Splurge-worthy gifts for foodies

Or…to add to your list!

We asked foodies all over to tell us what is on their wishlist, plus we added in a couple favorites we’re asking Santa for and tah-dah! We have 12 days of gifts for your favorite foodie..or for you!

Culinary Vacation:  Top requested foodie destinations included Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii. You could throw in a cooking class here too!

New Knives: Wustholf was the most commonly requested. They don’t HAVE to come in a set…but..it’s always nice.$100+

nudo-olive-oil-xlAdopt an Olive Tree: Just like the giving tree..the gift that keeps on giving! Fresh olive oils arrive in spring and fall. Seriously, to be able to say: “oh, that came from my tree”! $100+

A kick’n Espresso Machine: This tidy espresso machine is counter-friendly. While this is a splurge, consider how much you will save when you eliminate Starbucks from your budget! Bingo! Expenditure justified. $200+ nespresso-le-cube-xl

Home Grown Herbs: Not matter if the weather outside is frightful, this machine makes your herbs delightful. The ultimate in localvore: grow your herbs in your kitchen.

Cast Iron Pan: She ain’t pretty, but she sure is a workhorse and Le Creuset is the Arabian horse of workhorses. This is a fantastic gift because it is often overlooked but it is one of the most useful tools in the kitchen.  $100+

demy-recipe-reader-xlDemy Recipe Reader: Oh, how I hope Santa is reading this. No more shuffling cards, random pages or binders of recipes..you keep it all here in conjunction with a web site that syncs your recipes. AND because it was made for the kitchen, even the messiest cook can use and appreciate.  $300+

Kitchen Aid Mixer + Attachments: For those with LOTS of counter space or plenty of storage, the Kitchen Aid Mixer and corresponding attachments was big request…just as frequent as the attachments were. $200+ (for mixer) $100+ (for attachments)kitchenaid-mixer-red-xl

Exotic Spices: Be like the three wise men this Christmas! Every home cook loves to experiment with spices and what fun Santa will have chowing down on the outcome.  $50

At Home Sparkling Water Maker: You will be green..not your bottles. You can justify this splurge by considering how many bottles you will keep out of landfill. Perrier may not be happy you have this at home, but you will be! $100

Gift Certificates to luxurious foods like: Humanely raised beef or pork, lobster or other seafood royal-black-caviar-xl(makes for great NYE dinner), caviar also makes a nice treat (hint, hint).$100+

Tickets to Aspen’s Food & Wine Classic: All the fab-u-lous chefs will be there, including previous Top Chef celebs, plus it’s Aspen. How can you go wrong? $1000+

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About the Author

An aspiring cook and an accomplished eater, Tara is inspired by the world around her and the food on her plate. "When you can't jump on a plane and take a vacation to an exotic destination, chances are you can whip up a dish or go to a restaurant that will take you there." says Tara. She often eats out at a restaurant after trying to accomplish a given dish at home. None the less, she enjoys food and what it says about the human experience. Tara is a full-time freelance writer and blogger. She specializes in writing about food, cooking and travel. You can find her in the kitchen, on the plane or at her computer.