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Gadgets and Gifts- Foodie Must Haves for 2013

Stuck on what to get your food loving friends? Perhaps you’re needing some last minute ideas to give the spouse or hint to your secret santa. Luckily I’ve been scouring the internet and catalogs for months finding great finds for foodies this 2013 season. Enjoy your holidays and this year’s window shopping via Eat Your Tarte Out!

Grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms is easy and delicious.

Grow your own Shiitake Mushrooms is easy and delicious.

Growing your own herbs is a pretty normal occurrence. But how cool would it be to grow your own mushrooms? Organic and fresh as fresh can be, these Shiitake Mushroom kits from Williams Sonoma are your ticket to impress and eat good this season. Retails for $25.95.

Give the gift of online cooking classes, great for anyone on your list!

Give the gift of online cooking classes, great for anyone on your list!

Rouxbe Cooking School is an online culinary education center. No drives to and from school, the ability to learn at your own pace and the choice learn what you want or need help on. It’s a wonderful idea for anyone on your list and it’s a gift that keeps on giving! Initial fee is $300 with a $5 monthly surcharge.

Enjoy different gourmet salts over the course of the next year with this great gift set.

Enjoy different gourmet salts over the course of the next year with this great gift set.

Salt provides a flavor enhancement for just about everything, but combined with a little heat you can elevate just about any recipe. How about ghost chili salt and caramels for the sweet and spicy connoisseur? Or a jalapeño pepper salt for avocado fries? In this gift pack from Give Simple, you or your recipient receives eleven salts to choose from and enjoy in culinary adventures for months to come. Retails for $50.00.

Shake your butter maker.

Shake your butter maker.

A stocking stuffer and a way to get fresh butter, you bet! This Buttercup Butter Maker from Chef’n gives you the capabilities to not only get the REAL buttermilk that the stores don’t even come close to, but also fresh butter. The Butter Maker is especially good for families as it gives children something small to shake and keep their hands occupied. Retails for $14.95 from Sur La Table.

Artesianal gift boxes in a CSA style format- you never know what you'll receive but it's coming from an outstanding collection of small batch producers.

Artesianal gift boxes in a CSA style format- you never know what you’ll receive but it’s coming from an outstanding collection of small batch producers.

For the special person in your life who deserves something unique and truly wonderful, then consider a gift that gives both to small businesses and throughout the year to your recipient. Eat Boutique! has garnered together items similar to that of a CSA according to season – just with ready made products. These artesianal and small batch products are sourced for specifically this purpose, and are shipped out in a beautiful large gift box. You never know quite what will be received which is half the fun! Starts at $100/season and is discounted the more seasons you buy into.

Cake Pop Ornaments made the perfect adornment for gifts or this year's Christmas tree.

Cake Pop Ornaments make the perfect adornment for gifts or this year’s Christmas tree.

To relive one of the past year’s growing trends, deck the tree out in cake pops (ornaments that is). These also make great stocking stuffers or decorations for the top of boxes. Retails at Sur La Table for $4.86 (on sale now).

A whimsical box for trinkets, or spices that is reminiscent of the delectable french macaron.

A whimsical box for trinkets, or spices that is reminiscent of the delectable french macaron.

For anyone who adores a french macaron, consider these bright and colorful trinket boxes. While not as delicious as the real thing, they can store various adornments, or even spices as you travel abroad. Would even make great stocking stuffers for a daughter who is the next Food Network Star. Retails for $14.00 from Fancy.

Wine into vinegar- make it at home!

Wine into vinegar- make it at home!

In a world which is becoming more self sufficient and local, there’s an absolute drive to make your own products at home. Vinegar is just one of those items that can easily be made using a few tools and tricks, along with some leftover wine. This kit from FARM Curious comes with a French Oak barrel and spigot (for easy pouring), instructions and a starter to get the good juices flowing. Retails for $185.00.

Reach across the table with ease, or provide a gag gift for your secret santa with the Telescopic Fork.

Reach across the table with ease, or provide a gag gift for your secret santa with the Telescopic Fork.

For a gag gift or subtle reminder to a rude guest who constantly reaches across the table, consider the telescopic fork. Reaching at almost 21″, it may help relieve spilled wine glasses from your favorite table cloth, or gift your kids a new weapon of destruction. Buy at your own risk for $5.00 at Fancy.

Miller Time- turning whole grains into fresh milled flour.

Miller Time- turning whole grains into fresh milled flour.

If the highest level of nutrition is of interest to you, or you know someone who enjoys tinkering in the kitchen, then consider the L’EQUIP Nutrimill Grain Mill. Grind everything from whole wheat berries to nuts into flour that will produce wonderfully unique and delicious flavors in your baked goods. It’s a gadget that many won’t splurge on, but would probably think it’s the coolest thing out there since the juicer. Retails for $232.26 on Amazon.

Secure your ice cream and your must-have stress reliever!

Secure your ice cream and your must-have stress reliever!

Ice cream lovers will cry tears of joy and rejoice to the ice cream makers of today when you present them with this Ben and Jerry’s pint lock. It’s a secure way to make sure that the point comes across to wayward teenagers or stressed roommates. After all, there is no “u” in pint. Retails for $12.00 on Fancy.

Customize a gift that will be functional and absolutely personal.

Customize a gift that will be functional and personal.

Perhaps you know of a couple celebrating their marriage or an upcoming anniversary. Maybe you know someone who enjoys their time in the kitchen together. This customizable ampersand cutting board is a beautiful way to showcase personalization and a functional kitchen tool. Retails for $40.00 on Scout Mob.

Hope you enjoyed this year’s mashup of gift ideas for the baker, beverage connoisseur or foodie! Stay tuned for holiday ideas, tips and recipes, and as always if you have feedback, please feel free to comment below!

To full plates and eating your tarte out.

Written by Tarte Chic

Author Kat Nielsen (formerly Kat Wojtylak) is a creative type with an immense love for food. She maintains a day job handling marketing and brand support to various companies while enjoying her evenings and weekends writing recipes and blogging all about her culinary experiences.

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