While Christmas is a time of goodwill and cheer, buying presents for your nearest and dearest can be a stressful situation. Trying to find the perfect gift can feel like an impossible feat as you navigate the busy shops, and try to balance your carrier bags without tipping over. Fear not, we are here to help you get through this festive season without hassle. That’s why we’ve put together a fantastic list for the foodie, wine lover or culinary king or queen in your life. From luxury getaways to presents for the little ones, we’ve got you covered.
Cheese Making Kit
Perfect for the cheese lover in your life, this nifty little kit will have them mixing up a storm in the kitchen. Choose from a Mozzarella and Ricotta cheese or a Mediterranean cheese making set and give your friends and family the chance to make delicious cheese to slather over their favourite foods. Depending on which kit you choose, you can make up 10 – 20 batches of your very own creation. Prices from €25.00.
Grow It Yourself – Kitchen Herb Kit
Unwins Herb Kitchen Garden Kit is ideal for the chef who wants to grow their own herbs but hasn’t got the garden space to do so. This kit is small enough to fit on a window ledge and means you can enjoy fresh herbs all year round. The herb kit comes in a wooden trough with 4 plastic pots, and 4 seed packets of chives, coriander, basil, parsley. An easy way to add flavour to your dishes, as well as saving you money on buying herbs! Price €9.99.
Matcha Tea Starter Kit
Thus cute Matcha tea starter set is fantastic for the health conscious pal in your life. Make your very own matcha tea at home and add a professional touch to your drinks. This gift comes with everything you need to kick start your matcha obsession including a whisk, bamboo spoon, bowl and matcha powder. Price €43.95
Give the gift of spice this Christmas with a flavour packed delivery service. Each month you will receive new and exciting spices that will help you pimp your cooking, and allow you to experiment with new flavours. World Spice Merchants have a wide selection of packages to choose from, so no matter what your palette, there will be a spice that’s right. Prices vary depending on gift size.
Fonté Latté Art Class
Have you got a coffee-addict in your life? Or a budding barista who wants to brush up their skills? If so, Fonté’s Latté Art Class is the most fitting gift. During this three hour class, you will learn the perfect technique for steaming milk to make foamy cappuccino, and how to pour latte art designs. You will also receive 10% off any retail purchase in store on the day of your class. Price €50.
Enjoy an overnight escape to the rebel county and soak up the best of what vibrant Cork city has to offer. The Montenotte Hotel and TheTaste are offering guests an unmissable offer to stay in this stylish and chic venue.
Enjoy an overnight stay in a deluxe room, with chocolates on arrival, a three-course meal in the Panorama Bistro and Terrace, a bottle of Prosecco and breakfast the following morning. Guest will also receive €10 spa credit, as well as full access to the leisure centre. Price €199.
Cookery Class Cuisine
Offering one-day, two-day and five-day courses for those really looking to up their game, Dunbrody’s cookery school caters for all abilities. Here you will learn all the basics such as larder, butchery and fish preparation, growing your own herbs and how to conquer gourmet bread and scones. Learn how to plan the perfect dinner party as well as food styling and presentation and how to create the perfect sweet treats.
For an afternoon tea with a difference why not hop on board a vintage double-decker bus and nibble on delicious delights. Vintage Tea Tours will allow you to get a unique tour around Dublin’s fair city while you enjoy 1950’s jazz music and good conversation. Prices from €25 for children and €45 for adults.
Beer Making Kit
This home beer brewing kit is the perfect present for any craft beer fan. Choose between Black IPA or Single Hop IPA and allow your creative juices to get flowing. It’s a great starter kit for anyone who is beginning to learn the art of brewing, and also good for those who want to start experimenting with their beers by adding their favourite flavours to their brews. Prices from €45.00.
Embrace your inner Tom Cruise with this molecular mixology kit and dazzle your friends and family with the Cocktail R-Evolution set. Take your cocktail making to the next level by making spheres that literally burst with flavour, whip up foams that are as light as air and learn how to suspend fruits or make molecular caviar. Price from €49.95.
Vinturi Wine Aerator and Decanter
Save yourself time and decant your favourite wine straight from the bottle with this Wine Aerator and Decanter. This gift is perfect for any wine enthusiast in your life. The patented technology enhances the flavour of the wine and means you will enjoy a beautiful bouquet with each sip. Try a before and after taste test using the Vinturi and you’ll definitely notice the difference. Prices from £49.99.
Rose Gold Cocktail Making Kit
Catering specialist Hugh Jordon has an entire shop full of kitchen gadgets that will make you want to fill your cupboards with chic designs. This copper pineapple cup is a must-have for any cocktail maker. Mix and match your favourite items and make your very own DIY cocktail making kit – choose from cocktail shakers, strainers, mixing spoons and more. Choose from colours like copper, silver and gold to make your Christmas cocktail extra special.
Wine Club Membership
Ideal for the savvy sommelier in your life (or even for yourself), this gift will allow you to savour wines from across the globe. When you join the Wine Explorers Club from Wines Direct you’ll get six expertly selected bottles of wine delivered straight to your door each month…we can’t think of a better gift! While each month you know whether you’re receiving red, white or a mixed case, each bottle will be different so you can sample a wide variety to find your favourites.
A must have for any budding chef, the Kitchen Aid is a multi-use gadget that will have you making Michelin star magic at home in record time. There are heaps of different attachments that you can buy to enable you to create a variety of dishes. Stir, spiralize and slice your way to culinary perfection. Prices from €665.00.
WiFi Sous Vide
This high tech gift is a must-have for any creative cook or tech whizz. The WiFi-enabled gadget comes with an interactive app that can be used to perfectly cook each dish you are preparing. The iVide Cooker is the world’s first water-resistant cooker – so if you accidentally drop it in water, it can survive in up to 1 metre of water for 30 minutes.
Retro Sweet Hamper
This Retro Sweet Hamper will be a hit with young and old with its amazing selection of sweet treats. Packed with 17 different types of sweets that are sure to take you on a trip down memory lane. Whether this gift is for the little kids or the big kids in your life, it will definitely sweeten your Christmas this year – the perfect accompaniment to snack on while watching Christmas films. Price €39.99.
Hot Chocolate Spoons
This is a delicious treat that will keep the kids entertained while they decide which flavour to try first. The set has four tasty options; mint chocolate, milk chocolate, caramel and orange. The best part is, each spoon comes topped with marshmallows to make them extra indulgent. Cosy up with a cup of hot chocolate by the fire this Winter. Price €12.99.
Mini Food Jewellery
This collection of food inspired jewellery looks good enough to eat! Ilianne Jewellery stocks an amazing selection of rings, necklaces, earrings and much more, that are as cute as a button. Enjoy candy canes and cakes without the calories with these dainty and delicious delights. Prices from €10.00
Sinéad is a Culinary Arts graduate from DIT. She is a passionate cook with a love of fine dining and modern Irish cuisine. A gin lover, Sinéad loves seeking out cosy new pubs and sampling a variety of craft beers.
If she’s not dining out, Sinéad loves travelling the world exploring new cultures and cuisines. Working with TheTaste allows Sinéad to fully immerse herself in the Irish food industry.