My two closest friends happen to be a couple and I would appreciate if you guys could help me choose between Option A or Option B, or neither (in which case feel free to share your own ideas).
--A huge gift basket of assorted spices/herbs from Penzeys, good quality vanilla, and maybe a few little kitchen gadgets
Reason: They have me over every week for a dinner party (the other guests rotate) and they'll often ask me to make dishes I've served them at my house. Problem is, their spice cabinet consists of salt, pre-ground pepper, and dried oregano.
I would hand pick the Penzeys stuff. She loves Nielsen Massey vanilla, so I'd add a bottle of that. As far as kitchen gadgets, they both HATE chopping garlic so maybe a garlic press (?). She's always saying her roasts overcook so a meat thermometer might be good. And they only have one potholder in the house. So a set of those.
I thought it would be a nice gift they could actually use... The first time the man of this couple came into my kitchen, he oohed and ahhed at my spice/herb collection (which is really pretty basic) and called the girlfriend in to see it. He said "We need something like THAT."
--A set of Le Creuset stoneware bakers for her
--Monogrammed BBQ brand for him
She has just gotten into baking (from scratch), and I've been gifting her essentials for a while now (pie plates/weights, baking sheets, assorted pans/tools, mixing bowls, etc.) and she gets so excited. The LC bakers are a good size for brownies/bars or small casseroles and would match her newly redone kitchen.
He grills 3-4 nights a week and is an old-school meat and potatoes kind of guy--steaks and chicken, but mostly steak. He is obsessed with his behemoth of a Weber and spends good money on having his steaks hand-cut by the butcher down the street. I hope this doesn't make me sound nuts... But I was thinking of getting him a custom monogrammed cast iron grill brand. Knowing him for over a decade, I think he would get a huge kick out of it. Truth be told, I can't think of a single other thing to get him.
Thoughts? Other options?
My budget is not huge, hoping to spend under $100 for the both of them.