Holiday Gift Ideas For the Foodie in your Life

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It’s that time of year once again…

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably nowhere near done (or even started) with your Holiday Shopping and are most likely still scratching your head as to what to buy for those special people in your life.

If that’s your case, hopefully this little Holiday Gift Guide will help you find the perfect present for the foodie (or foodies) in your life. I made a list of my favorite kitchen tools, some of which I personally own and some of which I totally DREAM of owning!

Whether you’re looking to surprise someone who’s just starting out in life and doesn’t yet own much kitchen gear, or you are wanting to please the hard core foodie who already has everything, I’m positive that you’ll find something on this list. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find a little something for yourself!


KITCHEN ESSENTIALS EVERY FOODIE SHOULD HAVE IN THEIR KITCHEN

Perfect presents for the foodie who’s just starting to equip their kitchen, or could use a little equipment upgrade…

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1-Wüsthof 8″ Chef Knife  ///  2-Wooden Cutting Board  ///  3-KitchenAid Electric Hand Mixer  ///  4-Digital Kitchen Scale  ///  5-Hamilton Beach 8-Quart Slow Cooker  ///  6-KitchenAid Stick Blender  ///  7-Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven  ///  8-Porcelain Baking Dish  ///  9-KitchenAid 7 cup Food Processor  ///  10-KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender  ///  11-Rachel Ray 10 Piece Non-Stick Bakeware

MY FAVORITES

Wüsthof 8″ Chef Knife  <<< One wouldn’t be able to do much in a kitchen without a good knife… Forged in high-carbon stainless steel, hand-honed for razor-like sharpness, and triple riveted for strength and permanence, this is a blade that will give you years of cutting edge satisfaction! 

Wooden Cutting Board <<< No matter how fantastic the blade you own, nothing will ruin it faster than marble, stone or glass, so stay away from those types of cutting boards. The best possible choice you could make to preserve your blade’s edge is wood. Here’s a board that will give you ample room to work efficiently and that’s destined to be your knife’s best friend for years to come!

KitchenAid Electric Mixer <<<  A pretty useful and handy tool to have in the kitchen. Ideal for mixing light batters, creaming butter, whipping cream or turning egg whites into fluffy meringue, chances are very good that this tool will end up being used on a very regular basis. Also comes in handy when you don’t feel like taking out the heavy artillery, aka the stand mixer!

Kitchen Scale <<< An absolute must for measuring ingredients with total accuracy or to help track your food intake, calories and macros. Once you start using this tool, you’ll never be able to be without it ever again.

Slow Cooker <<< Perfect for those times when you can’t be there to attend to your meals, or for making meals that demand a very long, slow cooking time (bone broth comes to mind…)

KitchenAid Stick Blender <<< Absolutely essential in the kitchen, if only to make homemade mayonnaise and salad dressings. Also perfect to blend, crush, chop, puree and whisk. This particular model also comes with a handy attachment that allows you to chop vegetables, hard cheeses and nuts, or crush ice quickly and easily, as well as a whisk to help you make fluffy meringues effortlessly.

Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven <<< Ideal for searing, cooking at a high temperature and then finishing slowly in the oven with the cover on, this piece of cookware is well known and loved for its durability, amazing heat retention and sophisticated style. A gift that will last a lifetime!

KitchenAid Food Processor <<< The one piece of equipment that I could never, ever be without. I use it to make just about anything, from soups to batters to pie dough, and especially nut butters! This one is a sturdy piece of machinery that I couldn’t recommend enough. If a Food Processor is on your list this year, this is definitely the one to get!

Wüsthof 8 Cutting Board KitchenAid Electric Mixer Kitchen Scale Hamilton Beach 8-Quart Slow Cooker KitchenAid Stick Blender Dutch Oven Porcelain Baking Dish KitchenAid 7 cup Food Processor KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender 10 Piece Non-Stick Bakeware Image Map

DREAM TOYS TO SPOIL YOUR FAVORITE FOODIE ROTTEN

If money is no object and you’re looking to spoil that special someone in your life completely rotten, then you can’t go wrong with any of these…

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1-Jura E8 Automatic Espresso Machine  /// 2-All-Clad D5 10 Piece Cookware  /// 3-KitchenAid Pro Line 16-cup Food Processor /// 4-Vitamix High Speed Blender  ///  5-Le Creuset Signature Indigo 10-Piece Set   ///  6-KitchenAid Professional 600 Design Stand Mixer 

MY FAVORITES

Jura E8 Automatic Espresso Machine <<< Entirely automatic, this machine will prepare 6 different kinds of coffee for you — espresso, ristretto, regular coffee, capuccino, flat white or latte machiatto — all at the touch of a single button. The ultimate gift for for the serious coffee aficionado!

KitchenAid Pro Line 16-cup Food Processor <<< I recently upgraded my old Food Processor for this one… what a dream! It comes with 3 different bowl sizes, so it can tackle pretty much any job you throw at it. It also includes a dicing kit, an adjustable slicing disc and reversible shredding discs, as well as several blades and spatula, all neatly tucked in a handy storage case. A real heavy-duty machine that’ll last for generations!

Vitamix High Speed Blender <<< The ultimate kitchen toy! The Vitamix High Speed Blender can pretty much do it all. It can make velvety soups, silky sauces, creamy nut butters and even frozen desserts, all at the touch of a button. The ten variable speeds allow you to refine every texture with culinary precision, from the smoothest purées to the heartiest soups. Plus, you won’t find a better tool to grind coffee beans, coarse salt, or make your own flour from whole nuts. This will probably become the most used tool in the kitchen, after your pots and pans…

KitchenAid Stand Mixer  <<<  When it comes to mixers, it doesn’t get much better than this top-of-the-line, heavy-duty KitchenAid Stand Mixer. This is one solid and well constructed piece of equipment. It’s is perfect for mixing heavy, dense mixtures, and the flat metal beater, spiral dough hook and whisk will help you mix, knead and whip ingredients into culinary masterpieces quickly and easily. Here’s a gift that will be remembered, appreciated, and used, for years to come!


AWESOME COOKING TOOLS AND “NICE-TO-HAVE” KITCHEN GADGETS

For the foodie who already has everything or could use a few gadgets to make their life easier…

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Jura E8 Automatic Espresso Machine All-Clad D5 10 Piece Cookware Vitamix High Speed Blender KitchenAid Professional 600 Design Stand Mixer Le Creuset Signature Indigo 10-Piece Set Image Map

1-Professional Knife Sharpener  ///  2-Hamilton Beach Convection Toaster/Broiler Oven  ///  3-Vegetable Spiralizer  ///  4-CucinaPro Electric Flatbread and Tortilla Maker  ///  5-Nutri Ninja Pro  ///  6-Indoor Grill  ///  7-Bron Mandoline Slicer  ///  8-Ninja Master Prep

MY FAVORITES 

Professional Knife Sharpener <<< A sharp blade is much safer to use than a dull blade so you’ll want to keep your knives nice and sharp. This Professional Sharpening Station by Chef’s Choice will take care of that for you, easily and efficiently, in just a few minutes!

Vegetable Spiralizer <<< Use this to make long noodle-like strands out of all kinds of vegetables, such as zucchini, carrots, turnips, cucumber, parsnip, butternut squash… You can then use those “noodles” as a replacement for pasta in your favorite recipes, or get creative and make delicious salads and sides.

CucinaPro Electric Flatbread and Tortilla Maker <<< Making homemade tortillas in your very own kitchen has just been made super easy! This Flatbread and Tortilla Maker flattens and bakes 10-inch tortilla breads, pitas and other flatbreads. You can use it to cook crepes and pancakes, too!

Bron Mandoline Slicer <<< If you should only have one kitchen “gadget” I say this should be the one. Whether you want to slice your veggies super thin, julienne them finely or turn them into evenly sized matchsticks, this is the tool that you need. While I don’t use mine every day, I absolutely could not part with it. I say this is a great specialty tool that’s definitely worth the investment!

Nutri Ninja Pro <<< The ultimate personal blender for any shake / smoothie enthusiast out there. I use mine practically every day to make the fluffiest, dreamiest post workout shakes. Its powerful 1000 watt motor is able to take practically everything that you throw at it, be it ice cubes or rock solid frozen fruits. Even whole frozen strawberries are no challenge for this compact but mighty blender.


STOCKING STUFFERS AND AWESOME HOSTESS GIFT IDEAS

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1-The Pioneer Woman – Cake Dome  ///  2-Micro Zester / Grater  ///  3-Spring Loaded Cookie Scoops  ///  4-Slate Serving Board and Dinner Plates  ///  5-Rubber Spatulas  ///  6-The Pioneer Woman – Happiness Bowl and Plate Set  ///  7-Olive Wood Spoons  ///  8-Stainless Steel Silicone Kitchen Utensils Cooking Set  ///  9-The Pioneer Woman Charlie and Walter Salt and Pepper Shakers  ///  10-Paleo Home Cooking

MY FAVORITES

The Pioneer Woman Collection – Have you spotted The Pioneer Woman‘s new kitchen gear collection in stores yet? I am completely in love with it and always want to get EVERY single piece that I see. Seriously, how adorable are this Cake Dome,  Happiness Bowl and Plate Set and Charlie and Walter Salt and Pepper? The little doggie salt and pepper shakers, especially… I’m dying! I sure would be thrilled if Santa put these guys in my stocking this year!

Slate Serving Board and Dinner Plates from SlatePlate. I got those as a gift myself, and I must say it’s one of the best gifts I ever got. Not only are the plates extremely beautiful and well made, but the guys at SlatePlate can even engrave them with your name or company logo. Check out what they did for to my serving plate. I love it! This is definitely a brilliant and very unique Christmas gift idea!

Paleo Home Cooking <<< HA! I’m sure you won’t resent me for shamelessly plugging my very own cookbook here now, will you? Hey, it’s got great Christmas recipes in it… But seriously, it’s a great cookbook to have around all year long – and you don’t have to be paleo to appreciate it!

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