2018 Holiday Gift Guide




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Gift Guide 2018

Since this Sunday is wedged between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, shopping is on my mind, and I’m a firm believer in getting as much of it out of the way as possible so you can actually enjoy the holidays when they finally roll around.   I’ve thrown together a few ideas today to get you started…

Gift Guide 2018

Nordic Ware Cookie Stamps

If you’ve got a baker on your list, (and who doesn’t?) these cookie stamps are a great gift.  They’re weighty and well made.  I used them for my Soft Glazed Gingerbread Cookies and they work beautifully.  The set I have, below, is called Starry Night, but there are several other designs.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Cookie Stamps

Water Infusion Bottle

Add fruit, herbs, or other aromatics to the basket and get 32 ounces of fresh, fabulous tasting water ~ refill it all day to keep healthy and hydrated.  Set this on your desk at work, take it along on a hike, or for travel.  I find the extra flavor boost makes a huge difference for me.  For flavor inspiration, see my How to Make Healthy Infused Water post.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ water infusion bottle

 

A great pepper mill 

This is the pepper mill I own, and regularly give as a gift.  You might have noticed I always call for “fresh cracked black pepper” in my recipes, and I mean it!  You’ll need it to make my Cacio e Pepe Macaroni and Cheese, for sure.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Pepper grinder

 

O Olive Oil and Vinegar

O Olive Oil is my favorite oil and vinegar brand, I’ve written all about them here.  I like to have a few sets of two on hand for last minute host gifts, and if you’re looking for a unique corporate gift, I think the larger collections are perfect.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ O Oil and Vinegar

Handcrafted Whiskey Glasses (set of 2)

I don’t know why, but I’m a sucker for a great glass.  I love the way they feel in your hands, and they can elevate a simple cocktail into a sensual experience.  I love glasses so much I had a tough time deciding which to feature today.  Here’s another set I love.  My favorite wine glasses are Reidel, I love their stemless style, the glass is incredibly thin and delicate.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Handcrafted Whiskey Glasses

 

Linen Japanese Style Cross Back Apron

Japanese cross back style aprons are all the rage, so if you’re looking for a gift for the cook who has everything, this is a nice choice.  They are usually made from linen, and come in beautiful soft colors.  I ordered one for my daughter.  If you prefer traditional aprons, check out my American Artisan post all about Hedley and Bennett.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Linen cross back apron

 

Glass Cake Dome

No baker’s kitchen should be without a cake dome.  I have such warm memories of the one that sat out on my mom’s counter, there was always something delicious there.  It was one of the first things I bought myself when I set up my own first kitchen.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ glass cake dome

 

 

Nespresso Coffee Maker

I just ordered this for myself :)  We’ve been looking to upgrade our morning coffee routine and I did some extensive research and taste testing; Nespresso is my pick for the best single brew coffee machine.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Nespresso Coffee Maker

Ceramic KitchenAid Mixer Bowl

Anyone with a KitchenAid mixer would love one of these beautiful ceramic mixer bowls, especially if they like to leave their mixer out on the counter like I do.  They function just like the metal and glass bowls do, only they’re prettier.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Kitchen Aid Mixer bowl

 

 

Kitchen Torch

If you think appliances don’t make good gifts, think again…any cook would love one of these torches.  I reach for mine all the time to brûlée desserts, grapefruit, marshmallows, Brie, or even oatmeal!   Sometimes I’ll just use it to add extra browning or caramelization to anything that needs a little help.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ kitchen torch

 

Snowflake Waffle Maker

The snowflake design makes this waffle maker especially gift-worthy.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ snowflake waffle maker

 

Ottolenghi’s Simple

My favorite chef is a constant inspiration to me in my cooking.  I love all his books, and this is his latest.  I highly recommend any of his cookbooks, you can find them all here.  My favorites are Jerusalem, Plenty More, and Sweet.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Ottolenghi's Simple cookbook

 

The Fussy Pup Copper Cookie Cutters

Heirloom quality cookie cutters, they have most breeds, and lots of other shapes too.  I used a Fussy Pup polar bear cutter for my Easy Gingerbread Cookies with Royal Icing.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ copper cookie cutter

 

SMEG JUICER

I use citrus juice in everything, so a serious juicer is a must in my kitchen.  In the winter you’ll use it to make citrus curd, and in the summer it’ll come in handy for citrus popsicles.The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ CITRUS JUICER

 

Instant Pot

I cannot recommend the Instant Pot highly enough, it’s just amazing.  This is the model I have, and I use it constantly.  It’s not at all complicated to use, and I still can’t believe how quickly I can get gourmet meals on the table with this thing.  I’m slowly building my inventory of IP recipes, and there will be lots more in the coming year.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Instant Pot

 

 

Breville Smoking Gun

Here’s something that’s on my wish list this year, I can’t wait to use it to smoke meats and fish, cheese, and even cocktails.  I know I’m going to find lots of ways to get creative with it.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Breville Smoking Gun

Stonewall Kitchen Batter Bowl Gift Set

I’ve given this cute set often.  When you send it with Amazon Prime, you can get it almost anywhere fast and free.  I love the convenience.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Stonewall Kitchen Batter Bowl gift set

 

WHISKEY STONES

The original whiskey stones were invented to solve the problem of chilling drinks without diluting them.  They’re practical and beautiful.  This similar set is made from New England granite.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ WHISKEY STONES

Misen Chef’s Knife

You’ve probably seen this knife in many of my blog photos, I use it all the time.  It feels great in my hands and it has stayed super sharp.  It’s a premium knife at an affordable price from a brilliant start up company that was originally funded on Kickstarter.  I love the blue color, too.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Misen Knife

 

Amazon Gift Card

When it comes right down to it, everybody loves to pick out their own gifts, so a gift card is always right.

The View from Great Island 2018 Holiday Gift Guide ~ Amazon Gift Cards

 


 

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