10 Awesome Gifts for Foodies

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’s like stand mixers, measuring cups 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!

For the record, I don’t own any of the products below (many of them are on my own wish list) so I can’t provide detailed reviews. Maybe some of them will make their way under my tree Christmas morning ;-)

1. Pewter Measuring Cups from Crosby & Taylor

I happened to flip on Paula Deen one Saturday while lounging around on the couch,  not something I have done in years. While watching her and her son bake, I was immediately drawn to the measuring cups/spoons they were using. I kept trying to get a close-up look, but couldn’t tell what they were. I did some Googling and found that she uses these pewter measuring cups and spoons from Crosby & Taylor. GORGEOUS! I Want! They have tons of different styles, but I love these with the moose on the handle – so cute :)


2. Sweetest Thing Dishtowel from Anthropologie

I saw Jenny from Picky Palate tweet a picture of these adorable dish towels hanging in her kitchen last week and in a split second was on Anthropologie’s website. Aside from these dish towels, I think I could do some serious spending damage there. So many awesome things to put on my wish list!

3. Custom Cookie Mixes from The Mason Jar Cookie Company

This takes the whole “cookie in a jar” concept to an unbelievable level. Not only can you change up the type of cookie base you want to use (“regular”, chocolate, peanut butter or oatmeal), but you can pick from dozens of different add-ins, from candy to chocolate, nuts and dried fruit. An awesome way to customize different cookie packages for different people on your list.

4. RuMeBags

Using reusable grocery bags has been “in” for quite a few years now, and I love it as much for the convenience as I do for the green factor. You can load them into your car easier, and carrying them over your shoulder is so much easier than trying to gather as many plastic bags as you can around your fingers. Ouch. The best part about the RuMeBags is that in addition to all of the pretty patterns and designs they have available, you can create customized bags with monograms, photos of your kids, your dog, whatever you want!

5. Adopt an Olive Tree from Nudo

I shared this gift idea last year, but I think it’s so cool that it deserves a repeat mention. I’ll also add that my Chief Culinary Consultant got this for his parents last Christmas and they absolutely loved it. Nudo is an olive grove in Italy, and you can adopt one of their trees for a year and then receive the produce from that tree in two shipments (spring and fall). You can even read about each of their groves and decide which grove you want your tree to be from. I think this is a phenomenal gift idea and something to even treat yourself to!

6. Custom Canning Labels from My Own Labels

If someone on your gift-buying list is into canning, this is an awesome idea (see sample above). You can use templates or design your own labels completely from scratch. Great way to get creative and personalize!

7. Create Your Own Ice Cream, Gelato or Sorbetto Flavors from eCreamery

Speaking of customizing, this is seriously one of the most amazing ideas, ever. Make a completely customized ice cream, starting from a flavor of your choice, and then throwing in mix-ins, name it and choose your packaging. Once ready, it’s packed in dry ice and shipped right to you. So insanely awesome. I might just have to buy this for myself. If you’re having a brain freeze (ha!), eCreamery has some packages to get you started. For instance, their “Season’s Eatings” 4-pack includes the following:

“Sweetest of Holiday Wishes” – Vanilla Bean with Caramel Swirls & Cashew Brittle
“Season’s Eatings” – Chocolate Mint with Chocolate Cookie Crunch
“Mmmerry Christmas Cream” – White Chocolate with White & Milk Chocolate Peppermint Bark
“Naughty & Nice Spice” – Cinnamon & Spice

8. Grow-at-Home Mushroom Kit from Back to the Roots

Move over Chia Pet, you can actually eat this! Not only can you easily grow your own mushrooms right in your kitchen, but the kit grows the mushrooms in recycled coffee grounds – organic and green. A great gift for anyone interested in gardening, organic foods, and do-it-yourselfers.

9. Fun class at a local kitchen store or cooking school!

Above is sushi that I made during a class at a local kitchen store back in February. The sushi class was my sister’s gift to me last Christmas, and it was such an awesome idea. I am a big fan of “experience” gifts and we had a ton of fun taking the class together. Plus, it took the mystique out of sushi and gave me the confidence to know I could make my own at home. Check out some local kitchen stores and cooking schools to see what they offer – I guarantee a foodie on your gift list would love something like that!

10. Bacon-of-the-Month Club from The Grateful Palate

And finally, unless your foodie friend is a vegetarian, I guarantee they’re a bacon-lover. Who isn’t, after all? This bacon of the month club is infinitely better than the jellybean of the month club that Clark Griswald had bestowed upon him. Twelve months, 12 different gourmet varieties of bacon (1-pound each) delivered right to your door. Mmmm…

What’s on your wish list this year??