It’s that time of the year again! Christmas is less than two weeks away and if you don’t have a clue what to get for the food lovers in your life yet, don’t panic! We have curated our 2016 holiday gift guide so you can do some last minute shopping without a sweat. From Italian aged balsamic vinegar, Negroni lip balm to the world’s best extra virgin olive oil, there’s something for everyone on this list.
For the vinegar fanatics: Balsamic Vinegar from Antica Acetaia La Secchia Quarterly Subscription – $158
This Italian balsamic vinegar is the real deal. Aceto Balsamico Di Modena *IGP from Antica Acetaia La Secchia is produced right from Modena, Italy and aged in 5 types of wood barrels including cherry, oak, acacia, chestnut and mulberry. Drizzle it on a fat chunk of parmesan cheese and you’ll wonder where this balsamic has been after all this time. With a quarterly subscription from Food52, you’ll get a 8.45 bottle delivered to your door every 3 months for an entire year.
For the home cooks: Domenica Fiore extra virgin olive oil – Olio Monaco 500 ml, $40
Exclusively made with Canino olives, our monocultivar Olio Monaco is a medium robust extra virgin olive oil with elegant notes of dried fruits and almond with a good balance of bitterness. We love using it as a finishing oil with legume soup, grilled meats and vegetables. Enjoy 15% off with our special promo code HolidayMonaco!
For the cocktail lovers: Stewart and Claire Negroni Lip Balm, $8
There’s no lip balm out there that are quite like the ones from Stewart and Claire. Inspired by classic cocktails, Stewart and Claire makes lip balm with pure essential oils distilled from botanicals, organic shea butter and golden beeswax with no artificial scent. Our personal favorite is the Negroni lip balm, which has the dazzling notes of spiced orange and junipers.
For the serious foodies: Pusateri’s Ciao, bella! Gift set – $470
This luxurious gift set features only the finest from Italy’s luxurious food brands, which will surely make the serious foodies swoon. With an assortment of Italian egg pasta, spicy peperoncino arrabiatta, sea salt with truffle, Domenica Fiore’s Olio Reserva, mushroom and basil white wine sauce and other Italian pantry items, you’ll be well prepared to cook up the best Italian feast this holiday season.
For the recipe books collectors: Appetites by Anthony Bourdain – $22.5
Appetites is Bourdain’s first cookbook in over a decade and it’s been eagerly-awaited since he left his professional cooking career. The book revolves around family recipes that Bourdain has experimented and tinkered at his home throughout the years. Perfect for the home cooks and those who want to learn more on home entertaining!
For the truffle lovers: Sfoglini Truffle Gift Box – $40
This whole gift box is a treat for those who love truffles. Sfoglini Porcini trumpets paired with Urbani Porcini & White Truffle Cream Sauce, Truffleist Black Summer Truffle Oil and whole rosemary? We’re so down for a truffle feast. A recipe card is also included in the box!
For the coffee / chocolate addicts: Blink Espresso Bark – $17.95 (Available at Edible Canada in-store and online)
The Vancouver-based company specialises in chocolate barks that come in the form of tablettes so you can have the fun of breaking them into chunks at home! Each bark tablette is hand-crafted with quality chocolate and this espresso dark chocolate bark is the finest proof that it’s never too early to eat chocolate in the morning.
For the bookworms: Cherry Bombe Magazine, $40 for a yearly subscription
This quarterly independent magazine celebrates everything about women and food. Each issue is dedicated to featuring stories of women in the food industry with beautiful photography. They also run a weekly podcast under the same name!
For the minimalists: Hasami Porcelain Mug Cup, $19
The minimalist Hasami Porcelain mug is perfect for a morning brew of tea or coffee and we love how it feels in hands. The material used in the mug is chosen to replicate the original feel of Hasami style pottery originated in the 16th century. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
For the pasta makers: Marcato Atlas 150 Pasta Maker, $51
Made of nickel and chrome-plated steel, this Marcato Atlas pasta machine is sturdy and great for making spaghetti, fettuccine and lasagne. You can also customize the thickness of your pasta with its 10 thickness settings.
For the Italian lovers: Saul Good Italian Kitchen Gift Set – $135
This Italian-themed gift set is another of our favourites this holiday season and it includes artisanal pantry items from Vancouver-based producers, as well as Domenica Fiore Olio Reserva. It’s the perfect kit you need to make comfort food for this cozy Christmas.