It’s already that time of the year when we have to brainstorm gift ideas, check with family members to see if THAT idea is unique (which is usually not), and make sure all the gifts are ready in time. This is hard work if you ask me, but I’m enjoying it and hope you are too!
To help with this task, I’m sharing with you a list of gift ideas for cooks. This year, I am covering a wider range of products with 4 categories: kitchen tools, cookbooks, sweets, and finally beauty products. Let’s go shopping!
- Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker: This ice cream maker has been on my wishlist for a long time as I want to create share ice cream recipes with you guys. I have yet to take the leap but it’s coming soon.
- Brass & Wood Measuring Cups: How cute are these measuring cups? They are made from copper and wood, giving them a cool vintage look.
- Instant Pot: I know what you are thinking, the Instant Pot, again? I got one last year and it very quickly became my favorite tool, not to say I’m obsessed with it. From making tempeh, yogurt, and curry to rice, I use it almost every day.
- Staub Cast Iron Skillet: My favorite skillet! I like it even more than my lodge one. This skillet is durable and I have never seasoned it, yet I don’t have any food sticking problems. It’s perfect for sautéeing vegetables, frying food, etc. It is pretty heavy and not cheap but will last for generations.
- Kitchen Aid Kettle: If sipping on tea on a chilly afternoon is your thing, you absolutely need this beautiful kettle! I love the pistachio color and retro design!
- 4-inch Springform Pans: These are perfect to make cheeses or desserts like cheesecakes, I use mine all the time.
- Silicone Baking Mat: If you are baking a lot, these mats will save you a lot of money on parchment paper. Silicone baking mats are great for cookies, burgers, roasted vegetables, and basically, everything that goes into the oven.
- Spiralizer: Great to make zucchini or sweet potato noodles and make your meals lighter!
- Vitamix: I do not own a Vitamix myself as it’s not as popular here in Europe but the reviews speak for themselves.
- Glass & Acacia Wood Jars: These jars look so fancy! It can be used to store coffee, seeds, nuts, and probably cookies.
- Kitchen Thermometer: If you plan on making your own raw chocolate, a thermometer will be a great help. For a chocolate that snaps, you will have to heat the cocoa butter at specific temperatures. I also use my thermometer when making praline, which is a paste made with caramelized nuts.
- Kitchen Scale: Another small kitchen appliance that is essential for some recipes, especially desserts and sweets.
- The First Mess Cookbook: I’m a huge fan of Laura’s blog! In her cookbook, you will find healthy, whole-food recipes that make use of seasonal vegetables. Definitely try the BBQ mushroom toast!
- The Art of Fermentation: If you are into fermented foods like cheese, tempeh, yogurt, and more, you are going to learn a lot with this book. The author goes in-depth into the fermentation process, from the temperature to the cultures and tools. While this book is not completely vegan, it’s a great help.
- Power Plates: If you don’t know Gena’s blog by now, go take a look! I do not own her cookbook yet but love her blog. Easy recipes, beautiful photography, plus a lot of dishes are served in bowls, which is a huge bonus (I love bowls!)
- Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: We all know Dana’s recipes never disappoint, this cookbook covers everything from the vegan pantry essentials to breakfast, dinner, and sweets. A must-have!
- Sweet Laurel: In this book, Laurel, owner of a bakery in California shares dessert recipes that are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, and dairy-free (some contain eggs though, but many are vegan). The photos are mouthwatering are the recipes pretty easy.
- Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen: I have the first cookbook of Richa in my collection and I have yet to find a recipe that is not a complete success! The photos are beautiful and the flavors amazing. Delicious!
- The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Just ordered this one, and can’t wait to receive it. All the recipes look super festive!
- Vegan Under Pressure: I’m not under pressure at the moment but I would love to try these Instant Pot recipes!
- Cocomels: Tender caramel coated in dark chocolate, I’m already drooling.
- Coconut Milk Chocolate: If you don’t have the patience or time to make your own vegan mylk chocolate, this coconut milk chocolate is for you!
- Pure Vanilla Bean Paste: Because we are all cooking sweets during the holidays, vanilla extract is a must-have to add extra flavor to your cookies, bread, and other desserts.
- Peppermint Dark Chocolate Candy: Vegan peppermint M&Ms! Need I say more?
- Square Organics Protein Bars: I’ve been enjoying these bars for a couple years now and love them! Delicious, not gritty, and easy to digest, I love to add some chunks to my morning oatmeal.
- Purely Elizabeth Granola: Probiotic granola? Count me in! Plus this granola is naturally-sweetened with coconut sugar and baked with coconut oil.
Health and Beauty
While I don’t have an extensive knowledge of beauty products, these are definitely some that I would love to try!
- Vegan Lip Balm: Sold in a tin instead of a stick, this lip butter is made from mango butter and coconut oil.
- Hair Styling Clay: This styling clay is not only vegan but also organic and has no chemicals, just plant-based oils, and clay. By the way, if you have a good water-based hair wax recipe, feel free to share!
- Blueberry & Lavender Hand Soap: I can almost smell that blueberry and lavender combination.
- Level Naturals Candle: This toxin-free candle has a pumpkin chai scent! Making it the best candle to light on the holidays!
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I hope this guide will give you a few ideas for this Christmas!
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