You don’t have time to make dishcloths to go with chichi soap for the kitchen, especially when you’re stuck on the second sock for a family member (but it’s really not about me). But you still want to do something for that person in your life who lives to cook. Instead of going to that fancy chain at the mall, or that other one (we happen to have two), you might want to try shopping at one of the small, independent cooking stores.
Fantes in Philadelphia has:
- Cake pans: How about an adorable airplane tin cake pan? (squee)
- Cookie cutters and springerle pans: How about an adorable springerle owl? Or the 12 days of Christmas springerle boards that you can hang on the wall? (At over $200, it’s not a stocking stuffer.)
- Choose cookbooks and accessories with a theme, like the Vedge cookbook, a mushroom-themed apron, a mushroom scrub brush, or a vegetable peeler, and you’re done.
If your recipient is in Chicago, how about a cooking class at The Wooden Spoon ? (January has some great classes, including one on Basque Cuisine)
Compleat Lifestyles out in Colorado offers things for foodies who have their own herb garden, or access to a green grocer:
- Herb stripper with a bowl attached to catch the leaves
- A special ice cube tray to freeze herbs (no, really)
They don’t have much online. I’d check the store itself to see if there’s something your cook can’t do without (or never knew existed).