Top 10 Gifts for Foodies

Foodie:  “a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.” – Wikipedia

Does the above describe someone in your life? Gift giving to a foodie can be super fun, or super intimidating. If you’re searching for an awesome and unique gift this holiday season look no further! Here are my top 10 foodie-approved gift ideas. They are bound to please and if you’re lucky you’ll benefit from them as well!

1. A Cooking Class

The Big Carrot offers some very unique cooking classes suitable for anyone – from beginner to foodie fanatic. Our classes are taught by nutrition experts so you’re bound to get a load of beneficial info along with your delicious recipes. Why not sign your beloved foodie up for a tailored kitchen experience? Check out the details here

2. Homemade granola

Why not introduce your foodie to a jar of nutrition packed grain free granola. Not your average morning cereal! Make up a nice label and off you go! Find a great recipe here.

3. Homemade baking mixes – cookies, pancakes, muffins

Even foodies can appreciate a recipe with half the work done. Next time you make a batch of your favourite goodie set aside another batch of the dry ingredients. Find a nice jar to put them in, write the wet ingredients needed on a card and instruct the recipient to add and bake. Voila!

4. Medicinal mushrooms

Lion’s Mane, Chaga, Reishi. These fungi can take a foodie’s liquid lunch to a whole new level. They are not only a great alternative to coffee but the health benefits are what make these mushrooms a true superfood! Include a homemade recipe card with this Buttery Chaga Latte recipe!

5. Homemade spice rub

Test your foodie’s taste buds with a mystery spice blend. Do you make a mean chili? Or perhaps your burgers have that ‘je ne sais quoi.’ Combine your winning spice blend in a jar with instructions. Your secret’s safe with, well, you!

Try this Mole Spice Rub!

6. Yogurt, kefir and kombucha starter kits

The benefits of fermented foods are big news in the health world. Get your foodie all the equipment and ingredients they need to start their own food lab. We’ve got everything you need from books, to strainers, to kombucha aliens (*ahem* scobies). Ask our customer service desk for details.

7. Blender

There’s no denying it, professional grade blenders are just better. And so, therefore, will be your smoothies, soups, and spreads! Give your foodie a little Vitamix magic this holiday season. They will not be sorry! Ask our customer service desk for details.

8. Juicer

Ok, so your foodie already has a Vitamix (magic, I’m telling you!) and a food processor, a waffle iron, a dishwasher…ya they’re pretty hooked up. But do they have a juicer? Freshly pressed orange juice for brunch mimosas and green juice for the next morning – brilliant!

9. A gourmet cooking oil

Step aside olive oil, there’s a new guy in town. The flavour possibilities are endless with these fascinating fats. Try hazelnut, pistachio, walnut, avocado or truffle oil. You’re foodie will be producing restaurant worthy results in no time!

10. A gourmet salt

Your foodie has probably already upgraded to sea or Himalayan salts but have they heard of Black Lava salt? This finishing salt contains activated charcoal and has a unique smoky and earthy flavour. And yes, you guessed it, Black lava salt can be found on our shelves.

Here’s hoping you and the foodies in your life have a happy, healthy and gourmet holiday season. Cheers!


Kate McMurray, Certified Holistic Nutritionist

www.katemcmurraynutrition.com