I both adore and despise holiday shopping. I want to find everyone on my list the absolute perfect present, but of course nobody will give you a straight answer about what they truly want. (Unless it's my sister, and no I will NOT buy you those ugly shoes!) The key to buying a great Christmas gift is really just to know the person well enough to anticipate what they might use. Is your dad a runner who lives in Minnesota? Some great winter running gloves could be useful. Is your friend an obsessive reader? Try a book embosser (I love mine!).
But shopping for a foodie can be a challenge. On the one hand, there is no shortage of wonderful cooking shops, neat pantry items, random utensils, or fabulous cookbooks to buy. And no food lover has everything they could possibly need for their kitchen. But on the other hand, so much of this stuff can come with a hefty price tag! Being a foodie can be expensive. There is no need to break the bank when it comes to holiday shopping for your food-loving friend. Snoop around their kitchen to see what might be missing and then check out my top five picks for great food-themed gifts available right here in the Cities.