The Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies was probably my favorite gift guide because I love to spend time in the kitchen. I don’t get to do it much these days but when I do I love to bake and create. Most of the items on this list have been in our kitchen for years and are items we use on the daily. You can also find even more ideas in the Gift Guide for Hosts and Hostess. I also always try and keep a few emergency gifts for that unannounced guest – I typically stock up on Olive Oil Sets and other unique spices or salts that appeal to tons of people.
2019 Adds to Our Kitchen
Our kitchen has been fully stocked for years but every year it seems we add a few things. Some we love, some we pass along. These are two we added this year that aren’t going anywhere!
Vegetables Illustrated Cookbook – I purchased this for my spouse to make sure we continued our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We get a weekly vegetable lot and since he does all the menu planning and cooking I needed him on board with cooking LOTS of vegetables. The cookbook isn’t wholly vegetarian though there are plenty of recipes included that are. EVERY recipe we have made has been amazing! #EveryOne
Kitchen Aid Spiralizer Accessory $69 – This was another attempt to use ALL the veggies. I probably couldn’t convince my boys to eat a spear of squash but if I spiralize it, they clean their plate in five minutes. #TrueStory I purchased mine used from eBay and I paid almost as much as the price you can currently get a new one from Macy’s for. #WorthThePrice
These are all things in our kitchen that we use on the daily. They are a must have for any wannabe chef (or actual chef). #AllInclusive Any Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies wouldn’t be complete without the staples you use everyday. #OrShould
Lodge Cast Iron Pans – I am not sure I could function in a kitchen without one of these (we actually have four of various sizes). They really are all you need to cook anything!! #YepAnything
Garlic Press – Turns cloves into minced garlic in about two seconds flat. #Genius
Cookbook Stand – There are lots of “pretty” cookbook stands on the market but the clincher with this one is the acrylic front that keeps your cookbooks pristine. #MessyCook
Mixing Bowls – I have three different sets of mixing bowls (I use them that much). I love that these can stay on the counter and still look pretty! #StorageSaver
Soda Stream – Sparkly water and sparkling juice are consumed at nearly every meal in our house. I don’t think we would survive without this (or the glass recycling bin would fill up way too fast). #ThatBinIsForWineBottles
Instapot Accessories – We have an Instapot that I rarely use but my husband uses it nearly daily (he is typically making rice for his homemade power bars). If you love yours (or know someone who does) then there are tons of gadgets to make it even more versatile. #CookCrazy
Specialty Items You Should Actually Buy
I feel like we have tried every specialty gadget in existence. Some are better than others. Some work but aren’t so good they warrant drawer space. Here are the ones that we keep around.
Bear Claws – If you make pork shoulder or shredded chicken more than a few times a year then you are going to want these. They turn a hunk of meat into a shredded pile in a matter of minutes. Sure you could use forks but it is going to take twice as long, hurt twice as much when you gouge your finger and leave your eight your old completely bored with the process. Bear Claws, however are efficient, safe and entertaining. #BearRoarsEncouraged
Avocado Saver – Does exactly as it is named for half an avocado. Don’t let Amazon convince you the slicer is good too. It’s unnecessary – use a knife. And if you regularly eat the whole avocado then you don’t need this either. What I need is an alarm reminding me to eat the other half I saved. #OtherProblems
Vitamix – Your average blender will do the job of a Vitamix “most” of the time. It is the other few times that I am reminded of the power that is our Vitamix. We have a commercial version that is at least fifteen years old. It has created soups, smoothies, hummus, nut butters, baby food and a whole host of other yumminess … and I will never use a regular blender again. #Never
Mochi Kit – WE love to visit the mochi restaurant just down the street but I think the boys might enjoy attempting to make it at home just as much. #CookingKit