The Best Holiday Gifts for Foodies
This holiday, why not give your foodie friends and family members something crave-worthy? From flavoured salts to the Staub pot I can't live without, here are 11 savvy ideas for the gourmet on your holiday shopping list.
Blue Cheese Sea Salt
This small package is perfect for tucking into stockings or using for that under-$10 secret Santa gift your stumped on this year. Use it for upgrading steaks, baked potatoes, pasta and popcorn.
$7, available at visaltco.com
Hudson’s Bay Company Oven Mitt
This quilted, stylish oven mitt will infuse any kitchen with Canadian flair. It's available in the classic multi or modern millennial stripe patterns. Good to know: Oven mitts are not sold in pairs.
$14.25, available at thebay.com
Try the World Subscription Box
A curated selection of gourmet foods—including new ingredients to cook with, drinks, and snacks—from a new country each month. Give your loved one a delicious dish to be shared!
$40-$50, available at trytheworld.com
Linen Tea Towel
This 100% linen tea towel looks gorgeous in the kitchen and in unbeatable when it comes to drying dishes and glasses. This item is available for purchase online, or at the One of a Kind Show and Sale in Toronto. (P.S. I've had one of these for years, and it's my favourite kitchen linen ever!)
$30, available at atelierdupresbytere.com
Ricardo magazine subscription
There are plenty of food magazines on the market, but I have a particular fondness for this Canadian publication that is truly written with the home cook in mind.
$30 for a one year subscription, available at ricardocuisine.com
Homemade Edible Gifts
Handmade gifts from the kitchen are some of the best presents to give—and receive!
So this year, offer the foodies on your holiday shopping list the very best of the season, along with something delicious and straight from the heart.
See 7 of our favourite ideas here.
Cookbooks by Canadian Authors
There was no shortage of stellar Canadian cookbooks published in 2016. Some of my personal favourites include:
Out of the Orchard by Julie Van Rosendaal (for the fruit enthusiast)
Batch by Joel MacCharles and Dana Harrison (for the modern preserver)
Real Food, Real Good by Michael Smith (for the home cook)
Purely Pumpkin and Whole Bowls by Allison Day (for the whole foods foodie)
Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky by Karlynn Johnston (for the modern baker)
Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon (for the plant-based cook)
Staub Cast-Iron Cocotte
These wonder pots are undoubtedly the workhorse of the kitchen, and can be used for everything from simmering soups to braising large hunks of meat.
$200-$700, available at williams-sonoma.com
French Kitchen Marble Pastry Slab
A sophisticated kitchen addition for any home baker, marble slabs remain cooler than room temperature and are ideal for rolling out cookie and pastry dough. Can also be used as a serving board for cheeses, sushi, desserts, and more.
$70, available at crateandbarrel.com
Breville Belgian Waffle Maker
For breakfast and brunch enthusiasts, or your earlier-waking spouse. Bonus gift idea: If you're looking for a gift accompaniment, I highly recommend this bourbon barrel matured maple syrup.
$180, available at amazon.ca
The Chef and the Dish Culinary Experience
The Chef and the Dish is an online culinary school that connect chefs with home cooks (and their friends!) for a private cooking class via Skype. Each class lasts 2 – 2 ½ hours and celebrates the culinary culture of the region selected, taught by professionally accredited chef. Ideal for tech savvy and adventurous foodies! See our full review of this experience here.
$300, available at thechefandthedish.com