I'm sure I'm not the only one who woke up in a cold sweat last night realizing that next week is Christmas! Have you screamed the same thing as me? HOLY CRAP! I need to hustle and get shopping. If you're in the same boat, here's a list of great items for the food lover, and best of all, they are all available through Amazon Prime (free 2-Day shipping if you're a member). If you're not a member, many of their items can still be rushed to make it in time for Christmas.
Shun Classic 8-inch Chef's Knife: Most chefs will tell you the best knife to have in the kitchen is a Chef's knife and to not skimp on quality. This is our favorite brand of knife as it balances nicely in your hand, aiding in chopping and slicing.
Riedel O Stemless Tumblers, set of 6 with 2 bonus glasses: We love the casualness of these fun stemless wine glasses! And, they're harder to tip over when you've had a couple too many glasses (wink!)
Bamboo Chopping Bowl Set: The perfect gift for the food lover who has everything.
Shun Bird's Beak Paring Knife: This is my second favorite Shun knife. It's excellent for those small paring jobs, like coring apples and pears as well as removing Brussels sprouts from the stalk.
Brass Turkish Pepper & Spice Mill: We love these so much we have two: one for pepper and one we use for grinding spices.
Square White Cheese/Appetizer Plates, set of 4: Every hostess needs some basic white cheese/appetizer plates. I love the modern square design of these, which also makes them perfect for photographing your lovely hors d'oeuvres (if you're into that!)
Emile Henry Black Tagine: If your food lover likes Moroccan food this is a fabulous gift. Like the cooking implement, there are also a number of recipes called tagine (Chicken Tagine with Preserved Lemons and Olives) that are wonderful!
Le Creuset 5.5 qt. Round French Oven: Yes, it's spendy ($229) but well worth it! I use mine for everything from soups and stews to braising and roasting meat. It goes from the stove to the oven to the table. You'll have it forever!
Microplane Grater/Zester: I have these in about every size and use them for zesting citrus, grating nutmeg and cheese, and more. The perfect stocking stuffer!
Cuisinart Immersion Blender: A must-have for any cook. We use these so often that we've worn out two already! This one is a great buy, compared to others that are twice as much (but really, you are just paying for fancy colors)