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6 Gifts for the Discerning Foodie 

A decade or so ago, nobody really cared about food.  At least, not in the way that we do now.  They loved to eat since the dawn of time, of course, but nobody was asking questions about whether their steak was humanely raise or what kind of minerals were in the soil that their turnip was grown in. Nowadays, everyone’s got a little bit of a foodie in them, just by virtue of being conscious.  Don’t think this is true?  Picture your mother 15 years ago. Would that woman have even touched sushi back then?  Exactly.  Now she’s got a favorite roll and everything. Can’t get enough of edamame either. 

But in the ever-evolving hierarchy of foodies, there are some subtle distinctions worth noting, and The Discerning Foodie ain’t your mom’s type of foodie.  She’s not just picking up edamame hummus at her local grocery store or making a date with her friend to try Pad Thai for the first time.  This girl taking trips out to local farms to buy cheese.  She’s taking a class to learn how to make that exotic dish she ate when she went on that trip to Morocco.  She’s been known to blow a paycheck or two at one of the trendiest restaurants in her city, and she also regularly drops a ton of cash on high-quality ingredients at her local specialty market.  

Some might say she’s a bit of a snob, but when you’ve had the freshest, best version of a bland food you’ve been eating all your life—brussel sprouts, for example—you a.) never want to go back to eating the other version and b.) you want to shout it from the rooftops that there’s a better way. 

So, for The Discerning Foodie, we’ve rounded up six awesome gifts that’ll make her endless quest for the perfect bite a little more fun.  Read it on Parade.


25 Kitchen Gadgets for the High-Tech Cook

Technology used to be a word mainly used in the TV room, but lately smart tech has found its way into every room in the house — especially the kitchen. Now you can find programmable coffee machines and refrigerators that remind you that you need to buy milk. It's all pretty cool — and really great if you're shopping for someone who can't get her fill of high-tech gadgets. Check out this list of awesome presents to make your loved one's kitchen (and brain) even smarter than ever. Read it on The Kitchn


18 Awesome Gifts for Everyone 

Around this time of year, you start getting inundated with gift guides in nearly every magazine, website, or social media feed you happen to be looking at.  Each one promises all of the answers to what you’re looking for—which is, of course, to find gifts that your loved ones will like without having to put too much thought or effort (or hard-earned cash) into it.  Right?  We see you.

When reading those gift guides, though, you inevitably find something you know [insert family member here] will like, only to click on it and find that it costs $475. Who spends $475 on a scarf? you wonder.  Why would The New York Times gift guide do this to me? They know I don’t even pay for a subscription to their website.

Sure, fancy product round-ups can be aspirational (that’s what every buyer’s guide in magazines like Vanity Fair is), but this time of year, you’re actually using these guides to find stuff to buy, without, you know, having to take out a second mortgage on your home.

Never fear—we’ve put together a list of 18 great gifts that will hopefully help check off multiple people on your shopping list, all priced at under $150. Read it on Parade.


Absolute Essential Kitchen Items for Gifting 

Whether you're buying for someone who's building a real, adult kitchen for the first time (like your fresh-out-of-college cousin) or for someone whose well-worn kitchen tools are in need of a serious upgrade, the items on this list are essential to any kitchen. Check them out on The Kitchn


7 Gifts for the Busy Professional 

If you had to guess where he is at any given moment, there are two safe bets: an airport bar or in the office, working late. Whenever you’re with him, he’s head down, looking at his phone, muttering something like “Sorry, sorry, just gotta respond to this one email.” His focus seems to be splintered in one million directions and that’s probably because he’s being pulling in exactly one million directions. Take pity on this busy professional who’s intent on climbing the ladder by getting him gifts that’ll make his harried days and jam-packed schedule a little easier.  Read it on Parade.