Kitchen gift-giving made easy with personality profiles

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Become a great gift giver by paying attention to the broader personality traits of your gift receivers. Read on for several examples of kitchen personality profiles, along with suggestions for the perfect gifts.

The All-Season Foodie

During the holiday season, everyone becomes some kind of foodie. From Thanksgiving through New Year’s, there is simply so much food to enjoy. However, your list of names may contain a genuine year-round gourmet — the All-Season Foodie.

This kind of foodie probably already owns, uses, and loves quality gourmet nonstick cookware, so consider a specialty pot or pan to round out a collection. The Anolon Nouvelle Copper 8-Quart Covered Stockpot is an ideal choice, starting with hard-anodized aluminum construction that is twice as hard as stainless steel.

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A layer of copper in the pot’s base further boosts and balances heat conduction throughout the entire stockpot. The All-Season Foodie on your list will utilize this large-volume stockpot for homemade stocks, broths and soups, of course.

She or he can also take advantage of its size and cooking performance to prepare delicious mid-winter braises and summer seafood stews. From boiling water for soup or pasta, to simmering succulent soups, stews and more, a top-quality stockpot lets any home chef cook more creatively.

East Meets Best

The wok is one of the oldest type of pans in the world, and one of the most efficient. First, the bowl-like shape helps distribute heat evenly. Then, like a satellite dish, the rounded side helps focus all that heat toward the center of the pan, so ingredients sear and cook more efficiently and flavors build more rapidly.

In Asia, of course, wok cooking is enough of a special skill and technique to be considered an art. The All-Season Foodie on your list may already love wok cooking and Asian cuisine. Give her or him even more reason to love them — and appreciate you at the same time — with a gourmet nonstick wok.

Anolon Nouvelle Copper makes a 12-inch covered wok with an elegant, high-domed stainless steel lid that helps beautifully seal heat and moisture inside. The wok’s interior also features the innovative Anolon Unity Surface with Easy Clean Rivets. This design eliminates the “speed bump” effect sometimes found in pans with exposed rivet heads, so home chefs can keep wok tools in constant motion throughout the cooking.

Every home cook can appreciate top-quality gourmet nonstick cookware, so put a stockpot, wok or other specialty pan after his or her name. The All-Season Foodie is sure to make the most of its capabilities, and you’re likely to reap the benefits of their creative cooking.

The Total Tea Lover

Next to water, tea is the world’s most popular beverage.

In the United States it runs second to coffee, but tea consumption has been on the rise here for several years running, and that trend is expected to continue.

Odds are therefore good that your gift list includes more than a few tea drinkers — and probably a Total Tea Lover or two. Steeped or iced, Earl Grey or herbal, tea is ideal for them, and so is the tea-related present.

The Total Tea Lover enjoys hot tea at home, at work, and anywhere else a fresh cup can be made and savored. Find the Total Tea Lover the perfect stocking stuffer with the compact, portable Teas in a Pod Tea Infuser from BonJour.

Crafted from heat-safe stainless steel and silicone, in a variety of fun, friendly colors, the reusable, pod-shaped infuser holds enough loose-leaf tea or tea blend. The silicone cap pops off and on for easy use and care. Since the Total Tea-Lover drinks tea at home, work, and anywhere else a fresh cup can be made and savored, why not give a Teas in a Pod Infuser for each location?

Let the Sunrise In

The Total Tea Lover is sure to appreciate a bright, new kettle with clean, modern lines. There’s no reason to call a teakettle black when you can choose among vibrant shades like elegant Capri Turquoise, classic Navy Blue, and sunny Mustard Yellow offered in the Circulon Sunrise Teakettle collection.

Boiling water becomes downright joyful with these stylish kettles, featuring durable construction and an easy to clean high-gloss exterior finish. The teakettle’s well-designed squeeze-and-pour handle helps keep hands and fingers away from hot steam and water.

The Easy-Going Entertainer

Like guests, hosts and hostesses come in a wide range of types, from the Mealtime Micromanager to the Panicking Party-Giver. That’s why everyone loves the Easy-Going Entertainer. From initial invitation to final farewell, he or she puts guests at ease, making them feel cared-for and comfortable.

You’re sure to stay on their guest list with a thoughtful gift, so utilize your profiling skills for something special. The Easy-Going Entertainer always appreciates an extra serving bowl or platter, especially one with versatility and personality to spare.

Consider going beyond basic white or metallics with a solid, sturdy piece that sets a tabletop, buffet or sideboard in style. Rachael Ray epitomizes the Easy-Going Entertainer, and brings that stylish sense home with her Cucina Serveware and Dinnerware collection.

Durably constructed, with warm, inviting rustic-modern touches, the collection includes beautiful serving bowls, platters and dinnerware. The relaxed palette of single-color ceramic glazes and handpainted antique-look details give each piece plenty of character, with the microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe convenience you’d expect from Rachael Ray.

In the Mixology

Cocktails are back, although some say they never went away. The Easy-Going Entertainer always refreshes dinner and party guests in a special way, with fresh fruit and an herb garnish to perk up a simple glass of ice water, or by making one-of-a-kind drinks to order.

Give the budding bartender or any entertainer more reason to celebrate, with the festive Rachael Ray 4-Piece Party Plate Set. Each of the lunch plates features a different refreshing cocktail depicted in full color against sturdy, bold white stoneware.

The actual cocktail recipes are printed on the reverse side of the plates, so the set is sure to inspire any mixologist, from beginner to experienced. When an Easy-Going Entertainer and a beautiful, durable serveware or dinnerware gift are on your list, you’re sure to be on theirs, every time.

The Convenience Cook

In just a few generations, the microwave evolved from new-fangled “science oven” to an appliance found in over 90 percent of U.S. households.

With time, space and energy at a premium in modern life, microwaves come in handy for everything from heating water and melting butter to making popcorn and even complete meals. The frequent-microwaver on your list might be considered a Convenience Cook — someone who wants to save kitchen time and effort yet still loves food and flavor.

Luckily, kitchenware has caught up to this ever-growing need for convenience, with numerous new tools, utensils and cookware made especially for microwave use. One great product that belongs in every kitchen is the SilverStone Microwave Pressure Cooker. This ingenious cooker combines the principles of an old-fashioned stovetop pressure cooker with microwave-safe design.

Ideal for stews, soups and braises, the pressure cooker is versatile enough to make delicious dishes for any meal and any occasion, and comes with a booklet of easy-to-follow recipes.

Getting Steamed

Another ingenious kitchen tool for the Convenience Cooker on your list is the Circulon Silicone Steamer Insert. This clever, heat-safe silicone steamer stands upright for hands-free cooking prep and fits a standard size pan. The Convenience Cooker can easily move the filled steamer insert from counter to sink to pot and back again, making it perfect for healthy veggies, draining larger pasta shapes, and more.

It’s even handy as a temporary fruit bowl, and collapses for convenient, space-saving storage. Creative Convenient Cooks will quickly discover their own favorite uses for this versatile, time- and space-saving piece of kitchenware. Give them means to do so, and they’ll likely find delicious new ways to say thank you.

The Solution Seeker

Closely related to the cook seeking convenience is the one in constant search of solutions. The Solution Seeker on your list may be easy to spot — look for crossword and Sudoku puzzles on their smartphone and similar clues. The solution-seeking home cook craves something more than just another gadget to add to the utensil drawer, however. One gift-giving solution for this kind of cook is SilverStone CXi Ceramic Nonstick Cookware.

On the cookware exteriors, bold, fresh color provides a refreshing splash of on-trend kitchen style, with color-matching handles rubberized for wrist and hand comfort. Each pot and pan in this collection features innovative, bright-white ceramic nonstick for effortless food release with easy cleanup.

Practiced or beginner, the result-oriented cook is sure to love this colorful, high-performing nonstick cookware. If the solution-seeking cook also loves results-oriented baking, or if there’s simply a baker on your list in need of his or her own gift, SilverStone Hybrid Ceramic Nonstick Bakeware provides one answer.

SilverStone Bakeware features cutting-edge ceramic nonstick for beautiful baked good release with quick and easy cleaning. Like its coordinating cookware, this carbon steel bakeware also comes in bright, on-trend contemporary colors to give the kitchen a fresh, friendly vibe.

The Dessert Deliverer

On the subject of baking, check your list for a special type of personality profile: the Dessert Deliverer. They may love baking from scratch or mix, simply have a roster of favorite bakeries whose goodies they love to select and share. Whatever the occasion — weekday or holiday, casual or special — they inevitably bring a delicious baked treat.

Help the Dessert Deliverer carry those tasty baked goods to their ultimate destination with a stylish Cake Boss Cake Carrier. The vintage-styled carriers feature fun, bakeshop-era designs against a cream-colored background, and the lids sport a sturdy, collapsible red handle.

Each carrier holds a standard, 9-inch round double-layer cake or any dessert of similar size and shape, and the clever side latches firmly lock the lid closed — and keep tempted fingers away!

So take a moment to do a little personality-digging with the names on your holiday gift list, and you can easily detect their kitchen characters. From there to the perfect gift becomes as simple as matching gift and personality.

For more help with kitchen gifts for all the personalities on your list, and more information about all these products, visit anolon.com, circulon.com, cakebossbaking.com, bonjourproducts.com, and potsandpans.com.

Sources of information for this article came from: Alan Macfarlane; Iris Macfarlane (2004). The Empire of Tea. The Overlook Press. p. 32. ISBN 1-58567-493-1; (Tea Council USA, 2013), and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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