Holiday Gift Ideas

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? I am behind this year and need to get with it. If you need a few gift ideas, here are my picks for this year. Most of the items are food related because I love giving and receiving food related gifts, but there are a few non-food related items as well. I hope you find a few things you like. Happy shopping!

Beater Blade for a KitchenAid Mixer-I use my beater blade almost every time I turn on my mixer. I can’t live without it:)

Immersion Blender-a fun tool that comes in handy in the kitchen. We use it all of the time for soups and sauces.

Cook Without a Book-Meatless Meals by Pam Anderson-this book is full of easy and delicious meatless meals. A great gift for vegetarians or meat eaters. There are so many tasty recipes included in this book.

Blendtec Blender-the best blender ever! We use our Blendtec for smoothies, sauces, milkshakes, nut butter, etc.

Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin-a fabulous book about digital food photography and styling. It is easy to read and understand. If you are shopping for a food blogger or for someone that enjoys taking food photos-they need this book, trust me:)

Silpat-everyone needs at least one Silpat. I don’t bake cookies without my Silpats!

Friday Night Lights-We watched all 5 seasons of Friday Night Lights in about a month. I am obsessed! It is the best show ever! I am going through Tim Riggins withdrawals right now, I might have to watch all 5 seasons again:)

Everyday Food-I love giving magazine subscriptions, it is the gift that keeps on giving all year long. Everyday Food is a great magazine for beginning or advanced cooks. Check out my other favorite magazines here.

Pizza Peel-a pizza peel is a great gift for anyone that enjoys making homemade pizza. We have a few that we put to good use.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett-my favorite book of the year.

Biscoff Spread-I am obsessed with this delightful spread. I love baking with it and eating it by the spoonful. A jar of Biscoff Spread would make a great stocking stuffer:)

Microplane Grater/Zester-one of my favorite gifts to give!

Cuptakes iPhone Cases-pretty up any iPhone with one of these darling cases. There are so many fun designs. I bet you can’t pick just one:) You can also download the Cuptakes iPhone app so you can have matching wallpaper and calendars. So fun!

Baby Beanies from Root for the Cute-I am in love with all of these baby beanies! If you have a little one to shop for, make sure you buy one of these adorable baby beanies. Caleb NEEDS the Cookie Monster beanie🙂

Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year by Marie LeBaron-this book is filled with fun crafts for the kiddos. I can’t wait until Caleb is old enough to make the creative crafts in this book!

I hope this post was helpful! I have a few other recommendations for gifts coming your way, in giveaway form, so stay tuned! You don’t want to miss out! Happy Holidays!

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  1. Great suggestion! I need a blender but so many of these gifts are perfect ideas for my family. Thanks!

  2. Love this list! Before we left for our trip, I picked up another Silpat at BB&Beyond, I have Helene’s book (best book EVER!) and the blender, have it…and Biscoff spread, too.

    My #1 item is a stand mixer. Or else those cute cell phone cases.

    Hope you’re liking your new camera and lens!!!

  3. I need an immersion blender this year. I’ve been using my wonderful Blendtec to purée soups, and it works great, but an immersion would be more convenient.

    I love cute iPhone cases! Another great place to get them is They take hip art prints and photos and turn them into cases, computer decals, tee-shirts, and more.

    I also need to get that Pam Anderson book. I always need ideas for delicious meatless meals, and that one looks lovely.

  4. Great list! I’m really hoping Santa brings me that beater blade. 😉 I even sent him an email and a text with the link lol

  5. Man, do I need that beater blade, and a pasta attachment. And Tim Riggins in a Santa suit (no shirt please) to deliver them to me. Did you know he was here in Utah filming last year for like 3 months? We missed our chance!

  6. Great list! I am with you on so many of these items. I couldn’t live without my microplane or immersion blender!

  7. This is a fab list, Maria. I totally agree with you about the Help, the stand mixer attachment and the immersion blender. I’ve never seen the Blendtec but it looks like its on par with my favorite blender, the Vitamix.

  8. Great gift ideas. I’ve never seen Friday Night Lights, so I’ll have to serch that out. Have a Happy Holiday you’ll enjoy it that much more with your new bundle of joy!

  9. I agree The Help was the best book I had read this year. I love my immersion blender-it gets my cauliflower soup to a great, velvety texture.

  10. I’ve always wondered about that beater blade – I’m glad to know you like it, being the cookie connoiseur that you are.

    Also, this week I discovered that Trader Joe’s is carrying their version of the Biscoff – “cookie butter”. It’s delish, and potentially easier to find.

  11. Great line up! Help was also my favorite book this year. And you know I love Friday Night Lights!!

  12. These are terrific ideas Maria! I would be lost without my beater blade, Microplane, immersion blender, and pizza peel. Seriously! And THANK YOU for the stocking stuffer idea for Randy – Friday Night Lights. I’m actually the one who wants to watch it though… 🙂