2014 Holiday Gift Guide: The Foodie

When I first started working on these gift guides, I was overlapping The Chef, The Foodie and the Cocktail Enthusiast (keep an eye out for this one, my fellow liquor lovers!) all into one guide, and I realized that they are not one in the same. There are people who like to actually cook. And then there are people who really just like to eat. And then there are the people who would rather just drink their calories. So I decided to make separate gift guides for all of these people.

Which brings us to the Foodie Gift Guide. There’s a real array of presents here, from spicy pickles to DIY gastronomy kits. So take a look, if there is anyone on your list who finds food number one on their list, I’ve got ya covered.

Oh and also, if you yourself are a foodie, who happens to live in Chicago, The Infatuation (“Restaurant reviews for the people”) just came out with their Winter Hit List, a list of new restaurants you HAVE to try!

Holiday Gift Guide for The Foodie


1. Sriracha 2 Go
Whoever thought to put a baby bottle of hot sauce onto a keychain is my new hero. I just discovered Sriracha a few months ago and I’m so sad that I missed out on it all my life. This stuff is perfect squeezed on basically anything, if you like spicy that is! So stick it in the stocking of your spiciest friend!

2. Fondue For Two
How perfect is this lil fondue pot? My family has a tradition of doing fondue every Christmas Eve and it’s a bit of a production, trying to find all the different pots and the different colored skewers. With this couple-sized fondue situation, let your friends indulge in the cheesy goodness that is fondue on any occasion, without much searching or cleanup.

3. Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Sticks
With the temperatures quickly dropping in Chicago, a deliciously warm drink is always appreciated when you’ve come in from the cold. So these little sticks of delight are sure to put a smile on someones face, and hopefully stop their teeth from chattering.

4. Holiday 5-Bar Chocolate Gift Box
Foodies love chocolate. But foodies love fancy, exotic chocolates even more. At least that’s what I tell myself. So I came across this holiday themed array of bars ranging from Hot Buttered Rum to Candy Cane Crunch to Christmas Cookie. I know my aunt would murder these after having them in her presence for three minutes.

5. Aromafork Flavor Enhancing Kit
I’m still not entirely sure what exactly this is, but it looks awesome. The basic gist is that our senses only take in so much flavor, and our noses are what do most of the work. With flavored oils that you drop onto the forks that come in the kit, you can create your own, new, unique flavor combinations. Perfect for the geeky gourmet in your life.

6. Old Salt Merchants Products
I will admit that I haven’t actually tried any of these yet, but they’re packaged so perfectly and branded just right that I’m clearly ordering a couple for some people on my lists. Old Salt Provisions are “offering superior, natural, nautical provisions and gifts to customers who appreciate the same”. With products like Rum Soaked Sugar and Lime Latitudes Salt, I’m sure these would work perfect when mixing up drinks and apps alike.

7. Subscription to Gather Journal
While this isn’t something anyone can technically eat, it will help get those taste buds revved up. Gather Journal is a quarterly publication that was dreamed up “dreamed up due to a shared love of food and cooking”. A subscription for a foodie friend would obviously be appreciated since the recipes and photography are equally as gorgeous. If you can’t think of anyone to get it for…send me a private message and I’ll give you my address. But seriously. I die for food photography.

8. Stu’s Sour Spicy Pickles
Three words: Spicy. Garlic. Pickles.

9. Micro-Greens Kit
How fresh is this?! What a terrible pun. But for real, for that friend that loves their food fresh from the earth, gift them this Micro-Greens Kit that will let them be eating the very same greens they planted not more than two weeks before. Plus I think it adds some life into any kitchen. I know my grandma would love this, especially because I know how much she loves pulling weeds.

10. Food – A Love Story
Funny man Jim Gaffigan penned this #1 Bestseller and it’s all about food. I could read about food all day and then look at pictures of food all night if I could. How do I get that job? Honestly though, a funny book about food is basically my life, so I’ll be picking this up real soon.

Well now that I’ve finished that, I’m starving. I’ll just light up my Sugar Cookie candle that I picked up last weekend and smell the deliciousness instead of giving in and diving into the Oreo ice cream waiting patiently in the freezer. Serves me right to write about food right before bed. If you didn’t find anything in this gift guide, don’t worry, you’ll find something soon — I’ll be sharing more gift guides in the days to come! And if you missed them earlier in the week, I’ve got guides for The Chef, The Hostess, and The Techie ready for ya.