The Ultimate Gift Guide for Foodies & Cooks {giveaway closed}

Posted By One Hungry Mama On December 3, 2012 @ 8:00 am In gift guide,holiday cooking,parenting | 36 Comments

OneHungryMama 2012 Gift Guide for Foodies and Cooks

The holiday shopping season is here and, with it, the 2012 One Hungry Mama Gift Guide [1]. This year, I’m kicking off my ultimate gift guide for foodies and cooks big and small [1] with a fabulous giveaway from super stylish Kaufmann Mercantile [2]. It’s a sort of cheese plate starter kit. Hear that? It’s a cheese-themed gift, people: you want this. The gift guide and giveaway deets are below, but first I want to quickly talk about something I’m calling “simplify December.”

(Thank you for humoring me. I love you guys.)

Despite my distaste for cold weather, December is one of my favorite months. Though Thanksgiving is wonderful, December marks the beginning of the Christmas season, and I’m a SUCKER for Christmas. The music, the lights, the bustle, the giving and, yes, the getting. I love, love, love it! Over the last few years, though, December has become one of the most stressful times of the year. Shopping, trimming, and sipping spiked eggnog in the afternoon are just not the same with little kids.

Since becoming a parent, December has become about breaking down cardboard boxes from online shops, trying to make cookies during tiny little breaks in the day, and wrapping gifts late into the night, totally exhausted. Then there’s the fact that my family now celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas. While I love having lots of cherished family traditions, it can be a ridiculous amount of work and major gift overload. Not to mention the fact that the hungry boy’s birthday is in the first week of January. That’s right! That means that I have to plan his party during the holiday season, too.

Many of you feel the same way, I know. Happy, but overwhelmed. Excited, but exhausted. If that’s the case, I hope you’ll join me in paring down this year. Fewer gifts, easier recipes, and a commitment to do away with notions of perfection. This year, I aspire to be like the thoughtful protagonist in one of my favorite holiday movies of all time. No, not Ralphie in A Christmas Story (though Flick also taught me to never, ever stick my tongue to a frozen pole), but the ever-wise Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas. This year I’m going to focus on family, friends, food and fun without worrying about perfectly wrapped gifts, an impeccably neat home, or having all of the trimmings in the exact right place.

Since I have a feeling you’re on board with this plan, I wanted to give you a gift guide that would make shopping for the food lovers in your life super easy. The thing is, glitzy gift guides require a lot of work. You need tons of time to collect gorgeous photos, futz in photoshop, and painstakingly code in HTML. (A geeky, but true peek behind the scenes.) Since I’m thinking that we’re all in this “simplify December” thing together, I found a solution that makes things easy for all of us, me included.

This year’s One Hungry Mama Gift Guide [1] is a simple board on Pinterest. I can’t organize pins with headers, so it’s just a lovely grid with lovely things for the lovely people in your life. I pinned all products straight from sites where you can buy them, so just click through to purchase. And remember: you don’t have to join Pinterest to partake in the fun.

Brooklyn Slate Co Cheese Board Kaufmann Mercantile

To kick off this year’s One Hungry Mama Gift Guide [1] with style, I’m excited to announce a giveaway from one of my favorite online retailers, Kaufmann Mercantile [2]. Their selection is a carefully curated mix of long-lasting and well-designed goods, two of which they are sharing with one lucky reader. The giveaway is for a sort of cheese plate starter kit with a Brooklyn Slate Co. cheese board [3] (above) and a jar of crazy delicious Queens River Blackberry Jam [4] (below), the perfect accompaniment to a great sharp cheese like a well aged cheddar.

{Please note that this giveaway is closed. Winner coming soon!}


To be eligible to win, leave a comment here by midnight on Wednesday 12/5 telling us the one cheese or cheese board accompaniment that you can’t live without.

Hit my gift guide [1], do a little relaxed shopping, make some simple, delicious food, kick up your heels and call it December. It’s been a long year and you deserve to relax and enjoy the holidays with the rest of your family.

With love,

GIVEAWAY CLOSED: A big congrats to Darcy B! I hope you (continue to) enjoy your cheese board and jam.

Thanks to all who participated and happy holidays!

* This prize package is valued at about $40.00 and will be provided directly by Kaufmann Mercantile to a U.S. resident selected by [5]. I have not received anything for free in relation to this giveaway, and all opinions are strictly my own, thank you very much!

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