Oh December. I love this month so much, but yet I always seem to become uncontrollably stressed out. Today marks two weeks until Christmas, and I am amazingly about halfway through my Christmas shopping. This might be a record. Starting early has allowed me some creativity and increased thoughtfulness with my gift finding strategies. Some of the best gifts for a food lover are those that will live in the kitchen for a lifetime, and will better as they age. Here are some ideas for unique gifts:
The Artist: Block Prints from Rigel Stuhmiller's Etsy Shop. I actually ordered this calender or my mom's birthday in November, and she loved it. He also has lovely prints and notecards, many with a food-oriented theme.
The Feminine: Anthropologie aprons are delightful gifts. They are flirty, fun and functional. This is my personal favorite.
The Rustic: Handmade, recycled kitchen signage "savor" "eat" or "cook" are some good options. Keep in mind your loved ones' kitchen spaces to make sure the sign will fit.
The Practical: Stoneware never goes out of style, cooks beautifully, and looks fantastic in any kitchen. This oval enameled dish would make a great addition to many cooks' tools.
The Splurge: The beloved Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer; a must have for many cooks, especially those who are passionate about baking. Not only are they useful, they are beautiful too, and can add a splash of color to any countertop. In our tiny studio kitchen, I despise appliances that live on the counter. The only exception is my stand mixer.