Creative Life Explored’s 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 Holiday Gift Guide for foodies and home cooks

I hate being one of those people who mentions how many days it is until the holidays, but we can’t escape the fact that it will be here before we know it, so I wanted to help make your shopping experience a little bit easier!

Perhaps you have a cook in your life you need to shop for, or you yourself have been wanting to try some new things (it’s okay, I’m not telling – 50% of the packages that arrive on my doorstep are for me during the holidays 🙂 ). Either way, I wanted to give you a breakdown of some fun gifts that you can buy this season!

You’ll see this year’s holiday gift guide broken into six different categories, so depending on who you’re buying for, we have you covered here at CLE!

for the host/hostess in your life…

Have a friend that loves to throw parties? Do you find yourself heading over to a particular friend or family members house for dinner parties, football watching, or grilling in the summer? These gifts are perfect for those who don’t just want to be the life of the party, but they want to throw the party!

wine opener corkscrew gift guide









Copper-Plated Stainless Steel Wine Corkscrew Opener – $8.00

serving platter host gift idea









Rectangular Serving Platters (Set of 3) – $15.96

wine fridge gift idea









6-Bottle Wine Fridge – $55.00

wine decanter gift idea









Wine Decanter – $37.99

cheese board and cutlery set host gift idea









Cheese Board & Cutlery Set with Drawer – $59.99



If you’re looking for a quality gift that stands the test of time than look no further than getting the home cook in your life a cookbook! From fresh ideas to new inspiration, cookbooks are a classic gift that you can’t go wrong giving.

The Inspiralized cookbook is a great compliment to the Inspiralizer this holiday.

The Inspiralized cookbook is a great compliment to the Inspiralizer this holiday.









Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Healthy, Creative, Satisfying Meals OR
Inspiralize Everything: An Apples-to-Zucchini Encyclopedia of Spiralizing

The Molly on the Range cookbook makes a great 2016 holiday gift.









Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm – $19.57

The Food Lab cookbook makes a great 2016 holiday gift.









The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science – $27.47

For more cookbook recommendations visit my ‘Cookbooks I Love‘ page.

monthly subscriptions…

Do you have a friend or family member that needs a little help getting started cooking? Looking to mix up your gift giving to something different and fun each month? Monthly subscriptions are a fun idea, plus, who doesn’t love a surprise package on their doorstep each month?!

Add the customizable ButcherBox monthly subscription box to your holiday gift guide.








ButcherBox – Grass-Fed Beef Monthly Subscription – $customizable

wine club membership holiday gift idea






Gold Medal Wine Club Membership – $customizable

Craft Beer Club Membership gift recommendation








Craft Beer Club (12 beers/month) – $39

degustabox monthly surprise food gift recommendation






Degustabox (10-15 foods/month) – $9.99/first box


practical kitchen thangz…

There are just certain items that everyone should have in their kitchen inventory. Enjoy this list of affordable gift ideas for the home cook in your life!

The Inspiralizer is the perfect gift for the vegetable lover in your life. Turn fruits and vegetables into noodles easily.






Inspiralized – The Inspiralizer – $50

The cheese knife and slicer make a great gift for your 2016 holiday gift list.









Gikpal – Cheese Slicer & Knife Set – $10.99

Storage basket for fruit, vegetables, glassware or anything else in your kitchen









Food52 – Steel & Ash Storage Basket – $35

Add these mold jars to your holiday gift list









Food52 – Weck Mold Jars (Set of 6) – $38

Holiday foodie gift recommendation julienne peeler








Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler – $10.64

Salad tongs gift idea








Gold Salad Tongs – $19.99

stocking stuffers…

Wanting to put together a gift homemade gift basket? Need a small gift for your secret santa exchange? Love filling up stockings with fun gifts? Then this ‘stocking stuffer’ gift guide category is for you:

Peppermint soap makes a great 2016 Christmas gift









Food52 – Peppermint Soaps (Set of 2) – $16


copper snowflake cookie cutter stocking stuffer gift idea









Copper Snowflake Cookie Cutter – $8.50

Ghirardelli gift bag with 80 assorted chocolate squares holiday gift









Ghirardelli Gift Bag, 80 Assorted Chocolate Squares – $29.95

Coasters stocking stuffer gift idea









Natural Sandstone Coasters (Set of 4) – $14.81

Avocado Multi Tool foodie gift idea









5-in-1 Avocado Multi-Tool- $9.95

corn striper foodie gift idea









OXO Corn Striper – $13.95

the big stuff…

You want to splurge. You’re willing to go the extra mile and get something big that will wow the foodie and home cook in your life. These gifts are perfect when you’re looking to give a little something special.

nonstick pan gift idea





14-Piece Non-stick Cookware Set – $82.99

Soda Stream gift idea









SodaStream Sparkling Water Maker – $99.00

food processor foodie gift idea









Cuisinart Food Processor – $56.17

KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer foodie gift idea









KitchenAid Mini Stand Mixer – $287.13

NOTE: Some of the links in this gift guide are affiliate links and I will be compensated if you should choose to purchase through them, but rest assured I’m only recommending products I’ve tried and loved. Also, I promise I’ll use the money to buy and try even more awesome products that I can recommend (and maybe some wine). 


2016 Holiday Gift Guide for foodies and home cooks





















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