Want to get a great gift for the cook in your life? Think through the options and choose something useful and avoid the twaddle.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the idea of crossing the gift-buying off our list that we gift stuff that is going to eventually go to the discard pile. I know this because I found a gift I gave in a friend’s giveaway pile.
As you think through your Christmas list and the foodies in your life, think about what they really need or would enjoy.
1. Gift cards to specialty food shops
When on a budget, it’s hard to splurge on fancy ingredients. But, cooks and foodies love to explore new foods. A gift card to a specialty store or even a regular grocery store can be a welcome gift. You could also get gift certicates to kitchen shops like Sur La Table or King Arthur Flour.
2. A new cookbook
I love a new cookbook! I have several that are near and dear to my heart, particularly any by Beth Hensperger or Susan Branch. One new one that I just got to review is The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen Cookbook. I am really looking forward to trying out some of these recipes. The pictures are so tempting. And the Double-Dipped Potato Chip Chicken is calling my name!
3. A kitchen tool upgrade
Recently, I invested in these baking sheets from Nordicware*. My silpat mats fit them perfectly, making baking a joy. Definitely recommend both for easy baking. Other kitchen tools that I love and use often include:
- Eat Smart Kitchen Scale
- Cuisinart Immersion Blender
- Cuisinart Waffle Maker
- electric griddle, like this one
- Cuisinart Food Processor
- Oster Bread Machine
Apparently, I have a thing for Cuisinart. They didn’t pay me to say that, though. These are the appliances I’ve bought over the years and use very regularly.
4. Kitchen linens
I don’t know about you, but kitchen linens take a beating. Sturdy replacements for hot pads, aprons, and kitchen towels would be welcome assets to any cook.
What do YOU think is a good gift for a cook?
*Edited: 1/5/12 – I am sorry to report that I had to take the baking pans back! Over the holidays, one of them started to flake its coating. Bummer! I will update you when I find a better replacement.