22 unique gifts for food lovers and home cooks
It’s not too late to get the perfect gift for the food-obsessed person in your life. We’ve done the work for you and found the coolest products that exemplify the HellaWella style: entertaining, healthy and/or eco-friendly. And most of them are under $50!
For dishware that rocks, check out these handmade decorative bowls created from reclaimed records. Choose from rock ’n roll, showtunes, crooner, diva, ’80s, R&B, disco, jazz, hip hop and folk bowls.
Price: $25 each
These colorful handmade bowls were created using a slip-cast mold from actual fruit to recreate the detailed texture. Cantaloupe and salsa bowls are also available from the same artist on the website UncommonGoods.com.
Price: $40 each
GIVE SOME GREEN
Don’t let your lack of a backyard determine whether or not you grow your own herbs and veggies. The AeroGarden Classic is your key to growing fresh herbs, flowers, vegetables, salad greens and more indoors, year-round. Need some rosemary to season your chicken? Grab some from the living room!
If you live in a household of one or two, you may experience one of my kitchen issues: I never use up enough of my fresh herbs before they turn brown and inedible. Williams-Sonoma’s Herb Saver keeps fresh herbs at their peak for weeks and can be conveniently stored in the fridge door.
With just a spray of mist twice a day, this little box can grow up to 1.5 lbs of pearl oyster mushrooms. According to the company, you can harvest your first crop of ’shroomies in only 10 days. Everything you need, including sustainable soil composed of 100% recycled coffee grounds, is included.
GREAT FOR GRILLING
Monogrammed BBQ Branding Iron
Do you have one of those dads who loves to grill and then spend the entire meal bragging about how amazing the steak is? Now he can flaunt his work by branding his initials on it. The branding iron sears up to three characters and can be personalized with any three letters of the alphabet.
Cedar grilling planks
Wood planks offer an easy way to add flavor to your grilled meat and seafood without adding calories. If you’ve ever had cedar-grilled salmon, you understand why this makes such an awesome gift — plus, it’s affordable!
Price: $10.99 for a set of four planks
GET IN THE HOLIDAY ‘SPIRIT’
Gin & Titonic Ice Cube Tray
This might be the coolest ice cube tray we’ve ever seen, partly because of the ice cubes it produces and partly because of the cheesy play on words. Fred and Friends’ Gin & Titonic Ice Cube Tray allows you to chill your guests’ cocktails with ice cubes shaped like ocean liners and icebergs.
Agate Bottle Stoppers
Beautify your opened bottles of wine with these wine stoppers made with polished Brazilian agate, a natural quartz formation that develops within a host rock.
Price: $30 each
Snow Ski Wine Rack
For a unique and fun way to showcase wine, check out this handmade wine rack made out of reclaimed skis.
Price: $58 each
Star Wars Flexible Darth Vader Spatula
For that special person who fantasizes about Princess Leia and thinks it’s cool to practice light-saber fighting, Williams-Sonoma has this Darth Vader spatula.
MacBook Pro-shaped Cutting Board
You read that correctly. It’s actually a cutting board designed to look like a MacBook Pro. And since we don’t speak Dutch, we have no idea what it’s made out of, but who cares?
Price: 70 euros (about $91 in U.S. currency)
Kitrics Perfect Portions Digital Scale with Nutrition Facts Display
This isn’t just any scale. It goes beyond weighing food and adjusts actual portion size based on the weight, as well as calculates the percentage of daily value for calories, fat, carbohydrates, cholesterol, sodium, fiber and protein.
Don’t be a crybaby. Get these sweet goggles for your favorite home cook so he can chop, mince, dice or slice onions without the tears — or the stinging.
For a weigh-cool gift — we couldn’t stop ourselves — check out this kitchen scale that doubles as a stylish wall clock.
Skruba Skruba Potato Scrubbing Gloves
Cleaning vegetables is no longer a chore with these gloves that make it easy; just rub the potatoes or other vegetables in your hands under running water.
Black & Decker Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor
No need to “squeeze” more money out of your holiday shopping budget. This juice extractor does the trick for an affordable price. Juice up anything — celery sticks, apples, carrots, melons, spinach, oranges, you name it — and measure the amount with the custom juice cup.
LAST-MINUTE MEAL MAKING
Toast your loved one with this griddle/panini press so they can toast their sandwiches. Imagine the possibilities you’ll be introducing them to: prosciutto and melted mozzarella paninis, ham and melted Brie paninis, grilled cheese with tomato … The list goes on.
Jamie Oliver’s “Meal in Minutes” Cookbook
Fast food doesn’t have to be “fast food.” Jamie Oliver’s “Meals in Minutes” cookbook offers 50 delicious meals that only require 20 to 30 minutes of your time.
OTHER AWESOME OFFERINGS
Imperia Pasta Machine
For the home cook who loves Italian cuisine, get this Imperia Pasta Machine, one of the highest-rated products on Williams-Sonoma.com.
Price: $49.95 to $69.95
Fat Separator and Strainer
For HellaWella-worthy meals, home cooks can use this fat separator and strainer to cook up healthier, leaner soups, sauces and gravies.
Price: $24.99 to $29.99
Reclaimed Slate Cheese Board
One of our favorite gifts on the list, this handmade, reclaimed slate cheese board allows you to label your cheese on the actual serving board and erase it away when you wash it, so you can serve something different next time.