Holiday gift ideas for your favorite foodies

Foodies love foodie gifts. With the holiday season quickly approaching, Here are some gift ideas you might want to consider for your favorite foodie.

PhotoForDec.1TrioofSpicesGreat spices/ingredients
A true foodie is always looking for good spices and ingredients to make his/her recipes even better. Last Christmas, my friend Liza bought me some Vietnamese cinnamon and pizza seasoning  from King Arthur Flour, and I’ve been using them ever since. Trust me on this one. I purchased these for my dad, my favorite foodie, and he loved them. The cinnamon is incredible, and makes everything – even boring old oatmeal – taste fantastic. I wouldn’t use anything else.

You might think that a foodie wouldn’t need or want a new cookbook, but au contraire, it depends on the book.

PhotoJohnSchlimmBookDec.1Ruhlman’s Twenty: 20 Techniques 100 Recipes a Cook’s Manifesto”  is more than a mere cookbook.  While it includes recipes, the premise of the book is that every cook’s success comes down to 20 concepts.

TheCheesyVeganIs your favorite foodie a vegan? If so, I have an author for you: John Schlimm, who has written several vegan cookbooks, including “Grilling Vegan Style” and “The Cheesy Vegan.” Or, is your foodie a fan of beer and spirits? John’s got you covered there as well, with “The Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More than 300 Recipes all Made With Beer”  and “The Tipsy Vegan: 75 Boozy Recipes to Turn Every Bite Into Happy Hours.”

Funky gifts
Uncommon goods has several interesting and unique gifts that your foodie likely will cherish, including a wiener dog oil and vinegar set and a salts of the world test tube set.

Yep, you read that right. You can enroll your foodie in a Bacon Club. For three or six months, your foodie will receive 12 to 16 ounces of bacon (did someone say bacon?!?) along with recipes and other bacon goodies. At $189 for six months’ worth, it’s a little pricey, but it’s bacon.

There’s no reason you can’t get a foodie food. Most foodies I know love, love, love food. While I have bacon the brain, here’s a potential stocking stuffer for your foodie: the Noble Pig Chocolate Bar library, which includes a milk chocolate bacon bar, a dark chocolate bacon bar and a Barcelona bar, which includes hickory-smoked almonds and sea salt – all for $22.

Zabar’s from New York, one of my most recent finds, offers a wide assortment of awesome-looking food, including coffee, bagels and deli meats. The cinnamon babka is fantastic and makes delicious French toast.

If your favorite foodie comes from The Boot, you may want to check out the Pennsylvania Macaroni Company in Pittsburgh for some Italian delectables, including  a small or large antipasta gift box filled with sliced Italian meats, sharp provolone and peppers.  The company also will send fresh pasta, such as smoked mozzarella ravioli and lobster ravioli, which are both wickedly delicious.

Cool tools and gadgets
Foodies love gadgets. The Food Network store features several cool tools/gadgets foodies would love, including what it calls a “lasagna lugger,” a cloth carrier with handles so your foodie can transport hot or cold food easily without burning fingers or making a mess in the car; and an iPad stand for those cooks who refer to electronic recipes.

At one point, every foodie needs a microplaner. Even if your foodie has one, he/she could use another. Williams-Sonoma  offers four with different surfaces for $16.95.

You could also make your foodie an apron at Cafe Press. Yes, most cooks already have one, but they don’t have one with your picture on it, or a special saying or one that you created. And, we foodies are always getting our aprons dirty, so it’s good to have a spare.

What about a baking tool caddy for your baker foodie? Think of it as a tackle box for bakers, enabling him/her to organize all of his/her foodie favorites, including sprinkles, pastry bags, tips, etc.

PenguinsClockSomething for the kitchen
And what foodie wouldn’t love this penguin kitchen clock? Oh, wait. That’s on my holiday list. Never mind.

What are you getting your favorite foodie? Tell me. I can keep a secret.


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