Holiday Gift Guide For The Food Lover In Your Life

I am a bad blogger this month, shame on me. I use to never skip days because I loved having my calendar perfect every MWF, but after traveling in the summer, a snowball effect has occurred.

Fear not, my last final is next Thursday and after that I will come equipped with all things food. I also kind of miss over-sharing my life with you.

This is my first year blogging and I have always wanted to do one of these guides. There are so many different styles and personalities so gift guides for ‘your best friend’ or ‘hunky man’ are out of the question for me. It also does not help that I am the worst shopper for people who I am close with.

However, food I know and food I love. And today is Friday! Score for me, because I managed to get two Friday Five’s in a role. Today is a good day.

Because I am a law abiding citizen, I am informing you that I signed up for affiliate links today from Amazon because I just had to pay the yearly fee for hosting. If anyone purchases the items from Amazon I link, I get pennies on the dollar so do not side-eye me and think I am shelling out! Mama has to make a little somehow. 😉

Five Things To Get The Food Lover In Your Life

Or me, because that would be lovely. Or at least show me a picture of what food related items you got so we can bond over them.

1. Personalized State Cutting Board


How awesome are these cutting boards?! I see how some states might work better than others (cough Colorado vs. Hawaii), but this gift is practical and also a little unique compared to what you might normally find in your local mall.There are cheaper versions but I really like AHeirloom’s brand. All the boards are an inch thick and made with love from a married couple in Brooklyn, NY.

PS: Does anyone shop at malls anymore or is everyone doing their ordering online this year?

2. Kitchenaid Food Grinder


Most home cooks or married couples (who put it on their registry) have this coveted piece of kitchen machinery and use it a few times to make cookies and bread before storing it away in the cobwebbed cabinet for infinity and beyond. This food grinder brings a whole new twist for the stand mixer and kicks it up to a whole ‘nother level. I hate eating ground chuck from grocery stores because of all the horror stories I have heard in my class; I can not imagine anything more satisfying than grinding your own meat.

Conversely, you can be a person like me and say a prayer to the cooking gods every night hoping a Kitchenaid makes its way to your doorstep the next morning. It has not happened yet so maybe I need to try harder.

3. A Thomas Keller Cookbook


Maybe it is because I have a school-girl crush on my food idol or the fact that I got to meet him a few months ago, but this would be a wonderful gift and I will be happy to mail you my address if you care to send me one (just kidding, really). One of the houses I nanny for has Ad Hoc at Home and the pictures are visually stunning and it looks great in the kitchen. I almost thought to put it on the coffee table but that is just silly.

4. Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator


I came to the conclusion that anyone that loves food loves wine as well, so this would be an awesome gift! The Vinturi aerator looks fancy and will make you seem like a wine connoisseur when your guest come over to eat your (freshly ground) home made meatballs, recipe adapted from Thomas Keller’s cooking book, while graze on cheese served on your new state cutting board.

Wow, I am good.

5. A gift certificate to your favorite gourmet restaurant.

I am not talking about the Olive Garden. If you live in a foodie city, this is the perfect gift to help your friends expand horizons. A lot of higher-end restaurants will have these available and make them quite nice to look at. A few years ago, I received one to Gary Danko for my birthday and I probably would not of thought of going without the kind gesture. Chances are you will become their new bff or they will spend it all at the bar. Win, win.

Last week’s Friday Five: The Five Best Christmas Songs Of All Time

And that’s it! I have about a million more ideas but this is a good start. This year I made it clear to everyone that I will be nice and cheap and just want slippers for Christmas. With my luck, I will end up with about 35 different pairs.

What are good gifts idea I can get my friends? I am absolutely clueless.

What do you realllllly want for the holidays? (I am trying to be politically correct).

10 thoughts on “Holiday Gift Guide For The Food Lover In Your Life

  1. I love my vinturi! They are so awesome! Those cuttings boards are cool, but don’t seem too practical for cutting. I think they would be cool for serving cheese and crackers though or whatever.

    I’m bad at gifts too! Good luck!

  2. Best (any occasion) gift I ever got from a BFF?
    A handmade gift certificate for a home-cooked meal, a dinner party for two at my BFF’s place.
    It was so thoughtful and perfect for me (because she’s ridiculously adventurous in the kitchen and thus, a very impressive cook).
    Consequently, I steal the idea (frequently) and pay-it-forward for loved ones and one’s I’d like to get to know better.
    I leave some blank spaces in the gc for
    ‘RSVP with dates/times that work for you’ = you’re accommodating their sched.
    ‘Invite a guest(s)!’ = inviting them to include a plus one, etc. makes for a nice warm and fuzzy feeling
    ‘What’s your favorite thing in the whole wide world to eat or would like to try (cuisine, etc.)? Because this [blank] will be prepared to perfection.

    I always include a note that says – ‘Bring nothing!’, so as to make certain my guest doesn’t have to worry about a hostess gift, a bottle to contribute or a frenzied en route stop at the grocery store for a last-minute forgotten ingredient.

    It’s a win-win really. They receive custom-made, hand-crafted-with-love meal and I get the delicious challenge of putting together a meal that may not necessarily be in my wheelhouse (while being potentially much more finances-friendly than a retail item).
    Also, having people over always makes me want to go on a cleaning binge so that’s a bonus.

  3. I’ll take one of everything on this list…minus the meat grinder. 😉

    Really, those cutting boards are almost too pretty to use. I think I’d hang it in my kitchen.

    I got one of my friends a 6 month Birchbox subscription. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Hopefully there isn’t a bunch of useless shit every month, haha.

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