The countdown to Christmas has begun, and since we don’t have cable, I’ve been doing my own version of ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, complete with Love Actually, The Holiday, White Christmas, and all the Harry Potter movies (funny how those have become “holiday” movies) plus many others. We put up our new Christmas tree that Bry’s mom and step-dad gave us, baked cookies with my parents when they were out, and went to see the huge Christmas tree in Faneuil Hall. I’d say we’re rocking this Christmas-thing so far, but there’s still a few gifts left to get.
Whether you still have family members to buy for or maybe a secret santa or gift swap at work, I wanted to help you out with some gift ideas perfect for foodies, beginner cooks, hots/hostesses, and coffee lovers. Plus, each category is broken down by dollar amount to help keep you within your holiday budget.
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Less than $15 pick: Peanut Butter & Co. Breakfast Pack ($13.32). Perfect for the peanut butter-lover in your life, these breakfast-flavored peanut butters are delicious spread over toast, swirled into oats, or spooned straight from the container. Trust me, I’ve eaten half a jar in one day before. . .
Less than $50 pick: Crown Maple Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup ($30). Think maple syrup is just for pancakes? Think again. This maple syrup made in New York is aged in bourbon barrels, giving it rich, deep flavor. While you can keep it simple and drizzle over fresh fruit, ice cream, or pie, the makers recommend using it to marinade BBQ meats, add into salsas and sauces, and stir into coffee or hot chocolate.
Splurge Pick: Uuni 2S Wood-Fired Oven with Stone Baking Board ($299). Perfect for the pizza-lover in your life, Uuni 2S brings restaurant-worthy wood-fired pizza into your home. Also no judgement if you decide to keep this one for yourself 😉
For the Beginner or Growing Cook:
Less that $15 pick:Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck ($12). If you haven’t checked out Thug Kitchen yet, you are seriously missing out! The LA duo takes a very no-nonsense approach to telling you its time to put down the junk and start eating healthy, whole foods. Besides being highly entertaining to read, the recipes are delicious. Warning: if you or the recipient of the gift is not a fan of swearing then this is NOT the right present.
Less than $50 pick:Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker With Temperature Probe ($49). Whether you’re buying for an experienced cook or your friend who uses the oven to store clothes, a crock pot is an essential kitchen tool that anyone can use to whip up an easy, homemade meal. I think it is essential to have a programmable slow cooker so even if it finishes cooking before you get home from work, it will automatically switch itself to the “hold warm” setting. Plus, this one comes with a temperature probe, which will turn the slow cooker to “hold warm” once your meat reaches the desired temperature.
Splurge pick:Anova Culinary Bluetooth Precision Cooker ($149). If you’ve been following my blog then you know I’m in love with sous vide cooking. Hands down the best steak I’ve had (that didn’t come from a crazy expensive steak house), juiciest bison burger, and perfectly cooked turkey breast. And I’ve only had mine for 3 months! Sous vide cooking is a healthy, easy way to cook any protein you’d like, from red meats to fish to bacon to even eggs. Plus you can also cook vegetables, such as carrots, but I have yet to try it. If you are really going all-out for this gift, then I recommend buying Sous Vide Essentials Kit ($39.99)
Less than $15 pick:Vacu Vin Wine Saver Pump ($8.95). Don’t leave your host with a half-finished wine bottle that has to get poured down the drain. This Vacu Vin Wine Saver pumps out the air from a wine bottle, keeping wine drinkable for up to 2 weeks!
Less than $50 pick:Morken Barware Moscow Mule Mugs Set of 2 (33.99). These mugs are perfect for the trendy cocktail lover in your life. While traditionally used for Moscow mules, these mugs are great for keeping any beverage of choice nice and cold.
Splurge pick:Riedel Ouverture Red and White Magnum Glass and Champagne Flute ($71.95). Nothings worse than throwing a party then having a bunch of wine glasses to wash by hand at the end of the night. Give your hostess a break by getting her these dishwasher safe wine glasses that still look party-ready.
For Coffee and Tea Lovers:
Less than $15 pick:Luxury Tea Infuser Crimson Red ($9.99). Give the tea-lover in your life this highly rated tea infuser. Plus it comes in red, green, hot pink, and purple. If you want to make it a more complete gift, make a mini gift basket with loose leaf teas and a cute mug.
Less than $50 pick:Stainless Steel French Press Insulated Travel Mug with Coffee Measure Bag Clip Scoop and Spill Proof Lid ($24.97). For the coffee (or tea) drinker who never has enough time to brew coffee in the morning, this French press travel mug brews your coffee or loose-leaf tea on your way to work or school.
Splurge pick: Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer, Hot and Cold ($144.80). I saved the best for last! This coffee maker will have you kissing Starbucks goodbye. The two coolest features are the ability to choose your size and brew. For size, pick between cup, travel mug, half carafe, and full carafe. Then for brew, choose between classic and rich brews, over ice brew (perfect for any iced coffee lovers), and specialty brew to mimic your favorite espresso drinks. This is another one where I won’t judge if you keep the gift for yourself 😉
So here’s a toast to finding just the right gift!
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Love Thug Kitchen, great book! And you can never go wrong with Ridel glasses and the Ninja set. Great looking list!
Thanks Lauren! Thug Kitchen is the bomb – one of my go-to recommendations to get people into cooking and food blogs.
So many of my favorites (I love my Anova and the Thug Kitchen cookbook rocks!!) and so many more that I want to check out (starting with that amazing looking maple syrup)!!
Thanks Sonali! Right? That maple syrup is dangerously addictive 😉
I love all the bar tools…we just got a bar cart so we’re trying to fill ‘er up! Love this time of year!!
Not a bad problem to have 😉 Enjoy getting your bar set up – hopefully it’ll be all ready to go by New Years!
Love this gift guide! I like that you shared splurge options too 🙂 I need to watch The Holiday (Brian and I have been loving all the holidays movies!!), and it’s funny you mention Harry Potter because my husband is a total fan and things they qualify as holiday movies too 🙂