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Foodie holiday gift guide: It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

…and for good reason! Not only is this the season for family, friends and lots of good food, but also the time for presents, presents and more presents. I must admit that holiday shopping has been a stressful experience for me in the past because, like most other things in my life, I’ve left it until the last minute and proceeded to drive myself crazy trying to find meaningful presents during the Christmas eve rush. Well.. not this year. I’m determined to stay on top of my holiday shopping and avoid undue stress. I’m doing surprisingly well so far (xmas gift for boyfriend: check!), but I’ll keep you posted on how long that lasts.

In the meantime, here are 15 ideas to consider if you’re gift shopping for a foodie. I hope you find useful ideas on this list, and I have tried to include a range of prices to fit different budgets. At the very least I hope it gets your gift-shopping creative juices flowing.

In good health,

F

(Cook)books

1. Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Collection, $62.99 on amazon.com

Who doesn’t love some Ina Garten? Her pretty cookbook collection is full of great recipes that are suitable for everyone from seasoned foodies to inexperienced cooks.

2. The French Laundry Cookbook, $30.82 on amazon.com

I blogged about this jewel a few weeks ago (find it here) but seeing how much I loved receiving it as a gift, I definitely had to include it on this list.

3. The Weeknight Cook, $34.95 at Williams Sonoma

So many people I know (myself included) love to cook but are stretched for time, particularly during the week. Weeknight meal inspiration is a God send!

4. Fine Wines, $50 at Bloomingdale’s Home

This great coffee table book examines the past century’s best wine vintages from around the world…perfect for any wine lover.

5. Magazine subscription

Buy your foodie friend a year’s subscription to his/her favorite cooking magazine, such as Food Network Magazine ($18 for a one-year subscription) or one of Martha Stewart Living ($24 for 12 print issues/ $19.99 for iPad subscription)

Kitchen Gadgets

6. Red silicone oven mitt, $14.99 by OXO at Bloomingdale’s Home

Everyone needs a good oven mitt, and this colorful version protects you from temperatures up to 600F. It is also stain-resistant (unlike fabric mitts!) and machine-washable.

7. 5-piece bakeware set, $49.99 by Calphalon at Bed, Bath & Beyond

This set is an incredibly good deal- 5 baking basics at an amazingly low price.

8. Electric cheese grater, $50 by Cuisinart at Bloomingdale’s Home

Lots of foodies I know would probably never buy something like this for themselves, but would nonetheless love to own it- perfect gift material!

9. Pestle and mortar, approx. $95 by Nuance at Heals.co.uk

Why not buy gifts that are functional and beautiful? This unusual pestle and mortar has been on my radar for a few months.

10. Rotating spice rack, $200 by Nambé at nambe.com

Spices are a basic requirement in any kitchen, and this pretty rack holds 16 spices in a convenient rotating shape. This is great as a house-warming gift as well.

11. Scoop server, $250 by Nambé at nambe.com

This chic bowl has been one of my favorites since the summer, when I helped a friend pick it out as a wedding present for his cousin. Keep your chips & dip cozy together, or virtually any other pairing of food such as soup and croutons or salad and dressing.

12. Wine rack, $225 by Nambé at nambe.com

Another beauty from one of my favorite houseware brands, Nambé. Transform your wine bottles into an art statement with this stylish rack.

Food products

13. Doughnut mix from Bouchon Bakery -$12.95 by Bouchon Bakery at Williams Sonoma

Doughnut mix from Thomas Keller’s famous bakery…need I say more?!

14. Panettone, $39.95 by Scarpato at Williams Sonoma

Bring a little bit of Italy to someone’s home with this Milanese Christmas classic.

15. Cabernet Trio gift set, $69.99 at wine.com

Choose from a wide selection of wine gift sets available at wine.com for your wine-loving friends.

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