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Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies (All Under $30)

With Black Friday fast approaching, many of you are probably starting to think about holiday gifts. Here are some great gift ideas for foodies that won’t break the bank:

1. Immersion Hand Blender:

One of the only fancy kitchen gadgets I’ve received as a gift that I use often. An immersion blender allows you to puree soups and stews to the perfect consistency right in the pot (no transfer to a food processor required). I like this one from Cuisinart.

2. Double Strength Vanilla Extract from Penzeys Spices:

Great flavor and great value. Extra-concentrated vanilla means that you can use half as much as the recipe calls for. A great gift for the baker on your list.

3. Vegetarian Cookbook:

Meat-eaters and vegetarians alike would appreciate one of these must-read cookbooks.

4. Custom Artisanal Cereal from Me & Goji:

The recyclable, tube-shaped canister would fit perfectly in a stocking. Or you can send a gift certificate via email that allows the recipient to design his or her own cereal.

5. The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg:

An essential reference for cooks of all experience levels. It features an alphabetical index of flavors and ingredients that allows readers to search complimentary flavor combinations for a particular ingredient.

6. Zingerman’s Magic Brownies:

Whether you choose the original Magic Brownie, the Black Magic, the Pecan Blondie, the Genuinely Ginger, the Orange Almond, or the Buenos Aires Dulce de Leche, these are the best brownies ever. Period.

7.Β  Lunch Bags!: 25 Handmade Sacks & Wraps to Sew Today by Design Collective

If you have a crafty, eco-conscious foodie on your list, this is the gift for them. The book has 25 tutorials on how to make your own sandwich wraps, lunch bags, and grocery totes (including a “manly lunch bag” fromΒ  Becky Striepe).

8. Retro Apron:

Because a gal can’t have too many cute aprons. Check out this adorable cherry-print one on Etsy.

9. Mushroom Growing Kit:

Made from reused coffee grounds, this kit allows you to grow delicious oyster mushrooms in your home – no foraging in the woods required!

10. Exotic Chocolate Bars from Vosges:

Chipotle chillies, sweet Indian curry, wasabi, green tea, and even bacon make appearances in these gourmet chocolate bars. Perfect for the chocoholic on your list.

Want to recommend something that’s not on this list? Leave your suggestion as a comment.

Image courtesy of lechampiondumonde via a Creative Commons license.

5 comments
  1. Becky Striepe

    Those Vosges chocolate bars are totally worth the extra money. A lot of their dark chocolate is vegan, and the taste is so intense, you don’t need a lot to feel satisfied. They last for days!

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