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9 Fun Gift Ideas for the Foodie in Your Life

IN THE December 14 ISSUE

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by Dylan Bartlett

‘Tis the season to give. If you have a foodie in your life who you hope to delight, you’re likely trying to find the perfect gift. It may seem like an overwhelming challenge with all the options available today.

Have no fear! It’s easy to find a present that will tickle their culinary fancy if you know where to look. Consider the gifts on the list below. You can wow that special someone with relatively little money.

1. For the Sustainable Sibling — A Collapsible Travel Cup
Do you know someone who flips their lid if you come home from the grocers with your food in plastic sacks? If so, get that sustainability sweetie the gift of a collapsible travel mug they can slip into their backpack or briefcase.

When they pull in for their morning cup of coffee, they’ll think of you fondly. Do they favor iced coffee? If so, pair their gift with a collapsible metal straw for a two-in-one that’s sure to please.

2. For the Paleo Prince or Princess — Gourmet Beef Jerky
Many people follow the paleo diet these days. If someone on your gift list is following the cave dweller lifestyle, give them gourmet beef jerky to help their weight loss journey.

Many convenience store brands contain added sugar, a verboten substance for those following low-carb diets. If your recipient is struggling to overcome insulin resistance through food, they’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness.

3. For the Spicy Chef — Make Your Own Hot Sauce
Do you know someone who lives for spicy food? Guide them in their sizzling endeavors by giving them a make your own hot sauce kit this year.

Help them add a powerful kick to chili or marinades. If your recipient adheres to the holiday tamale tradition, they can spice up their sauce.

4. For the Fresh Food Junkie — A Farmers Market Backpack
Maybe someone on your gift list recently converted to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle. Perhaps they’re trying to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables.

Make their trip to the farmers market more enjoyable with a stylish backpack for carrying home produce.

5. For the Returning College Student — A Family Cookbook
Do you have a college student heading home for the holidays? If so, they’re probably tired of cafeteria pizza and late-night ramen. Sure, they’ll eat well at home, but what about when they leave?

Give them the gift of a family recipe book with variations for the microwave and hot plate. If you can afford to splurge, add a care package with the ingredients needed to whip up their favorites.

6. For the “I Don’t Have Time” Individual — A Smoothie Maker
We all know the type — every time lunch rolls around, this hurried individual heads out for fast food they’ll eat at their desk. If you suggest a salad instead of a burger, they retort, “I don’t have time to prep healthy meals.”

Don’t engage in a battle you can’t win. Instead, cede to their hectic schedule with a gourmet smoothie maker, so that they can drink their phytonutrients. It’s up to you if you want to include a gift certificate to the produce department.

7. For the Important Client — A Holiday Bakery Tin

Depending on your job, you may not need to buy gifts outside the $5 to $10 Secret Santa exchange. If you occupy the executive suite, however, you might need to purchase thoughtful presents for big clients.

Give them a holiday bakery tin they’ll feel proud to set out on their table. It saves them time when it comes to baking, and it demonstrates how much you value their business.

8. For the Sugar Addict — A Cookie Dipper Spoon Set
Do you know someone with a chronic sweet tooth? Do they love to dunk their treats in milk or coffee? If so, gift them a cookie dipper spoon set designed to keep their fingers dry.

They can enjoy all the goodness of their favorite cutout without making a mess.

9. For the Itinerant Traveler — An Around the World Gift Set
Maybe someone on your list is continually jetting off to a distant corner of the globe. Indulge them with an around the world gift set featuring wine and goodies from different countries.

Every time they savor a sip, they’ll remember your generosity.

Delight the Foodie in Your Life With These Nine Gifts

Shopping for the foodie on your holiday list is a breeze! If you purchase one of the nine items above, your recipient is sure to be grateful.

Dylan Bartlett is a blogger from the City of Brotherly Love writing about recipes, health and wellness, and similar topics on his site, Just a Regular Guide. Follow his Twitter @a_regular_guide for frequent updates!

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