We’re in the Christmas season, and tension has started to fill the air! Often, we have time to be creative! Since giving should never be a source of stress, I felt the need to share my unique Christmas gift ideas for those who find it difficult to get out of the kitchen. I hope you’re inspired!
Every cook loves cookware. But there are ways to make this gift more unique. E.g., a new saucepan will be a wonderful gift under the Christmas tree, but also find a great sauce recipe to be used as a stuffer along with all the ingredients!
2. Flavored oils, bottles of vinegar. A sure way to make a new dish or boost it!
3. Plastic containers
They must be of the highest quality for the fridge, dishwasher, and microwave! I don’t know how these containers always seem to vanish, and you can’t get enough or enough sizes. Why not buy various shapes and sizes, but fill them with special nuts or candies to make this gift more special than plain old plastic!
While we all like a little Christmas cheer, there’s another excellent kitchen liquor use. It’s important to make beautiful demi-glazes for your favorite meat dishes, and most likely, your home cook won’t splurge on lavish liquids. So why not help your famous chef cook with a few bottles of liquor! Brandy, Sherry, Whiskey, and Madeira are great.
Like liquor, wine, deglaze pans and make unique sauces. Again why not add a recipe as a stuffer. Any cook still welcomes inspiration.
6. Coffee and tea
Most kitchen lovers love coffee, if not drink, cooking with. So why not make a coffee-gift basket? Finding local free-trade coffee in your neighborhood specialty food store is simple, and there are some cinnamon sticks, honey, flavored syrups, etc. Why not throw some specialty coffee mugs and liquors like Baileys or Kahlua. What a pleasure!! Tea is commonly used in kitchens today. Use tea instead of bland brines!
Again another no-brainerî, but if they enjoy cooking, they love cookbooks. We’ll never get tired of cookbooks, but be sure to find the right ones. Look for a niche cookbook shop, and you’ll have a great gift in your hands. A few you should look at.
If your special chef doesn’t have one, here’s another must-have kitchen device. They’re inexpensive and essential when incorporating or enhancing flavor in dishes. Why not pair a Microplane with some of its favorite equivalents, including whole musk, cinnamon, star anise, etc.
Maybe not an oven or microwave, but why not a new electric mixer or Panini press? This year, here’s a shopping trip to buy either of these things online! Small appliances are almost often less costly when purchased online, and delivery is permanently waived. Shops charge a premium this year, so save time and money and buy online!
If they love cooking, then they love entertainment. Why not find beautiful glassware, placemats, or service plates with which they can show off their creations. Unique paper napkins make perfect stuffers, and linen napkins with beautiful napkin rings are always a treat.
So don’t let stress take the fun out of Christmas this season. There are plenty of ways to bring smiles to faces this year, And for one last suggestion: make your Specialty Gift Basket! Build your gift basket by incorporating all of the above ideas.