This post is dedicated to all you last minute shoppers.
I see you looking at the calendar and thinking, “How am I going to get all my Christmas shopping done before Christmas and what am I going to get that foodie in my life?”
No worries. I’ve got you covered because I have compiled 20 last minute gifts I would love.. er I mean, every foodie would love. 🙂 By sending this list out I hope to help you and I hope to send the message out to the universe to bring me a few certain things from this list (like the water filter, clay roaster, silpat baking sheet, and himalayan pink salt lamp).
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Onward and Happy Holidays!
1. Himalayan Pink Salt Lamp
My aunt has one of these in her home and the warm amber light that glows from it is so peaceful and calming. I have a couple little tea light holders but having an actual lamp to turn on in Andrew’s room for bedtime would be amazing. Heck, I’d love one for my room and for our living room as well.
Himalayan Pink Salt lamps are uniquely hand carved, sit atop a wooden base and naturally purify the air around you; when lit negative ions are released and cling to positively charged ions (think pet dander, pollen, allergens, etc).
2. Berkey Water Filter
Oh how I long for a Berkey water filter. I keep dropping hints to my husband that THIS is what I really want for Christmas. Every time I use our water, I think about how it is probably filled with all sorts of toxins. The Big Berkey is where it’s at because it is made with stainless steel versus the Light Berkey, which is made from plastic.
The Berkey filters out pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs!
3. Silpat Silicone Mat
I just learned of this silicone mat from my favorite blogging friends and they all rant and rave about how they love their split splat. Oh wait, I mean split mat. Nope, that’s not it either. They all joke about what they call their Silpats and now I want one! Plus, it looks like it would be great in a kitchen that does not have a lot of space (aka my kitchen).
4. Clay Garlic Roaster
I have fond memories of my mother roasting whole heads of garlic with all sorts of yummy spices and slathered in olive oil in these clay garlic roasters. The garlic became so soft, it literally melted in your mouth. I want one of these so I can recreate what my mom used to make (and share it with all of you). Adding the roasted garlic to crackers, mashed potatoes or just eating it straight up is what I dream of! Definitely on my wish list!!
5. Digital Scale
Something I do not have but have needed on multiple occasions in my kitchen! Actually, there have been many DIY recipes that I have put on hold because I don’t have one of these. This particular brand has outstanding reviews!
6. X-Large Bamboo Cutting Board
I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand cutting something large on a small cutting board. It’s just one of my pet peeves! I like to have a big work space and an extra large bamboo cutting board would definitely do the trick!
7. Le Creuset Flexible Measuring Bowls
Who doesn’t want to own something that has the words “Le Creuset” (complete with french accent) on it??! These colored, flexible measuring bowls are so stinkin’ cute and genius! Because they are color coded, it’s really easy measurement recognition!
8. Bambooee Towels
Have you ever heard of Bambooee towels?? If not, you are seriously missing out! I LOVE my Bambooee Towels!! They are super absorbent, reusable and can be thrown into the compost when they have gotten their fair share of use. The perfect alternative to paper towels!
9. Essential Oils
The more I learn about the benefits and many uses of essential oils, the more essential oils I want in my arsenal. They can be a bit pricey so I know this would make a perfect gift for me… and I am pretty confident I know the foodie in your life (even if that is yourself ;-)) would enjoy receiving these as well.
10. Food Processor
Hands down, a food processor is one of the most versatile kitchen tools that I use in my kitchen. Owning a quality one, definitely makes a difference. I use my food processor to make things like homemade caeser dressing, sweet potato chips, veggie patties, smoked fish dip, thick and creamy homemade mayo, aioli, pumpkin puree, chopping leftover food to make compost quicker… you get the picture. I use it for almost everything in my kitchen.
A food processor would be a gift that every foodie would use in their kitchen on a regular basis and much, much appreciated.
11. Stick Blender
Something I long for, a stick blender is a quick and easy way to puree soups in the comfort of the very same pot it was made in! Less dishes to dirty is a plus for me! This particular brand comes in all sorts of fun colors to choose from!
I’ve got too many knives sitting on my counter and I think about 2 of them are actually worth anything. Knives are on my personal wish list for Christmas because nothing sucks more than prepping food with a dull knive. I’d really enjoy santuko knives for prepping, a quality bread knife, a pairing knife and a chef’s knife.
I received an Excalibur Dehydrator for my birthday and I LOVE it. Dehydrating food is a great way to preserve it!
I have already made spiced banana chips, homemade jerky, and onion powder. I made this homemade cereal, dehydrated almonds and pecans, made these coconut strapple bars, and I even made coconut flour with it. The next thing on my list is homemade fruit leathers.
Well, who doesn’t want a Vitamix?? I have been trying to convince my mother-in-law to buy one so we could split the cost and split the prize. Wait… how does one split the prize?? 🙂 Or maybe I could just convince her that I would make all sorts of yummy things like homemade nut butters, soups, smoothies and share the love with her. 😉 Plus, we could donate our old blender and minimize the amount of tools we have in our *very small* kitchen.
When I found out I had to go dairy-free for a while, I was immediately bummed out that I couldn’t drink my lattes anymore. I love lattes. However, I found a couple dairy-free recipes that gave me hope that I could have my beloved lattes again, including a delicious recipe for homemade hot chocolate! Hence, why a frother would be an amazing gift! That or a cappuccino machine. 😀
16. KitchenAid Stand Mixer
I received a KitchenAid stand mixer for Christmas last year and I almost wet my pants! Okay, maybe not, but I was extremely excited. The first thing I made with it was homemade marshmallows (way easier than using a hand mixer) and sprouted chocolate chip cookies. If you can afford it, this would make a great gift!
17. Hand Mixer
Second most versatile and valuable tool in the kitchen for sure! Well, at least in my kitchen! Homemade whipped cream, marshmallows, Russian tea cakes — you name it! A hand mixer would definitely make a lovely gift.
18. Le Creuset Dutch Oven
Drool…. All I have to say is that every foodie’s dream is to own a Le Creuset dutch oven… Well.. at least I know it’s my dream!
19. Glass Tupperware
Most foodies I know have either switched, are in the process, or really want to switch to glass tupperware. Minimizing the use of plastics in our home is something I strive for and the idea of harmful chemicals leaching into my food is very unappetizing. It can be a little expensive, which may prohibit many from making the swap.
Glass tupperware would make a great gift that will surely be used often!
20. Reusable Water Bottle
A glass water bottle is something every earth-conscious person would love to have except it sometimes is the last thing they may buy! Give the gift of hydration with a quality reusable water bottle. My favorite is Lifefactory!