You only have to turn on the television to see how much us Brits love our food. Programmes such as Masterchef and Come Dine With Me attract huge viewing figures and sales of kitchen gadgets have never been higher. As the recession starts to bite, more or us are taking an interest in cooking meals from scratch rather than buying pre-prepared meals from the supermarket, and every weekend there are farmers’ markets across the country. People who are into food and cooking are very easy to buy gifts for, but getting something unusual and interesting is a little more tricky.
Cookery School Days
In response to the demand to learn new skills, there are cookery schools across the country offering something to suit everyone. Courses range from week or month long residential courses designed to prepare people for a career in catering to a morning or afternoon session learning how to cook some tried and tested dishes in a sociable, relaxed environment. Nearly all cookery schools will sell vouchers, so if there is simply too much to choose from, the decision can be left to the recipient.
Gadgets and Gizmos
Any enthusiastic cook will be delighted with the gift of some new knives, measuring cups or cookie cutters in unusual shapes. Even the supermarkets now stock a good range of gadgets and cookware sets, and this means great quality items can be bought at a reasonable price. For bigger ticket items like food processors, club together with others or buy vouchers so that the recipient can choose their own gifts. Small gifts such as pasta cutters or brightly coloured silicone cupcake cases also make excellent Secret Santa or stocking filler gifts. Cookware sets are a practical gift which will remind the recipient of the person who gave them the gift every time they take the sets out of the cupboard.
The days of the traditional cook book may be numbered as an increasing number of publishers and celebrity chefs are turning to technology to publish their recipes. There are literally thousands of recipe demonstrations on internet sites such as You Tube, and apps can be downloaded for tablets like the iPad or for most smartphones to give step by step instructions on how to produce the featured dish. A great gift for an enthusiastic foodie is a subscription to their favourite magazine in digital format, or vouchers for iTunes which will allow them to download apps to their tablet or phone.
The hamper as a gift is a tried and tested delight for all tastes. As well as the traditional Christmas hampers featuring puddings and chocolates, hampers are now available containing all manner of gourmet products such as locally produced cheeses, wine or biscuits. Hampers are a hassle free gift as they can be easily ordered online and then delivered directly to the door of the recipient. If buying for someone who lives overseas, shopping online for a hamper to be delivered locally is one of the easiest and tastiest foodie gifts possible.
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