Gifts for food lovers: Last-minute stocking stuffers
The final part of an eight-part series.
For you, there are two words:
And two more words:
Don't panic. You have two days until Christmas, and six more nights of Chanukah.
So, quickly now, get out your credit card. Here are nine quick links to nine quick gifts:
Sur La Table: Gift cards in any amount; overnight shipping available.
Williams-Sonoma: Gift cards in any amount; cannot be shipped in time for Christmas, but will be available to your food lover instantly for impulse purchases.
Napa Style: Gift cards in any amount; overnight shipping available.
Cooking Enthusiast (formerly Professional Cutlery Direct): Gift cards in any amount; overnight shipping available.
Every good cook needs music to cook by, so how about an iTunes gift certificate (print your own, or have it delivered by email)?
And what food lover wouldn't want just one more cookbook, or maybe more than one? Jessica's Biscuit sells all cookbooks at huge discounts; gift certificates available. And if you spend more than $50, you can choose a free subscription to Gourmet or Bon Appetit -- two gifts for the price of one, or enjoy the magazine yourself.
Amazon.com offers gift cards that you can print at home, good for purchases of cookbooks, cookware, Kitchenaid mixers and, well, anything that Amazon sells.
Bookshelves filled? How about a gift of a magazine subscription to Gastronomica or The Art of Eating? Buy a copy on the newsstand, print your own gift card, and know that your gift will keep on giving for the rest of the year.
And a final idea: Turn off the computer and go to the nearest hardware store. Look for rasps (the original Microplane graters, before cookware manufacturers put fancy handles on them); paint brushes (yes, they work just fine for brushing butter on pastries); and Pyrex measuring cups (I don't know why, but almost every hardware store in my neighborhood seems to stock these). You'll find other great stocking stuffers, too, and no crowds; everyone else will be at the cookware stores!
No recipe today. Who has time to cook with last-minute stockings to be stuffed?