As a foodie, I get a lot of gifts during the holiday season, some good, some bad. If you’ve got a foodie in your life, I’m going to save you some time with this list of things foodies want. You see, I’m pretty picky about my major cooking tools, my pots and pans, my knives. Those things you shouldn’t try to buy me, unless I’ve got it on a wishlist.
Cooking classes – Wherever your friend or loved one is, there’s got to be a place to take cooking classes. Research local grocery stores, culinary schools, and restaurants. You can go ahead and register your giftee or buy a gift certificate and give it to them.
Food subscriptions – Foodzie.com offers a monthly tasting box, usually filled with seasonal and artisan edible goodies. Do a search for jerky, bacon, or jam of the month clubs, and you’ll have your pick. If you really want to please your foodie, find the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in her area and order a season’s worth of produce.
Local foods – Most foodies are also locavores, people who like to eat local food. If your friend is in a different city, send them a delicacy from your area, like a Vermont syrup or Southern grits. Foodies like discovering new foods, and you’ll definitely be on the “nice” list if you help them find something new.
Signed cookbook – It might be too late to get this present done, but there’s still time. In December, there are plenty of food events where chefs come out of the woodwork to sell their beloved cookbooks. Get a copy signed for your friend, and now you’ve got a personalized gift! Also, scour your bookshelves for a signed cookbook you no longer want, and presto! Instant gift!
Cool tea towels and dishcloths – I’m constantly using and washing my dishtowels, which I use in every aspect of cooking. Mine are usually looking pretty worn and dingy, and I could use some pretty, but functional dish towels to spruce up my kitchen.
Small kitchen tools – Zesters, microplanes, measuring cups, citrus reamers, tiny whisks – foodies need all of these things, but usually only have one. But when you’re baking four pies, you don’t want to have to wash the same tools over and over. Small kitchen tools that can be thrown in a drawer are a godsend in a pinch.
There are lots of other things you could get too, but this should get you started. You’ll see there’s some common threads here – local things that you can’t get anywhere else, interesting things that everyone needs, and tools that need replacing constantly. Oh, and food. We like food too.