Gift Guide Part 3: For Coffee Nerds, Curry Lovers, Wine Connoisseurs, & Cookie Monsters
For the final part 3 of our gift guide we've got some gift ideas for foodies. I think you can never go wrong with food themed gift ideas! The best gifts, in my experience, are either experience gifts or items that someone might not splurge on themselves (experiences often do the same). They don't have to be expensive - just consider an artisan item rather than the supermarket own brand, let me give you some ideas:
For at Home Chefs
Firstly, let's consider the at home chefs. Nothing beats good tools: Adam absolutely loves his Wüsthof knives and recently got a proper whetstone to sharpen them with. I could have unlimited amounts of cookbooks - just find something that matches their food preferences.
If you don't know what to get, you could put together a little gift basket. But, instead of getting every day items, get slightly more unique ones: think artisan coffee, jams, honey, sauces, ... there are so many options out there, you could even make a lot of them yourself!
Finally, there are the finishing touches: stemless wine glasses are on our wish list this Christmas, last year we got some beautiful chopping boards which we use on a daily basis.
For Restaurant Lovers
If the person you are trying to find a gift for doesn't like to cook as much or maybe they do but they like a restaurant like experience, then these ideas are great:
A Curry kit has been one of my favourite gifts, but you could go for any other cuisine or even DIY kit or again make your own. They introduce you to a number of recipes and provide you with the essentials to make them: spices, tasting suggestions, instructions. Even a cooking course or a dinner voucher might be nice.
Consider what can be done at home to make it feel like you're going out? How about decanting a bottle of red wine, frothing the milk for the morning coffee, learning how to make a favourite cocktail? Or perhaps even having some candle sticks, linen napkins, or steak knives in the house.
You don't want to get something just to clutter up their kitchen but if there is something they are fond of, then think of a little luxury that could add to the experience.
Stocking stuffers that are homemade are great! Think board butter, or home baked biscuits. Less traditional ideas (think artisan splurges!) could be some Fleur De Sel (yum!), some fancy Bitters for the bar cart, a nice bottle opener or wine stopper, or perhaps even a card game that can be played at the dinner table.
What are your ideas for those picky eaters and food lovers in your life?