10 Awesome Foodie Gift Ideas (2013)
This is the second installment of my gift guides for the holiday season. Last week I shared with you tons of bestselling cookbooks and kitchen toys, and this week I am sharing some “off the beaten path” foodie gift ideas. They aren’t bestsellers on Amazon, and they aren’t your typical go-to gifts like stand mixers, spatulas or flavored dipping oils. They’re unique, a little quirky and definitely fun. I hope you enjoy browsing them as much as I enjoyed putting the list together for you!
Anthropologie is one of my latest and greatest retail loves. They have extremely unique home decor and kitchen items, and most times I wish I could buy the entire store! From hand-painted measuring cups to cute measuring spoons, owl cookie jars and colorful fruit baskets, there is no shortage of ideas for the people in your life that love to spend time in the kitchen.
2. City Dining Cards
If you know someone who loves to go out to eat, try new places, and shies away from chain restaurants, this is an excellent gift idea. City Dining Cards are available for 13 different cities in the U.S. and London, and each deck has 50 $10 discount cards to locally owned restaurants. You can also buy Drink Decks, which includes buy-one, get-one drink cards to locally owned bars. In addition, the company donates 5% of all sales to local food banks.
Do you know someone who always asks for tea after dinner, instead of coffee? If so, you have to check out DAVIDsTEA; they have an huge variety of loose leaf teas, which you can purchase individually or in gift collections. I bought an infuser mug and a set of tea for my mom last year, and she LOVED it; she’s been talking about it all year. If you’re interested in a variety, definitely check out The Winter Tea Collection, which includes teas like Alpine Punch, Chocolate Oolong, Coffee Cake, Spiced Fig, and White Chocolate Frost. Yum!
4. Harry & David
I absolutely adore Harry & David, and they have some wonderful gift options. Along with some beautiful gift baskets of food, you could also purchase someone a Monthly Fruit Club, which includes options like Fruit of the Month Club, Favorites Club or Plants Club. You can buy these in 3-month, 6-month, 9-month or 12-month options, so the recipient will get a basket of Harry & David goodies each month. Since my grandparents don’t have the Internet, I can tell you that my Chief Culinary Consultant and I, along with my mom and sister, got my grandparents the 12-month Favorites Club this year. There will be some fruit for my grandma, some chocolate for my grandpap, and other snacks they can share together throughout the year :)
5. Laser-Engraved Cutting Board with Recipe
I am in such love with this idea! I first stumbled upon this on Pinterest, and have since seen it in multiple places. While I haven’t done it yet, I would love to get a recipe of my grandma’s engraved on a cutting board to display in my kitchen. I’ve seen a few different places on Etsy where you can get this done; I can’t think of a better way to showcase the cherished recipe of a loved one!
6. Lindt Chocolate
My Chief Culinary Consultant has completely spoiled me when it comes to chocolate. From a very first date, he has gifted me often with Lindt chocolate and truffles, which I happily savor. I’ve been on the receiving end of truffle assortments and gift baskets, and can tell you that it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving. Lindt has a wonderful selection of flavors that are sure to please any chocolate-lover on your list.
7. MistoBox Coffee Subscription
A fabulous coffee-of-the-month club for your favorite coffee drinker. Much like a wine-of-the-month club, each month the gift recipient will receive hand-selected coffees from four unique artisan coffee roasters from across the country. Also included are coffee tasting tips and roaster bios. You can purchase the subscription on a monthly, 6-month or yearly basis. I got this for my sister last year; she’s a huge coffee drinker and she really enjoyed getting to sample different types of coffee from all over. If you decide to buy full-size products after receiving your box, you get some great discounts!
8. Nudo Italia Adopt an Olive Tree
I have shared this gift idea in previous gift guides, but I love it so much I keep having to throw it out there. Nudo, an olive grove in Italy, allows customers to “adopt” a tree in the grove (you can even pick out which section), and then receive a year’s supply of olive oil from the tree you selected. My Chief Culinary Consultant did this for his parents a couple of years ago, and they loved it (we all loved the olive oil). Along with the Adopt-an-Olive-Tree program, Nudo also has a large selection of Italian goods and gifts available for purchase on their website.
9. Taste Trunk
Taste Trunk is a subscription service that delivers a trunk of curated items according to your selected theme each month. You can choose from Gourmet, Sweet, Health, and BBQ, and you can switch your theme at any time. Each trunk includes 5 to 10 products, coupons, backgrounds on the companies whose items have been featured, and recipe ideas using the products.
10. Williams-Sonoma Smart Tools Kitchen Stand For Tablets
If you’re like me, then you have no less than a smartphone and laptop with you when you’re cooking or baking in the kitchen. I have a pretty durable cover on my phone, but it makes me nervous to have my laptop out sometimes, so I’ve been intending to use my iPad more often. This tablet stand is perfect for keeping your tablet both safe and upright so it’s easy to scroll through your favorite recipes. Williams-Sonoma also makes entire sets that include screen protectors and Bluetooth speakers so you can blast your favorite music while you bake.
*Bonus Gift Idea! BarkBox (for your favorite four-legged friend)
I saw this last year and had to include it in the gift guide for those of you that buy gifts for your own dogs, or maybe for the dog of a family member. With BarkBox, you choose the dog’s size and the subscription length (from monthly to 6-months), and once a month your dog will receive a box in the mail with at least four hand-selected presents. It could be anything from bones and treats to leashes, shampoos and new gadgets. The best part is that at least 10% of all proceeds go to a local shelter or rescue. Maybe if Santa thinks that two certain Golden Retrievers made the “nice” list, they’ll get some monthly goodies this year :)
What’s on your wish list this year?
Have you come across any new and unique items while shopping?