Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies is the perfect list of gifts to get your loved ones, friends, and family during holidays. From hot appliances like Instant Pot to cookbooks to little useful gadgets, this list has something for any budget!
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I create a Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies every year. This is my 4th gift guide, yet there are some items on the list that don’t change. That’s because they are some of my favourite kitchen items and I use them all the time and I want to share my joy in using them with you!
All Holiday Gift Guides for Foodies:
- Ultimate Foodie Gift Guide 2018 for Canada
- #Foodie Holiday 2017 Gift Guide
- Holiday gift guide 2016 for foodies in your life
Holiday Gift Guide 2019 for Foodies
I had to start this Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies with Instant Pot. I suspect that every gift guide that I will be doing for the next few years will start with Instant Pot.
I purchased my first Instant Pot on Black Friday in 2017 and it is one of the most useful and often-used appliances in my kitchen. In fact, I have two Instant Pots because I use them so much and often two at a time.
However, it is not an appliance for everyone. If you are considering getting it, then I recommend reading 7 Things You Need To Know About Instant Pot and Why you Might Not Want To Buy It.
When you decide to buy your own Instant Pot, don’t forget to check my list for 9 Ultimate Instant Pot Accessories You Need to Buy. And, of course, check out my Instant Pot Recipes.
Every morning starts with a cup of Nespresso for me, usually two cups. It’s been my routine for many many years and I cannot imagine not having a hot cup of Nespresso.
Nespresso coffee anchors me. It makes every day better, every day exciting! I have both original espresso and Vertuo Line machines.
If you like coffee, check out my coffee drink recipes:
SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker was a holiday gift from my husband a few years ago. I really wanted it and he was skeptical, thinking that it would be just another gadget barely used.
We use it on average 3-4 times a day, sometimes even more often! At first we had just the SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker with one gas canister and one bottle. Now we have two bottles and three gas canisters because it is so much more useful to have a few CO2 canisters instead of going to a store for refills every few weeks.
If you like drinking sparkling water then this is the gadget for you! It is so much better for environment as you don’t end up with endless amounts of glass bottles and cans. And the sparkling water is amazing. You can control how much fizz you like.
Here’s a recipe using this SodaStream water: Festive and refreshing Sparkling Campari Orange cocktail.
There’s absolutely no way I could leave The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook out of the Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies. Yes, it is the cookbook that I wrote but it is also a very useful cookbook. I actually use it all the time!
I have terrible memory and I rarely remember the oven temperatures or cooking times, so I use my cookbook as a reference almost every day. It has some of my favourite recipes, the ones I feed my family over and over. I am sure you’ll love it also.
Here are some of my favourite recipes from The Ultimate One-Pan Oven Cookbook:
- Make-ahead Leek and Goat Cheese Strata (I make it every holiday for brunch)
- Family-style Herb and Garlic Roast Leg of Lamb (I make this for almost every holiday dinner)
- Easy Chicken Thighs in Peanut Sauce with Green Beans (it’s a favourite of many bloggers who reviewed my cookbook)
- Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Puff Pastry Tart (super easy, delicious, and beautiful appetizer)
- Stunning Strawberry Slab Cake (one of my favourite summer desserts)
I’ve been resisting buying a Lemon Squeezer for a few years. I have a lemon reamer and I’ve been using it for years. I hated squeezing lemons.
Finally, I got myself a Lemon Squeezer and I don’t know why I waited for so long! It is a super useful tool. It makes getting lemon (or lime or orange) juice so easy! I actually have a slightly different model but I really like this double one for lemons and limes.
See the citrus squeezer in action:
Microplane Zester is a really useful kitchen gadget and it goes perfectly with the Lemon Squeezer. If you use a lot of citrus zest in your cooking, then Microplane Zester is a must to have in your kitchen drawer.
It makes a really fine zest that melts into marinades, dressings, sauces, cakes, desserts. Using a regular box grater will create coarse zest that you’ll taste in sauces and other recipes, whereas microplane zester makes it very airy and fine.
You can also use it to mince garlic, grate ginger, and even grate cheese. It’s a fine trick grating cheese using a microplane zester, you get a really big mountain of cheese out of small piece, so it’s great to use on expensive cheeses such as Parmigiano Reggiano.
I have a proper set of knives with a knife block but I also have a few individual knives that do not fit into that set. I used to just keep them on the counter or in a utensils drawer.
Finally I decided to see if there are any other solutions and found this very nifty universal knife block. It doesn’t have any specific sections for specific knives, so you can put your individual knives there anyway you like.
It is super convenient and I love using it. I’ve had this particular model for a few years now and it’s still perfect.
I have quite a few silicone lids by Charles Viancin, they are beautiful, stylish and also very useful. There are many different brands of round silicone lids and those are the ones that many people have.
However, rectangular silicone lids aren’t that popular, yet they are, arguably, even more useful than the round silicone lids. They are perfect to cover roasting pans both during baking and in the fridge.
I’ve been using Boyajian Orange Oil for over a decade now. It’s one of my favourite secret ingredients and I recommend it to pretty much everyone.
I add a 1/4-1/2 teaspoon to many desserts. It adds a stunning and wonderful hint of something and people always pause and ask what it is. It elevates desserts from fine to spectacular! It is not cheap but you only need a little bit at a time and it keeps in the fridge for a very long time.
I have been known to give this Orange Oil to many of my friends as a gift. It is just an absolutely amazing product!
Recipes using orange oil:
- Gluten-free Almond Ricotta Chocolate Cake
- Strawberry Cookies
- Instant Pot Carrot Cake Bread Pudding
- No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies (vegan and gluten-free)
This is another item that most people don’t have, yet it is useful and convenient. The wholes on the sides of the Garlic Keeper container help the air circulate.
Garlic stays dry in dark environment and keeps for much longer than in a regular bag or in the fridge. It is also quite stylish and great way to decorate the kitchen.
So, here you have it, the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies. You’ll find something for every foodie in your life and for any budget in this list. These are some of my favourite items in my own kitchen!