Nothing gets me thinking about gift giving like Thanksgiving. With all the publicity surrounding Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday, and Cyber Monday, it’s hard not to think about shopping and the friends and family on your list, but it’s when I begin thinking about the people I’m thankful for in my life that I start plotting my holiday gifts. And after I clean up the Turkey Day mess.
Edible gifts are great, and I bake a number of the items in the recipe archives to give as gifts. However, sometimes you’ve got to open your wallet to give the gift that fits just right.
With Cyber Monday coming tomorrow and that gift giving spirit in full, post-Thanksgiving swing, I wanted to share my picks for some great gifts for the cook, food lover, baker, and shaker in your life:
- A Year of Bi-Monthly Kitchen Letters – Provisions: The recipient of this gift receives a letter twice a month from the minds behind great food and restaurants, including some content from the ladies behind Food52. For the reader that doubles as a kitchen extraordinaire, this is the perfect gift that keeps giving all year long. I really enjoy them!
- Mountain Rose Apples – Mikuni Wild Harvest: These apples have a beautifully pink relish and a taste that blends the perfect balance of sweetness and tart. Absolutely one of my favorites! They are only available from October to December and quite rare. A perfect gift for the fall and winter apple lover.
- The Must-Have Cookbooks for their baking collection:
- The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book – it’s a pie book. What more do I need to say? Really, if your pal or kitchen lovin’ family member only has one book on pie, this should be it.
- Bouchon Bakery – For the more advanced baker and the ingredient adventurer, this is a perfect fit.
- Baked: New Frontiers in Baking – I featured the Chipotle Cheddar Biscuits from this cookbook here. This text is fun and varied with lots of savory and sweet to keep the baker in your life busy. One of my favorites.
- Tate’s Bake Shop: Baking For Friends – Give this book for your baking bestie and drop that hint. “I need some cookies – stat!”
- State Shaped Cutting Board – AHeirloom: For the person who spends most of their time in both the kitchen and a state close to his or her heart, these cutting boards are perfect. I always think of them when I have a long-time friend who moves from Nashville like I did six years ago. What better to memorialize a former home that with some state love?
- Santa and Reindeer Cookie Cutters – Crate & Barrel: These two cookie cutters are perfect for the holiday baker!
- Holiday Pie Crust Cutters – William-Sonoma: One of my favorite relatives got these pie crust cutters for me last year, and I’ve delighted in getting to use them this year for my pies large and small.
- Foodie Subscription – Quarterly: Quarterly is my favorite (and only!) subscription service, and they’re a great place to find a unique gift for the food lover in your life. The curated packages by Animal Restaurant look fantastic – the last one was themed around Southern breakfast. And Food52’s boxes are a super pick as well.
- Paw Print Muffin Pan – Greater Good: This muffin pan is the perfect gift for the animal lovin’ baker who makes muffins and dog treats on lazy weekend afternoons. And the best part: all purchases fund food for animals in need. This purchase funds 14 bowls of food for shelter animals in need.
- Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition: Whether you or your gift recipient love Louisiana’s Cajun flavors or enjoy reading about the history of food culture, this book celebrates the tradition of food in this region of the south and explores both its traditions and its future. A great read! It’s written by Addie and Jeremy Martin. Addie is the brilliance behind Culicurious.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of food and gratitude. I’m especially thankful for each of you. Thank you for continuing to support me through your reading, trying my recipes, and sharing my blog with those in your life. And have fun shopping for everyone on your list (and yourself).
Note: I received no sponsorship, financial compensation, or other incentive to endorse these products, nor was I sought out by any of the makers of these products to write about them. These are simply items that I enjoy and wanted to share with my readers. I do not share products or services that I do not have knowledge of or a personal preference for.