What do you get for someone who binge-watches Food Network Canada, has Pinterest boards dedicated to sous-vide recipes, spends the entire day in the kitchen, and has a reservation in the newest restaurant in town the first week it opens?
Whether you’re shopping for a budding foodie or a well-seasoned chef these seven gift ideas will surely stir up some fun this December.
Cooks run out of spices all the thyme (excuse the pun) and they make a great stocking stuffers. Considering making your own spice blends, mini spice samplers, or rubs and marinades for the cooking enthusiasts in your life. If you want to save money Suraj spices in the ethnic aisle at Superstore are a good choice. But for quality and diversity, check out the Scoop n’ Weigh on Taylor for the best and freshest selection. Use mason jars you may have kicking around the house. For best results, keep spices stored in a cool, dry place.
- Kitchen scale
Kitchen scales weigh your food for perfect portions, and not everyone has one. “I want one so bad, but I would never just go out and get it,” said one foodie we know.
With so many out there, you’ll want to weigh your options. You can find a bare bones scale for cheap, but if you want extra functionality, try this one from London Drugs. It calculates calories, fat, protein, carbs, and more for 999 foods. Perfect for the nutrition freak in your life.
- Chef’s knife
If you have a large budget, a high-end chef’s knife may be the way to go. Premium knives come at a premium cost, no matter how you slice it – one knife can cost hundreds of dollars.
The Happy Cooker on Stradbrook sells a variety of brands, including SHUN and Miyabi. If you’re on the other end of town, be sure to pop in to d.a. Niels on Berry. They also do regular knife sharpening clinics where you can bring your dull knives in for sharpening.
- Coffee machine
If your foodie is obsessed with coffee, why not get them a coffee machine?
Everyone has a Keurig these days. If you’re looking for something different, try this machine from winnipegcoffee.com. It’s only a bit more than a Keurig, and it automatically grinds the beans for the freshest cup possible. And if you’re looking for something that won’t break the bank and still serves a great cup of joe, you can’t be a French press. Try IKEA for a great price any time of year on a French press.
And check out the tips right from DeLuca’s when Fabio DeLuca shared his tips for the best cup of coffee with CTV Morning Live Winnipeg.
- Food books
The only thing a foodie loves more than cooking or eating is planning their next meal. Your foodie can’t be eating all the time. Stimulate their mind instead of their stomach with a book like Appetites by Anthony Bourdain or, if you want something local, Winnipeg Cooks: Signature Recipes from the City’s Top Chefs by Robin Summerfield. How about a magazine subscription? Canadian Living, Chatelaine, or Bon Appetit are always great choices for recipes and food tips that are tried and true.
- Gift baskets
Consumables are fantastic if you’re not sure what tools or appliances your foodie already has.
Many local shops create their own gift baskets. DeLuca’s or G. A. Andrews can create baskets for any budget. If you want something more customizable, Fenton’s Wine Merchants in The Forks will create a basket based on your needs. If grab and go is more your speed (need a hostess gift in a pinch?) Costco or SaveOn Foods will have baskets ready to go too.
- Cooking classes
If your foodie wants to learn more about cooking, why not pay for lessons?
Both DeLuca’s and The Food Studio offer cooking classes. DeLuca’s offers demonstration-focused classes while The Food Studio is more hands-on. Both offer gift-cards so you can let your foodie decide which class is best for them. If you want to host a chef in Winnipeg’s newest commercial kitchen be sure to check out Kitchen Sync on Donald too.
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