2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Domestic Gods and Goddesses
THE GIFT GUIDES ARE COMING!!!!
Look, I know the holidays aren’t about the presents, BUT I also know that giving and receiving presents is kind of the best. Nothing gives me more Buddy the Elf-like joy than finding the perfect present for someone I love. It’s not always easy (we all have that extra tricky giftee, cough…Dad…cough), but my hope is that these gift guides might help you source a little something special for your people. Or yourself! No shame in forwarding these gift guides to significant others/family members with the subject “Hint, hiiiint.”
First up, I’ve got some gift inspiration for the domestic gods and goddesses in your life (read: home cooks and food lovers). Guides for Beauty and Wellness Junkies, Home & Style Lovers, and Dudes to follow.
Happy shopping, friends!
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Domestic Gods and Goddesses:
1. Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill with BBQ and Steel-Wire Grids. For grill masters who don’t have the space (or cash) for an outdoor grill, this smoke-less indoor grill is the next best thing.
2. Coravin Model One Wine Preservation System. This fancy contraption lets you to pour a single glass of wine without removing the cork!! A specially designed needle penetrates the cork so that you can pour the wine, then the cork naturally re-seals itself after you’re done pouring, preserving the wine for years to come. Ideal for occasions when you just want a single glass of wine. (There is a more expensive “model two,” but reviews seem to indicate it’s not noticeably better…)
3. Zingerman’s Mail Order Treats. I gifted the “Bacon Club” to Logan for Christmas last year, and we both loved it so much that we are now proud subscribers to the “Bacon All Year Club.” I wholeheartedly recommend any of Zingerman’s bacon products, but they also have endless delicious options for food fanatics, from monthly clubs to epic gift baskets.
4. Stojo Reusable “Biggie” Cup. This collapsible silicone cup is perfect for the eco-conscious human on-the-go. Fill it with a delicious beverage, then collapse the cup when it’s empty and toss it in a purse/backpack/briefcase. It’s the best.
5. Family by Hetty McKinnon. I’ve been a diehard fangirl of Hetty McKinnon’s veggie-centric recipes for years, and I can say with great confidence that this cookbook’s creative, flavor-packed approach to vegetarian cooking will thrill vegetable lovers (and probably some haters, too).
6. Red Clay Hot Sauce “Sweet Meets Heat” Gift Set. Hot sauce aficionados are guaranteed to appreciate the wonders of Red Clay Hot Sauce. The Original Hot Sauce is a personal favorite as is the hot honey, which can be drizzled on everything from pizza (trust) and sandwiches to fruit and ice cream. This set includes both of these spicy products plus Carolina Hot Sauce and Southern Honey. Hellll yes, y’all.
7. Porto-vino Wine Tote. For my fellow outdoor boozing enthusiasts! This tote bag allows you to discreetly transport your favorite adult beverage anywhere you go. It holds the contents of two full bottles of wine (or beverage of your choice) in a secret zippered compartment and has a handy hidden spout to dispense said beverages. Ideal for picnics, concerts, and sporting events! (For the record, my roommate and I used our Porto-vino to smuggle margaritas into the Newport Folk Festival last summer with great success…)
8. Food52 Insulated Potluck Casserole Tote. My mind is mildly blown by the genius of this insulated two-tiered “casserole” carrier! The sturdy bottom keeps pies, casseroles, and any other dish you like securely in place, and there’s a zippered upper tier with room for drinks, utensils, wine, etc. I imagine this would bring many a potlucker/picnicker/frequent food transporter endless joy.
9. Yakitori Ceramic Charcoal Barbecue Grill. We have these at my dad’s house, and I’m not embarrassed to say that I get freakishly excited for yakitori night. These personal grills would be an amazing gift for the creative entertainer (think of the possible yakitori dinner parties!) or parent looking to up the family fun factor at dinnertime.
10. Great Jones Holy Sheet Pan. This extremely fetching royal blue sheet pan is guaranteed to get a ton of action in any cook’s kitchen. Made from aluminized steel and reinforced with steel rods, this sheet pan can handle the heat and won’t warp over time. It also has a custom nonstick (and non-toxic!) ceramic coating to help make cleanup a breeze. (Everyone knows cleaning sheet pans is a bitch and half.)
11. Taster’s Club Spirit Subscription Club. Give your favorite winos and cocktail enthusiasts the gift of their favorite spirits! A fresh bottle of booze will be delivered monthly along with expert tasting and history notes. (I shall be president of the tequila club.)
12. Opinel Le Petit 3-Piece Chef Set. For any tiny aspiring chefs. Start ‘em young.
13.The Dude Diet/The Dude Diet Dinnertime by me. Shameless self-promotional cookbook plug? Duh. (I’m a businesswoman, dammit!) But I also truly believe food lovers of all ages will appreciate the recipes in both of these cookbooks. If you’re deciding between the two: The Dude Diet has more classic comfort food recipes. There are also recipes for breakfast, snacks, cocktails, and desserts. Dinnertime has slightly more creative (but still easy/accessible) recipes for, you guessed it, dinner. So, it all boils down to what meal(s) you think your giftee will cook the most.
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