'holiday gift guides' on Serious Eats

Gift Guide: Gadgets We Love

Over the past year, I've tested many gadgets. Most were a lot of fun to play with for a short time, but others earned a coveted spot in my permanent kitchen arsenal. My top eight picks range from stocking stuffers to more sizable appliances that would look good wrapped and waiting under the tree. More

Gift Guide: Kitchen Gear for $50 Or Less

The items in this kit are designed to be inexpensive, functional, and adequate to comfortably help you cook for a couple people at a time. Think of it as a kitchen starter kit. I've avoided the standard "toaster with built-in egg poacher" or "electric griddle sandwich maker" type items that might be convenient for a week or two but wear thin very, very quickly. Every item on this list is something you'll use nearly every single time you cook. Many of them are inexpensive and won't last a lifetime, but they'll last until your giftee decides to settle down for an upgrade. More

Gift Guide: For Ice Cream Lovers

December is a cruel month for the ice cream lover in your life. Ice cream's hardly at the top of our dessert agendas now, which means you may not be thinking about what to give someone who'll take sundaes over cake any day. Here are eight gift ideas to show how much you care. If your friend is a good one, most of these will presents will pay you back in kind. More

Gift Guide: What the Serious Eaters Love

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. After putting together 17 holiday gift guides this year (for everyone from the peanut butter lover to the coffee drinker to the food t-shirt wearer), we decided to ask the Serious Eats crew to share their favorite kitchen gadgets, pans, books, and other food items they already have, love, and believe others would be pleased to receive too. Our picks, after the jump.... More

Gift Guide: For the Peanut Butter Nut

Don't know a peanut-person? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. Do you have a real "nut" in your life that you find it hard to shop for? Look no further than these creative gifts for the peanut and peanut butter lover in your life. Sir Francis Bacon Peanut Brittle: Crispy and crunchy, sweet and salty, in a fun package that is sure to elicit smiles all around. Available online at baconpeanutbrittle.com, $15.95 PB&J Sandwich Cookies: Okay, so you can't buy these anywhere (you have to make them yourself), but if you're looking for an edible gift for someone, these are the cookies to bake for them. Recipe and full instructions available online at thepartyworks.com, free! Peanut Butter & Jelly... More

Gift Guide: For the Baking Mix Lover

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Don't know a baking-mix maven? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. Though from-scratch kitchen projects can be very rewarding (and delicious), sometimes the shortcuts are just too good. These throw-it-together mixes—ranging from cider donuts to funnel cake, brownies, and flan—make great gifts. Stonewall Kitchen Eggnog Pancake and Waffle Mix: A breakfast flavored with all the ingredients traditionally found in the holiday drink—except the booze. Remedy that by serving them drizzled with maple syrup warmed in a saucepan with a tablespoon or two of bourbon or rum. Available online at stonewallkitchen.com, $5.99 Dean Jacobs Funnel Cake Kit Perfect for kids (or carnies). With two cake mixes, powdered sugar topping, a funnel cake pitcher, frying ring, tongs,... More

Gift Guide: For the Graphic T-Shirt Lover

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. My wardrobe is about 75% T-shirts. If your fashion aesthetic is similar to mine, here are some food-related shirts you may enjoy. (Note: Not all shirts may ship in time for Christmas. Check with individual websites.) Coffee: If you can relate to this Toothpaste for Dinner comic, this shirt's for you. And then maybe you should do a caffeine detox or something. Available online at Sharing Machine, $16 Wanna Eat: I love designer Genevieve Gauckler and all her rotund, fuzzy creatures. Available online at 2K, $35 Gelati Dreams: I wish my dreams about gelato looked this cool. I'm going to tell myself that... More

Gift Guide: For the Healthy Eater

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. If you know someone trying to make a few lifestyle changes, these ten healthy eating gifts could land you on the Nice list. Hot Sauce of the Month Club: Imagine it: the king of low-cal condiments, delivered to a loved one's doorstep every month. Their eggs, burritos, and chilis could never thank you enough. Available online at Amazingclubs.com, $203.40 for 12 months, $75.80 for four times a year So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week: Food Network's Ellie Krieger has the right idea about eating right, without ever resorting to deprivation or frankenfoods. Her newest tome concentrates on quickly... More

Serious Green: Tips and Tricks for Greening Your Gifts

Note: Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. [Flickr: Or Hiltch] As you start brainstorming how to check off each person on your holiday list, here are some tips, tricks, and ideas on how to make those presents just a little greener. 1. Give Homemade or Teach a Skill [Flickr: ndrwfgg] You can't get much more local than your own kitchen. Try using local jam in your thumbprint cookies this year or organic flour in your cakes for an extra sustainable kick. Think about what you know and give lessons. Got some oven chops? Give an aspiring baker the gift of your time and know-how by baking your famous cardamom... More

Gift Guide: For the Asian Food Lover

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Still looking for that special something? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. Zojirushi 5-1/2-Cup Neuro Fuzzy Rice Cooker: Not only does this model have a larger 5-cup capacity, but it also comes with more features than the 3-cup model. White rice can be set to be "regular," "softer," or "harder." Sweet (glutinous) rice and semibrown rice are additional options. This model also happens to be the only Zojirushi rice cooker that's equipped with the "reheating cycle." Available online at cooking.com, $194.95 Bamboo Steamer: Those who have only steamed with stainless steel racks or inserts will appreciate the difference a bamboo steamer makes. Wicking off excess moisture, the wood naturally absorbs the droplets of water that... More

Gift Guide: For Beer and Wine Lovers

Our gift-guide marathon continues. Don't know a boozer? Try our full complement of lists. —Ed. If your loved ones are into beer and wine, you can always pick them up a bottle (or six) of something special. But traveling with liquids these days is tricky, so we thought we'd come up with a few other gifts for lovers of fine beverages. For the Wine Devotee Vinturi Wine Aerator: This gadget helps open up young wines, mellowing out the flavor by exposing the wine to air. It's perfect whether you're opening a 2000 Bordeaux or a $5 Malbec from the bargain bin. Available online at vinturi.com, $39.95 Built Bags: Carry your bottles in style with these insulated bags. They're perfect for... More

Gift Guide: For the Food Plush Toy Lover

Don't know a food plush-person? See our other gift guides. —Ed. It's easy to get me a gift: as long as it's soft and cute, I will probably love it. If you know other people with the same childlike mindset (hey, it's that mindset that allows me to amp this site up with cuteness), one of these food-related plush toys should make them happy this holiday. Note: Not all plush toys are safe for children. Check each item for age recommendations. The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Ice Cream Cone Ornament: The New York City-based Big Gay Ice Cream Truck teamed up with crocheted toy-maker Alicia Kachmar to make this happy rainbow-colored ice cream cone ornament. Also check out Alicia's... More

Gift Guide: For the Coffee Lover

Giving someone a bag of whole bean coffee is kind of like a bottle of wine: it never fails and will probably get used. But the holidays are a time to think out-of-the-box. Whether your recipient is a barista, coffee buyer, or just a collector of brewing equipment, if you forgo the bag for one of these nifty suggestions you'll surely be remembered during every morning brew. More

Gift Guide: For the Meat Lover

Ever wonder what to get for the meat lover who has it all? Being an avid carnivore myself for thirty-or-so years now, I've received my fair share of meat-themed gifts, and these are some of my all-time favorites. They should warm the heart of just about anybody with a taste for meat. More

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