Un-Gift Guide 2008

Every year we do a rather ad-hoc Un-Gift Guide here at The Kitchn. It's intended to help you think creatively about gift-giving, and to help you get in the kitchen as you cook up sweet gifts for friends and family. We usually offer suggestions for homemade gifts, good food, and just a few very practical tools. There are plenty of places where you can find more traditional gift guides and "solutions" for every list and every budget, but our guide is a little different.

So here is the roundup of our Un-Gifts, 2008 edition. Maybe you'll find something to inspire you here, now in the last weekend before Christmas. Happy giving!

Gifts from The Kitchen

Candy for Giving and Party Snacks: The Full Roundup
Spirited Gifts for Cocktail Lovers
Chez Panisse Herbed Almonds
The Cheesemonger: Easy Make-Them-Yourself Cheese Accompaniments
Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels with Mint Sugar
Cranberry Sauce with Port and Dried Figs
Beer Bread Mix
Oreo Truffles
Spiced Olives
D.I.Y. Honey Roasted Peanuts
DIY Salt Caramels
DIY Peppermint Patties

Gifts to Buy
15 Really Useful Kitchen Items for Your Favorite Cooks
Stocking Stuffer Idea: Mini Bags of Coffee
Ethnic Spices and Recipe Ideas
"Honoring the Hands" Calendar for Migrant Farm Workers
Affordable Wines for Gift Giving: Red and Sweet Wines
Affordable Wines for Gift-Giving: White and Sparkling
Martha Stewart EcoCook Nonstick Fry Pan
Gifts for Good Causes
Spices for Mulled Wine and Cider
10 Favorite Tea Towels

Good Ideas for Wrapping & Packaging
Wrap Food Gifts in Paper Bags
Alternative Christmas Stocking: Use an Oven Mitt
Wrap Your Gifts in a Dishtowel, Furoshiki-Style
Retro Toaster and Mixer Stamps for Food Gifts
Holiday Tip: Cushion Your Packages With Popcorn

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