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A Foodie’s Christmas List

 

I absolutely love gift-giving.  It’s one of my favorite things about the Holiday season!  But sometimes coming up with Christmas gift ideas for the people on your list is pretty darn difficult!  I’ve decided that EVERYone should have a Pinterest board like this one.  (So that we can all have access to an ongoing, current, & detailed wish-list for anyone we might need to buy a gift for.)  This would make life so much easier.  Who would like to help me perpetuate this movement?  Spread the “I Want That!” Pinterest board to every last person on the planet!

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Anyway, until that day comes, I thought it might be helpful to share a few things with you that are on MY Christmas list.  :)  No no, I’m not trying to drop any hints!! (Wink wink.)  I just figure you might have a few foodies in your life who you’ll be buying Christmas gifts for this year.  I can’t think of a foodie anywhere who wouldn’t love to receive an item from this list!  So without further ado…

A Foodie Christmas List

1) An immersion blender

I will probably go to my grave clutching my immersion blender and trying to evangelize about how wonderful it is.  I don’t even want to think about going back to the days where I didn’t have it.  If you are not familiar with immersion blenders, they basically allow you to blend food without transferring it into a large, bulky traditional blender.  This is especially helpful when you need to blend hot liquids like Roasted Tomato Soup, or Pureed Steamed Veggies for your baby.

Cuisinart Immersion Blender

2. A mini-torch

This is a fun item that most people will not buy for themselves.  It is just a small hand-held blow torch that allows you to caramelize creme brulee, marshmallows, anything you want to caramelize, really!  It gives you a little more control than just putting something under the broiler in your oven.  And they’re a cinch to use!  And you get to wield fire… so DUH, awesome gift.

Chefs Torch

3. Moving away from appliances… I have ALWAYS wished someone would gift me with Harry & David’s Year-Long “Fruit of the Month” Delivery

This service delivers a container of gorgeous and divinely scrumptious seasonal fruit to the lucky person’s doorstep each month of the year.  So really, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.  Your loved one will remember you fondly each time they receive a new delivery, and each time they bite into one of the delicious fruits.

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4. A cheese basket!!

Don’t laugh.  This is an awesome gift!  Most foodies (who aren’t vegan) are big-time cheese aficionados, and we all know how pricey cheese can get.  So most people don’t make a regular practice of buying fancy cheeses, spreads, crackers, & wine to snack on.  That’s what makes a special cheese basket such a nice gift!  It is a step-up from the humdrum “normal” foods most of us buy every week.  It is a treat!

Try picking an assortment of soft, hard, sharp, mild, spicy, and even stinky (like bleu) cheeses.  Add in a special jar of honey or fig preserves (or my favorite, hot pepper jelly!)  And toss in a few packages of your favorite crackers and you have once KNOCK-OUT present.   This is actually the gift we bought my brother-in-law for his birthday this year!

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5. Pretty serving pieces-

I’ve got my eye on these cute little cupcake pedestals this year!  And you really can’t go wrong with a gorgeous platter, a unique  tray, or a vintage cake stand.  Go have some fun searching a local antique store and see what one-of-a-kind treasures you find!

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6. For those of us on a tighter budget, a great gift for the foodie in your life is something delicious and homemade!

We all appreciate the effort that goes into a home-baked pie or batch of cookies.  Maybe you need a gift for a neighbor, a co-worker, or your boss and don’t have a ton of money to spare.  A homemade loaf of banana bread, a fresh strawberry pie, or a perfect batch of chocolate chip cookies will NEVER disappoint.

Perfect Banana Bread

7. HOW could I not throw this in??  (Especially while we’re on the subject of lower-budget gifts!)  The 2014 Pretty/Hungry Recipe Calendar

A fun AND functional item you can be certain they don’t already have!  😉  And I happen to have it on good authority that each and every recipe within is in fact exceptionally delicious!

Pretty/Hungry Recipe Calendar

 

8. Posh-looking foodie duds!

I’ve been eyeballing this Zoe Karrsen “Creme de la Creme” sweatshirt since I first spotted it!  But that $170-dollar price tag just isn’t gonna happen.  So here’s a fun look by Stephanie Armund (who I found on Etsy) for about 1/3 of the cost!  Gotta love that!  And an even cooler idea would be for you to make a shirt like this yourself, if you’re the crafty type.  (Sadly, I am not.)

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9. Simple & Elegant Kitchen Accessories-

I love this Feed Sack-Style Table Runner from Farmhouse Wares.  But really… ANYthing from Farmhouse Wares would be a dynamite gift for the foodie in your life.  I’m addicted to Farmhouse Wares.  Farmhouse Wares for President!

Farmhouse Table Runner

10. A yummy magazine subscription!

A few of my favorite foodie publications are Saveur, Food & Wine, and Where Women Cook.  I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments section!!

Where Women Cook

Happy Christmas shopping to all! (P.S. My sweatshirt size is Medium.)  😛

XOXO-Carissa

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Lauren Geery says:

    Great ideas! How am I just now learning about the fruit of the month! Pretty neat!

  2. Anna says:

    I love this list! fun fun fun! the past couple years we have made home-made bread and jam to pass out to friends, seems to be a hit and is fun to make and low-cost. I love Vegeterian Times magazine myself :) and, nerd alert here, i asked for a bag of hulled hemp seeds for my birthday this year from my brother, and a nice huge organic bag arrived at my doorstep. I love it. good idea with the pinterest board too. This is great!

    • Carissa says:

      Anna, I am a nerd too! One year I asked my brother for vanilla beans for Christmas! And this year for my birthday I asked my dad for oat flour!

  3. Martie says:

    I love Taste of Home and Food Network Magazine. Country Woman is good, too. :)