Our 2013 compilation of Christmas gift ideas for gourmets
By Simona Piccinelli, Italy Tour Specialist
It’s that time of the year again, we are a few weeks away from Christmas and still need to find the perfect present for our loved ones, family, neighbours and friends. Yes, for our New Year resolutions, among others, we promised ourselves that we would have bought gifts throughout the year or handmade them well in advance, but we are all human and in February we usually forgot about 98% of the intentions we had, until Dec 31 comes once again.
So here we are again … before starting to panic, have a look at our suggestions for useful, unconventional gifts for wine and food lovers. And if you are sick of getting the umpteenth pan or corkscrew, you could accidentally leave this page open on your laptop located where everybody in the family can see it, post it on your facebook page or forward the link to your best friend 😉
TABLET HOLDER FOR THE KITCHEN
Tablets and ebooks are replacing volumes, also in the kitchen, so here is a tool a 2.0 chef, like you are, cannot miss!
CULT PIZZA BOOK
If your uncle loves to fish and your auntie doesn’t know where to store all the salmon and trout, the perfect gift for them is a home smoker with a selection of different woods chips, creating a taste of an authentic Irish smokehouse….RIEDEL GLASSES AND WINE ATLAS
After he tasted the Barolo Massolino you served last year, your cousin felt in love with wine, subscribed to a wine club and organizes monthly wine tasting dinners at his place, so a set of Riedel glasses and a classic like Hugh Johnson’s Atlas of Wine is a surefire hit.
ARTISAN CHEESE KNIVES
For your sister in law who went to Ireland this summer to celebrate The Gathering and discovered a world of artisan cheeses , a design set of cheese knives, by Alessi. Each knife has the signature of the artisan who made it.
For your brother who loves hiking in the woods with his dog on Sunday mornings, a professional truffle slicer, with the warmest wish to find some truffles soon (and share it with the family!). Add a jar of natural black truffles and some truffle tips -why not print out our insider’s guide to truffles– to help him fetch some beauties. POSH ITALIAN COOKING APRON
For your fashionista sister, a fabulous cooking apron made by one of the most famous fashion designers and artists would be a winner.
RARE GREY GOOSE
For your brother in law, who looks only for exclusive and one of a kind items, one of the 3 rare examples of l’ Origine Grey Goose vodka magnum kept in an artistic sculpture.
HISTORIC FRENCH FOOD DICTIONARY
For your niece, who recently fell in love with French literature and macarons, an amazing food dictionary by the one and only Alexandre Dumas
For your nephew who finally turned 21, a bottle of 1992 vintage Bas Armagnac, so he will learn that drinking is something serious to be appreciated and savored slowly.
STYLISH NEW ESPRESSO MAKER
For your partner, who is a zombie and grumbles until the second coffee of the morning, the latest espresso maker on the market by Illy, produced in cooperation with a Swiss mechanical engineering company.
FRENCH GOURMET COOKBOOK FOR BABIES
For your friend who used to dine out weekly at French restaurants before becoming a parent, and whose baby is close to the important weaning time, a precious recipe book by Alain Ducasse, to blend the old passion with the new life.
ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE HAMPER
For your parents who celebrate an important anniversary next year, a selection of Italian wine and delicacies (we suggest Gobino gianduiotti chocolate, Spigaroli culatello ham, Parmigiano cheese, Panettone, Poggio Cappiano extra virigin olive oil, Bellavista Franciacorta, San Polino Brunello di Montalcino, Marisa Cuomo Gran Furor, Bukkuram Passito di Pantelleria or a gift pack from Roscioli ) and a free subscription to the Cellar Tours newsletter to start dreaming and planning their celebration tour in Italy…