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The Foodie Gift List

Give the epicurean on your holiday list a gift with taste this season.

Make the Cut

For those who love their bread and butter, give them the Owl Inlay Wooden Bread Board, as much a conversation piece as a utilitarian bread serving tray and cutting board. Made in Kentucky from sustainable hardwood, this nature-inspired piece will add character to a table and serve as a sturdy cutting surface for years to come. $47.99,


Soup’s On

Foodies will love stirring up some hot and warming soup on a cold winter’s day in the BrylaneHome Non-Stick Hard Anodized 8-Quart Covered Stock Pot.  The heavyweight anodized pot is designed for quick and even heating and features a durable triple layer XylanEterna non-stick finish and a vented tempered glass lid and stay-cool handles. $39.99,


Mix it Up

For the smoothie lover who has been jonesing for one of those hi tech blenders, the Oster Versa Performance Blender is an affordable but powerful contender.  The 1,400-watt motor spins its stainless steel blades at 28,000 RPM to blend smoothies, protein drinks, soups, dips, dressings, salsas and many other delicious treats in seconds.  The large 8-cup BPA-free Tritan plastic jar dwarfs the competition, and the price point makes it an even better value.  $249.00, Bed Bath & Beyond.


Bag It

The hostess with the mostest is always sending home goodies with her guests.  Give her the Frosty Elegance Treat Bags from Martha Stewart to make her send-home treats look extra special and festive.  Contains six paper treat cones, six cellophane bags, six tags, and six pieces of ribbon.  $7.69, Michael’s Stores or


Freshen Up

Give your holiday party host the gift that will keep those leftovers fresh the entire 12 days of Christmas – the BerryBreeze.  This compact device fills a refrigerator with activated oxygen to neutralize bacteria, mold and other harmful microbes to keep fruits, vegetables, and other foods fresh up to two to three times longer, and the fridge will smell fresh too, without potentially toxic cleaners.  $49.95,