omg it’s almost christmas
Christmas is coming up, scarily soon. When asked what I want for Christmas, my mind always draws a blank – and I usually reply with the pre-programmed default of “Nothing!” or “I’m not telling you!”. It’s like a gift related amnesia.
Even worse is when I’m shopping for gifts, I end up buying more for myself. I guess it’s easier to buy for myself than for others, but then, gift giving is not meant to be a cake walk. It’s wrought with good intentions, dilemmas and what if’s. That’s why it’s the thought that counts.
I like to buy gifts associated with food – or (ugh, I hate the word) foodie gifts – they have the ulterior motive of being useful and chances are, won’t be thrown out immediately. Can’t think of anyone who would turn away lovely kitchenware (key word: lovely) or a cookbook. (When gifting a cookbook, bookplate it so they can’t chuck it out!)
Anyway here’s some gift ideas if you’re stuck on what to buy for a foodie friend.
Food Lover’s Guide to Perth, by Julie Mews & Lisa Hummel-Robson
Lots of hidden gems are within these pages. Fantastic for the person who loves markets and the freshest food possible. Food Lover’s Guide to Perth can be purchased at Borders, Boffins and Planet Books, to name a few.
Pretty to look at but not very useful because they have no handles. But I love babushkas so these sit on the kitchen shelf looking gorgeous. They can be bought at King of Knives, The Home Provedore and good kitchen stores.
Sushezi Sushi Maker
Ok it looks like a pipe/submarine and is almost sacrilege in the way it makes sushi – but this could be fun for novice japanese food lovers.
The hot tool for Kitchenaid owners – a beater that scrapes the bowl. If you really want to go all out, you could buy the Limited Edition Candy Apple Kitchenaid. My heart be still.
I heard these are really expensive but they are the real deal – imported straight from Belgium to Trinity Arcade. For the die hard, discerning chocoholic.
Beer Gift Set
The sets with a glass are particularly good – after the beer is gone, the glass is left. The better liquor stores have a better range – like Vintage Cellars. For the ultimate beer lover – buy him (or her) a ticket to a beer tour in the Swan Valley, where they can go behind the scenes at microbreweries and have a taste of everything along the way.
I guess if you’re not superstitious about presents, then these would make a fine gift. Laguiole knives are some of the best around and keeping to tradition retain a sharp pocket knife shape. Traditionally, a single knife requires 109 production steps. An expensive, quality gift for the steak loving man (which is almost every man) that doesn’t want socks or jocks this Christmas (which is almost every man). Look for knives that are produced in France.
Not just for desserts, the salon is hosting cooking lessons for both sweet and savoury. Buy lessons for yourself and a very special person to create some sweet memories.
Thanks to the Aussie dollar, champers is a bit more affordable this year which makes buying a decent brand (Moet & Chandon, Delamotte,Veuve Clicquot etc) (OR Krug – if you had a very good year) less painful than usual. It’s a great hostess present and who doesn’t love a bottle of bubbly to celebrate with. For girly girls, you could always hunt out a pink rosé champagne, like this one (complete with a pink bag!).
So, what would you like for Christmas?
Picture credits in order: Fremantle Press, King of Knives, Chef Tools, IKEA, Chef Tools, Amazon, DrinkStuff, Elegance 2003, Senatus.
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