This is the first year that I am putting together a gift guide for you.
To give you some inspiration for your holiday shopping, I put together some of my VERY favorite food and kitchen items that I own and use. And I also added products that I’d LOVE to have (hint hint – Konrad or anyone else who wants to give me something, hehe).
Most of these are kitchen items that any foodie and enthusiastic home cook will enjoy and appreciate! If you enjoy this guide, please share it by pinning the graphic up top.
1. Food Processor ~ $120
If I had to choose just one favorite kitchen appliance, this would be it: a food processor. I love how it can make anything – be it flours, nut butters, pesto, or pie dough – in no time and with such ease. I have this Cuisinart food processor stored away at home in Canada and I miss it like CRAZY.
We just broke a small, cheap one that we bought here in Thailand. And both Konrad and I feel stranded – and we totally devised a plan to start traveling with a food processor once we go home (next summer) and I can be re-united with my beloved Cuisinart.
It is on sale right now on Amazon and you can apply an additional $10 OFF coupon. Check it out HERE.
2. Spiralizer ~ $30
I don’t own a spiralizer, but I soo wish I did! I love making Italian-style sauces and Asian curries but not always do I want to pair them with a carb like pasta or rice. Veggie noodles would be a yummy – yet healthy – alternative.
This spiralizer by Paderno has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating on Amazon and seems to be the one everyone recommends.
3. Herb Scissors ~ $10
I use my regular kitchen shears to cut up herbs ALL the time. I wish I had these dedicated herb scissors though that can get the same job done – a lot more precisely – in just a few snips.
Check them out HERE.
4. Stand Mixer ~ $250 – $400
I absolutely LOVE my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. It was a wedding gift from my coworkers that I am soo grateful for. Any baker will be exstatic for this kind of gift. I have the pro version with bowl lift, but the Classic Kitchen Aid is also super awesome and more economical.
5. Kitchen Knives ~ $110
Our Wüsthof Kitchen Knives were another wedding gift that we came to absolutely LOVE and use on a daily basis. We have a Classic Cook’s knife and a boning knife, but this 3-piece set looks like an amazing value on Amazon.
6. Aeropress and Coffee Mill ~ $30 + $17
To say that Konrad and I love our coffee is the understatement of the year. Over the last few years we’ve become quite picky. Not just any coffee will do – nothing like starting your day with a good cup of quality coffee.
We’ve perfected our home brewing and found the best coffee shops in Chiang Mai. But while we are traveling, quite often we end up with bad hotel buffet coffee or instant in-room brew. An Aeropress with a sleek manual grinder would be the perfect addition to our minimalist travel gear.
7. Kitchen Scale ~ $12
I am always surprised how many people don’t own a kitchen scale. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Europe where recipes go mainly by weight rather than volume (like in North America), but I find a scale to be the easiest way to measure out ingredients. There is no need to dirty and then clean several measuring cups and spoons. And it is super accurate!
This Ozeri scale is the #1 bestselling kitchen scale on Amazon. It has a 4.5 star rating with over 5,000 reviews and right now it costs less than $12 – an absolute bargain for the time it saves you!
Check it out HERE.
8. Slow Cooker ~ $50
Our family life was transformed once we embraced the use of a slow cooker. No mad scramble just before dinner time when everyone is already hangry. Set it and forget it – until the amazing aroma filling the kitchen reminds you of the delicious meal ahead.
This 6 quart Crockpot is the #1 bestselling slow cooker on Amazon. It has 2 function upgrades from the similar version we got years ago: It now comes with a digital timer and handy clips that lock the lid into place, so you can take you slow cooked meal to a potluck without any spills.
Check it out HERE.
9. Cookbooks ~ $24-28
I’ve got food on my mind all the time. I’ll even read cookbooks for my bedtime reading. Earlier this year I had a chance to review Make It Paleo II and absolutely loved it – eventhough I don’t even eat exclusively paleo. Beautiful photographs of healthy recipes and great in-depth instructions make this cookbook a wonderful gift choice.
When it comes to recipe developments, I test every single recipe for Leelalicious several times, but Kenji takes recipe testing to a whole new level where it becomes a geeky intersection of food and science.
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