Gifts for the Foodie

We all love food – after all, you have to eat to live – but some of us love it just that little bit more. If you’ve got a foodie friend, these are great gifts to brighten their holiday this year. I recommend them!

Beautiful Briny Sea Truffle Salt – $22 at

Salt makes the world go round, and it gets a pretty bad rep. While anything in excess won’t be particularly good for you, salt gives flavour and depth to every single dish. Sea salt combined with fresh black truffles take it up another notch, making this a great gourmet gift for any foodie.

Philips Airfryer – $277.99 at Amazon

If you’ve got a foodie friend, chances are they have/want a deep fryer. While deep frying your own food may be slightly unhealthy, there is a way to do it with slightly less guilt, and that’s by using the Philips Airfryer. It literally only needs about a tablespoon of oil and still comes up with crispy fries, chicken and a million other things (they include a recipe book!). I love this thing. In fact, I want to go fry something now.

Mt. Baker Holiday Gift Basket – $69.95 at Harry & David

When you hear about gift baskets, generally you think of fruit, and no one’s feeling that for Christmas. Make it something worth their while by giving them a basket full of cookies and cakes. Seriously, I didn’t know what to go to first when this arrived: the cookies, the baklava, the cake… IT’S ALL SO DELICIOUS! The recipient will thank you for this, I promise.

Katz’s Fresh Corned Beef – $12.50 at Goldbely

Katz’s Deli is one of the best places to go for giant sandwiches in NYC, but you don’t have to live here to reap the benefits of their delicious food. Yes, you can actually order their corned beef (among other things) online. I have half a pound of sliced corned beef in the freezer (having made corned beef pie with the other half) and oh man, is it good. I know it seems weird to give someone a pound of meat for Christmas, but if you’ve got a foodie friend, they’ll understand.

Kusmi Tea’s Anastasia Loose Tea Tin – $25 at Amazon

Y’all know I’m a massive fan of Kusmi tea, and it’s packaged so wonderfully, it makes a gorgeous gift. Their large tea tins last ages and are so, so good (but they also offer smaller tins, boxes of tea bags and selection boxes with a tea steeper!) – I cannot recommend them enough. My gift recipients can expect a tin each this year!

Roaring Brook Dairy Chevre DIY Cheese Kit – $24 at

If there’s one thing I love in this world, it’s cheese. Well, there are plenty of things I love, but you get the point. Cheese is so delicious, and combine that with making it on your own and you’ve got a recipe for the best gift ever. I’ve tried mine and oh man, the results are amazing.

Galaxy Desserts Croissonuts (Cronuts) – $39.95 at Williams-Sonoma

I think the name “cronuts” is probably trademarked, so we’ve got to call these things Croissonuts, but it’s the same thing. Instead of waiting in line from 5am in hopes of getting a fancy one from New York City’s Dominique Ansel Bakery, why not get 18 of them sent to your doorstep to make from the warmth of your own home? NOW YOU CAN. Sounds like a good deal to me.

Chef’n Buttercup Butter Maker – $14.95 at Sur La Table

You’ve already made your own cheese, so how about making your own butter? Literally all you do is put cream that’s been left out for 6-8 hours into this little contraption, shake like mad, take the buttercream off the top and you’re left with AMAZING butter. Throw in a little salt (maybe some truffle salt?) and you have delicious, homemade butter that you made YOURSELF. Any of your foodie friends would love this thing – I know I love mine.