03 Dec Gifts for Calgary Foodies
food·ie // ˈfo͞odē/ a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet.
Are you in need of gift ideas for the foodies & food enthusiasts in your life? Our handpicked gift guide includes local Calgary-crafted items & items that can be found online just in time for the joyous Christmas season.
Are we missing one of your kitchen faves? Let us know by posting a comment … we might have to add it to our collection too!
Homemade Cheese Kit
Everything is better with Cheese! Save your foodie friend a trip to Janice Beaton and let them wow others with their cheese-making skills. Calgary-based Make Cheese has kits for making mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheeses, paneer or queso blanco in just 1 hour!
Price $20-$80 Where to Find: www.makecheese.ca
This is one of our faves. Veggie Spiralizers can be used for apples, carrots, cucumbers, radishes, onions, zucchini… the list goes on! The veg can be used in cold salads, sautéed for warm sides or as a ‘noodle’ base for a fave pasta dish. Perfect gift for those who’re gluten-free or trying to up the veggie content in their diet. Not to mention, it’s a fun tool to help get kids into veggies!
Price $20-$40 Where to Find: Williams-Sonoma, Home Sense, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Bay, Amazon.ca
The Silk Road Spice Merchant has been a mainstay at the Calgary Farmer’s Market for years, with good reason! Give the gift of spice to anyone on your list. They have various gift sets, such as The Silk Road Favourite Blends Set that includes Alberta-inspired barbeque rubs to traditional European and Middle Eastern flavours.
Price $30-70 Where to Find: The Silk Road Spice Merchant Store 1403A 9th Ave. S.E., or their stall at the Calgary Farmer’s Market
Give the gift of gold to your favourite honey (pardon the foodie pun!). There are SO many varieties of honey available today. The flavour of the honey depends on which flowers the bees visit in their daily forays into the fields. Light and clear honey from clover, canola and alfalfa, exotic wild fireweed honey or dark, earthy buckwheat honey are all found in Canadian hives. So many to choose from for your gift list! It’s so versatile — great drizzled over salads, with cheese on a charcuterie board… the list goes on!
Price $10-$25 Where to Find: Calgary Farmer’s Market, Community Natural Foods
Oil + Vinegar
We’ve spent many an aft taste testing at local oil+vinegar bars. It’s a hobby of ours, and we know the foodies in your life will appreciate a nice bottle (or 2, or 3, or 4…) of specialty wine and vinegar. From organic butter infused olive oil to espresso balsamic vinegar, you’ll find a myriad of flavours at the many local stores who carry it. They make great gift bags and baskets as well!
Price $10-$25 Where to Find: Soffritto Oil + Vinegar Bar 2116-380 Canyon Meadows Drive S.E. or their stall at the Calgary Farmer’s Market, Blue Door Oil + Vinegar 8561-8A Ave SW
There are some amazing chefs in this city. Any foodie would love to learn from them to reproduce dishes found at all the hottest restaurants in the City.
Price $20-$125 Where to Find: Blue Flame Kitchen www.atcoblueflamekitchen.com/Classes/), The Cookbook Co (www.cookbookcooks.com/cookingclasses), Light Cellar (www.thelightcellar.ca/category/classes/)
How cute are these?! You can order teaspoons or other cutlery with any text you want on them! These would be great for a co-worker, or added to a basket with coffee and baked treats for a dear friend.
Price $10-$30 Where to Find: Etsy (shops: The Recovery Well, This and That By Jane, Dazzling Dezignz)
One of our fave gifts to friends and family includes hand picking items from the farmer’s market for gift baskets. If that’s too much work this holiday season, you can also leave it to the experts! Local foodie spots like the Cookbook Co. make gorgeous gift baskets. The offer a variety of themes, including books & bites, the fancy pantry, party for two, the ultimate salad, the serious chef, baker’s dream basket, and more.
Price Varies depending on contents! Where to Find: The Cookbook Co. 722 11 Ave SW
Graphic Foodie Tees
Not only do we love eating veg, we also love wearing our fave foods! This made-to-order shirt from Etsy is the perfect gift for the little hipster in your life. Wanna match? You’re in luck! There are styles for both kids & adults. Shop coup & get your hands on one of the most popular products on Pinterest & Etsy since 2012.
Price: $20-$40 Where to Find: Etsy (store: coup), www.theblondevegan.com
Starter Garden Seeds
There may be snow on the ground but who isn’t looking forward to spring & getting their garden in order? The wholesome foodie in your life is probably counting down to their first harvest. Why not get them started with this organic seed garden, filled with veg favourites.
Price: $15 for 6 Where to Find: Williams-Sonoma