The Holiday Season has officially started. If you are wondering what to buy for a foodie, here are some of my favorites. I like cooking gadgets, cookbooks, and beautiful tableware. These gifts are sure to please the foodie in your life.
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Top 10 Gifts for Foodies with Style:
1. Vintage Style Tablecloths
I love these playful vintage reproduction tablecloths. They add so much color and personality to the table. They are brand new so there is no worry about their condition. Most of the cloths are 52 inch square. If your table is larger, just turn the cloth on a diagonal, and use it as an accent cloth on top of a larger cloth.
2. Slate Serving Tray
This slate serving tray lends a natural look to any table. I love how you can use chalk to label the names of different kinds of cheeses. This tray is useful for finger-food appetizers and desserts.
Amazon has slate serving trays in different sizesfrom $16 to $45.
3. Sugar Mold Centerpiece for Flowers and Candles
A Sugar Mold looks beautiful as a dinner table centerpiece or as decor on a kitchen island or fireplace mantel. Just fill the sections with flowers, candles or a combination of both. The molds also can be used as a holder for crudité and other snacks. Traditionally, these containers were used as molds to make sugar in Mexico. Now they make fabulous centerpieces.
This 12 Hole Sugar Moldis from NapaStyle for $189., or this Large Sugarmold Candleholder Setis sold for $119.97.
NapaStyle sells additional cool accessories on their website like glass flower vases and pillar candles.
4. Moroccan-Inspired Candle Holders
I like to decorate the dinner table and the whole house with decorative candles. I love these Moroccan-inspired holders that come in many gorgeous colors. They are affordable, so buy a bunch to put in multiple rooms or buy different colors to match different holidays.
The Turquoise Blue Vintage Glass Candle Holderis $2.35 each.
The Clear Glass Candle Holder (goblet with silver accents)is $6.25 each.
Or choose the one from Luna Bazaarthat matches your style and color. $1.45 to 7.35.
These candle holders use tea light candles like these Battery operated Tealight Candles Flameless Set of 12pcs.
5. Cookbook: Secrets of The Best Chefs by Adam Roberts
Adam Roberts is one of my favorite food writers. His food blog Amateur Gourmet is so witty and entertaining, and I relate to his experiences. Now he brings us this unique book concept in which he cooks with top restaurant chefs from around the country and gets their recipes. He tells us the inside story about what it’s like to hang out with each chef. Then Adam tested all the chefs’ recipes in his home kitchen. He makes sure each recipe can be understood and executed by an average home cook in a home kitchen. Brilliant concept. I can’t wait to enjoy every story and try the recipes. Adam has discerning taste, so I know each recipe will be great.
Secrets of the Best Chefs: Recipes, Techniques, and Tricks from America’s Greatest CooksAmazon is offering a 34% discount on this book: $18.45.
6. IPad Stand for the Kitchen
I use my iPad in the kitchen all the time: to read recipes, convert measurements, and look for substitute ingredients. Having a stand is so useful, and now they make one with a wand so you don’t have to touch your iPad with messy hands.
7. The Vitamix Professional Blender 750
This is the top of the line, newest Vitamix blender with a more powerful and quieter motor. I love the self-cleaning cycle and how this blender makes velvety smooth soups and green smoothies. I have tried many different methods to get soups smooth, and the Vitamix is the only way to go. It can handle frozen fruit, make tomato skins disappear, and grind nut butters. A regular blender can’t do all that. It comes with a hefty price tag, but it’s the blender coveted by foodies. If you can’t decide which Vitamix model to get, read the Amazon customer reviews to learn more about the superior features of this model.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 with 64 oz container, Brushed Stainless Finishfor $648.95. This is the best price I could find on the internet on the day of posting, plus there’s free shipping.
If your foodie already has a Vitamix, then I recommend this smaller pitcher that sits on the same base and is good for making smaller batches like smoothies. Vitamix Eastman Tritan Copolyester 32-Ounce Container with Wet Blade and Lid$128.95
8. Pasta-making attachment for the Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
For the foodie who has everything, this is a great gift. The pasta rollers attach to a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and make preparing homemade pasta a snap. A motorized pasta maker is so much easier to use than a hand crank model. The dough comes out thin, just like a pro. It’s my dream to be able to make homemade pasta all the time.
KitchenAid KPRA Pasta Roller Attachment for Stand Mixersfor $160.02.
If your foodie doesn’t have a stand mixer, check out the top of the line which comes in 22 colors: KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer$403.
Here’s some more fun Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Attachments.
9. Measuring Spoons and Cups in More Sizes
The avid cook can really use measuring spoons and cups that come in an expanded selection of sizes. I love the 1/8 teaspoon, 1/2 tablespoon, 2/3 cup, 3/4 cup and 2 cup measures. They come in so handy when changing the number of servings of a recipe and for baking. The kitchen gadget geek in me gets excited about having these additional, useful sizes.
10. Good Quality Balsamic Vinegar and Basil Olive Oil
Foodies appreciate good quality ingredients. Calivirgin olive oils and vinegars are excellent and turn ordinary salads into something delectable. The balsamic vinegar is thick and slightly sweet. The basil olive oil has an amazing aroma and feel. These are artisanal foods made in California.
Note: All quoted prices are from the date of posting.