As a confirmed foodie myself I can think of nothing better than a Christmas gift that supports my passion! The list of potential gifts is never ending, from kitchen gizmos and gadgets, new inspiring cookbooks, restaurants to visit and classes to be taken, having a foodie in your life makes Christmas shopping that bit easier!
Here are my top foodie lover gift picks!
- A beautiful new cookbook “The Guilt Free Gourmet” filled with delightful gluten and dairy free recipes that all look and sound exquisite. Put together by an Irish brother and sister duo, it’s a unique and special book and one which is sure to be treasured!
- A good sturdy casserole dish! The Irish cold snap usually comes just after Christmas and we’ll all be seeking comforting hearty meals! Give the foodie in your life the power to produce wonderful meals to feed the whole family by investing in a dish that will last them a life time. The Le Creuset range is a firm favourite!
- A voucher for their favourite restaurant or one they’re simply dying to try! No doubt they will be spending ample time in the kitchen over Christmas and what better way to repay them than to take them or allow them to take themselves and a guest of their choice for a dazzling meal they haven’t had to cook.
- A store card! It might sound a little boring to those who aren’t into food, but shopping for new and interesting ingredients is one of my favourite activities! Surprise them with the shopping trip to cure their insatiable appetite for new flavours and soon to be store cupboard staples. Fallon and Byrne have a great selection of interesting and diverse fresh produce and store cupboard ingredients.
- Do the shopping for them and put together a food hamper with delicious nibbles that they can enjoy of the Christmas and in to the New Year! The Happy Pear, Organic Supermarket, Fallon and Byrne and The Butlers Pantry have quite the selection to choose from allowing you to give them something with a unique twist and little extra though put in to it this year.
- A new set of knives! The investment that many people fail to make resulting in one too many cuts, needless struggling with the toughest of vegetables and time consuming fiddling with cuts of meat and pieces of fish that could otherwise be avoided with a good set of knives fit for the job! I was recently introduced to ceramic knives which are incredible! The relatively small 4 inch knife slices through the largest of pumpkins with ease! Another favourite brand is the Wusthof classic a forged high-carbon stainless steel blade, these will last you a life time.
- This fabulous book stand caught my eye on Ireland Am one morning last week! Whether it’s so the foodie in your life can stay on track following a recipe while cooking, peruse their favourite magazine or perhaps start on some Christmas reading for the ultimate in cooking multi-tasking, this cookbook/book stand is the a must.
- Last but not least, I have to give my own gift vouchers a mention! With a wonderful array of classes coming up in the new year, from a Taste of Health, Eating for Health with Diabetes, 20-20 Twenty minute meals – in 20 minutes, Deliciously simple Gluten & Wheat free cooking, Al Fresco dining and many more, there is a class to meet the needs and desires of the foodie in your life. For the amateur cook seeking to improve their skills or learn a bit more about the food they eat and how to eat their way to better health, a Christmas gift voucher to put towards or cover the costs of the course they choose, is an ideal gift.