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It’s less than one week until Christmas, but if you’re like me and scrambling at the end with shipping and wrapping times that are no longer your friend, never fear. There are so many great options out there that you can either still order in time to receive by Christmas, or even better, don’t even have to wrap at all.

The best last minute gifts? Subscriptions and gift boxes. These are the kind of gifts that keep on giving. Best subscription ever as far as this pastry chef is concerned? Panna – a video recipe resource that allows all home chefs to cook with the best of the best. Although I have to say, the craft bourbon a month subscription from is a pretty close second.

Read on for the perfect last minute gifts for all the foodies, family travelers and bourbon lovers on your holiday gift list!

Last Minute Gifts for Foodies


Need a gift for a foodie that has always wanted to cook with the best of the best? Or maybe that wanna-be foodie who who simply can’t follow the recipe in a cookbook? Give the gift that keeps on giving – a year subscription to Panna, the video recipe resource that lets you cook alongside some of the country’s most famous chefs. From Rick Bayliss to Mindy Segal and Tony Mantuano, Panna’s chefs have over 135 James Beard awards and nominations among them, expertise they share via video so all home cooks can learn to cook like a chef. For the incredibly low price of $19.99 for a year’s subscription, this is an affordable gift that really lasts an entire year. Click the image below to be directed to their site.

Roost Crate

Roost Crate is a subscription service that brings the local Farmer’s Market right to you front door. From artisan crackers, jams, sauces and spices to handmade soaps, candles and kitchen tools, Roost Crate curates the best finds of the Farmer’s Market based on a monthly theme and ships them directly to your home. Best part? For as little as $39.95 for one month (or $109 for three months), you can give a trip to the Farmer’s Market as a gift to family and friends.

Roost Crate

Taste Trunk

With Taste Trunk, the options are endless for the gourmet food lovers and the foodies in your life. You can choose from pre-prepared gift boxes to 3 or 6 month subscriptions, both of which you can custom design if you desire. Pre-prepared themed boxes include Death by Chocolate, Beer and Bourbon, BBQ, and Gourmet Bacon, among others. Ranging from $39.99 up, these are the gifts that will truly impress any foodie on your list. Click the image below to be directed to their site.

The Perfect Gift For Gourmet Food Lovers
Ninja Coffee Bar* 

I am so in love the Ninja Coffee Bar that I am on a quest to build an actual coffee bar to accommodate this appliance. I have a whole Pinterest Board devoted to coffee bars. If you need a gift for a coffee drinker, this is the gift to give. I love that I can brew a pot of coffee, a single serve cup, or even a large to-go cup, all with different brew styles and tastes. Even better, entertaining for the holidays is a breeze – I have my own personal barista in my house and can make guests almost any drink they desire, cold or hot. It’s a coffee lover’s dream come true.

Cookbooks and More for Foodies

I love reading about famous chefs almost as much as I love cookbooks. And there is no more famous a chef than Julia Child, making The French Chef in America Julia Child’s Second Act the perfect gift for any foodie this holiday season. Written by Julia Child’s great-nephew, The French Chef in America chronicles Julia Child’s years as a TV personality and cookbook author. Click the link below to purchase this charming book.

You can never go wrong with a cookbook for any inspiring chef. My favorite cookbooks at the moment? The Spice Companion A Guide to the World of Spices and Back to the Kitchen. I cannot rave enough about The Spice Companion. Spices in and of themselves fascinate me, and this cookbook not only explains the history and origin of over 100 spices, it provides recipes for spice blends, suggestions for use and culinary pairings, as well as information on where to buy and how to store each of the spices. Click the link below to purchase this book every foodie needs in their kitchen.

Back to the Kitchen is another one of my favorite cookbooks of the moment. The recipes are easy and approachable for any home chef and very family friendly. Even better, much of the book is filled with personal stories from Freddie Prinze Jr. himself, from cooking on television with Rosie O’Donnell to planning a Thanksgiving dinner with Robin Williams. This cookbook is both entertaining and filled with recipes my family loves. Click the link below to purchase this lovely cookbook.

I’m old school also and like to have the actual book to page through and really enjoy, although you can easily gift the Kindle version of any of these books.

Flirty Aprons 

I almost always wear an apron when I am cooking or baking. Invariably I splash or spill something on myself and have been known to ruin quite a number of nice pieces of clothing. Most of my aprons are ones friends or family have given me and each has a special meaning because of who gave it to me. Aprons are great gift for any chef, experienced or just beginning, and with hundreds of styles to choose from, Flirty Aprons is the go-to resource for aprons for the whole family. Click the image below to be directed to their site.


Last Minute Gifts for Family Travelers

A Travel Wish Organizer

I love this book and believe it is the perfect gift for any family that loves to travel. A “where do we want to go” organizer it can be used by an entire family to keep track of all the places they want to go together, and help them plan their next trip. Or give it to your own family and start planning your adventures for the new year.

Portable Printer or Instamax Camera

Family travel is all about making memories to last a life time, and there is no better way to capture those memories as they happen than with a portable printer or instant camera. There are different brands out there, some easier to come by than others. I have a portable printer for my IPhone and love the ease and convenience of it. I have not used this Polaroid version but it is highly rated. We also have the Fuji Instax Mini Instant camera. Both of these products print 2 X 3 photos instantly. So many times when travelling with my family I take zillions of pictures but rarely even get 20% of them developed. leaving all of our precious memories somewhere in the black hole of my computer. But not any more – next trip I can print on the spot and have those memories in hand when we all return from our trip. Looking for a gift for a family that loves to travel and is always off to the next adventure? An instant camera or portable printer is just what they need to record all their special memories.

Travel Journals

A travel journal is the perfect complement to an instant camera or portable printer. With both of these items, any travelling family will have everything they need to catch and record memories as they happen along their adventures. Even without the portable printer or instant camera, a travel journal helps record memories in real time. These are a couple I like, although gifting the supplies to make a DIY Family Travel Journal is also a great idea.

1000 Places to Visit Before You Die

No travel gift list is complete without this book. We have several editions of this book and love to read it both to plan trip, make wish lists, and just learn about places around the world we’d love to visit. This is a gift any traveler will enjoy.

Last Minute Gifts for Bourbon Lovers

Monthly Bourbon Subscription from

What bourbon fanatic wouldn’t want a different bottle of craft bourbon delivered to his/her door every month? I even live in Bourbon Country itself here in Louisville, Kentucky and I LOVE this idea. So much so I am gifting it to my husband for Christmas this year (and of course I get to enjoy a bit of it also ;)). offers a craft bourbon subscription service available to gift from 3-6-9-12 months, or order for yourself and pay on a monthly basis. Ranging from $74 to $56 a month depending on the number of months you choose, this is an ingenuous way to try new craft bourbons.

Mouth Craft Bourbon Subscription Service

Mouth Craft Bourbon Subscription Service

Bourbon Cocktail Glasses

I’m all for a nice bourbon on the rocks in a rocks glass, but I REALLY love a nice bourbon cocktail, and for a good bourbon cocktail you have to have a bourbon cocktail glass.

You can choose ones like these retro designed champagne coupes from the Paris – I have these and love the design and height of the glass. Plus I used to live in Paris so they hold a bit of nostalgia for me. Bourbon cocktails look fantastic in these glasses.

I also have a set of these cocktail coupes, and love the design and price point of these glasses.

Bourbon Magazine

Every  bourbon aficionado needs some reading material to stay up to date on the latest trends in the bourbon world. One of my favorite magazines? The Bourbon Review. It’s published locally in Lexington, KY and full of news and recipes.

The Bourbon Review

The Bourbon Review

Bourbon Cocktail Book

I’ve gotten used to drinking bourbon on the rocks, but my first love will always be a bourbon cocktail. I love the following two bourbon cocktail books – written by locals here in Bourbon Country, they are truly authentic and the best collection of recipes I have seen. Order one or the other, or better yet, order both.



Bourbon Barrel Foods Products

Want to really impress the bourbon lover on your holiday list? Send a collection of Bourbon Barrel Foods sugars, spices, salts and other gourmet food items. All items from Bourbon Barrel Foods are handcrafted in Louisville, KY. Reclaimed bourbon barrels from Kentucky bourbon distilleries are used as a smoking and aging agent, giving Bourbon Barrel Foods products a unique and distinct flavor. I have used these products for over 10 years and have even developed certain recipes around particular Bourbon Barrel Foods products. A few of my favorites are:


In addition to these items, look around in your local area for some great gift ideas you can grab last minute. Cooking classes are always a wonderful option. Or how about a wine (or if you can find it, bourbon) dinner at a local restaurant? And who says family travel has to be beyond the limits of your hometown? What about a staycation and gift certificates to some local sights and attractions?

The fine print: Items that have an * indicate that I received them in exchange for my honest opinion to review. This post also contains Amazon and other affiliate links. Purchasing an item via one of my links means there is no additional cost to you but I receive a small percentage of the sale as a thank you. Thank you so much for your support. All opinions are 100% honest and my own, and I am happily enjoying many of these items in my own home this holiday season!

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  1. Mary S says:

    Great list. I’ve never tried bourbon, but maybe I should! 🙂

  2. Lauren H says:

    I love subscription boxes because like you say it’s a gift that keeps giving! A few months after Christmas and you’re still “giving.” I’ll have to check out the bourbon one, but I love that there are so many alcoholic options!

  3. Julie Mrozinski says:

    What a great list of ideas!! Loved so many of them!

  4. T.M. Brown says:

    This is an amazing list, Anastasia! That Ninja Coffee Bar? Going on my OWN list (there is always Valentine’s Day or my birthday….lol). I’m a huge cookbook fan and agree – – subscription is a fantastic gift for the cook / baker. Thanks so much for putting this together. I’ll be referring to this often.

  5. Dee Johnson says:

    The Ninja Bar sounds like such a great gift. It has been on my wish list for a while now.

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