gift guides 2010: the foodie

As a certified foodie extraordinaire, this list is essentially comprised of things I either own and love, or are coveting. All of these culinary-oriented duos would be great on their own or in conjunction with each other — all at around $100 or less! And, yes, you can get them all in time for Christmas! — Megan B.

herbaceous

Fresh herbs are key for effortlessly flavorful cooking, and these Edward Scissorhands-esque 5 blade herb snips ($9.95 at cooking.com), make quick work for fine chives. How about throwing in a wooly pocket ($49), planted with herbs? I love the peacock blue number, BTW.

saltnpepa

A good pepper mill is a beautiful thing. Even more beautiful in lime green lacquer, by Peugeot ($33) — pair it with a stunning wood salt cellar like this french olive wood model, by Berard $48.95, both available at Amazon.

board

For the home cook who loves to entertain, one of these gorgeous, raw, organic handmade cutting boards from Gray Works on Etsy would make great serving pieces. With boards ranging from $30-200+, (with custom engraving for an extra $15) — gift certificates in $50, $75, $100, or $150 increments, there’s something for any budget. And it’d be extra awesome when gifted along side a charcuterie class (check for a local farm near you) — or perhaps a cheese making or knife skills class at Sur la Table.

piebythefire

Cozy up to the fire and gift a cast iron pie iron, $18 at Amazon,
and a jar of Chukar Cherry pie filling, $14.95 for guaranteed hand pie goodness.

sipping chocolate

For the chocolate lover, may I suggest a pair of brightly-hued French latte bowls ($30 for 6 at Anthropologie), and a container of Organic, Fair Trade Chipotle Spice Sipping Chocolate by Theo ($10).

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Never seen 5-blade scissors. Very cool and surprisingly not as expensive as one might think.

Paul

Sarah L.

mmmmm. pudgie pies. brings back memories of winters past.