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Christmas Gifts for Foodies

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by Mihaela Schwartz (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and an avid traveler.
Published November 9th 2015
Have a delicious Christmas
How do you come up with the most suitable Christmas gift ideas that will make this year's holidays a bit brighter for your loved ones? One way of finding such presents that make everyone feel warm and fuzzy inside is to take into consideration their personal preferences, interests and hobbies. Just in case you know any foodie (who doesn't?), here are a few ideas of gifts you could offer them this Christmas:

DIY Kits

Is your foodie a huge fan of bacon? Well, there is no surprise here: most foodies have strong feelings for their bacon slices. How about a DIY kit that includes everything they need to prepare their own smoked bacon? Along the same lines, you can go for a barbecue set, or a kit of sauces or special spices. These are some of the things a foodie would really like to have in their kitchen.

herbs garden
Herbs garden - Shutterstock/Alexander Raths

Culinary herbs set

Would your foodie like to do a bit of gardening too? Nothing too much, just some watering and caring for a few plants. If so, you might consider getting them a culinary herbs set so that they have their own mini-garden with fresh parsley, mint, dill and basil at hand whenever they need.

Ebleskiver or Dutch Delight - Shutterstock/Charlotte Lake

Ebleskiver Pan

Inspire yourself from the Scandinavian culinary culture and get your foodie friend or family member everything they need to prepare the little delicacies known as ebleskivers. The pan is rather inexpensive (you can find one on Amazon for $25). If you want to make their first such experience easier, throw in a mix pack or a recipes book for these Scandinavian pancakes.

Cooking classes

Usually foodies like to cook as well. Unless they hate cooking (make sure of this before you purchase the gift), a 'learning how to cook Italian style' experience would be a delight for anyone who likes food at least as much as I do. Just check if you find some cooking classes in their area of residence and purchase a voucher they could use according to their schedule within the next few months. They will have fun and remember why.

pork knuckle

A culinary trip

Is your foodie a very close friend or family member? Maybe even your spouse, sibling or parent? Then, you may want to splurge on a trip with culinary scents. You could fly them to Rome or Milan to taste the original Italian pasta recipes, Barcelona for some of the best tapas money can buy, Valencia to see what a real paella is really like, Prague for some really hearty dishes, Paris, NYC or Lisbon, to mention just a few of the world's culinary capital cities.

Cook or Be Cooked Game

Available for a price of $23 on Amazon, 'Cook or Be Cooked' video game by Food Network allows players to take over the kitchen, doing anything a chef does, from chopping and stirring to baking and plate decorating in order to earn the judges' appreciation. Revolving around the foodie's passion, it has all the potential to become an instant hit!

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