These products we spotted at NY NOW make for fabulous gifts for experienced chefs, novice cooks and food connoisseurs.
August 28, 2017,
- Personalized Chocolates
Is there anything consumers love more than chocolate? It’s a great gift add-on, and usually a two-fer (one for me, one for you). But when we saw the delectable desserts at Choquette’s booth, we started to think of chocolate less as an add-on and more as a star of the show. With flavors like maple bacon and coconut caramel, and screen-printed designs with the option to personalize, your customers will be coming back for more.
- Dressed Up Junk Food
Assistant editor Brianna Glenn recently reported on wacky socks as a big interest to consumers, so when we spotted these socks by Good Luck Sock, we had to snap a photo. Avocados are a big deal with Millennials right now, and pizza and beer will never go out of style.
- Delectable-Smelling Candles
Our friends at Homesick Candles, known for their state-based scents, have a new line coming out that captures the essence of common memories. We smelled the Books Candle, Friday Night Football Candle, and…Jewish Christmas Candle? A wink and a nudge to the fact that almost nothing in the United States is open on Christmas Day other than the movies and quick Chinese food places, it smells of movie theater popcorn and Chinese takeout in the best possible way. This candle had us Googling the nearest Chinese takeout around our hotel.
For the Baker
Most everyone knows someone who bakes. Even if it’s one recipe they do well (my mother’s peanut butter fudge is legendary, but her cookies get a little help from a certain Doughboy), they could really use the Stamp and Tag kit from Knock Knock. The tags offer a personal touch to something they’ve made with love.
Foodies in Training
For the youngsters who love to play pretend, Magicforest has partnered with Papoose Toys to create play food out of felt. We loved their Bento Box, but the sandwich really caught our attention. Little sous chefs can pile on the felt meats, cheeses and other toppings to create a unique pretend snack all on their own.
Urban gardening has grown in popularity over the last few years, and herb kits from Modern Sprout make it so easy to have fresh-grown herbs at the ready. Seasoned and novice cooks alike will love having fresh basil to ribbon into their pastas, or sprigs of mint to add to their ice-cold drinks. And the packages are pretty enough to leave unwrapped.
Stylish Meals To Go
Today, more and more consumers are taking an interest in their health and what they put in their bodies. That’s why the large cooler bags by SoYoung are a hot item. They are stylish, can be carried conveniently as a messenger bag, and they allow plenty of room for packed lunches for kids and adults.
For the refined foodie who enjoys pomp and circumstance, a gift box of tea should do the trick. Harney & Sons is an international favorite, offering gift boxes that include their top-selling varieties. Crumpets and cucumber sandwiches not included.
A Touch of Pink
Tea towels are an easy way to dress up a kitchen, and they make a sweet add-on gift paired with a bottle of wine or a gourmet kitchen tool. These adorable towels from Pinky Up caught our eye, and they would make a sweet gift for a baker or lady of the house.
- Fun Meets Function
Kikkerland is forever making fun gadgets that we could never dream up but decidedly need, and your architecture-loving, foodie customers will get a chuckle out of one of their newest products. The Architectural Egg Cups hold a soft-boiled egg perfectly upright, adding a certain structure to breakfast.
- Kickin’ Chicken
For the experimental chef who enjoys cooking tools that enhance flavor and making cooking easier, gadgets from Cookut France are an easy choice. We spotted items like a pancake shaker and a grill plate to make the perfect burger, but we especially loved the chicken infuser, which steam cooks chicken in the oven—an elevated version of a Southern favorite, beer can chicken.
- For the Disorganized
For those who keep their recipes on scraps of paper and can never quite remember just how much nutmeg to add, a stylish Kate Spade recipe book by Lifeguard Press would be well-received. The family cook will stay organized and prepared, and the book would make a nice family heirloom one day.
- Almost Good Enough to Eat
Okay, fine. We couldn’t finish out this list without delivering just one teensy donut-themed product. These soaps from Bubble Shack Hawaii are as pretty as they are fragrant. They come in fruity scents like papaya and pineapple, and they almost had us fooled for real food!