Foodie Gift Guide

By Fabiana Santana

Still wondering what  to get that foodie friend or family member that has eaten it all? This year’s gift guide is sure to please everyone from the gadget gurus to the Top Chef hopefuls.

Four Seasons Restaurant cooking class
There is nothing like a visit to New York’s Four Seasons restaurant. Every reputable foodie is sure to have eaten there already. But have they cooked there? This year, the world renowned restaurant is opening its kitchen doors and creating a five star cooking school experience with chefs Pecko Zantilaveevan and Larry Finn. All Four Seasons cooking classes include a beautifully wrapped, premium quality chef’s jacket or professional apron, personally embroidered with each student’s name, the Four Seasons logo and the title “Guest Chef.”Offered once a season, on a Saturday, each class includes a three-hour, interactive, hands-on cooking demonstration in the morning, followed by a three-course luncheon featuring the day’s creations and a selection of wines, chosen to pair perfectly with each course.  $295 per person per class, 212-759-9008

Pac-Man Hothead
Yes, Pac-Man is still cool after all these years. And finally your friend will be again, too! These clever folks have turned the arcade’s greatest icon into the perfect pot holder. Just slip your hands into its head, and get ready to gobble up all those pots and pans. $14, Amazon

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook
This is the gift that will yield you gifts all year long. Rachel Saunders’sThe Blue Chair Jam Cookbookis the definitive jam and marmalade cookbook. It offers over 100 original jam, jelly and marmalade recipes by the master jam artisan herself – all separated by season and organized my month and fruit type. Think Italian Lemon Marmalade and Strawberry-Marsala Jam with Rosemary come summer and apple and fig compotes in early fall. If your friend is really creative, they could start their own jam of the month club!
$35, Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Gift in a Jar
While they say the recession is officially over, it doesn’t feel like it for many Americans. So, instead of shelling out big bucks on a gift, why not show off your DIY skills, All Free Crafts is a website dedicated to, well, all kinds of crafty things. We are particularly fond of the gift in a jar page. Layered soup mixes include recipes for minestrone or chicken soup and sweet gifts like a jar of butterscotch cookies layers everything your friend will need to whip up a batch of her own homemade cookies.



Winter Wonderland Treasure Globe
This is two gifts in one – a handcrafted German papier-mâché globe featuring a vintage-inspired rendering of a winter scene and a whole bunch of seasonal sweets made by premiere American confectioners.  $26,


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This holiday season, the IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign is back in full swing! Running from November 4 – December 29, this annual event continues to raise money to educate children around the world. Since 2003, the IKEA Soft Toys for Education campaign has donated $61.75 million  in donations to UNICEF and Save the Children, helping eight million children through over 70 programs.

download-1IKEA Soft Toys – which includes stuffed animals, finger puppets, books and our personal favorites, a range of food inspired soft toys, pots and pans and tableware – range in price from $.49 – $19.99 and are available in all IKEA stores and online. For every IKEA Soft Toy purchased, one euro (approximately $1.35 US) is donated to the Soft Toys for Education Campaign. Got a budding baker in your midst? The 18-piece dessert set is good enough to eat. Top Chef fan? The 4-piece cookware set is the perfect way to get your little foodie involved in meal prep.  The plush fruit and veggie baskets are a fun way to teach your little one all about healthy eating.