I’m kinda obsessed with gift lists at the moment. I’m not out and about a lot, looking in shop windows, so gift lists seem like a good way to get ideas. Or to give someone ideas, if you know what I mean…
The only thing is, I haven’t yet found a gift list that I would actually send my husband with no misgivings. I was looking at a list of “50 things for her” today on some random website, and one of the gift ideas was an Amazon giftcard. I mean, I can manage that level of imagination on my own. And I don’t even know what I’d do to my husband if he gave me a giftcard for Christmas.
The problem is, my husband does need some gift help though. His family never had a tradition of gift giving until I came along. Now we all give gifts at Christmas, but it can be a little random, to say the least. Also, I’m one of those people who tends to say “Oh I don’t need anything,” but I do still expect to get a gift, even if it’s just a box of chocolates. But of course, he takes me literally.
So this year, I decided to make my very own gift list – for the baker or food blogger in your life. This is basically just a list of things I’ve been lusting after, but I happen to think it covers a pretty nice range of things for a foodie. Just don’t get a gift card, ok?
- I’ve started making a lot more cocktails recently, and sometimes they really need to be served in more than a wine glass. It just tastes better! I really want a range, starting with these lovely ones for short drinks. http://amzn.to/2fTFAWn
- But I definitely am lusting after martini glasses too. These ones are simple and classic. You couldn’t go wrong with giving these to someone who likes to make a fancy cocktail when they entertain. http://amzn.to/2fTC2TV
- Finally, still on cocktails – Moscow Mules recipes have been ALL over Pinterest recently, and apparently, you have to serve them in these hammered copper mugs. I don’t know why, the internet just says you do. But now I’ve seen them everywhere, I’m really starting to want some! This is definitely an on-trend gift. http://amzn.to/2g7zB38
- It’s about time I updated my apron. I’m using one I was given as a wedding gift, a rather premature 2 years before I got married! And we celebrated our 10-year anniversary this year, so I could be forgiven for updating, right?
I really love this cute whale apron from Etsy – the kids are into whales in that obsessive way of young kids, so they’d love it. Plus the colors are totally my colors, and the block print is really sweet. This would be a great gift for a baker who likes to look cute, but not cutesy.
- I adore engraved rolling pins, and I really love this floral rolling pin from Etsy. You just roll the wooden rolling pin over your dough and then cut out the cookies. What baker could resist cookies that look this good with this little effort?
- I basically fell in love with this stackable measuring spoon set when I saw it. The spoons are little metal matryoshka nesting dolls, and they are just gorgeous! They’re decorative and clever, and they look comfortable to hold and use as well.
- Who wouldn’t love to bake something in in this ceramic patterned dish? The pink geometric pattern is homey and lovely at the same time, and it would make any meal look fancy. Perfect for the country style kitchen of my dreams.
- This is another bang-on-trend one, but I have a not-so-secret hankering for a spiralizer – we’re trying to cut back on the carbs, and I’m really looking forward to trying out zucchini spaghetti. This electric one looks like it would take all the effort out of spiralizing. http://amzn.to/2fTE8De
- I love the idea of making cookie shot moulds – these would be the best dinner party ice-cream or pudding bowls, or also could be made from ice with an actual cocktail in them. This silicon one from Wilton’s seems like it would be easiest to get the shot glasses out of. http://amzn.to/2g7suHI
- Ever since I saw these in a catalogue, I have been wanting to make an anti-gravity cascade cake. You place them up through the cake, and then glue chocolates or whatever else onto the pipe with icing, and top it with a gift box, so they look like they’re pouring out of the box and onto your cake. Wouldn’t you love to see one of those as your birthday cake? http://amzn.to/2g7wWq0
- Last year for Christmas, I bought my mother a culinary blow-torch, but then I didn’t get a chance to stay and play with it. I’m still dying to try one of these out for creme brulee, to finish off a meringue pie, or make smores in the kitchen. http://amzn.to/2gvIaoZ
- Know a baker who wants to improve their piping and decorating? It’s one of my big aims for this year, and I’m midway through planning a workshop with a really great cake decorator I know. This Decorating Poster Tip guide from Wilton’s looks like exactly what every beginner baker needs to perfect their swirls! http://amzn.to/2gMDYS3
- And once you’ve got those swirls under control – you can try making beautiful floral cupcakes, with this step-by-step guide http://amzn.to/2gvFQOT. Apparently it’s “aspirational but approachable” which sounds like exactly what I need!
I’ve told the kids that they have a 5-item limit to their Christmas wishlists, and so I think mine is more than ample (and this doesn’t even include the new photography gear I’ve been lusting after…). Anyway, if someone could just pass this on to my husband, I’d be grateful!
What’s on your Christmas wishlist? Let me know in the comments below!