2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Well gang, tis the season, as they say. Portland is currently flooding, but onwards with the holiday preparations! Hanukkah has officially begun and Christmas is creeping closer. The time is now to pick out some great gifts for the food lovers on your list.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Someone in my family may or may not have a birthday dangerously close to Christmas, so of course their gifts get rolled into one bigger, better gift. After a little waffle fiasco at Thanksgiving (that had us texting the neighbors asking if anyone else had a waffle iron we could borrow), I figured it was the perfect gift. I’m a Belgian waffle fan myself (the little pockets are a little deeper and wider, meaning that they can hold more delicious toppings AND the waffles get a little crispier), and I know this family member is as well. It’s hard to know which one to buy, but I’m looking at this, this, this, and this.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

Ok, are some of these products a little hokey? You bet. But are they also kind of silly and fun? Yep. I’ve got a friend who loves her garlic press, and I bet the Garject would go over quite well with her.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

I used to work with the woman who owns Caravan Pacific, and I love pretty much everything that comes out of her studio. The beautiful spice jars and cutting boards can be bought over on Food52, and I think they’re really simple and lovely, and would look great on any kitchen counter.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

If you’re looking for something actually edible, I say find a local chocolate shop and go crazy. In Portland, it’s hard to say no to anything from Alma Chocolate, and if I was up in Seattle, I’d pick up some treats from Theo Chocolate (after a tour of course).

2015 Holiday Gift Guide | Serious Crust by Annie Fassler

If your friends have more of a… booze tooth, shall we say, than a sweet tooth, might I suggest a gift certificate for a night out on the town? I love getting people gift certificates – it gets them out and about, maybe for a date night or catching up with a friend, and maybe even encourages them to try a new spot. Some of my favorite cocktails in town can be found at Rum Club, Free House, and Expatriate.

What are you getting your food-loving loved ones for the holidays?


  1. Great ideas! Waffle maker especially. That’s a kitchen gadget we thought we wouldn’t really use but have waffles all the time which always makes for a better morning. And Alma Chocolate is always a great choice! Happy Hanukkah, Annie!

    1. Happy hanukkah to you Erin! I especially like the waffle iron because a friend was telling me she does marinated tofu and rice in hers. Plus, can you imagine making latkes in there (a la Smitten Kitchen)?! You can seriously put anything in a waffle iron.

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