Even while reveling in the festivities surrounding the December holidays, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the stress of finding the perfect gifts for your family, friends and loved ones. Whether you’re shopping for a fanatical foodie or a hostess with the mostess, it’s safe to assume that a gift for the kitchen will be well received.
(Editor’s Note: unless you happen to be dating me, which I have on good authority that you are not, do not apply this advice to your girlfriend or significant other unless you have been granted explicit permission to wrap a cutting board under the Christmas tree).
To aid those of you who have a cook or two on your nice list or have been given the green light to hit the home goods department, there are plenty of gift ideas that will make playing Santa more gratifying than ever before.
Keurig Elite B48 Coffee Maker: Something special is brewing this year and I’m sure that line has never been used before. Kick off 2014 with an extra jolt of caffeine from a 6-, 10- or 12-ounce single serving of your favorite bean blend. $145, wayfair.com.
Kosta Boda Tattoo Wine Glasses: Celebrate the artistry of tattooing without risking a lifetime of permanent regret. $100, ahalife.com.
Jonathan Adler Nixon Salt & Pepper Shakers: Grace the kitchen table with some style, to be especially well-received by the heavy-handed seasoner. $38, zincdoor.com.
Reed & Barton Heritage Small Cake Stand: Edged with an elegant border and beaded detail, a simple cake stand will lend a polished presence to desserts or hors d’oeuvres. $90, wayfair.com.
One Hundred 80 Degrees Pack to School Sandwich Box: If you know a commuter who brown-bags it to work, this sandwich box will keep lunchtime fresh every day. $12, modcloth.com.
Q Luxe Pembroke Melamine 14.5″ Square Platter: If you want to get invite back to your favorite home cook’s for dinner, give them something pretty to serve your meal on. $45, macys.com.
Fitz and Floyd Deco Snowflake Trivet: The perfect holiday gift is seasonal, yet free from the kitch that a lot of holiday home goods embody. $43, fitzandfloyd.com.
Pantone Warm Red Tray: Give your favorite artist a serving gift that will make them feel right at home when preparing dinner or snacks to put out during a festive gathering. $41, amara.com.
KitchenAid Red Stand Mixer: I received a KitchenAid mixer as a birthday gift from an ex-boyfriend five years ago. The man? A distant memory. The mixer? Still like family. $528, amazon.com.
Seletti Vegetable Chopping Board: I would never spend a c-note on a cutting board for myself, but if someone else gave it to me, I would be, without question, unreasonably excited. $90, amara.com.
Joseph Joseph Nest 8 Prep Bowls: As adorable as they are practical, these bold-colored mixing bowls will brighten up a kitchen — and save cabinet space with their ergonomic design. $55, shopgrounded.com.
Polish Pottery Ceramika Boleslawiec Cow Creamer: When I was growing up, my parents collected cow creamers and amassed more than 200 of the little suckers. I can’t guarantee that the general public would necessarily appreciate such a gift, but I’m unable to fathom a kitchen without one. $29, amazon.com.
Pip Studio Home Rose Porcelain Fruit Bowl: A wise man once said: “there’s nothing like a good fruit bowl.” I’m not actually sure if someone said that, but the odds are good. $82, purehome.com.