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75 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Food Lovers in Your Life!

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series Food Gifts

Cinnamon Stand Mixer

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Now that we have only a few weeks left until Christmas and Hanukkah, my mind turns to the gifts I want to give to my family and friends. Hundreds of ideas are swirling around in there, a few sticking immediately, and others slipping right back out. With excitement and a bit of trepidation I head to the stores and browse the Internet for additional possibilities, knowing I will find exactly the right gift for everyone.

If you have food lovers, cooks, or bakers on your list and are unsure of what they would like, here are a slew of gift ideas to spark your imagination. I personally own most of these items and can vouch for their usefulness in the kitchen and durability. I have included a wide price range so you can find stocking stuffers as well as big-ticket items. There is something for everyone here!

 

Glass Cake Dome

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If your husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or family members never seem to get you what you want, you can print out this list, highlight the items you would love to have, and leave it in a conspicuous spot for them to find. Or just hand it to them if they need a bit more encouragement, LOL.

 

And if you have any questions or need more personalized help, leave a comment and I will be happy to assist you. This makes my day, so ask away!!

 

And now, without further ado, browse the list and find the perfect gifts for your loved ones or yourself!

 

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Bakeware

For the baker’s in your life, these items are a must-have to create those mouth-watering desserts and Chocolate Monday treats! If you have been begging for some homemade cookies or cakes, giving these gifts along with a suggested list of recipes may just get you the sweets you crave ;-)

 

9×13-inch Baking pan – you will use this for everything

Bakeware Set – a great starter set

Baking Sheets – these come in handy for lots of uses

Bench Scraper – more useful than you would imagine

Cake Stand with Domed Lid – makes any cake gorgeous

Fluted Non-stick Tart Pan with Removable Bottom

Mini Muffin Tins – non stick – for appetizer or bite-sized treats

Muffin Tins – perfect for muffins or cupcakes

Parchment Paper Sheets (to fit half-sheet baking pans)

Pie Plate – Aluminum Commercial grade

Pie Plate – Ceramic – beautiful and functional

Pie Plate – Glass – easily see when crusts are done

Rolling Pin – a heavy one does half the work for you

Round Cake Pans – choose sizes (buy in pairs)

Silicone Baking Mats – Nothing stick to them

Wire Cooling Racks – eat those cookies faster!

Wire Mesh Strainer Baskets (Set of 3)

 

 

Green Dutch Oven - 1 of 75 gifts for food lovers

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Cookware

Figuring out what to make for dinner each night can be a real chore, but if you have beautiful quality equipment to work with, you can turn it into a joyful experience. I cannot imagine trying to make Thanksgiving or holiday dinners without these tools. Adding them to your arsenal will have you turning out professional-quality feasts!

 

Casseroles – perfect for comforting meals

Cast Iron Skillet – the most even cooking possible

Dutch Oven – a true workhorse

Griddle – makes perfect grilled cheese and pancakes

Grill Pan for the Stovetop – a nice alternative to the bbq

Locking Tongs – incredibly versatile tool

Set of Nonstick Pots and Pans – easy cooking & cleanup

Set of Stainless Steel Pots and Pans – beautiful & functional

Roasting Pan with a V-Rack and Turkey Lifters

Skillet Set (12 & 10-inch, non-stick) – my favorites

Stockpot with Inserts – soups and pasta were never easier

 

one of 75 gifts for food lovers

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Cutlery and Accessories

There is little else that will make a bigger difference to a cook than having quality knives to work with. They are expensive, but will last a lifetime or more and can be passed down to the next generation. I consider each of my knives an investment and have many different makers. The most important thing about buying a knife is how it feels in your hand. I have small hands so some knife handles are just too big and don’t feel comfortable.

 

German knives tend to be heavier with thicker blades making them perfect for cutting through bones and large cuts of meat. Japanese knives are usually lighter weight and have thinner blades making them excellent for finesse cutting and slicing.

 

Ceramic Knives – my new favorites

Cutting Board – channel for juices when carving roasts

Cutting Boards, set of 3 sizes

Diamond Sharpening Steel – for use with ceramic knives

Kitchen Shears – cut anything, even break down a chicken

Knife Block – to keep knives safe and sharp

Knife Sharpening Steel – for use with metal knives

Kitchen Knives – a chef’s favorite tool

 

 

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Gadgets, Utensils and Accessories

This is where you will find perfect stocking stuffers and items sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. They may not cost as much, but are an incredibly important part of my tool set. Having the right spoon or spatula available makes my work much more efficient and reduces my stress. I have a ton of spoons, spatulas and other implements and use them all.

 

A chef’s coat may seem like an extravagance, but the long sleeves protect your arms from burns and the cotton material is easy to bleach away any stains. Oven mitts also protect your hands and forearms – especially important with baking and grilling. If you are baking gluten-free, having a kitchen scale will make our life much easier and more accurate.

 

Apron – look like a pro and stay clean

BBQ Grilling Wok/Basket – for small items on the grill

BBQ Tools – makes it easy to move your food around the grill

Cookbook Holder – keeps your book or iPad handy and clean

Flat Whisk – especially good for gravies and sauces

Glass Storage Jar – holds an entire bag of flour, sugar or cookies

Grill Brush – keep your barbecue spick and span

Ice Cream/Cookie Dough Scoop – easy portioning

Jar Pop Openers – the best way to break a jar’s vacuum

Kitchen Triple Timer – time up to 3 foods at once

Measuring Cups (dry) and Spoons – essential tools

Microplane Graters­ – come in a variety of styles

Offset Spatula Set – 3 sizes for perfectly frosted cakes

Oven Mitts (Flame Retardant) – keep your hands safe

OXO Smooth Edge Can Opener – no more sharp edges

Pastry Brush – brush on butter, bbq sauce, remove flour, & more

Pizza Screen – crispy crusts are guaranteed!

Rubber Jar Opener – I can open any jar with these!

Silicone Spatula Set; 7-piece – just right for every situation

Silicone Whisks (set of 3) – perfect for non-stick pans

Thermapen – worth its weight in gold

V-Etched Graters – choose fineness for a variety of tasks

Whisks (set of 3) – different sizes for different tasks

White Chefs Coat – protects your clothes & arms from burns

Wooden Spoons – can’t imagine cooking without these

 

 

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Small Appliances

Just like a carpenter needs specialty tools to do his job, a cook needs to have appliances to help with a myriad of tasks. Depending on your cooking style, these can be used daily for years to come and make any job more expedient and pleasurable. Each of these is an investment in my happiness and contentment!

 

3-in-1 Slow Cooker - brown/sauté, steam & slow cook!

Blender – perfect for making smoothies and cocktails

Food Processor – makes slicing and chopping a breeze

Handheld Mixer – for fast, small jobs

Immersion Blender – incredible for pureeing soups

Kitchen Scale, Retro Style – especially important for GF

Rice Cooker – walk away and forget it

Smoker/Roaster – incredible flavor without fuss

Stand Mixer – essential for the bakers!

Toaster – 4-slice – just right for big families

 

 

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Tableware / Decorative Items

Set the perfect holiday table and show off your fabulous meals with these classic white dishes that go from the freezer to the oven. You will see them often featured in my photographs on The Heritage Cook.  Opening a bottle of wine is a snap with a rabbit; anyone can do it with no spillage or broken corks. And you won’t have to worry about which wine goes in which glass with this collection. Place these votive candleholders on your table and make everything seem more special – your table is a party just waiting to happen!!

 

Classic White Dinnerware – shows off the food perfectly

Rabbit Wine bottle opener – nothing works better

Silver Mercury Glass Votive Candle Holders – stunning at night

Wine Glass Set – good for both red and white wines

 

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed wandering through these amazing products. Keep your eyes open for my upcoming list of favorite cookbooks, always appreciated by the cooks in your home!!

 

Happy Festive Friday – have a fabulous weekend!!

 

 

 

 

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