It’s nearly Christmas and that means present time! So what do you gift that special person in your life who is obsessed with all things food, cooking and healthy living? Below are a few ideas for all budgets and foodie personalities!
First up we have Gifts for those that love to Cook followed by Gifts for those that love to Eat and Drink!
Lots of the below presents are also digital so there is no need to wait for delivery – just print and place into a nice card for those last minute occasions.
A little preface; some of the links below are for places, companies and products that are available in Australia (Perth, Western Australia in particular). But this doesn’t mean you can’t utilise the power that is Google and find the same or similar items in your local area 🙂
Gift for those that love to cook!
High Sided Sauté Risotto Pan – A super versatile style of pan this can be used for frying, sautéing, simmering and even roasting! Wide enough for pancakes but with high enough sides for curries and stir fries, if you’re going to buy someone a single pan then this is the one!
Spiralizer – Not just a fad kitchen gadget, a spiralizer can be used to make a plethora of healthy items – vegetable noodles (zuchinni, sweet potato, parsnip), fries (potatoes, sweet potato), beautiful salad ingredients (carrots, beetroot) and even rice (sweet potato, jicamba). For a whole heap of recipes check out Inspiralized.com & get it here!
Tea-Towels – Tea towels are an essential kitchen item and you really can never have enough! But don’t just gift the boring chequered or striped patterns, there are plenty of fun designs out there to suit all individuals. Check these out (there is also currently 20% off site wide at zazzle.com)!
– Rude Kitchen Series – B*tch Peas & Fork You Tea Towels
– Guac (Guacamole) Life Tea Towel
Cast Iron Skillet – There is something about food cooked in cast iron that just makes it taste so much better! Cast iron cookware is a wonderful conductor of heat and as such makes it perfect for crispy pancakes, roasting meats and root vegetables, and even baking cakes! Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
Fermenting Jars / Crocks – Fermented foods have made a big comeback over the last few years (think kraut, pickles, kombucha), and what better way for your foodie friend to learn to ferment but with an awesome kit! Check out the Mad Millie Fermenting Crock, Krautsource and Pete Evens jars Culture for Life.
Cooking Classes – Learning new kitchen skills and recipes is always exciting and there are so many different types of cooking classes out there now! So take your pick of whatever current foodie obsession or favourite dish your loved one is into and gift them a cooking class!
– Barista Classes and Latte Art at Dimattina or Five Senses Coffee
– Gluten Free Sourdough Bread Making with Yoke Mardewi at Wild Sourdough
– Fermenting and Preserving Workshop at Matters of Taste
– Cake Decorating and Patisserie classes at Sweet Artist Academy
and see here for a list of Perth’s Best Cooking Schools
Slow-Fast Cooker – I absolutely love my Breville Slow Fast Cooker and use it all the time for making bone broth, soups, pulled pork, curries and even pasta sauce! The versatility of being able to choose between the slow cooker or pressure cooker (depending on the recipe and how much time you have) is awesome! It also has steaming and keep warm functions, as well as a sauté function which allows you to brown your ingredients straight in the cooker (less dishes!).
Food Processor – Another kitchen item that really saves so much time for the enthusiastic cook! A good food processor makes chopping, slicing and blending a breeze, especially if you are making large quantities of food. Great for making cauliflower / broccoli rice, nut butters, bliss balls and even nut milk! Food processors come in a range of sizes and prices. I recommend purchasing the biggest you can afford so that there is enough room to meal prep ingredients. The Cuisinart 8 Cup Food Processor is currently on sale at 30% off!
Good Knives – This one is a more expensive gift but one good, sharp knife is really all you need in the kitchen. I have the Global 7-piece Knife Set and they are wonderful knives. You can often find them on sale so make sure to shop around.
Cookbooks – and of course cookbooks! There really are so, so many to choose from. Here are a few that are on my own wish list for the future (all healthy, paleo or gluten-free with new and exciting recipes).
– Healthy Made Easy by Luke Hines
– Fed & Fit: A 28 Day Food (Paleo) & Fitness Plan to Jump-Start Your Life by Cassy Joy Garcia
– My Paleo Patisserie: An Artisan Approach to Grain Free Baking by Jenni Hulet
Gifts for those that love to eat and drink!
Groupon Experience Voucher – Discount bookings and products sites like Groupon, Scoopon and Living Social are my go-to’s for an affordable new experience. You can find such a range of deals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, high tea, wine and food tours, coffee, brunch, desserts – it really makes eating out and experiences new things so much more accessible. I’m a big believer in gifting people unique experiences – they will remember them and cherish them more than material things.
Coffee Subscription – For those who are obsessed with the bean why not get them an ongoing coffee subscription? Amazing specialty coffees delivered straight to their door! Choose how often, how much and either their favourite types of curated samples.
– No BS Curated Coffee delivered monthly from $15
– Beanhunter Coffee Club from $19.50
– Market Lane Coffee Club
– joemerchant.co from $25.50
– The Coffee Post from $29.95
Temperature Mug – This cool little gadget keeps your liquids at the exact temperature you like. A perfect gift for those who work outdoors or those who detest their coffee / tea getting cold (who doesn’t?). Go check it out at Ember.com
Meal Prep Containers – Not just for gym-junkies, meal prepping is becoming more and more popular in the fight to reclaim your time and organise your life. You can find a range of containers from plain rectangles to compartmentalised versions. Why not gift a few different types and even an insulated lunch bag to make it a complete package!
– Ikea FÖRTROLIG Glass rectangle containers & round containers
– Stainless Steel containers from Eco Meal Prep
– Meal Prep Australia segmented plastic containers
– Fuel Insulated Lunch Bag
Cooking / Meals Delivery Subscription – There are so many healthy and tasty cooking subscription services out there now. Food and meal delivery services can make it just that bit easier to start a healthy resolution or save some time every week. Give the gift of not having to decide what’s for dinner 😛
– Paleo Meals Direct
– Kale & Co
– Fit Kitchen
– Caveman Kitchen
– Fresh Clean Eats
Restaurant Tour – what better way to explore your local area and eat all the delicious things at the same time than with a food / restaurant tour! This is a great gift to share with a group of friends or family. Curate your own by making a list and day plan of all the places you want to visit and gift this in a cute card or leave it to the experts and book with a local tour group.
– Eat the Street
– Food Loose Tours
Hot Sauce Subscription – If your loved ones like hot sauce they’re going to LOVE one of these hot sauce subscriptions! A selection of sauces delivered on the regular so that their tongues shall always be burning and their eyes watering.
Cratejoy Hot Sauce of the Month Club
– Chilli Bom
– Flaming Licks
Food / Wine Tours or Festival Tickets – Like restaurant tours, food / wine / beer tours and festival tickets are a wonderful gift to share with a group. Choose tours / festivals that match your friend’s favourite things to eat and drink but that will also provide a new and exciting experience. Below are some suggestions for Perth & Western Australia – check out what’s happening in your area and make a day of it!
– Wine & Food Events WA – Sunset Wine in Scarborough, City Wine in Perth, UnWined in Subiaco
– Taste Great Southern Festival
– Truffle Kerfuffle Festival
– Good Food & Wine Show