Gift guide for the morning person

I worked on several gift guides for various publications this year (more on that in the coming weeks). You can read my best gifts series here, here, here and here. For Every Day with Rachael Ray magazine, I found the best gifts for every food lover on your list. Might sound a little complicated, but it was so much fun to do. Pick up the December/January issue on newsstands now, click here to read the story online and read on to see some of my favorite things that we didn’t put in the issue, starting, today, with items for the brunch lover.

December/January Rachael Ray

Do you have someone in your life who likes to rise and shine (my Mom wakes up earlier than anyone I know)? Do you stay in someone else’s home for the holidays? Do your kids love breakfast? Start their days off right with this gift guide for the morning person:

BrunchLovers1Scott loves going to IHOP for pancakes and breakfast, but this kit ($37) includes bourbon salted pecan pancake/waffle mix—YUM!—dark amber maple syrup, a whisk and a stainless steel sugar shaker. He might rather stay in if I got him this. This company also makes lots of organic and glutten-free pancake and waffle mixes.

Handmade heart creamer + sugar bowl ($38)

The perfect hostess gift: berry dishtowel baskets ($10 each); available in blueberry and strawberry

I lived in New York for nearly a decade, so maybe I appreciate these more than most, but these Broklynese Cawfee Tawk Creamuh ($10.95), Shuguh ($12.95) and Buttah ($18.95) are hysterical. I think the set would make any New York fan’s table!

I think this white hen ceramic casserole dish ($31.96) would be a great mother-in-law gift. Don’t you?

These bicycle juice glasses ($19.95 for set of four) are so refreshing.

This graphic honeycomb tray ($65) is a great gift for the entertainer in the group.

Just like wine glasses need identifiable charms, so too might mugs need distinguishing factors for the brunch crowd. These colorblocked mugs ($15 each) will do the trick.

I love these bird’s nest egg cups ($8.50 each).

My best friend, Kim, made tiny quiches for my bachelorette party weekend. I bet she could make good use of this non-stick tart and mini quiche pan ($21.99).

Know someone who owns a milk frother? Why not get them this travel version frother set ($8.97 for set of three)?

Keurig fans might like this small mini personal coffee brewer ($99.95) for the office; available in lots of colors.

Another great hostess gift: Egg, Coop or Bacon-designed sets include an apron, a pot holder, an oven mitt and two tea towels ($44)

For your little sunshine: sunnyside egg shaper ($12.99)

For the friend or family member who doesn’t like to keep anything in its original packaging: Glass milk bottles ($16.95 or $18.95, depending on size); come in two colors.

For the mimosa maker: This orange juicer ($24.17) works on lemons, limes and small grapefruits too, so it’s perfect for the mixologist in the group.

I quite like the electric kettles ($99.95) that are so popular in Europe. This one comes in lots of colors.

Made for the dipping king or queen, these plates ($45 for two) were designed for devouring pancakes; available in white and yellow.