Last Minute Christmas Gifts for Foodies

OK, slackers, it’s December 21st, four days until Christmas.  At this point those sugar-plums dancing in your head are forming a mosh pit right?  Not to worry.  I’ve got some solutions for those food obsessed elves on your list.  Best off these gifts are instant.  You know downloads and gift certificates – no wrapping, no trips to the mall.  Saddle up!

Gilded ForkHow about a $50 digital gift certificate to the Gilded Fork?

GF is one of the premiere foodie sites on the Net and it’s stock is hand picked by their staff because of it’s exceptional quality.  The certificate is useful for both gourmet ingredients and for purchasing one of their two outstanding cookbooks.

These are good people and they’ll make you look like a very thoughtful Bob Crachit instead of the last-minute Scrooge.

Restaurant gift certificates are another winner.  We all have to eat right? Restaurants.Comallows you to search by zip code so that you can actually get gift certificates for friends and family living out of town.  They are also great for locals on your list as well, especially if they favorite restaurant is right in the middle of holiday traffic.  I have personally used this service this year and I am hooked.  The only hangup is that most restaurants require a minimum purchase.  I’ve found the best deals are the $25 gift certificates since most only require a $35 minimum purchase.  For some reason the higher dollar amounts require the minimum purchase to be twice the certificate price.  But for the next few days they have discounted certificates starting at just $1!  I spent $10 and got two $25 gift certificates. is another purveyor of gift cards.  They feature restaurant gift cards for eBillme Gift Cardsplaces like Salt Grass Steak House, Rainforrest Cafe, Maggiano’s, On the Border, Macaroni Grill and more.  They also feature gift certificates for food and travel sites like Omaha Steaks, American Airlines and Travelocity.  They have a full selection of non-food stores as well like Charter House,, the Gap and Bass Pro Shop.  Better yet, they never expire and can be redeemed for millions of products.  These gift cards are electronic delivery only, no plastic cards are sent.

No Sides NeededHow about a digital cookbook?  That’s where I come in.  My Kindle only cookbook, No Sides Needed, might be just the ticket.  Or how about my anthology of celebrity chef interviews? Another of my Kindle singles is Diner Conversations and it is ideal for that Food Network addict.  It contains 39 interviews with celebrity chefs and food writers including Alton Brown, Bobby Flay, Ted Allen and more.   Both can be ordered right now and sent as a gift via e-mail instantly.  The best part is that they are dirt cheap – less than $5!  Neat huh?

There you go, Captain Procrastination!  I fixed that whole last second shopping issue for you.  You’re welcome and more importantly Merry Christmas!

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Stuart is a celebrity chef, food activist and award-winning food writer. He penned the cookbooks Third Coast Cuisine: Recipes of the Gulf of Mexico, No Sides Needed: 34 Recipes To Simplify Life and Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor." His recipes have been featured in Current, Lagniappe, Southern Tailgater, The Kitchen Hotline and on the Cooking Channel.

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2015 1st Place Luck of the Irish Cook-off
2015 4th Place Downtown Cajun Cook-off
2015 2nd Place Fins' Wings & Chili Cook-off
2014 2015 4th Place LA Gumbo Cook-off
2012 Taste Award nominee for best chef (web)
2012 Finalist in the Safeway Next Chef Contest
2011 Taste Award Nominee for Little Grill Big Flavor
2011, 12 Member: Council of Media Tastemakers
2011 Judge: 29th Chef's of the Coast Cook-off
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Wing Cook-off
2011 Cooking Channel Perfect 3 Recipe Finalist
2011 Judge: Dauphin Island Gumbo Cook-off
2011 Culinary Hall of Fame Member
2010 Tasty Awards Judge
2010 Judge: Bayou La Batre Gumbo Cook-off
2010 Gourmand World Cookbook Award Nominee
2010 Chef2Chef Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2010 Denay's Top 10 Best Food Blogs
2009 2nd Place Bay Area Food Bank Chef Challenge
2008 Tava: Discovery Contest Runner-up
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