No matter how many gift guides I see online or in magazines, they always have me hooked. I like seeing the things people pick. So with that in mind, here are a few of my and Tim’s favorites—We’d love to hear about yours, too! Happy December!

Shanna’s Gift Ideas

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1 // Buy Local Seasonal Coloring Book: I think this little “buy local” coloring book is the cutest (enough so that I may have ordered one for our niece this year). Hand-drawn by talented illustrator Claudia Pearson, this book features pages of ready-to-color produce, organized by the month in which it’s grown.

2 // Aerolatte Milk Frother: Make your own morning lattes with the super simple Aerolatte frother—so easy to use and easy to clean! We’re biased, but we’d say to start with our maple ginger tea lattes, posted earlier this year.

3 // Restaurant-Style Dish Towels (12): I love restaurant-style items you can use at your home dining table or in your own kitchen. These classy white-and-blue dish towels are a good example of that.

4 // 12-Month Organic Gift Basket Fruit-of-the-Month Club® Collection (Begins December) – Gift Baskets & Fruit Baskets – Harry and David: Give someone a year of organic fruit with Harry & David’s fruit-of-the-month club! There are also more short-term options (three months, six months) on the company’s direct website.

5 // Tipu’s Original Slow Brew Indian Chai Tea: As soon as Tipu’s sent us some chai a few months ago, I became obsessed with it. I love this chai. Try sweetening it with a little maple syrup—so good!

6 // An Everlasting Meal by Tamar Adler: I’ve written about this book plenty before (like here and here), but it’s worth saying again that it’s one of my all-time favorites. If you have a food-loving friend who hasn’t read it already, great gift.

7 // Winco 5 Blade Pastry Cutter: I use this every time I make pie pastry, which, lately, is quite a lot. Just a simple little cook’s tool, but one worth having.

8 // Paper Bakeware White Cake Pans, 4-Pack: Want to give something homemade but don’t have a ton of pans to give away? Enter the disposable paper cake pan. I think these are brilliant.

9 // Videri Chocolate: This North Carolina chocolate maker sent us a pack of its bars last month and we’ve been so impressed both with the quality of the their ingredients and the taste. Our favorite was the 70% dark chocolate (three ingredients!). Also PS it’s running a Cyber Monday deal with 50% off everything online! Use coupon code CYBER50.

Tim’s Gift Ideas

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1 // Canon 50mm f1.4 lens: We recently purchased this lens and love how fast it is and the nice bokeh it gives.

2 // Vanilla Beans: Vanilla beans make such a great gift and not just because you can use them in ice cream. The vanilla from the whole bean tastes incredible in recipes, and, typically, it is cheaper to get them online than in the store.

3 // Essential Oils: I’ve been enjoying essential oils recently, using them both in the kitchen and topically, whether rubbed in the soles of feet or just mixed with jojoba or almond oil as a daily moisturizer. They are amazing!

4 // Free Food and Medicine Worldwide Edible Plant Guide: A good way to learn about local plants that you can incorporate into your diet that are both healing, nutritious, and delicious.

5 // Ghee: I think ghee is underrated. Ghee is clarified butter that is excellent for high heat cooking due to the milk solids being removed. Also, if it comes from pastured/grassfed cows then it contains excellence fat soluble vitamins, cla, and butyric acid. It has great flavor and some brands actually produce it so that there is zero trace of milk solids and lactose, making it suitable for those who are lactose intolerant.

6 // Dark Cherries: I am sucker for dark cherries, whether they are dried, fresh, or frozen. They are wonderful in cookies, ice cream, galettes, salads, or pretty much anything.

7 // Nut Milk Bags: These come in handy for those who like homemade nut milks such as almond milk!

8 // Olive Oil: Olive oil makes an excellent gift for those who enjoy cooking and right now I am enjoying California Olive Ranch olive oil. California is producing some high quality oils these days and after reviewing Extra Virginity, it is a good to be careful of what you are getting with regard to olive oil.

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Nicole

    I think I’m going to have to get those dish towels for myself! I’m always looking for absorbent towels with a clean, basic look. The coloring book is adorable and CA Olive Ranch is my favorite! Thanks for sharing all of these goodies!

  2. Kathryn

    I do love having a nosy through people’s lives based on the gifts that they choose! I really must buy An Everlasting Meal; I don’t quite know why I haven’t added it to my collection yet.

  3. Jacqui

    Looooove that 50mm …. and your mention of dark cherries reminds me of these dark chocolate covered blueberries that Costco carries that are SO delicious and addicting. I only ever eat them at my mom’s house because if I got them for myself, I’d eat them all in one sitting. Fun list! Murdo and I just bought our Christmas gift to each other — a new TV! Happy holidays, Mallons! :)

    1. Shanna Mallon

      Haha! I so relate. Lately, every time I bake something, I’m sending it out the door with Tim because if left alone with it, I CAN’T STOP.

      Also PS love that you guys got each other a TV. Also love that you painted your fireplace. Miss you!

  4. Kate

    These are great ideas, and so many that I already love; Tamar’s book changed my life, quite simply. It furthers my passion that good food does not need to be fancy or complicated, it just needs to nurture. I once found a bounty of vanilla beans on clearance at a grocer and bought every single bottle. I’m still utilizing them! And California Olive Ranch oils are always on hand in my kitchen- love the freshness and varieties. My next lens purchase for my Nikon is going to be that lens, too. A Christmas gift I will LOVE! :-)

  5. LJW

    The Videri Chocolate was an experience. I was fortunate enough to get their super deal on Cyber Monday. I wish I had gotten more now. ::small sigh:: So glad you emailed it out or I would have never known about them.
    A favorite local chocolatier in my area is Zoe’s Chocolate. They do lots of specialty filled chocolates with local ingredients, aside from bars and more. P.S. I can’t believe this comment box doesn’t know how to spell Chocolatier. ::eye twitch::

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