You guys want to know some of my favorite things I use throughout the year? I’ll be honest, this isn’t one of those cutesy holiday gift guides. I’m not that person. I don’t own perfect little labeled containers for food, no fancy french presses to wax poetically about and I definitely don’t have handcrafted cutting boards in my arsenal. This is the stuff that I either can’t live without throughout the year or a few small things I own that I think would make great gifts this season!
1. Le Creuset 7 1/4 qt. dutch oven // I bought this with leftover wedding money when we got married in 2006 and it’s been my go-to pot every.single.time I make any soup, chili or stew. This is one of those things that’s worth the extra money to me for a quality brand because it gets used so much.
2. SaltWorks gourmet sampler // Gourmet salts can completely liven up a dish. I’ve been using the wild porcini mushroom and black truffle salts in this set like crazy lately!
3. Oxo julienne peeler // This little $9.99 gadget is my favorite purchase of 2013. Turn practically anything into “pasta noodles” with it, so much fun!
4. Silpat // Guys, parchment paper is expensive. Buy yourself a silpat (or two!) and never buy parchment paper again. Love this thing!
5. One Simple Change // Do you guys know Winnie? This is her book that just came out this week. It’s awesome and the perfect stocking stuffer for someone that wants to make a few healthier changes in their life. Short chapters, easily digested information and even a few recipes scattered throughout.
6. Donut pan // While I truly believe donuts should be fried, baked ones can be fun in that “I need a donut stat” kind of pinch.
7. Cutco trimmer knife // My Cutco knives were a wedding shower gift 7 years ago. They.are.awesome. This trimmer knife is the second most used one in my arsenal. Perfect for everything except chopping.
8. Cutco chef knife // THE most used knife in my arsenal. Everyone needs a good chef’s knife. This one rocks. I thought I didn’t like the full size length (so many people have petite chef’s knives) but now I could never go back. This is probably the most important kitchen tool I own.
9. Cuisinart 14 cup food processor // I had a mini food processor up until 2 years ago. Life changing, that’s all I have to say. This thing works wonders, has 2 different sized bowls that fit into each other, graters and slicers so you don’t need to buy a mandolin and is big enough for pretty much anything with it’s 14 cup capacity. Another thing I’m happy to spend a bit more money on to have a “good” model of.
10. Cast iron skillet // This is a very recent purchase I’m so happy I finally made. Not a Le Creuset because I don’t think it’s necessary to spend the big bucks on this, but skillets cook amazingly even and are so heavy duty they’re definitely nice to have around for stove to oven cooking.
11. Vitamix 5200 series blender // The last of the “big guns” on the list. Everything you hear about this blender is true. You can make soups in it, ice cream, smoothies in seconds and it practically cleans itself. It’s worth every penny.
12. KitchenAid ice cream maker attachment // If you have a KitchenAid stand mixer, you need this attachment. First of all, homemade ice cream is the freakin bomb.com (did I seriously just write that?) and secondly, there’s absolutely no need for a stand alone machine when you can just buy this attachment. It works extremely well and you just store the bowl in your freezer so it’s ready to go when you are.
13. Food Rules // Another great stocking stuffer book. Every book of Michael Pollan’s is worth reading but this simple one full of “rules” to help you eat better (like: don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food) is my favorite.
14. Trader Joe’s candy cane green tea // It’s like a candy cane, minus the sickly sweetness in green tea form. I’ve had a mug every night for 2 weeks straight!
15. GIR spatula // Think all spatulas are created equal? I did, until I got this one in a swag bag this summer. This thing is awesome. The perfect blend between bendy and firm. And they come in a lot of fun colors!
16. Oxo microplane zester // I look forward to grating nutmeg just so I can use this. Oxo makes some of my favorite gadgets, this is one of them.
17. Trader Joe’s gingerbread coffee // When I saw this in the store again last week, I literally squealed in the aisle. Kinda of embarrassing, but if you tasted this coffee you’d understand. A great holiday treat for a coffee lover. (If you live near a TJ’s though, buy this there…that amazon price is insane)
*This is not a sponsored guide in any way. The links above are affiliate links though and if you purchase something, I’ll earn a small commission through Amazon (thanks if you do!). Most of these items were purchased by me, a few were given to me as gifts but they’re all things I use, love and recommend.*