• December 8, 2018

    2018 Gift Guide for Foodies


    Merry December! Sharing with you another year’s collection of gift ideas for foodies, drawn from things I own and love, and things I want.

    2018 Gift Ideas for Foodies

    Search and Rescue Denim premium apron

    I fell in love with Search and Rescue Denim aprons last year and already had them bookmarked for my gift guide this year when they reached out and offered to make me one (yay!). They’re handmade in Vancouver, and are so sexy and sturdy and functional. Aprons can be nabbed online or in store, OR you can design your custom dream apron online. Cutoff for delivery in Canada is December 12th, so hop to it.

    Beeswax Food Wraps

    I’ve been meaning to buy some since last year. It’s happening. My good friend Marnie (a chef) loves them and her tip is to never use soap as it’ll dissolve the beeswax. Hot water only.

    Stainless Steel Bento Lunchbox

    I got the kids a couple of cheaper ones at IKEA but the pieces all come out and it’s such a headache to find them all in the morning. I’m investing in three of these Stainless Steel Bentos that I fully expect to last a lifetime.

    KitchenAid Sifter and Scale Attachment

    My new favourite stand mixer attachment. I keep it permanently attached. It weighs ingredients right on the machine and sifts them together as it funnels them neatly into the mixer bowl. You can remove the scale to use it on its own, too!

    Reusable Cloth Snack and Sandwich Bags

    My sister bought me some cloth snack and sandwich bags and I love them.

    Minimalist Kitchen: 100 Wholesome Essential Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques

    A book that delivers on its promise. Easy, unfussy weeknight meals and excellent tips for reducing kitchen chaos.

    Coco Cakeland: Cute and Pretty Party Cakes to Bake and Decorate 

    The most adorable cakes you’ve ever seen. I own the book and it lives on my coffee table. I haven’t personally made any but I’ve seen pics from my own non-baking friends who’ve made them, so I know that anyone can really make these beauties.

    FEAST: Recipes and Stories from a Canadian Road Trip

    Another coffee table book, and I love it. The two authors travelled across Canada seeking the stories and recipes of locals from every corner of our country. The tidbits from my own home province really tugged my heartstrings. I love this snapshot of Canadian food culture as the era of Pinterest threatens to melt everything into one (delicious, but decidedly nondistinct) mishmash.

    UNPAPER TOWELS: highly absorbent cloths to replace disposables

    I’m sorry if this one is boring but I want some and I think they’d make a good stocking stuffer for you, too. The list skews a bit toward a sustainability theme. I’m trying to replace single-use disposable products and reduce reliance on plastic.

    NOT PICTURED BUT AWESOME: subscriptions boxes.

    • Offer a wine club membership (I was gifted Red Rooster‘s last year and it was such a joy.)
    • Meatme: I love this Vancouver-based meat delivery service offering beautiful-quality, ethically-raised meats. I’ve ordered all my holiday roasts from there and stocked up on my staples. They offer subscription boxes (and also gift cards).
    • Coffee of the Month: I love this idea. I want to try The Roasters Pack.

    PS. gift ideas from 20122015 and 2014 are still fantastic!


    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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