It’s finally Gift Guide Day, friends! I look forward to this post all year because it gives me an excuse to talk about one of my favorite topics…
Obviously, the holiday season isn’t about the presents. It’s about booze and sequins family and friends. But exchanging presents is still part of most people’s Chrismukkah traditions (thank God), and I want you and yours to be prepared. After all, there’s nothing quite like receiving giving a great gift. Unfortunately, finding that awesome item for your friend/family member/significant other/roommate can sometimes be stressful. I’m hoping I can help.
Today I’m sharing my top gift ideas for the domestic gods and goddesses in your life. From cake and pajamas to the perfect skillet and the world’s most badass coffee mug/camping cocktail glass, there’s a little something for everyone on this list. As always, feel free to use this guide as inspiration for your own Christmas wishlist. I find that forwarding it to your loved ones with a subtle “Please gimme #4, #7, and #10” in the subject line is quite effective.
13 Epic Holiday Gifts for Domestic Gods and Goddesses:
1. AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. Not only does this handy little gadget brew a single excellent cup of coffee (or three shots of espresso), it also fits in a kitchen drawer. Game changer.
2. Caroline’s 7-Layer Caramel Cake. I don’t typically recommend food presents, but trust this crazy cake lady when she says this is the BEST caramel cake in all the land. My mom sends me one of these beauties every year for my birthday, and I legitimately shed a tear when the last slice is gone. (Which is usually in August because I put the uneaten half in the freezer after birthday princess week, and then cut tiny slivers of it every Sunday to make it last as long as humanly possible. Don’t you dare judge.)
3. Vietri Incanto White Baroque Small Oval Platter. I’m a fan of all things Vietri, but I’m very partial to this pretty platter, which is perfect for casual entertaining. (Picture it as the base for smaller cheese plates and creative crudité arrangements.) I highly recommend it for the edgier Martha Stewart types.
4. Small Victories. I can’t remember if I’ve gushed about Julia Turshen around here before, but she is one of the most badass, inspiring women in the food space today. Julia has co-written several fabulous cookbooks over the past decade, but this is her first solo endeavor, and it is truly a masterpiece. Brimming with joy, humor, and insanely delicious, doable recipes, this is a cookbook that both culinary whizzes and neophytes alike will appreciate. It may just replace Foolproof as my go-to kitchen bible…
5. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Skillet. One of the most common emails I receive is “Do you have a skillet recommendation?” YES! Yes I do! And it is this Le Creuset cast iron in the 11¾” size. It’s a little pricy, sure, but it’s incredibly versatile (I use it for everything from frittatas to quinoa bakes and roast chicken), and it will last its user a lifetime. Consider it an investment.
6. Nostalgia Retro Series Family Size Breakfast Station. I know this is an absolutely ridiculous item, but it’s also awesome. So if someone you love has counter space and an affinity for nostalgia and/or breakfast food, gift away!!
7. CakeBox/PieBox. These handmade wooden boxes are the easiest and chicest way to transport your goods without smushing them. The company also makes a CheeseBox and a CookieBox. If I were you, I would gift someone one of these boxes with their favorite treat inside. (Dear future Logan reading this on the subway: There is still time to order a Caroline’s Cake and put it in this CakeBox!!!! And you say I’m hard to shop for…)
8. Reidel Veritas Coupe. I’m really into the vintage charm of coupe glasses right now. They’re just festive.
9. Maison Etoile Pajamas. If you think pajamas are out of place on this gift guide, I get it, but hear me out. So much cooking, and eating, and drinking happens in pjs, and I firmly believe really good pajamas enhance the experience. Maison Etoile makes incredibly soft sets and nightgowns that are as pretty as they are comfortable. I like to make pancakes in the housecoat. Just saying.
10. KitchenAid Artisan Mini Stand Mixer. The ideal appliance for the normal baker (i.e. someone that doesn’t regularly bake for giant crowds). And it takes up a much more reasonable amount of counter space than the original!
11. Labeled Kitchen Canisters. For neat freaks with good taste!
12. The Dude Diet. (Had to.) The perfect present for all the peeps on your list who need a little nutritional/culinary guidance. Or love chicken fingies?
13. Yeti Rambler Lowball. This tumbler changed my life, and I am creepily obsessed with it. The folks at Yeti are known for their unbeatable coolers, so it makes total sense that they also make the most reliable insulated mug of all time. This thing keeps my coffee piping hot for more than an HOUR after I pour it (which is crucial because I’m a slow coffee drinker, okay?), and it keeps a smoothie ice cold for just as long. Witchcraft!! I recommend the tumbler for coffee/tea and outdoor cocktails, but if you’re gifting this to a smoothie lover, I’d go with the larger size.
As my gift to you, I’m giving away signed copies of The Dude Diet to 2 lucky peeps! (Which you can keep for yourself OR gift to someone who needs it.) To enter, simply leave a comment below with the best gift you’ve ever given or received. The giveaway will close on Sunday, December 4, at 11:59 p.m. This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congrats to Becca and Gizele on their big wins!!