well my friends, christmas is just about a month away. holy cow. here are some neat-o gifts (that won’t break the bank) for those of us who spend most of our precious moments in the kitchen.
- a market basket. i like the idea of buying a whole bunch of items and putting them into a market basket for a gift, but the basket alone is a great gift. baskets of africa has a whole bunch of pretty cloth handled ones in the $36 range for the vegans of the world. the wonderful bon boutique has these little leather handled ones for $38.
- there’s nothing more inspiring than a beautiful new cookbook and there are so many rad ones out right now. as you know i’m dying to get mexico: the cookbook, but i’m also excited about the slanted door, which is modern vietnamese recipes from one of my favorite spots in san francisco. there is also the cookbook from the dinner series seven suppers, and sean brock’s heritage which features southern recipes. all good things, i say.
- a good bottle of wine is always a friendly gift. i am sooo not a wine snob, but i completely love orin swift’s wines. their labels alone are utterly brilliant, and they gots the goods to back it up.
- coffee is another great gift, and i love all of the small contraptions out there for making coffee, they are affordable and decidedly cool to receive as gifts. i love these beautiful glass chemex coffee makers for $40, and these iconic le creuset stoneware french presses (for $60) are so lovely. add a can of cuban espresso or a bag of your favorite coffee (mine is blue bottle) and you’re set.
- spices are crucial and these little gift boxes have organic spices from 9 different regions for $22. drying your own herbs and giving them as gifts is tre cool, but if you don’t have the herbs you can buy this awesome swag, with 5 bunches of herbs tied to pretty birch swag. dried new mexico chilis made into these ristras are a cool alternative to a christmas wreath.
- giving your favorite little kitchen utensil is a great way to pass on kitchen tips. i for one love these little lemon juicers. these japanese copper graters are perfect for grating ginger. these brightly colored magnetic timers are a classic. this set of 4 essential beechwood handled knives are so pretty. i love these teak salt dish & spoon sets for $18, and this bamboo mortar and pestle for $30. i’m crazy about these gorgeous brass nordic elk measuring cups from anthropologie for $38. i love a nice kitchen candle to neutralize all the smelliness, and these little $9 ones from target are made with essential oils.
- some pretty napkins or kitchen towels are a nice little luxury. i love these beautiful indigo napkins from lost & found for $28, and these indigo cloths from general store for $15. ikea has these pretty red floral towels for $4.99.