Hi, and welcome to my ULTIMATE Foodie Gift Guide!
I wanted to put out a gift guide featuring some of my favorite products, hot ticket items, and amazing cookbooks by my friends that would make excellent gifts for all the foodies on your list! Whether you’re shopping for the fashiony foodie, the baker extraordinaire, the prodigal chef-in-training, or the grill master, there is something for everyone on your list!
I decided this year to pair items together for the ULTIMATE gift in each category. As you’ll see, I’ve broken things down based on themes: bread baking, air frying, regular baking, grilling, etc. with a book and corresponding tool that’s essential to the accompanying book. (Except in the case of the fashiony foodie. They just get cute stuff).
I hope you’ll love this guide!
For the Dessert Extraordinaire:
Two in One Desserts Cookbook, $15; Sweetapolita Sprinkle Collection, $34
This combination is probably my favorite, and not just because the book was written by yours truly! For any baker who loves to think outside of the box, this cookbook is perfect! Two in One Desserts is all about combining two desserts that exist on their own into a unique dessert mashup! From Fruity Pebbles Cheesecake to Red Velvet Cake Milkshakes, there is something for every skill level or taste preference! Paired with an adorable custom-blended sprinkle trio from my favorite sprinkle shop, this will excite any baker!
For the Grill Master:
How to Grill Everything Cookbook, $18; Patio Provisions BBQ Sauce Trio, $20
Whether you’re a seasoned grill cook or a grill master, this essential cookbook by Mark Bittman is a must. Bittman covers all of the basics for simply perfect flame-cooked food. I paired this BBQ bible with my friend Susie’s line of BBQ sauces by her company, Patio Provisions. With flavors like whiskey peach, apple jalapeno and her all-purpose “everything” sauce, this is the ideal combination for any griller! (Psst: check out her line of rubs, too!)
For the Fashiony Foodie:
Onion Rings sweater, $98; Too Faced Hot Buttered Rum palette, $25
This combination is for the seriously fashionable! This cheeky cashmere-blend sweater has taken the fashion world by storm. Who doesn’t love onion rings? Pair this graphic sweater with a pleated skirt and tennies for the ultimate trendy look. Be sure to top off the look with this scented eye palette from Too Faced. Not only are the shadows gorgeous, but they are highly pigmented and smells like hot buttered rum!
For the Health Nut:
Skinnytaste Air Fryer Cookbook, $11; Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 Multi Cooker, $190
Even though the holidays are all about indulgences, it doesn’t mean you have to skimp on flavor! Gina’s book walks you through a delicious lineup of flavorful, healthy recipes air-fried to perfection. Paired with this kick-ass Ninja Foodi 7-in-1 multi-cooker that air fries, pressure cooks, steams, bakes, slow cooks, makes yogurt, and sears/sautes. It’s the latest and greatest on the market and is sure to help you make healthful choices in the New Year!
For the Mixologist:
Art of Mixology cookbook, $8; Crate & Barrel Easton Stainless Cocktail Shaker, $30
This is a classic necessity for any aspiring bartender or mixologist! This comprehensive book boasts classic recipes such as Moscow Mules and Whiskey Sours to clever and curious concoctions for the more adventurous. And any self-respecting mixologist has to have a cocktail shaker in their arsenal, and this stainless steel show-stopper from Crate and Barrel is a must.
For the Masterchef Junior:
The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs, $14; Williams Sonoma Chef’s Apron, $25
No prodigal chef will be complete without this must-have baking guide for over 100 sweet and savory recipes designed especially for younger chefs in mind! And of course, a chef isn’t a chef without a restaurant-quality chef’s apron! In a multitude of colors and patterns, you can leave blank or personalize for your upcoming James Beard-award winner.
For the Pressure Cooker Queen:
Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, $17; Instant Pot Duo Plus, $120
Pressure cooking is ALL the rage because of how easy and FAST it cooks traditionally time-consuming dishes like short ribs or roasts. My friend Barbara’s new pressure cooker cookbook has 200 fast and foolproof recipes for every type and brand of pressure cooker on the market! But why settle for any ol’ pressure cooker when you can get the state-of-the-art Instant Pot Duo Plus? It’s a 9-in-1 pressure cooker, steamer, sterilizer, slow cooker, egg cooker, yogurt maker, sautes, rice cooker, and more!
For the Trendy Foodie:
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat Cookbook, $21; Wusthof Classic Hollow-Edge Santuko Knife, $60-140
This all-purpose cookbook has taken the food world by storm! Illustrations and helpful tips & tricks help any reader master the elements of great cooking using those essential components of salt, fat, acid, and heat as the book implies. And you can’t continue your culinary journey without a proper knife! I absolutely adore santuko knives for their versatility and all-purpose nature. This one by Wusthof is a must-have.
For the Entertainer:
Beautiful Boards Cookbook, $23; Christmas Tree Serving Board with Spreader, $20
My friend Maegan created the most gorgeous book all about making the hottest food trend this year, snack and charcuterie boards! But lest you think all boards are just meat and cheese, think again. Maegan has different varieties and fun shapes for every occasion! However, nothing beats a festive tree-shaped board with matching spreader for any Christmastime soiree.
For the Carb Lover:
Ready, Set, Dough Cookbook, $22; Williams Sonoma Olivewood Bench Scraper, $15
I cannot wait for my friend Rebecca’s newest book, Ready, Set, Dough! which is a must-have guide for all beginning bread bakers! Featuring breads and doughs for all occasions, it is making my mouth water already thinking about all the delicious carby goodness I am about to create! Rebecca’s recommendation is a bench or pastry scraper, a tool paramount to bread baking! This olivewood-handled one from Williams Sonoma is not only gorgeous but the blade features measurements for convenience.
Well, that’s it! I hope you guys have enjoyed this comprehensive gift guide for all the fabulous foodies in your life!
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