I admit, this is a fairly random assortment. It’s half things I have and love, and half things I want myself!
1. Fermentation supplies
Fermented foods (like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, pickles, and tempeh) are all the rage right now for their homemade potential and probiotic powers. They’re also tasty and fun to make!
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from Around the World by Sandor Katz is apparently a near-encyclopedia of fermentation history and information.
Throw in a 1-gallon fermentation crock for that first batch of sauerkraut.
2. Practical, functional goodies
They’re not the cutest items, but I have plenty of adorable kitchen stuff shoved in drawers and closets. This stuff I use all the time.
If you don’t have an Ove Glove, you’re struggling unnecessarily. That may sound dramatic, but it’s true! (If they’re in stock, you can often find them at Target stores.) It’s so much easier to grab things than with a normal oven mitt.
My Microplane Grater/Zester basically rotates between my dishwasher and my hand. Citrus, chocolate, cheese… I’m not sure I know where my box grater is anymore.
3. Attractive-yet-practical things
Just because things are useful doesn’t mean they can’t look good, however.
Is it possible to have too many tea towels? I don’t think so, and Etsy is chock-full of adorable ones. They may not arrive in time for Christmas, but check local gift shops and home stores. I’d love to see some in my stocking!
A lovely wooden bread board is always useful. Pictured is this acacia one from Crate&Barrel, or I’m tempted to get this Totally Bamboo 3-piece set for myself.
4. Break out the bubbly
Need something really last-minute? A hostess gift? A coping strategy before family dinner? (Kidding!)
Sparkling wines are fun and festive, and even at $15/bottle or below, these are some of our favorites. Really.
Gruet Brut Sparkling Rose is a gorgeous pink color and a hint of sweetness. The Gruet family came from France and makes traditional French-style sparkling wines in New Mexico. I stocked up in Albuquerque in January, then may have squealed in delight when I saw that my local shop had started carrying it. I can’t wait to have a celebratory glass in February.
A few years ago we were up in Seattle visiting some friends and went wine tasting. Out of all the wines we tried, we all agreed that the Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs was delightful — and about $12. Win! We stock up on this, too.
What’s on your list this year? Any other kitchen goodies you’d love – or love to give?
Stacy Spensley is a healthy life coach, recovering stage manager, lover of the Oxford comma, and vegetarian. She's bossy because she loves you.