Holiday Gift Idea: Lunch Repair Kit
One of gifts I'm "making" this year is a Lunch Repair Kit which is something I have at my desk to fix takeaway food that turns out to be too bland.
Its a lunch box with a cloth napkin, real silverware (which make lunch at your desk slightly more civilized) and various spice(y) condiments to pump up boring food - good salt & pepper, soy sauce, srirachi, chipotle tabasco, olive oil, cayenne. I'll also add in various hard candies for a post lunch treat.
Can you think of anything else I should add that doesn't need refrigeration?
re: Katie Nell
I've been picking up odd metal boxes from thrift stores - I have a Dean & Delucci one, some metal "trucker" ones, some kitch ones (Indiana Jones, Barbie, etc.), a couple Bento-style boxes, and I was going to swing by a local Indian grocery to see if they had anything.
FYI - Last year I gave out "Mini Emergency Kits" in old cigar boxes that had aspirin, bandaids, safety pins, cold medicine, and so on.
This site has an enormous inventory of items that come in individual sizes: http://www.minimus.biz/default.aspx
Although not limited to foodstuffs, you can order many types of condiments, sauces, jelly etc by the indvidual packet/container or in multiples.
Some highlights (to me) include packtes of:
Crushed red pepper
Tapatio hot sauce
Ken's salad dressings
Peanut butter & jelly
And many, many more. None of the items need to be refrigerated before opening.