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Five Christmas Gift Ideas for the Foodie/Cook on Your List

Alice Eats Cookbook

1.   Alice Eats is an amazing cookbook. It is equal parts story, beautiful illustrations and fantastic recipes. Want to throw a Mad Hatter tea party? You will have recipes for that and they will be recipes from the fantastic Julie van Rosendaal so they will be amazing! Buy it  – at Chapters or most other places that sell books.

Le Crueset

2.  I have lusted after Le Creuset for YEARS. They are functional and so darn pretty. I’m not 100% sure how long they have this Mini Round Cocette set for sale for $80 but if you can still find them it is a great deal. Plus all proceeds go to Community Food Centres Canada. If not, take in all the beautiful colors in their store. I can’t decide which is my favorite….maybe the cobalt blue. Buy It – If you are in Calgary, you have to check out their store in Chinook Mall or google to find the many fine retailers where it is carried.


3.  Snackbox is an awesome delivery service that delivers a box full of healthy and delicious treats right to your door. You can sign up for a one time delivery or for a 3 or 6 month subscription. The longer you buy, the cheaper each box is. Pictured above is my second Snackbox and it has been awesome. Each time I got products that I had never tried and that I will definitely buy again. Currently this is available in Canada only but there are similar services in the US as well. They have a standard $6.95 shipping rate across Canada. 1 box is $33 plus shipping & tax.

4. Knife Skills Class – as any chef will tell you, one of the giant differences between a chef and a home cook is knife skills (myself included). Take a class and learn how to develop the skills to make cooking and prepping easier and more enjoyable. If you are in Calgary, I’ve heard great things about the knife skills classes at Knifewear. If you are not in Calgary, just Google “knife skills class” and the name of your city.

Chocolate and Wine

5. Chocolate and Wine – When all else fails, there is always chocolate and wine. Throw in a nice wine tool and call it a day! The bottle above is one of our favorites. It is quite inexpensive and very tasty. Definitely pick up a bottle (or a case like we did) when you see it. The chocolate bar is made here in Calgary at Choklat, Alberta’s only chocolate maker (they also have a store in Edmonton). You can buy their chocolate in bars or they will custom make truffles for you while you wait. All of their chocolate is dairy free so perfect for the vegan on your list. If you don’t live in Calgary or Edmonton, go to your local chocolatier and pick up some there.

I hope you enjoyed my list. What did I forget? What do you suggest?

Amanda @runtothefinish

Monday 2nd of December 2013

I think the monthly subscription boxes are so fun! I am loving the Healthy Surprise boxes since they are all vegan!


Thursday 21st of November 2013

Love the Le Creuset. I own a heart shaped one that was never used. A kijiji score for $25! I'd add a butter measure. This funky little tool I found at a kitchen boutique in Airdrie, AB. Great stocking stuffer for the foodie in your life. Use mine all the time and for under $5, it won't break the bank


Friday 22nd of November 2013

Love the tips Tracy. Plus I love the idea to look for Le Creuset on kijiji. It is so expensive so I have none of it. When I saw that gift set I loved it because it was a better deal and fun.

Jody Robbins

Thursday 21st of November 2013

I love the Knifewear suggestion. The Cookbook Co also has really good classes in Calgary, and their store is filled with fabulous products for foodies.


Thursday 21st of November 2013

I love Cookbook Company, Jody. I took a cooking class there and you are right...they are awesome.