10 Best Bargains for Your Favorite Foodie

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” Eating is not only a necessity, but one of life’s greatest pleasures. Equip the food-lovers in your life with the tools to pursue and share their passion – and maybe they’ll let you try a bite.

 

 

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21 Tubes

This unique spice rack from Dean & Deluca features flavors to please every foodie’s palette. 21 delicate glass vials with labeled cork tops rest in a simple stainless steel frame for the ultimate in organization and accessibility. There’s no need to put this beautiful, compact piece away; leave it on display and keep those essential spices at the ready. A specially-designed spoon helps to measure just the right amount of each flavor – and should you run out, refills are always available. It’s the perfect addition to every home cook’s collection, whether they’re brand-new to the kitchen or a well-practiced gourmet.

Buy: $105

 

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Culinary Herb Garden Maker

Give the gift that keeps on giving. This DIY Herb Garden kit makes it possible to grow your own basil, parsley, garlic chives, oregano, dill, cilantro, thyme, and sage right at home, while you save money and amplify flavor year-round. And that fresh touch of green is enough to liven up any kitchen. Everything tastes better when you grow it yourself…and you and your guests will eat happy knowing how their meal came to be.

Buy: $25

 

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Littledeer Serving Scoop

No meal is complete without the tools to serve it. Created by Canadian inventor and designer Tom Littledeer, this elegant scoop lets you share the food you like with the people you love. Hand-crafted from a single piece of North American maple with a smooth finish, the tool’s paddle-like shape will work hard in the kitchen — and look good doing it.

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Garlic Crusher

Any avid foodie knows the importance of garlic. Spicy, sweet, savory, and all-around delicious, this universal ingredient can improve just about any home-cooked dish. Unlike common culinary tools that are hard to use and difficult to clean, this brilliantly simple design makes it easy to get the most out of each and every clove with nothing left behind; simply roll it back and forth for an unbeatable aroma. And solid stainless steel construction means you can remove any unwanted odors from your hands as you scrub it clean. We have no doubt that this clever tool belongs in every chef’s drawer.

Buy: $24

 

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Compendio Polished Black Lucite Carving Set

Few things are as important in a as a sharp, reliable knife. Designed and handmade from beginning to end by Coltellerie Berti, a family-owned business based in Tuscany, Italy, the Compendio Polished Carving Set is a serving essential for anyone who loves to share the joy of eating. Stamped carbon steel with a stainless blade and Lucite handle make each bespoke piece lightweight yet incredibly strong, sharp and stylish yet antique in aesthetic. Keep your favorite culinarian up-to-date with the latest in cutting edge technology.

Buy: $240

 

 

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Tilt Cutting Board

Just like a well-baked baguette or a perfectly ripe tomato, this pared-down cutting board by Tobias Tøstesen proves how satisfying simplicity can be.  A subtle broken corner and slanted sides keep it safely balanced against the kitchen wall unlike traditional boards, while solid oak will protect your precious countertops.  Modest and modern in function and style, this classic piece is a practical choice for any food-lover on your list.

Buy: $29

 

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Heritage Cookbook

Anyone who likes to eat will enjoy the culinary stylings of the renowned Chef Sean Brock of HUSK Restaurant in Charleston, NC. The southern gourmet leads his reader through tasty recipes — like pickled shrimp, chocolate Alabama stack cake, and slow-cooked pork shoulder with tomato gravy – paired with stunning photography and insightful epicurean tales. In his first-ever cookbook (which comes with a signed bookplate), Heritage, Chef Brock explains his mission to reinterpret traditional American cuisine. Perfect for anyone with an adventurous appetite and a curious mind.

Buy: $25

 

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Chef’s Towel

We all have that one friend who stains everything they own. With this versatile Chef’s Towel from Snowe, your favorite cook will stay clean without compromising style. Made in Italy from premium, washed Belgian linen, the practical design can endure even the toughest of kitchen tasks – followed by a quick spin in the washing machine. It can be used as a handy towel to mop up messes, or it can tie at the waist as a simple half apron. Available in natural, red, or blue, the minimal striped cloth adds a subtle accent to the domestic realm.

Buy: $25

 

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Finex Cast Iron Grill & Sear Set

Be prepared for perfect grilling and searing indoors or out.” Two versatile pans make this handcrafted set from FINEX an indispensable addition to every chef’s arsenal; a cast iron Grill Pan (also known as a “Grillet”) with ribs makes it easy to sear without frying, while a 10” cast iron skillet with deep side walls is perfect for anything from stovetop stir-fry to oven-baked cornbread. And its striking geometric shape does more than add aesthetic detail, but it allows the chef to pour from practically any angle. Both pans are pre-seasoned and come with beautiful wire-wrapped handles that will look great in your kitchen no matter where you put them – except maybe the sink.

Buy: $300

 

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Nut Hammer

Perhaps you’ve heard of a Nutcracker…but a Nut Hammer? Created by Italian designer Robert Acquer, this three-part invention consists of an ash wood handle, silicone cap, and cast iron mallet fit to conquer even the hardest of nuts. Stripped of any pomp or frill, this rustic piece places utility front and center, making it a sensible addition to any and every kitchen.

Buy: $40

Lizzie Wright

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website