Whether you love ice cream or love someone who loves ice creams, this comprehensive gift guide is sure to satisfy the ice cream lover in your life this holiday season.
Give the gift of ice cream - Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream. Any lover of ice cream will enjoy receiving a gift of artisan ice cream on his/her doorstep this holiday season. Choose your own mix of pints from decadent flavors such as salted caramel and dark chocolate or send a holiday package like the Foggy Mountain Holiday Collection, which includes a pint of Blackstrap Praline, Spicebush Apple Butter, and Sweet potato with torched marshmallows. Ice Cream gifts range from $48 (4 pints) to $85 (9 specialty pints). Other artisan ice creams available for shipping: Graeter's Ice Cream, Jake's Ice Cream, Nice Cream
Give an ice cream gift card - Some people argue that gift cards are impersonal and take little thought, but when you have taken the time to investigate and find your ice cream lovers favorite ice cream spot they will be more than happy to receive cash to spend on their favorite scoop. Jeni's also sells gift certificates.
Give an Ice Cream Maker - For the ultimate gift this holiday season, give the ice cream lover on your list the gift that keeps on a giving. Soon pints of homemade ice cream will end up on your doorstep as your friend or family member enjoys making their own ice cream treats. Cuisinart makes both high end models and affordable ice cream maker options. For more information, see my review of ice cream makers.
Ice Cream Cookbook - If your friend or family member loves making ice cream (or you have decided to buy them an ice cream maker), an ice cream cookbook is essential. My favorite ice cream recipe book is The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz, as well as his new book Ready for Dessert.
Although most ice cream lovers have been known to eat ice cream straight from the pint, serving ice cream is more enjoyable with nice accessories.
Ice Cream Scoops - My favorite ice cream scoop is the Zeroll Original Ice Cream Scoop. It is made of aluminum and thus light-weight making is comfortable to hold and scoop. It has a self-defrosting fluid inside which makes it easier to scoop hard ice cream. The scoop comes in multiple sizes (I use the green scoop).
Ice Cream Dishes - You can't go wrong giving a foodie pretty kitchenware, so why not give an ice cream lover some beautiful ice cream dishes? There are too many types of dishes to list them all, but my favorite are clear glass dessert dishes (as seen in many of my ice cream pictures) so you can see all of the delicious ice cream inside.
Ice Cream Spoons - Spoons, you ask? Yes, spoons make a difference in the ice cream experience. Some like small spoons while others like big spoons. Special ice cream or gelato spoons will make your ice cream lover feel extra special. Try out these ice cream spoons that have a blunted edge for easier scooping.
Make your own ice cream - I am a big fan of making and receiving edible gifts. I would be thrilled to receive a gift of homemade ice cream. Check out my holiday recipes page for ice cream recipe ideas. Need containers to give away your ice cream? Try these plastic Ball containers.
Design an Ice Cream experience - Be creative this holiday season and create a special moment for the ice cream lover in your life. Plan a holiday ice cream social. Set up a private ice cream tasting at their favorite ice cream shop. Visit a favorite ice cream factory or production plant. Buy some of your favorite ice cream pints and invite friends and family to your home (or party spot) for a special ice cream tasting. The sky (or scoop) is the limit!
Have a safe and happy holiday season!