Treats, Trinkets, And Knick-Knacks Made Just For Foodies
It’s not just delicious recipes and edible surprises that excite our food-loving friends and family come Christmas; collector’s books, cute kitchen accessories, and novelty items are equally appreciated, if not even more because of their uniqueness. For those looking to gift their foodie loved ones with one-of-a-kind additions to their kitchens, we rounded up a host of our top picks right here:
1. Bahay Kubo Kit by Sow & Gro
Watch the healthy eaters in your life gush over this awesome find: literally the famed Bahay Kubo (or at least, its vegetables) in a handy kit. The compact box comes with all the materials they’ll need (seeds, organic pots, plant food and all) plus an easy-to-follow guide for how to make the magic happen. Best of all, as they enjoy the satisfying process of seeing the first spring to harvest time, part of the proceeds of Bahay Kubo Kits sold will go to soup kitchen projects of Slow Food Youth Network Philippines.
P180 for the small box and P649 for the big box, www.mnlgrowkits.com
2. Cooler Kits by Gourmandise by Sunshine
Trust Chef Sunshine Puey to know exactly what you need to keep your food and beverages at their ideal temperatures with her cooler (or warmer) kits while on the go. Practical yet stylish, these kits were made for the road trippers, picnickers, and adventurers who never leave home without a good meal in tow. Complementing these kits’ endless designs to choose from are their fuss-free Velcro seals, insulation, double flaps for added temperature control, and plastic lining for easy cleaning.
P700 for small kits, P900 for medium kits, and P1,200 for large kits, email: email@example.com, (0917) 883-2432, IG: @gourmandisebysunshine
3. Eco-Friendly Utensil Set by Sip PH
Eco-friendliness—now that's something we hope will become common practice, rather than just a passing trend. Sip PH fosters a sense of environmental responsibility while injecting a sense of fun and quirkiness in the advocacy. Just check out their complete set of wooden utensils and metal straws that they've lovingly called the "burrito" (the set comes in a rolled up canvas pouch). It’s conversation starter, tangible way to help save the environment, and a reasonably priced gift, so you can't go wrong with this gift.
P600 for their utensil burritos (P550 for silver), color variants include black, gold, rainbow, rose gold, and silver, sip,ph
4. Double-Sided Kiddie Aprons by Nana
Encourage the love for food when they’re young with these adorable aprons. Made in two sizes and a great way to involve kids in the kitchen, they’re sure to become a favorite accessory for the junior foodie at home. And don’t worry about stains, fading, and durability either—these aprons are made of woven cotton and reversible, making them easy to care for. Pick your patterns, give them a week to create the finished product and voila! You’ve got a present for the little ones in your life.
P295 for small aprons and P365 for medium aprons, (0932) 210-1302, IG: @nananadal
5. TOUCH Travel Mug by Nespresso
Whether it’s coffee, tea, hot chocolate or even special juice ice blends that need to be taken from one appointment to another, this mug is sure to keep them cool or warm all day long. For the Nespresso loyalist, this mug was made for three Lungo capsules, and is best for latte and cappuccino recipes.
P1,200, Nespresso Boutique, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati City
6. Dishkarte by Chef Tatung
In case you didn’t catch it, this book’s title was derived from the Filipino word diskarte, which loosely translates to the ability to make the most out of one’s limited resources to achieve a goal. Taking this in the context of cooking, diskarte is all about learning to use tried and tested ingredients, fundamental cooking, and food preparation techniques, as well as readily available kitchen equipment to create dishes both classic and new—sans the culinary degree. Brimming with cooking must-knows and Filipino favorites, gift Dishkarte to someone wishing to level up their Pinoy cooking game.
P295, published by ABS-CBN Publishing, exclusively available in National Bookstore
7. The Malagos Book of Chocolate by Clinton Palanca and Neal Oshima
Chocolate lovers, rejoice. Here’s a publication made by those who take their cacao seriously; it’s chock-full of 80 chocolate recipes both sweet and savory, 46 of which were whipped up by top chefs and bakers. Being more than just a cookbook, it’s also dotted with beautiful imagery and informative narratives on Malagos chocolate, an award-winning Philippine-made product famous the world over. Surely, you’ll be giving the gift of Philippine pride this Christmas with this book.
8. Republic of Taste: The Untold Stories of Cavite Cuisine by Ige Ramos
Many tend to forget that Philippine food is much more than just a cornucopia of Spanish, Chinese, and familiar Filipino flavors. It is, in fact, also a symphony of regional tastes, the historical events that have shaped its culinary landscape, and heirloom recipes that have remained intact since the days our forefathers first created them. This book that focuses on Cavite’s heritage recipes (over 70 of them to be specific) is a testament to this, and makes a great keepsake for the chef or foodie on a mission to expand their knowledge of local cuisine.
P1,200 for softbound version and P1,500 for hardbound, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.thekitchenbookstore.com
9. I Am A Filipino And This Is How We Cook by Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad
If you’d like to pay credit to the Filipinos who helped put Pinoy food on the palates of international diners, this is the cookbook you need. Without departing from the heart of Filipino food’s flavor profile (there’s a chapter called “Fatty, fried, and salty”), the 341-page masterpiece successfully elevates Filipino cuisine to headline-worthy eats. Whoever gets to put this publication under their tree is in for a tasty surprise!
P1,595, Fully Booked, www.fullybookedonline.com
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