Christmas gift guide: Gifts for foodies
1 Sprinkles Cupcake Mix
When a cupcake shop gets it right, they really nail it. Case in point: Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, which started as a cult favourite and is a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike. Now you can give someone the taste of the famed cupcakes with this easy mix – without the cost of the airfare! Williams-Sonoma, $14.95.
2 Gold stripe cocktail shaker
For the foodie who also likes a good cocktail, nothing says ‘bottoms up’ more than this gold-striped cocktail shaker. We love the sparkly gold glass base, and we’re guessing any drink that comes from this will likely be easy to sip. Pottery Barn, $46.53.
3 Five-piece gadget set
A foodie will totally rejoice when they dig into their Christmas stocking and find these mini kitchen gadgets to play with. All the essentials – peelers, openers, zesters and scoopers come in this handy set, perfect for the recent foodie convert. Calphalon, $49.29.
4 Slate and wood boards
Chances are your foodie friends love to host parties and want to do it in style. Enter these elegant slate slabs and wood boards. The board acts as a great serving option and a cutting board if flipped over while the slate slabs are ideal for displaying mini bites, cheeses, charcuterie and pates. West Elm, $34.
5 DIY mozzarella/ricotta cheese-making kit
When it comes to finger foods, there’s nothing better than a delectable cheese platter at a holiday party. We’re sure foodies and non-foodies alike can agree on this. For the cheese lovers on your list, this fun kit allows them to make their own with a few ingredients and milk. They can whip up fresh mozzarella, chevre and ricotta in a breeze. Williams-Sonoma, $29.95.
6 Gourmet hot chocolate
Who doesn’t love a steaming hot cup of frothy hot chocolate on chilly nights? We’re guessing most of you do, but instead of finding any old hot chocolate mix for your discerning foodie friend, opt for a rich organic blend from a chocolate lover’s favourite brand, Green & Black’s. Green & Black's, $35.
7 Candied popcorn
Popcorn is popcorn, but gourmet candied popcorn is something extra special. This pretty two-gallon tin is filled to the brim with three kinds of sweetly coated popcorn. Take your pick between a peanut butter crunch, salty caramel or our fave, cookies and cream. Horchow, $50.
8 Butcher salt
Ok, so if you’re thinking of this gift, you need to order it as early as possible. This coarse salt flecked with herbs, straight from the farm fields of France, needs a bit of time to make it across the Atlantic, but will be worth the wait and cost once your food-loving friend starts to season their special cuts of meat, fresh veggies or fish. The rustic wood and metal tin will also have you dreaming of the French countryside. Crate & Barrel, $31.26 approx.
9 Tea chest sampler
Treat your resident foodie to a little “me” time with the perfect cup of tea. This selection of flavourful teas (20 to be exact) will provide many moments of relaxation throughout the busy holiday season and the New Year. Plus, the chic box can be refilled with more tea once they run through the first 20. Horchow, $45.
10 Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate)
Even a food lover needs to take a break from sampling and sipping. Let them veg out and read a great book (about food, of course). Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) (Sourcebooks, 2012) is bound to become a favourite, and inspire a culinary adventure through the stylish streets of Paris. Indigo, $17.99.