the meat thermometer, oven thermometer are some of my most used tools in the kitchen. I kept buying various oven thermometers on a whim. I think I had two or even three over the years and none of them worked. I would leave my oven on for an hour and the thermometer would still register only half of the temperature it was supposed to be. Right before I started developing recipes for my FIRST COOKBOOK I purchased this little gadget. It turned out that my oven is actually eerily accurate but it takes a very long time to preheat. If your meats are taking longer to cook than they should or if your cakes collapse or don’t rise, more often than not the problem is not with the recipe but with the oven. Like me, you might have been putting food into the oven that wasn’t preheated correctly. I very strongly recommend getting this little oven thermometer to make sure that you have the correct temperature always.
4. Zojirushi Travel Mug
You’ll notice that this gift guide is a tiny bit heavy on coffee gifts. I got a different model of this Zojirushi Travel Mug/Thermos for my husband about four years ago and he’s been using it every single day. He’s a coffee fanatic and likes certain types of good coffee, so he brews it at home and brings to work in this mug. It is not only a mug but also a thermos so the coffee stays hot for many hours. It’s leak proof and you can easily throw it into your bag. I’m thinking of getting a second one for my husband this year as he usually takes two mugs of coffee to work and the second one isn’t as good.
SodaStream made it to my holiday gift guide last year also. Well, that’s because it’s AWESOME! I use it a few times a day. I don’t usually buy syrups to make flavoured soda drinks and just use it plain. But sometimes add a little bit of sparkle to my orange juice or apple juice. It is also absolutely amazing in my Festive Sparkling Campari Orange drinks.
6. Instant Pot
The hottest appliance of the year! Yep, I jumped on the Instant Pot trend. I just received it this weekend and it’s still in the box but I’m already anticipating many delicious recipes (once I overcome my fear of the pressure cooking). Instant Pot Pumpkin Risotto and Instant Pot Cheesecake from My Wife Can Cook are on my to-make list.
7. Shun Santoku 7-inch Knife
It was my 6th anniversary a couple of months ago and the 6th year gift is traditionally iron. So, my husband gave me this knife. Oh my, I love it! The handle fits perfectly into my palm with no hard edges. The wright of the knife is just right. It is sharp and it shops and slices and dices with great care. I love it and highly recommend having one of these knives in your collection.
8. Metal 34 ounces French Press
We went through three French Press coffee makers in the past three years. Three!!! Two were glass and they kept shattering. So we bought a plastic one and it also broke. All of them were that famous brand that starts with B. They looked beautiful but just couldn’t handle so much use. After going through so many French Presses we finally purchased a metal one in hopes that it’ll last for longer than a year. So far so good. It is also much larger which works great for my coffeeholic husband. In fact, we regret a little bit buying a 34 ounce (1 litre) size instead of the 50 ounce (1.5 litre) size.
9. Quarter size Sheet Pan
I only got this size recently and I use it all the time. Before I used to think that such small sheet pan was not useful but it turned out to be false. It’s perfect for desserts, try my Apple Meringue Tart made in it. It’s great to quickly cook a couple of chicken breasts or one trout filet. It’s sturdy and compact and a useful kitchen addition.
10. Breville Coffee Grinder
I got this for my husband last Christmas and he’s been using it every day. You set up how coarse you want the grinds, the amount of coffee, and press the button. The coffee beans are ground perfectly in a few seconds and the kitchen smells fantastic. The instructions specify what kind of coarseness is needed for espresso, french press, or drip coffee.
11. Coffee T-shirt
Yes, I love coffee! Enough that I think this t-shirt would be a really cute gift (another hint). It’s perfect to lounge in at home or to wear to bed. It’s funny, it’s simple, it’s useful. Great gift all around.
12. Secret-Layer Cakes cookbook by Dini Kodippili
The book isn’t out yet but it’ll be available for purchase in less than two weeks and it will be an absolutely amazing gift for someone who loves to bake. The cookbook is published by Page Street Publishing, same publishing house that is going to publish MY COOKBOOK next year. It’s written by a great blogger who I know and respect, Dini has a delicious and beautiful blog called The Flavour Bender. Check out her recipes, photos, and videos.
So, here you have it my ideal #Foodie Holiday 2017 Gift Guide. What would you add to this list? If you have a #Foodie item that you think should have made it to the list, please let me know in the comments. I am always on the lookout for more gift ideas.