Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Top Five in Five #2: Crafty Catches

Last Friday I posted a list of crafty events going on leading up to the holiday season. These might not seem like the most obvious places to get mindful foodie and kitchen-related gifts, but you might be surprised. Consider these gift ideas. Keep in mind that your mileage will vary from fair to fair.
  1. Aprons, napkins, table cloths and dish towels
    Some of these can be really simple. I know someone who makes napkins and place mats out of old clothes and pieces of fabric. But you can also find some real pieces of art like hand-painted table cloths or silk-screened dish towels. Hand-knitted hemp dishcloths anyone?

  2. Napkin rings or table centrepieces
    If you're gifting cloth napkins, consider looking for some napkin rings to go along with them. I've seen wood ones, ceramic ones, rubber ones... Table centrepieces may include vases, candle arrangements, etc

  3. Pottered mugs and bowls
    This is pretty self-explanatory. To make a pottered mug extra special, toss in some packets of fair-trade cocoa, tea or coffee.

  4. Bowls, serving plates and cutlery
    These come in a wide variety of materials and qualities. I've seen cutting boards made out of driftwood, hand-carved wooden cutlery and bowls, serving plates made from papier mâché , and cheese plates made from melted jars and bottles. Very creative and unique stuff.

  5. Home preserves, jams and baked goods
    There are some fabulous and dedicated cooks out there. If you don't the time or the inclination to make your own, consider picking up a few jars at a fair. Admittedly, you have to be a bit careful when buying from a home cook.
Did I miss anything? Let me know.


This is the second installment in my five-week series of holiday gift ideas for foodies and kitchen junkies. The first installment offered cookbook recommendations.

For some other, not necessarily kitchen- and food-related, gifts. Check out Hour's guide to eco-conscious gifts.


Lindsay Davis said...

Tis the season to be jolly. Something I think merits mentioning are gifts that keep on giving. Check out the gifts of hope (for the person who already has everything)from Plan Canada.

Amanda said...

Good point! Along that line there is also World Vision.

Donation to a local charity is another option. One of my favorites is Share the Warmth ( in Pointe St-Charles. They provide school food programs (breakfast, lunch and snacks) to 26 schools in Montreal, as well as after-school programs, a food bank and more.