From our favorite consumables to cookbooks and from cooking tools to spice collections, our Holiday Gift Guide offers up inspiration for just about everyone on your list.
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Holiday Gift Guide
Looking for the perfect present for someone in your life? Each year we put together a collection of our favorites in our Holiday Gift Guide. This year we’ve got a little something for everyone. From the parent who is at their wits end, to the gadget lover, to the novice cook, to the kiddo who is desperate to be in the kitchen (or not). We hope that you will find some inspiration for the loved ones in your life (or for yourself as you make your own wishlist).
And remember, the best gift of all is the gift of happy, healthy family dinners, which you can make possible with a gift of a membership to a meal planning service which offers meal plans from The Scramble and more!
Whether they are overwhelmed with all of the different perspectives out there or struggling with a picky eater, this book will help to take their worries away. In this awesome resource, Sally Kuzemchak shares a ton of helpful info from how much of each kind of foods kids should be getting every day, to the nutritional benefits of different foods, to fun ways to introduce different foods, to recipes.
Let’s be honest, sometimes that glass of wine is more important than dinner you are serving with it. This corkscrew is the best. Easy to use (haven’t had a broken cork yet!) and takes up less space than those double handled ones…
For the Gadget Fan
For the person in your life who loves the new and different, these options are sure to please!
Air fryers are all the rage this year, and with good reason—they make it easier (and quicker) to make healthy versions of all kinds deliciousness, from French fries to fried chicken. But, if you’re like me, having yet another appliance on the counter isn’t ideal. That is why I love the Mealthy Air Crisp Lid as a solution. It turns an appliance many gadget fans already have, a pressure cooker or multipot, into an air fryer AND it also allows for makes it easy to quickly crisp up any dish you have made in the pressure cooker (think crispy skin on chicken or brown and bubbling cheese on a lasagna).
My husband absolutely adores using these ice cubes in his cocktails.
For the Novice Cook
These high-quality, but not too expensive kitchen basics will set the new cook in your life up for success.
Using a good, sharp knife not only makes cooking easier, but also safer and more efficient. Wustof brand knives are available at a reasonable price point, are easy to use, and last forever. The two most important knives that every home cook should have are the paring knife and the chef’s knife. And don’t forget the sharpener, so they can easily keep that blade honed.
Even distribution of heat is key to smooth cooking and having a pot that offers that will make early cooking projects more likely to be successful.
While there is a lot to be said for a nice stainless steel, for me the workhorse of the kitchen is a cast iron skillet. They are nearly indestructible, easy to care for, and hold heat beautifully.
Whether you’ve got a budding chef or a reluctant eater that you want to engage around food, these are all fun and creative options for the kiddos in your life.
As someone who specializes in helping busy families to eat well, I have tried many cooking schools and cookbooks designed specifically for kids and I can honestly say that none of them have gotten my kids as inspired and excited to cook as the Raddish Kids Cooking Club. My boys loved the kit from the first moment we opened it. They were immediately drawn to the contents of the box. They thought the cooking tools were cool; they liked the games and activities that were included such as a mad lib, trivia, and quizzes; but most importantly they were thrilled with the recipe options. Learn more about our experience with the Raddish kits here.
Super Simple Baking for Kids: Learn to Bake with over 55 Easy Recipes for Cookies, Muffins, Cupcakes, and More! By Charity Mathews
I got my start in the kitchen baking, so this cookbook has a special place in my heart. A really fun, cheerful cookbook perfect for the budding chef! And for the even younger chef, Kid Chef Junior Bakes: My First Kids Baking Cookbook is aimed at kids from age 4 up!
Each of my boys received a kid-sized apron when they were little and they have been cherished for years (my younger one still uses his, sadly my older one has grown out of his…), but this special gift takes that to a whole new level with a matching apron for mom or dad.
These gifts would be perfect for teachers, office mates, or stocking stuffers.
No more spills or over-pours! These babies slip right into the jar so that you can easily measure out spices without the mess.
Honestly, who doesn’t need new dish towels? But when you buy a multi-pack like this you can use fewer paper towels without running the laundry all the time!
A fantastic way to reduce plastic use. These are durable, washable, and transparent enough that the cashier can scan items through them. I’ve been using these for over a year now and totally love them!
Washable and reusable, these will help to reduce plastic use and turtle injury and what could be a better gift than that?
This stuff is dangerously good! Reminiscent of dulce de leche, but with a slightly tangy kick. It can be enjoyed over ice cream, spread on bread, or as a dip for fruit or even pretzels (the salty and sweet combo is to die for). My husband loves it so much that we now give him jars and jars of it each year for his birthday (and he doesn’t share!).
Who doesn’t love the gift of chocolate?! My family spent over a week savoring our most recent gift box from Lake Champlain. They are so rich, creamy, and delicious. Truly awesome chocolates.
High quality spices can turn a good meal into a great one and this gift box is full of spice staples that everyone can use. They have all sort of other options as well, if you’ve got a specific person’s tastes in mind.
And don’t forget yourself! Why not give yourself the gift of happy family dinners with less stress and strain? Sign up for an online meal planning service to see how simple getting dinner on the table every night can be!
Do you have products that you would add to this holiday gift guide? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!