What to gift a food lover this Christmas

by Kate Richards / 13 December, 2017

Edible Christmas
Christmas prezzie ideas for food lovers.

The French Cafe

The French Cafe

A restaurant voucher

The French Cafe Give the gift of a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a voucher in any denomination from this Auckland institution. If you’ve left it a bit late, the restaurant with the best service in the city can even same-day courier your gift. 

The Engine Room Carl Koppenhagen and Natalia Schamroth’s Northcote Point bistro is simply fantastic. Their vouchers are available in any amount and are valid for a year after purchase. engineroom.net.nz

Gemmayze St $50 could make someone’s Christmas with a voucher for this romantic Lebanese restaurant owned and run by Samir Allen and his mum, Liane Farry. Buy instore at Shop 16, St Kevins Arcade, 183 Karangahape Rd

Coffee subscription

Coffee Supreme and Kokako both offer weekly, fortnightly or monthly coffee subscriptions for the caffeine fiend in your life. coffeesupreme.com, kokako.co.nz

Ceramics

Commission a bespoke set of crockery from Good Girl Ceramics, or buy something pre-made from Tim Grocott’s shop, Taus. goodgirlceramics.com, taus.co.nz

Let them make their own by buying classes for a friend at Auckland Studio Potters, who offer classes most weekday mornings and evenings, and some weekends. ceramics.co.nz

Magazine subscription

Support independent publishing with a Stone Soup magazine subscription. Reading it is a food-nerd’s dream. stonesoupsyndicate.com

The Chocolate Bar Whether you choose a one-off gift or a year-long chocolate subscription, you’ll be in somebody’s good books. thechocolatebar.nz

A hamper

Cook and Nelson Perfecting the art of the fancy hamper, these gift boxes ($350) are a great option for those in the dog box or wanting to cross off multiple people’s gifts using one click of the mouse. cookandnelson.com

Father Rabbit Hampers for her, for him, for kids, for gardeners, for BBQ-ers, or the option to make your own. fatherrabbit.com

Cookware and serveware

Flotsam and Jetsam Most Auckland kitchens have some, but F&J’s speckled enamel serveware will be used to death. They’ve also got some nice Birchwood spoons for under a fiver. flotsamandjetsam.co.nz

 

Everyday Needs The Olio stoneware mugs in green are beautifully simple ($25 each), a Japanese copper grater is practical but lovely ($95), and the Gidon Bing lemon squeezers are kitschy-cool ($59). everyday-needs.com

Books about food

Everything I Want to Eat One hundred of Jessica Koslow’s favourite dishes from her lauded LA jam shop and cafe, Sqirl. $60 from Everyday Needs

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat If you’ve read The New York Times Magazine food writer Michael Pollan’s Cooked you will know the name Samin Nosrat – she taught Pollan how to fry onions. In her own book, Nosrat guides the home cook through mastering four basic elements: salt, fat, acid and heat. $55 from Time Out Bookstore

On Vegetables Vegetable dishes for every season and every palate. Perfect for a herbivorous friend. $70 from Time Out Bookstore

Cherry Bombe – The Cookbook All the best recipes from feminist food magazine Cherry Bombe in one handy book. $70 special order from Time
Out Bookstore

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