November 9, 2017

Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Ideas For the Hostess + Chef.

     Welcome to my first holiday gift guide post for this year's holiday season! I know that the blogging world can sometimes seem a bit over-saturated with gift guides during the next six weeks or so (especially if you yourself are also a blogger and also read a lot of other blogs!). I've tried very hard this year to make each of my gift guides themed and unique, rather than just something like "Gifts for Her Under $100" where every item is just something from the Nordstrom New Arrivals page. 😉 Because honestly.... that's not something very hard to put together, and if y'all are taking the time out of your day to read one of my gift guides, I'm hoping provide you with some actual creative ideas for gifts!! If you're familiar with the 5 Love Languages (you can take the free online quiz here and find out what yours are if you don't know what I'm talking about!), gifts are my #1 love language, and I love gift giving to those near and dear in my life. So holiday shopping is one of my favorite things, and I'm excited to hopefully share that excitement with y'all in my gift guides! Let's get to it! My first one for this season is some gift ideas that are great for any girls like myself who love to cook and practice hospitality!


Holiday Gift Guide for Cooking + Hosting






 

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     When I'm not in the radio studio or working on the blog, chances are I can be found in my kitchen! I adore cooking and baking, and when I lived in Charlotte I also loved entertaining. Currently, I try and cook dinner from scratch at least three nights a week (or two if it's a big meal with lots of leftovers!), and I have a lot of fun trying out new recipes. Although I do a lot of cooking from Pinterest, I am a cookbook enthusiast as well. One of my all-time favorite cookbooks is The Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. I jokingly call this the "kitchen bible!" It has cooking and baking recipes for just about anything that a beginner cook could ever want to attempt, and the recipes are fantastic!! (My favorite-ever chocolate cake and icing recipes are found in here.) If you're looking to gift someone a more fun cookbook, you can't go wrong with Chrissy Teigen's book Cravings! A friend gave this to me in a gift swap last year, and I've loved trying out many of the delicious recipes in this book. Plus- if you follow Chrissy on Twitter you know she's absolutely hilarious, and her writing in the book doesn't disappoint! 


      I think aprons also make wonderful gifts. A cute apron isn't something that an aspiring cook will necessarily go out and buy for themselves, but it can be a delightful gift! Some of my favorite aprons were given to me as gifts, and I love wearing them. I think the aqua and red polka dot one is too cute, but an apron with a funny saying could be great for someone who loves the kitchen and also has a sense of humor! 


      One of my most prized possessions is my KitchenAid mixer.  My mom had my KitchenAid when I was growing up, but she upgraded to a better model of KitchenAid about 10 years ago, and put her first one away in storage, to save for me to have someday. KitchenAids seriously last forever so they are an amazing investment!! My parents brought it down to North Carolina when I moved into my first apartment last year after college graduation, and I have used it every single week (if not daily sometimes) since then. This would obviously be a very big Christmas gift, but it would be an amazing one too! KitchenAid mixers come in tons of colors... mine is white, but I obsess over the pretty blue and pink ones!


      Lastly- did you know that Kate Spade has an adorable home line?! A few of the things in this gift guide are from it- the black and white polka dot apron, the cheese knives set, and the cute printed dish towel. Kate Spade also makes dish sets, glassware, cutlery, and tons of other things that are perfect for a Bachelorette Pad kitchen! 



      My next gift guide will be posted next week! I have a few fun ideas for gift guides for the next few weeks, but I'd love to hear any suggestions that y'all have for them as well! 








     God Bless,



     xoxo Annaliese 








37 comments:

  1. I agree with you so much about how so many gift guides aren't thoughtfully put together (which is why this year I'm trying like you to do things differently!) I also put up a hostess guide today, but mine are under $25!
    I would personally just be thrilled if someone bought me the Better Homes or Cravings cookbooks, I love using cookbooks so much-for my wedding, I registered for several and use them weekly :)

    xoxo, SS


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  2. I'm always looking for gift ideas! I love the aprons - world's okayest cook can definitely apply to me!

    Tori
    www.mooretori.com

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  3. I LOVE #6 and seriously need it in my life! this is such a great gift guide!

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  4. I love everything you picked out! My fiancé and I recently did our registry at Bed Bath & Beyond, and I had to resist from adding everything form the Kate Spade line :)

    Kristin
    stripesandsangria.blogspot.com

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  5. I love these! We just got the kitchenmaid stand mixer & it was a life changer! I really want the Better homes & garden cookbook!

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  6. These are all so great! I love that color of mixer. Best thing in my kitchen as well.

    xoxo, Paige
    www.midwesterncharmblog.com

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  7. OMG!! These are totally my thing! Loving the 50s look and the colours! Especially the kitchenAid, I can't wait to own one myself!

    Karoline
    www.KarolineJagel.com

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  8. I love number 5 and 10! Great ideas! :)

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  9. That mixer is so cute and would make the perfect gift! Love this round up :)
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  10. Love this gift guide and your picks!

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  11. Such great choices. I've had that mixer for years and it is must for anyone that loves to cook/bake, plus it is too cute!

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  12. As someone who loves to bake, these are GREAT picks! That mixer is a must have!

    Jamie
    Treats and Trends

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  13. That polka dot apron is soooooooo cute!

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  14. These are such great ideas. I love those adorable measuring cups!

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  15. Those measuring cups are so cute!

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  16. I love all of your picks!! I feel like I should buy half of this for myself so I will actually use my kitchen more! ha!

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  17. I love Kate Spade kitchen accessories, they are so cute and girly and fun! I have received some Kate Spade home accessories as gifts myself and they make me happy whenever I use them (:

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  18. I love the Cravings cook book!!! So many great recipes! And this is such a uniquely themed gift guide with so many awesome items! I wish I knew someone who cooked more, haha!

    xo
    Sami
    The Classic Brunette

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  19. I love that apron! So funny and yet so cute! xx

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  20. These are so cute!! Omg those mixing cups...love. Such great ideas!

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  21. That teal and red apron is absolutely adorable! I don't own an apron, nor did I think I needed one, but suddenly I think I do!

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  22. I want an apron! These are such cute gift ideas!
    -Nicholle
    www.nichollesophia.com

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  23. love the most specific gift guides --- and this theme is so cute! i need to get the better homes "new cook book", because i'm pretty sure she still has the old school original one!!

    xoxo,
    Elena Michelle
    www.anewyorkloveaffair.com

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  24. These are great gifts! I love my cravings cookbook

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  25. So many cute items!! I love the apron!

    Liz
    Www.lizzieinlace.com

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  26. So many cute gift ideas! Love those mixing cups!

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  27. These are the perfect gifts for the hostess! I love all of the great colors for the kitchen! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

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  28. Ooh I want a Kitchenaid mixer so bad!! Great gift idea, though!

    www.maggiealamode.com

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  29. What a great hostess gift guide! Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Those are the best hostess gifts!! Such a great gift guide!

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  31. this is so thoughtful! No one ever thinks of specific gifts for chefs or kitchen lovers, just boyfriends and girlfriends. i love that apron!

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  32. So many cute ideas! I really want a kitchen aid mixer (too basic?) but I think it'd be a waste since I probably wouldn't know hwo to use it! haha

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  33. I have that mixer in the same color and I love it. I don't use it as often as I'd like but I do love using it haha.

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