Those of us with foodie friends know that you can never have too many cooking utensils, spices, oils, gadgets and gizmos. To me, these things are like shoes. I like items that look pretty and can sometimes sit on my counter and in my cabinets simply in case I ever have an occasion to use them.
A fellow blogger, Matt over at MattBites, has a great offer up on his site: 15% off O Olive oils. I haven’t tried these yet, but have been reading songs of praise about them on a bunch of food blogs. They’ve got some great gift sets of olive oils, champagne vinegars and tapenades. A great addition to any kitchen!
I just ordered myself a set of crystal champagne flutes from Bluefly.com that I think would make a fantastic gift, particularly for someone that loves to host.
Recently strolling in Hayes Valley, I passed Christopher Elbow‘s artisanal chocolate shop and couldn’t help thinking what a great gift this would make. I love chocolate, but I rarely find myself buying fancy chocolate, so I’d love to get a box of these any day. The thing about gifts is, you want to get people things that they wouldn’t otherwise buy for themselves. My company recently hosted a choco-beer tasting party in anticipation of the holidays. Why not get someone some delicious chocolates and some beer or wine for a personal evening of tastings? Maybe throw in a few glasses, too.
Another idea? Unique, homemade items by local craftspeople. I love supporting small producers and shops and always find it satisfying to buy items that aren’t mass produced. Check out this shop on etsy.com for handmade pottery. I particularly like this vase.
Have I mentioned I am LOVING Internet shopping these days? Happy hunting 🙂