Birthday gift for a friend, under $60.

Doesn't cook much yet, but is moving into an apartment by herself. We want to get something useful that she would not think to buy for herself.

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Pegeen July 3, 2014
A ridged grill pan for stove-top or cast iron frying pan, with instructions on how to season.
 
saragrad July 3, 2014
Assuming that your friend already has the basic cookware, I would suggest getting her a Cuisinart mini food processor. It was one of the first things I bought for myself when I moved out and I am still using it regularly to make pesto, chop vegetables to make a soffritto, grind nuts for baking, make chocolate mousse, juice up a watermelon, puree cooked vegetables and fruit, whiz up stale bread to make breadcrumbs, etc. The possibilities are endless!
 
AntoniaJames July 3, 2014
This berry bowl, filled with hydrangeas and a few of their leaves, and nothing else. https://food52.com/provisions/products/1323-berry-bowl (or filled with a mound of homemade cookies, whatever kind she'd enjoy most) ;o)
 
Dona July 3, 2014
How about a cuisinart ice cream maker, about $50 and David Lebovitz book Scoop?
 
aargersi July 3, 2014
I think I would go with a pre-seasoned 9" or 12" iron skillet - you can print out a few good "starter" recipes and then include key (non-perishable) ingredients for those recipes. That's something she will have for the rest of her life.

and well everyone knows how wonderful it is to have a nice collection of pretty bowls!
 
TobiT July 3, 2014
Combining the kitchen theme and the houseplant idea above, how about an herb garden? Depending on how much you want to spend, you can also give an herb-oriented cookbook.
 
jamcook July 3, 2014
A pie plate, a rolling pin, and a pie cookbook.
 
boulangere July 3, 2014
I'm also a big bowl fan. Local craft fairs are where I have found my favorites that I've used for literally years, and I don't think I paid more than $30 for any of them. Give it along with a copy of your favorite bread recipe so she can settle into her new apartment with something from a valued friend and something of her own making as we'll
 
boulangere July 3, 2014
Where did that ' come from? .....something of her own making as well.
 
kimhw July 2, 2014
I'm a huge fan of the big bowl. I have a local craftsman that I buy huge hand carved wooden bowls from. By it's self it's a perfect gift. If I need a little more, I stuff it with great, yummy gifts. If I really need something great, I add champagne and nice glasses as well.
 
AntoniaJames July 2, 2014
A crystal bowl might be within your means. If not used for nibbles, or chutneys/cranberry sauce, etc., it could serve well as a vase, or for filling with seasonal objects, especially handy for seated dinner parties. ;o)
 
AntoniaJames July 2, 2014
I realize that this is not from Provisions, but at this price point, I'd give her a stoneware bread basket, similar to this: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/6664676/?catalogId=36&sku=6664676&bnrid=3120901&cm_ven=Google_PLA&cm_cat=Tabletop&cm_pla=Serveware&cm_ite=Oval_Stoneware_Bread_Basket%2C_White_%7C_Williams-Sonoma&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=32-372761637-2 You can heat the basket in the oven, so it keeps the bread toasty warm while it's on the table! My father gave me a set of them -- one large and a smaller one, both round -- about five years ago. I use them for storing fruit out on the kitchen counter, too. Beautiful and functional -- my favorite kind of gift. ;o) P.S. At a higher price point, I'd give a simple crystal water pitcher. One can never have too many elegant pitchers.
 
HalfPint July 2, 2014
How about a bar set like this one, https://www.google.com/shopping/product/12307970114003133492?q=bar+set&espv=2&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.70138588,d.ZWU,pv.xjs.s.en_US.cqlOfy5Invw.O&ion=1&biw=1282&bih=776&tch=1&ech=1&psi=Wny0U_jJFs7ePczwgPAJ.1404337242848.5&ei=XXy0U927DojiPNXngMgJ&ved=0CJ0BEKYrMAE

She may not cook much, but that shouldn't stop her from entertaining friend(s) at her new digs with drinks or fixing herself a cocktail after a long day.
 
cdilaura July 2, 2014
If you're looking for something to inspire cooking, my favorite gift is a kitchen letters subscription: https://food52.com/provisions/products/203-a-year-of-bi-weekly-kitchen-letters

These are super useful for a cook or non-cook to keep things fresh in the fridge without wasting plastic wrap: https://food52.com/provisions/products/1137-linen-bowl-covers-set-of-6

These would be great just to put nuts or berries in now, but she can grow into using them as actual prep bowls as she cooks more: https://food52.com/provisions/products/653-pinch-and-prep-nesting-bowls

Or for someone who doesn't cook, but can easily pick a few good cheeses and throw a nice get together: https://food52.com/provisions/products/272-brooklyn-slate-cheese-board-knife-and-soapstone-pencil-set

Everyone needs a great tea towel + a few spices that you could wrap in the towel that add something special to veggies or meat without having to follow a recipe: https://food52.com/provisions/products/1204-52-stripes-tea-towel with a few fav spices: https://food52.com/provisions/products/797-cyprus-citron-flake-sea-salt or https://food52.com/provisions/products/209-world-salt-tower or https://food52.com/provisions/products/35-shichimi-togarashi-spice-blend or https://food52.com/provisions/products/37-the-better-than-everything-bagel-spice-blend

For someone who doesn't want to cook: https://food52.com/provisions/products/1232-exclusive-almond-butter-collection-ginger-brazil-nut-mission-almond paired with this https://food52.com/provisions/products/649-sandwich-wrap-trio-red-gray-set-of-3
 
Jojo F. July 2, 2014
Planters/plants make great housewarming gifts! https://food52.com/provisions/products/1166-airplant-pebble-vase-set

OR...you could get her the coupes (set of 2) to toast her new place! https://food52.com/provisions/products/641-vintage-champagne-coupes-set-of-2
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Posie (. July 2, 2014
If someone bought me a big, gorgeous bowl to encourage me to have friends for dinner (or eat massive salads for one all summer), I would not be mad. This one is my favorite, favorite: https://food52.com/provisions/products/422-wheel-thrown-serving-pasta-bowl

For a new move, I like bundling together a lot of small & delicious things that are hard to find (cool chocolate, coffee syrup, crackers...whatever) and packaging it up nicely, plus fresh flowers. Those are things you don't get around to treating yourself to when you're moving.
 
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