2nd Annual Foodie Gift Guide

Happy holidays! Welcome to Grace(full) Plate’s 2nd annual foodie gift guide. I’ve tweaked the format from last year to be more comprehensive and there are even more goodies to share with you. I start preparing for this in the Summer as I stumble across incredible food-related items.

The guide is broken down by: In The Kitchen, Edibles and Colorado Local. My choices come from owning many of these and/or tasting them. Some are also trusted recommendations and you’ll note the choices in Edibles are all focused on artisan mom&pop shops. Please note the photos of the items are chronologically arranged, in the order they were listed.

My hope is that you find something new you can’t cook without, you support local and this helps your shopping this season. You can find last years gift guide here.

In The Kitchen:

Onion Goggles: $22.95 | Sur La Table
Onions go in almost everything. Forget that these look a little funny, you won’t feel a sting or shed a tear anymore with these bad boys.

Scizza:$22.95 | Dreamfarm
Pizza wheels don’t always work – these scissors are designed to cut right through pizza and are great for cutting small bites.

Digital Wine Thermometer: $17.76 | HomeWetBar
This stainless steel digital wine thermometer alerts you to your bottle’s temperature, for proper temperature and enjoyment.

Chef’n Banana Slicer: $9.95 | Williams-Sonoma
This fun slicer creates for uniform cuts and its safe for kids to play with too as they cut their healthy fruit.

HoverBar: $79.99 | TwelveSouth
If you’re like me, your iPad hosts recipes and it gets smudged and dirty in the kitchen. This tool hooks onto anything for easy access and out of the way of messy sauce and food.

Tabletop Oil Mister: $19.99 | Prepara
These are a great stocking stuffer. No more soggy salads or oil-drenched food, these are fun, brightly colored spray bottles and they ensure you get the right added flavor.

Hanging Spice Rack: $19-39 | WestElm
This Hanging Spice Rack mounts on the wall and adds to your kitchen’s ambiance and for easy access. I love the look!

Bistro Knife Block: $50 | Bodum
With this soft knife block, you can stick any type of knife of any size in because of the very fine plastic sticks that hold the block together.

Honey Jar & Stick: $38 | Merchant4
This reminds me of Winne the Pooh and it’s really beautiful. It’s made of Acacia and Teak wood from managed forests.

Stainless Steel Round Griddle: $38.13 | Kitchen and Restaurant
This 5-ply griddle is so versatile. You can toast bread, make a quesadilla or brown bacon. It’s really all-purpose cookware.


Elderflower Presse: $8 | Terrain
This lightly scented natural soda is made with just picked elderflowers, fresh lemon juice and sparkling water from the UK’s Belvoir Springs. Perfect with gin or vodka cocktails.

Gourmet Salt Starter Set: $38 | The Meadow
The set includes six high quality gourmet salts, chosen for their refined flavor, beauty, versatility, and high standards of production.

Humboldt Fog Cheese: 16oz. for $25 | Cypress Grove Chevre
This is my favorite cheese and I love having it on hand. It’s an award-winning California goat-milk that is soft, surface ripened cheese. I couldn’t recommend it more. This is a repeat from last years list, but it’s that good.

Empire Mayonnaise: $12 | Joyus
You won’t find your traditional white mayo here as its hue is golden yellow, with hints of tumeric and nutmeg smells. This is perfect for chicken salads!

Blissful Brownies Toffee: $21.95 | Gilt Taste
Admittedly, toffee is one of my favorite desserts. Coming hand-made from Ambler FitzSimons in Hood River, Oregon her recipe has been perfected over many years and you’re bound to get the freshest batch when you order.

Balsamic Vinegar of Modena 18: $29.95 | Gilt Taste
An Italian myself, I always want an aged, thick balsamic on hand. This balsamic from Gourmet Attitude and Founder Céline Labaune proves to be top shelf. One of their clients is French Laundry!

Cranberry Hazelnut Raincoast Crisps: $10 | Lesley Stowe
I’m serious about my cheese plates and I always play with what type of crackers I serve alongside. These Raincoast Crisps are delightful and the cranberry hazelnut are perfect for the holiday season (although I love all the flavors such as fig and olive).

Grumpy’s XX BBQ Sauce: $5.50 | Foodoro
There are a lot of great BBQ sauces out there. I personally enjoy Grumpy’s XX that has a little bite to it and is Kansas City style. The list of awards on their sauce shows it holds its own.

Bourbon’d Figs: $9 | Farmer’s Daughter Brand
This pickle and preserve one-lady business is based out of North Carolina and these figs won the 2012 taste test awards from Cooking Light. Bourbon and figs? I’m in.

Mast Brothers Chocolate: $42.75 (5 chocolate bar collection) | Mast Brothers
Based out of Brooklyn, brothers Rick and Michael Mast’s organic cacao suppliers, La Red de Guaconejo, are based in the Dominican Republic. With flavors like serrano pepper chocolate and stumptown chocolate coffee, each bar is hand crafted by the brothers and even the packaging design is made in-house.

Colorado Local:

Boxcar Coffee Whiskeygrin Winter Roast: $12 | Available in their store 1825 Pearl St.
Based out of Boulder, Boxcar makes “cowboy coffee” with their unique heating system that allows them to reach the perfect temperature especially for high altitude brewing. These guys are legit. Try their holiday blend, Whiskeygrin, small batch and roasted in-house.

SOCIAL Colorado Brewers Guild: $25 | ColoradoBeer.org
Standing for Supporter of Colorado Indigenous Ales and Lagers, SOCIAL is an annual membership that includes a shirt, discounts at Colorado breweries, invitations to SOCIAL only events, discounts at SOCIAL gatherings and their newsletter.

Cured Gift Box – The Coloradan: $75 | CuredBoulder.com
Cured is an artisan store offering cured meats, cheese, wine and select grocery items all hand selected. They share the space with Boxcar Coffee. They have a wonderful holiday box that actually features a slew of Colorado local products from cheese, to jam, to ritual chocolate to 34 degree crackers – all local to Colorado.

Justin’s Nut Butter – Maple Almond Butter: $9.95 | Justin’s Nut Butter Store (or local groceries)
From many of the local Colorado products, Justin’s might be one of the more prolific leading the charge. They have many flavors but for something a little more sweet that are incredible in crepes, I love their Maple Almond Butter.

Chocolove: $2-4 | Chocolove Online Store (or local groceries)
I love Chocolove flavors including: Fair Trade Organic with Cherries, Almonds and Sea Salt and Chilies and Cherries. They’re all made small batch in Boulder. Buying a handful of these are a great gift.

Haystack Mountain Herbes de Provence Chevre: $5-10 | Local groceries or Haystack Creamery Retail store
Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy has a slew of wonderful cheese, naturally I really like their chevre to sprinkle over salads or include in hot dips. They are located in Longmont, Colorado.

Madhava Mountain Gold Honey: $3-5 | Madhava local store or these local stores
Founded in 1973 just outside of Boulder, Madhava has been offering pure, natural sweeteners. Even with their growth, they’re still privately owned. Perfect for your tea!

Savory Spice Shop – Mile High City Gift Box: $37 | SavorySpiceShop.com
I picked this particular gift box with spices named after Denver neighborhoods with six spices some for seafood, adobo, Italian cheese sprinkle, maple and spice and more! Savory Spice Shop is a wonderful Colorado company owned by Mike and Janet Johnson. The spices are ground fresh in weekly batches and I love going in there, because they can mix spices together for a specific dish you’re looking to make.

White Girl Salsa – Cranberry Mango: $7.95 | Natural Gifts (or local groceries)
Julie had been making her salsa for a long time and her (Hispanic) friends couldn’t believe how good her tomatillo-based salsa was, especially for a “white girl”. The name stuck and she has been going strong since she made it a business. I love the cranberry mango, I have consumed a whole jar before!

Luca d’Italia iCookbook from Frank Bonnano: $6.99 | iTunes
Coming from famed Denver restauranteur, Frank Bonnano, this made for iPad cookbook focuses on rustic Italian favorites based on his restaurant Luca in Denver. I own the cookbook and it’s interactive, filled with video of Frank in his home kitchen and it mixes drinks, cheese making, pasta making and more. It’s really a steal at the price too!

Note: I feature Colorado products on my blog, but wanted to highlight some of the products I buy the most but may not have written about yet.  It’s incredibly difficult to just pick 10 so I entourage you to check out the other products I’ve written about and highlighted here.

I hope you enjoyed – please let me know if you have any questions! Happy holidays and mangia!