Let's face it: holiday stockings are usually an afterthought – a hastily thrown together pile of hot food, cheap items, and unwanted trinkets that should end up in the trash can. It is understandable. They spent all the time and money looking for the perfect gift for big tickets. Why should not you waste more with little things?
We hear you, we feel you and we are here to help. Below are some fun gift ideas for the lover of food in your life that will not drain your wallet this Christmas season.
True, the world's most expensive spice is for less than a Hamilton. It is not just the vivid color and the unmistakable taste of saffron that push the price up. The spice is known to be difficult to harvest; The flowers that produce saffron bloom only six weeks a year, and each flower produces only three saffron scars (or filaments). In other words, 170,000 flowers are needed to produce a single pound. It comes as no surprise that this pack of genuine Iranian saffron is a pinch of thread – actually 1 gram – but that's enough to take paella, risotto or seafood stew to the next level. It may be so easy to stock up on gourmets, but with this gift you'll earn serious culinary recognition.
The revolution is here: plastic straws go the way of the polystyrene container. You can choose from a variety of reusable options. We especially like this comprehensive set, which offers four curved and four straight options in different sizes and ensures that all your drinking needs are covered. It also contains a pair of cleaning brushes and eight silicone tips for really hot or cold drinks. These are funny stockings that are also current.
Peeling garlic by hand and peeling away the last stubborn skin patches is never easy – it's always a chore, the fingers smell of Dracula's worst nightmare, and peeled garlic from a grocery store never tastes quite right. Give this oh so simple garlic peeler. Load up to three cloves into the handy silicone tube and roll it back and forth a few times … and booming. Fully peeled garlic whose preparation is fun!
Keep the tradition of giving away oranges for the holidays – without holding anyone with a bulky piece of fruit. Gran Gala is a mix of brandy and fresh orange: a lively Italian orange liqueur that can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a margarita. For those with a sweet tooth, this full-size bottle offers just the right amount of sweet booze for a citrusy soufflé.
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If you know someone who loves wine, but hates tomcat – that's a lot of people – then here's a simple and thoughtful idea for a little present. This effective, easy-to-use rubber stopper provides an airtight seal that keeps the contents fresh. It is great for just about any sealed container, be it alcohol or oil, although it's a special benefit for fans of bubbly drinks like beer, champagne and soda and helps prolong the carbonation.
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There is nothing more decadent than a truffle that delights the senses of gourmets and pigs alike. Even a slight shave of the mushroom brings back a very pretty penny. But this luxury salt, made in Italy by the famous French truffle house Pebeyre, is the perfect way to experience the pleasure of truffles on every meal without breaking the bank. A light sprinkling increases everything from steaks to French fries and is an absolute game changer for popcorn.
King Raye & # 39; s from Maine makes one of the best mustard pieces you've ever eaten on a Wiener schnitzel. There are many varieties to choose from – but Down East Schooner, a classic American yellow mustard that has been in production since 1900, is hard to beat. It's available in several sizes, but the 4 ounce glass keeps you below budget.
These servings of hot chocolate are pure magic. Turn a hot mug of milk into creamy cocoa in seconds with a simple jump and stir. And the results are far superior to the standard product in powder form.
No more bulky bottle openers! These elegant tools are made of stainless steel and dipped in turquoise and coral colors. They fit in any wallet or bag and look good too.