Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide - Kitchen Gifts for the Crafty Foodie and Hostess with the Most

* This is a sponsored post on behalf of however, all gift ideas are my own.

I'm in full shopping swing, right now. My tree is up, my shopping is done, my lights are hung, my parties are planned, my gifts are wrapped and ready... okay, I'm not exactly that good, but I've gotten the ball rolling, so that's something, right?! I do have some gifts purchased, but I'm stuck on a few people.

I always have an easy time and a lot of fun shopping for gifts for the friends and family that love spending time in the kitchen like I do. There are just so many possibilities and items that people just will not buy for themselves.

Well, if your shopping for someone like me, who considers herself a bit of a foodie, has a habit of scrolling through Pinterest to cook up or bake something out of the ordinary, and always takes a picture before she takes a bite, I have a few inexpensive gift ideas that can make cooking, and eating a little more fun!

Before we start with my Gift Guide, it is critical to remember when buying for me (hubby, are you reading?) or anyone else, is to stretch that dollar and get the most for your money. Getting the BEST deals on everything you buy doesn't always mean waiting for sales or going into a shopping frenzy on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. One place you can count on EVERY day to find the best deals, coupon codes, get cash back, and get rewards points from shopping at tons of online retailers is They literally send you a check once you hit $20 in cash back, which I find quite easy during the holiday season.

You just need to sign up or log in to, then search for the deals or stores you want to shop at to access all the coupon codes and automatically accumulate a percentage of your purchase with cash back in your account. You can also download their toolbar so you don't even have to go through their site every time. You just shop as you normally do and savings will add up on its own in your account.

Now, let me introduce...

Our FAVORITE Cooking, Baking, and Foodie Friendly Gift Ideas!

One of my FAVORITE retailers to shop for amazing deals on foodie gifts is is always has their current coupon codes (and there is always a coupon code. DO NOT pay full price at Kohl's.) and you will earn cash back in your ShopAtHome account.

Kohl's carries USA Pan bakeware, which is, as it's name states, Made in the USA. This is always a big selling point for me, and I've been beyond happy with my pans due to their durable quality, non-stick surfaces, and perfect sizes for my baking needs. I have all the basic sheets, loaf pans, and cake rounds, but the USA Pan 8-Cup Mini Loaf Pan makes the perfect gift because mini loaves are awesome, and nobody ever buys that kind of luxury loaf pan for themselves.

I would say this also goes for the USA Pan Mini Muffin Pan, at, too. Everyone can make a muffin, but nobody can shrink a muffin, and mini-cupcakes are bite-sized bliss. I would love to cook up some cuteness in one of these!

The USA Pan 20-Cup Brownie Bite Pan is another inexpensive luxury pan for someone who likes to serve up sweets and cash back from ShopAtHome can make your Kohl's purchase price seem bite-sized as well!

So all these USA Pans are cool, but if you want to take your creative cake baking to new heights, Kohl's has this Nordic Ware Nonstick Cathedral Bundt Pan that will make whatever batter you put in come out looking like an architectural wonder! If someone even has a bundt cake pan they certainly won't have one shaped like something as unusual as this so it makes a perfect gift for the baker-at-heart.

And if a cathedral is too fancy, go cute with the Nordic Ware Gingerbread House Bundt Cake Pan, also from Kohl's. How fun would it be to decorate this?!

You can also score many more novelty styles of Nordic Ware baking pans on another one of my top picks for baking and cooking gifts; I seriously had no idea there were so many of these and they can make anyone with a box of cake batter look like a dessert diva. also has some really handy and ingenious items that make fabulous gifts. These Charles Viancin Universal Silicone Lids use gravity to become an airtight lid, sealing any container with a flat rim. They are also really cute, so they are great for picnics, parties, etc. also has the hot new Zoku popsicle maker. These make home made popsicles in minutes, without electricity, on your countertop, so someone can make a somewhat healthy treat anytime. The possibilities for flavors, colors, and inclusions are endless. You can even do stripes. Popsicles aren't just for the summer. They can remind you of summer so you can get through the winter, too!

One of my other favorite retailers to shop for my chef or hostess-inspired gifts is Macy's and if you go through, you will find the latest coupons and cash back bonuses and rewards to get the biggest bang for your buck, here, too. 

One thing I've used a lot this year, once I found out how easy it was to do, was my tortilla press. This was one of my favorite gifts that I received last year for the holidays. At first I was intrigued by the prospect of making my own tortillas. Then when I started reading the ingredients on the store bought ones, it became a necessity. Healthy foodies will love the IMUSA Cast Iron Tortilla Press.

Macy's is also the perfect place to pick up gifts for those that like to entertain. They carry so many beautiful serving dishes, trays, cake stands, bowls, and pretty much everything anyone who likes to share their food and drink with friends and family needs for a stunning tablescape. I love this Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Small Tray because it is cute and elegant at the same time. Someone could use it for any occasion and the reds will blend nicely with holiday decor as well! is another one of my go-to places for sweet kitchen gifts, like this Cake Boss cake decorating tool set. Of course you can also score sweet deals when you go through ShopAtHome. Someone need not watch the Cake Boss show to take advantage of all the tools of the trade. These decorating tools can help any gift recipient who likes to bake make a gorgeous cake and you stand a very good chance of being invited to have a slice if you are the thoughtful gift giver.

Finally, if you want to show a little holiday love, has these super cute salt and pepper shakers of Santa and Mrs. Claus ready to share a smooch, by Kathy Ireland. She also has some other Santa and Christmas theme serving items that would go along with these and make thoughtful, keepsake gifts that are useful, too!

So, it's time to get cooking, get shopping, make a list and check it twice to make sure those on your good list get something nice. If you followed my advice, you'll get your cash back, ShopAtHome rewards, and the very best price!

Happy Holiday Shopping Everyone!

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