Is it actually possible to have too many kitchen appliances? Quite frankly, yes. Depending on your living situation (i.e., living in an apartment with a small kitchen, or even living in a small house with little storage and counter space), having too many gadgets and do-dads can be a bit of a hassle. Us cooks love being able to have this or that tool/appliance that will enable us to do everything we can dream up to cook, but sometimes too much is literally too much.
So when it comes to gift giving during the holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries, cooks with everything in their cooking arsenal could be the hardest people to shop for my friends. Could be just me, but I am picky as they come when it comes to what brand of knives, cutting boards and even appliances I use.
So, now it’s time to think outside of the box. Go beyond getting a knife set that they’ll refuse to use and return anyway. Go beyond getting a gift card to a favorite restaurant of theirs. Don’t take a guess and buy them a cook book you “think” they will like (although cooking reference books are great to have, in my opinion).
Gift Idea #1:
Food Phone Cases: Look all over the web and it won’t be hard to find a website that has a million different phone cases. Since the craze of the iPhone began, companies pump out insanely large amounts of customizable and fun phone cases. Honestly, who doesn’t have one these days? Zazzle.com and Etsy.com provide a ton of hand made and even customizable options.
Gift Idea #2:
Food T-shirts/Clothes: For the bacon-lover to the Sriracha-obsessed-hot-sauce-fiend, there is a shirt out there for everyone. Remember, just because you fit a large all the time doesn’t mean your buddy will either, just be kind and ask what size they wear and save yourself from picking up the bill next time for inadvertently calling them fat.
Gift Idea #3:
Vintage Food Art: Food prints and art can always be a fun conversation starter, or even just something to remind you of your favorite treat, candy, soda, etc. It’ll also make your kitchen feel more like a place to gather and chill rather than a place to just eat.
Gift Idea #4:
Customizable (Blank): From aprons, to beer mugs, to BBQ steak branders, there are just too many things you can customize. Try to figure out what item could be used most frequently by the individual and go from there. Is it just me, or do people like seeing their name on things so they know for 100% it’s theirs?
Gift Idea #5:
Magazine Subscriptions: I don’t know how many times I’ve contemplated on getting a subscription to Food Network’s magazine, let alone the number of times I’ve scoured the pages of Taste of Home for I-HAVE-TO-HAVE-THIS-IN-MY-MOUTH recipes. Usually around this time, they’ll throw in a free subscription or gift for yourself or another person too, so your definitely getting a bang for your buck.
There you have it folks. This list could continue on and on, but these are some ideas that will help you get started for finding gifts for the cook with everything. Although if you must buy a gadget or small cooking appliance for them, please ask them if they have it and if not, what brand/type/style they’d like of said appliance. Don’t just wing it.
Big Tip: If you plan on ordering this online, do it early to ensure that you get it before Christmas. Save yourself the stress!
Until next time, Happy shopping and Happy Feasting!