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Holiday shopping for your favorite foodie

A round-up of food-related ideas for your 2011 holiday gift list.

By The Runaway Spoon / December 3, 2011

Food-related tree ornaments like this one make fun holiday gifts for your 'foodie' friends.

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The time has come again. Thanksgiving is all over but the leftovers, and it is time to turn to holiday shopping. I love putting together this round up of some of my holiday fun finds, and as always, these are just some ideas about personal favorites – no one has asked me to promote any products.

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This year, I am all about homemade gifts from the kitchen. I went on a real canning bender this summer, so I have a kitchen full of jars of lovely goodies to give away. I think homemade gifts are a real gesture of caring, and everyone appreciates something good to eat. And I know I like my packaging to be worthy of the treats inside. If treats in jars is your plan, dress them up with some lovely personalized canning labels. These letterpress labels add a sleek, modern feel to good old-fashioned preserves and pickles. Tie on a little personalized ribbon and you are good to go. 

But if baking is your way of showing love, doll up those treat with pretty bags and boxes of all types. These Baked with Love hang tags add an old-fashioned charm, while letterpress write-in tags work for all your kitchen gifts. And there are some amazing labels for bags and boxes of baked goods, from simple to festive. I think adding a custom recipe card to a homemade gift is a wonderfully sweet addition.

If you are looking for gifts for your food loving friends, Jacques Pepin’s Essential Pepin may be the cookbook of the season. It comes with a searchable DVD of Jacques demonstrating his techniques. New Orleans chef John Besh’s My Family Table will be a great companion in the kitchen for family meals. And as winter settles in, Diana Henry’s Roast Figs and Sugar Snow will make you want to cook warming, comforting food.  But settling down with a juicy read after the holidays is a great gift too.  White Truffles in Winter is a fictionalized love story about the first celebrity chef Auguste Escoffier. And while reading a delectable novel, a cup of Novel Tea, tea for book lovers, wouldn’t go amiss.

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