Home-Ec 101 Gift Guide for the Domestically Challenged

Heather says:

You do know that Home-Ec 101: Skills for Everyday Living was included in Amazon’s Best of Home & Garden 2011, right?

The end.

Oh you want more ideas?

How about Tsh Oxenrider‘s Organized Simplicity?


Laura Wittmann‘s Clutter Rehab, 101 Tips and Tricks to Becoming an Organizing Junkie as a stocking stuffer?

Now the thing to keep in mind with these gifts is you have to know how the recipient will receive said gift. In other words, husbands, do not give your wife these gifts unless they have been specifically requested and even then, there should probably be something additional there, too. Don’t make them hate me because you didn’t want to put any thought into the process. Thanks.

Last year I put together a list of gifts for new and aspiring cooks.

Cooking for Geeks Review

Food & Wine Reinventing the Classics Review

and The Lee Bros’ cookbook? I was given that book by a very good friend and it holds a place of honor on a shelf in my kitchen.

What are your ideas?


  1. Bobbie Laughman on December 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Swingaway brand can openers (because they’re the most reliable I’ve found)

    Wooden citrus reamer – and I just saw that OXO makes one now, so I know what I”m buying if I ever need to replace my current one. Or even if I don’t — the big, fat handle looks a lot easier to use than mine.

    small dishwasher-safe cutting boards (it’s nice to have several)

    A “gift certificate” for a cooking lesson, where you will teach them to make something they want to learn. Maybe you’re really really good at pie crusts, or you know they love a particular dish you make. Tailor it to the recipient.

    • HeatherSolos on December 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

      @Bobbie Laughman I generally really like OXO products. Do you know the man who started the line wanted to make tools his wife, who has (had? I don’t know all of the details) arthritis.

      It’s also time I added some new cutting boards into my rotation, the ones I have are starting to get worse for wear and scratches? Well those are just a bad idea in the kitchen. I need to just suck it up and take my own advice. 🙂

      • imabug on December 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

        @HeatherSolos@Bobbie Laughman butcherblocks make a very nice but somewhat spendy, gift too

  2. imabug on December 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    for anybody who aspires to/does a lot of roasting of large hunks of meat, a good probe thermometer makes a great gift

    • HeatherSolos on December 10, 2011 at 9:15 am

      @imabug definitely, I need a new one.

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