What do you get the food lover in your life that isn’t simply a gift certificate to their favorite restaurant? Here are ten far more creative suggestions to make their hearts sing and their taste buds zing.
Sriracha Wherever You Go
If you’re addicted to sriracha like I am, you want to put it on everything. There’s only one problem: it’s not always available. Thankfully, there’s now a solution. Just fill up this handy dandy travel-sized bottle ($7 each, Sriracha2Go) and clip it on to your keychain, backpack or purse. You are now free to continue indulging your addiction.
Sheep Shaped Lid Lifters
Allow your pots to blow off some steam with these ridiculously cute sheep shaped lid lifters ($6.99 each, Container Store). The black and white lambs can do double service as figurines in your nativity scene.
DIY Barrel Aged Gin
Add a new depth of flavor to your G&T with the barrel aged gin kit ($20, The Homemade Gin Kit). Lime wedge and highball glass not included.
Breakfast Sandwich Ornament
One of the greatest flavor combinations in the world is egg, cheese and Canadian bacon on an English muffin. Now that glorious A.M. kickoff is immortalized as a Christmas ornament ($13.96, Sur La Table).
Salt is good. Truffled salt is better ($19.96-44.95, Williams Sonoma). Way, way better. Pimp out your eggs, popcorn and mashed potatoes with a quick sprinkle of this umami-rich seasoning.
Pie Loving Tea Towel
‘Tis the season to bake pies galore. Add a little flair to your kitchen milieu with this darling tea towel from über-talented illustrator Elizabeth Graeber ($22, Etsy).
Peppermint Chocolate Fantasticness
The taste of Christmas in candy bar form ($8, Fleurir Chocolate). That means dark chocolate infused with peppermint oil populated with plenty of toasted cocoa nibs. I won’t tattle if you eat it all and don’t leave any out for Santa.
Chili Sauce Gift Set
Spice is nice. This beautifully packaged box included five bottles of small batch hot sauce: Thai Chili Sauce, Thai Basil Aji, Coconut Harissa, Pumpkin Panang and Ghost Vindaloo ($36, Apinya Thai Food Co.).
Books Books Books
This past year, I spent a lot of my spare time reading. Two of my favorite food-related books come from D.C. authors who I love and respect. Cathy Barrow delivered Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Practical Pantry: Recipes and Techniques for Year-Round Preserving ($23.96, Amazon), a beautifully packaged tome on pickling, jamming, making stocks and much, much more. Meanwhile, Jim Webster partnered up with this little-known chef named Mario Batali to write America – Farm to Table: Simple, Delicious Recipes Celebrating Local Farmers ($22.49, Amazon). Not to be forgotten is Matt Teacher’s The Spirit of Gin: A Stirring Miscellany of the New Gin Revival ($18.17, Amazon), which I recommend highly.
Yummy Greeting Cards
I can’t say enough awesome things about Grey Moggie, who produce some of the finest cards available right now. The epicurious crowd will especially love “Smile: Coffee Exists,” “Have You Tried It With Bacon?” and “Will You Go To the Farmer’s Market with Me?” ($5 each, Etsy).