Gift ideas for people who love to cook

Gift ideas for people who love to cook

On your mark, get set, go! And we’re off! The Christmas shopping season has begun! Here are a few suggestions for culinary-themed items to add to your shopping list.

For those who like to travel: a large hand painted African stoneware bowl can be a great wall decoration. A striking ironware Japanese teapot, used for traditional tea ceremonies, is sure to please. Or why not transport your loved one to the Orient, with the delectable scent of assorted spices stored in a beautiful handcrafted box.

For those who appreciate comfort food: how about a ceramic pizza stone, which replicates wood oven baking. Little individual portion enameled cocottes for making delicious oven-cooked meals.  And instead of that coffee machine, what about a hot chocolate machine, which can whip up a rich chocolaty beverage topped with creamy foam in no time flat!

For wine lovers, here are two essentials: a Clé du Vin, a handy gadget which instantly assesses the aging potential of wine! Another idea: an instant wine decanter; much simpler than an aerator, it allows the wine to breathe and opens up the bouquet, thereby offering up a smoother and more enjoyable glass of wine.

Useful every day kitchen tools can also make really great gifts, when you put the emphasis on quality. For example, everyone can appreciate a well-crafted wooden salad bowl. A chef’s knife is also a really useful gift that will stand the test of time.

But beware; tradition dictates that the wrong gift can ruin the relationship between the giver and receiver. Don’t take any chances; a gift card for a kitchen accessories store will also do the trick!

And my final “sure thing” suggestions: a magnificent glass serving dish… or a “gift certificate” for breakfasts in bed!