What to Get A Foodie for Christmas
This Christmas season has the potential to be a Christmas gift-giving disaster. The regularly flowing supply chain has a few links missing, and if shoppers don’t plan and shop early, the notorious Christmas-Eve shoppers will be scraping the bottom of the gift barrel. We don’t want that for you! Our elves have been hard at work for months ramping up their production, so Christmas ornaments will always be available to you, our loyal customers. We’ve featured many different gift guides for the coffee lover, gardeners, the guys on your list, mom and dad, your wife, teens, and your husband. Our ideas are endless, and of course, we have ornaments to go with any occasion, memory or hobby.
Today’s gift guide is for the foodie. We all eat, but some people do it with passion, folded in with inquisitiveness, sprinkled with a dash of snobbery. We’ve come up with a list of gadgets, tools, and companies that could delight the foodie in your life—especially if it’s you.
Apps are out and charcuterie is in. It’s a great way for a foodie to show off the range of their taste with obscure cheese, gourmet olives and a pinch of flavored-infused salt or spice. The foundation is important, and a good board to build on is vital. Michael Aram has a few high-end, marble options, topped off with his signature flowers, or olive branches. Instead of marble, a wood charcuterie board adds a natural element to the setting and we think dark wood or compact, leveled board are good options. The coastal foodie (or the landlocked foodie who misses the ocean) might love a charcuterie board that features a bird’s eye view of the waves. Naturally, your foodie friend will love our charcuterie ornament to go with their new charcuterie board.
Over 600 edible mushroom varieties will keep a foodie expanding their mushroom collection. But instead of scouring the local market or grocery store for them, or hunting in the woods with a mycology society, foodies also might find satisfaction growing their own (though a membership to a mycological society would be a great gift for a foodie too!). Though there are not kits for all 600 varieties, there are mushroom logs for a few different varieties: oyster mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, pink oyster mushrooms and morel mushrooms. Mushrooms make an unusual gift, perfect for a picky foodie. And of course, don’t forget our lucky mushroom ornament or morel mushrooms ornament to top off this gift.
Obviously, there are enough books for a foodie to fill the kitchen, but only a few for the hungry-to-learn foodie. Cookbooks generally don’t cut it, because the foodie wants the next layer: they’re interested in the science behind the food and techniques. We recommend these books on the topic of food which aren’t necessarily the standard cookbook. Check with your local bookstore first! One is: An Edible History of Humanity by Tom Standage, diving in to the history and sociology behind food, and how it’s eaten, over time. The second is, Six Seasons: A New Way With Vegetables by Joshua McFadden. This book won a James Beard, and highlights and inspires the farmer/chef in their innovative use of vegetables throughout the year. The Science of Spice by Dr. Stuart Farrimond highlights the science behind flavor, and teaches the reader how to revolutionize their cooking with a new, expanded knowledge in spice. An experienced foodie might already have this popular book, but if not Salt, Fat, Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat is the new standard in cooking, flavor and technique. The final book (on our list!) for the foodie is Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan. For those who really love food, this cookbook and story guide the eater through popular and very coveted recipes. We have an entire category of ornaments dedicated to food. Any of these festive food ornaments will thrill a dedicated foodie.
The list of gifts for the foodie is never ending with the constant flow of kitchen gadgets and tools that pop up each year. Hunt for the obscure, the unusual ingredient, and you’ll be sure to delight the tastebuds of your favorite foodie. But as always, don’t forget the Old World Christmas food, dessert or candy Christmas ornament to go with it.