I have been trying to learn how to cook for years, and I suppose that it’s not that much of a stretch to now be able to proclaim that it will be a lifetime goal for me – and luckily, one I enjoy and that I share with many other people. I know that I would love to get some new cooking tools for the holidays (I’m not so secretly wishing for the pasta attachment for my KitchenAid mixer so I don’t have to roll it by hand) , and yet also love to give gifts that are more thoughtful than just running to the closest department store and grabbing a box off a shelf. Adding a personalized touch to cooking tools is a nod to the person’s interest in the culinary arts while also showcasing your genius in the “gift giving arts” (Yup, it’s a thing)
Perhaps your chef has a recipe which he has spent years perfecting, or a dish she has been talking about from a restaurant or an ambitious recipe she saw from a professional chef. Chefs love to have favorite recipes, and they would certainly love to showcase them with a print of the recipe in a custom piece of art for their home. There are a few you can find, but we’re partial to this cute custom Bon Appétit Kitchen Art graphic from ReStyleGraphic on Etsy for $18. The seller also has some adorable vintage kitchen retro prints that would also make a great art piece for $50.
Ever the sentimentalist, I love when people tell me that receipes have been handed down from generation to generation. I wish I had one of my grandmother’s legendary recipes written down so that I could have it with me when I cooked – and this gift is such a cool way of personalizing something very much needed in a kitchen anyway. All you need to do is send an e-mail copy of the recipe and voila! Grandma’s recipe is immortalized. Bonus? It looks like it should cost way more than the $39 it costs at DamiansWoodWorks on Etsy.
Remember back when I made canned peaches? I made all these labels but really, a cute stamp with my own monogram “From the Kitchen Of” stamp? Rustic perfection. Maybe your chef bakes cookies, maybe they make pasta sauces. Either way, they shouldn’t be without this $21.95 Custom Eco Mount Rubber Address Stamp in Tuscan Kitchen by NoteTrunk on Etsy.
For the foodie that truly has everything? I love to give one of my favorite things on the planet, a good bottle of wine. I received a bottle not too long ago as a gift with a personalized wine tag on it and a note about where the receiver had been when they found the bottle or first enjoyed it and a nice touch. I thought it was so classy that I immediately looked into ordering my own personalized wine tags and came across these truly refined $192 Vera Wang personalized stationary wine tags. They would be a great gift for a wine aficionado.
As a lover of vintage, I have a fondness for the mixed patterns and history that comes in owning pieces which have all had history before coming to me. If your chef is also a lover of this, check out your local high-quality thrift shops or Goodwill to see if you can locate some pieces with their initials or monograms. I’ve even seen some spectacular uses of random monograms so check those out as well. I love this set of vintage “M” monogram mixed 5 piece cutlery by Vintage from Vagabond which is retailing for $89 at One King’s Lane.
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