It’s almost time for presents, and if some of you are still left in the dark as to what to get your food-loving friends, it’s not too late!
For the ice cream lover:
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home ($10 – $16)
Wilton Incredible Ice Cream Scoop, cuts through even the hardest ice cream (~$10-15)
For the occasional ice cream maker, a Cuisinart 2-qt Ice Cream Maker (~ $50)
For the hard-core ice cream maker, go for the Cuisinart ICE-100 (~$200) and allows you to make ice cream on a whim without having to pre-freeze the ice cream maker container!
For the baker:
Durable measuring cups and spoons ($10)
I love these Oxo Containers ($17) – they’re great for storing flour, sugar, and anything else you can think of! (That size holds a 5-lb bag of flour)
A trusty kitchen scale ($11) for those recipes that measure by weight instead of volume.
For the pizza-maker:
I’ve gone through a lot of pizza-cooking devices and this baking steel ($89) provides the best results by far. I keep it in my oven all the time to help provide even heating for all my cooking (and even use it to heat up frozen pizzas!).
Or go all out for the Pizzeria Pronto propane-powered pizza machine! ($299) If that’s a little bit out of your price range you can get the still amazing (but less aesthetically pleasing) PizzaQue ($129).
A nice pizza peel ($25)
A trusty pizza cutter ($12)
For the bartender:
Step up your skills with the ultimate bar book ($13).
Never miss out on a drink with this carry-on cocktail kit ($15-25). It makes an especially great gift for guests who will have to fly back home after the holiday!
Try something new with Scrappys Bitters sampler kit ($20).
Always have great-tasting wine with this pocket-sized wine aerator ($20).
For the coffee-lover:
We use our Nespresso ($200-300) every day and I love it just as much as I did on day one. The perfect gift for the caffeine-lover who wants their coffee in 60 seconds.
The only thing I love as much as our Nespresso is its milk
frother ($99) – which does hot and cold froth (who knew that was a thing?). Upgrade your espresso into a latte, cappuccino, or macchiato with ease.
Experience coffee in a whole new way with a Chemex coffee brewer ($45 – 65).
Whatever you’re drinking, drink it in style with a gorgeous double-walled Bodum tumbler ($20).
For the avid home chef:
When I worked at Sur la Table, we used the Breville Smart Oven ($200-250) for EVERYTHING and I could not get over how consistently amazing the results were. It is by far the best toaster oven around (and can make everything from toast, to pizza, to cupcakes!) and I’ve barely even used my regular oven since acquiring the Breville earlier this year!
The InstantPot ($99) is the new 7-in-1 that is taking the world by storm. It’s even on my very own Christmas List this year! It is everything from a rice cooker to a slow cooker and even a pressure cooker all in one compact little gadget! It’s saved my neck multiple times when I decide that I want a slow cooked pot roast for dinner and only have an hour or two to make it. 🙂
Ranked highest by America’s Test Kitchen, this slow cooker ($70-80) heats evenly and has extra features like a countdown timer and “keep warm” feature so you don’t have to worry about your meal over-cooking!
Also on my own list, the Food Lab’s guide to better home cooking ($20-30) uses science to level up your kitchen skills.
These are my favorite kitchen spatulas ($15 for 4) by far, I use them for everything and they are super affordable (and dishwasher-safe!). StarPack has a large range of other products that are above-average quality and very durable, too!
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