This time of year, people always ask me for gift ideas for their food loving friends. Until now, my answer has always been simple – a set of CIA Master’s Collection Knives. They’re the knives I use and I absolutely adore them – I even prefer them to my more expensive knives. Unfortunately, they seem to be out of production now. Booooo.
So my new answer? It’s not quite as easy, but I put this list of ideas together to get you pointed in the right direction. Some of them are specific (that GORGEOUS instant pot) and others are more general ideas that you can use as inspiration at your local holiday market.
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- Pioneer Woman Instant Pot I can’t handle how cute this instant pot is. I already have a standard silver one, but I’m seriously tempted to add this one to my collection. Just think how cute it will look on the counter! (PS you’ll definitely want to grab an Instant Pot for yourself before my book comes out, too)
- Marble and Wood Coasters I love coasters. They’re great for drinks, obviously, but I also use them under candles and even to add a pretty layer under small plants. I love the contrast of wood and marble on this pair, but check out local glass blowers and potters for more gorgeous options that help support an artist in your neighborhood.
- Hand Mixer I kept my hand mixer in the back of a cabinet for years, but recently rediscovered how useful it is for making cookies and other small baked batch baked goods that don’t necessarily require my big stand mixer. Pair a with a pretty batter bowl and some pancake mix or local maple syrup for a fun gift!
- Cravings: Hungry for More I bought this book for myself on a whim and I’m obsessed. The photos are gorgeous and the recipes are so fun – think popovers with brie and blackberry jam, mushroom and shallot nachos, and coconut short rib curry. There’s also a whole chapter of drool-worthy Thai recipes.
- Portable Bluetooth Speaker Everyone needs some music in the kitchen while they cook and a portable speaker can easily be moved to the dining room or patio when it’s time to eat! I’m usually blasting Taylor Swift on my speaker.
- Marble Rolling Pin Do you know anyone who’s still using a wine bottle to roll out cookie dough? Give them an upgrade with an actual rolling pin. Marble is great because you can stick in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes to get it super cold.
- Stemless Wine Glasses I’m a sucker for pretty glasses, and I use my stemless wine glasses for everything from wine (duh) to seltzer.
- Nespresso Machine The ultimate gift for coffee lovers – I use mine every single morning. I even bought myself a second one to keep at the office.
- A Giant Serving Board These are really useful for making appetizer platters or sandwich boards. When they’re not in use, they also make a pretty layer for under a centerpiece. I keep a low candle and salt and pepper shakers on mine, which I purchased from a local woodworker.
- Salt and Pepper Shakers Speaking of salt and pepper shakers, this Kate Spade pair it too cute to pass up. Pair them with coarse black pepper from Penzy’s. It’s made with tellicherry peppers, which are my favorite. They have so much flavor!
- Le Creuset I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Le Creuset. These little coquettes are an affordable entry-level piece and are great for making mini pot pies or creme brulee.
- Fondue Set Fondue has fallen out of popularity, but it’s still super fun! Besides using it for chocolate or cheese, you can use it to make Chinese hot pot at home.
- Fancy Candles You can never have too many candles, right? I love pretty ones that do double-duty as decor.
- Food & Beer This is another book filled with gorgeous photos and off the beaten path recipes that are made to pair with craft beer.
- Ice Cream Bowls I love these sweet pastel bowls. They’re the perfect size for ice cream. Pair them with a jar of homemade hot fudge sauce and a jar or two of pretty sprinkles.
- Oil and Vinegar Set Fancy oil and vinegar isn’t the kind of thing that you buy yourself very often, but they can really take your recipes to the next level.
- Sea Salt This is a fun little kit filled with flavors sea salts – they’re a great way to add an extra pop of flavor to your recipes or to jazz up things like baked fries or grilled vegetables.