The perfect Christmas present for a true foodie.
December 1st 2015
Christmas is by far my favourite time of the year. I mean what’s not to love? Amazing food, great company, celebratory wine and a sneaky visit from Santa. It seems to me that no matter where you are in the world, everyone is filled with happiness during the holiday season. People shower one another with love, food, presents, kisses, hugs and affection. And I am guiltily one of these people. When it comes to Christmas, I spend countless hours either thinking about the perfect gift to buy someone or making sentimental presents for my loved ones. I often get far too excited and end up spoiling my family rotten with an abundance of presents. Now I know that isn’t want Christmas is about, but giving others gifts brings me so much personal joy, so why not? However, for many people buying Christmas presents can be quiet a stressful experience if you can’t think of what to get a loved one. So that’s where I come in. If you know of a diehard foodie, then the following Christmas list is sure to bring a smile to their face.
Cookbooks are a great present idea, as they give the recipient hours of new recipe inspirations. Not to mention, they might even try cooking a few of their new dishes, and you might get lucky enough to be a taste tester. If you don’t know what cookbooks to buy, here are a few of my favourite authors; Jamie Oliver, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Maggie Beer, Curtis Stone, Nigella Lawson and Donna Hay.
2) Magazine Subscription
Magazine subscriptions are a great present as they are the gift that keeps on giving. There is nothing better than receiving a new magazine each month with new recipe ideas or health and fitness advice. Some of my personal favourite magazines include: Women’s/Men’s Health Magazine, Delicious Magazine, Donna Hay, Jamie Oliver Magazine and Australia Healthy Food Guide.
3) New Gym Clothes and/or Accessories
How about buying your loved one some new gym gear? You could get them new clothing, or if you’re worried about sizing then a voucher to their favourite sports store. Alternatively, you could buy them some sport accessories, for example a water bottle, gym bag, hat, headphones etc.
4) Homewares and Serving Dishes
Any true foodie will absolutely LOVE new colourful and beautifully designed plates, bowls, jugs, serving platters, sauce jars, cheese knives, salad servers, placemats, tea towels etc. You know, all that unnecessary stuff that brings so much joy to a foodie’s cooking and entertaining experience. At the moment I am particularly obsessed with Turkish and Aztec inspired homewares.
5) Cooking Utensils
Has your loved one been mentioning how much they would love a new mix master, electric wok, slow clocker, barbeque, espresso machine, pots/pans, spiralizer, blender, food processor etc? If so, then why not wrap one of these up under the tree for them.
6) Exercise class/gym membership.
How about a 6 class pass to hot yoga, boot camp, boxing etc or a 3-month gym, pool, tennis court membership etc. Not only does it appeal to their health and fitness interests but it will also help them kick-start their 2016 the right way.
7) Romantic dinner dates
Give your partner 12 homemade vouchers, one for each month of 2016. On each voucher state their gift and any terms. For example; January: Homemade 3-Course Dinner, February: Romantic Dinner for Two (at their favourite restaurant), March: Picnic in the Park, April: Cocktails in the City. You get the idea, be creative and personalise the present.
8) Cooking classes
As a foodie, I absolutely love learning new cooking techniques. Therefore, giving your loved one a cooking class for Authentic Thai or Pasta Making could be a great idea. These classes are designers for people of all cooking capabilities and is a fun way to broaden your cooking horizons.
I hope that list of ideas help you find the perfect gift for your loved one.
Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.