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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.