I thought I’d make a Holiday Gift Guide with some of my favorite things. I hope that you like these items; I think they’re really helpful and anyone would love to get these! Most links are affiliate links in this post, and if you click through I’ll earn a little money (and it won’t cost you any extra!). Click on the pictures to get to Amazon to order these items.
Air Insulated Cookie Sheets: I use these all the time, and they help to make sure that cookies and pies don’t get burned. There are two sheets of aluminum that sandwich a layer of air; it’s that air that helps keep everything even and indirect so your cookies come out great.
Silicon Baking Mats. I use these mats every time I bake. I love that they’re non-stick, and that I don’t have to throw anything away each time, like you do when you use parchment paper. These also work well when you’re heating something savory like taquitos or tostadas.
OXO Good Grips Compost Bin: I always save the little bits and pieces of veggies to compost them. I’ve used other compost buckets to collect the scraps before and never liked any as much as I’ve liked this one from OSO. It’s dishwasher safe, food doesn’t stick to the sides, the lid comes off easily, and it’s easy to empty. I’ve written a couple of posts about composting. “What can I throw in my compost bin?“ and “9 reasons why I compost“
Fish Spatula: We were given one of these as a gift, and it’s always being used around the kitchen. So much so that it was always in the dishwasher when you wanted to use it. So, we bought 2 more. The thin metal head is great for getting under things. Use it for more than just fish; I use it all the time for fried eggs.
Dan likes the Ball Whisk. This one from Amazon has silicon tips so it doesn’t scratch non-stick pans.
Cast Iron Skillet: I use it almost every day for everything from fried eggs to caramelizing onions. It’s great for the oven, the stove-top, or the grill. Read about how to care for your Cast-Iron Skillet.
1-1/2-Quart Round Slow Cooker: This little tiny crock-pot is great for appetizers, dips, small meals, and side dishes. It takes up a tiny bit of room on the counter when you’re having a party, and frees up both oven space and the cook’s time.
Vitamix or Blendtec: A bit more on the upscale side, but these awesome blenders work so well and make so many cool things!
World Wildlife Fund animal adoptions: Do good and give a gift at the same time. With your donation they offer some cute plush animals and other items depending on your donation. “Give a gift that will help protect the future of nature. Your symbolic adoption supports WWF’s global efforts to protect wild animals and their habitats.”
Pacific Marine Mammal Center, one of my favorite charities. They also offer great gift ideas that reduce commercialism and give the seals and sea lions a second chance at life. Download their 2014 catalog here.
And, if you want to buy something for me, my favorite holiday treat is right here: Pretzel Crisp, Dark Chocolate and Peppermint (they’re terribly overpriced on Amazon, so I don’t actually recommend you buy them here, but they are fun!)
Happy Holidays! I’d love to know what you want for Christmas or what your favorite gift to give is! Let me know in the comments.