Holiday Gift Guide for Family, Friends and Foodies


Here’s a little gift guide we put together for the holidays. It’s an eclectic mix mainly focused around food, with a few other things thrown in. We’ve only included products that are near and dear to our hearts, made by us or friends, and no one is paying us to do any of it (though we get a tiny kickback if you order the kitchen gadgets on Amazon).

A Couple Cooks 2016 Daily Calendar

A Couple Cooks Daily Calendar

We’ve launched a 2016 daily desktop calendar with our favorite recipes from A Couple Cooks!  We collaborated with an Indy-based publishing company (TF Publishing), and we couldn’t be happier with the result. It’s great for anyone who loves to cook, or is interested in cooking. ORDER HERE

Marge Granola

Marge Granola  Marge Granola

Our friend Megan runs a granola company in Seattle and makes granola that we are obsessed with (well, me at least). She’s also the kindest soul and just gave birth to a sweet little babe. Marge has a fun holiday collection of granola, or the “regular” granola would be a great stocking stuffer. ORDER HERE

Gourmet Cookie Mix (Not Without Salt)

Not WIthout Salt Cookies

Our friend Ashley Rodriguez has a beautiful blog and a fantastic salted chocolate chip cookie recipe (we made them here). It’s so fantastic she sells it as a mix, and also has as fun holiday variation! ORDER HERE



Our friend Shelly is editor / brains behind this indie mag about how fabulous it is to live in the Midwest. (Holla!) We have a few recipes in it too. It’s an extremely well put together publication, and we are both huge fans…of her and the mag. ORDER HERE



If you have a coffee snob in your life, this new gadget is where it’s at. It looks a little space-agey, but it’s changed our lives. It makes a super high quality coffee FAST, with easy cleanup. And if you have questions about how to use it, we’re just an email away! We’re pros now. ORDER HERE

Pizza Peel (and/or Stone)


If you want to make homemade pizza, you must have two essential tools: a stone for cooking the pizza so the bottom gets crisp, and a peel to slide the pizza onto and off of the stone. Here are our recommendations:

Food Processor

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter | A Couple Cooks

We’re big fans of the food processor and use it all.the.time. Hummus, pizza dough, cauliflower rice (coming soon), almond butterenergy bars, etc can all be made with this guy. A bit more of a splurge, but a necessity for any serious cook. ORDER HERE

Maple Cream


Who doesn’t love maple? We created a recipe for this family business a while back, and the maple cream was so good and they were so nice that we’re adding it to our gift guide–because we love it! It’s pure maple syrup condensed down into a cream you can spread on toast, apples, and the like. I know I’d be excited to see this in my stocking — or a big jug of maple syrup. ORDER HERE

Donation to Culinary Training Center

A Couple Cooks at Center for Global Impact Culinary Training Center

In my family, we’ve started to do donations instead of gifts. We love it, and it’s exciting to give back during this holiday season. If you’ve known us for a while, you’ll know we traveled to Cambodia to spent time at a cooking school that helps at-risk young women by teaching them kitchen and restaurant management skills. The program is run by a non-profit here in Indianapolis, Center for Global Impact (CGI), that employs people in Cambodia to run the show. I’ve been there twice and it’s an amazing place; the photo is of Alex and me with the students in March 2012. Human trafficking is a hot topic these days; here’s a chance to do something about it! Feel free to donate or let us know if you have more questions. Here’s more on my last visit to CambodiaDONATE HERE

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    December 3, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    the aeropress is not new! But it is a worthy addition to any household nonetheless. I love ours!

    We haven’t made coffee any other way for years.

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    December 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

    I have some of the maple cream! It is such a beautiful ingreindt and perfect gift!

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    December 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I love my aeropress but I would love to know what technique you use!

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    December 4, 2015 at 11:51 am

    I love that your family donates instead of buying gifts. It’s soooo important and you truly are making a difference. Thanks for suggesting your favourite non-profit too. I always wish more bloggers would do this and I’m glad you did!!
    The NWS cookie mix is also a brilliant idea. I’ve taken it to family once and they were all gone the same day. I suppose the Holiday Mix is just as addictive.

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