While foodies may have impeccable taste in the best dishes, flavours and culinary trends, it doesn’t mean they’re difficult to shop for. With a little forethought and some creativity, you can grab the best gifts for the food lover in your life – from food-based presents to kitchen appliances and gifts with a little extra spice. Here are some ideas for gifts to delight even the pickiest eaters.
Practically every cook will appreciate the gift of a new cookbook, whether it is from a favourite chef or a new star in the cooking world. Cookbooks provide inspiration and expert advice as well as the all-important recipes to bulk-up their arsenal of specialities. Don’t think that giving a cookbook is a boring gift – there are so many available you can find something that is a little out of the ordinary. If a cookbook is not an option, give a subscription to a cooking magazine. This gift provides a whole year or more of foodie delight.
- Cooking Lessons
You don’t need to insult a cook by giving the gift of cooking lessons – every home cook wants to perfect their craft and you can find lessons for the absolute beginner up to the most experienced chef. Your choice of cooking course will depend on the interests of the recipient but some ideas include ethnic food cooking classes, fish preparation and cooking, wine and food courses, desserts, baking, and healthy meals.
- Food Ingredient Hampers
Foodies love creating dishes, and what do they need to create these masterpieces? Authentic, quality ingredients. Some of the best gifts for foodies include presentation sets of sea salts, spices, chocolates, and herbs. You can get ranges of oils and mustards from Maille Food Gifts or create your own personalised hamper with a selection of their favourite ingredients from a specialist food store.
4. Specialist Kitchen Gear
Every cook loves a good gadget but you don’t have to spend a fortune on kitchen appliances. For example, you can give a specialist slicer to create crisps and wafers, or a gadget that allows you to separate eggs easily. If you have a bigger budget, go for a quality juicer or blender, or get your chef a set of professional-standard knives. Knives are available in all price ranges and they can last a lifetime.
- Selection of Cheeses
Who doesn’t love a good piece of cheese? Visit a specialist cheese shop for a sample board of some homemade cheeses. Or give the gift of a decorative cheese board and knife set – perfect for the cook that always has to serve a cheese course.
- Personal Chef
For a bigger budget gift, consider splashing out on the services of a personal chef to cook for your foodie in their home. Personal chefs can be hired for all occasions from a fancy dinner party to an intimate supper for two. Your foodie can even work with the chef to come up with a menu plus wines to remember.