Wednesday, November 23, 2016

2016 "Foodie" Gift Giving Guide

The holidays are right around the corner. The last two years, I've been ON IT at getting some present shopping out of the way early. With work craziness and moving to a new house, I've really been slacking this year. Maybe you too?

Here are a few gift ideas for the "foodie" in your life.

From Our Kitchens Cleveland Independents Recipe Book ($24.95): Get your hands on the recipes included from some of our area's best restaurants! I just purchased this, and can't wait to use it.

Handcrafted Knives and Accessories from Cleveland Cuts (Varies): This Cleveland Heights company is making handcrafted items like razor-edged steak knives, oak cutting boards, classic block sets, antique kitchen carts, cherry cheese boards, and hand-made wineglass carriers. Me? I'll take the custom cheese knives ($40, pictured below) or we really need a good set of steak knives.
Distinct Cleveland Culinary Crate (Varies): This company has hand selected the best "foodie" products being produced locally, and put them all together in a gorgeous wooden gift box. We received one as a housewarming gift from our realtor, and I was immediately in love.
Cleveland Map Stemless Wine Glass from UncommonGreen ($15): A great gift for someone that loves this city, and wine! Two of my favorite things. Also, a set would make a nice hostess gift this holiday season.
Joule Sous Vide by ChefSteps ($199): We pre-ordered ours in January and the release date has been pushed back several times, but they are on their way now, and this machine is supposed to be worth the wait.
Grammar Geek Mug ($14.95): The communications nerd in me just loved this coffee mug when I saw it online. It hasn't made its way into my possession yet, but if anyone is looking for hints...
Onion Googles ($19.95): My mom got these for me last year, and they totally work! I used to tear up so badly when cutting onions, but no more. They make a funny, but functional, gift.
Also, putting together a gift basket of locally produced goods is always a hit as a present or hostess gift. You can easily put one together by visiting shops like The Grocery, Tremont General Store, or Market at the Fig. They each carry a wide selection of local products that can be put together to make a fabulous basket. One of my go-to gifts year-round.

Lastly, we resort to gift certificates from local, independent restaurants. Everyone in your life would enjoy a nice night out. Many of our local restaurants offer certificate deals during the holiday season, like purchase $200 and receive $25 or purchase one $100 certificate and receive a free $100 certificate. Keep your eyes peeled on social media, and don't hesitate to ask your favorite restaurants if they have special sale promotions.

Any other fantastic ideas for the cooks or food-lovers in your life? Bonus if it's from a local company. Please share your ideas in the comments.