Gift Guide 2018: The best gifts for foodies

Gathering over food is one of the best parts of the holiday season. There are a ton of selections to savour and simmer, but in case you don’t have the time to check for yourself, we’ve complied a trusty list of some of the best gifts sure to impress that foodie on your list. Check out these 14 options, many of which come from Canadian companies.

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For the pasta lover, snap up this selection that includes a William Sonoma Pasta Night cookbook, authentic pasta sauce from Jules and Kent (Vancouver), silicone pasta tongs, RUMMO gourmet fusilli pasta noodles, Pehr Design napkins (Toronto), dark chocolate from fellow Canadian Dabble & Drizzle, and a stainless steel colander.
SHOP IT: Baskits, $75

The kit, perfect for cheddar cheese enthusiasts, can make eight batches and comes with all the tools and recipe guidance necessary to wow and chow about. For each batch you get 400 to 500 grams of cheese.
SHOP IT: Make Cheese, $59.95

This three-pack (which is on sale right now) comes with the essential bitters needed to intoxify those holiday cocktails. Each bottle is 100 ml in size and you can choose between orange, cranberry and aromatic bitters. Canadian-made bitters created using natural botanicals are where it’s at this holiday season, well, every season.
SHOP IT: Hudson’s Bay, $42

The classic game got a 2018 update — and now has 50 per cent more things to quiz on. Questions range from pop culture cooking trivia to historical food moments — there’s more than 100 pieces inside to challenge opponents with. This is a perfect gift for a host, foodie, friend, colleague, basically anyone who knows a thing or two about the culinary world.
SHOP IT: Amazon, $33.26

Sure, everyone loves to enjoy the holidays and all the food that comes with it, but do people get as jazzed about clean up? This cute electric table top cleaner may change that. It comes with a one year warranty and all you need to do is push the button, navigate the bug with your hands and suck away those crumbs.
SHOP IT: Starfrit, $12.99

A personalized apron is a simple and fun way to make a lasting memory, especially if you can come up with some funny taglines or special innuendos that spark conversations again and again. You can print two lines of text on the apron, which comes with four pockets, is 100 per cent cotton and measures 22 inches x 34 inches (adult sizing).
SHOP IT: Bed Bath and Beyond, $46.99

If you’re looking to step up your gifting game this year and offer something that doubles as a sweet collectible, check out this decanter with a sharp polar bear topper. Up to 24 ounces of liquor can be stored inside the decanter, which is made of trusty soda-lime glass.
SHOP IT: Pottery Barn, $170

Even in the winter months gardens should still grow. This compact indoor garden will help anyone who’s wishing to grow herbs or vegetables start doing so right when they open it. Giftees of the kit will be pleased to know inside is planter base, which holds a month’s worth of water thanks to its built-in watering component, a LED lamp, and basil starter pods. We’re also keen on it all since NASA helped research the soil mix found inside the kit. The fixture can be thrown in the dishwasher for cleaning.
SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $140 (approx.)

Electric pressure cookers, which were pioneered in Canada, have become a mainstay in many households and the speed and convenience are two reasons why. For the foodie that has a pressure cooker, or perhaps one that is in the market for one, hand them a book that offers one-pot meals and fixes that don’t have to be simmered and cooked for at least eight hours. There are more than a 100 recipes suitablle for main dishes, vegetarians, soup fans etc.
SHOP IT: Indigo, $29.99