A Foodster's Gift Guide: For the Dessert Lover

It's day 2 of our Foodster's Gift Guide and today we're talkin' sweets. And who doesn't have someone on their list with a mega sweet tooth? Here's the breakdown:


philosophy 'classic cook book' gift set, $35 (Nordstrom); Margot porcelain dessert plate set of 4, $22.49 (Target); Cupcake courier, $29.99 (Amazon.com); Progressive International microwavable s'mores maker, $7.65 (Amazon.com); Kitchenaid stand mixer, $224.99 (Target); Peppermint bark, $26.50 (Williams-Sonoma)

philosophy 'classic cook book' gift set - So this one is less of a food, and more of a body pampering vehicle with a sweet twist. I don't know about you, but I'm a huge philosophy fan. Ever since my first jar of cinnamon buns lotion (a holiday gift from Catherine many years ago, thank you very much C), I've been hooked on their amazing quality and mouth-watering scents. While some sweet-scented lotions can be overkill, not philosophy. It's the perfect combo of subtle, yet true-to-life smelling sweets. Swoon over six recipe-inspired shampoo, shower gel and bubble baths (for you philosophy virgins, they're an all-in-one product). Pamper yourself to the decadent fragrances of red velvet cake, cinnamon buns, spicy pear cobbler, pumpkin spice muffin, gingerbread and double-rich hot cocoa. I don't know about you, but I'm getting hungry.

Margot porcelain dessert plate set - Whether you've slaved over a hot oven or traipsed over to your favorite bakery, all delicious desserts deserve to be decked out in their Sunday best. That's why I'm suggesting pretty, chic dessert plates that aren't limited only to holiday time. Can't you see these adorb mini plates in spring or summer adorned with a lemon bar or chocolate dipped shortbread? Yup, it's a pretty picture.

Cupcake courier - An item that I quickly became obsessed with after happily volunteering to make cupcakes for Catherine's New York City bridal shower. But how to cart them to a fabulous Upper East Side soiree? The cupcake courier, of course. If you are at all into making (and subsequently carting, as seen here) cupcakes, the cupcake courier is a must for keeping your hard work in perfect place.

Stand mixer - Any baker's best friend, and one of my favorite appliances (yup, mine's red too which you may have noticed here), the KitchenAid stand mixer is an essential for the regular baker. My absolute favorite part of this item, aside from it's obviously fabulous functionality? They come in virtually every color you could think of. These mixers just aren't the kind your mom used. Instead, they provide a veritable burst of color decor to any kitchen. Case in point, my blah apartment rental kitchen is instantly bumped up with my punchy red mixer along with a matching red toaster and paper towel holder. And even better? I use it all the time. Oh, and did I mention it's on sale?

S'mores maker - The perfect gift for the marshmallow-chocolate lover on your list (I'm of the graham cracker persuasion, so this suits me just fine). Just line up your s'mores supplies, pop this little guy into the microwave, and voila - homemade s'mores without having to go in search of your local camp fire. Bonus gift: supply the fixin's, including chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows, for an instant gratification gift.

Peppermint Bark - Ok, so this is a total splurge, and yes you can easily make it yourself (check back for that tutorial coming next week). But I must admit that Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark is particularly fabulous and isn't holiday time the one time of year to let yourself have the goods? For one sweet food splurge, I'm going with the Bark. It's that good. And sure to satisfy the chocolate lover on your list to boot.

So there you have it. Six great gifts for the dessert fiend on your holiday list. See anything you like? Anything I've left out? What desserty gifts are you asking Santa for this year?