In Blog by Frances Largeman-Roth

Don’t let the cooks and bakers in your life suffer from cooking fatigue! Gift them something to spark their creativity and help them make delicious dishes.

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Nothing says “The Holidays” like the aroma of mulled cider. This delicious blend from Stonewall Kitchen combines allspice, cinnamon, orange peel, star anise and cloves to make the most splendid mulled cider (with or without the booze) you’ve ever tasted. At $9.95, it’s the perfect gift for next-door neighbors and cousins alike.

For the food lover who has everything, may I suggest personalized tomato sauce? Otamot makes delicious, gluten-free, organic, Whole30 approved, veggie-packed sauces that can be personalized with your friend’s name or company on it (15 character limit). A 16-ounce jar is $14.99.

I love making gingerbread cookies with the kids, but I don’t really love making the dough from scratch. I just want to get to the baking and decorating part! If you’ve got a friend like me, gift them a box of Stonewall Kitchen’s Gingerbread Cookie Mix. Combine the mix with an egg and butter and you’ve got yuletide treats in less than an hour. Makes 24 small cookies. NOTE: At press time, the cookie mix was sold out, but Stonewall still has their gingerbread pancake and waffle mix ($9.95) available.

You know that friend who likes to experiment and make their own kombucha? This kit is for him. Acid League gourmet vinegar sand other products are made with the live “mother”, which means that they contain prebiotics. The Tomato Chutney adds a zing to sandwiches and wraps, the Casablanca Carrots are perfect tossed in a salad, and the ACV Steak Sauce is amazing with both sirloin and aged cheddar (each jar is $14). The Mango Jalapeno living vinegar is fabulous in salsas, grain bowls, margaritas and chicken dishes and sells for $15.

Every cook needs a serious knife and you can’t go wrong with this beautiful santoku from Made In cookware. It can also be personalized with your wife or bestie’s name, making this one of the coolest gifts on my list. The santoku ($99 or $109 with personalization) is forged from a single piece of high-carbon stainless steel, which makes is strong, balanced and totally on point. I love it in the Pomme Red, but it also comes in grey and black. Use code HOLS15 for 15% off from now through December 20th.

For the pie lovers on your list, this gorgeous glass blueberry pie ornament is a must. It’s made by Old World Christmas and you can find it at Stonewall Kitchen here for $14.95. Check out the bee skep ornament too! It’s glittery and lovely and has hand-painted pink flowers on the other side, making it a special heirloom for bee lovers and gardeners alike.

Everything feels more special with a cake, right? Chocolate flourless cakes are one of my faves, and this high quality gluten-free cake ($25) from The Caker makes it easy to get your holiday cake on. The mix is made with Callebaut chocolate and almond meal, making it rich and moist. The kit even comes with a sheet of edible 24 karat gold leaf (swoon!) to make it extra extra.