Homemade treats, food memoirs, cookbooks, or kitchen specialty items are just a few ideas to get you started.
The Runaway Spoon
There is nothing better than holiday gifts that will carry your loved ones into the kitchen to practice their creativity and culinary skills.
At the International Food Blogger's Conference in Seattle last summer, all the attendees scored a heavy "swag bag" filled with all kinds of goodies to make a home cook's heart sing. There were two things in the bag that I have particularly enjoyed. One is a Microplane zester, it makes gathering citrus skin for zest so incredibly easy and is a finer quality than a standard cheese grater yields. If you have a baker in your life, they could very well appreciate one of these in their Christmas stocking.
I have also been enjoying "Eating Local: The Cookbook Inspired by America's Farmers" by Janet Fletcher. In addition to beautiful photographs and creative recipes that use seasonal ingredients, Fletcher profiles 10 American farms that offer community supported agriculture (CSA) shares. If you know someone who is interested in sustainable agriculture, this is a cookbook that supports this effort.