Monday, December 8, 2008

Gifts For The Experienced Foodie

Well, it's that time of year. I have to admit, I didn't think the window displays would be so lavish this time around but our local shops have really done it up and it's gotten me in the mood to write the annual Holiday Gift Ideas post. So here they are....

Indoor Veggie Garden from AeroGarden:
Indoor herb gardens are a great gift idea for the veggie-lover in your life. AeroGarden makes a great line of herb and vegetable gardens designed to fit perfectly on your kitchen counter. The AeroGarden Pro100, for instance uses the microprocessor-controlled Adaptive Growth Intelligence to monitor the plants' natural growth cycles all the way from germination through advanced growth. It automatically adjusts the nutrient delivery and light cycles to give the plants exactly what they need, when they need it. NASA-tested aeroponic technology allows the plant roots to grow in air and water - no dirt, weeds or mess! Most models feature a built-in timer that alerts you when it's time to water your plants or add more nutrients. Germination is 100% guaranteed! Grow lettuce, tomatoes, chilies, and fresh herbs - perfect for salads, sauces and much more! Retail Price: $100 - $200

Pasta Makers from CucinaPro:
What foodie doesn’t enjoy delicious homemade pasta? Get the food-lover in your life a new pasta maker and he or she can make their own, whenever they want! The Pasta Fresh 5 Machine, from CucinaPro 178, for instance makes all the classic pasta dishes you've come to love, including spaghetti, fettuccine, angel hair, ravioli and lasagnette. The rollers flatten out the pasta dough, while the different pasta-making attachments cut the pasta into the different types. A simple-to-use hand crank makes the whole process both fun and delicious. You can also opt for a model with a motor for mechanized pasta making. Retail Price: $25 - $60

Electric Wine Opener by Haier:
Everyone knows that a glass of wine is the perfect complement to most every meal. If the foodie on your list doesn't have one already, consider an electric, rechargeable wine opener from Haier. When fully charged, the HWO025 model bottle opener can open up to 30 bottles! With a chic charging-dock included you can leave it on your counter with the rest of your appliances. These products are so easy to use - one push of a button and it removes the cork in seconds, without leaving particles in the wine. These Haier bottle openers also include a foil cutter for your
convenience. Retail Price: $25

Ice Cream Makers by Cuisinart:
Contrary to popular belief, ice cream is a great treat all year round - not just in the summertime! These beautiful ice cream makers from Cuisinart are perfect for any foodie with a sweet tooth. The ICE-30BC Pure Indulgence ice cream maker, for instance, features an insulated freezer bowl that holds up to 2 quarts of frozen deliciousness. This fully automatic device has a heavy-duty motor that makes frozen desert and drinks in as little as 25 minutes and features a convenient ingredient spout for adding mix-ins. The sleek and chic brushed metal housing makes it a counter-top stunner - something you'll want to showcase even when you're not using it. The 3-year warranty is also an attractive feature worth noting. Retail Price: $50 - $300

All of these, and a whole lot more, are available at for your one stop shopping. So let us know what your favorite foodie gift is this year.

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