Dana Slatkin

Farmgirl 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Every year I vow to get an early start on holiday shopping…only to find myself
fighting traffic and crowds at the last minute. So this year I really mean it.
In case you do, too, here are some of my favorite goodies
that you can buy in your pajamas. What are your best finds? Farmgirl readers would love to know! 




1. Yuzu Juice and Vanilla Paste are my ingredient crushes of the year. Type them into my Search box and you’ll find a number of recipes in which they really sing. For a thoughtful foodie gift, tuck them into a versatile indigo bamboo bowl along with my top two cookbooks of the year, Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty More and Zoe Nathan’s Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen.

wooden salad bowl2. The Perfect Wooden Salad Bowl ($140, shipping included)

Featured in C Magazine, this beautiful hand-carved acacia wood bowl is the Farmgirl Shop’s top seller. It has abundance and family togetherness written all over it.

robert glasper experiment3. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio (MP3: $9.49)

Props to my musician son for discovering this guy first. Glasper’s music fuses jazz, funk, and addictive grooves with inimitable soul. Add it to your holiday playlist, keep it in the car, and cook along with it. Also super cool for tucking into the stockings of your favorite guy or gal.

nesting pantry baskets4. Nesting Pantry Baskets ($68 for the set of 3)

One of my New Year’s resolutions is always to get better organized. Last year, I tackled my spice drawer. This year, it’s my pantry’s turn. These woven seagrass baskets help you spruce up your kitchen cupboards, office, or closet with Farmgirl style.

ceramic dishes5. Le Creuset Round Ceramic Dish with Handles and Cover ($69.95)

Just about anything would taste delicious served in this cheery ocean blue ceramic dish. I think it would be a perfect addition to my Le Creuset collection…not that I’m hinting or anything.

cocktail stirrers6. Jingle Bell Cocktail Stirrers ($35 for a set of 4)

How cute are these for your next holiday gathering? They’ll be the perfect festive flourish for my Pumpkin Pie Champagne Cocktails.

cake truffles7. Momofuku Milk Bar Cake Truffles ($16 for a box of 12)

These adorable “truffles” combine the best of cake and donut in one dang delicious ball. There are two or three decadent bites of ecstasy (or one if you open wide)  in each. And Milk Bar will overnight them to your house. I’ll be sending myself a box, too.

hand balm8. Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm(approx. $28, free shipping)

If you cook every day in the cold months, you probably have reptile hands like I do. Aesop is a well-known beauty brand in Australia with a deserved cult following. One of my favorite Farmgirl students gave me a tube, and it rescued my chapped skin in two days.

rice steamer9. Aroma Rice and Grain Steamer (approx. $36, free shipping)

You already own one of these, right? If not, treat yourself so that you never have to scrape burnt rice from your pot again. I use mine to steam veggies and make quinoa and farro, too.

rescue pastelles10. Rescue Remedy Pastilles (set of 4: $24.95)

The holiday season can be the perfect storm of expectations and forced merriment, making you feel more stressed out than jolly. These homeopathic mood boosters are my new favorite way to take the edge off. Like taking a couple sips of champagne…only they’re safe for the kiddos, too.

jonathan adler candle11. Jonathan Adler Candle – Champagne (approx. $38)

One of my favorite contemporary designers, Jonathan Adler always comes up with whimsical and creative ways to adorn your world. I love the copper color of this candle. Also comes in Vodka and Sugar. Any host or hostess would appreciate receiving one

angel hair bands12. Angel Hair Bands ($9.99 for 10 assorted colors)

I teach my mini students to always put their hair back when cooking. These funky bands won’t leave a wrinkle in your hair and double as retro phone cord bracelets. I steal my daughter’s all the time.

nuttzo organic products13. Nuttzo Organic 7 Nut and Seed Spread or Multi-Nut Butter (approx $20, 16-ounce jar)

Put this on your own wish list, because who buys themselves a $20 jar of peanut butter? Score one and you’ll probably want to hide it behind the milk in your fridge so you don’t have to share. Yes, it’s absurdly expensive, but think of it as 16 nutritious meals in a jar.

personalized labels14. Felix Doolittle Personalized Kitchen Labels ($25 for a personalized set of 20)

My favorite stationery purveyor has just unveiled a new website. I’m in love with Felix Doolittle’s lush colors and whimsical graphics. From beautiful old-school notecards and address labels to stick-on labels for your gourmet creations, these are truly personal holiday gifts. Felix Doolittle is graciously offering Farmgirl subscribers 15% off of Chef Medallions, Oval Kitchen Labels, and Canning Labels with the code FD14KITCHEN15.

furry blankets15. BMD Furry Blankets ($250, plus tax and shipping)

Like having a bunny sleeping on top of you, this faux fur blanket is as irresistible as it is chic. My dear friend bought me one and I was instantly obsessed, so much that I bought one for each bed in the house. Her sister, a talented interior designer, is half of the Barondes Morris Design team. The blankets are machine washable and come in several shades of cozy.

nail polish16. Butter London Matte Finish Shine-Free Nail Polish ($19)

If you live in LaLa Land, you know matte has become a thing…and not just for lipstick and cars. This clear, shine-free top coat adds a coat of cutting edge to the classic pink mani and turns dark colors positively wicked.

perfume17. Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood Eau de Parfum Spray ($219 for 50ml/1.7 ounces, shipping included)

This highly alluring oil made from resin of the agarwood tree has fringe benefits: you’ll go nuts whenever you get a whiff! It’s the aphrodisiacal aroma of a man — or a confident woman — in a perfume spray. Yes, it costs a fortune, but the gift keeps on giving.

ear plugs18. EarPeace High Fidelity Hearing Protection: Ear Plugs for Concerts & Music Professionals ($13.95 the pair)

With ear-splitting exercise classes and restaurants as loud as concerts, these are essential to protect your precious hearing. I keep a pair handy on my key chain and so do my kids.

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  1. Gillian says:

    Hi Dana, awesome gift ideas. Thanks :)

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