Gifts for the food lover

It’s that stressful and joyful time of year again when we find ourselves rushing around to find the ultimate gifts for those who we love. While I can’t help with suggestions for your great uncle Al, I can, however, suggest gifts for the food fanatics on your list.

Cupcake ornaments


Here is a list of memorable gifts that have been received and hoped for by Canadian Living foodies…

“The best-ever food Christmas present I received was a hand-crank, attach-to-the-table pasta maker. I don’t pull it out very often, but when I do… look out! We have some pretty serious and authentic cook-downs at my place! In fact, I can’t eat lasagna, ever, unless I make it from scratch (pasta and all).” – Rheanna Kish, senior food specialist

“My best foodie gift so far: a massive Le Creuset Dutch oven (thanks, Mom and Dad!). It makes cooking soups, stews, curries and everything in between a pleasure. It’s also the prettiest thing on my shelves, and it’s going to outlive me for sure.” – Tina Anson-Mine, executive editor, food and books

“I’ve received all sorts of food- and cooking-related gifts over the years, from the highly coveted (vintage Pyrex) to the purely useful (a rolling pin) to the bizarre (a tool for frenching green beans – my least favourite green vegetable). The items on my wishlist this year include a tiny travel tin of Maldon sea salt, a classic Le Creuset Dutch oven and a copy of Nigel Slater’s The Kitchen Diaries II. But I’d settle for a chocolate bar from Soma!” – Austen Gilliland, senior food editor

“One of the best foodie gifts I’ve received was a McClary’s cast-iron drip-top Dutch oven from my mother-in-law. There’s no date stamp on it, but I know it’s vintage. It belonged to her grandmother. We use it so much this time of year, I don’t know how we were surviving without it! As for this year, I’ve been really into making cocktails lately and would love some handsome old-fashioned or lowball glasses out of which to enjoy them!”  – Daniela Payne, web food editor

“My fave foodie gift to date is a duo of cherry red Le Creuset Dutch ovens (one small, one large). I use them all of the time for soups, braised meats, chilis and stews. I love them, really. This year I will gladly accept a box of edible goodies from my favourite chocolatier.” – Amanda Barnier, food specialist

“One of the favourite holiday gifts I’ve received has to be my SodaStream. We used to be big San Pellegrino drinkers, but now we can make our very own carbonated water at home. It’s eco-friendly and a great money saver – but mostly it’s a fun and easy way to always have sparkling water on hand.”
– Jennifer Bartoli, food specialist

“My pick would be superfun stocking suffers that are foodie focused, such as bacon-shaped Band-aids or a camera lens timer. I really love fun and unusual food-themed things that I wouldn’t otherwise buy for myself. A gift like this is actually very thoughtful because it really shows me how well someone knows me.” – Irene Fong, food specialist

Great stocking stuffers…

Good vanilla extract, food-themed ornaments, finishing salts (such as truffle and Hawaiian sea salt), flavoured oils (such as avocado and walnut), charming dish towels, gourmet chocolates, a gift card for a restaurant or even a promise to make them a home-cooked meal.

Cherry pie ornament


What is on your foodie Christmas list this year? A new mixer, pepper grinder or set oven oven mitts, perhaps?