My biggest dilemma around the holidays is deciding for others the perfect gift. My husband is impossible since he is one of the rare people who doesn’t “need” anything and doesn’t appreciate getting gifts at all. My mother is easy; anything I would like will work for her. Every time I have a new sweater on or a new pair of earrings her response is “where did you get that?” This pretty much means I could get her anything I like and she will adore it as well. Others are not so easy so I have tried to categorize gifts by what one likes to do. My best friend’s husband is a chef, she herself loves to cook, and others love to be in the kitchen. If your in-laws spend the evening watching Emeril on Food Network, or your sister in law pours over the latest recipe from the Barefoot Contessa than the below list are perfect for those who love to spend time in the kitchen.
Heirloom Recipe Card Box
Rifle Paper Company has kudos from me on all of their products but I couldn’t help drool over this recipe card box. Here is what Rifle Paper Company has to say about my number one gift selection:
“Our heirloom recipe card boxes are made by local craftsmen from locally salvaged hardwood (trees that were destined for landfills). All of the boxes are unique and hand-crafted during a 3-month-long process (a month for the mill to source the salvaged wood, a month to build in the workman’s studio, and a month for the hand-rubbed finish to dry). The lids are then screen printed with two different design options.
Each box is unique and is made from a variety of woods depending on availability. Our primary woods are Sweet Gum, Magnolia Bay, and Laurel Oak.”
Gorgeous isn’t it?
Rifle Paper Company Heirloom Recipe Box
Rifle Paper Company Recipe cards
Ok so it takes 3 months to get this little lovely but even their re-fill cards are beautiful.
Rifle Paper Company Re-Fill Recipe Cards – Pack of 40
Chef Page Flags
Divide and conquer your recipes by See Jane Works page flags. Like post it notes for your cookbook.
See Jane Work
Pylones soap dispenser
So perfect for the hostess with the mostess or the kitschy cook. I love the selection of soap dispensers and what a conversation piece this would make every time a guest washers their hands.
Holy Toast Stamper
My devoutly catholic grandmother could have a dose of Miracles every morning. While waiting for her bread to toast she could do a round on her rosary.
“Need a miracle? Well who doesn’t? Don’t sit around waiting for one to fall from the sky! With the Holy Toast Miracle Bread Stamper, inspiration is as close as your toaster. Amazingly easy to use, just press the stamper into any slice of toast, white or wheat, we don’t care, and behold! With a sturdy plastic construction, toast stamper measures 4″ x 4″.
John Derian Slice of Cake tray
For the foodie and the design lover, a touch of John Derian in your kitchen.
Georgetown Cupcake Chocolate squared
Georgetown Egg Nog Cupcake
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Send your favorite foodie a sophisticated Valrhona chocolate cupcake with a whipped Callebaut chocolate frosting topped with a fondant flower.
Have a traditionalist on your hands than try a chocolate egg nog cupcake. Valrhona chocolate egg nog infused-cupcake topped with a nutmeg-infused vanilla cream cheese frosting and a fondant snowflake.
$2.75 each $15 half dozen $29 dozen
Sea grass Market Baskets
I love the warmth and texture of these baskets, perfect for your Eco minded friend and would be beautiful filled with fresh loaves of bread and some organic olive oil. Baskets are hand-woven from natural sea grass and are both decorative and utilitarian. Perfect for weekend shopping. Set of three nests for easy storage.
OK – I want this for myself, the ideas are endless and I could make a vegetarian lasagna for my friend Shawna right next to my meat loving father’s lasagna and then I could add mushrooms to mine since most people hate those too!
As seen in The Cleveland Plain Dealer and Food Network Magazine. If Lasagna is your go-to dish for dinner parties, you’ll love this pan. Its three separate non-stick channels allow cooks to get creative. You can cater to the vegetarians and carnivores at one time in one pan; or make 3 separate night dinners from one batch, keeping each batch pristine and varying the ingredients in each channel. The width and length of the channels is the same as standard lasagna noodles making lasagna building fast and easy, plus with three channels you’ll get more of everyone’s favorites….the edges. A custom-fit spatula is deep enough to get that great first piece with no mess. Aluminized steel non-stick coating on inside. Interior of pan measures 12 x 15 x 3; spatula measures 12 inches L x 2 3/8 inches at widest.
Lou Malnati’s 9″ Pizzas
I love Chicago Piazza and my absolute favorite is Lou Malnati’s. Long gone are the days of myself walking down Wells from the Mart and waiting 45 mins for one of these little babies to cook. In the end – so worth it. I have enough friends who have transplanted outside of the Chicago area who would love getting one of these to cook in their own oven. The gluten free variety would be perfect for my friend Emily’s mom. Lou Malnati’s 9″ Pizzas are handmade with the family’s original 50-year old recipe. Choose from six kinds: cheese, sausage, pepperoni, veggie, spinach or gluten free crust-less.”
Tastes of Chicago
$80 for 4
Wisteria Hercule Poirot Wine Bottle Candle holders
For the Wine-ista who has everything, light up the night and your wine with this cute Wine Bottle Candle Holder for one of my favorite stores.
Next to a vase of Sunflowers hand-loomed of natural linen with classic country red stripes, these napkins are pre-washed for softness and shrinkage.
“Elegant, beautiful and durable, linen is the refined luxury fabric. It is also the strongest of the vegetable fibers and has 2 to 3 times the strength of cotton. Not only is the linen fiber strong, it is smooth and lint free. The more it is used and washed, the softer and stronger it becomes. Table cloths and napkins made of linen have long been cherished heirlooms, handed down from generation to generation.”
$45 for a Set of 4
Stockholm Floral Apron
I couldn’t resist a gift from my favorite store Anthropologie, I could own every apron in the place and still want more. Who wants to get their dress dirty anyways, and with this cute apron, one doesn’t have to worry about what their wearing under it.
Ladies-In-Waiting Dinner Plate
An Anthropologie exclusive collaboration with Parisian artist Florence Balducci and I love that they are dishwasher and microwave safe. “Choose from four different sketched noblewomen as they flaunt their surreal finery (ship-topped, sky-scraping wig, anyone? Perhaps a flag?) amidst crimped-edged ceramic.”
Lori's Meringue Mushrooms
Trick all your non mushroom loving friends with this gift and let them fall in love with mushrooms. These little button caps are perfect on the side of a cup of coffee or as a decoration on top of a buche de noel.
“Lori’s Meringue Mushrooms These light as a feather meringues come in vanilla flavor with a tiny bite of chocolate holding the stem to the cap and a dusting of cocoa powder “earth”. Set of 2 Tills, each packed with 10 Mushrooms; 8 Vanilla Buttons with 2 Cocoa Cremini. The Perfect Hostess Gift! Give one,keep one for yourself!”
Lori’s Meringue Mushrooms