The I Heart Vegetables Gift Guide
Need the perfect gift for the foodie in your life? These are some of my favorite kitchen tools, appliances, and treats that would make a wonderful present for anyone on your list!
My Favorite Kitchen Gifts Under $50
Need a few gift ideas for the foodie on your list? These picks are under $50, but they’ll get a lot of use in the kitchen!
- I bought these reusable Stasher bags a couple of years ago, and I love them! It’s reduced our usage of plastic bags, and I love that these are dishwasher and microwave safe. The Stasher bags are pricy, but they’re high quality, and they last a really long time.
- My sister-in-law got me one of these Silpat Baking Mats years ago, and I love it! It’s like having reusable parchment paper. It’s great for roasting vegetables. You don’t have to worry about food sticking to the pan, and you can use less oil when roasting vegetables.
- I have a larger mandoline slicer, but I find myself reaching for these smaller blades all the time. I can slice things like cucumbers and carrots in a flash. The blades come in a storage container, so you never have to worry about having an exposed blade in a drawer.
- These reusable k-cups make single-cup brewing much cheaper and better for the environment. I fill these up with a scoop of coffee grounds, and I’m ready to go. Plus, you can make your coffee as strong or weak as you like.
- I have this drawer that stores all my k-cups. It’s great because the Keurig can sit on top of the drawer, making it easy to slide the coffee maker out from under the cabinet. This makes it easier to store the coffee maker out of sight!
- For years, I wrestled with cheap scissors. Then I finally bought a pair of real kitchen shears, and it was a game changer. These are less than $10, but they’re heavy-duty and make any cutting job a breeze.
My Favorite Kitchen Gifts over $50
If you’re looking for a more substantial gift, these are some of my favorite kitchen investments.
- These stacking pots and pans are amazing. I’ve had them for years, and I love how they don’t take up nearly as much space as a regular set. Plus, the lids are clear, so it’s easy to see how things are cooking. I have the whole set, and I use them daily!
- It’s not cheap, but a Vitamix is the best blender around. I got mine over a decade ago, and it still works like a dream. It can crush ice in the blink of an eye, and it creates delicious soups and sauces in minutes. You can find refurbished models for less than $300.
- My parents got me this Dutch Oven a few years ago, and I love it. I use it for oven-baked risotto, soups, and even bread. The cast-iron pot provides an even surface for heating foods, so you don’t end up with hot spots. It also holds heat well, so it’s perfect for keeping your soup warm.
- I have the Keurig Duo Plus Coffee Machine that I use daily, and I love it. We used to have a regular coffee and a single cup machine, but it took up so much counter space. This coffee maker is a 2-in-1, so we can make a full pot of coffee in the morning and single cups as needed in the afternoon.
My Favorite Foodie Gifts
When it comes to edible presents, consider buying items that don’t have to be consumed quickly. The holidays are usually filled with so much food already, shelf-stable gifts can be enjoyed long after the holidays!
Give the gift of good taste! O Olive Oil & Vinegar has a variety of delicious oils and vinegars that would make a great gift for any foodie. “O” pioneered crushing real, clean ingredients, such as seasonal citrus and fresh herbs, together with California olives. Their vinegars are hand-crafted using quality wine varietals from Napa and Sonoma. The clean and fresh flavors of these olive oils and vinegars are authentic and unmatched by other products. (Sponsored)
- Penzey’s spices make a great gift, and they have lots of boxed sets already assembled! Or you can pick a few of your favorite spices to share with friends and family. They make great stocking stuffers!
- Belle Isle Moonshine has so many delicious flavors of moonshine, and this year, they have a sampler pack that would make the perfect gift! I always have at least one bottle in my fridge because it’s an easy way to make cocktails at a moment’s notice. You never know when dinner could turn into a party, so I like to be prepared at all times.
- If you have friends or family here in Richmond, give the gift of a Discover Richmond Food Tour! I’ve done their tours in Carytown, Churchill, and the Arts District, and it’s a fun way to learn more about the city while enjoying delicious food. They’re also very accommodating to vegetarians!
What’s on your shopping list this year? Tell me in the comments below!