I love an Amazon affiliate link as much as the next person, but sometimes Amazon doesn’t carry the really cool stuff. The unique gifts for food lovers, bakers and cooks made by folks who had a great idea and a successful kickstarter campaign or who just buckled down and made their business dreams come true. I want to highlight some of those folks today for you. No Amazon affiliate links, just links to some small businesses who make some seriously cool and unique gifts for the bakers and cooks in your life.
Unique Gifts for Food Lovers
Our Daily Salt
I’ve been following Chef Felisha Wild forever in Internet Years. Back when she was “just” a chef. Back when she and her partner decided to remodel their kitchen, from the studs out, by themselves. And as she discovered her passion for woodwork throughout the kitchen renovation. And now, they have their own business, Our Daily Salt, making hand-crafted end-grain cutting boards, heirloom-quality tapered rolling pins and other beautifully made wooden utensils. Their work is glorious, truly. Please go visit. And if you live in Milwaukee, you can visit in person!
Sweet & Simple Bakery (plus a 20% discount for PCO readers!)
My lovely friend Michelle is the force behind Sweet & Simple. I met her online back when her bakery was just a dream, and now she is up and running in a brick and mortar store in Fairfield, CT. If you live near there, go say hi! Fortunately for the rest of us, she still fills orders and ships around the US. When I asked if she’d like to be included in this roundup, she offered my readers a discount! Eep! If you order online from now through December 19, use the code PASTRYCHEF at checkout for 20% off your order. Thank you so much, Michelle. You are made of sparkly unicorns!
Foodie Dice started as a kickstarter campaign. The idea is to roll the dice to create a meal. Not only do you get to flex your culinary creativity, the dice can also help to get you out of any cooking rut you may be in. Foodie Dice would make a great stocking stuffer, and they’re appropriate for omnivores and vegetarians alike. They recently added a mixology dice set for those of you who want to shake up your cocktail making skills. Yes, the pun was intended. If you sign up for their newsletter, you get 15% off your first order, too!
Started as a kickstarter campaign by one of my favorite online folks, Heather from Farmgirl Gourmet and a business partner, Spiceologist has exploded! The original line is sets of test tubes of very high quality spices in very cool wooden blocks that look very much like knife blocks. They have since expanded into some really interesting spice rubs (Pink Peppercorn Lemon Thyme or Sriracha Mango, anyone?) You can also find them at Sur La Table and in kitchen shops around the Pacific Northwest.
My friend Wendy makes the most gorgeous jams. She macerates fruits and flavorings and then cooks them in gorgeous French copper pots until they are just the right temperature to gel. Wendy’s jams are made with love and passion, and the flavors are always thoughtful yet adventurous. Find her on her website or at Farmer’s Markets in the Orlando area. She also has an etsy shop where you can purchase Sunchowder’s Emporia jams and another where she sells keen vintage kitchen and housewares.
Another good blogging buddy, Renee, makes and sells jams both locally in the Miami area and online. People love her jams. Love them! Renee makes delicious seasonal jams often with a twist. Apple Ginger, Blueberry Mojito and Caribbean Cranberry (among many other creative flavors) are available from her online shop.
Kudos Kitchen by Renee (custom hand-painted glasses, mugs, etc)
Pick your glass or mug, and then tell Renee what you want painted on it. I’ve seen Renee’s work, and I know you will love it. Just look at her photo gallery on her facebook page (you may have to like her page first). She has made gifts for weddings and birthdays, holidays and just about any occasion you can think of. Plus, she is a very nice person. Go see!
The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
Another friend whose business started as a dream, Susan makes cookies and sells them at The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. Not just any cookies, either. Gorgeous, delectable cookies made with high-quality organic and fair-trade ingredients. Check out her cookie of the month club too. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!
I just found out about Undiscovered Kitchen, a site dedicated to bringing folks artisan hand-crafted foods both sweet and savory: hand crafted chocolate, babka, cookies, nut butter, mustards, vinegars, crackers. I could go on, and I already know I’m going to have a great time perusing their finds!
Cookbook Café (from BakeSpace)
This is pretty cool! You can create your own ecookbooks and share them with friends and family online for free! You can also create a “real” cookbook and set your price. It’s a great idea for preserving family recipes and sharing them with the younger generations.
Not Ketchup is my friend Erika’s business. Not Ketchup is (ketchup) made with fruits other than tomatoes. In the US, you can’t call it ketchup unless it is made with tomatoes. Hence the name. I’ve tried all four of the flavors and have found them to be not only delicious for slathering on a burger or dipping fries but also very versatile. Use them as glazes for meat, pizza sauce, add some to gravies or stews… Lots of ways to use these delicious (not) ketchups!
Best Boy & Co
My friend Heather does social media and marketing for Best Boy & Co. Based in Indiana, they specialize in sauces both sweet and savory as well as spice rubs. And their stone ground mustard just won a Best in Category Award. The owner, gives 100% of his profits (yes, you read that correctly) to charitable organizations including The Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, the Enough Project and more. Available in stores throughout Indiana and elsewhere in the Midwest, you can also order online regardless of where you live.
Plum Deluxe specializes in loose tea, and is a new-to-me company. I discovered it when I asked in a blogging group if anyone had a small business they wanted featured in my roundup. Andy Hayes spoke up, and what I found when I went to the website made me well right up. His mother spent five years both battling cancer and living life to the fullest, and the way she chose to live inspired Andy to create Plum Deluxe. Certainly try their tea, and then explore the articles on food, travel, health and more. Sign up for their newsletter for continued inspiration. And did I mention the tea?
Chunky Pig Love
Chunky Pig Love=Candied Bacon Caramel Corn. That’s really all that needs to be said, but I’ll say a little bit more. High quality ingredients (hello, twice-candied Nieman Ranch Bacon), Chunky Pig Love is made in small batches by Bay Area pastry chef Gina Conedera, you need it. You really do. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and hormone-free. What it is not is bacon-free.
Gift A Feast (Free Shipping for my Readers with Code “Jenni”)!
How cool is Gift a Feast? These guys find deliciousness in the Bay Area, package them up into wonderful gift boxes and baskets, and then ship them wherever you want them to. What a great idea for holiday gifts, especially for you Bay Area folks who maybe can’t head out east for the holidays. Ship some Bay Area goodness to your friends and family! What kind of feasts will they send? Feasts for spicy chocolate lovers, toffee lovers, tea lovers, breakfast lovers among many others.
And there you have it friends. Fifteen unique gifts for food lovers for the holidays or for any time you need to find the perfect, one of a kind gift. Treat someone you love, or treat yourself!