Last year I wrote a foodie gift guide for the lifestyle blog KC You There. It was an enjoyable experience and I thought I’d expand upon on the idea this year. The following are some of our favorite things (kind of like Oprah, except we can’t afford all of them). They are broken up by price rage; $1 – $30 (cheap), $30-100 (serious) and $100+ (baller).
If you have a special foodie in your life and have no idea what to get him/her, maybe this will help…
Cheap Gifts (Under $30)
- 1 Year Subscription to Lucky Peach ($28, 4 issues) – Lucky Peach is the foodie-centric magazine put together by Peter Meehan, Chris Ying and Chef David Chang. Each issue has a theme and the magazine is filled with recipes, interviews and essays about that theme. Past contributors have included Anthony Bourdain, Danny Bowien, Mario Batali, Daniel Patterson and Ferran Adria.
- Food for Four Seasons Cookbook ($20, Buffalo Spree) – A local cookbook featuring signature dishes from the area’s best Chefs. You’ll find recipes from Ed Forster, Mike Andrzejewski, Bruce Wieszala, JJ Richert and more.
- Momofuku Cookie Mixes ($17, Williams-Sonoma) – Save the trip to Milk Bar and create your cookies with the help of these cookie mixes that are sold at Williams-Sonoma. You can make Compost, Blueberry Cream and Corn Cookies at home with these cheap sets.
- ‘People Who Love to Eat are Always the Best’ Hand Towl ($15, Hero Design) – Hero Design has some great food centric prints in their store (we own several of them), but this Julia Child inspired hand towel might be my new favorite.
- Rocks Glass with Ice Ball ($20, BB&B) – Simple idea, a fancy rocks glass with a ice ball maker that will allow you to chill your whiskey without diluting it.
- Lake Effect 2013 Holiday Gift Pack ($25, four pints) – Ice cream mad men Jason and Erik are once again selling a special Holiday Gift Pack of specialty ice cream flavors that you’ve never seen before. This year that pack includes Orange Sponge Candy, Peppermint Bark, Amaretto Chocolate Cherry and ‘Winter Soiree’. They just added 100 extra packs to their store but once they’re gone, they’re gone.
- 1 Year Subscription to Buffalo Spree ($26, 12 issues) – In our opinion, Food Editor Chrisa Glennie Seychew is absolutely killing it with Spree’s coverage of the local restaurant scene. A combination of Chef interviews, in-depth features, quality restaurant reviews, educational articles and ‘Best of Lists’. They recently had an issue that featured a large article about the best sandwiches in Western New York. Seriously.
- Buffalo City Dining Cards ($25) – This is a no brainer. For only $25 you will get 50 $10 gift certificates and 25 buy one, get one drink gift certificates. Take a look at their list of restaurants and I bet you’ll find a couple places that you’ve been dying to try.
- A bottle of Lockhouse Distillery Vodka ($35) – This brand new distillery sold out of their entire stock of vodka (~800 bottles) in just two hours, so get it while it’s hot. This isn’t just a ‘support local business’ recommendation, this stuff is really good.
- Dispenza’s Meat Packages ($45-279) – Surprise your loved one with the gift of meat. Lots of meat. Humanely and locally raised animals, with no antibiotics, hormones or preservatives. Plus your supporting a great local business with really amazing owners.
- First Light Dairy Share ($31-130) – It might sound weird to buy yogurt and cheese for your loved one, but First Light makes some of the best in the area. With several pick up locations and several different types of shares, there’s something for everyone.
- Portland Growler ($70) – I’m not sure why this is called a Portland growler, but you’ll look pretty cool showing up to Commuity Beer Works or Village Beer Merchant when it’s time for a refill.
- Modernist Cuisine at Home ($80, iTunes) – This app/ebook isn’t exactly for everyone, but it’s ideal for diehard foodies who really want to step up their home cooking game. With a recipe finder, beautiful photography and step by step recipe walkthroughs, there are plenty of features to geek out on.
- Buffalo Branded Reclaimed Cutting Board ($80) – Not only is this a sharp looking cutting board with Buffalo branded on the front, but the wood is reclaimed from hardwood roof rafters and other abandoned urban lumber from the city of Buffalo.
- The Porthole ($99, Crucial Detail) – Do you like to make cocktails at home? Want a piece of hardware that can serve as a dining room centerpiece AND a liquor infuser. This beautifully designed piece of hardware is fresh off it’s kickstarter campaign and is accepting pre-orders.
- Personalized Whiskey Barrels ($75-200) – Who doesn’t want their own whiskey barrel? With one of these you can make your own bar look really cool AND create some complex cocktails that can be aged in the barrel.
- Boccalone Salami Sampler ($55) – I recently visited Boccalone in San Francisco and fell in love. Simply said, this stuff is amazing. If you know someone who loves hard salami, this is one of the best gifts you can get.
- Salami of the Month Club ($140, Olympic Provisions) – If you love salami like we do, the gift of a different delicious salami each month sounds like heaven. This Portland Oregon salami company offers different packages, so if one salami isn’t enough you can get 2/month for $260 or 3/month for $385.
- Sansaire Sous Vide Circulator ($200) – Hands down the most affordable sous vide machine on the market. After an incredibly successful kickstarter campaign, you can now pre-order these machines for just $200.
- Serious Eats KettlePizza Special Edition Kit ($400) – If you follow Alan Bedenko on twitter/instagram, you know what this thing can do. Make restaurant quality wood fire pizza at home using a simple charcoal grill and this kit with all the extras.
- Thomas Keller’s Black Truffle Risotto Gift Set ($500) – If you are actually buying this for someone, you are either Oprah or someone who really appreciates black truffles.
- Dinner for 2 at Martin Cooks ($120+) – A unique and intimate dining experience in Buffalo. Located on the west side is the beautifully renovated Horsefeathers building, Martin Cooks only offers two small seatings a night (6pm and 830pm; prix fixe menu). Make reservations today and you might get in before New Years.
Ideas for Gift Cards: Nickel City Cheese & Mercantile, Community Beer Works, Aurora Brew Works, City Wine Merchant, Blue Hill Kitchen & Home, Premier Gourmet, Sweetness_7, Elm Street Bakery, Five Points Bakery, Bertha’s, Bistro Europa, Shango, Carmelo’s, Tabree, Lombardo’s, Trattoria Aroma, Vera Pizzeria, Craving, Blue Monk, Seabar, Paula’s Donuts, Spar’s, Delish!, Lloyd Taco Truck, The Roaming Buffalo, Bar Bill Tavern