15 Holiday Gift Inspirations For The Foodie

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  • By Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN on
  • November 30th, 2015

It’s that time of year where we give, give, give. And when I give, I want to make sure I’m giving something that’s useful, functional, and well-received. When people open their presents and are excited, I get the most joy knowing they got a present they like and will use.

Here are 15 holiday gift inspirations for the foodie guaranteed to get that true “thank you!” response with a huge smile on their face.

Garlic Peeler
: This is a fabulous stocking stuffer. It’s my favorite kitchen utensil when it comes to peeling garlic instantly without getting your hands dirty. I use it every time I cook with garlic.

Garlic Press
: After you peel the garlic, time to press it and keep your fingers clean.

Swing-A-Way Jar Opener
: I have a hard time opening jars. This tool is my savior. It’s the perfect man-grip and is easily adjustable to fit every jar size.

Mortar & Pestle
: I use my mortar and pestle almost daily to blend spices, garlic, herbs, you name it. I have a wooden one and a marble one. You can use either or. It’s great to use for grinding chunky sea salt. Or by slightly bruising the herbs with the mortar pestle, you get a much more robust flavor than when you just chop the herbs.

Kyocera Knife
: This ceramic knife never needs to be sharpened and is my favorite knife. I use it for most of my cutting, dicing, slicing, and chopping needs.

Salad Spinner
: Every time I wash lettuce or fresh herbs, I use my salad spinner to dry. It dries the leaves without crushing them. Afterwards, I’ll use the bowl to serve the salad in, too. It’s a double-purpose tool. I have 2 different sizes at my house: large and small.

Hand Blenders
: I LOVE my hand blender. I use it to make smoothies directly in a pint glass. Check out my Pumpkin Smoothie recipe using my blender. I also use it to puree soups directly in the pot and make salad dressings. The blenders are very easy to clean, too.

: I like to cook fast and at high heat. The wok is the best pan to use so you don’t burn your food and it’s easy to clean.

3-Piece Cast Iron Skillet
: Cast iron skillets are great to cook almost anything and really easy to clean. I love using the cast iron skillet for cooking meat, fish, chicken, potatoes, eggs, and anything I want to get a good sear with.

Dutch Oven
: Most of my recipes on my website use the Dutch oven. You can cook with it on the stove and transfer it to the oven, too. It’s one of my cooking tool staples.

Crock Pot or Slow Cooker
: The best tool for prepping dinner in the morning before you go to work and coming home to a delicious-smelling house that has dinner just waiting to be served.

Brain Food: 10 Simple Foods That Will Increase Your Focus, Improve Your Memory, And Decrease Depression
: Need a book to boost that brain power? This book has multiple recipes for each of the 10 brain foods and includes an 8-day sample menu incorporating the recipes and foods into your daily routine.

Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet To Detoxify, Energize, And Supercharge Fat Loss
: The perfect diet book to start the New Year with health, superfoods, and antioxidants.

Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 1 Cookbook
: This cookbook has every basic staple recipe you can think of from Caesar salad to roasted vegetables to lasagna and more. Each recipe includes a photo, too.

The Low GI Slow Cooker: Delicious And Easy Dishes Made Healthy With The Glycemic Index
: This is my go-to book when it comes to looking for crockpot recipes. All the recipes are healthy, hearty, and scrumptious.

Have fun shopping this holiday season. Comment below and share your favorite kitchen tools or cookbooks.

Sarah Koszyk, MA, RDN

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