Ladies and gentlemen, we don’t know how it happened – but we’re in December and Christmas is so close we can almost taste the prawns and pavlova. With Christmas cheer also comes Christmas stress, and the inevitable rush to find gifts for your nearest and dearest that they’ll actually like. We’ve got the scoop on what to buy for the foodie in your life – and a few ideas that won’t end up regifted.
COOKING CLASSES AT GOLDEN PIG
Every year we start out saying we’re going to cook more, spend less, eat better, drink less, exercise more… well… we can help you out with one of those! Teach a man to fish and you’ll feed him for a lifetime, right? Same deal here. Give the gift that keeps on giving, cooking classes. Check out the wide range that Golden Pig have. From French Bistro to BBQ and everything in between, our favourite cooking school can transform anyone into a Masterchef.
Sure, Mum will LIKE John Farhnams autobiography – but she’ll LOVE a copy of Matt Moran’s new cookbook Australian Food: Coast and Country or the latest from Nigella, At My Table. Best of all, she might even make some of the recipes for you. Thanks Mum!
Acknowledge that your friends and fam are better at eating food than cooking it? We’ve got just the thing – restaurant vouchers to feast of the fabulous French-Vietnamese cuisine at Libertine. Our friends at Libertine realise that Christmas is the time to eat, drink and be merry so they’ve got the banquet of your dreams. Grab a voucher for 2 x 10 course ‘I’m Hungry’ banquet for just $109, normally valued at $158. And hey, they might even take you along!
We like to think of ourselves as a pretty multitalented bunch. Writers, professional food tasters, stretchy pant enthusiasts – we’ve got our fingers in a lot of pies, literally and figuratively. But bartenders? That’s one skill we just haven’t mastered beyond G&Ts (and even then, we should really leave it to Covent Garden.) But, maybe you’ve got a loved one with considerably more skills than us who might appreciate this cocktail making set from Barport! With a shaker, spirit measure, stirrer and strainer they’ll be whipping you up daiquiris faster than you can say BAR KEEP!
Move the food into your wardrobe, since it’s already stretching it out! Sock It Up takes our love of food to a whole new level with their fun prints. Get tropical with pineapple or bananas or walk tall knowing someone has a pizza your heart with pepperoni dotted socks. We can guarantee this is one present bound to be a socksess. Really want to get into the Christmas spirit? Check our their special Christmas packs.
Pamper your loved ones with some luxury this festive season with a gift certificate from Arbour Nail Lounge & Bar, where you can jazz up your nails while sipping cocktails. Treat yourself whilst you’re at it and buy two pedicures and a bottle of prosecco to share.
You know what’s always in fashion? Taking care of the planet! Give your coffee addicted mate a present that is not only damn stylish, but will fight the war on waste. They’ll look as good as they’ll feel sipping on their sustainable lattes. Check out where to pick one up here.
Don’t trust your taste enough to pick the vino? Too indecisive to choose a present? Let the team from The Wine Gallery take care of your Christmas woes. The wine experts will select three bottles a month to send to your booze loving beaus and you can choose how long you keep the love going.
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FROM EMILE & SOLANGE
Don’t be hampered by gift stress – leave it to the crew at Emile & Solange to pack your basket for you. Filled with French flare and gourmet treats including local cheeses and meats, biodynamic wines and chocolates, hampers range from $50-$160 and are available until Christmas to pick up!
MEAL DELIVERY FROM CAVEMAN KITCHEN
Got that health nut friend who is always hard to buy for? The one who spends their early Sunday mornings at yoga while you lie in bed debating whether you’ll make that brunch date or fake a sickie and order burger delivery? It’s OK, we don’t get it either. But be the awesome supportive friend you are and gift em a subscription to Caveman Kitchen’s healthy food delivery, so they can chow yummy dinners like pumpkin lasagne and lamb masala. Paleo-ho-ho.
You’ve got no excuse to regift this year!
Words by Emma Callaghan – the gourmand who always eats her friends presents.