A Very Foodie Christmas

For a foodie, Christmas is kind of a love/hate holiday (or at least it is for me). On one hand, you might get some really thoughtful and useful gifts. On the other hand, you might get one of these:


“Why is this gift useless?” you may ask me, “Bee, I thought you LOVED avocados!”
I do, Grandma, I do. I just know how to cut them already. I don’t need a gadget to do it for me. This also contributes to kitchen clutter. All my drawers are full, but I can’t find the silly potato peeler for Christ’s (sorry baby Jesus, I know it’s your birthday soon) sake! In the name of all that is holy, do not, and I repeat, DO NOT waste your money unless you know with unwavering certainty that your foodie is an actual gadget junkie. Not all foodies are gadget junkies.

Now this doesn’t mean that there aren’t things out there that are really cool or useful. It simply means that when it comes to gift giving, have some idea of what your foodie likes to make or types of tools they prefer using. I’ll use myself as an example…because I can.

Me me me me me!

I have a couple kitchen gadgets here and there (my garlic chopping shake weight for example), but a majority of things in my kitchen get ongoing use on a regular basis. There are also certain tools that wear out, and THIS, my dear gift giver, is where foodies come to love Christmas. I, for example, can never have too many spatulas (depending on whether you think they are the scooping kind or the mixing kind–I don’t care). Spatulas tend to have about a 2 year life span in our house, and I hate buying new ones. What’s better, there are so many different kinds of spatulas! You have thin ones to get into jars, little short ones for little jobs (like poached eggs), and wide flat ones to mix up your cookie dough. There are stiff ones and flexible ones, cupped ones and flat ones; it’s fascinating how much variation there is out there, but it’s rare to find someone that’s got ’em call.


For those of us that like to get one bigger gift for someone (not me! My husband falls squarely into this category, however), a useful electronic kitchen gadget or some solid pot-ware may be up your alley. Remember to check with what your foodie likes to cook IN! We only cook in cast iron or stainless steel. There’s not a lick of nonstick coated cookware in our kitchen. Why? I’ll get into that in another post. How about colors? Does your foodie have a color palette in their kitchen? You wouldn’t want to buy a foodie with an all blue kitchen something orange. The exception to this rule is if your foodie has a spectrum of colors in their kitchen. This allows for a lot more flexibility.

But They ALREADY Have 5 of Those!

Need something for the foodie that has absolutely everything? Consider a gift basket. Many foodies tend to fall into ruts (guilty as charged) when it comes to foods. Never see your foodie eating Asian cuisine? Consider a high quality wok for them. Does your foodie know what paella is? (I didn’t before this week!) Get them a fun paella cookbook and some food-cessories (hehe) to go with it! Does your foodie have a larger kitchen? Maybe consider getting them a solid cutting block for their projects. Does your foodie love to entertain? Maybe some festive glass markers or some whiskey stones (sorry I’m beginning to edge towards gadgety again, aren’t I?)

I’m sure you get the picture by this point. Below I’ve shared some fun kitchen staples that (I assume) many foodies are without (mostly because I know I am). Skip the idea of getting your foodie yet another potholder this year for Christmas. Check out some of these fun finds!

Christmas Gift Ideas

Check out some killer gift ideas after the jump!

Mortar and Pestle


Paella Gift Set


Immersion Blender




Cutting Board




Zester and Channel Knife


Still Stumped?

Still struggling with coming up with a gift for your foodie? Know that any Foodophile would be over the moon with a gift card to their favorite kitchen store! 
Check out Sur la Table, Williams Sonoma, Kitchen Kaboodle, and Kitchen & Co.

Are you a kitchen gadget junkie? Yay or nay on this list of 

The 10 Most Useless Gadgets

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  • Reply Kayla Moothart December 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I was totally thinking about how I would love an immersion blender the other day while making soup – then realizing I wasn’t sure where I would stuff it in my small kitchen! Spatulas would fit perfectly in a stocking! 🙂

  • Reply Kae December 7, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Great list! I need that mortar and pestle! And you can never have too many beautiful cutting boards either.

  • Reply Adventures in Dressmaking December 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Ooooh, awesome ideas!! I can especially see doing the cutting boards and stick blender. I have a cute mortar and pestle that I have NO idea what to do with. What should I use it for?? What do I need to grind??

    • Reply Bee Talmadge December 8, 2012 at 12:05 am

      Fresh spices are great for mortars and pestles. That’s what I would use ours for. Few things help a recipe more than fresh spice!

  • Reply Lacey December 8, 2012 at 12:18 am

    I wouldn’t mind receiving any of the items on your list. They would all come in handy. Have you heard of Love With Food? I think that would also make a nice gift for a foodie.

  • Reply Susannah December 8, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Such a great list! I love you pointing out that gadgets aren’t all their cracked up to be. It’s so true!

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