I take that back, I bought my mother her gift, a new patio table, but that’s because she picked it out and had it delivered and assembled before I could start shopping.
But now, today on National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day, I only have two weeks left. I’m already screwed on getting those L.L.Bean Duck boots that I’ve bought for family members in Christmases past. They’re out of stock until February! I need things that are in stock and available online. And I only have five minutes to shop before I leave for work. And I’m hungry, because I haven’t had breakfast. Below, five quick picks for some awesome last minute foodie gifts to get your hungry friends and family:
—These croissants from Williams-Sonoma are amazing. E’s brother brought these home the first Christmas I spent with his family. They ship frozen, but when you let them rise overnight and pop them in the oven, the croissants rise up to these oversize buttery, flaky crescents that taste fresh from a bakery. $39.95; williams-sonoma.com.
–This starry tray from the Nate Berkuscollection at Target is a great hostess gift. Cooks always need an extra plate to display cheese or stack sandwiches. This tray is chic, yet substantial. $24.99; target.com.
–I love walking through Anthropologie’s uber shabby chic home section for kitchen inspiration. It’s a treasure trove of gift ideas. This gold handle cake server and cake knife is perfect for the budding Betty Crocker in your life. The gold branch handle is easy to grip, and looks luxe next to a German chocolate cake. $12 each; anthropologie.com
—Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune Cookbook landed in my mail the other day, and I love flipping through it. The recipes—everything from an easy omelette with parmesan to braised rabbit to savory vegetable side dishes—are super simple to follow, and they’re written with a brassy sense of humor. Its magenta color pops on your bookshelves, too. $27; amazon.com.
photo credits: Williams-Sonoma; Target; Anthropologie; 300 Sandwichesby