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16 Gourmet Gift Ideas for the Foodie in Your Life

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Need a great gift idea for the foodie in your life? Whether it’s for a birthday, a thank you, or a ‘just because’, these great food gift ideas – from homemade gourmet goodies to unique dining experiences – are sure to delight them.

Homemade treats

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Nothing says ‘brownie points’ quite like baking your own gifts, and these gourmet recipe ideas are ideal gifts for friends and loved ones with a taste for something different.

Wasabi peas

Give a gift of crunchy, spicy goodness with a homemade pack of wasabi peas. Just soak some dried peas overnight, boil them with mirepoix until tender, then oven bake for 4 to 8 hours. Coat the peas with a mixture of wasabi powder, sesame-seed paste, rice vinegar and mustard and bake again until dry. Alternatively, you could try a wasabi pea snack mix, like this one from Food 52.

Wasabi mayonnaise

Spice up a simple mayonnaise with wasabi. This easy recipes involves mixing wasabi and water, then combining lemon juice and mayonnaise until well combined. It can be stored in the refrigerator with a plastic wrap until it’s ready to use. For the ingredient measurements and preparation method check out this recipe from Martha Stewart.

Goat’s cheese cheesecake

Give a delicious slice of cheesecake with the zesty notes of goat’s cheese. Combine biscuits, hazelnuts, butter and honey for the crunchy base and cream cheese, goats cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon for the creamy cake mixture. You can choose to top the cake with fresh berries, or roasted figs, honey, or anything your know your foodie will love. Check out the full recipe here.

Goat’s milk fudge

Those with a sweet tooth will savour this gift idea. Just use goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk in your normal fudge recipe for melt-in-your-mouth fudge with an added silky smooth texture and taste. This peanut butter goat milk fudge recipe from is perfect for a sweet tooth.

Apple and almond cupcakes

Include diced apples and almonds into your cake mix to make individual cupcakes that can be served warm as a dessert or cold as delicious snacks. They go perfectly with a dollop of creme fraiche to serve. This recipe is quick and easy to make.

Gourmet gift items

Why not spoil the foodie in your life with a delightful hamper made up of a bunch of gifts? There’s something here for every food lover, whether their favourite place is in the kitchen or at the table.

Bottle openers & corkscrews

Practical items that can also be talking points, give them a creative or quirky way to serve the refreshments.

Kitchen gadgets

Mortar and pestles, pulsers, spice grinders and avocado keepers are all thoughtful presents for a gourmand who enjoys spending time in the kitchen. If they’re a fan of wasabi, they’ll love their own wasabi grater to help them enjoy your fresh wasabi at just the right texture.

Cheese knives or boards

Foodies love an antipasto platter, so why not give them a cheese knife and cheese board they can use to create a beautiful one for guests?

Sauces, chutneys, oils and dressings

The ideal accompaniments to so many dishes and a perfect gourmet gift for foodies. Make your own for a truly personal gift, and they’ll think of you every time they enjoy it!

Loose leaf tea collections

A tea drinker will always appreciate a gift box of fragrant teas, particularly if it contains unique or unusual flavours to explore.

Foodie experiences

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If your favourite foodie enjoys trying new things, then one of these gourmet experiences may fit the bill.

Food tasting

Give their taste buds an outing with a food tasting trip. There are numerous gourmet tours to choose from, whether it’s a degustation dinner or a visit to a cheese or chocolate maker.

Cooking classes

If they’d rather have an apron on, cooking classes are always a great gift idea. Try Tasmanian destinations like The Red Feather Inn Cooking School, part of The Red Feather Inn Boutique Accommodation in Northern Tasmania. Owner Lydia Nettlefold, house chefs and visiting guest chefs use their classes to share passion for good food, the enjoyment of cooking and the splendour of Tasmanian produce. Or head to Lachlan in Tasmania for a paddock-to-plate cooking class at The Agrarian Kitchen. They offer a range of different classes from top chefs to suit all tastes – from charcuterie, to fermenting vegetables, to cooking with fire, handmade pasta, or sausages, pate and terrines.

Beer or wine tasting

Micro breweries and boutique wineries are highly popular these days, so why not give your favourite gourmand the gift of a brewery tour or visit to the cellar door? If it’s beer they fancy, try the Seven Sheds tasting room in Railton, Tasmania, or Saint John Craft Beer in Launceston. If they prefer wine, head to Bream Creek vineyard in southern Tasmania, or Ghost Rock, Josef Chromy or Velo Wines if you’re in northern Tasmania.

High tea

If your gourmet friend or family member likes the finer things in life, they’ll love a high tea experience complete with a pot of Earl Grey, cucumber sandwiches and scones smothered with jam and cream. The Grand Afternoon Tea at Hotel Grand Chancellor is a favourite Launceston tradition, where you can enjoy a selection of cakes, biscuits and freshly brewed teas. Or head to Wrest Point in Hobart from 2:30-4:30pm on Fridays.

Gourmet hampers

Everyone loves these edible treasure troves and you could even take one on a picnic with your favourite foodie for a truly decadent gourmet experience. Alps and Amici or Hill Street Home have some great hampers featuring delicious Tasmanian produce.

Restaurant experience

A beautiful meal out is the ultimate gourmet present, so take your loved one out for a meal in a popular restaurant. Or, if you think they’d prefer to take someone else, get them a gift card which they can use in a restaurant of their choosing.

The perfect gift for every foodie

Got a few foodies in your life? Bookmark this page so next time you need some gift ideas, you’ll have some ready to go!