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There are many possibilities here, but I want to hear from you guys.
Recipient #1 is vegetarian, a horticulturalist, a bit zany, parents theater types, very hardworking,
and I want to get her/them something tried and true but off the beaten track,
sophisticated and useful.

Could be a a cookbook--In the Sweet Kitchen? or Quimper ware from my favorite store,
ebay. Spending limit: $50.

I also need to get something for her sister who runs a yoga studio and has a background in drama,
and is about to have a baby. Another $50.

Let's call them #1, vegetarian
and #2, yoga girl

I am sure both girls have the obvious, so what would you suggest?

sweetfern

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  1. Something useful but unique for #1 vegetarian.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000...

    1. How about a set of Microplane Professional graters? You can get three for $50. They might think they're kind of a silly gift -- until they try them out. Everyone I know who's used a Microplane grater is immediately hooked for life!

      PS. They come with slide-on clear plastic protective covers (not shown in the photo).

       
      1. A nice cutting board?
        A few microplane grater?
        http://www.amazon.com/Microplane-3800...
        A food processor?
        A rice cooker?

        9 Replies
        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

          "A few microplane grater?"

          LOL! I guess great minds think alike, CK!

          1. re: tanuki soup

            :) Since $50 is the limit, one microplane is not enough. :)

            By the way, you are right. I didn't see you post before writing mine.

            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

              OK, I have some more information, and I went to ebay for a Quimper pitcher.
              HOWEVER, the yoga girl barely knows how to cook and NEEDS AN EXCELLENT KNIFE.
              Limit, still is $50. Recommendations?

              I really appreciate your help, I have all the knives I need and so I am out of the knife loop.
              sweetfern

              1. re: sweetfern

                A good knife is great. The only problem is that some people see knife gift as an ill omen, which is why I didn't mention at first. Since your "yoga girl" don't mind, then it is not a problem.

                My quick answer are:
                a) Victorinox/Forschner Chef's knife or Santoku
                b) Dexter-Russell Chef's knife or Santoku

                Sometime ago, I wrote a short post just about this. Knives suggestion for <$40 and <$130. You may find it somewhat useful.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796012

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  If you give a knife as a gift you can attach a penny to it which the receiver then gives back to you, thus paying a penny for the knife and it no longer being a gift. Just an old superstition that gifting a knife cuts ties as friends or whatever. I have been gifted knives in the past with no money attached, but maybe I'm paying for those knives in other ways? :P

                  1. re: TeRReT

                    Yeah, like marrying a beautiful woman -- that is your payment. :P

                    1. re: TeRReT

                      I had managed to live a long time without knowing about this superstition until about two years ago when I bought a set of knives from a neighbor's garage sale and mentioned that I was giving them to a niece of mine. They said to tape a penny to the knife block and were amazed that I had never heard of such a thing. I don't think I did attach the penny and I later asked my niece about it and she had not heard of it either and said it would not have mattered because she does not believe is superstitions. The only superstition I believe in is the one about not breaking a mirror. I don't wish to clean it up.

                      1. re: John E.

                        I got the Santoku, now looking for knife sharpener.
                        A steel?

                        You guys are great.

                        BTW, Quimper is French pottery from Normandy, there are old items and new items. I go to ebay. People scour yard sales for missing pieces. Chips easily,
                        but, can I say, charming. Multiple patterns.

                        The vegetarian is getting a piece of Quimper

                        Her husband to be is a super vegetarian, won't eat factory produced animal products, OR anything that has a face. So that leaves fish out.

                        sweetfern

                        1. re: sweetfern

                          "I got the Santoku, now looking for knife sharpener.
                          A steel?"

                          What brand of Santoku did you get? If you get one of those hard steel Japanese knives like Shun or Tojiro, then you do not need to use a steel. Otherwise, it is not a bad idea. Cowboyardee wrote a very comphrensive post about knife sharpening option:

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7971...

                          Our recommendation for knife sharpener will depend at least (a) how much you want to spend and (b) what brand of knives you got for them.

                          "Her husband to be is a super vegetarian"

                          Vegan?! (no animal products -- as in no honey, no cheese, no milk,...etc)