If there’s one thing we know, it’s that you should approach Christmas shopping with a plan. The crowded car parks, frazzled shop assistants and plethora of options are overwhelming enough as it is.
Here at Food Network, we’re all about spreading festive cheer – so to lighten your Christmas shopping load we’ve done some of the planning for you, with this roundup of our favourite gifts for any food-loving friends and family.
Consider this our present to you – and let your belly be your guide!
1. COOKIE MIX JAR
It’s all the best bits of homemade cookies (the smell of baked goods wafting through the house, licking the mixing bowl) – with none of the hassle. These mason jar beauties are simple enough to pull together yourself, and are nice and easy on the wallet too. From classic oat, to choc-toffee, or even candy cane, the flavour inspirations are endless. Get all the tips on how to make them here.
2. CHEESE DIY KIT
Cheese? Yes please! For food enthusiasts who like to be involved at every step of the way, this kit gives them the chance to embrace their inner fromager. It contains nearly everything needed to create an array of delicious fresh and aged hard cheeses at home - just add milk.
3. PERSONALISED WOODEN CHOPPING BOARD
Whether you’re a pro-chef, or just learning the culinary ropes, this one-of a-kind, yet practical number is a sure fire way to encourage more time spent in the kitchen. A great addition to any foodie's countertop. Find it here.
4. CHRISTMAS BISCUITS
As well as being downright delicious, these pretty stained glass biscuits from Jeni Barnett's 12 Chefs of Christmas make great Christmas decorations. Be warned – they may be gobbled up long before your tree decorating session is over, so be sure to guard them carefully!
5. KITCHEN WINDOW HERB GARDEN
One of our pet peeves in the kitchen is buying a whole bunch of a fresh herbs, for a recipe that only requires a tablespoon's worth of it. What’s an easy solution? Grow your own! Nothing beats the convenience of quickly snipping the exact amount you need off your own herb plant on your kitchen window sill, so make it a green-thumbed gift this year. This kitchen herb grower is perfect for gardening novices.
6. FOODIE DICE
Ready to shake up your tired cooking routine? This fun invention solves the age old ‘what’s for dinner?’ question with a simple roll of the hand. Five different dice offer protein options, cooking methods, grain/carb election, herb choices, and bonus ingredients. With over 186,000 possible meal combinations, there’s no excuse for not being creative in the kitchen. Check out this cute gift here.
7. COCONUT ICE
Nothing says you care more than a homemade gift, and these retro sweets from Jeni Barnett's 12 Chefs of Christmas are just the ticket for a festive foodie. Package up piles of the slices in clear cello wrap or a retro biscuit tin, keep things on theme with a homemade card, and you’ll be everyone’s favourite gift giver. Just make sure you keep some for yourself! Get the recipe here.
8. COOKIE STAMP
If it was good enough for the leading lady in Alice in Wonderland – then it’s good enough for us. It’s rare that we’re unsure what to do when faced with baked treats, but we love the idea of marking your cookies with this handy dandy ‘EAT ME’ stamp before baking to make sure there’s not a shade of doubt left.
Catch Food Network's Festive Feast line-up next week:
- Giada at Home: Holiday Kitchen Takeover ǀ 5.30pm AEDT ǀ 21 December
- Rachael Ray's Easy Holiday Feast ǀ 5.30pm AEDT ǀ 22 December
- Kitchen Inferno ǀ 5.30pm AEDT ǀ 23 December
- Jeni Barnett's 12 Chefs of Christmas Marathon ǀ 5.30pm AEDT ǀ 24 December
- Cake Wars Christmas Marathon ǀ 5.30pm AEDT ǀ 25 December