'Tis the season for gift-giving, so we asked one of our favorite bloggers to tell us what's on the list for all the foodies on her list. The following is compiled by Atlanta-based food fan and blogger Allison Palestrini. Connect with her through her blog, Time Machine Taste Tester or on Twitter @allipal.
- Mario Batali Spoonula $10.95 A little hard to find. I received one of these a few years back at a trade show and it has been one of my favorite kitchen tools ever since. You might not realize the ease of having a two-in-one spatula and spoon now, but I’ll bet if you prep any recipe with it you won’t go back.
- Kiehl’s Orange Flower & Lychee Hand & Body Lotion $26 Not just a light fruit scent, but a thoughtful gift for anyone who spends a great deal of time in the kitchen. Between the hand washing, prep in the sink and dish washing, 24 hours of moisturizing power is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball Ice Cream Maker $39.99 Ice and Rock Salt, cream, sugar and flavoring and you’re off! Play with it for 15 minutes, stir, play 15 minutes more and it’s icecream time! Mega makes one quart. There is a smaller size, but why bother? The more icecream, the merrier. Either everyone will play with it together OR you’ll run all over with it and burn off those binge calories (okay just a few of them).
- Cook’s Warehouse gift certificate towards Knife Skills 101 hands on class $65 What I love about this particular class is that the skills taught can be applied towards ANY style of cuisine. I recommend a gift certificate for the recipient to pick out their own class date and location.
- Rachael Ray Tools and Gadgets Blue 3-piece Suction Lid Set $28.99 I first spotted these on QVC (currently sold out there) and everything in my being wanted to not want them. Another gadget? Is that really necessary? And then I saw them on TV and was mesmerized. Turning ANY serving dish into a storage dish for the fridge? It’s like the read my mind – my lazy clean up mind! This is for your foodie home cook friend who thinks they have everything.
- Eat Cake for Breakfast 1.75" Badge / Button $1.75 – why not?
- Artichoke Lemon Pesto $12.95 Made in Georgia (squeal)! I love this on bread toasted with a little cheese, and it would make a lovely hostess gift. It's also available at Whole Foods in Buckhead.
- Jellybean Wines Candy-Apple Red Cabernet Sauvignon – Generally between $10 and $15
Beautiful labels – could match the color to any other gift item you’re giving. Not sure about the recipient’s favorite wine? Try the red blend! (I’ve found at the Buford Highway Farmers Market.)
- Hola! Jalapeno $6.99 Ages 1 – 3 world snacks board book series. Author Amy Wilson Sanger also penned First Book of Sushi, Let’s Nosh!, Mangia! Mangia!, Yum Yum Dim Sum, A Little Bit of Soul Food and Chaat and Sweets. Something for every family’s palate.
- Orville Redenbacher's Hot Air Popper By Presto Regular $29.99, on sale for $19.99
We go gaga for air popped popcorn drizzled with olive oil and ground sea salt in my house. A customizeable big time step up from anything in a bag in the microwave. Also available in a bright happy yellow.
- Cuts of Beef ornament on sale for $17.96 – adorable and educational.
- Bowser Beer six pack – with a custom label featuring the recipient’s dog! $29.99 Don’t worry – this beer is primarily stock and hops. My pups LOVED it poured over their dry dog food.
- Kids Chef Hat $9.95 AND 5% of sales through Dec. 31, 2012 on foodie toy items go back to help kids through the No Kid Hungry Campaign. Click here for a full list of items.
- Ikat Nesting Bowls (Set Of 3) $58.00 I’ve had my eye on this ever since I stepped foot in the new C-Wonder (at Lenox) store for the first time. Beautiful set. You could give all together or split up and give to different friends with a handwritten favorite recipe.