December 1, 2010

Foodie Gifts

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Mine was busy and exhausting and wonderful all at the same time. It's been a while since I've posted and since we're still munching on leftovers at our place, I thought of something else to share with everyone besides a recipe. It's that time for gift-giving and if you still don't know what to get your favorite foodie, I have some ideas for you in every shape, size, dollar amount, and color. I'll let you know that given the space, I would own each an every item listed here. 
(That totally wasn't a massive hint, hint, wink, wink, to all my family and friends or anything...)
This is slick, cool, useful, and can fit in any kitchen. 
At $199.99 its pricey, but if you've got the cash to spare this makes a stellar gift. 

Talk about cute! 
For $16.95 these are affordable on every budget 
and lets face it who wouldn't want an apple pie pocket?

I for one love exotic salts and peppers. 
I have two kinds of pink (Hawaiian and Himalayan), gray, black, 
and various herb-infused salts that I use all the time. 
Salt is bastion of exotic salts and they have gifts 
ranging from $10-$35. Explore the site it's a fave of mine. 

I have a custom apron in cherry oil cloth and I love it. 
She's not doing any custom orders until New Year, 
but there are still plenty of options in her store. 
Ranging from $20-$65 you can find an apron for anyone. 
If you can't find anything you like, just try typing in "Custom Aprons" 
into the search prompt... you'll find hundreds of sellers!

I can't think of a better gift for a foodie mom or dad than this. 
This little number makes frozen yogurt, fruit,
and other kinds of pops in under 10 minutes!
It's also under $50 - you can't go wrong.  

I can't tell you how much I love this entire collection.
It's bright and happy and durable. 
It's impossible not to smile over this.
With prices ranging from $29-$49 its easy to start a collection.

I think these are just stunning and completely unexpected. 
Modern but delicate, these flutes would be a brilliant
addition to any one's cupboard. Tumblers and wine glasses
are available as well, but to me its the flutes that
are the show stoppers. You get six flutes for $70 which
considering how stunning these are is very much worth it.

There are lots of version of this kind of juicer. 
Braun used to make one that I loved that you can no longer find alas,
 but this one is a Bodum and I happen to like Bodum a great deal. 
It might be more than slightly indulgent, but isn't that what gift giving is for? 
This one runs for about $70 and comes in different colors with two matching glasses,
but you can find the same concept juicer for about $45 at places like

Larousse Gastronomique 
It's the classic cookbook to trump all classic cookbooks. 
Actually, it's more a cooking encyclopedia than cookbook,
 but it's a must for any cookbook lover or collector. 
This version is $55, but look around you'll find all sorts of 
version for various amounts - some even come in volumes. 

Foodie Charities:
There are a slue of extremely worthy charities that focus on providing
 food and water for those who need it most. These are just a list of some of my favorite, 
but with a simple google search you can find hundreds. 

This charity is one of the best water organizations I've come across and I have a fellow blogger to thank for introducing me. They work with communities around world to better their drinking supply in a tangible and immediate way. They provide people with their own ceramic water filter that is 99.9% effective and lasts for an astonishing 5 years. Best part is, they teach locals in the community how to make these filters themselves thereby ensuring that people who need it most will always have safe drinking water at their disposal.

The Food Bank collects all kinds of foods from fruits, veggies, grains, canned goods, etc and stores them at their facility. There is a distribution program, but for those who need it, they are welcome to come to the "bank" and take what they need. There are food banks and pantries across the country though, so if you'd like to help out locally, see which bank or pantry is closest.

Instead of simply handing out food and water, this organization actually reaches out to people and helps them help themselves. Whether it's learning to grow crops and sustain them, or starting up a goat farm, Heifer makes sure that people have the start-up tools they need to become well fed and well educated. 
You can choose which project you'd like help out with and they will keep you updated
on the success of your donation.