I always struggle with the onslaught of gift guides this time of year, not because they aren’t pretty to look at, but because there often isn’t much meaning behind the picks. Anyone can go online to find things to lust after, but I guess I want more: things that aren’t just pretty, but also functional and reliable. So, after some encouragement from friends and taking inventory around the house I figured a nice compromise would be to share a selection of some favorites that I know and love, but also use regularly. Today I have home and kitchen goodies that I think would make great and meaningful gifts. Enjoy!
1 Marble Pastry board. A beautiful slab of Spanish marble that makes pastry dough easier to work with by remaining cooler than room temperature. So pretty too, even just sitting on the counter it brings me joy.
2 Askinosie Chocolate Hazelnut spread. Never again will you find Nutella to be acceptable! My favorite is to warm slightly in a double-boiler and pour over ice cream. But really, the applications are endless.
3 Yarai Mixing Glass. A beautiful and, more importantly, functional addition to a barcart. I get many of my cocktail supplies from this source.
4 Curry Easy by Madhur Jaffrey. A gorgeous cookbook that makes Indian curry and cuisine so accessible. A UK published book that’s somewhat hard to find online, there are a few available and it is worth every penny of shipping across the pond.
5 For Life Stump teapot. We use these at the restaurant and at home and they’re so sturdy and cute. The pot comes with a basket for steeping loose leaf tea, so it’s perfect for a tea routine. Lots of colors to choose from too.
6 Salt from The Meadow. Part of our holiday tradition is to travel down to Portland just to stock up on supplies from The Meadow. But even without a trip to the fabulous shop, online shopping is just as rewarding. If you’re unsure about what to get, try a Salt Set.
7 Ikea PS cabinet. I love our PS cabinet for the extra storage it offers, but also for its industrial-sexiness and overall neutral look so that styling is easily made your own.
8 Le Creuset braiser. So versatile in the kitchen, these french ovens will get lots of use by the cook on your list. This braiser is a great gift because its the cooking and the serving all in one.
9 Glassybaby votives. These are the colors we have at the restaurant (and a few that I stole at home) but any color from this local Seattle company would make a girl happy.
10 Vic Firth pepper mill. These were Vic Firth, and now they’re directly from the maker? I don’t know what the story is but I do know they make a kick ass mill. Lots of shapes and colors, our set gets lots of use and still works and looks like a million bucks.
11 Lucite nesting tables. I’ve had these for a few years now and I never tire of seeing and playing with them. A sexy gift with an aesthetic that will last beyond the trend.
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