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Gift Ideas for Thai-Food Lovers & Curry Paste Giveaway

***This giveaway has closed – Congratulations to Gabriella!***

With Christmas right around the corner, gift ideas have been dominating my thoughts.  As such, I thought it’d be fun to put together a little list of gift ideas for people who love Thai food.  These gifts aren’t fancy or expensive — they’re rather meant to be simple items that would bring a smile to the face of a Thai home cook.  So, if you’re like me and have some Thai food aficionados on your list of gift recipients, please read on!

1. An “All You Need To Make” Satay Kit

I love giving gifts that are composed of all of the ingredients you need to make a particular dish.  This is easier to do with some Thai dishes than others.  Satay works pretty well since all you really need is the spice mix, coconut milk, and some skewers in addition to the meat of choice.  If you’re not limited by non-perishable items, a tom yum or tom kha package would be at the top of my list with some galangal, kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, and Thai chilis.


2. A set of Thai teas

Tea sets are pretty common as gifts go, but I imagine someone who loves Thai food would be pleasantly surprised to get a set of Thai teas.  You could put together any variety of teas – from the common Thai tea or coffee – to a set of herbal teas like lemongrass, chrysanthemum, and hibiscus as below.


3. Seedlings of Thai basil, holy basil, and lemon basil

In addition to being super cute, these little basil plants are incredibly useful in the Thai kitchen.   Thai basil is indispensable in various curries and stir fries, holy basil is the star of pad grapow and drunken noodles, and dishes like khanom jeen nam ya and gang liang just aren’t the same without lemon basil.  Gift all 3 seedlings with the hope that they’ll grow and prosper in their new home until they’re big enough to be used in all of the above!


4. Seed packets of various Thai herbs, fruits, or vegetables

Perhaps a little more practical than the seedlings above, I think seed packets of various Thai herbs, fruits, or vegetables would also make a great gift.  I’m envisioning seeds for things like Thai basils, Thai peppers, jalapenos, and cilantro.  If you’re able to find them (or harvest them yourself), you could even go so far as to package seeds for vegetables like Thai eggplant and wing beans.


5. Mortar and Pestle and/or other Thai ceramics

For those who are serious about Thai cooking, a mortar and pestle is a must.  It’s required to make som tam as well as various pastes that form the  basis of so many different Thai foods.  Just be sure to get a large one – when I first met the boyfriend, I bought him the cutest little mortar and pestle for Christmas one year, not knowing how it was supposed to be used :)  And I think other kitchen utensils like bowls for ingredient prep are always welcome gifts too.


6. A Thai curry package

And last, but not least, a package of Thai curry pastes because, really, what Thai food lover doesn’t like curry?

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I can’t post this list of gift ideas without offering a simple gift to you, my loyal readers, to show my appreciation for your continued support and readership!  The gift to one lucky reader will be the set of red, green, and yellow Mae Anong curry pastes pictured above (with fresh kaffir lime leaves, of course).  These are our favorite brand of curry pastes and we hope you’ll enjoy them too!

To enter to win, please leave a comment below with which one of the above is your favorite gift idea.  If you have other gift ideas, we’d love for you to share them as well!  An extra entry will be given for those who also like us on Facebook (please post a separate comment stating that you’ve done so).  The gift giveaway will end on Wednesday, December 19th, at 8 PM pacific standard time.  The winner will be selected using random.org and announced in the comments after the giveaway ends.  Giveaway open to U.S. residents only.  Package will be mailed via standard shipping USPS.  Good luck!


27 comments… add one
  • Adrian Fleur September 11, 2013, 3:21 pm

    Beautiful, thoughtful post. Thank you!

  • Jamie Simpson December 20, 2012, 3:49 am

    I also like your Facebook page ;) ~ jamie

    • Rachel December 20, 2012, 5:01 am

      Thanks so much to everyone for taking the time to comment. Our winner, as selected by random.org, is Gabriella. Congratulations Gabriella!

    • gabriella December 20, 2012, 5:13 am

      Thank you very much! I’m so excited!! Happy Holidays!!

  • Jamie Simpson December 20, 2012, 3:49 am

    Hi Rachel, I love your blog! I’ve been learning how to cook Thai food the past year and have been enjoying your recipes a ton!! The gift above I think would be the most useful would be the mortar and pestle! I think that because they are so useful for so many things! Thanks for offering such a fun drawing! Hope I’m lucky! =) {smiles} jamie

  • Cole Meixner December 20, 2012, 3:43 am

    Hi Rachel,

    Just saying that I also liked your page on Facebook.


  • Cole Meixner December 20, 2012, 3:41 am

    I think the number 3, the Thai herb seedlings, is the best idea.

  • gabriella December 20, 2012, 3:40 am

    i love the set of thai teas. i had guests over this past weekend for a thai dinner and i served iced thai tea with coconut milk for them. they loved it and we were all wondering if there are any other authentic thai teas available. never had chrysanthemum tea – i guess it has a flowery taste – but we all would love to try it. i already ‘liked’ you on fb this is how i knew about this giveaway. :)

  • Lisa December 20, 2012, 3:18 am

    I am a fan of yours on facebook! :) I absolutely love the idea of the Satay Kit. I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t love to eat Satay, and with a cute little kit, they can learn how simple it is to make! It’s Perf! (great idea!)

  • dimple December 20, 2012, 3:11 am

    I love the little seed packets. What a great way to bring a little thailand to your backyard. Happy Holidays – What is typical new years fare in Thailand?

  • Susy December 20, 2012, 2:39 am

    I love number 3: Seedlings of Thai basil, holy basil, and lemon basil. This would make the perfect Christmas gift for me or any of my foodie friends! :)

  • Amanda December 20, 2012, 12:04 am

    I love love love the mortar and pestle and the thai basil seeds. Although, I do not have a green thumb, and very little sunlight in my condo, so I’d have to go with the mortar & pestle. Very cool!

  • Lucia Haskins December 19, 2012, 5:47 pm

    I love the idea of the seed packets.

  • kirsten December 19, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I like you on Facebook :)

  • kirsten December 19, 2012, 3:04 pm

    I love the Thai spice & the skewers. What great gifts!

  • Lisa December 19, 2012, 2:52 pm

    Love the little plants! Can you keep them alive indoors?

    • Rachel December 23, 2012, 9:35 pm

      Hi Lisa, with enough sunlight, they should do well indoors for a while.

  • derek December 19, 2012, 1:24 pm

    My favorite gift idea would obviously be me winning the curry, of course.

  • BOK December 19, 2012, 12:36 pm

    I love anything Thai!!! I would love to grow from the Seed packets of various Thai herbs, fruits, or vegetables..

  • Mary C. December 19, 2012, 11:55 am

    Hi Rachel,

    I happened upon your blog over a year ago, while searching for Pad Thai.
    I love that you are an American and can now make authentic Thai Food,
    my favorite. I have taken a Thai Cooking class here in Boston and I believe
    with ethnic cooking, it’s essential to have the right ingedients. Some things
    are not attainable to me, because of my location. However, I am lucky to
    have a couple of great Thai Restaurants near me, so I can enjoy some of
    my favorites. I have been lusting (hehehe) after Basil Fried Rice of
    late….. yum! Thanks for all of your great recipes.

    And btw, I love the mortar and pestle the most. The little seed packets
    are very cute too.

  • Thu December 19, 2012, 7:55 am

    I think the little Thai ceramics are the cutest! I would think that would make a great gift along with some spices and a handmade list of recipes.

  • Sarah December 18, 2012, 6:43 pm

    I’d go for the holy basil seedlings, I’d love to have that fresh in my home to make grapow whenever I crave it!

    I’d really like someone to send me to another Thai cooking class in Chiang Mai :)

    • Rachel December 23, 2012, 9:36 pm

      You and me both, Sarah! Great idea :)

  • Ilene December 18, 2012, 6:40 pm

    I would love all three basil plants

  • Cowen Park Kitchen December 18, 2012, 4:48 pm

    …also liked on facebook!

  • Cowen Park Kitchen December 18, 2012, 4:47 pm

    I love the tiny plants! If only I was better at keeping plants alive, I would totally be growing my own basil.

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