I’m one of those few rare people who don’t like Easter Eggs and never really have so I always seem to get a small gift instead.
Foodies are easy people to buy for: they’re happiest in the kitchen and are satisfied with perusing a menu or flipping through a recipe book. However, foodies – due the amount of time they spend beside the cooker – tend to have all the vital equipment they need.
Kitchenware and crockery isn’t the smartest gift idea as they’ll likely own everything they could ever need! And, unless they’re being served something they’ve never heard of, it’s probably no use taking them out for dinner. So, if you want to nail the perfect present for your foodie friend, check out these five fantastic ideas…
A cookery course
No matter how skilled or knowledgeable they are, there’s plenty even the most accomplished foodie can learn. Why not sign them up for a bread making course at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage? Or, send them on a half day course at Raymond Blanc’s Cookery School at Belmond Le Manoir. These kinds of gifts are brilliant presents for foodies as they’ll strengthen their skills and pick up tips and tricks usually reserved for professionals. If your budget doesn’t stretch so far, consider a Yo! Sushi workshop or an organic chocolate making workshop for two – they’re a little less pricey, but still great fun!
A magazine or recipe subscription
Woman and Home’s Feel Good Food magazine might just slip down a treat… sign them up to have a glossy magazine delivered through their door every month with step-by-step recipes, tips, tricks and advice from the professionals. The content of the magazine will change depending on the time of year, meaning your friend will be inspired for everything from Easter extravaganzas, Christmas feasts, summer barbeques and beyond.
Music to cook to
As well as magazine gift ideas for women (and men!) why not consider gifting your foodie friend something that will make rooting round the fridge even more of a pleasure? We recommend a good sound system with an excellent playlist to keep them in good spirits when baking, whisking, stirring and sifting. A Bose or Sonos speaker will do the trick, and a Spotify subscription will mean they can create their own playlist to bop around the kitchen to. We also like that they can listen to a podcast or audio book when cooking, making all that washing up less of a chore…
If you’ve got a big budget, consider giving a generous gift in the form of a trusted, household appliance. For example, a Smeg stand mixer will prove super useful and last for a long time, and so will a Le Creuset pot. Both are staples in many well-equipped homes up and down the country and have been trusted by generations of cooks. And, they’re available in some pretty beautiful colours…
A specialist food delivery
A final gift idea that’s bound to be well received is a specialist food delivery subscription. Your foodie friend will love the variety and introduction to new ingredients, flavours and products via a Friday night curry spice subscription. A Primal Snack Box is perfect for health-conscious foodies on a specific diet, and we’d be surprised if anyone was disappointed with a monthly treat from Hotel Chocolat’s tasting club.