Another year has passed, and we’re welcomed with the joyful holiday season again. We’re exactly 10 days before Christmas and I’m sure for those who celebrate Christmas, there are a lot of you who haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet. Here’s a list of my favorites things you can get easily at the last minute.
Tea of the Month Club
From my time in China, I really developed a love for tea. It was so easy to find excellent quality tea, and coffee was rare. It’s become so popular lately, no matter where you are you can access a good variety of teas. This one is really personal, just like food. If the person likes something more fruity you can try more of the “fruity” teas, or if they prefer traditional, you could get them some nice Long Jing tea from China. My favorite here though, is the Tea Of the Month club idea. My brother-in-law gave me this last year, and every two months I got to try two new teas. It was one of the best gifts I received last year! I mean, who wouldn’t enjoy a new gift every two months for 12 months? Of course, if a full year is too steep, you can also do it for 6 months.
Montreal Cooks: A Tasting Menu from the City’s Leading Chefs
Being from Montreal I really enjoy all the good food that our island has to offer. It’s always a pleasure to eat in the many delicious restaurants lead by amazing chefs. But it definitely is hard on your budget to eat out all the time, and of course, there are other times you just want to cook at home. When you do so, you want to cook like the top chefs, whether to impress your guests or simply for yourself. This gift won’t disappoint you, and is especially nice when you aren’t living in the city.
Ever since the first cake I baked with my mom many years ago, I’ve used a food scale. They can be intimidating to start with, but will completely change your cooking. Measuring cups are great, and always keep them around (not all recipes give you the option for weight), but a scale will help both in quality and consistency. Why is this? Well volume will change in size, your flour will settle for example, but the weight will always stay the same, plus you don’t have to hassle with trying to sift or change your ingredients to be consistent in volume.
Cookbook Stand from Crate and Barrel
Have you ever tried to follow a recipe in a cookbook, and the wind or something else just keeps changing the pages?? I know I can’t be the only one. This cookbook holder is perfect for anyone who cooks from cookbooks or with a tablet. It helps you save space in your counter too, no more cans in the corners of your book to keep it open and no chance to get it dirty. And it folds up once you’re done so it’s easy to store.
Apron from Trois Fois Par Jour
I’m the type of person who loves to wear an apron, because I don’t like to change my clothes before cooking for fear of getting them dirty. This comes from another food blog, Trois Fois Par Jour, which has some nice, easy to follow recipes. The good thing with this apron is you don’t have to worry with the strap in your neck or the strings to tie. I love the simplicity, the cross in the back, kind of Japanese style, easy to put on, easy to take off, just as comfortable as a pyjama.
Chemex Coffee Maker
My husband loves his coffee, and he often likes to try different brewing methods. So for this last item I turned to him: “The Chemex will provide a really clean cup of coffee and it is very forgiving. If you want a nice morning cup of coffee without too much work, give the Chemex a go. It’s simple, easy, and a piece of art itself.”
I hope these help you out with your gift shopping! Let me know in the comments what you got and what you thought! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you!