The essential foodie gift guide for 2013

The best and most ideal gifts for the food lovers in your life.

by: Shaina Herman | 19 Dec 2013
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Make life easy this festive season and get people what they actually want with these spot on gift ideas.

For the celebrity chef aficionado:  Cookbooks
It may seem like a typical gift to give your friend who already has 20 Jamie Oliver books, but we’re telling you, your friend is a sucker for food porn, and add a photo of Nigella or Gordo and you’ll have them weak at the knees.

Head over to Kalahari for Frank Dangereux’s 'Feast at Home', Eric Lanlards Chocolat, Jackie Cameron's Cooks at Home, and more.

For the local foodie:  The ultimate dining experience
A gift certificate to the Test Kitchen in Cape Town, Five Hundred at the Saxon in Joburg, or any of the top restaurants in your area will certainly impress.

For the coffee lover:  A hamper of locally roasted coffee
Here’s our list of some paramount places to get your coffee groove on, but most of these roasters will ship to you, or can be found at your own local café.

Rosetta Roastery, Tribe Coffee Roasters, Deluxe Coffeeworks, Origin Coffee Roasting, Been There Coffee Roastery, and Espresso Lab Microroasters are top choices.

For the wine lover: Vinoair wine aerator
This Vinoair is recommended by our legendary wine guru Cathy Marston.  It's a practical gadget that you stick on the neck of your open bottle and then simply pour your wine through. The product adds air which makes the flavours and aromas come to life and the wine really opens up in the glass.  Available from Wine Concepts.

For the baker: Nonslip baking mats, rolling pins, cookie cutters and other handy items.
Browse Yuppiechef's bakeware section and dive into a world of baking gadgets, tools, trays, dishes, books, decorations, and kits and get it delivered directly to the giftee.  No hassle and a big return on scoring points for being the best gift giver ever.

For the kids in your life: Miss Lizz
Your little culinary geniuses will be bouncing around the kitchen with swagger looking swanky in their personalised chef’s apron designed just for them.  You can order directly from the website here.

For person who loves being a parent: Strawberry plants and gardening tools
Go to your local nursery or hardware store and pick up gloves, a pot, and a few fruit and vegetable seedlings.  Grab some stickers or paint for the kids to pop onto the pots, and wallah, you've gifted a long lasting present that will be a constant reminder to the recipient of how fabulously thoughtful you are.

For more kid friendly food projects Matt Allison on twitter featuring his life as a stay at home dad and creator, he's always got something original, funky, and good for the soul going on, he might guide you. 

For the braai master:  Bacon of the month club
The charcuterie king himself, Neil Jewell is peddling pork products right to the doors of bacon lovers across South Africa.   We know what you’re thinking… ‘I’m keeping this one for myself’ …. how selfishly delicious of you.

 For the hipster:  Vertical garden with organic seedlings (also see Bacon of the month club above)
It’s the gift that keeps on giving and the perfect way for that summer scarf wearing friend to get in touch with her organic roots (see what we did there).

Try Mooibos Gardens and Opus hanging gardens or DIY with this vertical pallet planter by Upcycle That.

For the person you don’t want to spend too much money on:  Edible gifts
Feeling guilty you didn’t get your co-workers a present? You should, you see them every day. Low on cash?  Score major ‘I really do care about you’ points with these inexpensive gifts you can make at home.
A simple salted caramel jar
Dark chocolate, dried apricot and roasted hazelnut bark
Chilli oil drizzle
Cookies packaged in a vintage tin

For the picky person who loves to eat but will definitely complain about it: The Entertainer Book
You will not win with this person no matter what you buy them.  So give them a gift of choice, with restaurants, experiences, and 5* treatment, you’ll be patting yourself on the back for a job well done.   


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