Most of us have at least one friend who is the “foodie” of the group. You know, the one who is always hankering to try the newest exotic restaurants and fusion foods, and who can actually tell the difference between high and low quality soy sauce. If this describes someone on your Christmas list, then listen up – any of these gift ideas are sure to make them smile. And if you would describe yourself as a foodie, you might want to add some (or all!) of these items to your wish list this year.
1. Sushi Kit
Your foodie friend probably likes sushi, but has she ever tried making it herself? Probably not. And even if she has, this kit simplifies the process and comes with all the tools she’ll need to make her own sushi rolls at home, as well as an easy-to-understand cookbook. All she’ll need to buy are fresh vegetables and fish. You can get a discount on it at Cooking.com.
2. Grow at Home Mushroom Kit
How cool is this? This kit, once opened, lets you grow delicious oyster mushrooms right out of the box. The mushrooms grow in as little as 10 days, and it can produce a quantity of up to 1 ½ pounds. Yum! Your favorite foodie will have a great time experimenting with new mushroom recipes using these home-grown mushrooms. Get the kit here.
3. Italian Cheese Making Kit
If you know someone who unequivocally turns his nose up at anything less than a true artisanal cheese (get your Kraft squares out of my sight), then why not let him learn the subtle art of cheesemaking? This Italian cheesemaking kit comes with everything your friend will need to make cheeses like ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella, and more. The kit can make a total of 13 pounds of cheese – so it should keep him busy for a while! You can buy it at UncommonGoods.com.
4. Teas From Around the World
For your friend with a taste for the exotic, this loose-leaf tea set is just the ticket. It includes 12 samples of teas from all around the globe – from Japan to England and everywhere in between. It also comes with a tea guide including maps, photos, and stories to accompany each tea. Sampling these teas will be like taking a mini trip around the world! Buy the set here.
5. Seven Seas Salt Sampler
This sea salt sampler is another great gift for a globetrotting foodie, or one that dreams of traveling the world. Each of the 16 salts comes from a different part of the world, and has a different color, texture, and mineral makeup. Your friend will love tasting them and finding out how the different flavors affect her favorite recipes. The set includes a brochure describing the origin of each salt and its suggested uses. You can get it from Amazon.com.