I love the idea of pairing a beautiful piece of kitchenware with a cookbook to help the giftee get the most out of it. This year I’m thinking a dutch oven from the Rolls Royce of dutch ovens, Le Creuset, together with Flour Water Salt Yeast: The Fundamentals of Artisan Bread and Pizza. If you haven’t yet explored the magic that is bread baked in a dutch oven, buy this gift twice, and keep one—trust me.
It’s no secret that I love smart wine gadgetry, and I really love giving gifts that I use in real life, too. Your gift tag might sound like an Amazon review, but your loved one will know they got a gift that works. If you haven’t heard of the Coravin—the genius device that allows a thin needle to be inserted through the cork of a wine bottle giving you access to the wine without oxidizing the full bottle—check it out here.
Hate cleaning? Fan of technology? Complete and total clown? Give the gift that keeps on cleaning, and looking at you funny. I love the idea of gifting a Roomba or robot vacuum of any kind, but sneaking into the packaging first to stick on a pair of giant googley eyes to crack them up the first (every?) time they use it.
There’s a reason Instant Pot recipes are so plentiful online and in your Instagram feeds—they’re genius. They combine multiple functions into one insanely useful appliance: You can slow cook, pressure cook, sauté, sear, steam, make yogurt, it’s kind of a miracle. Great for any cook, but especially awesome for anyone cooking family-sized meals, the Instant Pot is the perfect holiday gift when holiday and housewarming overlap.
January 1st will show up sometime, my friends. When it does, I love the idea of gifts that inspire healthy changes. Or just yummy smoothies. A Vitamix is a seriously powerful blender that whips up the smoothest beverages (and soups and SO MUCH MORE) you’ve ever had. You know those really useful appliances that you find countless uses for over the course of your literal lifetime? That’s this guy.
Hello, if you’re reading this and you’re related to me: I WANT THIS. A cozy winter night with your nearest and dearest with a movie on and this sucker loaded up for the group to enjoy? Sounds like actual heaven. S’mores pro tip: try reese’s peanut butter cups in place of regular chocolate bars. You’ll never be the same.
We all have a “fancy cook” on our to-shop-for lists, and that person needs a sous vide machine (if they don’t have one already). Sous vide is a method where food is cooked in a water bath at a lower, very precise temperature. The result is really succulent scrumptiousness. Anyone who likes their meals delicious but maybe also a little high tech will be so excited for this. Food, but make it science.
Know someone who needs their morning coffee routine fast-tracked? Or maybe just makes terrible coffee? Get them a luxurious coffee experience that absolutely anyone can use. You’ll make every Monday morning a little less stressful, and a little more caffeinated. Now that’s a gift.
File under buy-five-to-have-on-hand, you literally cannot go wrong with a Molton Brown gift set of luxe soaps and home fragrances. The more ways you can incorporate little luxuries into everyday life, the merrier. My personal favorite hand soap / lotion that is parked next to every sink in my house is their Lime and Patchouli scent. Absolutely amazing all-year-round. In December, I swap it out for their Festive Frankincense & Allspice. To die for.