One of the great things about the holidays is the wonderful assortment of items for foodies that magically appear. Although it’s a lot of fun to see and touch the merchandise, you are likely to get a better price (and better service) by ordering your gifts online and buying gifts using coupons. At the very least, you’ll avoid the crowds, save gas, and can smugly say that you’re done with your shopping way ahead of your friends.
Amazon is perhaps everyone’s favorite online retailers for finding both traditional and unconventional gifts for the foodies in your life (or for you, if you’re the foodie and need to give a special someone “a hint”this Christmas). FriendsEat.com culled the selection of merchandise, checked reviews and picked out 25 items that anyone would like to find under their tree on Christmas morning.
Today, we’ll cover the first dozen gifts on our list, which are mostly the higher ticket items. Tomorrow we’ll finish off the list with a baker’s dozen of less expensive, but still very desirable tools and accessories that any foodie would covet in their kitchen. If there’s something that strikes your fancy, print out the list, circle your desired item, and leave it in a prominent location. With any luck, you’ll find it wrapped with a big bow and your name on the tag!
Krups Brushed Stainless Steel Panini Maker – This baby comes armed with 1800 watts of grilling power and a large heating surface, you can impress your friends with scrumptious, professional looking Panini sandwiches at your next soiree. There’s even an adjustable thermostat for precise temperature control so you will en up with perfectly grilled bread and delectable melted cheeses every single time.
Cuisinart 9-Cup Prep Premier Food Processor – The great thing about this food processor is its extra large feed tube, which accepts whole vegetables and fruits without cutting them into pieces. The 9-cup bowl has plenty of room and there is enough power for lightning fast chopping and slicing and for making complicated dough. Forget about onion tears, this will keep your favorite foodie dry-eyed.
KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixers – This 325-watt mid-range mixer has enough power and bowl capacity to handle 9 cups of flour; enough for two loaves of bread and several batches of cookies. With three mixing attachments, it can make whipped cream and meringue as easily as it can knead pizza dough. Rugged and sturdy, you’ll want one on your kitchen counter. And for Valentine’s day, you can buy the next set of attachments.
Mr. Coffee Espresso/ Cappuccino Maker – If you’re looking to make a consistently perfect cup of cappuccino or espresso, this (incredibly affordable) coffee maker will deliver for years to come. What sets this unit apart from the others is its ability to brew two cups simultaneously, so you don’t have to stay in the kitchen while guests have fun (or while you are trying to get them out of the house). Added Bonus – it is gorgeous, so it looks incredible on your countertop.
Breadman Programmable Convection Bread Maker – Who’s counting carbs when you can bake your own fresh bread each morning? This amazing bread maker has more than 100 baking options, including low-carb and gluten free. It also has an automatic fruit and nut-dispensing unit, so your added items are distributed evenly. We suggest you make Country Fresch Toasts. You’ll never buy commercially produced bread again!
Shun Classic 8-Inch Chef’s Knife – If you could have only one knife in your collection, it should be an 8-inch chef’s knife. Most Chefs we’ve asked say that this handy little knife is one of their top three must haves. This Shun beauty gets nothing but raves from its owners, because of its feel and flexibility. It’s dishwasher safe and will handle all kitchen tasks with ease. It will make the foodie in your life incredibly happy.
All-Clad Stainless 12-Quart Multi Cooker with Steamer Basket – From cooking pasta to steaming vegetables, this all-purpose 12-quart pot is dishwasher and oven safe, so it can be used for a multitude of purposes. And All-Clad’s quality is renowned, these are the best pots on the market. How many times have you looked for a pot large enough for all that pasta? This one will fit the bill and will make all other foodies green (not with food poisoning…with envy).
All-Clad Stainless 14-Piece Cookware Set – This is the mother of all cookware, so if you or a special foodie in your life are in the market for a first or a replacement set of pots and pans, look no further. Definitely pricey, this All-Clad set will last a lifetime, and is covered under the manufacturer’s repair or replace warranty. With three-ply construction, you will be cooking in foodie heaven with this elegant set.
Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker – Slow cookers are back to stay, especially with the down economy. This versatile model allows you to set and forget your meal so you can come home to warms stews and soups. It automatically shuts off when the food is done and switches to a “keep warm”mode until you’re ready to eat. This makes inexpensive cuts of meat tender and juicy. Its modest price won’t break the bank.
Lodge 7-Quart Dutch Oven with Handle and Cover -Made in America by a company that has been producing quality cookware for more than a century, this Dutch oven will become a family heirloom. It easily goes from stove top to oven. Use it to fry, braise or roast food. This is a must-have for any kitchen. If you’ve ever wondered about how to make the most perfect roasted chicken…you will now have the answer.
Slant Wildlife 16-Ounce Wine Glasses – Yeah, we know there’s Riedel and Waterford. But it’s the holidays, why not show a little creativity in gift giving (and save some money – relatively). Show your love of the great outdoors with these wildlife-themed glasses. Unique and attractive, they’ll hold your favorite wine and become conversation-starters at every future party. They will be the best present your friend ever got.
Cuisinart 2-Quart Automatic Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet and Ice Cream Maker – This nifty and totally automatic frozen dessert maker will whip up a half-gallon of your favorite ice cream, yogurt or sorbet in less than 25 minutes. Forget about the puny containers sold in the supermarket; this unit delivers a full two quarts.
Check in tomorrow for a baker’s dozen of more foodie gifts, all for under $50.
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