Good morning friends, and Happy Monday!
I hope you are all coming off of a great weekend. We had a fabulous time at a cookie decorating party on Saturday, and I’ll be back to cover the highlights later this week. For now, let’s continue on with this year’s edition of Holiday Gift Guides.
We’re only 11 days from Christmas, y’all!
Previous 2015 LIL Gift Guides include:
Today’s list is all about the foodies and entertainers in your life.
Are you shopping for someone who loves to bake, cook, and/or host dinner parties? Here’s what I’ve been loving and also what’s on my wish list in the kitchen department.
• wine aerator
We were gifted this Vinturi wine aerator last Christmas, and we love it!
Wine aerators are used to enhance the flavor of wines. Wines, particularly red, often benefit from aeration to allow the fruit to shine through and the flavors to mellow out. We always reach for the aerator when we go for a nicer bottle. They make great gifts!
• fancy dish towels
Whether they are a part of the kitchen decoration (I always have an ironed un-used set hanging on my oven) or actually used to dry dishes, a nice set of them is a gift that a lot of foodies in your life would appreciate.
• mini blender
Mini blenders like the NutriBullet are perfect for making smoothies in a rush, and even whipping easy dips together for a party. I love that they come with portable blender cups you can add twist a top on and take with you! Plus, the clean up couldn’t be easier.
• kitchen candle(s)
I’m pretty confident in saying most foodies/entertainers would love getting a nice candle as a gift, especially if they like to spend a decent amount of time in the kitchen. I always light a candle when I know I’m going to be cooking. It helps me relax and truly enjoy the experience!
For years, I have been all about these three-wick candles at Bath & Body Works. My all time favorite scent is Mahogony Teakwood when I am not in the mood for something seasonal. I also highly recommend Rewind and Yankee candles.
Try searching on Amazon for steals!
• champagne glasses
How cute are these glitter glasses?
While most foodies already own a set of wine glasses, champagne glasses aren’t as common. I love the idea of purchasing stemless glasses, too. (They seem much more comfortable to serve at dinner parties and get togethers.) Find a set of two, four, or even six+ like these, these, and these (<- love the modern design).
• cute apron
I own a small collection of adorable aprons (mostly from gifts), and I’d be lying if I said they didn’t motivate me to bake something from time to time. I received my very first one as a bridal shower gift from Anthropologie, and I have been admiring their entire line ever since!
Aren’t they adorable? You can find similar styles at stores like Home Goods, TJ Maxx and Marshalls, too.
• Wusthof steak knife set
Does the foodie your shopping for have a good set of steak knives? We received this Wusthof steak knife set (on sale for $99!) over the holidays a few years ago, and after collecting a few others, I’m convinced that Wusthof is the best.
It’s nice to have a matching set of quality knives when we have dinner parties, and I love that we can keep them clean and displayed on our countertop. If you’re looking to stay more on a budget, check out this set, this set, or this set.
• Keurig brewing system
I personally don’t own a Keurig, but it’s perfect for entertaining. Guests can choose a cup of coffee, tea, or hot flavored beverage any time throughout the night. I’ve enjoyed using a Keurig at work, and I always appreciate the variety when I’m at someone else’s home who has one. I’ve heard great things about the Keurig 2.0 K550!
This version is on sale for $119, too.
• a new cookbook
While the Internet and world of Pinterest makes it easy to access delicious recipes in seconds, there’s something special about an old fashioned cookbook. One of these days I’m going to cook an entire book full of recipes, I swear.
I always see a lot of great options in home good stores, and I get tempted to bring them home for instant inspiration.
On my wish list:
• cake stand
There are countless times when I wish I had a cake stand to display a fancy dessert or cake for a special occasion at get togethers.
» gourmet hot chocolate, specifically from Williams-Sonoma (so good!)
» a cookbook stand for your cookbook (on my wish list)
» a garlic mincer (we use this all the time)
» a specialty olive oil(s) and vinegar(s) set. My favorite company is EVOO!
» a really nice wooden spoon – you can never have too many of those
I hope this list helps you as you set out to look for thoughtful gifts for loved ones. Please feel free to share some of your gift ideas for foodies and entertainers in the comments below.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. The LIL Gift Guide series features items I genuinely want to share with you, and have possibly even purchased myself. Please understand, however, that affiliate links are included. As always, I truly appreciate your support! <3