15 holiday gift ideas for the food-lover on your shopping list

Kate Mendonca
·Shopping Editor
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With the holiday season beginning to creep up on us, it’s a good idea to consider planning ahead if you’re shopping for loved ones this year. Canada Post is urging early Christmas shopping as well, in an effort to ensure that all gifts arrive in time for the holidays.

Whether you’re shopping for a spouse, a co-worker, or a friend, it can be tough to come up with the perfect gift idea, especially if you’re used to last-minute shopping. Luckily, we’ve gathered some top gifting ideas that are sure to be a hit.

Scroll through for our favourite picks that any gourmet-level foodie in your life will love.

Always Pan

Always Pan. Image via Our Place.
Always Pan. Image via Our Place.

Yes, the cult-favourite Always Pan with a 30,0000 person wait list is one of our top picks for gifting this holiday season. Not only is it beautiful (it comes in your choice of six colours), it’s also extremely versatile and ideal for small kitchens that are in need of multipurpose functionality.

SHOP IT: Our Place, $145

The Carryall Apron

The Carryall Apron. Image via Hedley & Bennett.
The Carryall Apron. Image via Hedley & Bennett.

Fashion meets function in this stylish apron that has pockets for all your essentials while you work. Shop it in a range of solid colours to suit your diverse personal style.

SHOP IT: Hedley & Bennett, $85

Dessert Person

Dessert Person. Image via Indigo.
Dessert Person. Image via Indigo.

In her debut cookbook, Bon Appétit contributor and former star of the hit YouTube show “Gourmet Makes,” Claire Saffitz offers wisdom, problem-solving strategies, and more than 100 creative and inspiring recipes.

SHOP IT: Indigo, $35

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De'Longhi Livenza Air Fry Digital Convection Oven

De'Longhi Livenza Air Fry Digital Convection Oven. Image via Amazon.
De'Longhi Livenza Air Fry Digital Convection Oven. Image via Amazon.

Air fryers are all the rage these days, and why not when you can get all the flavour of deep-fried food with a fraction of the fat? This one from De’Longhi offers air frying capabilities, along with settings to toast, bake, grill and more.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $300

Harvest Flavors Gift Basket

Harvest Flavors Gift Basket. Image via Hickory Farms.
Harvest Flavors Gift Basket. Image via Hickory Farms.

Though it may not be possible to get together with friends and family in person this year, you can still find creative ways to celebrate the holidays. This gift basket includes everything you’ll need to create a delicious charcuterie board, and can be shipped straight to your recipient.

SHOP IT: Hickory Farms, $45

Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer

Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer. Image via Uncommon Goods.
Automatic Pan Stirrer with Timer. Image via Uncommon Goods.

Ideal for the busy chef who loves to multitask, this automatic pan stirrer takes the work out of fussy sauces or soups. For recipes that call for continuous stirring, simply set up this little device and timer, and watch it work its magic.

SHOP IT: Uncommon Goods, $36

Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3-Pack

Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3-Pack. Image via The Detox Market.
Bee’s Wrap Assorted 3-Pack. Image via The Detox Market.

Replacing the need for disposable cling wrap or tin foil, these reusable and biodegradable food wraps are coated with beeswax for a plastic-free and sustainable way to keep food fresh. Each pack comes with three wraps in different sizes to suit multiple uses.

SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $30

The Smart Garden 3

The Smart Garden 3. Image via Click and Grow.
The Smart Garden 3. Image via Click and Grow.

There’s nothing better than fresh herbs when cooking up a storm, but here in the northern hemisphere it can be a challenge to keep them alive throughout the colder months of the year. This pod system basically cares for itself, and has room for three plants to grow.

SHOP IT: Click and Grow, $100

Instant Pot Duo 60 Teal

Instant Pot Duo 60 Teal. Image via Amazon.
Instant Pot Duo 60 Teal. Image via Amazon.

The internet’s favourite meal-prepping appliance now comes in an Instagram-worthy shade of teal, and is packed full of all the settings that the Instant Pot is famous for.

SHOP IT: Amazon, $122

Organic Traditions Limited Edition 12 Day Holiday Box

Organic Traditions Limited Edition 12 Day Holiday Box. Image via Organic Traditions.
Organic Traditions Limited Edition 12 Day Holiday Box. Image via Organic Traditions.

For the wellness-loving foodie, this boxed set of 12 superfood beverages is a must-have. It comes packed with eight instant lattes and four teas, as well as a booklet filled with key health benefits, original recipes, and tips on how to incorporate each superfood into your daily routine.

SHOP IT: Well.ca, $28

Swiss Modern Santoku Knife

Swiss Modern Santoku Knife. Image via Victorinox.
Swiss Modern Santoku Knife. Image via Victorinox.

No kitchen is complete without an all-purpose chef’s knife, and this Swiss made Santoku knife with fluted precision edge is ideal for a variety of jobs. It’s able to effortlessly handle and slice through meat, fruit and vegetables, and a walnut handle provides the perfect balance of elegance and functionality

SHOP IT: Victorinox, $109

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Baked Bacon Glass Ornament

Baked Bacon Glass Ornament. Image via Nordstrom.
Baked Bacon Glass Ornament. Image via Nordstrom.

Bacon makes everything better, including Christmas trees apparently. This cheeky ornament brings a bit of whimsy to any holiday decor this season, and is sure to win over the foodie in your life.

SHOP IT: Nordstrom, $25

Chocolate Bar Making Kit

Chocolate Bar Making Kit. Image via Etsy.
Chocolate Bar Making Kit. Image via Etsy.

This experiential gift lets you try your hand at chocolate-making from the comfort of your own home, and includes everything you’ll need to get started. Whether you choose to go for a classic milk chocolate bar or an over-the-top candy bar filled with mix-ins, you can get as creative as you like.

SHOP IT: Etsy, $38

Relish - Pumpkin + Spice Candle

Relish - Pumpkin + Spice Candle. Image via Paddywax.
Relish - Pumpkin + Spice Candle. Image via Paddywax.

Enjoy the comforting scents of pumpkin and spice in this candle that smells good enough to eat. It contains notes of spiced ginger, clove, pear, mandarin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course, pumpkin.

SHOP IT: Paddywax, $25

Phoebe Cake Stand

Phoebe Cake Stand. Image via Anthropologie.
Phoebe Cake Stand. Image via Anthropologie.

This gorgeous glass cake stand will dress up any table setting this holiday season and beyond, and makes a great gift idea for the avid baker in your life. Plus, hopefully they’ll get the hint and share some sweet treats your way.

SHOP IT: Anthropologie, $44

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